Bachelors for bitches
What do you get when you mix cute dogs and studly bachelors? One of the year's best fundraisers. Support the fourth annual Paws for the Cause #PawsParty going down February 12 at 8 pm at the Hoxton (69 Bathurst). This year's edition auctions off Toronto's most stylish bachelors for a Valentine's Day date. All proceeds benefit the Paws for the Cause scholarship for a veterinary student at the University of Guelph, as well as the university's Pet Trust Fund. Tickets are $69 at pawsforthecause.ca.
Food in, money out
Toss away those New Year's resolutions and indulge to your heart's content at the Toronto Fashion Incubator's 10th annual Guilty Pleasures sale on Saturday (February 1). Grab the Drake Hotel's (1150 Queen West) Winterlicious brunch while you browse the wares of over 40 local apparel, accessory and jewellery designers from 11 am ($49), or drop by for free when shopping opens to the public from 2 to 4 pm. Call the Drake's special events team at 416-531-5042 for brunch tickets.
Not just another wedding show
Wedding planning season continues with the Perfect For Gathering Here Today wedding expo on Sunday (February 2) from 11 am to 6 pm at 2nd Floor Events (461 King West). It's the modern downtown bride's alternative to classic (and dare we say mind-numbing?) wedding shows, and features local florists, photographers, caterers, wedding consultants and more. The best part? Entrance is free, because god knows weddings cost enough already. Sign up at eventbrite.ca/e/perfect-for-gathering-here-today-tickets-10088421741.
Now that's how you do it
Long-time Canadian fashion industry supporter Mary Symons was honoured last week with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Fashion Group International Toronto. A fixture of Toronto's society scene, the fabulously fiery redhead has served as FGI's district director, board chair of the Toronto Fashion Incubator and on Ryerson's school of fashion program advisory council. She now sits on the Bata Shoe Museum board, runs her own luxury PR firm and generally makes everyone else look like slackers by comparison.