Even during the times, when you think you know all about your city that you live in, there’s always tiny little spots that you may have missed over the years. It could be that one street you always walk by, but never thought of taking an afternoon to fully explore, or a store that you were too busy to stop by.

Peace Collective was definitely one of mine. If my friend from Vancouver didn’t ask to make a visit, I would probably never have gone to. It is located near the (far) west end of Queen Street, just one block away. Not too much traffic during the weekday, but the street was filled with interesting small stores that offer one-of-a-kind, unique clothing, accessories, small gifts, furniture and so on.

Surprisingly enough, the store does not only offer colorful treats but also clothing that resembles the City of Toronto. If you’re a proud Toronto/Canadian citizen and wanting to express the love you have for the city, this is the place to get your gears at. Another interesting fact about this place, is that with every purchase of their collection, $4 will be donated to Breakfast for Learning and feed a hungry child two meals and a healthy snack. Be sure to check out their website for more details about what they do, and their line of collections. You will not be disappointed.

Don’t worry. They are not those tacky sweaters you get from souvenir shops, but rather made simple, minimalistic look that can be worn on any occasion types, from a lazy Mondays to the-king-of-Toronto, Drake’s concerts.

Last but not least, don’t be shy to take a photo in front of this awesome “Home is Toronto” wall, even if you’re not originally from Toronto (like me!). If you’ve lived in Toronto long enough, you will know

Have a nice week, everyone!

xxx

Yu

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It’s been a long summer here in Toronto, and we wanted to soak up even last bits of the sun. There’s a spot in Highland Creek that not many may know of, with a great view of the lake and the Scarborough City and only takes about 15min from the UofT Scarborough Campus. Oh, almost forgot to mention, I came back to Toronto for a week to do my driving test (although I failed, you will see my G2 soon). Finally we reunited after 4 months, and really? It’s been 4 months already?! How fast… Before this trip, I made a to do (eat) list with different themes for our blog. Catching up with blog posts was not easy, but meeting up and chilling with friends for photo shooting was full of fun and laughs 😉

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The “secret beach” was hidden behind a hiking trail, and you gotta have a good pair of stable shoes to go down the steep hill. Many youngsters have left behind their BBQ equipment, and empty water bottles but we could not care less – the view was beautiful.

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Yico: A glance at our closets, we both found so many strip shirts, so an idea came up in my mind: wear them in different ways! Honestly, strips are so classic, yet will never out of trend. EVERYONE should at least get one piece to play with. You may notice that there are special designs for our cuffs/sleeves. For mine, the bottom part is similar to the formal shirts, and I can roll it up or leave it to add some fun to the overall outfit. Midi skirt is always a perfect match with a beach/ leisure look. It definitely eye-catching, and comfy for a long walk, and this orangish colour is pretty summer! Say YAS to a pair of chic sandals: I would wear them everyday just because they’re super soft & easy.

Yu: Lately, there’s a trend in brining back the 90’s styles, like the choker necklaces and distressed denim. But now it seems that the latest trend to be revived is the layered tank-over-shirt look. Suede is definitely a staple for fall looks, giving the overall outfit a soft and subtle feels.

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xxx

Rhapsody Monday


♦ What we are wearing ♦

→ Yu ←

Dress: Similar at ASOS

Sandals: ASOS

→ Yico ←

Shoes: H&M

Skirt: Forever 21

Bag: Comme Des Gravons

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Neither of us are in Toronto during this time, but we thought we’d share some pictures we took in Allen Gardens from couple weeks ago. It is one of the oldest parks in Toronto, and it has a conservatory house that houses rare tropical plants from all over the globe. The greenhouse is always warm and humid, and they open everyday during the year with no admission fees, which makes it a great place to stop by even during the winter time.

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Yico: Back to those days when I had my purple hair, I miss it so badly!!! Once I got back to China this May, I dyed my hair back to black because I was applying for an internship position which requires a professional look. (Luckily I got it, and yes I will share my job hunting stories later). The blouse is from COS, it’s a loose-fit with tie cuffs and split sides, and I chose to match with my skinny jeans. But, a pair of mom jeans or culottes will also look cute with this top. The most exciting part of my outfit is the lace-up ballerina shoes, especially the champagne color is unusual. I love the gold-tone heel as it gives me some heights, and I can imagine to wear this pointed toe pair with my shorts, skirts and dresses in the summer time.

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Yu: I’ve been OBSESSED with this square scarf lately, after seeing one of my favourite Youtubers (@chrissstttiiine) wearing in her videos. Although I have to admit, these types of scarf don’t suit my round face shape, and it makes it look even more rounder :/ But since it immediately adds a nice touch to my simple outfits, I couldn’t care less. These pair of sandals are also my new favourite. Seriously, the most comfortable sandals fit for the spring/summer season. I also wear these while walking down the pebble streets in Europe.

