7 Ways Living In Toronto Transforms Your Style

 Photography by Shantel Rousseau

Living Toronto is one of the best life moves you could ever make. This city will toughen you up, take you outside of your comfort zone (or bubble) and introduce you to things you never knew existed. I mean, if you can drive in Toronto, you can drive anywhere in the world. Let’s not forget about the fashion, it’s insane! Each neighbourhood (or subway stop) has it’s own unique style of dressing, something you can’t help but notice. With the changing seasons, it’s a wonder how we get  through life here. Come to think of, commuting is our favourite sport. This fast-paced, trendy and oh so busy way of living is not for the faint of heart. So if you’re planning on moving to Toronto anytime soon, I’ve rounded up a few ways living in this city changes your style. For the better of course! Plus some of Toronto’s very own street stylers to prove it.

In this city, you’ve got to learn how to layer like a pro because spring, summer, fall and winter can happen in one day.

Booties are your go to transportation shoes because let’s face it, heels are not practical in these streets.

Carrying a tote bag everywhere because you just never know when an outfit change is needed. You start your day out at the office, then an after work catch up at dinner happens. Then who knows, you end up at an event. Things just come up!

Wearing sunglasses on the subway because it’s your main source of protection from awkward human conversations.

You’re not chic until you’ve mastered homeless chic. You dress this way because quite frankly, you’re tired of wondering eyes when you wear a shorter hem.

Wearing way more black, because that same person you see on the subway every morning will never know you wore those pants already this week.



I mean, who says you have to stop wearing shorts and skirts during the cooler months. These lifesavers should be on your top five things you cannot live without.

Lucian Matis Home Pop-Up Shop open for the Holidays at Shops at Don Mills until January 5

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Lucian Matis returns with his Lucian Matis Home Pop-Up Shop at Shops at Don Mills’ this holiday. The shop showcases his new home décor collection as well as a selection of clothing from Lucian Matis Black Label and Matis by Lucian Matis.

Lucian Matis Home brings the runway into your home to offer a high quality design aesthetic at a great value and features a wide selection of decorative pillows, throws, bedding, storage, rugs, table linens and candles with discounts of up to 50% off.

I had the amazing opportunity to chat with Lucian Matis to ask him a few questions about the collection and his inspiration. See a few of the excerpts from the interview  below.

On what made him go into home décor: Home décor to me seem like the next step into design. I’m an artist, I’m not  a fashion designer. This is just another artistic expression I think for the Lucian Matis brand. I love home décor, I love interior design.

Inspiration for the collection: Industrial design, old antique, aged products with a story and a history. The cow hide pieces are unique with their own identity.

On whether his womens collection influenced Lucian Matis Home: Oh absolutely. A lot actually, the use of the same material, the same kind of raw materials. The leather, I have a lot of leather embossed. Also certain techniques like the beading and embroidery and basket woven products. There’s quite a lot.

On the difference between clothing design and interior design: Design is pretty much designing. It’s the same because I start with the end result most of the time. I think of what message I want to send and what is this used for.

On his customers: We have two shops, it’s very interesting because we get  a lot of feedback, it’s coming from two different markets. You have the regular affluent established clientele at Shops at Don Mills and then you get the more touristic and younger clientele at Eaton Centre. It’s very well-balanced between female and male.

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The Pop-Up Shop will be available until January 5, 2014 at 23 Karl Fraser Road until January 5, 2014. For additional information, please visit or call 416-447-6087 ext 244.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you fashion lovers. There is a great selection of Lucian Matis Black Label in sample sizes and Matis by Lucian Matis, his affordable versatile collection for the career woman in a variety of sizes at up to 80% off.  All fashions designed by Lucian Matis are made in Canada from European fabrics.

Gear Up For Winter With Raindrops


After Toronto’s first snowfall over the weekend I’m finally accepting the fact that winter is actually here. I know, I know – winter has been here for about a month now, but hey, can’t blame a girl for holding onto summer. So with the drop of the temperatures, comes the time to switch our focus to winter dressing. When I say ‘winter dressing’, I’m not just talking keeping warm – I also mean looking stylish and put together while you’re at it. Whether trudging through heavy snow, heading to the ski lodge or toasting in the New Year, our friends over at Raindrops – Canada’s premier rain and outerwear boutique – offers fashionable winter solutions that are sure to make the thermostat rise!

See some of their recent selections for her, him and the kids.


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This season, muted metallic tones on oversized parkas are a hit with the ladies, with faux- fur trims and belted features.


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Perfect for the sport guy in your life – the men’s parka styles has an insulated lining and quilted exteriors. The classic trench is perfect for the Bay Street Broker, featuring the double-breasted lapels and faux-shearling collars.





Bright colours and quirky patterns are perfect for the little ones, adding some cheer and fun to children’s outwear this season. Puffer jackets and overalls are softly insulated and filled with down to ensure extra warmth while outside. Faux-fur trims line hoods for an added style bonus.

As an exclusive special offer, Raindrops is offering you devoted readers a 40% discount on all winter wear in store. Offer is valid from December 14-21, 2013. Just be sure to mention #WWRAINDROPS at the time of purchase.

Happy Shopping!

And don’t forget to share your purchase.

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