Saturday, January 31, 2009

Kate Towers

"Kate often plays with contrasting themes and borrows inspiration from nature and romance. Piece by piece, everything is produced by hand in her Portland studio.

From it's conception in 2000 until spring of 2008, Kate was founder and co-owner of Seaplane, a renowned specialty shop in Portland, featuring local designers and an intriguing collection of hand-made clothing. It is here where Kate developed her own line and helped to inspire the fashion scene that is now Portland." Ooooh lala …check out her site here. Love the apricot fairytale—like dress. And the ruffles...I just can't get enough of them! She has some amazing product available via etsy online here.
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Friday, January 30, 2009

I can feel the sunshine

After enduring the seemingly never ending repetition of snow, fog, rain, snow, fog, rain and well, you get the was weeks and weeks of gray...and not the beautiful, fashionable gray, but the gray snow, sky and everything in between. My poor, beautiful, now worn by-the-salt boots are the result of such. However, today the sun is shining and it's a balmy 8 degrees...Feeling overly optimistic, I hung some of my new spring/summer clothes thinking/hoping I would be able to wear them soon. Hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the sun would shine wherever you are...
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Queen of Style

Audrey Hepburn. *sigh*—the queen of style, grace, and all that is feminine. I just adore her! And who could resist her unforgettable sidekick: "Cat"! Don't you just love the back on her dress, shown in photo two?
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Miss Dior Chérie


Miss Dior Chérie, a sweet and pretty perfume, was launched this year by haute couture and womenswear designer, John Galliano, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Christian Dior's birth. The pretty fragrance has notes of mandarin, strawberry leaf, violet, jasmine, caramel popcorn, wild strawberry sorbet, musk, and patchouli. - it's so delightful! I couldn't resist posting this beautiful video that expresses so much about the brand and perfume itself. (video found on a view to)

Monday, January 26, 2009

beautiful treats

These unique little pin cushions were designed and handmade especially for me by Esther Chaye - a very good friend of mine. She is a very talented designer, particularly in the areas of product design, packaging, character design and anything relating to fashion. She has a great sense of style and a seemingly unlimited imagination. To view more of her work, check out her website here/or on Behance, here.

These sweet little pin cushions touched my heart and I love them so much...Nestled inside two pretty little boxes, she gave me 2 macaroons and 2 cookies - 2 things I just adore!

Friday, January 23, 2009

bask in the blush

Introducing Red Chérie, a delightful scent from one of the leading bath/body lines on the market today, Thymes. Thymes offers an incredible plethora of products, from beautifully, tactile boxed soaps to ultra-velvety scents for the home, they are sure to have a scent that is just right for you. Red Chérie, both the scent itself and packaging, was brought to my attention and I couldn't resist posting about it. Designed by Duffy & Partners, this eye candy will certainly be a hit on the shelves!

Here's a little bit about the scent: "Sweet, flirty and a little bit unpredictable, Thymes Red Chérie makes you smile from head to toe with a luscious mix of sparkling pomegranate, ripe red cherries, passion flower and jasmine…sparked with Asian lychee and a tease of fruity musk. And, since it’s loaded with skin-loving vitamin E and antioxidants, it leaves you with a healthy glow that’s nothing less than non-stop gorgeous."

To go directly to the Thymes website and view their full product lines, click here - you will find a large list of stores that carry their products.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

how romantic!

As Valentine's day and spring are both around the corner, my mind turns to soft, pretty and romantic fashion, surroundings and objects. I particularly love romantic rooms - gentle lines, pretty colors and poetic touches. I do tend to go modern in my decor, however, a few feminine touches make my room a little more like me. I hope you enjoy these rooms as well. image 01 - /image 02 - image 03 - 04 - 05 -

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sandrine Ganem, Paris

I came across this lovely designer when I was in Paris and thought I would share some of her stunning pieces with all of you. I think they are lovely and the colors are so pretty. It reminds me of spring flowers. To view more pieces, please check out her website here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

La Cerise Sur Le Gateau

I'm really loving this company! What fresh, fun, French-made linens - I'm thinking even these would make cooking and baking more fun for me and possibly entice me to spend some more time, other than making coffee of course, in the kitchen.

Anne Hubert, the woman behind these beauties, lives her life with gusto. "In 1996 she graduated from LISAA (college of applied arts - Paris) and dedicated herself to photo and staging - design. She very soon became particularly fascinated by household linen and started collaborating with experts of high quality linen.

At that time, she had a taste for customizing and in 2005 she launched her own business “La Cerise Sur Le Gateau” (the sherry on the cake) composed of yummy textile items. Her cloths, some basic elements from our grandma’s kitchen sprinkled with flashy touches and quirky images very soon seduced Paris trendy outlets. Little by little, the lines were enriched with new items and offered new accessories. But on the menu the main ingredients remain the same: Fluorescent pink, color contrasts romantic pictures as well as girly references.

