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Favourite Friday: June 11 Edition – In Which Ally Might Finally Shut-Up About TOMS

June 11, 2010

Ally: Allow me to talk about my baby for a minute. He`s having a rough time of it lately. In the last week and a half, four teeth have emerged. We`ve been waiting for these teeth for the last couple of months, and now, they have finally arrived. This has resulted in a relatively cranky baby, the loss of our (mutually) beloved naps, and a reservoir of drool.

My Thursday was spent as such:

  • Trying to get Baby to nap
  • Getting baby up from failed nap
  • Playing on the play mat (aka chasing baby around the house…kid can crawl, he can crawl fast)
  • Trying to get baby to nap
  • Getting baby up from failed nap
  • Chasing baby around house

As I had to pick up El Jeffe downtown from an off-site training session at 4pm, I decided to cut my losses at home and put baby in the car around 2pm to take a drive towards sanity. We landed on Spring Garden Rd. for a stroll in the fresh air and just happened to end up at Kick Ass Shoes (KAS) and American Apparel. Shocking, I know. One of my oldest and dearest friends (we’ve known each other since grade one), Stephanie,  came along for the trip.

At this point, I think even Osama bin Laden is aware of my affection for TOMS shoes. So you will all be pleased to know that I finally purchased a pair. Wanna see? Of course you do!

Closer look?

I was going to go for a solid colour, but who am I kidding. Pink and blue plaid? Yes, please.

KAS has an incredible selection of shoes right now. Some twitter friends were asking whether they had the wedges in. I did not see them, although I was told that they had a shipment on the way. Here’s the selection of TOMS:

Steph found a couple of shoes she loved:

I loved these gladiator flats, but alas, my mat leave pay is not condusive to my shoe purchasing habit. Sad face. In case you are wondering, I too find it ironic that I am wearing a CBGB t-shirt. It was a gift from a friend and in no way reduces my affinity for Britney Spears-ish music.

I also really loved these shoes. I’m thinking of selling some of baby’s stuff to pay for them. KIDDING. (seriously though, how much does a lightly used exersaucer go for these days…just curious? )

Next up: American Apparel. I was on the hunt for a cotton tank and a colourful cami to wear underneath. Score!

Don’t mind the jean capris. I swear I was just pairing the tank with them for the photo. As previously mentioned, it was not a “dress up” sort of day.

I really like American Apparel bras. This is where I can actually get down with Carrie Bradshaw’s way of wearing bras as outerwear. To a point…


Yes, no thank you.

Special thanks to BabyG for selecting the bra for me. He literally hooked it onto his foot from the rack. Steph caught the moment on camera. Not one of my prouder moments as a mom.

I did really love this bodysuit, and I almost bought it. I felt like the idea of it was more attractive than the reality. Correct me if I am wrong here, but would this not be constant wedgie territory?

That’s all for me. I’m off to pour myself a box of wee splash of wine after today’s teething festivities. I leave you with your crappy pop video of the week:

For some reason, this song makes me super weepy. You do it for me Jay Z, EVERY.TIME.

P.S. Baby wants to be a part of shoe porn. He’s been feeling left out…

Put those gams away, you hussy! Ah, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Special thanks to KAS and American Apparel for allowing us to take a few photos while shopping. And thanks to Stepha for watching baby while I tried on undergarments.

L-A: I just got home from drinking wine and eating cake (thanks to a book swap at the home of the Gifted Typist), so I’m not sure I can add much to this conversation, except: have you ever had twizzlers while drinking lemonade? I’m not kidding. It’s good stuff. I was even using my twizzler as a straw. If you think this is immature, grab an airline sized bottle of vodka (the kind nana kept in her purse for darts games…wait…not everyone’s nana did this?) and make it a grown up drink.  I am seriously telling you: lemonade + twizzlers = summer lovin’ or some such reference to a movie I dislike.  I was also shopping today and saw Intern Krista, but I did not take pictures. I did buy cute jewellery for $5 at the Biscuit sidewalk sale (which can be your Friday Favourite: sale from 12-6pm!)

Moving on to other favourites.  Have you seen that Iceland video? Does it not make you want to put on sweaters, tights, jean shorts and dance your way through Iceland?

Love it. Group trip to dance like dorks through Iceland? Who’s with me?!?

I think I love her outfit because, with the boots, it is total shades of the 1990s – in the awesome My So Called Life kind of way. I want to dress like that and watch Jordan Catalano lean on things. I so wanted to be Angela, but I was probably more of Sharon and that kind of breaks my heart. Or at least makes me less likely to share pictures of my 90s hair with you.  This brings me to a thing I thought I’d hate, but do not: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony.

source: fabsugar

I mean, I don’t love it all, but it gives me this nostalgic feeling for clothes I owned/wanted to own in 1993.  And will still never own because it’s Opening Ceremony and let’s face it folks, I will probably not be shopping at a joint that sells $100 Keds anytime soon.  I may, however, get me a pair of the penny loafers she has her name on. Because, well, do I need to justify penny loafers? I can’t tell you how much I loved penny loafers. I was even geeky enough to put a penny in my loafers. (yes, sometimes my teenage self embarasses me too. Like the time she wore a red ribbon in her hair to match her Pearl Jam t-shirt and red all-stars. Good job, teen L-A).

