Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Hoi Bo and Mjolk

If you you live in Toronto and you're into awesome design collaborations, head over to Mjolk in the Junction tonight (October 21st) for the launch of a new bag by Hoi Bo. You might recognize that name because I've blogged about the company on BlogCampaigning before. Or because you read about them in the Globe and Mail recently. My roommate Annie works for the company, and to see what they are about you should really watch this video on the Toronto Standard about them.



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Fashion Friday: Nerding Out

Remember when we were kids and a pair of black, thick framed glasses spelled N-E-R-D and pretty much guaranteed a childhood of teasing, unflattering nicknames and rejection from your peers? Well, it seems like the tables have turned, and nerding out is actually very in. I recently ordered pair of non-prescription nerd glasses. Not because I need them to see, but because I think they actually look cool and have this amazing ability to complete an outfit or an up-do with a hint of sophistication that my other accessories just can't match. Plus they are actually a lot of fun, and having a sort of alter ego personality helps truly rock the rims.  I liked the idea so much that I got two pairs (as featured in the pictures above).

I know that bold frames have been making a comeback for a while as celebs like Johnny Depp and Rose McGowan toss aside their contacts in favour of a vintage pair of rims.  What I didn't realize, is that fake nerd glasses are all the rage too. I've started to notice them on some of my friends and friends of friends, and a quick Google search results in pages of results for online stores selling rims in all colours, shapes and styles.

What do you think? Are nerd glasses in or out?


Fashion Friday: Is It Too Early For White Shoes?

Last summer, I went to a Bachelor Party in Las Vegas and I knew that the must-have accessory for the trip was a pair of white leather loafers and matching white belt.

After returning to Toronto, this combo earned a regular spot in my wardrobe. At least until about mid-September. Then it got colder, a bit rainier, and my shoes and belt seemed out of season.

Now that the weather is getting warmer again, I'm wondering when I can break this great look out. Can you wear white shoes on the first sunny day, or do you have to wait until after the long weekend in May?

And while we're on the topic: socks or no socks with white shoes?

Fashion Friday: Anything Other Than Naked

A few weeks ago, I was asked to review a copy of Anything Other Than Naked, a guide to fashion and style for men by a former financial services advisor and Captain in the U.S. Air Force.

As someone who works in a slightly less formal environment these days (the only ties I see in our office are the skinny kind worn with plaid shirts), I'm not sure how handy this book will come on a daily basis. However, for buying a new suit or formal wear (or for those pesky Fashion Friday questions that pop up), this book will a great resource.

In a no-nonsense style, it covers almost everything the white-collar male needs to know about getting dressed for work and the formal occasions in his life. I think this would be a great gift for a young gentlemen just graduating from university or about to start his first job.

A few of the pieces of advice that really stand out are that I should buy proper pants hangars to keep my trousers from wrinkling (hang them by the cuffs, not folded over) and that I seriously need to get a better spring-weight jacket.

You can grab a copy of the book at the following links:

Anything Other Than Naked (on Amazon)

Anything Other Than Naked (on Amazon, Kindle edition)

However, the publisher has also  been kind enough to provide an extra copy of the book as a giveaway to one extra-lucky BlogCampaigning reader. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling us what topic you'd like us to cover in an upcoming Fashion Friday.

I'll choose the best answer on Wednesday, April 13th and notify the winner via email.

Fashion Friday: Hoi Bo

MADE IN TORONTO, HOI BO from Toronto Standard on Vimeo.

My roommate Annie and I live parallel but different lives. We leave the house at the same time everyday, but while I spend my day online and in front of two glowing monitors, Annie spends her day in front of a sewing machine, hand-making fancy leather purses. The boutique she works at, Hoi Bo, was recently featured in this video that the Toronto Standard did (Annie is the quiet girl in the Slayer shirt).

If you're in Toronto's distillery district, stop by and say hi to Annie.

Otherwise, learn more at