If you’re a Toronto-based fashion blogger, winter is a very difficult time of year. Actually, if you’re a Canadian or Northern US-based fashion blogger…winter is a very difficult time of year. It takes a certain level of dedication (and a wee bit of crazy) to go outside in subzero temperatures, take off your jacket and shoot outfit photos. You have to pretend that you’re not freezing and wear sunglasses to hide the pain (and tears) in your eyes. Trust me, I know it’s not easy. I’ve been a fashion blogger for years, and as recently as a few weeks ago, shot outdoors on an exceptionally cold afternoon.
Visiting Allan Gardens Conservatory in Toronto:
Recently, in an attempt to find a Saturday afternoon activity and new shoot location, Matt and I decided to go to the Allan Gardens Conservatory. It was the first time either of us had been to Allan Gardens. It was a very fun afternoon! There are several different rooms to experience, all with different climates. Some rooms are hot and humid, whereas others are warm and dry. Because of the different climates, the types of flowers and plants will differ from room to room. You will see anything palm trees, orchids, unusual succulents, and cacti – all without leaving Toronto.
One of the best parts about Allan Gardens is that admission is free, which is unheard of in this city. Not long ago, we went to the museum with another couple and despite my student discount (shout out to my student card with no expiry!!), it cost a small fortune for that trip. Granted, it was a really fun afternoon, but I couldn’t believe how expensive it was to get in.
Side note, if you’re a blogger and you’d like to shoot at Allan Gardens, I can’t guarantee whether or not you’re technically ‘allowed’ to shoot there. Lots of other people had their cameras out that day, and no one bothered us about it. On the contrary, we got stopped pretty quickly by security when we tried to shoot at the Evergreen Brickworks.
The Blank Denim Moto Jacket:
As for my outfit, I’m wearing my new favourite suede moto jacket, from Blank Denim. If you read blogs, like ever, then you’ve definitely seen this jacket before. But – I finally caved and got one for myself when I saw it on super sale. My only regret was waiting so long to pull the trigger! It’s soft, yet sturdy and has so many edgy zippers and details to give it interest. I threw on one of my favourite pairs of ripped black jeans and my favourite faux fur stole to complete the look.