what to wear no.07

what to wear no.7
Dreaming of Spring… if only it was warm enough for tees, and sunny a little more often too! I saw this Schott tee on Actor Emelia Clarke on the cover of ‘Glamour Paris‘ which inspired the look. I also love that art deco-ish ring by Gorjana; they are my go to for delicate gold jewelry at really reasonable prices. I just have to say it, can-not-wait for Le printemps!!

Lancer Print Tee – Schott NYC

Yetti Sunglasses – Sunday Somewhere
Delano Fan Ring – Gorjana
Limited Edition Silk Matteen Nail Polish, Pseudo Silk Kimono – Deborah Lippmann
Wood Wood Adrien Striped top – La Garconne
Selvedge Toothpick Jean in Cherish Wash – J Crew
Black Leather Silver Heeled Anouck Chelsea Boots – Alexander Wang
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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

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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back at it

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Gosh, it’s been a while now! I had planned to get a better posting schedule over the summer but who knew how busy it would be. The most exciting { time consuming } thing has been that we bought a house… Eep! We are so excited and now in the process { of selling our condo } of thinking about design. Which means that I am totally focused on that right now when ever I’m online searching for images and inspiration. We’re working with a design co. that’s having us do homework assignments which include picture essays { totally up my alley } and above are some of the images that I have collected to let them know my idea of the perfect home. What else. Oh, my class at OCAD in fabric arts and natural dye was a great learning experience. And it’s exciting to think I’ll actually have a space to try it out at home soon ; )

Happy Weekend! 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

home-grown: junction flea market

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I’m really trying to put more of a home-grown spin on here at the a&o. So how perfect is this? Every second Sunday of the month, and starting tomorrow, The Junction Flea!

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I’ll be there to check it out. We’re on the hunt for a wooden crate for a new project and I think this is just the place to find it! xx

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home-grown: vintage crawl

vintage crawl

Put on your walking shoes. Well I suppose all shoes are meant for walking, aren’t they! But, hey, maybe you’ll pick up a new pair along the way ; )

For one night only it’s the Vintage Crawl Toronto! A late-night party across the city’s west end where shops from Kensington Market to Roncesvalles keep their doors open from 7pm til midnight with treats, sales and deals at the ready.

Here are the participating shops and a handy map to plan your route!

1. Sub Rosa 16 Kensington Avenue
2. One Heart Design 77 Kensington Avenue
3. Anice Jewellery 167 Augusta Avenue
4. Pretty Freedom 165 Augusta Avenue
5. Armed 1024 Dundas Street West
6. Bridge + Bardot 1138 Dundas Street West
7. Penny Arcade 1177 Dundas Street West
8. I Miss You (Dundas West) 1315 Dundas Street West
9. Dalston Grey 1317 Dundas Street West
10. 101 SUPERmarket 1418 Dundas Street West
11. The Chief Salvage Co. 1493 Dundas Street West
11. Friends Electric 1493 Dundas Street West
12. Life of Manek 1504 Dundas Street West
13. Reservoir Vintage & Bright Brown Vintage Pop-up at Henhouse 1532 Dundas Street West
14. Print Fine Vintage 834 A College Street
15. Mrs.Huizenga 28 Roncesvalles Avenue
16. Door Number Two ‘Garage’ at 294 Roncesvalles Avenue
17. Common Sort (Parkdale) 1414 Queen Street West
18. Philistine 1394 Queen Street West
19. House of Vintage 1239 Queen Street West
20. 69 Vintage 1100 Queen Street West
21. Thank You 1080 Queen Street West
22. Chosen Vintage 960 Queen Street West
23. Magwood 886 Queen Street West
24. V Queen West 702 Queen Street West
25. Cabaret Vintage 672 Queen Street West
26. Silver Falls 15 Ossington Avenue
26. Tusk 15 Ossington Avenue
27. I Miss You Vintage (Ossington) 63 Ossington Avenue
27. Emporium by I Miss You Vintage 63 Ossington Avenue
28. Rescue Vintage 102 Ossington Avenue

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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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