In Bloom

Back from our short hiatus! Our shop, Shineandgold.com, has been preoccupying most of our time this past few months. But, as Drake would say, “I might take a breather but I won’t ever leave you”… in this case meaning posting on Good as Gold. No matter how much time passes between blog posts, rest assured we will always come back! I hope to be 90 and taking OOTDs at the bingo hall… or whatever activity seniors are doing in the year 2080. Jet pack water aerobics? Knitting with laser light beams? Sign me up. 

Anyway, back to the topic at hand! What could be better fresh content to return with than CHERRY BLOSSOMS?! Dayle and I had an annual tradition of taking blog pictures amongst the cherry blossoms at High Park every spring. When she moved to Australia for a year, I took it upon myself that year to keep the tradition alive! My boyfriend and I headed there early on a Saturday morning… and then basically turned the car right around. People everywhere. Families. Dogs. Mass chaos. Stampedes. Things being set on fire. OK maybe not the last part, but it was total mayhem and we are not fans of crowds. After that experience, I decided to avoid High Park during cherry blossom season… very sad as it is so beautiful. So, imagine my delight this year when Allie told me she came across a little cluster of cherry blossom trees in bloom near her dog park! And, BONUS, unobstructed #views of the CN tower. Naturally we headed straight over. 

It was a beautiful spring day and I had been dying to wear this new pink floral ruffle set by Toby Heart Ginger (via Princess Polly). I half wore an old denim jacket cause like… cold forearms… obviously… not just an aesthetic thing… kfineitwas. I also added some dainty gold necklaces, big gold hoops, a vintage straw clutch, anddddd to keep things cool, plain white sneaks. I’ll never tire of pairing girly things with more casual items like sneakers and oversized denim jackets. Spring is totally in the air as referenced in these pictures! We are so excited to bring you more sunny content through the summer! 

Shine & Gold Shop

INTRODUCING: SHINE & GOLD SHOP! Opening our own Toronto-based online boutique is something we always wanted to happen and we are so excited to announce that the shop is finally live! Head over to shineandgold.com to start shopping!

To backtrack a bit... It has been a crazy past few months for us. So many life changes have happened and somehow they have all felt as though they were happening for a reason. Blogging has been a labour of love for us over the past 4 years. We share our outfits, photography, and travels because we truly love to, even though we have both worked full-time jobs in conjunction with trying to create content and maintain our blog. We have been super grateful that lately we have been able to partner with amazing brands & companies. We definitely want to continue to do so, but having an online boutique that our fellow Canadians know they can go to for fashion forward and unique items is something that we are so excited to be able to offer in the Canadian market. As AVID online shoppers, we have become increasingly discouraged with currency rates not being in our favour, the crazy duties that we have been stuck paying, and slow shipping from other countries. We have grown our small but wonderful following due to our sense of personal style: a unique mix of edgy and feminine. We have hand-selected all of the clothing on our site and hand-made all of the chokers. We are so thrilled to be able to offer this to the Canadian market and feel like this is a natural extension to our blog. We hope you love the shop!!

Thanks to:
Photographer:
http://www.reenarayphotography.com/
Models:
https://www.instagram.com/brooklynmillet/
https://www.instagram.com/annniegallagher/
https://www.instagram.com/gods_alien/
Make up:
https://www.instagram.com/lcfreelancemakeup/

Up On The Rooftop

BIG BREATH... HEY GAG READERS! Long time no see... is what I should be saying to all of our followers who regularly check our blog. I have been completely absent for the last few months and have put all of my energy into posting pictures on Instagram and zero energy into appearing on our blog. I'm awful. BUT, that being said, Kendra has done a marvellous job filling it with aesthetically pleasing photos and outfits from Greece and the like. Anyway, I am back and in one of the best outfits I have thrown together this year! The perfect combination of coziness with my oversized chunky knit turtleneck sweater and a smooth velvet slip dress and a pair of thigh high boots to at least make it look like I'm trying to stay warm. The best part? This AMAZING ZARA bag Kendra so sweetly bought two of and gifted one to me for my recent birthday. It's a bucket bag made with velvet and embroidered with beads and chains. I have put it on the shelf with all of my other highly praised items in my closet.

But seriously.. The temps have dipped people. Coming from someone who spent the better of the last two years living in a tropical climate - I'M FREEZING MY TUCHUS OFF. So if you want to keep warm but also appear semi-stylish, the above is a good option for winter. We'll just pretend like our upper thighs aren't even cold. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS BY THE WAY XX

 

Grecian Summer

Spent all of 24 hours in Athens before heading out to sea, and as someone who has never been to the city before, I was wholly surprised that it surpassed my expectations. Granted, we stayed in a charming old neighbourhood filled with shops and bistros, but the city has this amazing energy coursing through it due to its rich history. Naturally, a trip to Athens could not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis/Pantheon ruins. An all-white outfit proved to be a great choice because it was STIFLING hot. I made this breezy slip dress casual enough for a day of sightseeing by adding a ribbed tshirt underneath and throwing a pair of white sneakers on. 

