A Toronto Transformation

A Whimsical Weekend

Maxi weekend

Spring sashayed her way back through the city this weekend, warm winds tousled hair, giggled sweetly and whispered promises of patios and open-toed shoes, reminding me I had seeds to plant if I want a summer full of fresh basil and dill and maxi dresses to purchase if I want to live my dream of never shaving my legs this summer.

With those critical items out of the way, I also popped out for a few meals with friends, including the very tasty gorgonzola gnocchi at Bocca in Baldwin village pictured above and some crazy-delicious tapas at Bent.

I also had a strange encounter with a woman outside one of the shops a friend and I were maxi-dress hunting in. She was clearly one of those souls who inhabits a slightly different reality than most, and she got a little in my face and asked if we were thieves. I assured her we were not, and she told me, “Ah sure, you’re a thief! You stole that neck!”

Whenever I have an encounter like that, I get all caught up in wondering what on earth it means and what it is that person sees or hears. What would convince a person that I somehow stole the neck attached to the rest of my body? And then I inevitably have this weird moment where I wonder if the person is somehow right, and I’m the one who can’t see reality. Did I steal this neck? I’d like to think that even in a reality where neck-stealing is possible, I was probably just framed.

Speaking of which, I framed a couple of prints I picked up last weekend from Sovereign State, a very cool little design studio on Dundas West. Joel, the designer behind the three I picked up was so lovely and accommodating in arranging a time for me to pop by and buy them in person when I was having trouble with their online shop.

I fell in love with these three on sight, partly because they had a sort of whimsical Beatrix Potter quality to them, but with a modern and very Toronto edge. I’d had my eye out for something local to hang on my walls for ages and I’m pleased as punch with these!


Bureau of Canadian Objects


Bellwoods Belle


Toronto Elevations

13 Responses to A Whimsical Weekend

  • Alli says:

    Sorry the world sort of turned to background noise after the words “gorgonzola gnocchi.” Yum! I’m glad you had a nice weekend!

    • metamorphocity says:

      Oh Alli, I completely understand. It was the same for the poor friend sitting across from me. I’m pretty sure we had a conversation but I was in another cheesily delicious realm all together. ‘

  • Cassie says:

    I’m gonna need to know where you got that maxi dress, plz. Sooo pretty. I, too, dream of a summer wearing nothing BUT maxi dresses.

    • metamorphocity says:

      I got this one at a boutique called Leigh and Harlow. Unfortunately for you they only have two locations, both in Toronto BUT the dress is actually made by Alternative Apparel, which I think is an American company, and lo and behold, they have a website! http://www.alternativeapparel.com/ It might be the most comfortable thing I’ve ever word AND it’s about a foot too long for me, so it’ll probably be perfect for you. I also found a couple far cheaper ones at H&M.

  • Emma says:

    I just bought an amazing black maxi dress at H&M!! And by bought, I mean whined to Cole that I had no money until he bought it for me. Ha. Anyway, it’s definitely the comfiest thing ever.
    Also – GORGEOUS photos. Everything is better when it’s backlit, don’t you think?

    • metamorphocity says:

      Haha, that clinches it, I need to start hanging out with Cole more! And thanks, ladybird! Yes, I want to be backlit at all times from now on!

  • Hanna says:

    Gorgonzola gnocchi! My mouth watered at the sight of that.

    I sure do love a good maxi dress. Ahhhh I am also dreaming of not having to shave my legs at all. The benefits of being single!!

  • mandy says:

    I came here to ask the same thing as Cassie, I LOVE THAT DRESS. Also, tell me where you stole your neck… wtf. People are so weird.

    • metamorphocity says:

      Cassie is now the proud owner of this dress too, btw. I feel I should be making a commission!

    • metamorphocity says:

      Haha. You’re very welcome! It was a little alarming right in the moment but kind of hilarious in retrospect.

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