blood is red and sweet as cherry wine

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Blouse: Reformation Laurent Top (similar), (similar)| Jeans: Vintage (similar)| Jelly Shoes: Juju

Summer weather is officially here! We’ve been blessed with hot and sunny 30 degree weather in Toronto for the last two weeks, so I’ve been taking full advantage of it by spending as much time as I can outdoors. The thing with Toronto weather (and I’m sure any Torontonian can attest to this) is that there’s never any in-between when it comes to the weather. It goes from being extremely disgusting and cold to hot and sunny within a matter of only a few weeks. The Spring and Fall seasons seem to barely exist.

A few weeks ago before the weather spiked tremendously, my boyfriend and I decided to go and try to see some cherry blossoms. We ended up going to a small little park where I heard the cherry blossoms had bloomed, and I even wore my cherry printed top to match for the pictures. After walking around the entire park twice and not seeing any of the blossoms, we decided that maybe we were wrong and there were none. We ended up driving to a different entrance of the park and low and behold, the blossoms were there! Unfortunately though, we had arrived too late in the season and there were hardly any blossoms left.  This didn’t stop us from trying to snap a few pictures in the park though. We ended up finding a spot along the trail in the shade, and on a nearby bridge to snap these pictures and I actually love the way they turned out, despite the spontaneous location!

Like I said earlier, I wore this cherry printed top from Reformation that I got while in NYC (see my haul HERE) because I wanted to match with the cherry blossoms. I love the square neckline of this top because it’s super trendy right now, but I also think it’s very flattering! It shows off the most feminine and delicate part of a woman (aka the collarbones IMO) and pretty much looks great on anyone. Of course I paired this top with some high waisted Mom jeans because what else is new. But I thought it would be so fun and playful to finish it off with these white jelly sandals! I remember wearing a pair of pink sparkly jelly sandals from Old Navy when I was like 8 years old, so when I saw these white ones a while back, I just knew I had to have them. So many memories (and also so many blisters) with these sandals, but they’re so cute and nostalgic, I just had to.

My whole idea with the song this week was to feature one that’s reminiscent of Springtime, including something to do with cherries, since that clearly seems to be the theme this week. So this week we have Cherry Wine by Hozier! Not gonna lie, when I first heard this song a few years back, I just thought it was such a pretty, delicate and peaceful Springtime song, with the birds chirping in the background and all. It wasn’t until I delved deeper into the lyrics and watched the music video that I truly understood what the song was all about.

Cherry Wine on a high level is about domestic abuse. The song and video were released in order to raise funds for domestic abuse victims around the world, as well as to shed light on this important topic. The song was written from the perspective of a man who is suffering from a physically abusive relationship. Similarly, the video shows a woman in an abusive relationship, but seemingly in love with her man at the same time. I literally teared up while watching this heartbreaking video, and I’m sure you will too. I love that not once does the video show any of the physical abuse. We all know that domestic abuse happens and is there, whether or not we talk about it.  But the video is meant to be empowering for victims, to take the appropriate steps towards getting out of such a relationship. So instead of focusing on the act of the abuse, it focuses on the victim’s world after the act, and the difficulties that they face in actually seeing themselves as a victim when they are so in love with their abuser.  Thus, showcasing the vicious cycle of domestic abuse.

Boy was I wrong when I initially thought Cherry Wine was just an easy going Springtime song. It turned out to be one of the most important and deepest Hozier songs out there. At the same time, it’s a helping hand and a step in the right direction towards making a positive change. And we always need more of that in our world.

SFMW vintage lookbook part 2

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If you guys missed it last week, I announced the launch of Songs From My Wardrobe Vintage – my online vintage Etsy shop! You can see part 1 of the lookbook that I posted HERE. This week I decided to post another lookbook featuring a few more pieces that are now up in the store, so if you like anything, be sure to shop them now (direct links are above).

All of the pieces in the shop right now are perfect for the warmer Spring/Summer weather. So if you just finished some Spring cleaning and have room for some awesome new duds, are going on vacation this summer, or just need a little wardrobe refresh, definitely go check out the shop HERE. Some of the pieces in the shop, like the denim bomber featured above, can even be transitioned from those chilly Summer nights right into the Fall.

