May 31, 2010

I Got...

Bird Cage umbrella by Fulton, $30

Fuzion on Church

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I have something to look forward to on Fridays - a glass of crisp Chardonnay and a dozen oysters at the Fuzion on Church Street. This fine dining resto has $1 oysters and $5 tapas on Fridays, 5-7p.m. Make sure to have a sit on their spacious shaded patio - it is perfect for people watching (and you know, it's especially good on Church street - so many different characters).

As far as food goes, the Oysters were fresh, but a bit small. Only one souse is included with the order, the extras are $1.50 each. The muscles ($10) are large enough to share, and grilled eggplant ($5 on Fridays) is delicious. A small selection of wines by the glass is available ($10 on average).


May 28, 2010

Vanesa Bruno, The Shoe Girl

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Check out Vanessa Bruno's site. She is the Parisian "It" girl when it comes to fashion and accessories.


Nails By Joe

At $4 each, Joe Fresh's nail polishes are my next obsessions. Mint and Powder Blue are great for Summer.

Get painting!


May 27, 2010

Men of Moscow by The Sartorialist


Pictures by The Sartorialist
I am sorry for plagiarizing again, but these pictures by The Sartorialist are fascinating... Well, except for the second one.


My Style Icon - Carine Roitfeld

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Read more about this amazing woman here.


May 26, 2010

I Want... Pearl by Marc Fisher

$115 at Capezio.


Brian Donnelly's Naked Beasts

Another artist who's work I like but hardly understand. Brian Donnelly lives and works in Toronto. I'd like to have one of his paintings on a t-shirt.



May 25, 2010

Ray Caesar and His Dolls

Ray Caesar's dolls are evil, beautiful evil. Read more about this Toronto artist here and enjoy his work.

May 24, 2010

I Want...But Won't Get For at Least Another 5 Years...

Chanel Vintage Oversize day Bag, $3925 at

Montreal and More

Jardin Nelson

I am back! Well, technically I didn't go anywhere except for a short trip to Montreal. I am back to active blogging and sourcing interesting content for Fira&Capa. Expect new "obsessions", deals, and perhaps a bit more more pop culture.

I'd like to say a few words about my Montreal trip. This was an "anniversary" trip for me and Mr. Zaika - we've been together for thee years today and I sincerely hope to celebrate our 30th anniversary one day... But enough lyrics. I want to tell you about two wonderful spots I've discovered in Montreal.

The first one of my finds is called Jardin Nelson. It is located in the Old Port district and faces a lovely, pedestrian-only square. Both outdoor patios and the dining room are adorned with fresh flowers. The menu is fabulous - lots of gourmet salads, crepes, and summer-inspired dishes. Oh, and their Sangria is beyond anything I've ever tried before!
The second spot is called Cafe Gitana located at 2080-A, Rue St-Denis. It's an authentic Turkish hookah lounge that has a selection of fruit-flavoured narguilahs and traditional black and mint teas. I've been there twice in two days and loved both visits. Highly recommended for people-watching and relaxation after a long day of shopping and sight seeing.
More posts coming soon!

May 20, 2010

CONTACT festival is still on

Image: Frank Seiferth.
CONTACT photo festival is still on until May 31.
If you want to start your evening early or don't want to go home right after work, check out the openings for that day. It's a great way to enjoy some art, check out a new space, hang out with "artsy" people, have some wine and bring some variety to your "going out" routine.

Information and schedule available at

My good friend and a great photographer Frank Seiferth is having an opening this Thursday, 7-11, 263 Adelaide, Studio 514, more info

Related post is here.


May 19, 2010

RedBull 381PROJECTS - Event

Images: David Armstrong Six, "The Law of the Excluded Middle". Installation view, Red Bull 381 Projects

We all know what RedBull is. However, I'm sure not a lot of you are aware what RedBull 381PROJECTS stands for. It's a space on Queen/Peter, occupied by Red Bull office that at the same time houses exhibitons and hosts creative events. I heard the space itself is amazing from a design point of view.

I contacted 381 PROJECTS to see what exhibits are on right now and was lucky to find out that there is an event happening related to their current exhibit.
The work displayed at the moment is called "The Law of the Excluded Middle" by Montreal based artist David Armstrong Six "draws upon a wide-range of references and materials, resulting in an equally diverse yet decisive practice within the ambit of sculpture, drawings and video."

This Thursday, May 19, the artist will be giving a talk in the gallery and a walk through of his show.

If you can make it, I think, it's a great opportunity to check out the work itself, listen to the artist talk about it, as most of the time we have no idea what the artist "wanted to say with it" and, check out the beautiful space of the RedBull office.

