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2014/01/06 / Shanan


I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions anymore, so I hope you weren’t expecting some kind of profound manifesto for today, the first ‘official’ day back to the regular grind.  If anything, I’m trying to leap into January with a bit more reckless abandon than usual.  Go bold, and do what makes you feel good.  So with that I say –  hello world, goodbye boring shoes.  Purple + yellow floral print is a neutral, right?

Image above: A dream is a wish your heart makes… Nicholas Kirkwood x Suno printed canvas and suede lace-up booties, via Saks Fifth Avenue.

And, filling in the rest of the gaps in that shoe wardrobe you never knew you needed:

marc by marc jacobs garden print oxfords

The tomboy oxford: floral print suede from Marc by Marc Jacobs, via Shopbop.

Marni green duck print platform sandals

The platform sandal: Marni Edition wedges, via Ssense.

Rachel Comey solitaire heels violet boutique

The sensible pump: Solitaire heels by Rachel Comey, via Violet Boutique.

Loeffler Randall lou calfhair flats

The retro flat: Lou camel-hair colour-block flats by Loeffler Randall, via Club Monaco.

Bernhard Wilhelm x Camper sneaker

The fashion sneaker: Crazy good ‘Together’ by Bernhard Wilhelm x Camper, via Bernhard Wilhelm.

Liam Fahy java heels

The unexpected stiletto: Charlotte heels in java print by Liam Fahy.

Amaya Miista platform boots floral print lucite heel

The ankle boot: Amaya platform in wild rose orange print with faux lucite heel by Miista, via SoleStruck.  Boom! That was my head exploding.

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2013/12/30 / Shanan


Well, it’s that time of year… you know the expression, “all killer no filler” (or maybe that was just the title of a Sum 41 album, don’t quote me)?  Now imagine the opposite of that.  Welcome to the recap post.

I started writing this blog at the end of April, Gillian joined me in the fall and this year has been really, truly, an incredibly fun labour of love.  I think I speak for both of us when I say how proud we are of this little space we’ve created, and how much it means to us that you’re reading.

Here’s looking to dare to be great in 2014.   But first, some favourites in case you missed them…

Lizzie Fortunato leather embroidered clutch


Gorgeous: an androgynous fashion round-up, plus favourite collections featuring hand-dyed rock ‘n roll tees, the boldest jewelry and bags, and the prettiest patterned dresses.

Funny(ish): an ode to celluloid schoolgirl uniformsstreet style parody (think bath towels and bar-bells), and how to dress like a hipster from a children’s book.

Useful:  What to do when you’re sick of your winter coat, in need of some pregnancy wardrobe tips, or are rethinking your wedding ring.

white bathroom renovation gram parsons painting subway tile


We visited the homes of three creative, honest and real women this year.  Have you checked out the charming renovated farmhouse, the colourful cool-girl apartment, and the mid-century-inspired heritage home?

Great pattern inspiration in the form of dark wallpaper, Finnish fabrics, and children’s book illustrations.

A few self-conscious glimpses into Shanan’s home: the renovated bathroom, the deck, the bedroom, and the sofa situation.



My favourite documentary on creativity from this year.  My favourite art print purchase.

I put together (or ‘curated’, some might say…) a handful of miniature exhibitions that highlighted themes I tend to obsess over: intimacy, obscured faces (part 1 and part 2), weird interiors, and the use of mirrors.

And there were unusual artistic expressions in the form of google images, creepy abandoned spaces, camera phone snapshots, and bejewelled skeletons. 

(Recaps of the FOOD, CHILD, and EXPERIENCE categories will be up later this week!)

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2013/12/20 / Gillian


When I was younger, I remember my grandmother putting away her whites at the end of the summer. She was a lady who followed the rules, and “no whites after Labour Day” was no exception. Thankfully this maxim no longer applies, and our wardrobes are not dictated by seasonal colour codes!  There are some useful suggestions, though, for introducing white into your winter wardrobe. Consider the following:

Introduce an element of the unexpected: Style your white tunic dress with opaque tights or knee-high boots, and don’t be afraid to use bold accessories.  Image above: Chloé F/W 13/14 Look 6a.

Dear Golden vintage white rabbit fur coat

Texture and fabric: Think leather, fur, mohair, felted wool. Pack away the linen and trade in your silk organza for a weightier charmeuse.  Image above: Dear Golden vintage white rabbit fur coat.

