Travel

Capri

August 10, 2017

Stark white, with pops of juicy colour, this rental property on the island of Capri is such a delight. There are just enough tchotchke –– flowers, vases, glass birds and gilded mirrors –– to make the place feel like a home. I adore the fuchsia/turquoise mix in the master, and the tiles in the kitchen pop beautifully against otherwise minimal surfaces. And the bougainvillea, the lemon trees, the views! I’d be your house guest any day.

 

Time of my life

July 27, 2017

In honour of the 30th anniversary of the release of Dirty Dancing, we’re planning a holiday to the Catskills. Not really, but when I realized my all time favourite 80s movie was filmed there, it made our roadtrip all the cooler. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve imagined myself being lifted into the air by Johnny Castle. What a looker; so intimidating. I knew every word of the soundtrack by heart, and Baby’s delicate pink frock was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. I can’t think of another film that whisks up teenage emotions like Dirty Dancing does. Big girls don’t cry? Show me that finale, and watch me cry like baby.

Bella Italia

July 26, 2017

Swimming pool, Cypress trees, yellow stripes — sign me up. I’ve never been to the famous Il Pellicano, but this scene looks pretty divine. All she’s missing is an audaciously big sun hat and a glass of Campari.

 

Oh, Canada!

June 30, 2017

I moved to Canada over 15 years ago, and I am very grateful to all the wierd, warm and wonderful people who have coloured my world. This weekend, we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with beaver tails, beer and burgers. It will be quintessentially Canadian,  or as close to it as a Greek and an Italian can pull off.

 

desert flower

May 26, 2017

I was looking at desert images after a rainfall –– the Badlands region in the American West and the Atacama Desert in Chile. In the Atacama Desert, flowers normally bloom every five to seven years. What a majestic sight to see a normally arid, barren desert bursting with colour.

Small talk

April 12, 2017

There is so much to love in this seaside photograph by David Alan Harvey; The pops of tomato against the sky and denim blue, the gaggle of girls chatting away, the beautiful old pram and charming parasol. The photo was taken in Bermeo in the Basque Country in 1977, (hence the bell bottoms) and it’s just the sort of wonderful everyday scene you happen upon all the time in small European towns. It’s possible that these women have known each other since childhood. And just as likely that the couple’s fathers met in nursery school.

 

 

 

Pink Rock

February 3, 2017

If you close your eyes and imagine sea the colour of an aqua marine, and chalky white cliffs speckled with the softest pinks and corals, this is Polyaigos. It’s a speck of an island in the Cyclades, just next to Kimolos, and it’s only inhabitants are goats. Polyaigos translates as “many goats.” I’ve been to Polyaigos by boat a couple of times, and it’s truly the most exquisite beach island you’ll ever see. This image here reminds of the rock, only I doubt you’d find sand this soft and fine.  Aphrodite in pink silk, however, you may find.

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Winter Spirit

January 13, 2017

In the spirit of winter, which we haven’t had much of, I spent this morning admiring Kari Medig‘s pictures of awesome glaciers, frigid seascapes and snow capped mountains. I felt cold just looking at them, but also invigorated and inspired by the people out there embracing the season, and all its joys and challenges. Medig’s photos of Bolivia fueled my desire to go there, and his cold water surf series reminded me that weather shouldn’t get in the way of people doing what they love.

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perspective

November 30, 2016

I was watching painter and stylist, Kate Schelter earlier today, and she said something that reminded me how important it is to get a glimpse of your city from a far sometimes. “In New York I always feel like you have no perspective, you literally have no view of anything, you can’t see very far. You need to go and get a view of something –– I think it’s very inspiring to have a view.” My neighbour Gina likes to go to the island in the summer for the feeling of vacation that the outing gives her. “I actually feel like we’ve gone somewhere.” I often walk up the steps to Casa Loma and catch my breath up there. That’s a view I like. I also like the familiarity of the fences and roofs and lawns outside my window. And the view of our late summer garden from the kitchen table. But Schelter’s right –– sometimes a wider, less familiar view is inspiring, and necessary, too.

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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.

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