25.4.10

cats & gentlewomen

I love cats (obviously) and I love cat people. I love cat prints too, and was so excited when I first saw the Miu Miu interpretation. I think it was so well done: moderately twee, but not overly "whimsical" and saccharine (my second favourite is the reclining naked lady print). One of these days I hope to make use of Elizabeth Spiridakis' tutorial to make myself a cat print collar.

This weekend I went to Zara, which happens to be my favourite place to indulge in some fast fashion. I'm not sure why I give it a pass, but I do. Maybe because it's Spanish and I love Spain. While I was there, I spotted this.

Oh! A cat print dress in a viscose/rayon blend, for $40. I had to buy it, even though I'm always hurtin' the weekend before pay day. Please notice the bowties on the cats. Irresistible. It's the perfect cut for a summer dress, and a good length. It has an elastic waist, and the top part can be worn in a blousy sort of way, which feels easy breezy. I have my moments where I feel as though I should go buy another one. You know, for backup.

I did wring my hands about it a little bit: is 31 too old for cats & bowties? A brief text message correspondence with Erin confirmed that no, it's not. It depends on the 31 year old, I suppose. I can always wear it with a blazer for a bit of a "young professional" vibe.

Look at that! I could pretty much talk to you about offshore funds and currency futures now.

After I had purchased & thrown the dress in my tote bag I headed to the Drake General Store where I found a copy of The Gentlewoman, a new magazine from the creators of Fantastic Man magazine. I am trying to savour it, and so far, I am incredibly impressed. The editorial alone is a very positive celebration of modern women, and the content is beautifully presented. So many women's magazines are oppressive and passive aggressive and I am always so happy to find the rare one that isn't. I have also become mildly obsessed with a leather-trimmed Céline skirt that appears twice in the magazine, once in an ad and once in a feature.

If you're interested in a copy for yourself, you can find it at American Apparel (online and instore), but any finer bookstore or newsstand should have it. Please note that American Apparel lists it for $18 on their Canadian online store, but the marked price is $10.95.




REPLIES

K.Line: I've heard good things about Union. Maybe I'll try it for lunch sometime since lunch is always half the price of dinner!

hellotaylarose: Thank you. For a long time it was a bar called The Chelsea Room. It was painted purple on the outside and quite dark on the inside. I never actually went there, though.

Fran; Thanks for the recommendation -- I'll have to try it!

katrina: That would be amazing!! Please do.

sn: Thank you! I'm really enjoying my funny LC-A+ camera. It does all the work.

nice-etc.com / caitlin: It is really nice, I agree. You can also see through to the kitchen where a bunch of dudes are cooking everything from scratch. Pretty great. Haha! I broke veg for a tuna fish sandwich! I had been eating nothing but honey nut Cheerios for weeks, and I had just finished my exams for my last year of university. I figured I deserved it. Geoff and I rarely eat meat at home, but I don't think I could go veg again!

CARLY WAITO: It was so nice! I just wanted to see the artwork again and then there you guys were. I want to go back soon too!

Flor M., Belen Vazquez Amaro, owl and peacock : melina: I agree!

erica-knits: Oh yes! It's well worth trying. The owners also have a restaurant across the street, The Black Hoof (the Cafe was meant to be a sort of "waiting area" for the Black Hoof since it's always jam-packed). But there's something so nice about eating a nice lunch on a sunny day. I'm so glad you like my pictures! It means a lot. That little camera is the best.

35 comments:

  1. "I could pretty much talk to you about offshore funds and currency futures now."

    HA!!! love that line.

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  2. that cat print dress is absolutely gorgeous, and i think that when it has a modern shape and style, you're definitely not too old te wear it!

    i'm 28, and i often question what i can and can't get away with. i never want to be one of those women i used to laugh at for dressing half their age!

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  3. ooohhh, I ordered my copy of Gentlewoman a bit after it came out, but I think it sold out at the shop where I got it online, and now I'll be getting the 2nd issue...
    Still waiting for it. Grrr.

    And no, 31 is not too old for that cat dress! :)

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  4. oh no, i almost wish i hadn't seen this post! i want that dress so badly but i know my pre-travel budget will not allow it!

    *sigh*

    oh well, you make it look great, no matter your age!

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  5. yeeee!!!! the dress! it definitely depends on the person...and you're just the person for it. i am srsly going to have to check for that in my store soon.

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  6. I'm so glad you got that dress. It's fantastic. I was trying to formulate a suitable reply to your tweet: one that was not too pushy, but also begged you to buy the dress. Stat. Alas, I couldn't find the balance and kept my opinion to myself...

