Shopping Kiwi Style

New Zealander Rotten_Dolly just sent in a photo of her wearing one of the older BME t-shirts.  Now while this shirt is no longer available, the BME shop still has a wide variety of clothing that is always being added to.  There are even a number of designs created by BME members.

Clothing isn’t the only thing you can get at the BME shop.  You can also get supplies for all your modification needs, dvds, books, art prints, and much more.  There’s even a jewelry section which just got a new line of Industrial Strength products in.

Whistle and Flute

After putting it off for far too long, yesterday I visited Syd Silver and Freeman Formal to be fitted for my ModProm II suit.

Not having worn a suit for quite a few number of years I wasn’t really sure what to expect..

I first wandered into Freeman Formal looking decidedly scruffy after a long day at work, and I immediately noticed they weren’t too impressed and adopted rather a snooty demeanour, I wouldn’t go as far as to say they “looked down at me” but they certainly gave the impression they weren’t going out of their way to help me in my hour of need, after a few minutes looking around and have my questions answered with no success, I turned tail and fled towards Syd Silver, the experience I had in there was a vast improvement!

From the moment I stumbled through the door they were courteous, polite, super-duper helpful and generally a bunch of wonderful people, they showed me all the suits they had available (and didn’t have, as I’d left it so late and some had been reserved as far back as March) the various combinations of vests (or waistcoats as we English call them), shoes, ties, hats et cetera.

After half an hour of deliberation I settled upon a suit that tickled my fancy, complete with vest, shirt, tie, and pantaloons. I didn’t need shoes as I already have a pair, when I mentioned that they were Doctor Martens and would that make a difference he giggled, rolled his eyes, told me he didn’t recommend Doctor Martens to be worn with their suits but all to their own and he’d measure my legs again to compensate for my silliness.

All in all I’d thoroughly recommend Syd Silver if you’re still in need of a suit for ModProm II. It’s not too late! Mine will be ready by the 28th of June and it cost me a grand total of $168, including tax and a twenty dollar rush fee.

For those of you have met me, you’ll also remember I have the most awkward body shape imaginable (26″ waist, incredibly long legs, ridiculously gangly arms and shoulders the width of Scotland) when it comes to clothes shopping, but this wasn’t a problem for the fine folks at Syd Silver, they took it all in their stride!

Sales pitch over, roll on ModProm!

Makeup for the modified!

By Karen Ellis.

“Take advantage of the wonderful services offered by Kim and Karen, and look even more beautiful than you already do!”

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Makeup services include regular or airbrush makeup application.

Cost: $45.00 CAD.

“Like Kim, I will need advance booking. I can take six people between 2pm and 5pm at the hotel. However, if you wish to have your makeup done earlier I can make myself available for you as long as I have advance notice.

I do require a $20 CAD deposit to confirm your appointment.

I work at:

Industry Cosmetics and Beauty Supply,
490 Yonge St,
Toronto.

We’re located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, just steps away from Buddies in Bad Times theatre.

You can call the store with your credit card number at 416-925-0462, or feel free stop by if it’s convenient for you to leave your deposit. Alternatively (if you have a special look in mind) you can or book a consultation!”

All Things Shoe

Ladies And Gentlemen (but especially the ladies), do you need shoes for ModProm to go with your dress? I recommend you entertain these three options for super shoe shopping!

www.fluevog.com

www.townshoes.com

www.aldoshoes.com

All are located in the Toronto downtown core and easy to find via public transit from your hotel.

Also, if your love of all things shoe is greater then your love for BME I suggest you make a pilgrimage to the incredible Bata Shoe Museum.

Updos by Kim

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Jedi Kim – Hair stylist to the modified (including some of the BME staff).

So, ladies, if you want to look super gorgeous for ModProm II you can contact Kim and she will do your hair in the comfort of your hotel room.

Cost: $50 minimum on all styles (a quote will be provided in the online/email consultation). You must send Kim a photo of current hair and example of what you want, a 50% deposit required is up front before the appointment can be confirmed.

Before: Don’t was your hair for 24 hours before the appointment. Updos work better on naturally dirty hair and I don’t want to be fighting squeaky clean hair, nor blow-drying hair for half an hour. Updos can take up to an hour if the hair is clean, so please do not wash your hair!

Accessories: Any hair accessories must be purchased ahead of time and brought to the appointment (clips, barrettes, flowers, et cetera).

Please allow enough time for your style, as I am human not a machine.

Please wear a button down shirt/robe/tank top for your hair session so that you may change clothes easily.

Tipping is appreciated.

Hair appointments will be on July 1st between 2 and 6pm (last booking 5pm).

I will take up to six people, but no less than three. If there is not enough need, I reserve the right to cancel.

I am currently waiting on confirmation of a second stylist that will be able to fill another six appointments.

Tuxedo Rentals

A really nice suit does make the man, just ask your date! Renting a tuxedo can be a pain and making sure you are fitted correctly is a must, tailors will need at least two business days to outfit you in the manner you’ve become accustomed to. If you need to be fitted on premises you will need to be there no later than Thursday, June 28th (before noon).

If you know all your measurements already or can call them in as soon as possible the tailor will do their best to accommodate you I’m sure. My recommendation is to have a look at the websites below and pick a style you like, give them an idea of your measurements and put a tuxedo on hold so you will be ready to pick it up the day before the event. Returning the rented tuxedo is something you should try to arrange with your hotel concierge, usually a $10 courier charge is all you will incur, and some of the tailors will pick up for free if there are enough of you returning at the same time.

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Tuxedo rentals as recommended by the very friendly concierge at the Weston Harbour Castle:

SydSilver.com

$10 rush fee for anything ordered after June 22nd.
Average price: $150 to $200 with some accessories included, please enquire.
Contact: Janna or whoever picks up the phone.

FreemanFormal.com

$10 rush fee for anything ordered after June 22nd.
Prices start between $80 and $140 plus accessories, please enquire.
Contact: Vicki or whoever picks up the phone.

Both companies have been in business for a long, long time and really do a great job. Freeman Formal may seem cheaper for the basic rental but as you add accessories the cost will rise very quickly so your best bet is to call both and price out what you want (and most importantly what you like).

Boutonnieres & Corsages

We’ve got together with super-friendly Steve of Factory Florist to offer you this amazing collection of boutonnieres and corsages, exclusively for ModProm II.

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To order any of the above please contact Steve on 416-7366-988 (mentioning you’re with the BMEfest Brigade), state which boutonniere/corsage you’d like, he’ll take your credit card details (only $11.40 including tax) and voilà, your chosen arrangement will magically appear at ModProm II.

If none of the above colours or styles tickle your fancy feel free to speak to Steve about your particular requirements and he’ll be more than happy to help (within reason).

If you’re unsure how to correctly attach them have a read of this and all mysteries will be solved