Don’t forget that this is also the last weekend to use the code “GRANDOPENING15” to get 15% off your entire order, so SHOP NOW! Code expires June 3rd.

Let me know what your favourite pieces are and if there are any specific pieces you guys would like to see in the shop in the future.

Happy shopping!

shop SFMW vintage online now!

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Floral Midi Dress: SFMW Vintage | Sheer Beige Midi Dress: SFMW Vintage | Dusty Rose Velvet Burnout Top: SFMW Vintage | Washed Black Mom Jeans: SFMW Vintage

So I teased something super exciting last week that is finally here!! Songs From My Wardrobe Vintage is now live on Etsy!! You guys can head over HERE and shop all the pieces pictured above from head to toe, plus tons more! The shop will also be updated weekly so make sure you check back often. Since everything is one-of-a-kind vintage, act fast if you see something you like because it might not be there the next day.

I’ve been working on SFMW Vintage for the last few months, from sourcing all the items to getting everything set up, and I’m so happy that I can finally share something that I love and have worked so hard on with all of you. Vintage clothing is something that I absolutely love, and if you know me, you know that I regularly shop vintage for that perfect, one-of-a-kind find. I know vintage shopping may not be for everyone. Some people hate the idea of scouring through racks upon racks of clothing just to find that perfect piece. For me, it’s all about the thrill of the hunt. So I thought it would be perfect to do the work for you guys so you can shop some amazing vintage pieces in my store without the hassle of digging it up yourself (not to mention that buying vintage is also great for the environment!).  Opening up my own online vintage store is something that I’ve always wanted to do myself anyways, and just like how I started this blog with no expectations, I decided to finally take the leap and start my store as well.

Each piece has been carefully handpicked by myself, and some are even pre-loved pieces from my own collection. I hope you guys love it as much as I do.

I’ll also be putting out another mini lookbook next week featuring more items that will be made available at the same time.  Make sure you stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to shop all the current pieces available HERE now!

And for all my readers, if you use the discount code “GRANDOPENING15”, you can also get 15% off your entire order from now until June 3rd.

If you guys purchase anything, I would LOVE to see how you guys rock it! You can tag @sfmwvintage on Instagram and we would love to feature you.

Happy shopping everyone!

NYC 2018 Photo Diary

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Dumbo, Brooklyn

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So much awesome graffiti in Dumbo!

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Mike’s Pizza

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Reformation Soho

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Artists & Fleas Soho

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Grand Central Station

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More graffiti art in Brooklyn, this time in Bushwick

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Even the subway stations are insta-worthy

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Family style meal at Pio Pio! SO much food

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Plant wall inside 1 Brooklyn hotel lobby

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The Butcher’s Daughter

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The Brooklyn bridge during sunset

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Inside MoMA: Van Gogh’s Starry Night

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LBDs inside MoMA

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Atop the Brooklyn Bridge

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Inside the Oculus of the World Trade Center

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Happy Hour oysters!!

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Last brunch at Jack’s Wife Freda

A few weeks ago I traveled to NYC with a girlfriend of mine. I’ve been to NYC several times before, but I don’t think I’ve ever been there in the winter, and I haven’t been there in a while considering 2014 was the last time I was in the Big Apple. Below is a little recap by category of the places we visited.

F O O D

Mike’s Pizza: Out first meal in the city was at this little pizza joint in Brooklyn. Definitely not the most well-known pizza place in NYC, and probably not the best you could find, but it was close to our Airbnb and it was still delicious. Definitely recommend if you’re in the area and are looking for a quick, tasty, and cheap bite.

Pio Pio: We came to this Peruvian restaurant on a Saturday evening for dinner. There are several Pio Pio’s in the city, but the one we went to was on E 34th St (close to Grand Central). Between the two of us, we ordered one of the set dinners and it was HUGE! Way more than enough food for two people. We had a whole chicken to share, along with salad, a plate of fries and sausage, plantains, and rice and beans. We were stuffed at the end and couldn’t even finish it all. The food was tasty, full of flavour, and the chicken was not dry, thankfully. I would definitely recommend Pio Pio if you have a big appetite or are in the city with your family and are looking for a more family-style meal.