Horses Atelier Canada kimono silk feather

The shade of white: Antique, cornsilk and smokier whites are more suited to an A/W palette. Save the cooler “snow white” shades for summer.  Image aboveHorses Atelier silk kimono dress in feather print.

Melissa Nepton FW13 montreal

Add Depth: Pairing whites with prints and/or with other colours thickens up your look.  Image above: Melissa Nepton F/W 2013/14.

Isabel Marant Clayne jacket Alka dress Slater Inko Scarlet boots

Pile on the layers: I think Isabel Marant really nailed this, didn’t she?  Image above: Isabel Marant Fall/Winter 2013/14, look 18 (Clayne jacket, Alka dress, Slater top, Inko pants and Scarlet boots).

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2013/12/11 / Gillian


1. Something I Want:  Inspired by the “autumnal nature” of the Finnish climate, the new Marimekko Sääpäiväkirja (Weather Diary) Tableware Collection is at the top of my list this year.  Porcelain, but sturdy and dishwasher safe, these pieces are a perfect marriage of beauty & functionality. Just imagine the tablescaping possibilities!

2Something I Need:  ‘Need’ is so subjective, isn’t it? I mean really, I need new wool socks and a dryer, but somehow the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs have edged out Mark’s Work Warehouse and Maytag this year. Seriously though, we have a set of vintage press back chairs we bought in Toronto at Jaiden’s Petals/Cindiloohoo about ten years ago. Lovely as they are, they are not conducive to lingering dinners cozied up at our harvest table. So, I am on the hunt for something more comfortable, but also more contemporary.

3Something to Wear:  Clothes are my weakness, so they could comprise my whole list. Thankfully, Shanan has kept me on track with this four-point framework (apparently it’s not just a great gift-giving system for kids but also for their pining parents!). I am chronically over-dressed in the small village where I live (what, you don’t wear snakeskin pumps to Foodland??) and do wear vintage as much as possible. Shanan and I have been talking recently about the appeal of a ‘uniform’ – a go-to staple that is chic and wearable all at once. Et voila, the 1950’s day dress is my new paradigm.

4Something to Read:  I’ll be straight-up here – I haven’t read a book cover to cover since September. Apparently I’m a schizophrenic reader – either devouring novels or am just lucky to get through an article in the New Yorker. During this most recent dry spell I have been reading a lot of cookbooks. In fact, I think almost everything I have made in the past couple of months has followed a recipe. The Kinfolk Table, a beautiful collection of narratives, photographs and recipes, promises to be the perfect addition to my collection.

And… that pretty much concludes the wishlist/gift guide portion of our programming.  Ho ho ho.

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2013/12/10 / Shanan


Gillian and I talked in circles about putting together a series of holiday gift guides, but we eventually decided to leave it to the pros (Design*Sponge has you covered for budget gifts, holiday ornaments, pet gifts <do people really do this?> and tons more; Poppytalk has some wonderful picks, and A Cup of Jo always posts thoughtful and fun gift ideas for mums, dads, kids, and your adult siblings).

Instead we’re going to keep it all quite simple and just post our own small holiday wish-lists.  I’m sure if prompted that every single one of us could cobble together a wish-list a mile long (behold the sweet, sweet clutches of capitalism), but we’re sticking to the rule of gift-giving for kids that I first heard about last year: something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.  There, done.

1. Something I Want: Kevin O’Brien ombré velvet pillows from Anthropologie.  It doesn’t get much more frivolous than a throw pillow, does it?  These have consumed the decorating part of my brain for the better part of the last year.  I think they’re super cool and romantic.

2Something I Need: I’m interpreting this one as something that’s practical (‘need’ is, after all, highly relative).  A Canon EF 50MM lens for even better pictures in the new year, from Henry’s.

3Something to Wear: Anntian layered silk dress from Totokaelo.  Because I’m unsure what I want my wardrobe to look like these days, but find myself more and more attracted to bold, weird patterns and less body-conscious silhouettes.  Yes, I may just end up the hipster girl’s modern-day answer to Mrs. Roper.

4Something to Read: My favourite things to give and receive are books.  I recently finished Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics so I’m excited to dive into her new doorstopper of a dark literary mystery novel, Night Film.

What’s on your wish-list this year?