Boots & Pine


Gracie Carroll in Corktown

Where did you grow up?

Downtown Toronto, near King and Portland.

What brought you back to Toronto?

After my third year of university I left Toronto to intern in New York City, I returned to finish school and then I hopped a plane to London, England the day after my last exam. I was in the UK for two year before returning home, mainly because my visa ended, but I could feel a change in the air in Toronto. The city is growing like crazy, it’s a really exciting time to be here.

What do you do for a living?

By day I work for a social media marketing company, by night I run my blog, along with freelance writing and styling work.

How did you get started?

My first fashion gig was interning at a fashion agency in high school. From there I went on to Lush Magazine, Teen Vogue, and ELLE UK. I launched in October of 2011, six months after returning home from London.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

My time is currently split between Corktown on the east side and Parkdale on the west side. I love both neighbourhoods because they remind me of how downtown Toronto used to be when I was a kid – rough around the edges with a lot of character. I love Parkdale because it’s so convenient for meeting up with friends and going out. Corktown is amazing because it’s so sleepy and you never run into anyone, it’s like a nice little secret spot in the city.

What’s the last treasure you found?

A pair of python-wrapped sunglasses by Linda Farrow at the Agency One sample sale.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

That’s a tough one, but I think it would have to be Libretto’s kale pizza with homemade sausage. It’s a special, not on their menu, and I request the sausage to be added on. It would be extra special if it was the special of the day during lunch time because I love their prix fixe menu, I would enjoy it all with a glass of Prosecco or two.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

It would definitely need to be a slumber party, there’s no way I could name just one person. Honestly I would die if it were all of my favourite icons from the 90s… Gwen Stefani, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Chloe Sevigny…

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Probably “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi 

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

Less condos and more green space? Affordable housing? A functioning transit system? Bike lanes? I love this city but in terms of urban planning, this place is a fucking mess.

Visit Gracie’s website and Facebook page. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram – @graciecarroll.

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