Fashion Friday: Cat-eye Sunnies

Good Morning!

I need a new pair of sunglasses this year and I’m really liking the cat-eye shape.  Not the over-the-top 1960’s cat-eye, but the more subtle versions that I’ve been seeing around.  Sunglasses (and regular glasses for that matter) are always a challenge for me because I have a really narrow face so 90% of sunglasses look ginormous on me.  And not in the cool over-sized shades way….more like the “my glasses are eating my head” way. That being said, I’d like to find a smallish version of the cat-eye for this summer.  So, today I’ve put together a little save and splurge round-up of some cat-eyes sunglasses.

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From Top to Bottom: Minkpink Candy Land Cat-Eye Sunglasses,Vince Camuto Cat-eye Sunglasses, Armani Exchange Cat-eye Sunglasses,  Valentino Rockstud-Temple Cat-Eye Sunglasses,  Marc Jacobs Glitter Stripe Sunglasses, Stella McCartney Cat-eye Sunglasses

I typically don’t spend much money on sunglasses. I tend to find the nicest pair under $30 and treat them badly until either they get so scratched it’s embarrassing to wear them, or I leave them somewhere.  However, I do think perhaps my lack of care of them is because they are so cheap.  I haven’t invested any money in them so why would worry about their condition?  I’m thinking about potentially investing in a nice pair this year, on the assumption that if I pay more I’ll take better care of them!

Do you splurge or save on sunglasses?


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Black Rooster Decor: Bricks and Mortar Baby

Good Morning,

Some of you may already know the amazing online store Black Rooster Decor.  They carry the most amazing collection of furniture and home decor stuff.  If I was going to try to describe the merchandise they carry I would say modern, pretty and eclectic.  Now, often when people use the word eclectic it’s just a nice a way of saying that you have a bunch of random nice stuff that doesn’t go together, but that is 100% NOT how I mean it here.  The items are so unique yet perfectly assembled that you can’t imagine that they don’t all belong in one space.  The woman behind this store is the fabulous Nina Ber-Donkor, and boy does she have a talent for curating beautiful home decor items.  Truly gifted.  Here are just  few things from the online store….


Marble Base Adjustable Desk Lamp

Tasmanian Berber Rug

Tiffany Nesting Trays

High Back Geo Dining Chair

 So, wanna hear some great news??? Black Rooster now has a full-blown bricks and mortar STORE!  Wanna hear the even better news?  IT’S IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD!  (1025 Queen Street East (in Toronto) near Pape Avenue).  Ok, so maybe that part is really only great for me, but this is still amazing news. I was lucky enough to attend the grand-opening party last week.  And here is a little taste of the awesomeness you can expect:

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I don’t have the details on all the items that are in these pictures (most, if not all, of them can be found in the online store), but there are a few highlights I would like to point out:

1) I NEED one of those Victorian wine stoppers. STAT.

2) All the art you see in these pictures is by my friend, the ever so talented Christine Dovey.  When she is selling like Jackson Pollock, I will be able to say “I knew her”.

3) Wishbone in a bell jar, yes please.

4) Those Moroccan style hanging pendant lights are incredible.

The point is it looks amazing.  And to top it all off the party was a blast.  Great food from County General and lots ‘o bubbly, plus amazing company.  Christine, Hollie (of the Pink Zipper)  and I closed down the place with the lovely Der-Bonker fam (from left, Nina’s lovely hubs Prince, her sweetheart of a son Elijah, Nina, her mom and her brother).


And when I say lots of bubbly, I mean LOTS… the dance party, howl with laughter, create crazy hashtags kind of lots.  Oh did I mention taking ridiculous pictures…..a like picture of me with my new C-Doves painting….

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One of the artist, with the SAME painting….

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Your truly, Vanna White-ing the crap out of this fab (and really comfortable) leather lounger….

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And the amazingly sweet Mr. Bijou and Boheme (aka Christine’s husband/Ian) showing just how comfy the leather lounger is.  Note the pink socks.  Love this guy.

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So I think you get the gist of the kind of night we had.  I am so happy for Nina and family on their new adventure.  Now go VISIT this store definitely will not regret it!  Welcome to the east end Black Rooster!


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Etsy Finds: Napkin Rings

 Good Morning!

Now that my table is finished, I’ve started to work on the tablescape.  (I have to make the table look pretty BEFORE I photograph and share it with you, obviously….).  I’ve been looking at table runners, chargers, plates, napkins, aaaand the topic of today’s post, napkin rings. As usual, Etsy comes through as an amazing source for vintage and handmade tableware.  So, I rounded up a few super fun napkin rings that just might make it onto my new kitchen table soon.

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 Vintage Fenton Hobnail Milk Glass Napkin Rings from 2numerousSolid Brass Napkin Ring Holders Aula Pinnior, Vintage RHINESTONE Gold Napkin RingsPairpoint figural Asian Fan Silver Plated Napkin Ring Signed from Just Sparkles Beucler Napkin Rings from Dress my RoomPorcelain Swan Napkin Rings from Red Ted Road,  Oco geodes on Lucite acrylic napkin rings from Mapleton Drive Vintage Expanding Napkin Ring in Copper with Faux Pearls from All Things Brandy

I am kinda sorta in love with the porcelain swans. Swoon.  You can shop more of my Esty Home favourites by clicking the Etsy “Items to Come Home To” button on the sidebar.


