{ETSY LOVE: feeling flamingo}

I came across this amazing pic and kinda fell in love. I wandered over to Etsy to see if I could feed my new flamingo fever. Who knew there’s so much great flamingo goods to be had. Such a great pop of colour!

shop etsy: 1/2/3/4/5/6


{VINTAGE STYLE: black, brown & gold}

I’m very excited to bring you the first of many creative photo & style posts that I worked on with the talented Maya Visnyei. Maya and I met back in May when my loft was photographed for Covet Garden (pre-order here for November delivery). I can’t tell you how happy I was when she reached out recently and asked if I wanted to collaborate on some creative projects. As a blogger I’m kinda a one-woman-show doing everything from art direction, designing, DIY’s, cooking, writing, and 99% of the time also taking all my own photos. Being able to work with a professional is amazing because obviously she knows what she’s doing and I’m able to express my ideas with so much more quality for y’all to enjoy.

This was a style shot we did pulling from my personal vintage fashion collection. Since fall is in the air, I thought we would do an artistic style post showcasing a brown, black & gold palette. 

Although my closet is proof of how much I love colour, one exception is how much I love the combo of mixing brown leather with black and pops of gold. It’s such a classic combo that you can wear to a formal event, a night out with friends, an afternoon shopping or even to work. The black background really makes your vintage brown piece stand out. And of course you can always add some colour with a great silk scarf or some colourful lips/nails.  

Are you loving it?! Do you want to fill your closet with some beautiful vintage style? Well you’re in luck if you live in Toronto because much of what you see in this shot will be for sale this coming Sunday at the Leslieville Flea. I’ll be there for the first time trying to purge some of my vintage goods to make room in my closet & loft. If you’re not in the Toronto area, you can get this look with a few mouse clicks on Etsy. Here’s a collection of great black, brown & gold finds. 

BONUS: as a special bonus, if you’re in love with that beautiful silk scarf from The Birdcage Vintage use promo code TAKE10 to receive 10% off exclusively for The Sweet Escape readers. Score!

shop Etsy: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
>>PHOTOGRAPHYMaya VisnyeiSTYLING: Melissa / The Sweet Escape 

{STYLE: vintage wedding dresses from etsy}

I swear I wasn’t sitting around dreaming about a wedding but something made me search vintage wedding dresses on etsy. I totally underestimated what I found. So many beautiful and timeless pieces and all under $600! Of course if the stars align and you fall in love, it has be your size (the dress, not the man). The truth is that I was never a wedding day dreamer until the invention of Pinterest and I’m single so it hasn’t taken over my brain just yet but that being said…..I do envision a very vintage inspired dress. I’m gravitating towards the style of the 1950’s but I think these would all make a bride stunning. The key to wearing vintage – formal or casual, is to mix it up with some modern styling. Here’s my picks for what you may pair up your beautiful vintage dress to complete the look. 

I bet you don’t remember anything that beautiful coming out of the 1980’s!? And you can be a blushing bride, literally, with that sweet dress from the 50’s. It was fun being wedding stylist for an afternoon! 

{STYLE: drape yourself in rope jewelry}

I fell in love with these simple but beautiful pieces of jewelry by Sarah Spiridou. Her colour choices and pairings are perfect…so fresh & clean. I love the contrast between the shiny metallics and the texture of the rope. The braid is my favourite. It comes in yellow too! Take a look at Sarah Etsy shop for more. 

{GOOD EATS: illustrated recipes}

They say don’t play with your food, but what about turning it into art? How fun are these illustrated recipes from Claudia Pearson Illustration?!? I think having just one would add a great punch of colour to your kitchen but imagine having a bunch of them (9″x12″) on a wall……super fun! They would work in a clean & simple kitchen or fit right into a colourful & eclectic space. It’s all about the frame – this collection would look totally different in a white frame with white matting compared to a simple black frame without a matte. 

I’m not so sure there’s enough detail to actually use the recipe (is that 1/2 tsp. of salt or sugar?)  unless you’re a true freestyle chef but they sure do look nice. 


Go on and pick one up from her Etsy shop.  

{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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