We are honoured to be a part of the team for this season’s Toronto Men’s Fashion Week! It was definitely an incredible experience, where we got to watch some shows during our shifts and see some beautiful, well-dressed guests and models. 😉

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We brought our cameras to the last day of the fashion week, and we were able to capture some of the atmosphere of this event. We watched three shows this day, including Xian, Caffery Van Horne, and Kenneth Barlis.

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Don’t get us wrong; all the shows were amazingly performed, each designer had their own unique style and concept. But what caught our eyes most was the last outfit on the runway of Kenneth Barlis (as you can see in the picture), with the intricate sequin feathered jacket. Its whole show consisted of fun-coloured men’s suits and awesome soundtracks (because who doesn’t like “Uptown Funk”?).

Father of TOM* : Jeff Rustia

Father of TOM* : Jeff Rustia

At the beginning of the Kenneth Barlis’ show, the father of TOM*: Jeff Rustia gave some quick shoutouts to all its event sponsors and also shared a very heart-touching story of his lost son, Kol, who was born with Trisomy 13, a fatal genetic syndrome. He said that the lost of his son was the reason why he was inspired to launch Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, where all its proceeds will be donated to the The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to improve the condition and lives of children with congenital diseases. We send all our prayer to his lost son, and hope that more people will be aware of the cause and be more motivated to attend TOM*’s shows.

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Too bad we are both going away during the summer (which also means more travel photos!), but if you’re interested there is another TOM* happening in the August. The tickets are open to the public (around $20 which is not too expensive), and you get to check out all the good-looking male models + amazing fashion pieces!

But of course, there are other ways to get involved and see the backstage of TOM* by being part of its team. They are always looking for more volunteers about a month before the collection starts, including: events & logistics, food & beverages, dressers, graphic designs and so on.

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Stayed tuned for next week’s Rhapsody Monday, and have a great week everyone! ♥

On this week’s Rhapsody Monday, we took a visit to the Trinity College Chapel (as we talked about in our previous post) in the University of Toronto. It was fascinating to see such beautiful architecture existing on campus, and since we had classes right after, we decided to do a very quick photo shoot.

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The chapel is located at Trinity College, Hoskins Ave., Toronto, where we also published another blog post on. Its design has an essence of European gothic style, which we found to be very different from many other chapels in Toronto. The second floor has a large pipe organ, which is often used by the music students and faculties.

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The chapel was the last work of a British architect who also designed Liverpool Cathedral, the Cambridge University library, as well as the famous British telephone booths!  For anyone who’s interested, click here to see its full historical background. The chapel provides services throughout the week, but from time to time, the chapel becomes empty and quite. If you pass nearby, feel free to go inside and keep yourself a moment from the busyness of the city. And yes, they also provide wedding services *wink-wink.

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Yu: Usually during my school days, I like to dress comfortable for those long hours sitting in classes. This is where all my jumper dresses come into play, and out of all that I own, the ASOS one is definitely my favourite. The shoes are vintage pieces gifted by my mother (s/o to the most amazing women in my life!). They are real leather and were handcrafted in Italy. The only downside to them is that the soles are very hard, which makes my feet feel sore after a certain amount of time, and also slippery when walking on snow/ice. But none of that matters since they look so pretty 😀

Yico: You guys may notice that I wear sweaters really often and match them with different bottoms like a pair of pant, jeans or skirt. I am kinda lazy in winter so sweater is always my top choice, and I only need to take my jacket, then I am ready to go out. As I mentioned in first post, I bought about a total of 10 sweaters this year. (I should stop but I  just cannot, the struggle lol).The one I am wearing is from an individual store back in China, I am so obsessed with the deep green colour, and  it has vertical stripes give a trendy look than the plain ones. The material is a mix of mohair and wool which makes it super warm.The high rise skinny jeans is from Forever 21 and I have to say it is so soft and comfortable!!!

IMG_8621We are planning on making a post of TOM*(Toronto Men’s Fashion Week) for next week, so stay tuned! Have great week everyone! ♥


♦ What we’re wearing ♦

→ Yu ←

Jumper Dress: ASOS (Similar)

Leggings: Uniqlo

Shoes: Vintage

→ Yico ←

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Sweater: Acne Studio (Similar)

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The weather is extremely cold in Toronto these days, while we were thinking the spring has finally came, and winter just gave her last few shouts to us now. As such, nothing is better than a cup of hot coffee, especially in a warm, cozy place.

 

As part of our adventure, we love to go to variety of coffee places, experiencing different atmospheres and this week, we would like to introduce you our favourite chill spot – the Balzac’s Coffee -.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Balzac’s Coffee is located at Toronto’s Distillery District, and it would be a perfect place for you if you are looking to spend some quite, peaceful time to read or chat with friends. It definitely has a vintage feels to its interior, and it is very spacious inside, you could choose to sit either downstairs or upstairs. We always go upstairs so that it gives a better view for taking pictures.

