Recent Project: Loft Styling

I styled up this loft for Realty Queen’s latest listing which also happens to be the home of my childhood bestie. Part of Ironwork Lofts, a converted factory, this space includes high ceilings, exposed ductwork, lots of natural light and a walk out to a huge patio – seriously perfect!

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Recent Project: Interior Styling

In the last couple of months I’ve been working on some pretty rad interior styling projects. I just wrapped up a nursery and little boy’s room I spent three months designing/executing and will be shooting it later this week so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I had a blast styling this million+ dollar home in Toronto’s west end for my realtor superstar bestie and her partner in crime.  The house was completely gutted from top to bottom and renovated with the most gorgeous details and finishes by their client.  Having to work with a blank slate and zero furniture for me was like the feeling of a kid in a candy store – the possibilities and options were endless.  The house sold in less than a week for well over the asking price, so I’d say we’re both pretty happy with the results and what’s more fun than shopping for props with your BFF?

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 Thanks to BRAVE Leather for the leather hides. So need one for my place!

{photography by MRXmediagroup}

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Inspiration 3.30.15

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I learned something new about myself these past few weeks. I hate change. As in it makes me uncomfortable and gives me a sense of feeling lost. One of my besties left to travel for a few months back in January and not having her around has been a huge adjustment. Even though she’s just a Whatsapp convo away, it’s not the same as that face to face interaction. She’s my Friday night glass of wine, deep convo and crazy laughs go to gal and I miss the shit out of her.

Another big change happened when I moved a few weeks ago. I love my new pad, absolutely love it, but having to adjust to a new routine and surroundings threw my game off.  My roomie that I was living with made the decision to move back home to Australia which forced me to find a place of my own and to finally become a big girl. She officially leaves Toronto in just a few weeks and I’m pretty freaking sad. Sad as in there will definitely be snot and tears happening at the airport. Not only did she become one of my closest friends but she was my very first roommate (not including ex boyfriends of course) and we share so many great memories. This means that a trip to the land down under is in order!

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I don’t know if it’s living on my own that has been making my brain wander, the changes I see happening in my friend’s lives or if it’s just a natural growth period I’m going through, but I’ve been reflecting big time in regards to what I want in my life and my business. I haven’t felt like myself at all these last few weeks and have been in a bit of an unusual rut. I’ve been super happy with what I’ve accomplished and the people I surround myself with but I’m realizing that I want more at this point in my life. A few months ago I was completely satisfied but now I think it’s time to set larger goals, focus on finding that special someone and start making plans to see the world. I’ll be 32 in June and it’s time for that next chapter. It took me a while to get here, but I’m ready.

{images via Free People}

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Current Obsession: Copper

Over the past few months I’ve become more and more obsessed with copper. It started with a copper goblet I found vintage shopping to a showroom I designed with copper fixtures to now a wedding I’m planning. I do love me some gold but there’s something about warm copper tones that seem fresh and unique.

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Cool Shit: Repurposed Vintage Plates

My good friend Melissa from The Sweet Escape will be at The One of a Kind Show next week selling her super rad plates. Repurposed vintage plates with gold leaf symbols & quotes make for some pretty cool ass wall art. I have one in my new pad and love it! After seeing her latest plate additions which she will have with her at the show, I’m starting to think I might need to add a couple more to my collection!

Also head over to her blog for a chance to win tickets to the One of a Kind Show!
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Cool Shit: Mini-Loop

I first came across Mini-Loop’s work at the One of a Kind Show a few months back. I was blown away by their handcrafted LED lightboxes made out of exposed film stock and Op Art multi-layered prints. The artist behind the pieces, Hugo Cantin, integrates vintage and recycled visual elements from the 1910s to the 1970s that consist of 16mm films, retro optical illusions, geometric abstraction, psychedelic visuals & strange vanishing lovers. The pictures barely do this art any justice. The depth and illusions that the lightboxes create when seen in person is crazy unique. Pair that will the vintage vibe and you have yourself one badass art piece.

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Mini-Loop will be on display at the spring One of a Kind Show from March 25-29th in Toronto.

 

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Recent Project: Jacob’s Creek Moscato

A few months ago I styled a super fun and girly shoot for the team at Jacob’s Creek. We were highlighting their Moscato and also touched on a few of their other varieties. The entire shoot was based on a ‘girls’ night in theme’.  While I was whipping up cocktails from the recipes they provided and having fun with food & props, Selina was behind the lens. As usual, we had a great time in the studio. I love my job!

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Cool Shit: Bloomingdales x Crayola

When images of this Bloomingdales and Crayola collaboration landed in my inbox yesterday, I may have let out a “holy shit”. Bloomingdale’s has commissioned designers including Cynthia Rowley, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Minkoff, and Rebecca Taylor to create Crayon-assembled garments. Combining fashion and crayons in this way is pretty mind blowing to me. Using the tips of the crayons to appear stud like, the ends for added texture, layers for panelling and even an intricate lace type of detailing – shows so much creativity and stands for everything Crayola is about.

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Recent Project: BRAVE Leather Spring Collection

I have worked with BRAVE Leather in some capacity for over 10 years. Whether it be for sales, design work, styling or social media, it’s a company I stand behind (hello made in Canada) and a brand I joy working with. A few weeks ago I was given creative direction for their spring shoot and I had a blast combining fashion with home decor – AND yes they totally did launch a home collection! The spring collection of belts, bracelets and bags is full of texture, hardware details and some pretty badass styles.

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More fun news on the BRAVE front is their recently launched Blogger collab that I helped orchestrate. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the 3 bloggers we worked with and their completed designs. Big thanks to Gracie Carroll, Christine Dovey and Gaby Burger on their incredible work!SocialMedia_600x650_BloggerBags

With Gaby’s perfect I would take anywhere leopard number, Gracie’s 3-in amazingness and Christine’s must have LBC (little black clutch), this girl here is in major trouble. How’s a girl to choose?

Go check out the new BRAVE collection and I apologize in advance for your soon-to-be maxed out credit card!

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Recipe: Cocktails with Nestea

A few weeks ago Nestea invited myself and a few other bloggers to a day escape in the countryside. I brought along one of my besties Andria and it was a day to remember. I’ll admit the cold temperatures were not on our side but nonetheless the day was pretty damn magical. We started off with horseback riding with my horse piper who was a speckled ginger beauty. My favourite kind.

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After a very cold hayride, we were taken to this barn location for a food and cocktail pairing. Everything was styled and executed perfectly from the hot toddy’s that welcomed us to the cozy blankets to keep us warm to the gorgeous table set up.

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Over the course of the evening we were treated to five different cocktails each featuring the new Nestea flavours – Natural Blackcurrant and Blueberry Mint. Of course I had to share the recipes for my two favourite cocktails!

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TEA ROYALE

1 oz Nestea Blackcurrant reduction (to make reduction bring Nestea Blackcurrant to a boil and reduce heat to simmer until liquid reduces)
4 oz dry prosecco
1/4 tsp of creme de cassis
– combine ingredients and garnish with a spring of rosemary threaded with blackcurrants

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3 oz Nestea Blueberry Mint
1 oz gin
1/2 oz tonic concentrate
1 1/2 oz soda water
– mix ingredients and pour into a glass with cubed blueberries (freeze blueberries in ice cube trays with water) and garnish with mint leaves

Thanks Nestea for making my winter a little extra special!

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