Posts from October 2016

Halloween 365

October 31, 2016

There are people out there who dress up like it’s Halloween every day of the year. They wear extreme eye makeup to the dentist, neon wigs to the grocery store, and outlandish hats to pick up the kids from school. Here’s to all you fearless originals out there. I salute you.



October 29, 2016

I don’t think many of us think of wearing sequins in daylight. Perhaps Giovanna’s on her way to early evening apéritifs? And is that Louboutin escorting her on his moto? Anyway, I love this little starry dress and the scrunched up grin on her face. Let’s all wear more sequins –– in daylight, moonlight, and any kind of light.

Haute Couture


Pancake Day

October 28, 2016

There haven’t been many carrots or green beans consumed this week, so when Iole asked for pancakes for dinner, I initially scoffed at the idea. But breakfast for dinner is one of the greatest delights. And that’s just what they’ll have. (And I’ll try not to get pissed off when the batter hits the walls.)




Fruits & Flowers

October 27, 2016

These images of Vietnamese street vendors from above by Loes Heerink are so pleasing to me. I enjoy the repetition of pattern, and the colour blocking that takes place in many of them. I like how in this image, the vendor’s jacket and bag are a perfect colour match to the flowers she’s carrying. Heerink says it took hours and hours to capture each shot, and that I can believe.





October 27, 2016

Every time I think I’d like an ultra modern bathroom, I see a picture that reminds me of my true aesthetic. White and minimally appointed, yes. Ultra modern, mais non. I’m in Marrakech, or on a Greek Cycladic island, where the the tub and the shower and the loo all meet. That’s the bathroom for me.





Sneaker head

October 27, 2016

When I met Jason in 1997, I was well into trainers. I wore my Nike Air Max with everything –– jeans, track suits, skirts. There’s an outfit that stands out in mind: black crêpe tuxedo pants, round neck plum merino sweater, a black velvet coat and white air maxes to finish. Maybe it’s what I wore on our first date, and that’s why I remember it. My hair was long and my eye brows were over-plucked. It was a good look. To this day, Nike is my go-to trainer. There’s a pair of adidas athene that I wear once in a blue moon, but really, I’m a Nike girl. These are my latest pair, a gift from Jason, who 20-years-later, says that outfit was the coolest.



Cabbage Patch Kids

October 25, 2016

Autumnal blooms –– sunflowers, daisies and chrysanthemums –– are not my pick of the bunch. I find them all a bit folksy. But I do love to see a window box or a rectangular planter stuffed full of heather. I’d never seen a cabbage until I moved to Toronto, and I think they’re ridiculously fun, too. The more the merrier, I say.


Dressing Up

October 25, 2016

“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit,” said Michael Kors. I mostly agree. But when an outfit is as sensational as this Delpozo, one needs nothing more than the confidence to wear it.




October 25, 2016

Every few months, I make my way through all the cupboards and drawers in the house in an effort to reduce the clutter. It’s a satisfying feeling to purge us of stuff; boots that were a good idea at the time, old spatulas, toys, magazines, bank statements and soy sauce that expired a year ago. For a few weeks after, I’m chuffed every time I open a drawer to see a tape measure, a phone charger and a ziplock bag of receipts lined up neatly among the kitchen utensils. But a month or two later, receipts and keys and cords are scattered everywhere and the drawers are spilling over again with lego, broken sunglasses and confiscated lollipops. The bathroom drawers are in a similar state, stacked with free samples I’ll never use, tubes of toothpaste with nothing but minty water in them and enough hairbrushes to open a salon. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” It’s a lovely idea, William Morris, it really is. And I can certainly try to keep life’s debris in check. But to stop it all together, well, that would be mighty hard and frankly, a bit of a bore.







Pajama party

October 22, 2016

If I am repeating myself, forgive me –– but I have a penchant for fancy pajamas. The simplest are the best; white cotton with navy blue piping –– initials beautifully monogrammed into the breast pocket. It’s a little rêve of mine to spend the entire day in Frette pajamas, Charlotte Olympia loafers on my feet. These here are just perfect, ATS.



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