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Peacock Inspired Halloween

29 Oct

I spent the evening listening to Vinyl Cafe with the wonderful Stuart McLean. This week’s podcast was a special treat with musical guest Whitehorse and great Dave and Morley stories from Halloweens past. It was a heartwarming podcast with enchanting music and sweet Halloween memories.

Stuart says there is something special about Halloween. He believes no holiday resonates more in the souls of the innocent, the souls of children, than All Hallows Eve. I agree. Halloween is a wonderful day to be a child; you are rewarded for your bravery and creativity with sugar. Lots and lots of sugar.

I don’t anticipate Halloween the way I used to as a child  – but I still enjoy the opportunity to dress up, eat chocolate, and celebrate with friends.  I was very lucky to be invited to a great house party and strut around in my very purple, very fabulous, DIY peacock costume.

Fun side note: One partygoer mentioned that I was not just any peacock; I was a male peacock. Could I make the argument I was crossdressing Saturday night?! Because that would make my peacock costume even more fabulous!

What do you need to be a magnificent, purple peacock? Not much. I wore a blue shirt, teal tights, magenta skirt, lots of glittery makeup and purple eyeliner (all items I already owned). I finished the bird-inspired look off with a DIY tutu made of tulle and felt. I also added a flapper inspired, sequenced headband. I spent $25 and two hours on my peacock outfit, which is the perfect amount of money and time to spend crafting a Halloween costume.

I love the way my peacock tutu turned out! I adore the piles of tulle, felt feathers, and bright colours. It was so much fun to dress up and enjoy some of the Halloween magic I used to love so much as a child.

Happy Halloween!

I’m going to leave you with this beautifully haunting song from Whitehorse! XO


DIY Halloween Inspiration

21 Oct

What are your Halloween costume plans this year?!

Unicorn. Rabbit. Loofah.

Lady Bird. Orange Owl. Child Owl.

Mr. Fox.

Masquerade Mask.

Frizzy Halloween Hair.

Peacock Tutu. (I’d love to do an adult version of this!)

Coral Crush

15 Jul

I really love the colour coral right now. It is so fresh and pretty! It reminds me of gorgeous Saskatchewan sunsets, tasty apricots, and childhood crayons.

I want to fill my apartment and wardrobe with coral coloured accessories to compliment my new coral coloured painting.

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Coral Sunset.

Want: Golden Yellow Sunshine

6 May

This is what it currently looks like outside. Gross.

What I really want is golden yellow sunshine! Summer, where are you?

These golden images almost make up for the lack of sunshine in Saskatoon. Almost.

1. Corrigan Chair  2. Olinda Loveseat  3. New York Tel Rotary Phone  4. Ginkgo Leaves Print Fabric  5. Gooseneck Desk Lamp  6. Daisy Chain Lamp and Pendant Shade  7. Goldenrod Retro China Teaset  8. Hello Sunshine Mug

1. Ava Sunnies  2. Vintage Leather Heels Mustard Yellow  3. 1950s Mustard Yellow A-Line Halter Dress  4. Harvest Hare wallpaper   5. Rose Ring -Mustard Yellow  6. Druzy & Shell Drops

I hope the meteorologist is correct and the sun comes out to play this week. Come on Saskatoon, I didn’t move here for the rain!

Celebrating Friendship: Natasha Kanji Photography + Fashion Tights

24 Jan

Friendship is a pretty amazing thing and I believe it should be celebrated. My friends are so near and dear to my heart; I am incredibly grateful for them.

Significant life events are often captured with professional photography: engagements, weddings, anniversaries, births, graduations… These events (from my experience) focus on family and partner portraits. I agree that these are special and momentous occasions that should be recorded and shared, but who helps us survive the ups and downs of life between these life-changing events? Who do we complain to about our families and partners after the honeymoon is over? Who do we call when we have an exciting announcement? Our friends.

Friends are important and need to be celebrated.

My friends help me get through the craziness of life. As much as I love my family, they do not understand me the way my girlfriends do. My university friendships are so special – we have gone through the same experiences, have had the same identity crises, share similar political opinions, similar interests (hello Crafty Ladies), and realized collectively that life does not get any easier after you finish your undergrad (or masters). My friends are supportive, generous, intellectual, funny, kind, beautiful people. When we get together time stops and we can literally sit around and talk and laugh for hours. It is really magical.

My friends are amazing. I know that they know that I think they are fabulous. To celebrate our shared awesomeness I organized a photo shoot with the very talented Natasha Kanji. I bought some helium balloons and met my friends in Gastown Vancouver for a fun afternoon running around cobblestone streets in bright fashion tights and sassy heels. It was a great experience. I had so much fun! And the photos are gorgeous.

I can’t thank Natasha enough for the beautiful photos. She did a great job of capturing everyone’s personalities and the incredible Vancouver cityscape. These photos make me so so so happy; they are such a special keepsake. I can’t wait to frame them and make an album. I love them – Thank you Natasha!

To see more photos from our Gastown photo shoot please check out Natasha’s blog or visit her website.

100 Years of Style

3 Sep

My weekend has been off to a great start and this video just made it better. Happy long weekend!


100 years of East London style in 100 seconds. Sept 13th 1911 – Sept 13th 2011. Via Uppercase.