Keep on Rockin'

I love hearing live music and Toronto has an amazing selection of places to see and experience music from all genres. I prefer the smaller venues like Massy Hall, Danforth music hall, The Rex Hotel, The Pilot, The Reservoir Lounge. The many independent restaurants that showcase new and very experienced talent such as  The Jazz bistro and Castros (on Queen St E)  always has great sounds coming from its doors.

At the shop I often hear “I love that top, jacket etc,  but I don’t have any place where to wear it!”

My response is always well GO OUT!! we live in a vibrant city! So full of talented musicians. Life is to short to stay in front of the TV all the time. This past summer I experienced fantastic acoustic Brazilian music and a Country / Rock concert, performed by The Chicks. Also, music from Ethiopia in an intimate space. Now with the cooler weather creeping in I am looking forward to exploring new places. As the Canadian ICON songwriter and singer, Neil Young sang

"Keep on rockin in the free world”   

In my new rock star sweater and black pleather pants.

"its only rock and roll and I like it"

Aileen

September 15, 2022 — Aileen Selkirk

French Girl Style

When I think of stylish women with a flair for looking modern but classic, the term "chic french look" comes to mind. The iconic long sleeve-stripe t-shirt, paired with a slim dark unadorned denim jean or a cream sweater with pearl earrings. Or perhaps a little black dress worn with a red lip. Of course, a classic long wool fall coat in a neutral colour tossed over a black knit pant paired with a soft satin blouse thumb tucked on one side of the waistband.

A good purse that is practical like a crossbody bag that holds our belongings without shiny bling or patterns on it is always a perfect choice. A scarf can finish an outfit and even camouflage a part of the body that you do not want to drag attention to. Or just tie the scarf around the handle of a bag for that “je ne sais quoi".

The polished look of a french women really is about confidence from within. Self care is also so important! A hair salon visit, a facial at home or a trip to one of the professional spas that are now so easy to find. Taking the time for rest and treating your self well is the best way to fee l "put together".Sometimes investing in an alteration to a garment ensures you have proper fitting clothing that suits your shape and figure, invest in good quality fabrics that speak “timelessness”.

It makes my day when I have customers come in the shop and tell me that  they are still wearing clothing purchased many years ago from Posh, that still hold up as THE FRENCH LOOK.
September 08, 2022 — Aileen Selkirk

We're going knits up!

This season’s knitwear at Posh is the dressier side of casual. Life is now a hybrid of working from home, going to the office and back to our old routines. Our lives are now seamlessly integrated and blended.
The  knitwear designers have gone into interesting colour pairings. Rooted in mother nature, the palettes bring in interesting juxtapositions with pops of bright colours.
They have have created a uniqueness of patterns that showcase nature's imperfect perfection. 
For example, this season there are earthy camel knits with unexpected pops of orange like this one from Zaket & Plover (see here)
The knits speak to a sense of nature's consciousness with natural green hues; from moss, to dark ivy shades, and woodsy browns to warm coppers. 
There are tones ranging from sophisticated deep lake blues to light, icy, arctic tones. 
There are pale rose pinks teamed with chocolate brown and textures that look charmingly handmade. 
The Zaket and Plover Sweater collection is outstanding this season. They will be perfect worn with your favourite jeans or perhaps a satin skirt! 
Both fitted and unstructured knitted vests have made a come back too! Wear them over a long sleeve t-shirt, blouse or even a dress! 
The fibres are natural as well - washed wools, cotton cashmere blends - so they are good for Mother earth.
 
Quality over fast fashion is what our knitwear is all about.  
Sincerely,
 Aileen 
August 11, 2022 — Aileen Selkirk

New Website!

As in fashion, changes are always happening. I am always asking my customers what we can do to improve your experience. I have listened and have made exciting new changes to our website.

We are a small independent boutique and sizes are always an issue, now you can filter sizes. To see only your sizes select the filter button on the left side of the collection page, then select the your sizes, and then select 'hide' out of stock below. A simple two click process to narrow down what is available.

We also have now swatch colours available. Often we have a style in a few colours, but not a photograph of the other colour way, with our new site you can now view the other options of colours offered.

