Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Classy Canadiana

I love these brooches from Touch the Dutch, which I found via Love It A Lot. They're definitely something you save up for, but how cute! The Stanley Cup one is bringing back memories of the arena half-coffee-half-hot chocolates of my youth. The Canadian mocha? Possibly.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Flora or Fauna?

Here's some "Wonky Veg" from the Telegraph. Would this encourage kids to eat their veggies, or scare them off?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Down Time in the City

Well, the weather has turned, the petunias are dead, and the barbecue and patio furniture have been abandoned to packing boxes and spider webs. What I really want is this lovely garden from Design*Sponge. I love the colourful outdoor rug and pillow, the mix of evergreens and annuals, the climbing vines and the candles. Hmm. Maybe there's hope for a winter garden after all.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hip Recycling

How many R's can you achieve with this bag from Vancouver-area designer Penelope Foo's Etsy store? Reduce (use of other handbags), check. Recycle(ed leather trench coat), check. Reuse, obviously.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Original Pretty Woman

I'm not alone in being inspired by Audrey Hepburn. This quote of hers suggests that women have always admired her style: "Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large glasses and the little sleeveless dresses." By popular acclaim, other necessities include ballet flats, men's white shirts, trench coats, pearls, black cigarette pants, little black dresses, french twists, and minimal make-up except for that glam black liner. (One site even broke the mold by suggesting pastel-coloured polo shirt tucked into skinny jeans. Too advanced class?)

Why Audrey, right now, for me? My friend Devon who introduced me to Audrey is getting married in a few weeks. Back in 2002, we watched Roman Holiday together and had bedazzled Audrey Hepburn purses (sounds a bit ugly now). I feel confident that her dress will have some Audrey flair. 

Why Audrey, right now, for all of us? Her grace and charm? Perhaps also because her style unifies some of the odds and ends fashion has recently gifted us (big sunglasses, pearls, skinny jeans, ballet flats) while excluding the potentially less flattering ones. 

Or maybe it has something to do with Tiffany's.

Image: Time.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Did they eat the red ones last?

What is Canadian food? Here's what astronaut Julie Payette served on the International Space Station, according to the Globe and Mail: Albertan beef jerky, BC salmon pâté, Ontario fruit bars, maple leaf cookies, and of course, that colourful Canadian chocolate that leaves coloured stains on your palms, Smarties. I suppose they couldn't bring anything perishable, but I can't decide: yummy or pathetic?

Image here