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Friday, May 6, 2011

Canadian Cutie: Jean

Canadian Cutie time!!
Everyone meet Jean...although she's no longer living in Canada, she still manages to represent us well!


Name:

Jean White

Location:

Born in Toronto; living in Seattle (If my current location disqualifies me, I totally understand. I was bornin in Canada, spent the first 28 years of my life there. I miss Canada, visit frequently, and still have Canadian fashion sensibilities so I thought I might give it a try.)

Blog name:

 Jean Of All Trades

A brief description of your blog:

 A few months ago I started a style blog. It's mostly fashion (such as daily outfits, street style, challenges like 30 for 30 and Everybody, Everywear), with a dose of art reviews and posts about style icons, decor, etc.

How long have you been blogging, and what made you start?:

I started in January of this year. I enjoy mixing outfits and trying new combinations of colors, shapes, and textures and thought it would be fun to capture my looks. Also, I am a writer by profession but I work in technology and don't have a chance to express my style in my writing. I thought blogging would be a good outlet.


How would you describe your personal style?:

I enjoy colour, unexpected combinations, and mixing designer items with thrift store finds. People might call me quirky and eclectic.

Do you feel that you can relate better to fashion bloggers living in Canada? Or is there no difference?:

I totally relate! I get homesick and I'm excited when I discover Canadian fashion bloggers. Seattle is similar to Victoria (in temperature) and Vancouver (in rainfall) so it's admittedly moderate compared to most of Canada; however, I still can't always relate to all bloggers or magazines. I like getting inspiration from them but I have to save a lot of ideas for summer. For example, I can't wear sandals and a strapless dress to a New Years celebration!
 I also like reading about stores I'm familiar with: Smart Set, Le Chateau, Jacob. There's a subtle difference in how Canadians dress too--something unique about Canadian fashion.


What are some of your favourite Canadian (only found in Canada) stores?:

I like Jacob. Bluenotes has great (and affordable jeans). They fit like no other. When I go back to Toronto I always spend a day on Queen Street West, where I visit Fashion Crimes, Black Market, and all the vintage stores in Kensington Market (like Courage My Love).

What store do you wish would open up in Canada?:

 I have really fallen in love with Target since I moved to Seattle. I wish they'd open up in Canada, partly so if I move back, I'll have access to their affordable fashions, but mostly so my mom will stop asking me to pick up things at Target and bring them back with me when I visit.


Do you have any favourite Canadian designers/fashion brands?:

John Fluevog for sure! I'm lucky that there's a location in Seattle (not that I can just run in and buy a pair of $200 shoes every week, but it's comforting to have such great Canadian style so close). Matt & Nat make great vegan bags that are high-quality and super stylish.

Who would you consider a true Canadian Fashion Icon?:

Linda Evangelista has stood the test of time. She's been an icon since she first hit the scene in the 80s and is just as influential now. Coco Rocha grabbed my attention recently. I first learned about her when I bought a copy of Flare magazine in the Vancouver Airport during a trip to Canada last year.

Finish these sentences:

A person with true style is someone who...

 transcends fashion trends and can create an intriguing, timeless and unique individual look. True style is dressing the way you want and not worrying about what others think. People who achieve this seem to ooze confidence.

My greatest fashion inspirations come from...

 rock 'n' roll (think David Bowie, Joan Jett; Debbie Harry) real people I see on the street; art and artists; bloggers; classic style icons like Jean Seberg, Catherine Deneuve, and Audrey Hepburn.

The most cliché Canadian thing I enjoy/have ever done is...

I get all verklempt when I see a Tim Horton's. I apologize more than I should. People tell me I say "a-boot." At work here in the USA, I was told to have a "less modest" attitude (I'm not making that up).


Aside from fashion blogging what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?:

 I enjoy painting and photography. I like visiting art galleries and watching documentaries (not at the same time though). I like exploring new neighbourhoods (see how I left in the "u" - I get in trouble for that now) with my husband and dog (the cat usually stays at home).

Do you have any other random thoughts or interesting things you would like to share about yourself?

Hmm. Since moving to the States, I picked up a couple of new hobbies: motorcycle racing and roller derby. I retired from derby, but not before I helped establish the Rat City Rollergirls in Seattle in 2004.

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