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F/W 2014 Shopping Challenge – Day (gasp!) 43

Good Morning!

Alright,  it’s fess up time.  I’m 2 days away from target date of 45 days to complete my shopping challenge and I’m not finished. I’ve only purchased 2 measly item since my last update – and it’s unlikely that I’ll get everything in the next 2 days. In fairness, when I set the 45 days I forgot about my parents coming to town for a week during the challenge. And although my mom and I did a little shopping while they were here, I had little luck with my last 8 items.  Not that it’s an excuse. Not at all.  I failed.  However, from failure comes resilience…as is outlined perfectly in this excerpt from one of my favorite movies of all time, Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown.

So, I shall set a new goal of 55 days and make it count!  I mean it’s my own challenge so I can do whatever I want, but I like to stay accountable, you know?  But on the topic of doing what I want…I am going to make some revisions.  Firstly, I’ve changed pencil skirt to pencil skirt or dress (x2).  I haven’t found many pencil skirts that I like but I’ve found MANY dresses I like.  And I’m a dress person.  Why buy a skirt I “kind of” like, when I could buy a dress I love? I’ve also changed t-shirt to t-shirt or sweater (x2).  I realized I need some new sweaters too and since I’ve already got one t-shirt why not add sweater? (Also, I already bought a sweater instead).  Here is my progress:

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I added this sweater from the Banana Republic Factory store.  You can’t tell from the picture but there is a tiny pattern in the wool which I like a lot.


And this green blazer from Le Chateau.  Fun colour, good cut and ON SALE. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And that is it.  Budget update?  At least I’m doing well in that respect:

These 2 items:  $134.31

Previous total:  $642.83

Remaining:  $722.58


As you can see I’m struggling with the shoes. It’s hard to find comfort, quality and style.  But I’ll keep trying!  Until the next update…..

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Touring the new Toronto West Elm with a Rock Star

Good Morning!

I apologize for the lack of posts lately, my parents have been in town for a visit, so I gave myself a few days off.   Today I’m back with a little summary of my visit to West Elm last week.  I was there to check out their newly renovated Toronto store, and the tour guide was none other than West Elm’s creative director Vanessa Holden.  Now, before I get into the store and merchandise, can we talk for a quick minute about the killer resume that Vanessa has?  Former editor in chief and creative director at Martha Stewart Living AND Martha Stewart Weddings, creative director at Real Simple and co-founder of Donna Hay magazine.  Saying she has talent is like saying Adam Levine is just “decent” looking.  She is obviously an incredible force in the design industry. So it was pretty awesome to get a chance to meet her.

But back to the pretty new store.  They have expanded the space further back which has opened it up a lot and provided much more natural light. Also, they have added a coffee bar.  And people, the coffee is gooooood.  They have added an area to sit to discuss design and ideas while you sip on your coffee (and maybe snack on a treat or two).  They have really created a space that you can shop in but also relax and mull over design or gift ideas.  Of course, in typical fashion I got all excited about the Christmas stuff that I didn’t take one picture of the coffee bar itself (silly me) but I did catch a teesy bit of it in this shot of Vanessa.

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(SIDEBAR:  Vanessa, if you are reading this (and I’m sure you are not), I’m sorry to have included this less than perfect photo of you with your eyes half shut looking as though you had just spent some quality time with our mayor prior to our tour…but it was the only one I had which showed  the coffee bar.)

Vanessa took us through the three holiday decor themes that West Elm is featuring this season..  The first is a traditional, woodland inspired, rustic Christmas. Lots of wood, felt decorations and woodland animals.

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Next was the less traditional but whimsical enchanted forest; full of jewel tones, bright exotic birds, and shiny agate tree decorations.

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The third, and most popular, is the contemporary white, silver and gold with lots of sparkle and shimmer.

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Then we went to the Market, which if you are familiar with their Market line you know it’s FULL of great gift ideas.  Love the food section.  Lots of fun sauces, jams, jellies and oils.  Yum.  Although, I think someone needs to explain to me what “Whore Style”  Puttanesca sauce is (see below).  And I also hope no one gets this for me for Christmas.

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The store was filled with lots of small affordable items, perfect for secret Santa exchanges, like this cute jacks set or WE’s fabulous tote bags with sayings like “Totes ma goats”,  “Oh, KALE yeah” and many more.

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West Elm has also started designing their own small kitchen appliances.  This sleek stainless steel and smooth wood toaster caught my eye.

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And I so love a product designed with both beauty and function combined.  This Universal Expert Chopping Station designed for West Elm by Sebastian Conran is one of those items. Chopping board with slide out tray to removed scraps.  GENIUS.

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And I couldn’t leave without snapping a shot of this pretty gold tablescape.  (Apparently I also couldn’t leave without having some of it for myself, so I took 4 of those gold-rimmed plates back home with me to Casa Linds.)

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All this to say you should really should stop by the store soon.  And plan to stay awhile.  I certainly will be.


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*this is not a sponsored post. Other than a great opportunity to meet an incredible leader and a small gift bag I did not received anything for this post.  I really love what West Elm has done with it’s space and wanted to share it with you.