Exhibition runs till May
Special Event: Gallery walkthrough with David Armstrong Six and curators Nicholas Brown and Catherine Dean Thursday, May 20 at 7pm

PUBLIC HOURS:Thursday and Friday: 5-9pm Saturday: 12-5pm
Red Bull 381 Projects
381 Queen St. W (Queen & Peter) 2nd Floor, Toronto


May 18, 2010

What's Happening...

I am sorry I haven't been posting much lately and promise some really great content is coming up! In the meanwhile, here is the usual sales and deals roundup:

Get $1 Flip Flops at the Old Navy on May 22. Details here.

Get 30% off any purchase of $100 or more at Banana Republic. Offer valid after 5 p.m. today only!

From now until May 23, 2010 eleven Boutique is holding their anniversary sale with 30%-50% discounts! This Spring the boutique features treasured Canadian talents including: LUNDSTRÖM, Pink Tartan, Brandon R Dwyer, Lucian Matis, Nada, Obakki and Joeffer Caoc as well as accessories and jewelry lines from around the world.

May 15th to May 23rd get 50% off all nail polish and nail treatments at Rexall PharmaPlus

Until June 15, 2010 you can save $10 when you spend $50 at Joe Fresh! Simply log on to to download this special offer, and bring your coupon into the store!

And finally, on May 27th the Benefit Brow Bar in Holt Renfrew at Yorkdale Mall is hosting a grand opening event. Book your free eyebrow wax by calling 416-789-5377.



May 13, 2010

Doors Open Toronto

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Find out more about Doors Open Toronto (May 29 &30) here. This event attracts thousands and thousands of sightseers every year, so make sure to start early to avoid lineups.

Oh, and don't forget to visit Elgin Theatre's Winter Garden (above)

Have fun!


Diesel Warehouse Sale

May 10, 2010

Diesel Bags at the Surplus Clothing

Surplus Clothing now has a wide selection of Diesel and Diesel Black Gold bags. There are a lot to choose from, but the prices are not that great. For those of you who find their perfect bag there, use the discount code CC0510bb and get 5% off.

I will visit Surplus Clothing's show room in Montreal when I am there for the Victoria Day long weekend. Stay tuned for the report.


I Got...

$140 at the Little Burgundy.


May 5, 2010

Tried and Approved

Pic by Ilona K.

I am so exited to share my great new find with you! Chi-Ko-Roo restaurant on Church and Wellesley has the best lunch specials and they are all $7! Plus, you get fresh bread and thee awesome dips with every order for free! My recommendation is to get Mediterranean Grilled Veggies and Chicken salad (pictured). The serving is huge and warm bell peppers, asparagus, and chicken breast and delicious. Chicken Caesar and Mandarin Chicken salads are also great.
The place is brand new, with semi-enclosed patio and quick, friendly service. I went there today with two friends and our bill came to $23 after taxes. I think Chi-Ko-Roo has the potential to become my next favorite casual spot!

Me and Ilona plan to continue exploring Church street. It looks promising, so stay tuned for more lunch recommendations!

491 Church Street

Bon Appetit!


And More…

Go here for Sales Roundup from Toronto Life. Gucci trunk show anyone?


More Ways to Spend

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Still didn't get enough shopping?

Get 10% off on-line purchases at, May 4th-22nd. Use coupon code ALDO10CA at checkout. Details here.

May 7th-9th, you can bring any clean, used handbag to the Bay and get a discount on a new bag. And all of the donated handbags will be given to the Canadian Women's Foundation along with a $20 Gift Card. With your handbag donation you'll receive:

* $15 off a handbag purchase of $60-$99
* $25 off a handbag purchase of $100-$149
* $50 off a handbag purchase of $150

Bags by Diesel and Juicy Couture are excluded from the promotion. Details here.

May 6th-9th, get 30% off all Gap regularly priced items with the coupon. Leave you e-mail in "comments" and I will forward the coupon to you by EOD.

Enjoy your shopping!


May 4, 2010

Half-Price Iced Drinks at Starbucks

Chill with half-price frappuccinos at Starbucks - May 7-16th, 3-5 p.m.


May 3, 2010

Do You Feel Like Shopping?

If you've answered yes, here is a selection of sales, deals, and freebies for your consideration:

Gap men's and women's shorts are 30% off until May 4th

has a minor handbag sale - get $10 to $25 off until May 9th

has some great dresses for under $30

Lush offers 6 unpackaged products for $20 until May 31st. Details are here.

La Vie en Rose has a buy-one-get-one event until May10th.