june how-to

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For your next party: 10 Ways To Make A Cocktail Stick

A Cup of Jo shows you how to give a reflexology foot massage

Making aged mercury glass candle holders with A Beautiful Mess

The tool kit for sexy bedhead

Brush care 101 from Garance Doré

How clever are these hanging laundry baskets!

A hand-carved stamp project with Emmadime

Who doesn’t want to make their own piñatas ?

Hellllooooo June! Can’t believe you’re here already. Don’t you think that the beginning of the month is a such great time to get inspired! Speaking of such things, I can’t wait to share more details soon on a course I am taking that starts this coming Monday. It’s called Fibre Arts with Natural Dyes and it’s sure to be an amazing experience in something that’s totally new! xx

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in your space: jessie webster

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I love this sneak peak inside the Silver Lake home of Jessie Webster via Design*Sponge. Jessie Wesbter is a kick-ass photographer specializing in lifestyle and interiors. She’s also the woman behind the blog Sweet Thing where she shares photography as well as her love for fashion and interior design.

Silver Lake was one of my favourite neighbourhoods in the Los Angeles area and Jessies home & decor make me love it even more! I am defintley going to keep her quote in mind:

“what I love most about my home is the original charm.”

I think that is something that’s easy to forget, yet so simple to incorporate when developing you homes style. xx

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beauty products 101

beauty 101

If you’re like me, you’ve spent countless hours browsing through Sephora and asking friends what is their secret; what beauty products are their go-to’s. I’ve narrowed down some of my favorites over the last year or so and thought I’d share them with you!

1. Earth Science Naturals – Azulene Eye Cream
2. Kiehl’s – Midnight Recovery Concentrate
3. Earth Science Naturals – Almond-Aloe Moisturizer (with SPF 15!)
4. Jack Black – Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser with Aloe & Sage
5. Smashbox – Full Exposure mascara
6. Clinique – Even Better Makeup SPF 15
7. Lancolm – Star Bronzer in Solitaire Shimmer
8. Lancolm – Blush Subtle in Tangerine Tine
9. Joe Fresh – nail polish (3 for $10!) in Lavender, Mango & Tomato
10. Fresh – Cannabis Santal Eau de Parfume
11. Fekkai – Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo
12. Mason Pearson – Mixed Bristle brush
13. L’Oreal – Elnett Satin Strong hold for colour treated hair
14. lebel & crowe – see Emily Lebel for the best hair cut you’ll ever get!

I hope that you like them as much as I do! xx

latest finds

finds

Just a few of the latest and greatest must have items I’ve come cross lately… especially if you are already looking towards { and forward to ! } Spring and even more specifically, because the prices are quite a steal!

GAP Printed Crew Sweater – $49
Constellation Pendants { Julie Nolan Jewelry on Esty } – from $45
JOE FRESH nail polish in Mango – $4
ZARA denim jacket – $39

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statement sweater: all is fair

There’s a new cool kid in town. Fair Isle sweaters may have been an ‘ugly Christmas sweater‘ thing of the past but now, when done right, are super comfy, cozy, and cute for the cooler season. Bundle up, it’s getting chilly out there!!

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the dish ran away with the spoon

How cuuuttte are these dipped wooden utensils by Erin Souder of House of Earnest. Part of her Have & Make series, Erin takes ordinary objects that you might have lying around the house and spices them up. Definitely a project that I’d like to try! For more details click here ; )

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that’s one lovely blog


As I mentioned the other day, the lovely Yasmin of the Hermit Homewares blog nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award! How amazingly exciting & flattering – eep! Her beautiful blog is very inspiring and filled with beautiful houseware goodies that I am sure everyone will enjoy takeing a peek at it. So, now it’s my turn to keep up the tradition. The Award Rules are as follows;

*Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
*Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
*Nominate up to fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
*Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

Random Facts about Me:
01. I am absolutely terrified of things that fly, including moths, butterflies, dragonflies, birds etc…
02. My favorite food is hummus; on crackers, potato chips, tortilla chips, a spoon, what ever.
03. I love Excel. If a list needs to be made, if anything needs to be organized… Excel!
04. I believe my little Pug Buddha is the world’s cutest dog. He went blind 2.5 years ago and he is still so brave (while still being incredibly stubborn).
05. I was a vegetarian for about 16 years until recently { in December } I decided to scrap that idea and now chicken and steak are my favs.
06. I love stripes. Seriously, most of my closet looks the same to the untrained eye. Der says all of my striped shirts look identical – and I will probably bring home another one within the next month – but to me they are all unique ; )
07. I love surprising ppl with little notes and gifts. In the mail or in person. Just something small to make someone smile!

Blogs I Love: (In no particular order!)
01. Black Eiffel – My go to for music inspiration, amongst other things. Be sure to check out Rachel’s Music Monday post, when else, every Monday!
02. Smitten Kitchen – FOOD! Delish recipes dreamed up in a 42 square foot circa-1935 half-galley kitchen. I love the photography on this delightful foodie blog.
03. The Alternative Wife – Ethereal inspiration. Think pastels, pink, and lace all with a hazy glow.
04. Emma Dime – I am obsessed with the design, layout, and everything of Emma’s blog. So gorgeous, and always inspirational. I think she loves font as much as I do to!
05. Odessa May Society – Crushin’ hard on this beautiful blog with inspired housewares, décor, design, and a hit of fashion every now and then.
06. Pennyweight – Fashion, décor, music, you name it!
07. Lark & Linen – fellow Torontonian, Jacqueline Clarke, of Lark & Linen is always a go-to.
08. The Reno Project(s) – looking for home décor advice, look no further!
09. Elephantine – making beautiful jewelry and a beautiful blog.
10. Atlantic-Pacific – If I could have one persons closet… Blair Eadie has impeccable taste and a unique style that I love.

