{tech alert: vine videos}

I haven’t been a big creative video person so far. Mostly because it can be quite complex. I realize that this isn’t the case anymore. You can use your iPhone to make great little pieces. I was introduced to Vine a while ago but never really got engaged until recently. It’s a great iPhone App that allows you to make short, looping videos that you can easily share. It’s really just another way to creatively capture the world around you. 

It’s kinda hard to explain in words but you take a bunch of little snippets of video, even still shots, to fill up a short amount of time. The App does the editing for you taking all them and plays them continuously to create one looping video. 

Here’s me having some fun on the set of our summer beauty photo shoot yesterday. 

It’s super duper easy and you can have a lot of fun with it. Visit the page or download the App to see what others have recorded then give it a try yourself. It’s also a social network so share with your friends & family. 

You can follow me on Vine by searching for Sweet Escape.

Oh and here’s some more fun on set. One of the perks of the job is getting your nails & make up done by a pro. I’ve been dying to try a trendy emerald green eye for ages but didn’t know how to do it. And I thought it would be fun to get each finger painted a different colour. 

* makeup by Anna Nenoiu-Csiki for P1 Management


{spaces: big style in a small space}

I’m very happy to be showcasing this beautiful space owned by my beautiful friend, Marie-Lou. This space is fit for a magazine – no staging or styling necessary. I guess I would expect no less from someone who buys stylish furniture for a living. This space is a perfect example of how you don’t have to compromise style for space. 

It’s full of small pops of colour, interesting accessories & accents, and lots of different textures on a neutral background. The overall feel is very clean, fresh, sophisticated yet cozy. 

Marie-Lou’s favourite piece is her marble Italian Saarinen coffee table. It’s a classic forever piece. 

The den was turned into a dining area, which gives simple dinners a sense of occasion and a reason to not have the tv on in the background. This room consists almost exclusively of a white & grey palette with beautiful dark wood table & chairs. 

The bedroom, although on the small side is incredibly warm & welcoming. The grey palette is again the backdrop for small pieces of art and collections.  I think this alarm clock is my favourite piece. Colourful & vintage…imagine that. 

Taking the tour backwards, we end up in the eclectic front entrance. This chest of drawers was an incredible find at an antique market (jealous), along with the framed vintage map of Marie-Lou’s home province of Quebec. What I love most about this place is her ability to really edit. She has a bunch of stuff, really, but you don’t realize it because it’s organized, displayed perfectly and so carefully chosen.

I know, you’re wondering about that crazy cute purse right? That would be the always colourful & cute katespade. The hallway also acts as a mini art gallery for pieces collected and received over the years. 

This space is full to the brim with gorgeous designer pieces. If you like investing in designer pieces, you can get pretty much this exact look with the links below or just be inspired to source your own more affordable pieces to get the same look. 

SLEEPING: bedding, lamp, clock

{handmade: one of a kind}

It’s that time of year again. The Spring One of a Kind Show (OOAK) is happening this week, March 27-31 at the Direct Energy building in Toronto. It’s always been a big show but with the handmade movement in full swing, the bar has been raised and it’s set to be amazing so save some pennies.  

When you think of one of a kind, you also may think of Etsy. Which is why it’s only natural that Etsy and OOAK are working together. Etsy did a great job of pulling together an online look book that features 40 artisans that will be at the show who also have Etsy shops. Great idea! 

Of course I checked it all out and they were all great. I encourage you to take a look and do some pre-show window shopping so you can better plan your big day at the show. But until then I went and pulled some of my favourite items from the featured artists. (PS: I have those beautiful gold dipped earrings and love them!)

1  Pillow cover by mummiquilts
2  Bow Tie by Handsome and Lace
3  Leather jewelry by Love at First Blush
4  Vegan handmade soap by aidebodycare
5  linen napkin by SMITHhandmade
6  Apricot and Tea necklace by CandiWareJewelry
7  Organic cotton burp clothes by organicquiltcompany
8  awesome undies by The Candi Factory

See you at the show!!

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{DIY: easter eggs}

One of my favourite memories of Easter as a kid was decorating eggs. Ok fine, my first memory is hunting and eating chocolate but then my second favourite memory is decorating eggs. If you don’t have kids (like me) and you’re crafty and like DIY, you can still have fun decorating. Here are a bunch of  more ‘grown up’ egg decorating ideas. 

I think I’ll take a stab at at least one this weekend. I DARE you to try the cupcake one. You will be a superstar if you can pull that off!

OMBRE 1, 2
COZY 1, 2

{style: joe fresh runway}

I attended my first official fashion show last night. I worked on some graphics for a participating brand and was lucky enough to score two tickets to a show at the 2013 World MasterCard Fashion week. I chose the Joe Fresh show. Not only are they Canadian but I love that they’ve taken affordable fashion to the runway. 

Waiting just before the show starts.

The colour palette was almost exclusively black and white and the them was Parisian chic mixed with rock’n roll. Quite the combo. So cute black head scarves, stripes & patterns alternating with metal studs and biker pants. All the models also had short black wigs on.

That’s a wrap. Creative Director and the man himself – Mr. Joe Mimran. 

Oh and how cool was this glammed up DJ?

Believe it or not, the whole thing was only 14 minutes! It’s crazy to think that so much time, effort, planning, & media goes into 14 minutes. 

Overall a great experience and I look forward to seeing the line in stores this fall. I have my eye on the sheer polka dot blouse.