Thursday, September 29, 2011

Model Citizens' Downhome Fall Favs- Burstin' Berry Crumble!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love to cook (and eat) just as much as I love vintage clothes.  
There is nothing in the world more satisfying than coming home, cracking a bottle of wine and cooking with your honey. In the fall, after the BBQ season has worn out its welcome and there has been far too many cold salads in your diet- digging into the harvest veggies and cooking piping hot masterpieces is so satisfying. Eating in at sundown with the woodstove going- nothing better in the whole world.

I thought I would start sharing great recipes with all you fantastic Model Citizens over the next little while, I think is a great additional to our lil' blog. As it is harvest time in Newfoundland, I was to remind everyone about the St. John's Farmers Market  - this is the time for those great harvest veggies!

In true Chelsey fashion, lets start with Dessert!

Burstin' Berry Crumble

Streusel Topping:
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Berry Filling:
6 cups  fresh berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries)
1/4 - 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange zest 
2 tablespoons  cornstarch

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter a 9 inch deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 x 3 inch baking dish- glass or pottery works best!

Topping: Place the flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor and process until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture is crumbly (looks like coarse meal) and there are no large pieces of butter visible. (This can also be done in a large bowl with a pastry blender, two knives or your fingertips.)

Filling: Place berries in a large bowl and toss with the sugar, lemon zest, and cornstarch. Transfer the fruit to your baking dish and sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the fruit. 

Bake for approximately 30 -35 minutes or until the topping is crisp, golden brown and the fruit juices are just beginning to bubble. Remove from oven and place on on a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes before serving.
Serve with softly whipped cream, single pouring cream, or vanilla ice cream 

Sequinned Jackets Absolutely Rock!

I have put this stunning photo up on the blog before, but I felt the need to showcase it again. There is something about this awesome white sequinned jacket that I just can't get enough of. Skye looks amazing in this ensemble and it is so effortlessly chic and grunge inspired. That vintage tee was the softest shirt in the planet, so perfectly heathered- great for this outfit!

These sequinned jackets are not easy to find in the vintage world but I nab them whenever I can!

Model: The beautiful Skye Williams
Photographer: Adam Penney
Stylist: Chelsey Paterson

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vintage Blazers- Model Citizens Must Have for Fall 2011

One of the best vintage must-haves of the season is the vintage prep school blazer. This RL vintage 90's double breasted navy blazer rocks and can be used in so many ways. Here, we have it paired with a sequined dress and awesome bowler-style hat but you can rock the blazer in so many ways. Go totally preppy with a blouse and jeans or throw a band tee and flared pants and you have a awesome everyday outfit that stands out. Go full on nautical and pair with trousers and a horizontal striped shirt (navy or red)

We have a spectacular selection of vintage prep blazers- ranging from short and preppy and long and vintage. We love this look and it is a perfect item for these lovely fall days!

Model: Jenn Browne
Photographer: Brian Ricks

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mixing and Matching: Model Citizens Pic of the Day

This spring, I found on of the most challenging trends was the mixing of patterns. In every magazine, they made it look so effortless- hence the appeal. We nailed it with this awesome vintage Marni floral blouse and this club monaco striped skirt. The military boots were a fun addition to up the edgy in the outfit. Kerri just positively adorable in this shot and I think it really shows how to bring those multiple patterns into one look. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Model Citizens Pic of the Day!

Sometimes the most beautiful vintage pieces can be the hardest to wear. This vintage lace jacket was hard to pair but when we paired it with a simple soft tank and a leather belt, it worked so beautifully.
Esther looks darling in this lovely outfit and ti is another example to incorporating vintage into a contemporary outfit that is both unique and incredibly stylish.

Model: Esther Mooney
Photographer: Brian Ricks
Stylist: Mari-Lynn Taylor

Friday, September 23, 2011

Model Citizens' Fall Fair this weekend!

Consider this your official invite to stop by Model Citizens on Saturday, September 24th. We are holding our Fall Fair, which will be our biggest sale of the year thus far. Everything on the floor is either 20% off (30% for members) or can be found on our $10 and $15 racks! This includes jewelry, accessories and all our other merchandise. No funny stuff here!

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Come and enjoy some carnival food, and try our ring-toss game for additional discounts (up to an extra 20%). We have lots of late-summer and fall stock available, with extra staff to help you find the perfect style and fit. Bring the kids, tell your friends! We'll see you there.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tea Party with Miss Kerri Burton

Model Citizens Photo of the Day
The lovely Kerri Burton is showing off her hostess skills in this sweet tea party photo. Inspired by an Alice and Wonderland, we thought this look was both wearable and cute as a button.