The Butcher’s Daughter: Located in Greenwich Village, The Butcher’s Daughter is hands-down the best vegan meal I’ve ever had. I never even knew a plant-based meal could be so full of flavour and delicious until I ate here. I ordered the spaghetti squash carbonara, and literally I felt like my mouth was having an orgasm. It was cooked to perfection – the spaghetti squash was tender, and the cashew ricotta on top was the perfect amount of fluffiness. It was just delicious. Highly recommend The Butcher’s Daughter if you’re looking for delicious vegan options in the city.

Harry’s Italian: We came here on a Monday afternoon looking for bottomless mimosas and brunch. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize that the offer is only on weekends. Nonetheless, we both enjoyed our plates of pasta. The portion was substantial for the price, which was perfect because we were both starving after having walked around the city all morning. Harry’s Italian is a casual, family-style restaurant where they’ll have something to satisfy everyone.

Crave Fishbar:  As soon as the early evening rolled around on Monday, we were craving happy hour oysters.  And so we ended up at Crave Fishbar for their Happy Hour $1 oysters. Aside from oysters, we also tried the roasted cauliflower soup which was delicious! And it wouldn’t have been complete if we didn’t finish it off with oyster shots. I can’t really describe it, just that it was a lot going on in my mouth at once. Definitely interesting though. Crave Fishbar is definitely a cute and rustic spot to hit up if you’re in the mood to shuck back some oysters.

Jack’s Wife Freda:  Our last meal in the city was here for brunch before our flight. This location located in Soho is TINY! Just getting to our table was a struggle as I felt like I was brushing everyone’s backs as I walked by. The food was yummy, presentation was beautiful and the colours of the food made it totally Instagram-worthy. I had the green shakshuka with halloumi, and now I’m obsessed with halloumi. I’d recommend coming here for a nice brunch on a weekday as I can imagine how packed this place probably gets on the weekends.

N I G H T L I F E

Brooklyn Bowl: A 10 lane bowling alley on one side, a huge concert venue with GA standing space on the other, and a long bar at the back, this Williamsburg venue has got it all. Surprisingly, the Brooklyn Bowl is actually quite massive in size. Or maybe I’ve just never seen a venue quite like this in Toronto of this caliber. We came here on Friday night to catch San Fermin play a hometown show (and they were amazing!!!). Loved this place. Of course the drinks are not the cheapest, but the bartenders were friendly, the atmosphere was super chill, and the crowd was having a blast singing/dancing along to San Fermin that night. Definitely a really cool spot to come check out a local show.

The Duplex:  Located in Greenwich Village, The Duplex is a two-story piano bar where they sing show tunes up till 4 am every night. This night was hands-down the most fun night out I’ve had in a while. The top floor has a small bar where people can just sit and chat and the bottom floor is where all the action is with the piano bar. Anyone from the audience can go up and sing or request a song. The people here were so incredibly friendly. I had a blast singing along off-tune the entire night. I would highly recommend this place for a super fun and chill night out with some of the friendliest company you’ll find in NYC.

The Gutter Bar:  If you happen to find yourself in Long Island City by mistake like we did, head to The Gutter Bar for a fun night. We somehow got lost on the subway on Monday night and ended up here. Similarly to the Brooklyn Bowl, The Gutter Bar has a bar area where they apparently host live music as well as bowling alleys in the back. There was no live music when we came here, but I can imagine this being a very cool venue on a busier Friday/Saturday night instead. Definitely a very relaxed Americana vibe at this venue and lots of options to keep the drinks flowing.

S H O P P I N G

Soho: My favourite place in NYC to go shopping is definitely in Soho. They have everything you could be possibly be looking for including all your favourite fast-fashion shops to some of the world’s top designers, and a few awesome vintage stores tucked away in between. If you’re in the area, definitely check out Reformation on Howard street, Artists & Fleas for a cool market place of jewelry, vintage, and handmade knick-knacks from local artisans, as well as What Goes Around Comes Around for one of the best selections of designer vintage in the city.

