endless summer dinner party on 100 layer cake

Posted on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

What better way to toast the ending of summer and the change of seasons than with an Endless Summer Dinner Party. This alternative bachelorette party was an idea sparked by late night conversations with your best girlfriends, sipping great cocktails (in my case usually blue moon beer) and holding on to those last sweeping moments of summer. I am thrilled that the wonderful wedding inspiration website 100 layer cake featured this summer soiree and you can see the whole shoot and read all about our inspiration behind the shoot on their blog!

Photographer: Scarlet O'Neill
Creative Direction and Styling: Paige of Studio Bicyclette and Ana Alic
Food and Cocktails: Lynsey Walker
Glassware and Barware: BYOB Cocktail Emporium
Graphic Design: Alex Perlin
Textiles: Grace Design
Hair/Makeup: Alison Sharp

dont think twice

Posted on Tuesday, 8 September 2015

"I have studied many times the marble which was chiseled for me - A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor. In truth it pictures not my destination, But my life. For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment; Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid; Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances. Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life. And now I know we must lift the sail, And catch the winds of destiny, wherever they drive the boat. To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture of restlessness and vague desire - It is the boat longing for the sea and yet afraid." Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology. 

There we are sitting in the club house watching the dusk roll in and drinking three vastly different beers on a porch adorned with chipped window panes, and our Bartender is reciting a verse from the Spoon River Anthology. He has memorized every word and speaks with elegance and ease. This unexpected life lesson was ignited from Sara's newfound obsession with the world of sailing, after a day of sailing. We were grateful to witness and experience the love of sailing of our Robin; it's her happy place, her world of infinite possibility and her place for testing her resilience. To witness a friend's truest desire and love is a spectacular thing. We all have those places, those portals into the realm of joy where we feel the most alive and that we have come home. For Robin that place is sailing in the open water, for Sara it's a busy and loving restaurant, for me it's surrounded by film trucks. 

We set out for the day to enjoy the water and the beauty of this perfect weather for sailing. What we gained was so much more and truly unexpected. I understand this love now, sailing holds many lessons and truths and is truly meditative. A sailor's life is a merry life indeed. Sara and I received a crash course from Admiral Blarney (Robin's father Trevor) and enjoyed our time at the helm, and shrieked with joy when we were tacking! In sailing like in life (yes I am making the comparison) you cannot control the winds, the conditions, or even the other boats - and nothing is ever perfect, but you can move with the sails, do the best that you can and flow with the moment. The best thing about being out in the water, isolated yet so connected to nature, is that nothing else really matters but that moment, there is so much freedom and clarity in mind. Robin ventures fearlessly in the open water, letting the sails guide her and controlling the winds with her intuition and never thinking twice. 

An endless summer - BTS

Posted on Tuesday, 1 September 2015

This has been a glorious yet furious month. We usually attribute busyness as a virtue, the busier we are the more we are doing, the better we are. But that is just an illusion, something we construct for other people. The real virtue is taking in the moments, being present and enjoying each passing time. An endless summer dinner for an alternative bachelorette party was an idea created by myself and Paige of Studio Bicyclette to celebrate our summer, to take an evening to cheers to those long summer days, those colourful sunsets, those quiet moments on the beach and to take in those present moments of finding bliss in love. 

We spent the month planning and creating inspiration boards and calling on all of our favourite creatives in the city to come together for this vision. We wanted to create a rooftop oasis that was full of vibrant jewel tone colours, accents of copper, rustic details, healthy and delicious summer foods and endless blooms. We partnered with Lynsey Walker of food blog Lynsey Loves Food to create our menu and boy did she impress! From the colourful crudités board to the shredded brussel sprouts flatbread and the peach bourbon cocktail among other amazing treats, she created the most delicious summer menu for our guests. Scarlet O'Neill photographed the occasion and I cannot wait to share all of her stunning photos! Floral design studio Patchouli stepped in as our floral saviours and created the most amazing bouquets for the centrepiece of the dinner table. They also sent the effervescent Dayna, armed with floral shears to help us create our flower hoop backdrop. She didn't even complain when what seemed like the bee apocalypse joined us on the rooftop and swarmed as we set up the event. I quickly researched the safest way to repel the bees (half parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle) and I am proud to say not one bee was injured in the making of this event. We had graphic design and friend Alex Perlin design our amazing watercolour place cards and menus, she's just the funniest girl with so much talent and part of our girl squad. Alison Sharp, one of my besties and go-to makeup gals made us ladies look pretty for the event, and made me look like a senorita siren and the pretend 'bride' for the evening. BYOB Cocktail Emporium is the badass, one stop shop for all your bar essential needs, provided the glassware for the occasion! Even lending some precious vintage pieces and let me tell you they are stunning!! Alison of Grace Design provided some pretty boho bags for the shoot, along with her glorious Moroccan vintage textiles. Special thanks to Abigail for being our assistant for the day and Paige for being such a beautiful friend with the most amazing design talent and co-creator of the event and a woman that I never stop learning from. How lucky are we to know so many talents in the city who come together in the love of creativity and creation.

We spent the night sipping cocktails and eating the best local food with our best friends. We shared stories that inspired and bonded over vulnerable truths easily dispelled through one too many peach bourbons. It is nights like these I cherish, where we use our creativity to create and come together, that we make a night so much more special and that we acknowledge that every moment can be beautiful. Life is about the extraordinary, about being better and doing better and about sharing everything with people you love.