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Turkish Hemp Rugs



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It’s the feeling I got years ago when I first saw Moroccan rugs thrown all over the sealed cement floors at the Shore Club in Miami. Paired with low slip covered linen furniture, to me it was just right. Though the Moroccan rug has risen to the top and trickled its way down to West Elm- I still adore that lobby. I’ve been looking for something a little different, still muted, and natural. These Turkish rugs fit the bill. I think they’d look great layered with black and white stripes, or other sisal like natural materials they’d also go quite nicely with my olive jar dreams. Love the patches, and antique washes.

Olive Jars

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While I should be researching mattresses… I digress. Prior to having a home I was roaming around and came upon antique olive jars. I ran my hands along one of the large voluptuous beauties and felt an instant connection. I love them in the garden, the bathroom, grouped in corners. So beautiful, looking to collect a few of my own.

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Getting a blow dry replaced the ‘going out top.’ It made white tee’s suitable, flats all good- just gave me that sense of a little something more. As my hair grows- slowly but surely- I’ve had much time to ponder my hair goals. Not sure the ‘jo blow’ I invented with my hairdresser a few years back (it’s a slight wave, exhorbatent body at the crown) will evoke the sensation of being ‘done.’ It’s that undone we seek- Contrary to what French girl’s say, air drying doesn’t always prove best, I’d like an air dry option on the menu, not sure how it would be executed but I’d pay for it.

With a little white paint…


It’s around this time I begin to consider what I’d give up for a sweet inviting place to call mine on a patch of greenery, by the lake. Though I’m sure it could spiral into much more, I imagine needing several buckets of white paint, a great flea market, and a little help from my friends, to realize the dream. I picture living quaintly, built in bunks fit for adults, maximizing the small space- baskets of fresh fruit, killer playlists, and fresh white linens… and a dock… and my peeps.



Emily Weiss, founder and CEO of Glossier



Priming Moisturizer


Phase I Kit


Perfecting Skin Tint

I have an easier time navigating a used tire shop than a Sephora. Makeup just isn’t my jam, nor have a ever found a beauty routine worthy of comitment. Honestly, my products consist of hand me downs from my mom, little vials of samples, and nars lipsticks that i smear off before walking out the door. Until… now. I have two products from Glossier, Perfecting Skin Tint, and Priming moisturizer. The combo of the two leave my skin feeling plump, dewy, and slightly sun kissed. Since adopting these miracle workers I’ve been complimented on my tan- to which is due to no sunshine at all. I love the whole concept- aquiring the bare essentials, a light, concise makeup bag, not a thing more than you need. I’d place applying my Priming moisturizer neck and neck with my morning coffee- just as imperitive, and equally as delightful. I now find myself watching Emily Weiss perform her morning routine on YouTube, reading Into the Gloss on the daily, for the first time intrigued and devoted to sticking to my regiment.

Adidas Tubular X Primeknit


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Maybe I’m clouded by Yeezy- and the confusion based around loving the collection- but-I’m seeing Adidas in a whole new light. I love the looks of these 90’s throwback Primeknits. It is undoubtably a sneaker moment, and I’m also willing to explore the classic three stripe track pant, with a good roll of course. Athletic wear has been covered- post gym attire- a whole new void to fill.

The Babouche




Ryan Roche X Brother Vellies





                                     Love this CFDA winning co. Brother Vellies


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Seen on the SS16 Runway (The Row, Acne)




Ridiculously cool renditions from Sanayi 313 (both photos above)


I’m so down with the Babouche for spring. The style is birthed from a traditional North and West African shoe that dates back centuries. With the thinnest of soles, slightest of frames, and the ease of just a simple slip into- makes it pretty just right for Spring- I’m always in when it comes to exploring minimal, flat footwear options.




In Range


with winter on the way… turkey or tofurkey (have to be inclusive) on the menu… seems appropriate to discuss all of these flippin gorgeous ranges imported from Europe. They may blow your entire kitchen reno budget- but can you really put a price on good old fashioned home cookin’ prepared in high style? My Pinterest board for kitchen decor is called “i’d cook.” With one of these bad boys at my disposal, I’d be armed with ladles, hair pinned, apron on, hungry mouths ready to feed all around. For retro varieties see AGA Ranges, for a classic serious cooker check out Lacanche.

newsprint and vegan oreos

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I like boiled whitefish, my hips are tight, and am an avid crossworder. Maybe I’m hardwired in dog years? To get the crossword, I’ll do most anything. I subscribed to the Toronto Star solely for the purpose of puzzling, trashing the rest, and reading other publications online, I’ve noted coffee shops in other cities where I can sit and synonymize with the purchase of one everlasting espresso shot, I’ve considered brokering deals with my neighbour whereby I purchase their day old papers at a discounted price, and I’ve stolen… When I was living in my in-laws golf community, I took the crossword out of a few papers that piled up in the driveway of a house across the street (they must have been away, there was about a week’s worth)- in other words I thieved the elderly’s sport right from their property- let’s call this rock bottom. Stores sell papers. Seems like a rip off. They sell books of them- absolute no. Printers and internet an option too- blugh, that’s like telling Keith Richard’s to play guitar hero. Having one puzzle a day is the only way to expand my brain and force myself to complete, I need the crunch of the newspaper beneath the blade of my hand, and a felt tip pen (pencils are for non committal rookies.) I have been crossword free for a few days now… Time to get back in the game.

p.s. FYI Oreo’s are Vegan- chew on that… mentally, not physically. Unbelievable how one can misconstrue the way in which to achieve Beyonce’s ass.

The Apartment by The Line: Melrose Place

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My fave uninhabited apartment has opened up shop in Melrose Place. Style and interior design savant’s are probably familiar with the Apartment by The Line in Soho. A meticulously curated space by uber chic stylist Vanessa Traina Snow, and creative director Melanie Glass. All shop-able, from the Acne sweaters that hang in the closets, Assouline books strategically stacked on the coffee table, Le Labo candles that scent the foyer, Mid-Century seating, sheepskin throws… it’s all for sale. In a world where ‘good taste’ is a viable credential, the Apartment stands for just that- draws out precisely how the successful modern woman with a fine tuned eye would live… down to her skivvies.

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