Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Boris Bidjan Saberi SS11 from scoute on Vimeo.






images via sz

I love the textures and treatments in this collection- so essential with monochromatic looks. I really enjoy the levels of layering here too, how each layer is a bit longer than the next, and so on. Lots of inspiration for my own layering, and one of those collections where I hope the smallest size might even remotely fit me.

antonioli spring sale + damir doma

Antonioli Spring Sale

My favourite Italian web shop is 50% off! I've already been a naughty puppy and ordered something, but there are a lot more goodies still at half off from Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Gareth Pugh, MMM, Haider Ackermann and more.

The site has also been redesigned a bit. Now you can watch runway shows, read what is new, and listen to Antonioli's music cd.

Visit them at

I can't wait to see what they've ordered for fall. It looks like they will be getting Damir Doma for women, and I am curious to see the pieces up close and individually, as the runway show was a bit of a letdown for me, except for one of the cape jackets and a long dress.



I don't mind these two looks either- the textures look interesting.


pics via sz

Tuesday, June 29, 2010





Courtney Wotherspoon's Victorian home in Toronto via Design*Sponge

ld tuttle

I really wanted to get the flat over-the-knee boots from LD Tuttle last fall. I got word they're coming back, so no more procrastinating for me! Time to save my pennies. Plus I want to make a habit of wearing more dresses and skirts, so those will make it so much easier. I know these pictures came out a month ago on Refinery29, but I just saw them now. A lot of their shoes remind me of dinosaurs actually, especially for Fall 2010!



Monday, June 28, 2010

case study space

Case Study Space is a store in L.A. that also has a webshop. They carry brands like maison martin margiela, peachoo + krejberg, undercover, sharon wachob, among others. Best of all, they are currently offering 15% off with the code NEWNW15 to celebrate the opening of their online store. It looks like it can't be applied to items which are already on sale though.

Sharon Wachob Lace Detail Jacket

Maison Martin Margiela Watch Ring

Peachoo+Krejberg Asymetric Tunic

The Case Study Institute helps young designers realize their visions by providing resources like show rooms, design studios and manufacturing plants. Case Study Institute currently consists of: unholy matrimony, case study sculpture, darcy miro, (jerry skakoon), and (dee eff) by de_fusion. It sounds like an interesting concept, and a great idea for emerging designers.

room with a view


I like changing things up with stuff you already have. I moved my largest glass dome to my windowsill, which doubles as my bedside table. Book, reading glasses, pen and notebook for "midnight ideas" are essentials. I wish our windowsills were marble. That is on my wish list for my imaginary "perfect" home.

I really want to get Diptyque's Feu de Bois candle. The aroma is so heavenly- the perfect winter scent. I want to get a new perfume as well, but I'm not sure what. I've wanted a certain one from Escentric Molecules, but I want to explore a few others first. I've been curious about Le Labo because I love their packaging. I saw them in Colette when I was in Paris last, but was too busy to sit down and smell them all. Does anyone know if any stores stock Le Labo in Vancouver?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


This weekend we were out at my parents for father's day. My brother was on the grill and I had spent all day in the kitchen at my place, preparing food. I made Jamie Oliver style Greek salad (with avocado), Potato salad with horseradish and prosciutto (I think I added too much horseradish though!), sausage-stuffed mushrooms and rustic rhubarb tarts. My brother was in Ecuador for a month shadowing doctors and building houses, and he brought me back this awesome striped Alpaca blanket! I guess he knows me better than I thought! I love it. It's thin but so cozy.


Also I forgot to share the only thing I bought while I was in Montréal! Tiny wooden scoops. I found them in a random kitchen store at the market. I'm going to use them for my various flours. My baking shelf is a complete mess, so next time we find ourselves at Ikea I want to get some glass jars and start to organize all my gluten-free flours. Exciting stuff, I know.


Friday, June 18, 2010

shop visit: mona moore


Mona Moore has long been one of the shining beacons in Canadian online stores that actually carry brands I am interested in. Their storefront did not disappoint, designed like a long pink gauntlet of footwear from the likes of my favourite Belgians Ann, Dries, Haider, along with selections from Rick Owens, Marni, Lanvin, Pierre Hardy, Marsèll, Rodarte and leather goods from ma+ and Balenciaga.