Enjoy your week, summer is almost here!

xxx

Rhapsody Monday


♦ What we are wearing ♦

→ Yico ←

Top: COS

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Zara (Similar)

Watch: Daniel Wellington

→ Yu ←

Top: Zara

Jeans: DIY

Scarf: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: ASOS

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This week has been a hectic week for both of us. Getting ready to move out, preparing for flights for the summer, and not to mention, one of us also got a stomach flu, which all lead to a rough start of our summer break. To lighten up the miserable week a lil bit, we would like to share some of the moments and places at Toronto’s Kensington Market when we visited last week.

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It was the first day that was actually nice and sunny. We arrived at the market early and walked around for about two hours because there is just too much to see in this area. We first stopped by Toronto popcorn company, and cannot step our foot out of here, as we wanna try every single flavour! They actually produce over 100 flavours of popcorn, and  more than 30 flavours are avialable everyday. We recommend Cheesy BBQ and Salted Carmel, but they do free sampling so you can easily pick your favourite one!

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There are so many “one-of-a-kind” gift shops in Kensington area, including Kid Lcarus, a small screen print studio to take a look at some quality handcrafted goodies from all over Canada. The store is full of unique gift wraps, greeting cards, original hand printed items that are perfect for gifts (*tsk tsk, Mother’s Day is coming up soon!).

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Another cute gift shop in the area is Blue Banana, which contains extraordinary range of gifts. The place is spacious, with variety of goods on the walls, ceiling, and some stacked on the floor. It is so attempting to grab every single item we see, without even considering who to gift it to first haha! Good Egg, a shop that specializes in gifts that related to food. They have a large collection of books that are dedicated for those food maniacs(include our favourite magazine: Kinfolk!!), but it also has a great selection of gifts for anyone with a home or kitchen. There are also cooking classes and workshops offered, email them and see if there are any spots available.  Why not learn to cook a delicious meal for your hardworking mom for the upcoming Mother’s Day? 🙂

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We then stopped by Pancho’s Bakery to grab some delicious churros, and Millie Creperie for some Japanese crepes. They are both great places to quickly stop by for some treats after long day of walking. The crepe comes with ice-cream and strawberry, made fresh on spot. Their crepe cake has two flavours: original and matcha, a must try if you are a big fan of matcha

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 Lastly, we ended our day at FIKA Cafe, a small coffee shop right inside the Kensington Market that offers freshly made coffee drinks, fresh juices and ready-to-go sandwiches, to cool off and relax. The most unique part of this coffee shop is its homely, a lil close to the Swedish style interior design. When you walk all the way back to the shop, you will see that the whole wall is covered with opened books (literally!). Both the patio and backyard are open during the warmer seasons, for you to enjoy the hipster looking housings on the Kensington streets.

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xxx

Rhapsody Monday

Yes, it’s the time of the year, again. Bombarded with countless assignments and papers (and final exams in the upcoming weeks!), we thought that it would be a good idea to take a Sunday off and enjoy our time with friends.

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After having a satisfying brunch at Peterpan and a relaxing coffee break at Forget Me Not (which also means more posts coming!), we accidentally stumbled upon the ‘famous’ graffiti ally right by Queen St. West. The whole art community is filled with massive amount of colourful artworks on their garage doors and walls.

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One unique fact about this ally, is that the contribution to the artwork is legal and it constantly changes. It is a free of charge, a killometer long art gallery that you cannot go without bringing a camera! Once you turn a corner, you will be back to the busy street with lots of space for snack, drink or meal.

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Yu: Today, I finally got to wear my Belted Midi-dress from Topshop. A simple design, it comes in finished with soft texturing, featuring a low cut neckline which highlights more femininity to the overall outfit. Also, the deep green color adds a little bit of elegance and tranquil feeling. The weather was still too cold to wear the dress by itself, so I paired it with my thrifted cardigan, and pair of grey tights for some extra warmth. Last but not least, can’t step out the door without my Old Skool Vans! Not only its look, but its the comfortableness of these gems that makes me keep coming back to them when it comes to picking shoes for my outfits.

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Yico: The black swing dress is from Damo Studio, a Chinese brand, includes a group of individual designers that simply follows minimalist style. This piece is classic and very functional as it has big pockets! The half sleeves is just so nice for now because it’s still chill in Toronto, and I like how they decorate the cuffs with those moon-shaped circles. The most exciting part of this dress is that its backless, which makes it more feminine and subtle. To play with it, I matched with a shell brooch to create a strong black and white contrast. Lastly, with a wine cashmere scarf from YSL gives some colours to my overall look.

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Happy studying everyone! ♥


∝ What we’re wearing ∝

→ Yico ←

Dress: Damo Studio

Cardigan: Oak + Fort

Scarf: Yves Saint Laurent

→ Yu ←

Cardigan: Thrifted

Dress: Topshop (Similar)

Sneakers: Vans Old Skool

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