I have tried to improve your experience navigating the online store without straying too far. Please do let me know your thoughts. I'm keeping my fingers crossed you will like it. More updates are coming, its a work in progress...

Cheers!

Aileen and the Posh team. 

June 01, 2022 — Aileen Selkirk

Ukraine Charity Donation!

I just wanted to shout out my AMAZING Posh Customers and to Green Eyed Kitty (a small company that makes beautiful jewellery for Posh) In Collaboration, we raised $1,150.00 for the Canada - Ukraine Foundation for the humanitarian aid for the war in the Ukraine. By selling bracelets and charms! I want to give a big hug to all the customers who purchased the bracelets and for your ongoing support towards the boutique that has created such a great community over the years. I am so very grateful for our Queen St E. loyal customers, you all rock!!
Be kind to yourself and others, you never know what people are dealing with these days.  

Peace & love to all, 


Aileen

P.S seek out restaurants that are donating to the Ukraine, I found a wonderful hidden gem in the basement of a church on Bathurst S. It made a cool little outing, and the cabbage rolls were awesome! The Heavenly Pierogi at 400 Bathurst St. in the basement of the church. The take home frozen pierogis were great too.

 

May 05, 2022 — Aileen Selkirk

Are skinny jeans still in?

In my experience throughout the years, I can honestly say buying jeans is most commonly a frustrating experience for women. There are so many options, different trends and silhouettes. What may appeal to one person, is a fashion “don't” for another. Getting the right jean is important, especially when you consider how much you wear them. The average is 3 times a week! Looking at fit, fabric and quality are key to making sure denim stay up without a belt and not have them stretch out at the knees or elsewhere. 
The current question I get asked these days are skinny jeans still in? The answer is YES! It is wonderful now there is so many choices! Straight, skinny, wide, high rise, boot cut, there all good and suit different body types. Depending on your shape will determine whether you suit a particular style, at Posh we have a broad selection available to find your perfect fit and look. I like choice! A skinny, a wider pant with high rise cut and of course cropped for summer. Turns out on average Canadian women own 6 pairs and we hang on to them for 6.5 years!
That’s investment dressing.
Cheers,
Aileen
March 02, 2022 — Aileen Selkirk

The Bees of Notre Dame

At my boutique you can always find some common themes, one being things from France. The new Cocoa Cashmere sweaters that just arrived in are designed in Paris and this company also creates and produces for the established brand of Chanel, all as sustainable as possible.

Another theme is bees! Our in house designer of jewellery, shares my interest in Bees and has made some lovely Bee jewelry. When she brought it in, she called her earrings" Bees of Notre Dame” it turns out when the fire ravished the cathedral  in April 2019, 180,000 bees survived the fire! This peaked my interest so I researched and it turns out Paris has 350 hives on the roof tops and the smoke puts bees to sleep. When bees sense fire they gorge themselves on honey and stay put to protect their queen. Kinda like us humans, when facing pandemics! It was considered a miracle that they did not die and what a wondrous fact that is to know. Toronto has a official Bee, it is a Green Sweat Bee species. There are lots of websites about protecting bees and I joined one called Bumble Bee Watch, there is also Pollinate T.O. for information on what to plant to help our treasure bees. check it out!

February 03, 2022 — Posh Staff

Art & Music

Art and music can soothe the soul during this winter season. I often look at art and listen to music to help in distracting my mind from current events. Dolcezza is a Canadian company that values its artists by paying them fair wages for their work. When you purchase a piece of art wear there is a bio about the artist on the tag that explains where they live, what inspires them and even a photo of the painter.
I would like to share one of my favourite art websites to check out for fun!

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/category/art/

 

January 27, 2022 — Aileen Selkirk

My Favourite Pjs!

I first discovered Bed Head Pyjama’s when I was invited to go sailing on the Queen Mary. To "cruise the med" as they say in England. We sailed out of South Hampton in the late spring. It was exciting and memorable! I was traveling with my fabulous and fashionable Aunt Helen. Travelling with her was always so much fun . We would change outfits for every meal! it was thrilling to have such a kindred spirit. We would discuss fashion for days. 

