Years before Vogue named Toronto’s Queen Street West one of the Coolest neighbourhoods in the world, Yorkville was one of the best places to be in the city. An area with luxury boutiques, celebrity sightings and cool new restaurants. Over the years, the Toronto International Film Festival moved to King West, and Queen East & West developed into the hippest new areas to hang out, with tons of boutiques, new clubs, farm to table restaurants with local ingredients, and so much more.
As a child, I tagged along with my sister as she perused the boutiques, and years ago we returned to Yorkville after a lunch date where I bought my first pair of designer shoes. When I lived in Toronto, we occasionally gathered in the area with friends for lunch and shared a pitcher of Sangria. After a meal in Yorkville, I was never quite satisfied until I had a scoop of homemade ice cream from Summers. Yorkville is also special to me because it’s where I met Tom and had our first date, and you know the rest is history.
So, as I started off the day venturing around the area that has changed so much over the years, yet felt so old and familiar, I wore this sweet little embroidered number. I stumbled through the feeling of disbelief having returned to this city, as though I’d lost touch with a very dear old friend I hadn’t seen in ages. As I passed by all the little spots that held a special place in my heart, I was overcome with emotion, replaying and reliving every moment.
I paired the dress with embroidered shoes, which first showed up on the blog here, and finished off the look with a vintage Valentino Garavani leather bag. This bag was purchased on a trip to Italy years ago and the leather is so incredibly soft and buttery. Pulling out old favourites is like reliving some of your sweetest memories; they often feel like they are brand new all over again. Ironically, perfect for this walk through memory lane.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. If you have an old favourite in your closet that you keep, I’d love to know! If you enjoyed this post, please comment below. I always love hearing from you.
Photo credit to my amazing sister.