Shiny Boots of Leather

Kendra wearing: Zara olive utility duster jacket, Forever 21 grey ribbed tank, Forever 21 white skinny jeans with rips, Forever 21 suede tie choker, Forever 21 crescent moon necklace, Geox leather buckle boots

Living in Canada means (for me at least) that every fall I have to start thinking about a new winter boot. The past few years I have basically given up on trying to find anything remotely stylish because I KNOW they'll be completely destroyed due to salt and snow come winter's end. Normally I'll buy an ugly cheap pair I don't mind ruining and wear them to death while traipsing through the snow banks and slush puddles. Well, that ends this winter! Thanks to Geox I have a new pair of beautiful riding boots that will help me look like someone who actually takes pride in their appearance in the winter (hehe, is there anyone out there who doesn't let themselves go even a little bit in the frigid months?). The perfectly pointed toe, full-zipped calf, and buckle detail are all components of my ideal winter boot. Of course, this is Toronto we're talking about, so on particularly nasty days I will definitely be pulling out some old boots to battle the elements... but on days with a little less snow and ice, you'll be sure to find me in this stunning pair!

Thanks to Geox for partnering with us on this post :)

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Lips Are Sealed

Kendra wearing: & Other Stories embroidered shift dress, Topshop moto vest, Zara platform sandals, ASOS ribbed socks

Taking advantage of the (probably) last warm day we’ll have before Toronto freezes over by wearing this perfect embroidered shift dress. Shout out to my parents who lovingly purchased this for me on their recent trip to London from & Other Stories, my FAVOURITE STORE always and forever… How adorable are the embroidered hearts and lips?! Such a good pick. I wore it to browse the markets with Dayle in Parkdale and then on a little walk through the park to see the leaves changing colour (not the most sensible footwear choice for this, but I’ve never been the most practical dresser anyway). Keeping in mind that it is, in fact, October, I was sure to throw on some socks and a leather vest to keep me warm when the chilly autumn winds came blowing through. Transitional dressing at its finest!

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Endless Summer

Summer is almost officially over, but the heatwave has lingered long enough to feel like these photos could have been shot in this past week. In reality, these are from a few weeks ago, but who's keeping track?! Dayle and I spent an evening in Kensington market shooting summery looks and ended up at El Rey Mezcal Bar, seated on their palm tree adorned, tropical-feeling patio where we finished our night with the most refreshing beverages. 

I wore a faux suede cut-out crop top which I had been putting off wearing until I had the perfect bottom for it: high-waisted white culottes. I had to cycle through several pairs (buy, scrutinize, return, repeat) until I finally ordered these flawless babies from ASOS. I can always count on ASOS! They hit at just the right place on the calf, are the ideal high-waisted-ness, and are the purest white (absolute must). They're sold out now and admittedly out of season given it will be October in a few weeks, but I linked a similar pair below anyway, as I'm sure to be wearing mine for many spring/summers to come.

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As Seen On Me

Kendra wearing : ASOS playsuit, Forever 21 sunglasses, Zara studded flat sandals, vintage Chanel bucket bag

So I am finally coming to terms with my ASOS addiction. Despite the fact that I am inundated with duties and taxes upon receipt of every package, I just can't stop ordering! I mean, where else can you find a lacy high neck playsuit for $35 (now on sale for $20?!)? Don't answer that because I don't want to know. I am too devoted to ASOS and don't want to halt my addiction just yet. I am so happy with this playsuit purchase and loved how it paired with some studded flats and my old vintage Chanel bag that I dug out of the archives. 

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These Sleeves Have Serious Flow

Wearing: Alpine Top by Princess Polly | Vintage Denim Skirt | Forever21 Heels | Forever21 Necklaces

Since buying this bell sleeves top from Princess Polly I have realized sleeves can be FUN. Their enjoyment level catapults monstrously when you add a bunch more fabric. Seriously, I am swinging and swaying my arms more than a common pedestrian should and every minute is pure bliss. Perhaps this was another reason people were so gosh darn happy in the 1960's. I totally get it now. This vintage-hippie vibe has come back in full force this summer and I have embraced each trend with pleasure. I mixed this top with my favourite light-wash denim skirt and strappy heeled sandals from Forever21. A solid look for festivals, hot nights in the city or sitting on your couch and looking fine if that's your deal. 

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two wicked witches of the west

Kendra wearing: Zara - Shoes | Forever21  - Accessories | Band Tee & Shorts - Vintage

Dayle wearing: Shoes & Hat - Forever21 | Skirt - Topshop | Belt - About A Girl | Top - Zara

Two wicked witches of the west - that's where we're going with these vintage rock / western style festival outfits. On the hottest day of the summer (~srsly though~), we took a break at Humber Bay shores to enjoy the view of the city skyline. Feeling the vibes that Stevie Nicks was giving off in 1977 - we decided to style our outfits to inspire those in search of summer music festival fashion. Kendra has a natural talent for walking into Value Village like a magnet for all the best items, so to no ones surprise she snatched this band tee and these distressed shorts. Note, they were actually pants and this talented b.i. made them as cool as they currently are. Dayle wore something she's been yearning for since denim skirts came back on trend, a black high-waisted denim skirt with a twist-tied tee. Styling tip: this is a regular tee shirt that I just twist tied myself, 90's style. Some strappy sandals and a western double-buckle belt completed the look. Wishing you all the best with festival fashion this summer. 

*wish we were attending Osheaga this year*

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