toast house + home

I am always inspired by the TOAST collection and their new house&home catalogue does not disappoint! Cool, calm, airy, relaxed… just a few works that come to mine. It has a very Mediterranean vibe, and it looks to me like it is shot in Puglia (a beautiful region in Southern Italy that I have had the pleasure of visiting) because of the Trulli in the pictures { ‘dry stone huts with conical roofs‘ }. It’s an amazing site to see the Trulli of Alberobello in Puglia, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites list; maybe you should go?? Enjoy the rest of the catalogue here.

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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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atlas assortment no.06


Inspired travel in this atlas assortment. Now, the only thing left to do, is pick a destination! All that’s required is; a chic passport holder, cute luggage tags, a good book, a sun hat, and a new dress

Bon Voyage!
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au vieux panier

passing through Provence…

“Thankfully, when art and hotels meet, it’s increasingly through more than just the banal hanging of a painting. Hoteliers are getting serious about art, and artists are getting creative with their spaces. The latest lodgings to welcome their guests into a truly immersive art experience is Marseilles’ Au Vieux Panier, a 17th century Corsican grocery shop turned explosive art experience.

From internationally acclaimed street artist Tilt – with his breathtaking half graffitied, half stark-white Panic Room – to design studio Mass Confusion‘s electrifyingly surreal Purgatory Palace; the artists haven’t just thrown a few choice pieces of art at their commissions – they’ve created overwhelming site-specific installations that are easily befitting some of the world’s top galleries.” weheart.co.uk

nightnight xx

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california coastline chic + club monaco

Club Monaco’s new women’s and men’s collections are inspired by cool, California-Coastline chic… whose up for a weekend getaway to Napa ;)

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resort collection: dsquared2

DSquared2‘s 2012 Resort Collection – home grown Canadian talent!
With pops of bright colours, and basic neutral pieces, you can’t go wrong for spring ;)

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discover morocco


I’ve been sicky sick this week and my number one priority has been rest… but I thought that I might have it in me tonight for a quick post ;)

West Elm and Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection want to give you the chance to win a trip to Morocco! Click the above image for more details!

nightnight xx

win big with heritage1960

A few weeks ago I did a post featuring the Rachel Roy Ghana Clutch
If you liked it, here is your chance to win one along with a lot of other great items
via Heritage1960 on their Facebook page.

“Heritage1960 is an online retail destination that offers a curated view of global African fashion, lifestyle, and design. Named after the year 17 African countries won their independence, Heritage1960 celebrates freedom, individuality and unique style inspired by the continent. Through the perfect mix of editorial content and e-commerce, the buyer is able to discover and purchase established brands like Jewel By Lisa and Edun, emerging brands like The Summit and Holst + Lee, one-of-a-kind jewelry by South African and Malian artisans, and more! Scheduled to launch in February 2012, Heritage 1960 hopes to dispel pre-conceived notions about African fashion, design and creativity.”

HERITAGE1960.com is slated to launch on February 20, 2012. In celebration of the count down, they are giving 14 lucky fashionistas a chance to nab fabulous items by coveted brands like Jewel By Lisa and Rachel Roy, sought after books like Gentlemen of Bacongo and New African Fashion and exclusive accessories like a Rwandan hand knit scarf and banana leaf Ipad case.

Good Luck ;)
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british pizza at union jacks

“Cuddly Jamie Oliver is knocking out restaurants at the sort of rate a normal chef knocks out omelettes, no sooner had he established his premium-chain of Italian restaurants, than he was collaborating with American BBQ expert Adam Perry Lang on the Tom Dixon designed Barbecoa. Perpetuating the notion that he’s acquiring multi-million pound chains as frequently as he debuts television shows and accompanying cookbooks, his latest enterprise follows his latest theme; good, honest British grub. On pizzas.

Sure, Union Jacks is a potentially divisive concept – Worcestershire sauce braised oxtail pizza (well, he calls them ‘flats’) is enough to give any Italian a heart attack – but the interiors, courtesy of award-winning agency Blacksheep – are where the Brit-theme really takes shape. With unabashed tongue-in-cheek nostalgia, the design concept offers up tea-cosies, vintage tellies and 1950s colour palettes, all centered around the retro cinema-board menu and open kitchen. It’s not big, and it’s not clever – but it’s bloody good fun and, most importantly, it looks a treat…” Weheart.com

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the rachel roy ghana clutch

“This clutch is part of Rachel Roy’s on-going commitment to helping people in need and raising awareness through her charitable platform “Kindness is Always Fashionable”. This clutch will benefit OrphanAid which helps children grow up in safe and permanent family settings with appropriate care and protection. OrphanAid Africa is a non-profit organization supporting orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana through programs in care reform, education, and development.” RachelRoy.com

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do not disturb

“Some hotel rooms are just places to lay your head in between adventures. These
ten, on the other hand, are made for staying in, for days and nights at a
time.”
via Tablethotels.com

1. The Carlyle – New York City, New York
2. The Hazelton Hotel – Toronto, Ontario
3. Pershing Hall – Paris, France
4. Hotel Villa Real – Madrid, Spain
5. Hotel Bel Air – Los Angeles, California
6. Blakes – London, England
7. Mertopole Hotel – Venice, Italy
8. Trump International Hotel & Tower – Chicago, Illinois
9. The Merrion – Dublin, Ireland
10. Hotel de Rome – Berlin, Germany

                                                   Happy Thursday! xx

woven baskets from rwanda

“Who says you can’t buy hope? Willa Shalit is proving that shopping can transform other people’s lives.

Willa Shalit has been put on this earth, I think, to allow the rest of us to pretend that our most grasping, selfish impulses are actually noble. Through her company, Fair Winds Trading, she has managed to make shopping meaningful—a way to load up on gorgeous, exotic objects de lust while furthering peace and justice, not to mention improving lives around the world. Bless the woman.

A pioneer in a growing social-entrepreneurial movement whose mission in part is to provide unique products to U.S. consumers—and, at the same time, sustainable wages to the Third World artisans who make them—Shalit has been collaborating for the past five years with the women of Rwanda. As a result, Fair Winds Trading now imports their handwoven baskets, African-gemstone jewelry, textile bags, and table linens, and this fall will branch out with products from Tanzania, Cambodia, and Indonesia.”

Read more here
Baskets available here

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take five, on the cheap

“We can live without the expense account lunches, the trophy wines and the $900 Louboutins”… but don’t ask us to give up our weekend getaways (or the Louboutins)! After saving and spending it all over the last month, here are a few budget friendly trips via Torontolife.com that might float your boat ; )

night night xx

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have bag, will travel

1. Hammocks & High Tea – Adana Dopp Kit
2. Vera Bradley – Garment Bag in Suzani
3. Clare Vivier – Laptop Foldover Pebble
4. Will Leather Goods – Oaxacan Duffle
5. Loquita – Double L Weekender
6. Susan Hoff – Original Hardware Tote
7. Cavalier Essentials – Original Leather Duffle
8. Mulberry – Medium Trolly Bag
9. Sleepypod – Air Pet Carrier

have a lovely time en route to where ever your travels take you today… xx

where to get lost

Where to get lost (on purpose) according to the Lonely Planet

  1. VENICE
  2. VARANASI
  3. LONDON
  4. TOKYO
  5. ISTANBUL
  6. CANBERRA

for more details on how to find your way … click me! Maybe one day you’ll be getting lost in one of these fantastic cities. In the mean time, nighty night xx

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