Model: Kerri Burton
Photographer: Brian Ricks (

Monday, September 12, 2011


model citizens 4th Annual
Newfoundland’s premium source for awesome Halloween costumes

Once again, St. John’s will have a fantastic option for good quality, innovative Halloween costumes!

This time, we are opening a whole new storefront for October!
We have been collecting hundreds of premium film, theatre, fancy dress and themed costumes and accessories from New York, and cannot wait to share it with St. John’s! Due to the demand we experienced last year, we have increased the inventory, expanded the selection and dedicated a new storefront, nextdoor to Model Citizens!

Model Citizens will be hosting right next door (183A Duckworth St) to Model Citizens! This year, we will be opening our doors on October 15 at 10:00am and the sale continues until October 31th! Monster Mash Costume store will be open 12-5 Tuesday- Sunday for the whole family. Prices range from $2.00 - $50.00! Come in for a laugh, spook and a wicked costume that nobody else will have!

For additional information or for press inquires, please contact Chelsey Paterson or Mari-Lynn Taylor at 722-2777 or

Details for the Monster Mash
When? October 15-31th

Where? 183A Duckworth St (nextdoor to Model Citizens)
Hours: Tuesday- Sunday: 12-5 or by appointment

Friday, September 9, 2011

It is the Weekend!

Check out our pic for friday night drinks and dancing. Chic, hawt and edgy, this outfit is perfect for a night on the town.

Model Citizens has a look specific to any event you need. We are continuously looking to bring in garments that work in completely different ways and suited to different events. Let us know what you are looking for and we will always do our best to put together a kick-ass outfit to turn heads!

Model: Esther Mooney
Photographer: Brian Ricks

Photo of the Day: Cowboys and Squirrels

What a pair! Steve Pike is showing off one of our favourite rose cowboy shirts with a little friend.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Back to School with DVF

Back to school doesn't have to be all plaid! This great Diane Von Furstenburg dress is equipped to be edgy, girl, collegiate and professional all in one. We have pared it with top up tights, gold vintage bangles and little steve madden ruffle booties. You could go full on Nerd Chic with oxfords or profession with high boots. So versatile and so cute.

Model: Clare Asquith
Photography: Brian Ricks
Stylists: Mari Lynn Taylor and Chelsey MacNeil

Jil Sander Fall Collection 2011

Jil Sander's Fall 2011 collection was one of my absolute favourites this season. Despite its more obvious references to the 1950's, the cuts still remain (true to Jil Sander) minimalist and modern.
The collection really had two distinct 1950's influences: Ladies ski ads and operatic wear.

The Skiwear was definitely reminiscent of 50' vintage adverts, but also a bit of the 80's in the slouchy nature of some of the sweaters. The tailored sweaters we stunning and actually touched on the tailored prep/workwear of the early 2000's combined with the menswear aesthetic that is everywear this season.  Also, we saw the minimalist boxy sweater pop up here, which, in my opinion, is a must have for Fall.

The operatic wear in this collection really spoke to a vintage and a modernists taste (like my own)- complete with melodrama and a cinematic quality. Saying that, it was very 1950's in less obvious ways- the collection came of guarded, a modesty that was absolutely intentional and reminiscent of that era for women. Despite the chosen hues of big bright and bold, it still came off as a tailored, pensive representation.

 This collection was more casual than others of this brand calibre but it was still innovative, thoughtful and forward thinking.

It Won't Rain on Your Parade With These Umbrellas!

You will wish for rain this Fall with these AMAZING heavy-duty heart- shaped umbrellas!
Available today at Model Citizens. Retail $40.00

Dudes- We have an umbrella for you too!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fun for Fall: Outfits that Work

We love this photo and outfit! Clare is wearing a Searle trenchcoat, Mochino velvet burnt orange skirt, Steve Madden animal pumps, echo silk scarf and a vintage nautical striped top. Love this outfit, great mix for fall!

Model: Clare Asquith
Photographer: Brian Ricks
Stylist: Chelsey MacNeil

Model Citizens is Carrying Preloved!

Preloved creates one of a kind clothing from reclaimed vintage fabrics. Their passion is design and their philosophy is sustainability. Attention to fit, comfort and style has been their driving force.

Model Citizens is very excited to carry Preloved as our aesthetic, philosophies and commitment to quality  are parallel. You can find Preloved at Model Citizens today!

PS- we are also carrying Preloved mittens, scarves and legwarmers for him and her!