here we go




Trying to get geared up for a refresh / renewal / come back… it’s been a tough 6 months or so to get in the head space for blogging; with moving around and waiting for renovations to be done. The good news is we’ll be moving into our house very soon so I’ll be able to set up my space for blogging and get back into it with full force. I know it’s a lame excuse, but I’ve always been someone who needs everything organized and all the proper ‘equipment’ before I can dive into something. A few things that I’ll have to go back and cover are photos from my amazing adventure in Morocco { from October, can you believe how time flies !! } and some before ~ inspiration ~ during ~ after photos of the house! Eep, I simply can not wait. In the mean time, I stumbled across this video by Aimee Song. I really enjoy following her blog and Instagram and I thought this was a great little vid. My favourite part –

quote aimee song

Always learning and growing is a great place to be. Looking forward to getting back at it { now, how many times have I said that! } so stay tuned!!

xx

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the weekly four no.01

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Easy does it… It’s been a while, OK a long while. But I am determined to find the time to dedicate to the A&O. I must! I’ve been wrapped up in travelling, both professionally / personally (Paris & Alsace / Morocco & London ) so there will be much more to come on that soon. Mixed in with all of that has been a lot of renovation madness which, at times, can be so much fun and, at other times, can cause a fair amount of stress. Learning to work with it is an exercise in patience that’s for sure!

Anyways, here we go… a new project for weekly inspiration – on a Monday  – to start the week off motivated and creatively charged!

Talk soon xx

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listed

friday

on the menu – fig cheesecake – from Sacramento Street

the official Martinique wallpaper

away we go! vacation ideas for every { astrological } sign

the Coolangatta home of Leah Batholomew

just dreamy; the MiH jeans fall lookbook

Elizabeth Cole Strieker Earrings – love

Miss Moss’ lost in the light playlist

DIY seashell candles from Design*Sponge

inspired by: this TED Talks video by Amy Cuddy

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photographer: ren rox

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London based fashion photographer Ren Rox’ work has been published by magazines such as Dazed & Confused, Oyster, The Face, Neo2, and The Telegraph. See more of Ren’s work at her website, flickr & tumblr. xx

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california top ten

california

Wow! What a jam packed, absolutely awesome, totally perfect vacation. Der and I are back from 10 days in the sun experiencing all things California. The week started in the Palm Desert, more specifically, in the picturesque and perfectly manicured resort city La Quinta, CA. Fittingly, we stayed at La Quinta Resort & Spa which was a perfect home base for experiencing Coachella! Following that a drive up the coast Santa Monica-Santa Barbara-Carmel by the Sea-San Francisco rounded out the trip. Here are some of my favorite parts…

1. The weekend festivities at Coachella deserve their own line. The weather was hot and the music was pumpin’. Some of my favorite performers include; the Neighborhood, Passion Pit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, The xx, Ben Howard, Shovels & Rope, the Lumineers, James Blake, La Roux, and Pretty Lights. It was a thrill just to see how the whole thing went down. We approached it all very laid back, no rushing around { I mean you can’t possibly see everyone } and really just took it all in. The sights and sounds along with yummy food and gorgeous weather made it an awesome weekend.

2. A quick lunch + shop stop in Silver Lake on our way to Santa Monica was great. I love this area! We had a very yummy lunch at Local Restaurant then stumbled upon my new most-favorite-shop-ever. Such a wonderful breezy atmosphere, fresh smelling candles, beautiful housewares, gorgeous accessories, a small selection of carefully curated designer duds. Oh, and the name, it’s called Lake Boutique.

3. Our one night stay in Santa Monica flew by and it was shockingly cooler than the past few days spent in the Palm Dessert { good thing for picking up a new sweater at Lake! } We celebrating Ders birthday with dinner at Barnyard in Venice.

4. Early the next morning we hopped in the convertible to start our journey along the Pacific Coast Highway. We had brunch in Malibu on the beach and I also just had to stop in at Consentino’s Fresh Flower Market which, as it says on their site, is the most beautiful store in Malibu. I was totally inspired by their arrangements of succulents and cacti. Definitely my next project…

5. Our first stop was Santa Barbara which turned out to be one of my favorite places along the way. Very neatly laid out, great for biking, strolling, relaxing. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen to be one of my favorite restaurant cities { I didn’t care for either one we went to } but we always started the evening at the hotel resto/bar which was the perfect spot for a Champagne cocktail, a few apps, making a few new friends, getting invited to a wedding { of course we couldn’t attend; how much fun would that have been! } The hotel was The Canary and their restaurant, which was re-branded about a week prior to our arrival, is called The Finch and The Fork. It’s the perfect hotel bar.

6. An amazing yoga class in Santa Barbara at Yasa Yoga; recommendation courtesy of Goop.com { thanks Gwyneth! } Located in an historic Santa Barbara building with gorgeous wood floors, 20-foot ceilings with exposed beams, and run by a husband and wife team who are very passionate about their practice.

7. The next portion of the coastal drive was my absolute favorite! The drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur for our one night stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, was absolutely breathtaking. Driving up the Chumash Hwy through Los Padres National Forest and then eventually ending up cliff side along the ocean is a sight to be seen. Upon recommendation we stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant for lunch. Which I would, in turn, recommended to anyone and everyone doing this drive. Close by the restaurant is a great place to head into Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and do a short hike through the redwood trees to the Pfeiffer Falls and the valley.

