Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gift Ideas

Great gifts this holiday season for your favorite people !

Chaninchainchained Acorn and Leaf....42.00!

Duct Tape Rules!

Each of our wallets is hand-made with 100% duct tape. That's right, no cloth, cardboard or animals were harmed during the construction of these products. These are not your "hey look at this duct tape wallet that my 12-year-old brother threw together!" Oh no, jDUCT combines meticulous engineering, high style and detailed craftmanship to create pieces with fashion and function. Designed for the maximum amount of storage with minimum "bulge". Each seam is reinforced to eliminate sticky stuff associated with other duct tape wallets.

AVAILABLE NOW AT MODEL CITIZENS! They are selling super fast!

Where Woodland Imagery and Vintage Flare Collide

Beauty New Jewelry by Regina of Chainchainchained- Michigan based artists brings woodlandia imagery and vintage flare to Model Citizens. Great gifts for your friends and family- or a nice little present for yourself while shopping :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

MC's Fav Song of the Day

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Not Sure What to Get Them for Christmas?

Monday, November 30, 2009

sewage construction zone

Ian looking dapper in a sewage construction zone.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas Photography

Christmas Treat Everyone. One of the first photo-shoots Model Citizens ever did. What a stunning shot.

The beautiful Leona Molloy. Photographed by Brian Ricks. Upper Amherst Cove, NL

Monday, November 23, 2009

Is it Christmas-Yes it is! Or is it?

I have been torn for the last 3 weeks. At Model Citizens we try very hard to work with our customer and provide the gear they want. So after Halloween was over, and the bulk of our cliental was nursing a severe hangover for at least 10 days, everywhere i turned, Christmas was in full swing. Garland, lights, plastic balls were invading my subconscious. I couldn't go to the grocery store without feeling entirely panicked that I hadn't thought ahead to get my mothers shortbread recipe before then and that I have no gift-wrapping paper or scotch tape and that I was an unfit girlfriend/storeowner/daughter/sister/daughter-in-law/human, being so not being prepared. Now, we are not talking the 24 of december gift buying, it is the beginning on November for mercy's sake.

So I made a conscious decision to resist! Isn't it amazing the amount of marketing dollars that are spent on making me, as a woman/girlfriend/sister/human being, feel inadequate? Think about it- there whole magazines created (and bought by us) to provide solutions in our daily lives. Now, the last time I checked, solutions are given because there is a problem.

So down at Model Citizens, we are getting ready for christmas, carefully picking our spots. I am no scrooge or cynic- but I thing this year, we are focusing more and more on everyday individually and caring for those who come into the store, regardless of the Holidays-like we do everyday of the year. Isn't that the lesson in every Christmas story? Treat everyday and everyone the with same love and respect you would at Christmas?

Today I braved the Christmas music, and do you know what? it is worth the wait as I am truly feeling the holiday season, not because I went into Dominion and bought 100 pounds of shortening, but because it I am ready for it. I am doing my little festive dance to John Denver and the Muppets christmas while decorating the store, on my own time.

Bring back Swingin with These Oxfords

Calling all Men- the oxford is back baby!

No more hightops boys, time to bring on the suave oxford. This is the new man- suit jackets, tee and wool slim trousers. Gone are the sloppy zip up sweaters and hoodies- men everywhere have embraced their inner 1940's rum-runner. Men, enjoy the sliding from place to place, with a bit of melody in every step with these beauts.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is in St. John's

c2c theatre proudly presents Hedwig & The Angry Inch!

Thursday, November 19th at 8:30pm with special guests Kujo

Saturday, November 21st at 8:30pm

Saturday, November 21st 11:30pm with special guests Matt Hornell & The Diamond Minds

at the Rock House on George Street.

*19+ (You've got to bring your id for this one boys and girls)

Tickets are $10, available at the Arts & Culture Centre Box Office, Model Citizens- 183B Duckworth St. (near the War Memorial), Fred’s Records- 98 Duckworth St., and at the door.

Check out our poster at Empire Theatres!

***For further information, or to request photos or interviews please contact Katie Butler at or 687.4514.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Downtown Fashion Show Featuring Model Citizens

St. John's Downtown Fashion Show Featuring Maggie Meyer (singer songwriter extraordinaire!) Photo Credit Jared Reid.

Its the Womens Film Festival!

Check out for the details and event schedule

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Why are we so busy?

