March 28, 2012
Ever since my teenage years at summer camp, my favourite lyric has been Grateful Dead’s “once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”. It’s a beautiful line that means so many things, while conveying one fundamental message all at once. Finding the positive in any situation, seeing past someone’s words to their feelings, and noticing beauty in – as the Grateful Dead so poetically puts it – the strangest of places. These are all instances where the perceptions we chose to cogitate will cause very different outcomes, and where we can easily forget to seek out hidden meaning. Changing the way we grasp a situation by looking past the surface can alter our takeaway immensely. Artist Andreas Amador, the brain behind sand paintings, seems to understand this concept of reinvention, looking beyond the surface, by applying this rule to his work everyday.
Amador maximizes on the enchantment of a beach, by using a plain old rake and his imagination to deliver this picturesque artwork. Rather than applying his artistic talents to a canvas or wall, he’s chosen to befriend the most unruly of surfaces, an idea that has not served him wrong. As they say, art imitates life – there’s no reason we shouldn’t be rethinking the ways we act, live or dress, continually looking to those strange and unknown places, where, who knows, we may just find a sparkle of light..
March 27, 2012
While Mother Nature seems to be undergoing a season-long mid-life crisis, I can definitively say that the extra hours of sunshine and a restored urge to walk everywhere, have surged a certain Spring flavour into my everyday routine. In place of heavy, salt-stained boots, I’ve come to enjoy the company of new sorbet pink ballerina flats. Weighty wool and cashmere have been set aside to make room for light knits in soft, neutral tones. Red, plum and navy shades are no longer desirable, only pastels and brights will get nail time from now on. Most expected of all, Hydrangeas have entered my home, care of mom, to brighten a lonely surface and bring Spring’s best blooming qualities inside. Unfortunately one of my favourite seasons (after Fall) brings with it a slight hot/cold rollercoaster. Perhaps it’s a small price to pay for our climate’s preparation to bring us warmth for the next few months. Think of this time as your last days with the brisk cold, make use of your most loved beanie and take pleasure in infusing certain new-season elements into the wardrobe you’ve come to know all too well throughout Winter. Most of all, day dream of stowing away your coats, boots and cold-weather accessories, and letting your skin enjoy some Vitamin D for a change. It’s all just around the corner, but for now…lighten things up with choices that keep you warm, but certainly breath much-needed vibrancy into your routine.
Photos by Kaylee Paré, NonStopStyle.
1. Cole Haan Air ballet flats
2. Knits by Banana Republic and Anthropologie
3. Essie Cocktail Bling (also on nails), Essie A Cut Above, Revlon Chic
January 26, 2012
Graffiti, posters, advertisements, street signs, tiles. Every street corner presents a new set of visual inspiration. When we explore unfamiliar land, we are much more conscious of this fact. While wandering the streets of countless cities in Europe, I learnt to stop and notice not just those things that the travel books study. Often the simple things, like a decaying wall, vintage posters or someone’s painted creation offers much more of a story than the city itself.
Photos by Kaylee Paré in Athens, Greece.
January 4, 2012
Bracelets: Gorjana Anchor, Alex & Ani Zodiac Bangle, others unknown.
Earrings: Banana Republic (old)
Necklace: BCBG (old)
My jewelry collection has pretty much been taken over by gold…and I’m completely fine with that!
What metal/colour dominates your treasure box?
Photos by Sabrina Salvo.
January 1, 2012
A little ‘en retard’ (late) for well wishes but nonetheless, I hope you’ve had a remarkable first day in this new year. Write down your resolutions if you intend to keep them! It will serve as a reminder and a great keepsake for years to come, when (hopefully) your aspirations will revolutionize dramatically. If you haven’t already, buy a little bubbly and celebrate the fresh slate that is 2012 …CHEERS!
December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas! I hope all the stresses of this season have fallen by the wayside, and you are spending a care-free day in your pajamas, with the ones you love. Put up your feet, have a laugh and enjoy every moment of it. Much love!
December 14, 2011
Found my little (yet plump) kitty hiding among some of my most precious cargo the other day. Do you think this is her way of telling me to wear that blush dress hanging above her? I guess I’ve got a new fashion consultant on my hands…can’t say I don’t need it!
December 12, 2011
Walking in a Winter Wonderland (ish).