I believe this is my first summer post, wearing an actual dress. Where has time flown?! As soon as I started posting summer looks... Oh wait... What?!... It's already fall?! Usually, I'd be extremely pleased with this change of weather, since I'm not particularly a fan of the heat and sweat that comes with everyone's favourite time of year. However, I'll be ditching Toronto in a couple of days, and the unpredictability makes it a lot more difficult to pack light. I was hoping to only take dresses, basics and itty bitty items. Just my luck.
Before I leave, I'm making a point of eating foods that are not readily available where I'm headed to next. That's where my appreciation of Toronto comes in. No matter how many places I visit, this city's food scene tramples all else. It's known for its variety, and variety is a luxury - one that I truly value. This time around, I was near the university area, and decided to get down to McCaul Street and pop into one of THE BEST food courts in the city, the Village by the Grange, which has a little bit of everything to offer. Yes, that's a weighty statement but I solemnly stand by it. Just look at how cute the place is! I tried out Chinese steamed buns (Bao), stuffed with a variety of ingredients, as well as steamed dumplings (Siu Mai), at a modern Chinese eatery called Mean Bao. I like me some cheap eats, savoury goodness, good service and a hospitable atmosphere, all of which the Bao joint successfully delivered.
Of course, this post wouldn't be complete without some outfit deets. The "ethnic" print shift dress I wore is one of my most versatile pieces, despite the bold impression it gives off. The mixture of warm and cool colours work well in any given season. The piece can be paired with a chunky cardigan when the cold settles in, or a blazer for work, interviews, day dates, etc. It's perfect on its own in the summer, because of the soft, flowing fabric, lack of shape, and cut-off-shirt look, which I especially adore. I had to assemble it with the pair of amazing, beaded, genuine leather, handcrafted sandals; handmade florentine leather bracelets, and a handmade choker necklace. I'm all for purchasing and wearing handcrafted pieces, especially those with cultural significance - they have character, positive energy and most importantly, they make you stand out from the crowd.