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editor’s pick: ostrich-feather pen

Everyone needs to make a purely indulgent purchase from time to time. And if you’re looking for an excuse, I’m a queen of making them. (Need an excuse to update your artwork, even though the existing piece still perfectly fits your room? Life’s too short to not live with what you love. Want a reason to buy a third pair of sparkly gold shoes? They’re on sale – they’re basically free! Craving that bottle of black truffle olive oil straight from France? It’ll probably inspire you to eat more salads! Besides, isn’t your birthday sometime this year? Go for it!)

I’ve been coveting this over-the-top ostrich-feather pen by French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela for quite some time, but without a wedding on the horizon – and being someone far more likely to write with a keyboard than with a pen – it just didn’t feel like a practical purchase.

But, hey! It’s National Letter Writing Month, and I probably need something to celebrate the occasion, so I think I’ll indulge. Just think of the whimsy and texture it’ll add to my desktop! Think of the inspired letters I’ll write! Maybe I’ll even channel my inner Shakespeare and pen a new novel? Decision made! I was meant for this pen and it was meant for me.

Ostrich Pen editors pick: ostrich feather pen

photography, totokaelo art-object


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3 cute illustrated cards sets for national letter writing month

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a total card junkie. I’m not even great about writing cards, I just like collecting them and knowing they’re there for whenever an occasion arises. And National Letter Writing Month is an occasion for letters like no other (except Christmas season perhaps). The last in my roundups of cute cards to help with your correspondence for National Letter Writing Month is three illustrated boxed variety packs, so you can choose the card that best matches the recipient!



Fox Cards 3 cute illustrated cards sets for national letter writing month
Studio Oh! Woodland Creatures Set, $14 (set of 12), Indigo.


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3 cards that say “stay in touch” for national letter writing month

Tomorrow marks the start of National Letter Writing Month (who knew that was a thing!?), so I’ll be rounding up some of my favourite greeting cards this week.

Who doesn’t love to receive unsolicited snail mail? So pull up a chair, turn off your computer, put pen to paper and reach out to some of the people you love…the old fashioned way.

Don’t know what to write? With their cute sayings, the cards I’ve rounded up today will start you off in an easy way.

(Don’t forget your stamps!)

Kate Spade Greeting Card 3 cards that say stay in touch for national letter writing monthWhy Hello There, $25 US (set of 10), Kate Spade New York. 


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one of a kind spring show: artwork picks

More than anything else in your home, your artwork should reflect who you are. It might be the last thing that someone would ever expect you to choose, but it belongs in your home as long as it speaks to you on some level. With 150 new artisans, 2014′s spring One of a Kind Show & Sale, on through March 30, offers plenty of unique Canadian-made options. Here are a few that spoke to me, each in its own way.

This photograph by Patrick Lajoie of Caledon, Ontario made me stop dead in my tracks. In addition to some bright hues, it has such beautiful graphic appeal. I love that an ordinary subject – a crowd – appears so engaging. The blurred image becomes clearer toward the centre, creating a natural focal point.

Patrick Lajoie art one of a kind spring show: artwork picks

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editor’s picks: one of a kind spring 2014 show

Yesterday morning I had the chance to head to the One of a Kind Spring 2014 show and boy was it worth the trip!! On top of all the regulars, there were 150 new artists at the show this year. Filling the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition place, roughly 450 artisans total are showcasing their handmade creations – from jewellery to dresses, note cards to prints, specialty coffees to candy apples and much, much more. Check out some of the booths that caught my eye.

Mitani editors picks: one of a kind spring 2014 showMitani

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sourcing along the summerhill strip

While out sourcing for a few upcoming photo shoots, I had the chance to spend some time strolling one of my favourite area’s of Toronto – the Rosedale/Summerhill ‘strip’. This stretch of Yonge street (from Walker Avenue down to Crescent Road) is home to some of the best interior decor stores in the city – including Absolutely, Boo Boo & Lefty, Love the Design, Of Things Past, Farrow & Ball …the list goes on! Anyone looking for home decor accessories or furniture should remember to check out this part of town – it’s a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Here are some of my favourite pieces from my visit to Absolutely.

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editor’s pick: perfect umbrellas for spring showers

It’s snowing outside but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about spring showers. In fact, I’m yearning for spring showers. Sure, rain means relatively warmer temperatures, but it also gives me an opportunity to buy a stylish new umbrella. This year I want to go old-school and shop for a Victorian-inspired pagoda umbrella – the kind I can imagine Lady Mary carrying on a misty day. I happened on the site of Toronto boutique a Raindrops they ship across Canada) and I found a few that I fell in love with. The bold red Chantal Thomass Lace Emblem Pagoda umbrella ($175.00) immediately caught my eye. I love the printed “lace” on it and the chic black piping.

padodared editors pick: perfect umbrellas for spring showers


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mix tapes: what to listen to this weekend

Who’s watching the Olympics this weekend? Here are some awesome Songza playlists to get you revved up for the games!


sochi1 mix tapes: what to listen to this weekend


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fab find: travel jewlery case

When you travel, how do you store your jewelry? I usually use the old ‘zip lock bag’ method – which normally works out well if you take the time to bag each piece individually. However recently I jetted away to celebrate my Mom’s birthday and didn’t take the time to separate my bling. Needless to say I came home to one giant ball of necklaces and lost a good hour of my life sorting them out. So I’m thinking it’s time to get a travel case… and I’m loving this one from Mark and Graham.

Mark Graham Jewelry fab find: travel jewlery caseimage via. Mark and Graham

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