Category Archives: Personal Style

Party Planner Skirt

Party Planner Skirt | Sophster-Toaster

I am so in love with this new skirt from my new summer collection. Of all the new pieces I have planned, this one held the weakest picture in my mind. Once all the components arrived and I sat down to work on a sample, I had to go dog through my stack of notes to find my written plans because I couldn’t remember what it was supposed to look like. Even while making it, my vision of the final product was blurry. The organic cotton felt so soft and the colours popped so beautifully, but it wasn’t until I stood up from my sewing machine, after having just sewn the full and fluffy voile lining in, and pulled everything around to sew the back seams together that I knew I was onto something. I had the weakest vision of this skirt, other than I knew I wanted to work with the subtle diagonal lines of the print, and it turned out to be one of my favourites: love at first sight.

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Skirt Sophster-Toaster
Glasses Warby Parker
Necklace Emery & Opal

All photos by me.

Late Bloomer

Late Bloomer | Sophster-Toaster

Being in Canada, it seems like I’m always the last girl in the world to get my spring flowers. My Instagram feed is flooded with beautiful new pictures of trees, meadows and gardens teeming with blooms, meanwhile, I’m staring at bare trees and brown gardens. By the time my spring flowers finally arrive, everyone else is moving on to summer. I feel like I’m always one step behind; I’m a slow starter and a late bloomer.

I was digging through some older pictures I took for my shop over the weekend and I was stunned by how much my style and photography aesthetics have evolved and aligned over time. I’ve noticed the same thing happening in my life since turning 30. I feel so much more sure of myself, my style and my creative pursuits; I know what I want and I’m confident in my choices. It’s like my life, until now, has been spent germinating beneath the snow and now I’m finally ready to bloom.

Late Bloomer | Sophster-Toaster

Umbrella Pearls and Pockets
Glasses Warby Parker
Skirt Steady Clothing

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Photos by me and Matt.

Strawberry Jammer Skater Skirt

Strawberry Jammer Skater Skirt | Sophster-Toaster

I’ve been learning to skate with Niagara Roller Derby all winter and this skirt, with its sweet strawberry print on lightweight cotton, bias cut in a full circle, was decidedly inspired by my new obsession. It’s all I think about and, I’ve been told, all I talk about, so I’m not surprised the first piece I turned out for the warmer weather would look great on skates.

Strawberry Jammer Skater Skirt | Sophster-Toaster

I can’t wait to wear this skirt as I skate downtown to grab a strawberry radler on a hazy summer evening. When working on and wearing this skirt, I couldn’t help but think about the summer sun casting bold shadows on tree-lined streets, the sound of cicadas,  and the feeling of that first cooler breeze after the sun finally sets rustling in the light fabric of this full skirt and the soft pink lining underneath.

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Sweater Bluenotes
Skirt Sophster-Toaster
Shoes ModCloth
Glasses Warby Parker
Earrings old

 

All photos by me.

Nothing to Wear

Nothing to Wear | Sophster-Toaster

More than ever before, I feel like I have nothing to wear. Maybe it’s the season and the not-cold-anymore-but-not-warm-yet weather. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been spending all my fun money on an exciting new hobby and don’t have any new clothes for this in-between season. Or maybe it’s that big, and much needed, wardrobe edit I did over the winter.

I think I’ve always had trouble dressing for this time of year but didn’t really notice until I bought a house where I control the heat like a stingy miser and have to keep in mind every morning that I will need to walk the dog at some point. I can’t pull the spring clothes out early and fake it through March anymore. Even dressing for St. Patrick’s Day can be a challenge when it seems like all of my green clothes are for warmer weather but I’m getting sick of layering! Maybe warm legs and cool arms will do if I stick close to the kitchen and that bubbling pot of vegetarian Irish Stew.

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Dress ModCloth
Socks Roots
Glasses Warby Parker
Earrings old

All photos by me.