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2014/06/16 / Shanan


Bring on the texture, colour, and… pom-poms.  YES.  Hypothetically, of course – I will be purchasing exactly zero of these.  Keep dreaming, my friends.

1.  Thierry Lasry Peroxxxy sunglasses, Creatures of Comfort.  Achingly cool.

2.  Blakeley summer stripe pumps, J. Crew Collection.  Possibly the least practical pair of shoes I could pick out given my current situation.

3.  Correll Correll S/S14 collection.  Their mixed material clothing is amazing; check out their site because this pic does not really do it justice.

4.  Antonello Tedde woven clutch bag, Madewell.  Those damn pom-poms…

5.  Antik Batik Brasil bracelet, Shopbop.  My daughter and I would inevitably fight over this one.

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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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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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2013/09/05 / Shanan


And speaking of unjustifiable wardrobe purchases, thank freaking god these shoes aren’t available in my size, or I’d be in denim-hightop-sneaker (?!) trouble/heaven.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  Hashtag first world problems.

Image above: MM6 blue cotton sneakers from Heist (scroll down the page; they’re on sale… I mean, the term ‘sale’ is kind of relative).

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2013/09/04 / Shanan


NYC-based twin sisters Elizabeth and Kathryn are the brainchild(ren) behind Lizzie Fortunato, one of my favourite accessories lines.  Season after season their statement jewelry and leather bags just kill it, and I wait in anticipation to receive the lookbook for each new collection (my graphic design studio, Linseed Projects, designed and maintains their website). Over the last year or two I’ve managed to save up for a couple of pieces and seriously, every time I break them out I feel like the coolest girl in the room.

The girls’ love of travel (adventures in Peru, Japan, and India can be found on their blog, A Fortune Found), visual art, architecture, and landscape subtly informs and inspires each collection.  Fall/Winter 2013 plays on the idea of embellishment as armour and the cultivation of a modern uniform, and really manages to nail that elusive mix of both polished and playful.  Here are some of my favourite looks:

Image above: The Working Uniform necklace, black rope and burgundy leather with chalcedony, amethyst, and rose quartz beads.

Lizzie Fortunato leather embroidered clutch

The Midnight Cruiser clutch in Heatwave (insane colour palette, right?).

Lizzie Fortunato Some Girls earrings

Some Girls earrings inspired by The Rolling Stones (natch), with topaz, amethyst, and alexandrite vintage glass.

Lizzie Fortunato Fall Winter 2013 Conversation on Cool Necklace

The Conversation on Cool necklace, a multi-chain collar with mother-of-pearl cabochons and gold-plated bullets.

Lizzie Fortunato modern warrior earrings hearts & bones necklace Fall Winter 2013

Hearts & Bones necklace and Modern Warrior earrings in citrine.

Lizzie Fortunato arrow t-bar cuff sodalite

The Arrow T-Bar Cuff in sodalite.

Lizzie Fortunato port of call clutch purse desert sand

The Port of Call clutch in black desert sand.  Keep dreaming, ladies…

All images courtesy of Lizzie Fortunato, with product photography by Jason Ross Savage.  This post was written independently and I just genuinely lust after everything that these hard-working girls make, but in the interest of full disclosure it should be noted that Lizzie Fortunato have kindly extended a discount to me in the past.

PS. More jewelry picks here.