lip service

April 26, 2018

Some days this blog writes itself, and other days, I can barely think of two words to put together. Today is one such day. And so I give you an image of Elvis by Alfred Wertheimer for no other reason than it’s beautiful. My Mum used to play Elvis songs loud and often in the house when we were kids. Return to Sender was on regular repeat. I thought Priscilla was so beautiful, (I was a huge Dallas fan) and even though I hated bananas, (still do) I loved the idea of a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

c’est chic

March 1, 2018

Madame de Pompadour once said, “champagne is the only drink that leaves a woman still beautiful after drinking it.” Just make sure to drink your pink champagne out of a coupe. There’s something lovely about a bowl of bubbles on a dainty stem, non?



February 27, 2018

Rattan furniture reminds me of my grandparents, and cocktail hour Palm Beach style. I’m not certain they ever actually owned rattan furniture, but it paints a good picture. I like the idea of my grandmother in tennis whites and a visor, kicking back with a gin and tonic in a beautiful cane lounger. Rita Konig wrote about rattan furniture the other day –– maybe it’s making a comeback? And she posted this picture of the Royal family lounging around at Windsor castle in their cane armchairs. How divine.


February 23, 2018

Back when I was losing teeth, 50 pence was the going rate for your pearly whites. Personally, I don’t think the tooth fairy should leave more than a dollar or two. It’s magic enough that the little sprite even came. And for any child who doesn’t think she’s real, show them Rodarte’s FW18 collections. She was most certainly there.

the women wore black

January 9, 2018

It was a moment of fashion activism, but it wasn’t just about wearing black. The ones who got it right were the women who resisted plumage, cutouts and plunging décolleté. Frances McDormand in a don’t give a damn black crepe smock, Christina Hendricks in that fabulous trouser skirt hybrid, Greta Gerwig in simple, asymmetric black velvet and Zoe Kravitz in a perfectly understated column. “The fevered political rhetoric surrounding the Time’s Up injunction to wear black seemed to imply it would mean something more than solidarity of color alone,” writes Rhonda Garelick over at The Cut. “It seemed to imply a solidarity of refusal: an organized refusal by actresses — our birds of paradise — to wear their customary bright plumage. For glamorous film and television actresses to dress in black might have meant a voluntary tamping down of their star wattage in deference to the grave issues at hand. But that is not what happened. Rather than serving as a humbling or even a unifying agent, all that black fabric had simply been configured into the usual array of splashy, sexy, lavish, outrageous (and outrageously expensive) “statement” dresses — each one distinct, and clearly chosen not with collectivity in mind, not to “fly in formation,” as Holly Hunter suggested, but with the goal of showcasing the individual wearer and her assets.” Read the whole article here.

shoe in

September 27, 2017

As of tomorrow when the temperatures drop to the more typical teens, our footwear will shift from Birks to brogues. I’m excited about buying a new pair of loafers. In the meantime though, I’m loving these sandals. It’s probably a good thing that I’ve got no idea where they’re from –– I’d be wearing them with wooley socks within a week.

Seats me fine

July 5, 2017

Choose your chair. And choose your favourite pair of chairs. I’m a sucker for pink and green, the brighter the shades the better, and pink and gray is always a pretty combination. All of them together make a great lineup though, don’t they? Why don’t more waiting rooms look like this one?



Modern Barn

June 28, 2017

We like Prince Edward County, so much so that we once thought about building a modern barn on a stretch of land overlooking the lake. Like The Fogo Inn, that was inspired by traditional Newfoundland outport architecture, I like the idea of creating something modern that pays homage to its roots. The county is filled with hundreds of barns set on rolling hills. Many of them are in disrepair, but what a beautiful sight they are. A modern barn would look spectacular, in my view,  and would fit naturally into the landscape.



June 27, 2017

I had my last pottery class today, and four seasons in, I think I have found my rhythm. Plates are relaxing and easy to make, and the flat surface allows me to experiment with different painting and decorating styles. I have a full mix and match dinner set in the kiln! Jeppe Hein‘s plates will be top of mind when I start again in September, and I love the high wattage wares from Martinich & Carran. Both have a painterly quality that haven’t yet played with. It’s fun to have projects to look forward to.



June 23, 2017

Dinner is usually our heftiest meal of the day, but summertime calls for lighter options like salads, meze and fish on the barbecue. Tartines are a wonderful idea, too, with seasonal toppings like fresh asparagus and goat’s cheese or feta, basil and plump little tomatoes. This recipe for smoked salmon and capers is dead simple. I’d like to try it on Prairie Boy‘s sunflower spelt or sprouted red quinoa bread.


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