So, if you a follower of my blog, you have heard reference to Sam every now and then- he is my main squeeze and co-owner of MC. We have been flat out for, um 2 years, getting MC going, him in school and doing general work related endeavors for a long time. When we travel it is for a purpose, when we go out it is to release a tiny bit of steam and we work everyday, all the time.

But not this weekend!

Sam and I took a drive down the Irish Loop- which is the southern area of the avalon penn. We wanted to just have a time to chat, hang out and be two people- without any baggage. We drove and drove- through amazing spots along the loop-St. Vincents, Trepassey, Ferryland, Cape Broyale and found a bit of ourselves along the way.

Which brings me to my point: no matter what you do, no matter who you are and what you have influence over- the point is that you need joy and trust me, it is sometimes more difficult that you think to find. Sometimes it is a bit of a treasure hunt- you may have to get out of your own way to spot it. Joy isn't intrinsic- it is reactionary.

I know this sounds preachy and please don't take it like that- I deeply feel that this is a joyful world, the problem is sometimes I am- too busy being busy -that I fail to notice.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Treat for the Ladies

ian + vintage leather jacket+ adam penney's photography= amazing photos

Here is a taste for all you ladies!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Model: Kerri Burton
Stylist: Chelsey MacNeil
Photographer: Adam Penney
Location: Downtown St.john's, NL Construction Site

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bring it on home

So, with the temp dropping and school starting everyone seems to be moping about Fall. That is everyone but me!

Fall- how I love thee! With the layers, tights, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, coats! The list grows and grows! With Stews, lamb, soups and harvest veggies- crisp sunny walks to crunchy frost grass, it makes my heart sing!

So take fall by the balls world- don't let the shorter summer days get you down (makes for more evening time anyway!). Its always way more fun to embrace what is around you rather than wishing you were somewhere else. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

it's baaaaack....

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Creating a Monster....

I haven't blogged in a while, summer has been full of wonder summer things- travel, family, clothing and mayhem at the store. We have a few things to watch for that is upcoming events, sales and surprises! The main event, coming to you for one day only is our Halloween Monster MASH!

Yes, we are back with a huge sale happening on  October 3rd for ONE DAY ONLY (10am-8:00pm) We will have a massive amount of Halloween gear for all (although men, be aware, you may have to dress like a woman...)

The location is TBA but keep an eye out for the very near future as we are doing it outside of the store. Following this blog will give you the inside scoop on costumes available, promos and halloween costume tips and such.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Model: Mark Bennet
Photo Credit: Jon Janes
Stylist: Chelsey MacNeil

MODEL: Nicole Fiander
Photo Credit: Brian Ricks
Stylist: Chelsey MacNeil
MC Photo Shoot
Photo Cred Jon Janes
Models: Mark Bennett, Adrian Collins, Ian Cornelissen, Dan Banoub

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Attention all Photographers and Models

MC wants you to submit your best fashion forward photos for our new  photo challenge.

Submit up to three to by July 13th and enter a chance to have your photo professionally printed and showcased in the store for two months- plus a 100.00 gift certificate for you and your photographer!

We want you to take liberties with the photos- so have a riot!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Monday, June 15, 2009

Rockin' the Scenery

Contemporary Color Creations

This beauty photo was shot by the ever talented Brian Ricks-

 Kerri is showcasing a great vintage 1990's sea-foam tank with a highwaisted red pencil skirt. 

Shot in Briny St. John's by brian Ricks
Model: Kerri burton

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dust Factory Rocks!

We spent a beauty day outside the store Sunday hanging out with local band, DUST RADIO. 

SO many people were around and it was a delight to have them outside the store playing great tunes. Check them out on facebook and Myspace!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Fashion Icon Shot

Who's That Girl? 

Check out this hot Bowie inspired shot we got in St. John's in a  shoot last week. Model Nicole Fiander knows how to bring it in every shoot. 

I am sure Bowie would have been proud.

Check out more of our fashion ICON shots throughout the blog and stay tuned for more.

Showing you how to bring vintage into your wardrobe and how to bring out the fierceness to wear it!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

In The Garden of Eden Baby...

(I know what the real lyrics are...)

Betsy Johnson- I love you more than life itself.

Check out this great little number off the shoulder cropped Betsy shirt over a Luella cocktail dress. So friendly, yet so fierce! We love it! 

Shot by Brian Ricks
Modelled by Andrew and Karyn
Shot outside of Model Citizens

Monday, May 11, 2009

Naughty Alice....