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  7. oh my gosh!! That dress is so you. I'm so glad Zara did the cat print. I hope it's the dress of summer 2010.

    Gentlewoman also sounds really good. I think I've passed it by before not knowing what it was. I'll have to look for a copy when I get back to the city.

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  8. I always give Zara a pass too... most of their clothes are made in Europe, which makes them better quality than other high-street stores, I find.

    I adore this dress. Cute without being twee. So very you. Perfect!

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  9. Such a cute dress - I love it! I haven't been to Zara in years but will definitely swing by to see if I can find the dress locally. I have a feeling it will end up being a perfect summer weekend dress.

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  10. I found the gentlewomen in the Indigo at Bay and Bloor yesterday! and it's the regular price $10.95. For some reason..I really love the feel of the cover.

    I'm really tempted to buy that cat print dress too now!

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  11. cats + bow ties = perfect!

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  12. I've come to the conclusion that if you love something and feel confident wearing it, it is right for you whatever your age (within reason, of course... at my advanced age I definitely can't get away with some things!). This dress is a perfect example--you look great in it! The blazer just makes it look like you could manage mergers and acquisitions by day, and party by night :)

    I hope you don't mind my mentioning here, but I am currently having a small giveaway of a necklace and photos on my blog
    (www.gemmifer-jennifer.blogspot.com)
    and a sale in my Etsy shop
    (www.etsy.com/shop/JZinn)
    I would be so thrilled if you would stop by and enter the giveaway!

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  13. oh, i LOVE this dress!

    i'm also a 31 year old librarian who loves cats...haha. i am definitely scurrying over to Zara on my luch break to see if they have it here (in S.F.).

    i know exactly how you feel about the age/dressing issue. mostly i don't care but then occasionally i wonder if i should. i don't want to dress like i'm 20 but i'm also not a straight laced grown up either. it's a delicate balance!

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  14. I want that dress!!!! It just breaks my heart that we do not have a Zara in Portland... just absolutely heart breaking!

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  15. a) is 32 too old for my first denim mini skirt?

    b) i can't believe you missed the last trunk show. it was all cats!

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  16. adoooorable!

    I hope I can get my hands on a Gentlewoman. Thanks for the heads up.

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  17. You are beautiful! I love that cat dress! I had no idea you were 31. I think I thought you were my age (24), or younger but I suppose there is not that much difference after a certain point. Please take the above as a compliment. :)

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  18. love the dress and love your blog. makes me want to visit toronto.

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  19. That shirt/dress is just wonderful! Looks great paired with the blazer. I'd hate to know that at 31 I couldn't wear something that fun and chic. :)

    Absolutely loving your blog too by the by. I think I found you through tumblr and it was a great find.
    Cris

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  20. wow, i LOVE this dress!!! cats are amazing, especially ones with bowties! :)

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  21. your outfit is very gentlewomanly! ha ha
    that print is so amazing and i'm glad you got it!

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  22. Aww very cute print!! and no, never too old! hehe.

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  23. There never is an age too old for cats and bowties!!! :)

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  24. You are never too old for cats and bowties! You look fab!

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  25. gentlewoman is the best new mag in a loong while. love how they're throwing it back with their style, no "what's-your-inspiration" bs.

    *and Hoof Café is a life-altering experience!

    *bisous*

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  26. That cat print blouse is beautiful. I love that colour blue. xxx

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  27. i love it and you wear the dress so well! thanks for the cat party shout out <3

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  28. I could pretty much talk to you about offshore funds and currency futures now.

    anabela you're so adorable!

    and i agree, 31 is not too old for cats & bowties!

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  29. what an amazing and quirky find from zara! love the color too. so cute :)

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  30. this post is hilarious! you've inspired me with all of your talk about cats. i never was a cat lover until i met my boyfriend, who has three legendary cats, all with very distinct personalities. anyway, i did a blog post on it today, with pictures from your tumblr (dreamcats). thanks so much for making more cat fans in the world, hehe.

    perhaps you'll want to check it out:
    http://swayreport.blogspot.com/2010/05/les-reves-des-chats.html

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  31. If you got this in Toronto, which Zara did you get it at? I can't find it anywhere and I'm LUSTING after it!

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  32. Hey Roslyn -- not sure if you'll see this but I got the dress at Zara in Yorkdale! My parents live up there.

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  33. Das ist ja klasse, das gleiche habe ich mir damals auch geholt und bin echt super glücklich damit. Das sieht einfach wunderschön aus.

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