8. Our scenic route, lunch, and hike, brought us into Carmel by the Sea later into the evening and we stayed at a charming B&R called The Colonial Terrace. It wasn’t quite on the downtown strip, but not that far away, and we were able to enjoy a wonderful dinner paired with wines at the notable Andre’s Bouchee. A restaurant that is honoured by Wine Spectator as having one of the most notable restaurant wine lists in the world!

9. The final stop was San Francisco and really think I picked some gems when it came to restaurants. The only downside was that I did find the restaurants to be so far from anything else { and they took ages to get to } but it was well worth it when we finally did.

a rustic dinner at Outerlands; locally sourced,
organic fare served in a warm, handcrafted setting.

one of my most favourite brunches ever in Noe Valley
at Pomelo; I highly recommend the huevos motuleños

cocktails at the hotel restaurant were amazing because I
happen to love all things TIKI! the Tonga Room and Hurricane
Bar in the Fairmont does not disappoint with a live band
performing on a thatch-covered barge over the lagoon, classic tiki
cocktails and periodic light tropical rainstorms complete
with thunder & lightening. such a blast!

and our final night dinner at an interesting venue, Foreign Cinema,
where foreign and independent films are screened in their covered
outdoor courtyard. our film du jour Jiro Dreams of Sushi

10. Oke last but not least is really just to say that my dream trip was every bit as great as I thought it would be! I think that y’all should get out there and do it your own way and have an amazing time !! xx

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textures + textiles

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I always seem to be drawn to textures and textiles when ever I am looking for inspiration. The gals at the Block Shop { image two } are creating beautiful block dyed scarves and that lace in the first, used in Marissa Webbs Spring/Summer ’13 collection, is so delicately beautiful. It’s hand spun and hand woven from genuine natural Indian cotton. In addition to hand weaving the base fabric, fabric artisans hand embroider and hand cut eyelets – perfect! Happy Sunday xx

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resort life

I am in love with everything about Figue. Stephanie von Watzdorf has designed a year-round-vacation-ready collection meant to be worn any place any time;

Figue (pronounced fig) is a new luxury collection for women created by Stephanie von Watzdorf. Named for the ancient fruit Stephanie enjoyed as a child in Italy, Figue is defined by a global gypsy-meets-jet-set spirit—bringing together the urban energy of Paris and London with the natural beauty of the Mediterranean and Stephanie’s passion for travel. Figue’s core items consist of tunics, kaftans, shirtings, dresses, denim and accessories in colorful, global-inspired prints. One-of-a-kind items—such as reclaimed military jackets, embellished with hand beading, and found limited-edition jewelry and bags—recreate the experience of finding those unique treasures on one’s travels.

Her website is brand new and I don’t doubt that it will be getting a lot of traffic with these amazing vacation inspired style pieces.

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statement sweater: animals and more

With fall in full swing it’s time to expand your sweater collection. And what better place to start than with a statement sweater. I’ll feature a few different styles { three to be exact } in the statement sweater department. The first being intarsia, which might conjure up cozy images of hot-apple-cider-being-sipped-fireside-in-a-cabin. Well, these throwback knit tops with the graphics woven into the sweater—in the past usually snowflakes or some type of kitschy wildlife—are bank in a big way!

1. Markus Lupfer – Smacker lips sweater
2. Jil Sander – Whale intarsia camel and wool-blend sweater
3. C Wonder – Bunny Hop intarsia sweater
4. J. Crew – French Hen sweater
5. Joie – Eloise intarsia sweater

TGIF! xx

socially conscious textiles

Proud Mary creates sustainable relationships with global textile artisans to create their beautiful line of ethnic-modern home and personal accessories. Their gorgeous new Fall Collection is now available and includes pillows, totes, clutches, and rugs all hand made in Guatemala. Love it!

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thankful

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! I hope that everyone had a lovely long weekend. I am sad to see it come to an end { it’s my most favorite holiday of the year !! } but glad to have spent such a delightful weekend with friends and family ; )

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the new gypsies

I recently stumbled across these fantastic images on born to be wild

In September 2009 V Magazine published a fashion story featuring Kate Moss called ”Kate and the Gypsies”. The story was shot by the British photographer Ian McKell who has been following the ”The New Gypsies” for over ten years. Le Journal de la Photographie

Ian elevates fashion photography, with the inquiring edge of documentary, in his book The New Gypsies which can be found here.

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italian get-a-way

I’m home!! What a wonderful vacation. My hubby and I cycled { and wined & dined } our way through the beautiful region of Tuscany … a few images above to capture the week…

ciao ; )

xx

in your space : erin considine

There’s just something so inspirational about workshop spaces, isn’t there? Ringo, have a banana features jewelry designer Erin Considine; snapping shots of her doing her thing in her little sun-washed studio…

On another note. I keep trying to keep up with posts but the time just gets away from me! I am going to try harder, but the end of summer has brought about birthdays, baby showers, and unexpected vacations { not that I am complaining } ! On top of that, I am about halfway through season one of Friday Night Lights and it’s that time of day ; )

xx

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