They also carry a brand I had never heard of, but of which I should have: A Moment In... It is a group of nine multi-disciplinary designers under the direction of Anne Chapelle, who also directs Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann.

"No egos, no designer names, just products"

I really like these low-heeled oxfords and how the laces wrap around and around. A Moment In... also does amazing knitwear.


Mona Moore
1446 Sherbrook St. W.
Montréal QC H3G 1K4
+1.800.619.0674 or +1.514.842.0662

Thursday, June 17, 2010

shop visit: phil'z 20th century furniture

Montréal continued....Just a few shops down from The Sparrow, where we ate brunch, is Phil'z 20th Century Furniture. The window display had me salivating, with driftwood globe lamps, danish chairs, 6-ft tall baskets, and gigantic blown glass pendants.

The shop is chock full of industrial goodies, including side tables, dining tables, Tolix chairs and stools, lamps and shelving units in addition to mid-century furniture and lighting.









This console is my dream console. Old and battered industrial-ish bottom (it was metal or maybe zinc?) with a marble top. Drool. I also wanted to take home the stool in the above photo. The boy never likes my taste in interiors, unfortunately, so I dream of the day I can have my own art/design studio so I can decorate it exactly as I like!

If my budget wasn't severely restricted right now, I would have been carting home a few things. Namely that stool, which I am still thinking about.

Phil'z 20th Century Furniture
5298 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Montréal, QC H2T 1S5

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

pepe heykoop

I seem to gravitate towards strange lighting, and these sputnik lights are no exception. I love their alien-esque shades and long willowy legs. They are almost animalistic.

Sputnik by Pepe Heykoop

Sputnik by Pepe Heykoop

As seen on dezeen

The designer, Pepe Heykoop, has other lighting projects as well (along with chairs and other objects), including this flexible flower-like lamp. When the flower closes, the light turns off. See the video here!




Some of his designs are available for sale in a limited quantity here, like these leather lamp shades. The needle holes on the seams let light shine through at night. They were inspired by industrial lighting. I really like the black one. Also check out his portfolio/website for the "XXL" lamp shade that you can pull down over you and a guest at dinner for privacy!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

shop visit: reborn

After we made our way into the city from the airport, we had an hour or two before stores closed and headed to Old Montréal to check out Reborn. It is a long narrow store with clothing rails down one side, jewelry displayed on the opposite wall, and shoes towards the back behind a large black glossy storage unit.


(This is the view from the back of the shop)


Yes, the Gareth Pugh triangle clutch!





The Sandra Backlund pieces were my absolute favourite. I LOVE this top- it's amazing! I have a feeling you might be able to wear something like this in Montréal and not get a second look. Not once (that I saw) did anyone gawk at my sartorial choices (drop crotch trousers and tabi boots namely) like they sometimes do in Vancouver. I was thrilled.

231 Rue Saint-Paul O.
Suite 100
Montréal, QC H2Y2A2
T.: +1.514.499.8549


Being from a city with only a small handful (in comparison) of old buildings, I was so thrilled with the architecture in Montréal. To be honest I have been salivating over the real estate on mls for the past few weeks. I just love to be surrounded by old buildings- it is very inspiring to me, so Old Montréal was heavenly.

In every spare minute of time we had apart from F1, we trekked around the city by metro, bus and taxi. Unfortunately our main exploring/shopping day was Monday, and most shops and art galleries or museums I wanted to visit were closed, but we did manage to get to a few over the course of the weekend, which I will post about soon.






Rick Owens mesh jacket
Complex Geometries tank
Acne kex jeans
Rick Owens wedge boots
Isabel Marant bag

Finally some outfit-shots-in-motion for you. The only time I ever remember to take gratuitous shots of myself are on vacation, in "tourist-mode" armed with a camera. Do bloggers who take oodles of pose-y photos of themselves feel silly? I don't mean just a simple outfit shot, but a whole series of model-ish posing. Though some do it so well, I felt ridiculous even being photographed like this. Oh well.



I want to thank the commenter who recommended The Sparrow for brunch, it was amazing! I had the french toast with strawberries and rhubarb with vanilla bean whipping cream. So delicious.