winter whites

Posted on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

This was a fun year, with still it's many challenges I learned so much about myself and definitely built the foundation and learned how to own who I am! That was a huge thing for me as for so long I felt like life was happening to me instead of the other way around. Recognizing that I could contribute to what happens to me through a spiritual practice of meditation, a positive thought process and visualization has really changed the game for me. This was the year of planting the seeds, I wrote and finished my first feature film script, I discovered a new styling passion and worked with some incredible talents (which I will be showcasing soon on the blog!) I satisfied my wanderlust and went on three road trips, I took chances on love and let people see me for the first time, I started to practice what I preached with environmentalism and continue to look for ways to help in the fight against climate change, I became a teta (aunt) to the second beautiful baby of my best friend Natasha and her daughter Eli always asks for me and it's the best thing ever! I made new friendships with the best group of girls when travelling to Nashville, we have a group text message going on that is constantly filled with funny memories and so much love, one of my best friend's Andrea moved in with me and its been the greatest roommate year ever!! There is so much more but it's pretty cool to really look back at your year and realize that it was actually pretty great, no really great.

For this styling post I wanted to show a different kind of holiday outfit especially if you are just doing a casual New Years celebration. I love this romper from Bicyclette because you can pretty much wear it all year round. I paired it with a white felt hat (surprisingly really hard to find) from ASOS and my new favourite purse from Grace Design. I will be posting so much more in the New Year and especially this week with an amazing continuation styling post from my Nashville road trip!! Happy New Year and cheers to 2015 - the best year yet.

Jordan de Ruiter bridal shoot BTS

Posted on Tuesday, 9 December 2014

"Well, we got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout' 
And we've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went..." Johnny Cash

If a photo shoot were to ever embody a song this would be it, this right here. Our fictional couple escaped to their family's hunter's cabin, got married "in a fever" and celebrated their love with a homemade cake, some local beer and a spontaneous jam session in the attic. This type of union is all about freedom, the freedom to express your creativity, to wear whatever the heck you want and the freedom to be completely who you are with the one you love. Now that is my kind of union. 

We were like a band on the run, our creative collective consisted of Scarlet O'Neill our pint-sized fiery photography wizard, she bounces around and affectionately calls her male model subjects 'bud' and she commands a photo like no other. Then there is the mama bear genius designer Jordan de Ruiter who I always knew was a super talented visionary but totally surprised me by being able to make anything, like ANYTHING I suggested she whipped up right before my eyes. Fun fact Jordan created all of the jewellery pieces that we used in the shoot. She was born for this. The band would not be complete without our super cool and detail oriented makeup artist Alison Sharp. I have told her on many occasions that she is one of two of my all time favourite makeup artists to work with (two being my always love Sherry Vanstone). Another fun fact Alison and Sherry met in Edmonton and are still besties. Alison just understands story and cam make any look come to life, even from my weird notes like "you know messy braid with like smokey eye and shimmery face" haha she just gets it. And our models Jarret Allan and Sara Smith are just gorgeous and incredible people who were up for anything, even braving the great outdoors and some hanging deer (we were at an actual hunter's cabin, and we got the full experience). Sara's grace and elegance shined through and she's just the nicest, coolest person to work with. Jarret had a blast hanging with the ladies all day, made friends with Jordan's mom and was a good sport when we started to call him crocodile dundee. 

All of Jarret's looks came from the super gracious people at Philistine. I cannot praise that shop enough, the owners are some of the nicest people and their aesthetic and style is incredible. They mix vintage and new perfectly and their shop is so Canadiana and cabin feeling, so naturally they had the exact pieces I was looking for. I am always amazed at how much talent and collaboration we foster here in Toronto, it's been such a blessing to be a part of it. 

Oh ya and I styled the shoot and organized it and worked on the set design, I am pretty proud of this one and so grateful to have my band with me. Now we just need to come up with a name...

Enjoy the behind the scenes photos!! xo

cabin fever

Posted on Tuesday, 2 December 2014

I am one of those people who love weddings. Everything from the white dress, to the live band, to the hand-made calligraphy name's where my creativity would shine, as my obsession with the perfect blush coloured peonies flowers would go wild. This past year was an exploration of what a loving relationship really is, of the modern day courtship (due in part to my script research) and witnessing my friend's loving relationships around me, an amazing reminder of it's real existence. This new focus had me thinking about the wedding ritual in a different way, letting go of the need for an elaborate and showy party, a return to the essence of who you are as a couple. The beauty of two whole people coming together to join their lives, that should be celebrated in whatever way feels right to you and for me (one day) it will all be based on my unique personality, most likely eloping in a cabin in the woods (so yes I am pretty much living out my dream with this shoot haha).

When Jordan de Ruiter approached me to style her lookbook for the launch of her bridal collection, I felt instant excitement and creativity run through my veins. We discussed various themes and ideas but decided a laid-back, bohemian elopement would bring out the essence of the fun, creative and wild hearted woman that would wear one of Jordan's pieces. Jordan's collection is very versatile and can really be worn for any type of wedding. But it was fun to dream about our shoot couple:

A wild and reckless couple eloping in a kitschy hunter’s cabin in the winter. Laid­back, bohemian with a rustic charm. The couple’s nature is impulsive and free, living life in the moment and living in their own daydream. Their spontaneous nature doesn't deter from their appreciation of art and the classics, traditional silhouettes styled with a bohemian edge. Music, adventure and nature are their callings...opting for an intimate elopement filled with joy, ritual and blissful union and probably a dance party in the kitchen.

Here is some styling inspiration....I cannot wait to create and release the full shoot! xo


Photos from The Lane, Free People, For Love and Lemons