Happy Wednesday – I hope your week has been going well! I can’t believe that we’re already halfway through the week. It’s been a little bit of a slow start for me. I’ve been struggling to find inspiration as of late. I’m pretty sure that my lack of inspiration comes from an increasing frustration with Instagram. And, I know I’m not the only one who feels that way. The changes to Instagram’s algorithm continue to suck the fun out of that space. It no longer feels like a creative platform to me. Instead, it feels increasingly ‘fake’; full of people trying to do what they can (myself included) to “fight” the algorithm.
I’m going to end the rant about Instagram and jump right into the details of this outfit. That’s a lot more fun, don’t you think? This look features an off-the-shoulder top that I bought at Banana Republic. It was cute and on sale, so I couldn’t resist! And can we talk about these ridiculous distressed jeans? They take the concept of ‘raw hem’ to a whole other level. Obsessed!! Sadly, I couldn’t find the exact pair online, but they’re from Zara and very similar to these.
As far as accessories are concerned, I’m rocking my new L’Enveloppe clutch from Tuck Shop Trading Co., from their recent collaboration with Poolside bags. It’s a gorgeous, handwoven straw fold over clutch, featuring the hand-embroidered ‘6’. I love how the pop of blue in the embroidery looks with the floral print on my top. I love embroidery and I would love to be able to do it myself one day. I’ve been looking at some machine embroidery designs but I don’t own a sewing machine at the minute. How cool would it be to sew your own outfits? It has always been a dream of mine! I think the embroidery on the bag is my favorite part of the outfit. Ultimately though, I love the whole collection. I still want the LOL Tote, as well as the Zero Fucks Given Bag (though I don’t know if I can pull that one off as well).
The Tuck Shop Trading Co.
Have you guys heard of the Toronto-based brand, Tuck Shop Trading Co.? You may know them as the creators of the popular ‘City of Neighbourhoods‘ gear, but they offer so much more. They sell high-end, beautifully designed, cozy garments and accessories. The majority of the pieces they sell are pricey, but they’re high quality, hand-made and will ultimately last forever. For instance, I really want the Merino Wool Sweater Coat, because I know I’d still love it 10 years from now!
As a brand, the Tuck Shop Trading Co. was inspired by a lifestyle spent between the city and the cottage. Everything is made proudly, as they say, in the Great White North. They’ve been around since 2013, but have only recently opened up a brick-and-mortar store in Toronto’s Summerhill neighbourhood. I visited the shop earlier this spring and the space was almost as beautiful as their clothing line.
Funny enough, the owner, Lyndsay Borschke, and I used to work together in the promotional products industry. I worked on corporate accounts, primarily selling notebooks and pens, while she worked with camps and schools, designing apparel and accessory collections. When she left, it was because she was starting the Tuck Shop Trading Co. It’s exciting and frankly, very inspiring, to see how successful she is now.