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2016/04/22 / Shanan

THE SPRING IS SPRUNG…

… The grass is riz; I wonder where the vintage is?

It’s right here, my friends – it’s all right here.

The Symmetric comes out of hibernation to present:

A (thank god it’s <finally>) SPRING POP-UP!

Sunday, MAY 1st from 11am-3pm
at The Orchard, 7739 Nottawasaga Side Rd 36/37
(that’s in Nottawa, ON, five minutes south of Collingwood – here’s a map)

I’ve spent the winter hoarding pretty dresses, lightweight knits, and lots of other warm-weather vintage staples, including a collection of jewelry, accessories, and for the first time, shoes.  I’ll have bubbly and snacks and let’s cross our fingers for some sunshine, shall we? Can’t wait to see you.

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2015/10/22 / Shanan

VINTAGE POP-UP PARTY

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

POP IN + SHOP
hand-picked vintage clothing + jewelry + home goods

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, 7-11 PM
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

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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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2014/03/26 / Shanan

THE SYMMETRIC VINTAGE RESORT OUTTAKES & EXTRAS

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!

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Playing around with shooting jewelry.

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Wardrobe malfunction.

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Taking a break.

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B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

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Psychedelia.

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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2014/03/17 / Shanan

FIELD TRIPS: TIMOTHY OULTON

When my family visited Barbados at the end of January, I made sure to get some shots inside the Timothy Oulton showroom, thinking it could be a candidate for The Symmetric’s Field Trips series.  And somehow I drafted an entire post, then forgot to publish it.

I know that Timothy Oulton is a big name lifestyle retailer, but I always enjoy this particular shop and all its vintage displays.  In addition to their signature leather and industrial-meets-vintage pieces (the London-based company makes furniture for Restoration Hardware – from what I can tell, TO designed my current sofa, the Fulham), the two-storey shop features a wine cave and small Italian cafe that serves house-made pasta lunches.

A cool place to poke around amidst antique treasures and well-crafted reproductions.  Love that wall of dishes and… what can I say?  Kind of wish I was still there, wearing a sundress and sipping a soda.

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Someday, for when I own a beach house…

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You can see more on the Timothy Oulton website.  Here’s some info on the Wine Cave and Gianluca Cafe. Barbados, I do miss ya.

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2014/03/14 / Shanan

GET LUCKY

Does anyone over the age of 22 actually ‘celebrate’ St. Patrick’s Day? I’ll go out on a limb here and say no.

The pairing of green and gold, however? Timeless. Here are a few vintage offerings from The Symmetric’s Etsy shop to get you guys feelin’ lucky through the weekend and beyond.

1.  The Tessa: double horseshoe 9kt gold necklace.

2.  The Aerin: Floral ‘scratch print’ dress with lace collar.

3.  Vintage Book Print: ‘A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals.’

4.  The Chelsea: Emerald skirt with houndstooth check.

5.  The Shanan: Gold-tone bracelet with rhinestone crescent moons.