During the summer time, the patio seatings open up for everyone to take a break from the hot and humid Toronto weather. It is great for “people-watching” (not in a creepy way!), and just to have a Parisian-style cafe experience in the Distillery main square. Balzac’s Coffee will also be offering variety of summer drinks starting …. hopefully soon haha

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They also hold cafes in many other locations across Ontario, so be sure to check it out if there is one near you. And apparently, each of Balzac’s locations are carefully picked for their historic significance and character! Their floor decoration is gorgeous, don’t forget to keep this in mind and you may take a picture with it. See hashtag #Ihavethisthingwithfloors on Instagram to create yours.

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Balzac’s Coffee also offers variety of cakes and cookies, along with their specially roasted coffee. This day, Yico ordered a cup of hot chocolate; and Yu got her Chai Latte. We spent about 1 hour in the cafe to keep us warm, talking about more inspirations for the blog, checking out Instagrams…and we enjoyed it. – Almost forgot to mention – they also have free Wi-Fi! Order a hot drink, have some desserts and enjoy your long, relaxing afternoon.

Comment down below to let us know your favourite coffee shop in Toronto!

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We wish everyone had a sweet Valentine’s day <3

¡Hola, Mundo! My name is Yu (not you, it’s Yu!). This week I’ll be introducing myself a little, so here it goes!

          Some Fun Facts About Me:

        I am also a marketing student currently in my 3rd year of study. I absolutely love what I learn and hopefully can pursue a career that’s strongly related to marketing in the future. In fact, I plan to go back to Japan (my home country) upon graduation, which is both sad and exciting because I would have to leave this awesome city to be closer to my family.

      I’m currently learning Spanish as my fourth language. I speak Japanese as my first language, second is Chinese/Shanghainese (it’s a dialect!) and the third would be English. Hola at me if you are a Spanish speaker, I would love to practice some conversations with you haha.

     I enjoy traveling, and I’m especially interested in travelling to South East Asia such as Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia. This summer I will be going on a study abroad program, which I will be visiting Czech Republic and other Central Europe countries. Can’t wait to show you guys the traditional Czech products and its beautiful sceneries.


School days aren’t our favourite, but we always manage to make it more bearable. This day, we decided to take a stroll and explore the school, and there, we found a perfect place to take a break and finally get some fresh air.

Trinity College is one of the smallest and most prestigious colleges on the St. George Campus, and boy, was it beautiful.  The Chapel right next to was the most magical place we’ve ever seen in the entire Toronto city, but unfortunately, a choral evensong were taking place during the time so we decided to come back on the later dates.

I normally don’t prefer wearing white jeans, as they can get messy very easily. But this pair of ASOS jeans fits like a glove. They’re thick enough to get me through the Canadian winter, but also so soft that I can’t resist to wear them for those long hours sitting in classes.

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The camel coat is a thrift shop find. I absolutely love going for thrift shopping. If ever you are tight on budget, and still wanna look decent, thrift shops are your go-to place. You never know what you’ll find, and sometimes you might find something valuable for next to nothing.

Oh, and since today is February 8th, we wish all the Chinese families and friends a Happy Lunar New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.


♦ What I’m wearing ♦

Coat: Topshop (Similar)

Top: Newlook (Similar)

White Jeans: ASOS (Similar)

Shoes: Zara (Similar)

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Hi, I’m Yico. We thought it would be nice to start off by letting you know more about us. This week, I’ll be introducing myself, and next week, you will get to know Yu better.

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Now that you have a better feeling of who I am, I want to show you guys my visit to the Royal Ontario Museum this week.If you guys are thinking of going, it’s free for students on Tuesdays. I decided to take advantage of this discount, as I’m not going to be a student pretty soon (!!!)

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This hall has warm tone lighting, creating a gorgeous effect when it reflects off the windows2IMG_7674It was a windy day, so I chose a soft taro-purple knit. It’s a v-neck slouchy fit and hangs off the body really beautifully, looking effortless but still stylish. As the top is a looser fit, I decided to tuck it into a slim pencil skirt to balance my silhouette.It’s a lot warmer than it looks as the fabric is a closely woven knit. The triangular leather bag is from COS( A Swedish brand that under The H&M group, and recently opened their first Canadian store on Bloor St in Toronto). The lines are so simple and minimalistic but the shape is eye-catching. Although it looks small, it still has enough space for my phone, keys, and cardholder.

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I like how the skirt has a front slit, as it adds a bit of visual pizzaz.

This area is called the Stair of Wonders, and it is my favourite spot in ROM. You can see different shapes when you look from different angle. I recommend everyone to go check this unique place out. The walls of the Stair of Wonders are a bright white, providing an interesting contrast to the dark steps. It reminds me of a bar of chocolate…..now I’m craving for chocolate, haha.

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This gallery features “Treasures from Earth”. The rocks on display match the amethyst colour of my sweater

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Lastly, I have to mention my shoes! It’s a spin on the traditional converse, made in collaboration with the designer Jack Purcell. The black curve on the front of the shoe looks like a smiling face 🙂


♦ What I am wearing ♦

Leather Bag: COS

Sweater: Uniqlo (Similar)*

Skirt: Oak Fort (Similar) *

Shoes: Converse Jack Purcell

*My mom shipped them to me from China

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