As a workaholic Anne Hubert didn’t want to stop there and published with Pauline Ricard-André “The Left Bank Look” (Marabout Editions), a delicious DIY book which stimulates your appetite for customizing. Right away, Japan which is fond of new talents ate her collection all in one gulp! Today Japanese galleries exhibit cushions illustrated with sandals or baby-dolls “nuisettes” pillowcases embellished with loving words or even table cloths & napkins sprinkled with polka dots." You can purchase these linens online from several different sources or in boutiques stores internationally. To find out more, click here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Clara Vuletich

"Clara Vuletich is a printed textile designer working to commission on a range of bespoke designs for domestic and commercial interiors including wallpapers and fabrics. Acting like a ‘studio’, every project is designed and executed in response to each unique interior context.

Specialising in hand-printed textiles and wallpapers, Clara Vuletich uses traditional printing methods combine with the latest technology to create beautiful, modern designs and has a thorough understanding and awareness of materials and printing techniques." I think this is just beautiful. To see more of her work, click here.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stylist Heather Cameron

"Heather has been a professional prop stylist and story producer in Vancouver BC since 2001. After purchasing an organic blueberry farm and moving to the country, Heather began producing and styling for national and international magazines. She has a passion for producing lifestyle articles, and a weakness for 'The Country Life'. " She certainly is talented! When I was going through her site, I began to recognize a few memorable magazine features and was delighted to find out that she had been the stylist. (images via and quote via her stylist's own website) To view more of her work, check out her website here.

i heart winter

As I was beginning to feel excited for the promise of spring and packed away most things winter, like my Christmas sock monkey and extra blanket, it snowed. Yes, if you live on the west coast you are surrounded by a very quiet, pristine white, winter wonderland yet again. I was happy to see the return of snow because waiting a whole year for this special time is too long for me...something tells me this will be the last for some, I made tea, turned on the fireplace and looked out my window - one last hurray for snow* candle spoon - etsy/ oui - etsy/ pouring tea - link/ tea party - dessert -

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sweet, Sugary Pastels

I've been enjoying Coco & Kelley's trend reports this week which have been displaying different blogger's opinions and ideas for the upcoming trends of 2009 for home decor as well as fashion. One of my my favorite posts showcased soft, delicate colors in which pastels such as pinks, peaches, soft robin's egg blue, etc. were brought together with a palette of neutrals in such a feminine manner. How pretty! I feel so inspired and my imagination is drifting so much so that I sought out more images that I found beautiful - I hope you do as well.

It reminds me of the freshness that only a transition from deep winter colors to a soft and fresh spring palette may bring. In my own trend report, a lot of pastels and neutrals are shown in upcoming fashion as well - I'm very excited to see such fresh colors! Thank you again, Cassandra, what a great idea to showcase different trend reports - it has been really inspiring.
teacups soaps kitten - chandelier laduree Marie Antoinette

Linnea's Lights Candles

"Goodness from Eric Kass of Funnel: Linnea’s Lights candles combine all natural soy wax, lead-free cotton candle wicks, pure essences and fine fragrances to create clean burning, perfectly scented and highly aromatic candles. All of Linnea’s Lights natural soy candles are meticulously hand-poured in small batches.

Custom die-cut labels printed in metallic gold with fragrance related ink colors rubber stamped. They just look like they smell delicious." - these are gorgeous and as a designer, I appreciate the detail that has gone into this packaging design. In my family, my Mom and I are candle fanatics and are often drawn to purchase more candles based on the beautiful packaging as well as the actual scent. (photos and quote found on

Friday, January 9, 2009

Kendra Smoot Prop Stylist

Styling by Kendra Smoot. To view her site, click here.
(the photo shown is from her website)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Nino Bauti Fashion

"Born in Seville, (Spain) to a Spanish/Italian family, Nino’s inspiration to start a career in fashion was his grandmother. During the Second World War and the 50s she was a famous house model for the master Balenciaga.

Fascinated by her glamour life in Paris and her connections with the painters, Nino began to study art history, specializing in the 20th century movements, after his graduation he decided to come to England to follow some specialize courses at Christie’s, however, he soon discovered his real passion and changed his application to be admitted in St. Martin’s college of Art & Design instead, beginning to study fashion design.

A promising talent, his teachers sent him to work for Alexander McQueen and Armani. Nino graduated in 2000 and his entire collection was bought by Joseph to go into production. A rising career, editorials started to pour in worldwide and Nino also received a sponsorship by Saga furs.

However, after 9/11 Nino decided that it was not the best climate for luxury fashion and started to work as a freelance stylist and writer for GQ and various Vogue publications. Nino has lived also in New York, Mexico and Paris.

In 2006 he teamed up with the fashion stylist Niki Brodie to create his own Women’s ready to wear line NINO BAUTI with his debut collection for Spring Summer 2007." Lovely! His work has been featured in numerous publications such as Wallpaper*, Elle and Vogue magazine. (images and text via his website) To browse through his website, click here.

Lori Langille

"Lori Langille studied Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa before going on to the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto to study painting and illustration. She graduated from OCAD's Communications and Design program with a concentration in Editorial Illustration. Since then she has worked on a freelance basis for a wide range of private and public sector clients. Lori also pursues a parallel career in fine arts, exhibiting her work both independently and with the Clutch art collective." To view more of her beautiful work, click here. (images via her site)
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