{ COLOUR STORY : pastels }

I know everyone is mentally gearing up for fall but I’m still feeling summery. I’m so drawn to all these pastel colours and soft photography.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Photo sources (clockwise from top left): 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9


{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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{style: a spring photo shoot}

In honour of the first day of spring (and ignoring the snow outside) I thought I would show a recent spring-like photo shoot. In retail, like most seasonal industries, you work really far ahead. So you’re shooting Christmas in July, Valentines at Christmas and in this case, Mother’s Day in January. Finding props and clothing out of season can be a challenge sometimes but you always end up making it work. 

Another challenge of doing creative work is that your original idea can go through quite the evolution after everyone involved puts in their 2 cents and in some cases, such as this, you may do all the work and it never ends up seeing the light of day. In this case, the direction of the campaign changed after photography so, although it was beautiful, it no longer met the objective. You win some, and you lose some. 

I just thought it was too pretty not to put out there in the world. Here’s a sneak peak of the shoot. Because this was kinda a last minute thing, I was also the stylist and my coworker was the model. 

A fresh spring palette…oh and even a few of my own belts:

Behind the scenes at Michael Crichton photography. Not as glamorous as the end result. Lots of flower options but the stunning peony is the only one that made the cut. You just never know if you’re going to like something until you photograph it. 

And the final cropped options. These were just the first round of concepts, non-retouched & low resolution. Unfortunately this is as far as they will go but aren’t they pretty? 

Enjoy and happy spring!