Bushwick:  This Brooklyn neighborhood is probably not the first place you’d think of to go shopping, but if you’re looking for affordable vintage (and you know how expensive vintage can get in NYC), I definitely recommend checking out the vintage and consignment shops in this area. I hit up a staple consignment shop – Beacon’s Closet on Bogart St and happened to find the most perfect, vintage brown leather aviator jacket of my dreams (peep it here!). After keeping an eye out for one for the last two years and stumbling upon the perfect one here for only $55, I knew it was meant to be! This Beacon’s Closet location also had racks upon racks of everything vintage as well as some more contemporary pieces as well. About a 5 minute walk east of Beacon’s Closet, is a store called Urban Jungle. If you’re looking for vintage Levi’s, this is the place to come. I swear there are probably at least 10 full racks of vintage Levi’s to dig through. Urban Jungle is more of a thrift store and the prices definitely reflect that. Aside from denim, they’ve got a huge inventory of 90s flannels, sweaters, bombers and leather jackets as well. Come here if you love the thrill of the hunt!

S I G H T S E E I N G // T H I N G S  T O  D O

DUMBO: Probably everyone’s favorite place to come for a selfie is on Washington Street in this Brooklyn neighborhood. Here is where you’ll get the closest view of the Manhattan Bridge with the buildings on either side. You’ve probably seen this iconic picture everywhere (the first picture I posted above), and this is where it’s at. Dumbo is also a great place to walk around and check out the awesome graffiti art. Every corner you turn, there is new graffiti just waiting to be seen. Also talk a walk along the pier for amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge with the breathtaking Manhattan skyline as your backdrop. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can even walk on top of the Brooklyn Bridge for the full experience!

MoMA:  I’m sure everyone’s heard of this famous contemporary art museum, but here I’ll mention it anyways. MoMA is a great place to come when the weather’s not looking to great outside, or you have a few hours to  kill in the city and aren’t sure what else to do. To be honest, I do feel like MoMA is a little over-hyped, and that’s why I would only recommend it under those circumstances. Most of the exhibits are well curated and thoughtful, but I guess I was just expecting MORE. For the price of admission, I do think it’s a bit steep. Apparently they have free Friday night admission, so perhaps this would make a good date night on a rainy Friday.

The Oculus:  If you’re sick of the traditional train stations (ahem Grand Central), come to the Oculus, the new transportation hub that was built to replace the PATH that was destroyed during 9/11. The Oculus was built to resemble a dove in flight from the outside, but I love the architecture from the inside, where you can see the symmetry of the modern architecture. A great place to view and snap some pics, all the while being apart of the chaos that is New York City.

That’s a wrap on this NYC recap! Let me know your favorite places to eat, shop, and hang out in NYC in the comments below and I’ll check them out when I’m back next time. I leave you with a song from Sam Fermin below. I had such a good time seeing them at the Brooklyn Bowl while I was in the city, that when I found out they were playing a show in my hometown of Toronto a week and a half later, I went and saw them again! Truly a group of talented individuals that each bring their own vibe to the band. Definitely give them a listen if you’re into Arcade Fire – I think you’ll enjoy San Fermin as well.

Mini NYC Haul

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From left to right: Vintage leather jacket from Beacon’s Closet, Free People Timbers Sweater, Gingham Minidress from Necessary Clothing, Reformation Wilder Dress, Reformation Laurent Top, Free People Love of My Life Midi Dress

Sorry I don’t have a regular post up this week, the last week has been super busy since I was in New York. Instead, here’s a little haul/preview of what I purchased while I was there. Most of the items I will probably feature in outfits in future blog posts, but if you’re interested in anything now, check out the clickable links above to shop it online! I tried to link everything I could find, except for the vintage jacket (but check Etsy for similar ones!) and the gingham dress.

Stay tuned for next week where I will be back with a regular blog post! I leave you with Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll” – a song from truly one of the most iconic and popular bands to come out of the Big Apple.