summer loving

June 9, 2017

Can we all agree that Rosie Assoulin’s Summer ’17 is pure joy! Hello deckchair stripes and floppy straw hats. Hello to tshirts as bejewlled as your mules. No girl can ever wear enough poppies, and the wider the pant the better. Yes to circus tents, and hoorah to bags that look like ancient Greek flower pots.



June 7, 2017

If I could wear babouche all summer long, I would. I saw a pair in electric blue at Sand & Sumac in Prince Edward County last week, but I resisted. Now that I’ve found Sanayi 313, I’m not sure I’ll be able to. Tassels, pompoms and beautiful embroidery take these babouche to another level. It’s hard to choose a favourite, but these rafia ones are quite splendid. Sample sale, please!

basket case

May 24, 2017

In terms of summer bags, few things beat a basket. I kind of love Charlotte Olympia’s watermelon basket tote, but who is going to spend that kind of cash on straw fruit? We have plenty of these and we use them for everything. Becky Aranáz designs darling baskets complete with flamingos, dragonflies and tropical flowers. Sign me up. And this monogrammed cutie goes everywhere.


May 19, 2017

Springtime cocktails are best enjoyed under a parasol. Sunbeam Jackie produces some of the best I’ve ever seen, made up of gorgeous fabrics from Liberty, William Morris, Barbara Brown, Marimekko and plenty more. The company was founded by artist couple Charlie and Katy Napier and their studio, a 12th century grain store, is based in Cornwall. It’s impossible to choose a favourite –– in fact I’d want a half a dozen of them, and a beautiful English garden large enough to accommodate them all.

Second Coat

May 11, 2017

Next time you buy a coat, consider Nile blue or a barely there pink. Think about tobacco or teal. Any colour, except black. Of course, I understand the logic of  a dark coat, but there something wonderfully bright and impractical about an overcoat that’s as blue as the sky.



brand on

May 9, 2017

It’s tough to justify spending lots of money on cotton pants and tops and caftans, but as that’s my wardrobe from May to October, I’m willing to splurge on brands I love. Ace & Jig is my absolute favourite in this category, with gorgeous fabrics and effortless styles that take me from the beach to a baptism. This girl has the right idea with batik pants and an ivory lace smoking jacket. It’s chic and carefree, which is what summer is all about.


flower power

May 3, 2017

Author and bloom magician, Lewis Miller is back to creating stunning floral pop ups all over NYC. From random little streets to major landmarks, Lewis and his team are adorning the city with daisies, orchids, gladioli, tulips, carnations and roses. The arrangements are theatrical and joyous, and are no doubt making a lot of New Yorkers very happy. And that’s his goal: to put a smile on people’s faces. In celebration of Rei Kawakubo and this year’s Met Ball, a mohawk of Liatris adorns the Botero sculpture outside the Crosby Street Hotel. “Rei is such an icon and an iconoclast, and Commes des Garçons is a groundbreaking label that represents metamorphosis through design. We thought it only fitting to turn the cat into an avant-garde skunk.”


May 2, 2017

Yes to metallic marigold shoes, well-worn jeans, bomber jackets and shirts with a sense of humour. All this outfit needs is a fun place to go –– bingo, bowling or dinner with the besties.

Italian way

May 1, 2017

Run away with me on this soggy Spring day, to an Italian farmhouse in the heart of Umbria. Just imagine the meals that take place around this gorgeous oak table. And what a charming way to display jars of homemade tomato sauce. This double height master bath is stunning (the copper towel racks are heated) and look at the floor and fabulous steel beds in the guest room. And when it pours with rain, because even in Italy it gets gloomy and wet, this is where I’ll be.

New Romantic

April 28, 2017

A summer wardrobe made up romantic Thierry Colson tunics, kaftans, rompers and blouses is my idea of sartorial bliss. The high neck and billowy sleeves on this tunic is a dream, as is the fabric on this kimono-style dress. The clothes look great with oceans and castles and whitewashed cycladic walls as their backdrop, but I can see this dress anywhere –– even Loblaws.


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