To add to the awesomeness of the collection, it seems that Lesley Arfin was among her models and I am in the middle of reading Arfin’s book Dear Diary, which is full of awkward 90s teen diary entries and interviews with the grown up versions of the people she mentioned in her diary and I’m loving it.

So that’s my Friday. How about you? Got plans for the weekend? If not, pull on a flannel shirt, break out the Buffalo Tom and get yourself some twizzlers and lemonade. Good times my friends, good times.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. edenkaill permalink
    June 11, 2010 7:55 am

    I love this post! My kid shoplifts for me all the time, but she doesn’t have babyG’s good taste, sadly.

    I also wanted to be Angela, but I was most definitely Rayanne. And I still have an embarassingly intense crush on Brian Krakow. Did you know he grew up hot? Oh yes:

    • L-A permalink*
      June 11, 2010 10:00 am

      I did try to dye my hair red. It was an epic fail that involved some pinks and changing colour when it got wet. Oops.

      I was never into Brian Krakow. Looking back and reading well thought out articles on the subject: Jordan Catalano was stoned and a bit of a douche. But Brian Krakow was not the alternative. I also have trouble with Brian because he turned out to be a date rapist on Felicity. Different show, I know, but he was still Brian to me.

  2. allygarbs permalink*
    June 11, 2010 8:14 am


  3. June 11, 2010 9:07 am

    Love the shoes. I am holding out for a pair of the wedges. Can’t decide on red stripe or navy stripe. And I am a huge fan of the lemonade/twizzler effect. Cannot believe I never considered adding vodka. Might be a weekend experiment.

    • L-A permalink*
      June 11, 2010 9:57 am

      I’m all over the navy stripe wedges.

      The vodka in the lemonade is a classy holdover from my undergrad days in the valley. Perfect drinking for sunny weather.

  4. Krista permalink
    June 11, 2010 9:13 am

    KAS tried to push those plaid TOMS on me, but I need something that can be work appropriate if I “forget” my real work shoes. They offered to put me on a waiting list, but said to myself, “It isn’t a f—ing Birkin bag and it’s not 2003.”

    • allygarbs permalink*
      June 11, 2010 9:21 am

      Um, now I’m slightly mortified that you stood next to me while I was put on the waiting list for TOMS at Biscuit. Now I just visualize you saying in your head, “Bitch, that isn’t an effing Birkin bag and it’s not 2003. Although your running pants are.”

      I hear you re: the plaid for work.

      • Krista permalink
        June 15, 2010 2:58 pm

        FWIW, the Biscuit folks were much nicer about it than the KAS folks. I perennially get the feeling from them that they don’t need me to shop there.

    • L-A permalink*
      June 11, 2010 10:02 am

      I fear this Summer of TOMS will eventually be looked back upon as the new Summer of Crocs. Because seriously, those were hot shit for awhile. And perfectly sane people wore them and now pretend that it didn’t happen. But it did. I saw it.

  5. rawlsy permalink
    June 11, 2010 10:27 am

    As a result of that tourism ad, I have: renamed my house Niceland, priced Iceland trips, priced the camera they used to make the ad, online shopped for those outfits, bought Emiliana Torrini’s catalogue and lost a friend or two as a result of my enthusiasm. And I’ve never been happier.

    • L-A permalink*
      June 11, 2010 1:26 pm

      Rawlsy, you are my hero. I want to tag along on your Iceland adventures. Dancing and sweaters = awesomesauce.

  6. June 11, 2010 10:49 am

    Ally, didn’t pick up several more skanky bras from AA? After you revealed your secret to me at the SATC2 pre-drinks party, I went in to AA and asked specifically where their “skanky” bras were. They pointed me to the lace ones, but damn, right next to the cotton ones! Guess it’s a universal AA language. And thanks for investigating the wedge situation. Holding my breathe and $ til those hit the shelves.

    • L-A permalink*
      June 11, 2010 1:31 pm

      The wedges should be in KAS this weekend (fingers crossed) and we just got word via twitter that Biscuit has wedges on the way as well. Navy striped wedges will be mine. Oh yes, they will be mine.

      • June 14, 2010 11:44 am

        It’s a good thing we have different sized feet L-A, or we’d have to fist-fight for them. I called KAS a couple of weeks ago, and they told me they weren’t getting the wedges in!

        You’ve transformed my tears of sadness into tears of joy. I trust you will keep us loyal, dear readers posted. I have a popular foot size, so I will likely need to show up at KAS at dawn and elbow people out of the way. Care to join me?

        • L-A permalink*
          June 14, 2010 12:51 pm

          My sadness is that the wedges are in – but not in the colour I want! What’s a girl got to do to get navy striped wedges? I don’t want to have to go to the internet!

    • allygarbs permalink*
      June 11, 2010 3:35 pm

      I have six (SIX!) AA skanky bras. Two strapless bandeaux bras and four skankies with straps. They are the best things ever.

  7. Lady Bee permalink
    June 11, 2010 10:58 pm

    L-A: I just love that you referenced Buffalo Tom in this post.

    “Tailights Fade”…*sigh*

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