Check out some great new photos shot by the talented Brian Ricks ( and styled by yours truly on our wesbite, and on fascebook.

Spring is here and we encourage everyone to explore their inner Alice- Be Bold, adventurous and trust no one..

Happy Spring eveyone!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Crafty Privateers Unite!

Fresh Fish 3 is back again!

My Friends, make sure you make it to support your local craft industry! Fresh Fish is a craft market of young emerging and up and coming artists and features the designs of Newfoundland craftspeople. 

Meet us all on Saturday, May 2nd at the Masonic Temple. Doors open at 10am and admission is free.

The Craft revolution is upon us- support handmade, local products of your community!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Vintage Valentino- Vintage Find of the Week

This hot Valentino blouse is any hipsters dream! Both granny-like and lace, hipsters everywhere will swoon over this beauty piece. Worn with a black skinny jean, this great blouse is both frumpy (in an excellent way) and fantastic!

Valentino, you make me very happy. This is why vintage is is amazing, fashion is so eclectic these days that if you can work it, you can most def wear it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Vintage Find of the Week

This stunning vintage dress has been in the store for a bit of time now and I felt it was time to highlight how absolutely gorgeous it is.

I fell in love with dress at first glance. It's deep plunging neckline has a very sexy feel and separate corset underneath is the perfect peekaboo accessory. Lastly the detailed pleating in the skirt is perfectly accompanied by a fun crinoline. 

This dress is great on so many levels- sexy, functional, wearable and utterly unique. Make it yours- it is waiting here for you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Needed Vacation for this Owner

Can you believe we live here?

Newfoundland is an amazing place that we here at Model Citizens are so proud to call home. For those of you who don't live here, take a sec to check it out online. Look at blogs, flickr and more to see actually how cool this place is.

 Sure we have rainy days, foggy weather and a seriously crappy winter- resilience is bred from that. The positive outweigh the negatives- icebergs, untouched forests, great hiking and a kick-ass arts scene (to name a few).

I have been inspired lately to document my love affair with Newfoundland. I just returned from a weekend around the bay where we laughed, visited family (and were visited), had outdoor fires, hiked and had so much fun. This is what life should be. A whole load of fun!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Vintage Versace

This 1990's Vintage Versace dress is a fantastic addition to anyone's wardrobe. Worn here as a dress, its great shape and  open canvas opens doors with this spectacular piece.

 Fashion is so exciting these days as dresses can be shirts, and shirts can be dresses. The versatility of slimmer jeans/tights have opened the doors for women to run, jump and play without showing too much to bystanders. Grab a sweet vintage clutch, high booties and you are ready for a night out on the town!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

There is a Spring in My Step....

Well, lets see....

Sunshine for more than two days in a row... Check!
Hardly any snow............................................... Check!
Moving has occurred..........................................Check!
Been embarrassed due to unshaved legs/armpits.Check!
Went running without collapsing a lung.........Check!
Stopped putting beer outside in the snow to get it cold....Check!
Thought about painting my toenails.................Check
Thought about getting a pedicure.......................Check!
Someone is playing a friggin drum on the lawn..Check!

I think it might be Spring!!!!!!!!!! 

All things considered, we have had a great winter here in Newfoundland, but nothing compared that feel when the clouds part and spring is upon us. Still keeping bundled up, you can feel the unfolding of winter blahs, the spring in peoples step and the thirst for summer sweetness.

Enjoy everyone, Happy April Fools day!

Xo chels

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Store hours

Hello Friends,

We are now open late on Thursday and Friday until 9pm starting tonight. Come on out and have a intimate shopping experience after dinner!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Road Trip!

Hi All,

Talk about fun! Momma MacNeil (Celina) and I have been traveling like maniacs trying to find sweet deals and the vintage items you crave. And guess what? We did!

Not only did we only eat donuts and dunkable chicken products and sing to old 80's tunes, we combed the coast for the best of vintage and contemporary wears for you fabulous St. John's urbanites.

Great Success everyone! Pop in next week to catch some great items and they will continue to come out as the weeks move on.

You should see the dresses girls!

Chels and Celina (Chels' mommy)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Artist Feature-The Weekend Store

What a treat it was to stumble upon the graceful and thoughtful designs of "The Weekend Store". Adjowah Brodie is the creative force behind The Weekend Store and her careful and structured approach to feminine jewelry is fantastic. Her thoughtful and conceptual jewelry is made from recycled vintage jewelry. We are so happy to be able to showcase her work here at Model Citizens.