3 Tips for Surviving Toronto Fashion Week

Toronto Fashion Week is happening this week, an exciting time when the fashion industry descends on the city to celebrate the best in homegrown, Canadian talent. TFW boasts a hectic schedule of runway shows, every hour on the hour starting in the afternoon and running throughout the evening. It seems as soon as you're exiting one show, you're already lining up for the next one. In between shows, there are friends to meet up with, #OOTD photos to take, people to network with, and brands to engage with. And let's not forget the after parties. How does one get through a single evening, let alone the entire week?! Here are my 3 fashion week survival tips that every fashionista needs to know. 

1. Bring snacks 

As I mentioned, there isn't much time between shows, and certainly not enough time to go out for dinner. You'll want to bring some granola bars, almonds, etc. to snack on. I recently made energy balls from Jamie Oliver's new cookbook and was planning to eat them as a pre-workout snack before heading to the gym but they turned out to be perfect for snacking on at fashion week. 

2. Bring your phone charger

You're going to be using your phone a lot - taking photos and videos, sharing on social media, connecting with others. If you have a media pass you'll have access to the media lounge where they have power bars set up around the room, but otherwise you can usually find a spot to plug in somewhere. Better yet, bring a portable charger instead of your charging cable. I have a Mophie which doubles as a phone case. 

3. Don't drink a lot 

Normally I would not dispense such bad advice because it's important to stay hydrated, but this is an exception. There are no washrooms at fashion week! Remember, Toronto Fashion Week takes place inside a large tent that is temporarily set up for one week. If you need to use the loo, you'll have to go to the food court in the underground area of Metro Hall. It's not that far, but enough to be a tad inconvenient. 

Make sure you're following me on Snapchat (@lesley_metcalfe) for live coverage of all the shows!

If you have fashion week survival tips of your own, I would love to hear them! 

Leopard Print - A Shopping Guide

This post needs no introduction because leopard print.  So, without further ado, a selection of leopard print products for home decor, fashion, accessories and art:  

A bit of inspiration to start us off -leopard print pillows in Ashlina Kaposta's home office; to get this look, see pillow below from Tonic Living.

Pillow, Tonic Living

Banana Republic skinnies

Flats, J. Crew

Scarf, H&M

Print, SS Print Shop

Cheetah gets in on the action too!  Cheetah print, YSL Loafers print - The Aestate

Agenda, Indigo/Chapters

Last but not least, my favourite - J.Crew iPhone case

Indigo/Chapters Holiday Products - Sneak Peak!

Last week, Indigo/Chapters held a media preview to showcase the products that will be in stores this holiday season.  My lucky readers - I have a sneak peak just for you!  

The dining table display mixed neutral ceramics with richly coloured napkins and glasses, and was under a canopy of twinkling garlands.  

The bar cart area featured glittering gold and silver bar accessories like trays, goblets and cocktail shakers.  

Monograms are making a comeback.  I've seen a resurgence of monogrammed bedding, towels, throw pillows, and other home decor items.  Now, you can get monogrammed wall art in the letter(s) of your choice.  Also available in silver.  
There's also a selection of pillow covers and throws in a wide variety of textures and fabrics. 

Scented candles: my faves were Mulled Wine and Cedar & Balsam.  What does mulled wine smell like, you ask?  Like Christmas.  It smells like Christmas.  

Don't let the grey days of winter get you down - accessorize with bright colours! From scarves to jewellery to handbags, the fashion accessories available at Indigo/Chapters this holiday are gorgeous.  

This was one of my favourite items from the media preview - this luxuriously soft and silky multi-toned blue scarf (middle of photo).  

Another of my favourite items - the leopard-print pouch (at right).  Though I must say, the black and gold foldover pouches are nice too (top right and bottom left).  

Original prints by Stephanie Sterjovski of SS Print Shop are growing in popularity and now they can be purchased in store or online at indigo.ca.  

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak of holiday products coming to Indigo/Chapters this holiday season! These lovely items will be starting to appear in stores for November, so you can get your hands on your favourite items soon!