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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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2013/09/23 / Shanan


Bye bye summer, it was fun while it lasted.  Five days ago Theo was running naked through the sprinkler, and then this past weekend autumn showed up, rained like a b*tch for awhile, and then forced the scarves and hats out of retirement (ps, nonchalant woolen beanie FAIL, above).  We hosted an apple-picking open house because I ask you – what else are you going to do when you have a small orchard in your backyard?  Live the dream, share the wealth.

autumn apple picking party

Last year there was some unusual weather that ruined the entire apple season up here.  I can’t even remember eating one decent one.  This year?  We must have thousands.  Talk about a comeback <insert “how do you like THEM apples?” joke here>.

autumn apple picking party baby

Good apple.


Bad apple.

autumn apple picking party snacks treats

I did a little baking the day before so we had an indoor spread of apple cinnamon cake, brown butter + sea salt chocolate chip cookies, truffled popcorn, mini chocolate-apple cakes, and sparkling apple cider.  In other words, just a typical Sunday afternoon where I break out the table runner and fancy beverage dispensers.

birch straws apple picking party

Oh, the plight of the printed paper straw.  You’re a big fat Pinterest cliché but I love ya.

apple hauling



This is how feral animals children eat apples.

iceland sweater napkins

handsome dad apple picking

Almost forgot to tell you, then Jon Hamm stopped by with his kids.  Sweet.

homemade sparkling apple cider party

bucket of organic apples



The award for Best Fall Hair goes out to Gillian.


brown butter sea salt chocolate chip cookies


My nephew Nathan, who generally doesn’t give me the time of day (and why should he, he’s five), managed to drink his weight in apple cider and told me I should be a chef.  Thanks, kid.  Except how can I trust you with that crazy eyebrow??

apple picking party tree

Thanks so much to all our friends and family who came out, and to those of you whom I didn’t get pictures of! And thanks for looking through my many, many photos.  This will be an annual event for sure.  xx Shanan

ps. I’ll post some of the treats recipes soon.

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2013/07/04 / Shanan


Happy Independence Day to all my counterparts in the U S of A!  You didn’t think I’d forget, did you?  I am, after all, half American (true story).

I was searching around for an interesting image that involved fireworks, but finally settled on something even better: a mind-boggling suspended ‘exploding’ sculpture by Lee Bontecou that she worked on for 18 years.

Plus, Americans love a good comeback story: Bontecou had success in her early artistic career but she left NYC in 1971 to live in rural Pennsylvania, where she continued to produce work largely in isolation and obscurity. Over the last 10 years her incredible output has been finally brought to light and properly recognized, deservedly so.

Image above: Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1980-1998Welded steel, porcelain, wire mesh, canvas, wire. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Image via ArtTattler (photos barely do justice in capturing the essence of this piece, which I was fortunate enough to see in person at MOMA Queens when I first moved to NYC in 2003).

ps. Thanks for listening to me geek out, art-school-girl style.