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2014/09/03 / Shanan


I haven’t been shopping for clothes in a long while (frugality and pregnancy combine to create the perfect anti-retail storm) but was inspired to do a little virtual wardrobe scouting when Warby Parker reached out to me about their beautiful new Fall collection.

In case you don’t know about Warby Parker, their ethos is great – for every pair of glasses purchased they distribute a pair to someone in need.  Through their partnership with VisionSpring they have, to date, distributed over 500,000 pairs around the world.

I don’t actually need glasses, but you have to admit that the right pair can be a pretty chic building block to base an outfit off of…  Here are three Autumn outfit interpretations for girls with glasses (guaranteed to get you passes, natch).

(above) GIRL ONE: quirky + chic

1.  Nash glasses in crystal by Warby Parker (I especially love these frames!).

2.  Dotted fox print dress by Tsumori Chisato, via La Garconne.

3.  Ovid faux fur vest by Sunday Best, via Aritzia.

4.  Slate blue oxfords by MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela, via La Garconne.

Warby Parker fall 2014 inspired outfit

GIRL TWO: laid-back + mysterious

1.  Chandler Ti glasses in newsprint grey by Warby Parker.

2.  Boxy pocket top in navy map by Steven Alan.

3.  Antique sterling silver tiger locket, via Erie Basin.

4.  High Riser skinny cut-edge jeans in black sea by Madewell.

5.  Eye print scarf by Kenzo, via SSense.

6.  Classic Newbury boots in slate by Rag & Bone.


GIRL THREE: bookish + bad-ass

1.  Annette glasses in petal tortoise by Warby Parker.

2.  Trouble sweatshirt by Sea, via Moda Operandi.

3.  Colorblock space dye skirt by M Missoni, via Shopbop.

4.  Pebble T-bar cuff in amethyst lace by Lizzie Fortunato.

5.  Studded Bibi bag by Mayle, via Club Monaco.

6.  Coal Chelsea ankle boot by Marni, via Totokaelo.

Check out the rest of the styles from the new Fall 2014 collection at the Warby Parker website.  See ya!

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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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2013/12/11 / 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?

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2013/11/27 / Shanan


Happy Thanksgiving to our families and friends in the US today!  And happy Hanukkah, which also begins tonight (you will find me awkwardly lighting our menorah with the birthday candles I purchased at Walmart.  Thanks, Collingwood <slow clap>).

Even if you’re not American, or a barely-observant half-Jew, at this time of year I imagine we can all agree that cozying up and celebrating with loved ones is indeed a truly lovely thing.  The snow is swirling around today, our fireplace is crackling, and I’m thinking about the Danish concept of hygge – creating an atmosphere of warmth, cultivating a convivial domestic space, and enjoying and appreciating all the good that surrounds us.

So gather round the (virtual) fireplace and let’s get hygge.  Hugs to everyone.  xx Shanan

Image above: my dream living room by Scandinavian photographer Jonas Ingerstedt.

Danish manor Rosmosegaard fireplace

Danish manor Rosmosegaard, currently owned by Ida Rosenvinge Türmer.  Via Living in Andyland.

St Kilda fireplace Australia Louise Julian Thompson scandinavian inspired

Love this fireplace surround in the home of Louise and Julian Thomson.  Scandinavian-inspired living room in Melbourne, Australia via Homelife, from Style Files.  Photo by Sharyn Cairns.

White Company scandinavian fireplace bedroom

Yes, I could probably wake up to this.  A serene bedroom with fireplace via The White Company.

Tanja Janicke living room Boligmagasinet fireplace

Wood, warmth, and taxidermy in the home of Helsinki designer Tanja Janicke, via Oh My Goodness.  Photo by Lykke Foged for Bolig magasinet.