Thursday, May 27, 2010

carlie wong f10 campaign + lookbook

Carlie Wong F/H10

I realized I forgot to link you to the final images for the photoshoots I worked on for my friend Carlie Wong.

The campaign for Fall/Holiday 2010 can be seen here.

The lookbook images can be seen here.

Photography: Mike Chatwin
Make-up / Manicure: Marlayna Pincott
Hair: Amber George
Models: Grace, Neelia and Jan @ Lizbell Agency

Carlie Wong F/H10

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

to market

I went to Granville Island yesterday looking for colourful carrots, but unfortunately only found regular ones. I did find locally made corn tortillas and bought our favourite chicken-pot pies for dinner.

Granville Island Market

Granville Island Market

Granville Island Market

Granville Island Market

The flower stalls were the highlight, with some unusual flowers on display. I really can't wait until local berries are in season. In the summer, I'm obsessed with eating as many cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, as humanly possible!

Granville Island Market

Granville Island Market

Granville Island Market

Granville Island Market

Granville Island Market

Granville Island Market

The seagulls there are pretty pushy, and totally used to begging people for food and being chased by toddlers. I was eating a Bratwurst outside and that guy up there flew over and stood in front of me about 2ft away. Looks like he took a lesson right out of the Santos handbook.

I also saw that they had Fiddleheads, which I am curious about. Might have to go back and get some to try.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

*pop* tarts

I had been wanting to try this recipe for "homemade pop tarts" for a while, and finally on Saturday I gave it a go. Surprisingly I only had one jam explosion, and they turned out pretty tasty! My parents never let me eat pop tarts as a kid, but I do know what they taste like. The homemade version is pretty great, and so easy to make too. I used wild raspberry St. Dalfour jam and cinnamon sugar for the fillings. Nutella would be great too!


Also, I was a winner of Kitka/Mjolk's contest to win a Kauniste tea towel, which you can see in the photo above. I never win contests like that, so I was so thrilled! Thank-you guys!

Monday, May 24, 2010

project crux

I've been working on a little project this past week. I finally sat down and powered through all the sewing on Thursday. Our patio furniture needed some comfort, so I made some seat cushions with an inset cross design (inspired by the coveted pia wallén blanket) using black and white bull canvas.

I drafted up the pattern and tested it with some denim. As you can see I have no pattern weights, and use random heavy objects! (tape measure, plyers, container of glue, etc!)




I wanted them to be very clean and structured with perfect right angles, so they are a "box" style cushion with a zipper. That made the corners a bit tricky, but finally after sewing the second cross I got the hang of it and worked out all the sewing kinks. The last one I sewed was definitely the best.

I was anxious to get them done, so I ignored any strings or devices to attach the cushions to the chair. Right now they are just sitting there, which is fine, but I think I might figure out a way to tie them down without using self-fabric ties... maybe leather straps or something...

I'm very happy with the results, and can't wait to get the next project done. This one has been in the works for a while- lights over our dining table! Finally! Stay tuned. More projects to come.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

another success

Home Made Pitas

Yes, that would be pita bread. Real pita bread that actually tastes and looks like pita bread. I used this recipe, halved, which resulted in four excellent pitas to eat with chicken souvlaki, Greek salad (Jamie Oliver's recipe with avocado) and home made tzatziki last night. I had a pita wrap with the leftovers today for lunch. I love baking, I just hate cleaning up the mess after!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

saturday night owl

I was up late last night sketching (I always get ideas at night for some reason) and I assembled these letters that I cut out of U-Bahn tickets from Berlin when we were there in Dec/Jan. I might mat them even though there's nowhere to put them. Most of our walls call for large-scale art, of which we have none yet.


Friday, May 14, 2010

ebay find: nesting tables

If only I had somewhere to put these, they would be mine. I love the leather magazine rack attached to the side of the largest table.

starting bid $250 - bid here

Picture 12

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Just a little collection of some unique shelving and storage ideas. I really like the book shelf made with white books! The shelving unit below is pretty cool too. It was made with 20 different kinds of left over lumber from a factory and rope. I love products or ideas that come from discarded items.

Block Shelf by Amy Hunting

Picture 15

Picture 14


Remaining images from vt wonen

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A frame

I love this A-frame house from architect William O'Brien Jr featured on A.T. today. What a serene view!





Friday, May 7, 2010

dion lee

I had Susie's post on Dion Lee's collection open in a tab all day, where I would periodically go back to it, scroll down and lust after the pleating! My god the pleating! Not to mention the rorschach-like prints, laser cutting and the amazing crystal culture heels. And now Jak+Jil has gone and posted some beautiful images of his runway show as well.

Dion Lee

Dion Lee

Dion Lee - Jak+Jil
(images from jak+jil)

Dion Lee - Style Bubble
(image from style bubble)

Pleats are exciting me at the moment. I recently bought a pleated Junya Watanabe top that I will have to photograph soon. It is a very nice springy polyester that is completely pleated 360 degrees around with just slits for your arms. I love it!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

build me a nest

These are just some buildings I like- I wish my city had crazier architecture. Time to go back to Japan.









Wednesday, May 5, 2010

church of light

Church of Light in Ibaraki Osaka Prefecture, Japan
by Tadao Ando 1989

Church of Light

stone soap

Amethyst Soap

I always had a strange fascination with the decorative soaps my mother would keep out in our bathroom as a child. Most were in the shape of different shells. I really wanted to use them (especially this really dark brown one, which I thought was such a strange colour for soap), but at the same time didn't want to ruin them. She "preserved" them by keeping them in their plastic. I think at one point I snuck one out of the very bottom of the "display" to use in secret. Also they really remind me of the Belgian chocolate sea shells you can buy, which is maybe why I get a strange sort of satisfaction when I bite into one of those.

I found these soaps on etsy which look like big chunks of amethyst or amber. I like the idea of using a soap like this every day, not just hermetically sealed for display.

Amber Soap

Amber Soap

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

map time


I finally framed an old map of Paris that Jon got me. The Eiffel Tower isn't even on there yet. A few weeks ago my friend Mauri and I went to the Vancouver Art Gallery and he pointed out how one of the artists framed their photograph with a lot of white space at the bottom. That idea stayed with me so I decided to frame the map similarly. Having my own hand-held mat cutter is very handy for instant-gratification projects like this.

Monday, May 3, 2010

new at reborn

Reborn S10
natalia brilli

Reborn S10
gareth pugh

Reborn S10
gareth pugh

Reborn S10

Reborn S10
sharon wauchob

Reborn S10
krystof strozyna

Reborn S10
complex geometries

New spring goodies are up on Reborn's site, including the above, all of which I'm in love with. That Gareth Pugh jacket is insane, and already sold out. Luckily I'm going to Montreal next month, so I'm definitely going to check out Reborn in person, finally! Surprisingly I've never been to Montreal, but I can't wait to go.