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2016/11/30 / Shanan


It’s happening, Toronto, as promised.

Saturday December 10th from noon-9pm
at Milk Glass (1247 Dundas St. W., btwn Ossington and Dovercourt)

This is another collaboration with the wonderful Kristin Somborac, who will be co-presenting the collection of vintage womenswear, jewelry, and accessories.  

For the first time we’ll also have vintage kid’s clothing available, and botanicals for sale from one of my favourite shops, Stamen & Pistil.

There’s even a bar at the back, so come pop in for a drink and shop for your upcoming holiday parties and gift-giving. xx Shanan


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2015/12/01 / Shanan


First off – yes, I don’t know what is with that post title either.  I feel like a really tame early ’90s rapper or something.

The Collingwood vintage pop-up party I put together a couple of weeks ago was such a great success that my old Toronto friend Kristin (whom you may remember from Natural Habitat fame – only she now lives in an even cooler place) invited me to have one at her house in December.

Kristin had worked in film for ages and is now a wardrobe stylist so it seems like a perfect fit.  She has been adorable and really helpful and accommodating and I’m so excited to bring you The Symmetric pop-up 2.TO (working title, guys. I’m clearly having issues today).

Spread the word, bring your friends, come and hang out with us and shop for some amazing vintage clothing, jewelry, homewares and art.  In the meantime, follow The Symmetric on Instagram to get sneak peeks of the goods, and to make me feel a little less alone out there in cyberspace.

Okay, enough talk:

Please join us!

THE SYMMETRIC x stylist Kristin Somborac

warmly invite you to a


Saturday, DECEMBER 12TH, noon to 4pm

310 Wallace Avenue (in Toronto’s Junction Triangle neighbourhood, view map)

This one-day only concept shop offers a unique and intimate retail experience of curated vintage fashion, jewelry, homewares + art (plus drinks + holiday treats!)

xx Shanan


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2015/10/22 / Shanan


I’ve been told that ‘trunk show’ is no longer the au courant term and that now it’s ‘pop-up.’  Oh, these days…

Without further ado, here are the details:

THE SYMMETRIC warmly invites you to a pop-up party

hand-picked vintage clothing + jewelry + home goods

at The Orchard, 7739 Nottawasaga Side Rd 36/37
(just five minutes south of downtown Collingwood: view map)

drinks * desserts * dress up! * bring a friend

RSVP: contact@thesymmetric.com


I’ve got a collection of really fantastic statement clothes along with costume jewels, a signature selection of vintage lockets and antique charm necklaces, and some vintage home accessories that will be available at the party only.

For anyone who can’t make it out that evening, I’ll be taking appointments for private shopping and wardrobe consults here through the holidays.

I’m excited! I’m nervous! I am all the feelings. Hope to see you soon.

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2015/10/21 / Shanan


Nice to meet you, where you been?

Alas, it’s me. Many moons have passed and my baby Rhys is almost one. In Canada, that’s generally when a mother finishes up her maternity leave and returns to her career. Being a freelancer, my year ‘off’ hasn’t been quite the unencumbered stroll(er)-in-the-park, but I have been taking it fairly easy work-wise and focusing on my family.

So much has happened since I last signed on. I’m raising a delightful little boy… Our country just elected a new prime minister… I became a Taylor Swift fan. Momentous.

I’ve also had a fair bit of time to think (daydreaming = official R&D?) and start planning my next move. I’m happy to say that I’ve begun winding down my duties as a graphic designer, and will be returning to The Symmetric in a fuller capacity.

The itch to thrift is back with a vengeance, so to kick things off I’ll be hosting a pop-up party on Saturday, November 14th and then working towards revamping this website to incorporate an online shop for buying vintage clothing and jewelry.  Etsy was great in many ways but I’m not 100% convinced it’s the right platform.

As for the blog, well… I’m not sure what to say. The interwebs are saying that the blog is dead! I mean the blog format in general. I’ve had so much wonderful encouragement to continue writing, but at this stage I’m also not convinced it’s where I should be spending my time.  What about Tinder, though? I hear that’s really great.  I kid.

Some days I look back through my posts and absolutely cringe with embarrassment. Other times I’m still proud and inspired.  The jury’s out on this one. Time will tell. Que sera sera? Insert additional cliches here.

My relationship to social media is tenuous at best for a whole slew of reasons that I won’t get into here — and I realize I probably sound like the worst kind of ancient curmudgeon when it comes to online life — but, small victory, I am on Instagram again and you should follow me there, @thesymmetric. I post judiciously selected photos of my children, and little vignettes from around our house and outside, and will be incorporating the vintage wares back into the feed. Cherry lips, crystal skies… I could show you incredible things. Really, it’ll be fun.

More soon,
xx Shanan

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2015/02/02 / Shanan


Oh, hi. I was recently and ever so gently reminded that I’d left the blog stagnant, and that you’d all been stuck staring at that same last post, at that same ridiculous pair of plaid shoes. Maybe somebody out there has even given pause and thought, “I wonder what’s up with that baby she was supposed to be having?”

Well. I had that baby! And it’s no longer an ‘it,’ but a healthy, happy little boy named Rhys.  Rhys means “ardor” and that’s pretty much what our hearts are full of right now. He is now about nine weeks old and just so sweet and smiley. We’re still adjusting to the new anti-sleep regime around here, of course. My days are filled to the brim with domestic goddess-y duties (copious breastfeeding, baking muffins – the usual)  and I’ve been trying to be less of a night owl, which means I’m going to take a little more time away from The Symmetric, ’til it feels like a project I can enjoyably incorporate back into my routine. There’s a bit of a sad trombone wah-wah-wah in the hiatus but, you know, they’re only babies once, priorities and sh*t, etccccc. At least I still (sort of) remember how to use WordPress!

Until then… xx S.

(really, it’s February now?)