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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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2014/05/15 / Shanan


I’m popping in today to let you know that a northern style icon has officially been born.  Just kidding.  But, Portland-based fashion blog Votre Grande Soeur did so kindly ask me to be a part of her ‘Sister Style’ series and the post is up today!

See me get dressed up and go about my regular everyday activities, like cutting watermelon and swanning around the apple trees.  And posing next to oversized teddy bears (somehow I just noticed that big guy sneaking into the photo above).

Photos by Sarah Tacoma.  Thanks again!  Here’s the link to the post.

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2014/03/26 / Shanan


Way back in January, Gillian and I decided it might be fun to attempt to shoot a capsule collection of vintage resort wear, since I was going to be in Barbados on a family trip.  So we pulled some dresses and jewelry, packed them into my suitcase, and I put my game face on.  Modelling (and I use that term loosely) is not exactly in my comfort zone.

But, two months later, we did manage to put together a dreamy little lookbook, which you can see on our site here! I know everyone else is showing next year’s Fall collections, although hell it still feels like deep winter up here and we’re nothing if not rule-breakers.  Rule-breakers!!  Or something like that.

The flora was so lush in Barbados that there was no shortage of great backdrops on which to shoot.  My husband Chris did  the photography while I attempted to style, art-direct, and smize all at the same time.  Neither of us will be quitting our day-jobs.  But it was fun to pretend.  My dear Gillian – your position as Symmetric model-in-residence is intact.

Here are some extras and outtakes from the shoot.

The Symmetric vintage resort lookbook outtakes

High security fencing with spikes in the background kind of killed the illusion here.  Next location!


Playing around with shooting jewelry.


Wardrobe malfunction.


Taking a break.





See the full vintage resort lookbook.  Clothing and jewelry featured within will be available for sale in our Etsy shop real soon.

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2014/02/05 / Shanan


This pretty much encapsulates my state of mind this week (and forever?), so my apologies for the late and ‘light’ post today… unintended double entendre? Why yes.

Nihilistic Optimistic by British art duo Tim Noble & Sue Webster. Neon, transformers, 2012.

ps. You can see some snapshots of Sue Webster’s London home via The Selby.  I love her plants and her un-styled collections of books, records, etc.

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2013/10/16 / Shanan


(Let’s just get this out of the way – nope, not pregnant)

But there are changes afoot here at Symmetric HQ.  When I started the blog last spring, I had no agenda other than to write, share, and fumble my way through a bit of a creative dry-spell.  And it’s really felt great to put something, however small, out into the world.  It’s forced a certain amount of vulnerability on my part, which is terrifying good.

Blogging (still hate that word) can be a lonely pursuit, though, and I’ve been craving connection as well as secretly needing a push to take things further.  Enter — Gillian, my new partner-in-crime.

It is with affection and excitement that, starting next month, she and I will be collaborating here on the site and on a new venture, an online shop featuring vintage clothing, really special jewelry, and signature hand-crafted goods. The Symmetric empire is under way!  Ha.  No, really.

I will properly introduce Gillian in a few weeks time, as the subject of the next Natural Habitat installment (see the first two in the series here and here).  In the meantime, the blog will remain the same with myself at the helm, and then we will start shared posting duties as well as updating some links around the site to reflect the new partnership.  Change can be a weird thing, but this is going to be rad — I promise.  Looking forward to telling you more… soon, soon.

Image above: Michele Varian ‘Eudossia’ juxtaposed porcelain side plate.