Thanks y’all! xx

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links are back

The Hamptons Guide from Goop
Where to find book reviews – idreambooks
Hilarity from the Man Repeller when she interviews herself…
Just a little tune; The Head & The Heart – Rivers & Roads
A downtown gem for lunch – Rodney’s by Bay
Great WordPress resources & plugins from August Empress
Smitten Kitchen makes bacon & eggs look delish in a leek risotto
ShopBops current Hit List

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great lengths

Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific shows us how she dresses up, or dresses down, the look-of-the-moment-maxi…

Look One Maxi: Diane Von Furstenberg (sample sale score). Flats: Banana Republic (old but similar here) . Scarf: Old Navy (old but similar here). Necklace: Saks 5th Avenue (old). Bag: Celine. Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Number One’. Jewelry: David Yurman, Stella&Dot, Hermes, Pomellato, Jcrew.

Look Two Jacket: Levi’s. Chambray Shirt: Jcrew Factory Dress. Skirt: Alice + Olivia last seen here (similar here and here). Shoes: Zara (old). Purse: thanks to Rebecca Minkoff. Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Jewels: YSL, Jcrew, Anthro, GAP.

Look Three Dress: Tibi (also obsessed with this one and this one in this print). Shoes: Zara (current). Purse: Celine. Jacket: Zara (old). Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Pouch: Proenza Schouler c/o. Jewels: Michele Watch, JewelMint XO rings, Turquoise Coach Rings, Pomellato, Jcrew pave bracelet, David Yurman. Necklaces: Max&Chloe and Albeit Jewelry ‘B’ necklace c/o. Nails: POP ‘Mint Magic’ and Essie ‘Lilacism’.

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shopping in montreal

Heading to Montreal for the weekend? Looking to get a little shopping in but don’t know where to start? Why not check out the lovely Janna Zittrer’s website, Montreal Shopping Tours. There are 6 different guided tour styles to fit everyone’s needs; Shop Like a Fashion Editor, 9 – 5 and Beyond, Montreal Designer Marathon, Sweat-Worthy Style, Vintage Treasures, and Teen Dream. Or, why not go off the cuff to customize your own. It looks like a lot of fun and, while you don’t have to feel obligated to purchase anything, with their stellar suggestions they can’t promise you won’t feel tempted ; )

Happy Shopping!

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curated by colour

One of my new favs – Odessa May Society – was featured on Etsy showing us how appealing it can be to group inspirational images by colour. For more interesting info on Jennifer Prince, the creator and curator behind the eclectic blog, see interviews by Lark & Linen, here, and The Wee Lass, here.

Some of her curated mini-collections, or inspiration boards, are featured above. So pretty!

Happy Saturday xx

stylish in new york

Luigi Tadini, Market Director, Paper Magazine  

Who is your most stylish New Yorker? I think a recluse Garbo was a pretty stylish character in New York. Who else… Max Fish was pretty stylish in a very different way. I think somewhere in between is really the essence of New York—someone who has this unique kind of uptown style that is timeless, and then the ever-changing trend-centric downtown.  

Lori Goldstein, Stylist

What’s your favorite New York museum? I must say I love The Whitney

Cabiri Calisto, Head of Sales and Press for VPL

Who do you think is the most influential New York designer right now? I think Victoria Bartlett because she always does her own thing. She is never following trends and I feel like a lot of other designers look at the trend reports and follow them exactly, but she always has her own inspiration, her own focus for each collection. Other designers seem to take inspiration from her.  

Olivia Palermo, Model, Actress, Designer  

Do you have a secret, off-the-beaten-path shopping spot in New York?Not specifically. I think sometimes you find the best things when you least expect it. Just to go to small little boutiques that have one-of-a-kind pieces. And probably Nolita, I would say, is a great area.  

Do you have a favorite date spot that you like to go to? I really enjoy going to Café Gitane. Johannes and I really like going there. So when we’re home we go there for dinner—so every once in a while.  

Jeff Laub, Owner – The Blind Barber

What’s your favorite local hangout spot? The best night spot would have to be the Blind Barber. But if I’m going to go anywhere else, my personal favorite place to go is always the Manhattan Inn for drinks in Greenpoint. And then for dinner right now I’m kind of digging Beauty & Essex. That’s a good spot.

Pamela Love, Jewelry Designer

Is there any emerging New York talent that you’re really excited about? That’s difficult because I live in a hole. I live in a bubble. My friend Yara has a line called Nomia that I really loved. I really like this band called Wild Yaks. They’re in Brooklyn and awesome. I think that’s probably it. I live in a bubble. I make jewelry all day and I don’t pay attention to anything so I can’t tell you anything!

Kelly Framel, Fashion Blogger, The Glamourai  

Do you have a secret shopping destination in New York? Well I always tell people to go to Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg because it really is like a massive warehouse. If you can’t find something there, you can’t find something anywhere!

Reece Solomon, Designer

Which New York fashion decade do you think you’re most inspired by? I would say from ’65-’75. Because it’s just such an exciting era in fashion and music—that whole beginning of Studio 54 and The Factory and Edie Sedgwick and Jane Birkin. I just love their fashion. It’s super relaxed and cool, but really unique also.  

Stylecaster covers the 50 most stylish New Yorkers in a recent feature. I have covered just a sample above; to check out the rest click here!

Enjoy all the tips and hints they have to offer… and have a lovely weekend ;)

xx

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chatting with nick wooster

Style tips from the sartorial bad-boy himself; the Mens Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus Group Services (Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman) Nickelson Wooster.

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