Ancient Stepwells

Stepwell India

I recently stumbled upon an article filled with gorgeous photographs of ancient stepwells.  I’m so overwhelmed with these spectacular stepwells that I had to share here on Filthy’s blog.
Stepwell India

A stepwell is exactly what it sounds like: steps down to a well. The earliest stepwells date back to about 600 AD and were developed in India as a way to access water dry during the dry months.

Stepwell India

Many of these functional structures were commissioned by wealthy or powerful philanthropists (nearly a fourth of whom were said to be women) as spiritual, earthbound bastions built to last for an eternity.

Stepwell Indian

How stunning are these pieces of forgotten architecture and art?
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Stepwell IndiaFor more information on India’s forgotten stepwells, check out the sources:  WikiThis Is Colossal & Honestly WTF

Etsy Winter Trends

Winter is a favorite fashion season for many.  It’s time to break out the jackets, layer up and load up on chunky socks and boots.  Keep your eyes peeled for oversized silhouettes, luxurious plaids and touches of fuzz.  Below are some great Toronto trends from your TEST Members to inspire you to get cozy with your wardrobe this Winter:

PLAID
Plaid is having a moment on the runway.  Designers are partial to a tartan print because it adds an interesting dose of color to classic fabrics.  Since us Torontonians are all are guilty of overdoing black in the winter, it’s nice to see some colors to brighten up the mood.

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Plaid Wool Wrap – $184.22 USD – VespertineCA

Vespertine’s plaid wrap embraces the chill.  The quality will warm your heart and the color will warm up your wardrobes.

HIGH WAIST
The waist is making a climb far up past the belly button for a look that is super slimming and very sexy.

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High Waist Plaid Pants – $46.50 USD – Wild Thing Vintage

Don’t just try out any old high waist this season.  Look for exaggerated, supersonic high waist silhouettes that create the look of long, lean legs and a teeny tiny mid-section.  Check out these stylish high waist plaid pants from cool cat, Wild Thing Vintage.  (Winter Fashion just doesn’t get better than that folks.)  Also, be sure to check out Wild Thing’s shop, as she has many more dramatically high waisted treasures!

TOUCH OF FUZZ
From fur stoles to pastel furry coats, designers are using fur accents, whether real or faux, to give everything an added ooph of luxury.  This season, clothing with a “touch of fuzz” is guaranteed to get you noticed and keep you warm.

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Fur Hat – $45.00 USD – Juliesinden

We’ve been seeing hints of fur on gloves, boots, collars, hats and even on hand bags.  It’s clear that a fur accessory is the ultimate embellishment.

FRINGE
The fringe trend is still going strong, with virtually every designer including frayed fabrics in their collections. Those more daring can opt for a fringed jacket or top like this beauty from Copious Fashions.  This fringe crop top can be easily dressed down with jeans or dressed up with a skirt.  No matter how it is paired it will never be boring.

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Fringe Top – $73.54 USD – Copious Fashions

If you’re a newbie to the this playful trend, a fringed bag is perfect for you!  We are absolutely loving the quality of this clutch from Heather Hird Designs.

STATEMENT EARRINGS
Step aside statement necklaces! Oversized, exaggerated, embellished, bold earrings are officially the “it bling” for Fall 2015. Fall looks to have an obsession with the oversized style. We’ve seen oversized duster jackets, extra-high platform creeper boots and super-large buttons.

These large black feather earrings by Love At First Blush are perfect for the Fall season.  We love the exaggerated bright gold on the black.  We imagine they are so much fun to wear!

TEXTILE HANGINGS
Last (but not least) on the home decor front, textile wall hangings are having quite a decor moment.  The look is a little bit Bohemian, a little bit classed-up 70’s and span from macramé to weavings to simple yarn hangings.

Found in a huge array of colors and styles (sometimes macramé, sometimes tufted yarn), these fibrous fixtures have found their way onto the walls many a stylish home. Take a look at local shop, Roving Textiles to find some of our favorite works of tapestry textile art.

Show your fellow TEST Members some love by shopping local this Winter.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  Happy shopping and happy warm ‘n’ wooly wardrobes!

Toasts & Reflections

The ball has dropped.  The confetti has been cleared.  Normcore and monocles are officially so last year.  It’s 2015 — the beginning of a whole new year in the wonderful world of fashion and Filthy Rebena.  What’s in store? Three hundred sixty-five days from now, we’ll have answers.  For now, we have gifted ourselves space and freedom to reflect on the past twelve months.  We are just gonna free-style blog here with Filthy’s highlighted reflections of 2014.

Plus Size

Bone Knit Top – 2X – $24.00 USD

To be honest, it has been an exciting year in terms of growth.  We were able to grow the business as fast as we wanted.  In 2014 we began diversifying our garments which broadened our target audience.  We started dabbling in menswear and successfully opened the doors to a plus-size market.  Diversifying has proved to be an excellent growth strategy as it allowed us to generate income that fills seasonal voids – a big first for us that we are very proud of!

Peggy Jean - Blogging since 2010

Peggy Jean – Fashion Blogging since 2010

If you’re looking for plus-size inspiration check out these A+fricken-mazing style bloggers like Curvy Girl Chick.  Peggy Jean from OnTheQTrain!  It brings a smile to our filthy faces when we imagine Peggy Jean strutting her colorful clothes in a monochromatic world.  Know that the average American woman is 5’4″, has a waist size of 34-35 inches and weighs between 140-150 lbs, with a dress size of 12-14.  Live your life and love the body you’re in.  *Insert “All About That Bass” here*  It’s catchy enough to carry over into 2015, right?

Studio & Skirts - Thanks  Jamie, Kristian, Maadoodah & Poppa Bear for making this a reality

Studio & Skirts – Thanks Skyy, Kristian, Maadoodah & Poppa Bear for making this a reality.

Rebena was smittened with excitement in 2014.  We sold product to a celebrity, wrote a business plan, built a whole new space, created fresh marketing, became guest-writers and hired esteemed model Skyy Stratosphere to showcase our menswear.  But 2014 wasn’t all a cake-walk for Filthy.  We approached a handful of vintage giants to sell product on a consignment basis but were turned down every time.  Filthy will be re-visiting knocking on doors this year.  This time not to handfuls – but bucket loads.  We know all too well that nothing great ever comes that easy.

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Now & Then. Then & Now.

Goals?  Ringing in intentional efforts by dusting off the business plan and reviewing it weekly.  2014 was a great year because of the Business Plan.  It has given us a crystal clear direction on how to move forward.  It needs to be revisited and revised monthly as it is a living document.  It changes it’s song as Filthy develops.  It’s so cool and it would be a shame to miss out on a healthy business habit.  Filthy Rebena’s infamous “Vintage Movie Club” has sadly taken the back burner.  Although we do try to watch a vintage movie weekly, it’s a definite improvement area for our social media.

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Our personal resolution is to focus on creativity.  Creativity is the best motivator.  It keeps us interested, it brings hope to ideas and gives the possibility of more achievements to look forward to in 2015.  Feel more than free to share your thoughts or your highlights.  Happy 2015 ya Filthy animals.

Drinking Beer N' Raising Hell

Drinking Beer N’ Raising Hell