Just when I thought that summer was pretty much over, the weather in Toronto decided to randomly spike back up. So upon hearing the good news, we decided to go to one of our favorite spots in the GTA – the Scarborough Bluffs. The beauty of this park never ceases to amaze me. There is so much to do and so much to see. On this day, we decided to shoot on the trail that runs alongside the beach. It was so hot with the sun beating down on us that we couldn’t wait to just cool off in the water afterwards.
For this outing, I decided to have some fun with gingham! Gingham was a huge trend this summer that I unfortunately didn’t have enough time to enjoy. So what better way to celebrate the return of this beautiful weather than to whip out a few of my favorite gingham pieces! Gingham doesn’t always have to be in your traditional black and white. You can absolutely have fun with different variations of this classic pattern. Here I show you two options – a simple gingham mini dress for a more timeless look, and a gingham yellow off the shoulder crop top for a more playful and trendy look. I’m sure there’s a gingham piece out there for everyone, so take advantage of it and make sure to sport yours while the weather is still nice!
This week’s song feature is Technicolor Beat – one of my favorites from the London-based indie-pop duo, Oh Wonder. They encompass beautiful vocals sung in unison with simple melodies and beats. We had the pleasure of seeing them twice within the last week. They played three sold out shows in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall, so we were lucky enough to catch them at one of their shows. But we were even more lucky when we were invited by Sofar Sounds to see them play an exclusive, secret gig for around only 60 people inside Union Station!
Sofar Sounds partnered with Amnesty International to bring together musicians, music lovers and refugees on this global day of live music in over 60 cities all around the world for the Give a Home campaign. The goal being to bring awareness to the growing refugee crisis. One of the things I love most about going to live shows is the feeling of unity and the community that is created through a shared love of music. Through Give A Home, Sofar Sounds and Amnesty International was able to unite people from all around the world to stand in solidarity with people whom do not have a place to call home.
While we sat down on the carpet within a fenced off area inside Union Station, Oh Wonder performed stripped down versions of Without You, White Blood, Drive, and All We Do. The entire experience was magical. Just seeing them play in the middle of Union Station while commuters passed through, you would think it would be hectic and disturbing. Yet there was still this feeling of intimacy, their performance being so serene and raw that my full attention was on them the entire time with a huge smile plastered on my face. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience, one that I will never forget. After their performance, they were kind enough to meet with everyone and sign autographs and take pictures! Check out a few pictures as well as a clip of them performing All We Do below.