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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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2014/05/16 / Shanan


Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn to the somewhat crazy resurgence in the popularity of woven textile art.  A million years ago these commonly took the form of macramé owls, rendered in écru and brown wools, hanging in living rooms with wall-to-wall shag carpeting.  I think you know what I’m talking about here.

I always appreciate a traditional skill-based medium made to feel modern again, and these weavings feel especially beautiful and current if you picture them living in more minimal settings – their inherent warmth and texture really plays well with contemporary furnishings and white walls.  They’re just such a great mixture of art, design, and craft; colour, pattern and composition. One of each, please.

Image above: weaving in shades of cream and blush by Maryanne Moodie.

Heddle and Needle blink wall hanging weaving

‘Blink’ weaving by Heddle and Needle.

Minna cabin fever weaving wall hanging

‘Cabin Fever’ weaving by Minna.


Wall hanging by Julie Thevenot.

Hazel and Hunter red desert weaving wall hanging

‘Red Desert’ weaving by Hazel and Hunter.

Brook and Lyn Palm Tree Park weaving wall hanging

‘Palm Tree Bark’ weaving by Brook & Lyn.

vintage fiber art wall hanging the brick house

Vintage fiber art (had to include one example of the real old deal) from The Brick House.

All Roads weavings wall hanging

‘Founders Weaving’ and ‘Mini Triangle’ by All Roads.

Can you see past the ’70s hangover and picture one of these in your home now?  Are you as oddly tempted as I am to try your hand at making one (yes, yes, a possible fool’s errand)?

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2014/04/07 / Shanan


Could these be any more beautiful?  Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi takes his cues from folklore and nature to create these striking collections of shawls, blankets, and silk scarves.  They’re like ancient tapestries made modern with creepy crawlies and great colour palettes.  We still have some chilly nights looming ahead, yeah?

Image above: Lambswool ‘bees’ blanket in blue.

klaus haapaniemi silk scarf spider

Wool and silk ‘spider’ scarf with hand-knotted fringe.

Klaus Haapaniemi silk batflowers

Heavy silk crepe ‘bat and flowers’ scarf.

Klaus Haapaniemi bees blanket peach

Lambswool ‘bees’ blanket in peach.

Klaus Haapaniemi throw bird

Lambswool and silk ‘bird’ throw.

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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).