Aunt Helen was a incredibly stylish woman. As I started to plan my wardrobe for the trip, I realized I needed a really nice looking pair PJs to wear while having our morning tea. Since I slept naked 95% of the time and we were sharing a large suite, I had no choice but to find some PJ's that were suitable. 

In a little gift shop on Queen St East, I found Bed Head PJ’s ,they caught my eye right away with lovely, colourful prints. The fabric was so soft and there were cut to look slightly fitted in a very classic way. They were not boxy like ordinary PJ’s and adorned with a pocket and proper piping finishing the garment in a polished style. I opened my wallet a little wilder and brought them. That was in 2004! and I still wear them. I must confess, I have two others. It speak volumes when you feel the quality and see the timeless style. It is a investment that worked out in the long run. 

When the gift store stopped carrying them and I had the opportunity to offer them in my boutique, I didn’t hesitate. Bed Head PJ’s are designed in LA with exclusive prints and made with organic cotton jersey that lasts for years! It’s slow fashion at its best! If I was Oprah, this would be truly in my favourite things category. LOL Be Merry and Bright! 

Stay calm and sleep on, 
 
Aileen
December 14, 2021 — Aileen Selkirk

I'll stop wearing black when they come up with a darker colour...

"I'll stop wearing black when they come up with a darker colour” 

The colour black has an interesting history, black was one of the first colours in art. Prehistoric artists used black charcoal and iron to paint in caves over 17,000 years ago. Up until the 14th century, the finest clothes were dyed with red, blue, or purple dye. There was laws put in place that restricted coloured cloth for only nobility, so wealthy Italian bankers began wearing black clothes as a sign of importance. In 1927 Coco Chanel created the little black dress and women's suits in iconic black tweed. This took the world by storm and it cemented the simple non-colour of black in textile history as a polished and always elegant wardrobe staple. Not to mention easy on the eye in terms of silhouette. I like to team it up with pops of colour in scarfs or shoes and always put it with a white shirt with a favourite necklace.

November 12, 2021 — Aileen Selkirk

Newness

Hello everyone! I am reaching out because I’m very excited about the new fall season. There is newness all around in tech, media and of course in beautiful, fabulous new clothing and accessories at Posh.

We have added to our online store a new Canadian company that I believe has solved the sizing dilemma with buying online. With over 10 M accurate measurements Robosize predicts the best size and fit for you, so you can feel even more confidant in shopping online at Posh. We are adding the 'find my fit' button to many more collections everyday and all you have to do is click and fill in the brief questions to find your fit. 

We also have our new Fall/Winter 2021 Preview video showing a few of collections we have in now. You can also continue to read the Posh Blog! With funny stories from over 40 years of running an independent women clothing shop. I hope they entertain.

August 31, 2021 — Aileen Selkirk

A note from Aileen

Conscientious curating for Posh is always been on my radar, the pandemic gave us a golden opportunity to reinvent and undergo substantial change for the betterment of the planet and our mental health. I am in the business of dressing women and my goal it to make customers feel good physically and mentally. Wearing clothing and fashion in my opinion is about self expression, of course there is practicability as well- like rain coats for a wet day.

I love to walk in the rain and so I brought in several brands of rain gear into the boutique, all sensible in their own way. Joules raincoats have a warm cotton lining in blue and white stripes, in duck yellow exterior for a dull day. Joules also comes in pretty floral prints as well. We also have designer raincoats from Denmark by IIse Jacobson, their rain jackets are a great fit in classic style. I met Ilse a long time ago at a Danish trade show, gracious is how I would best describe her. Rain Kiss is a art focused line of modified ponchos. Designed in Amsterdam, they are  fun and have whimsical prints, comes in a one size fit and are super for biking! Go figure! They are also sustainably made from plastic bottles. Both the Joules and Rainkiss pack and fold into themselves with their pockets. So go for a walk, it’s good for your mental health and don’t let a little water dampen your spirit. Things are looking better everyday. “Getting better all the time". as the Beatles song goes.

 

Till next time,

 

Aileen 

August 12, 2021 — Aileen Selkirk