TORONTO FOR THE TRENDSETTERS
A day and a half at the fabulous Thompson Hotel
Lunch at Nadege Patisserie
An afternoon at the Bata Shoe Museum
Toronto, the six, t.o. or however you'd like to call it, is a really trendy city for people who are interested in fashion and enthusiastic for a little taste. Because Toronto was named seventh-best city to visit by the New York Times, we have to mention the three chicest spots to visit this spring/summer 2017.
Before arriving to the city book a room at the Thompson hotel, you won't regret. This is the place to be at. Here you will have access to the amazing rooftop pool and bar where you will definitely forget about your responsibilities by enjoying a sip of mimosa with the coolest view of the city. Superb ambience.
After enjoying a little sun bathing, go back to your room and get ready to grab some lunch. A blazer, some ripped denim, black booties, Ray Ban sunglasses and some rings will do! It's a 15 min walk from the hotel, so walk. Queen St W is one of the hippest neighbourhoods in city, here you'll find vintage shops of all kinds and stunning murals; walking really helps you grasp the lifestyle of a Torontonian.
So, let's start of with a little lunch to energize the day. Nadege Patisserie, is a beautiful little french boutique where you can find the best macaroons and baguettes in the city.
My favourite is the brie cheese baguette and a glass of freshly squeezed OJ, plus two or three delicious macaroons to go.
Known from its fine cuisine and the large selection of pastries, the location's appearance is minimalist and french, two amazing combinations. The bright white walls, and the vibrant and colourful food make the perfect recipe for the finest pictures.
Afterwards, head towards Bloor and Bay, an intersection where fashionable high end designer stores live. For example, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Burberry and so on. Walk along Bloor St. and admire the architecture that blends a European influence with modern day western society. Your destination is 327 Bloor St W, better known as the Bata Shoe Museum.
Apart from the beautiful architecture of the building, there is so much to experience in this museum. If you are interested in fashion, you must love shoes or at least know that shoes are a very important part of this industry. Shoes are not only like amazing and pretty, shoes are also a very profitable part of the business. Cool, but what's even better? Shoes have a special way of telling us what people feel, want and like. They have existed for thousands of years and in every period of time; shoes tell a story.
At the Bata Shoe Museum you will have the opportunity to see over a thousand shoes that have formed part of different cultures in different time periods. From ancient Egyptian sandals to Chinese bound foot shoes, and glamorous celebrity shoes.
My favourite, a pair of Marilyn Monroe’s red high heels. Maybe I'm being bias because I admire her, & her fashion style.
Once you enjoy all the shoes and the culture, go back to your room at the Thompson, relax, maybe get pampered at the spa and get your nails and hair done before the evening begins. Start planning your outfit for the night which includes a lovely dinner and a night out, without having to leave the hotel. What do I mean with this? The Thompson has an amazing restaurant that has been described as "a sleek and sophisticated downtown Toronto diner". Great food and a couple of Cosmos to begin a night full of adventures. The hotel also has a nightclub as a basement, literally. The Wildflower is located in the lower level of the hotel. Yeah, it keeps getting better.
"Take a walk on the wild side ... where cutting-edge design, contemporary art, and world-class beats come together in an effortless vibe" - The Thompson Hotel 2017
Wildflower is a great place to network with people from the Toronto fashion industry. The people are classy, the music is 'loungy', and the ambience is relaxed but chic. Dress up! A nude dress will take you places, or maybe some high waist culottes. Pair it up with transparent high heels, a boxy clutch, You will need some red lipstick and neutral makeup, sometimes less is more.