repository pt. 12: spring moods

A few things that have been helping me get springtime on my mind, since the weather isn’t quite doing it!

Hobes: I’ve been enjoying my Wooly Hobes as the snow has started to melt away, but I think a pair with this sweet watercolour print would be just the thing for the new season.

Sea salt detox bath: Nothing is better than a delicately-scented bath, and while my attempts at making my own bath salts were not so successful, I might try this “recipe” (with a few drops of lavender, patchouli, and geranium, I think!).

Wellies from Joules: Unfortunately, my rubber boots are cracked and I won’t be able to use them once the spring rain comes, but I recently upgraded to this pair from Joules (thanks, Joules). Sold out online, but they do have a large collection to choose from. Not surprisingly, I was thinking of getting a few different colours of grosgrain (i.e. pink) to change it up from time to time.

Timberlost: maker of beautiful watercolour notecards, including this pretty spring wreath.

A lesson in lucid dreaming:  Not particularly spring-y, just something I enjoyed reading.

Let it be Beautiful: Again, not particularly spring-y, except they have newness in common with spring, I guess? New zines from Laura Jane and Liz. Very exciting! (I wrote about the first set of zines here).

Baked blueberry oatmeal: I’ve been following theghostonmyback on Instagram for a while, and I was happy to learn that she had started a blog to collect her recipes. I made this oatmeal twice this weekend and it was perfect. So delicious!


the theit lula camera bag: a giveaway

Today I have an incredible giveaway from a local brand, THEIT, makers of the prettiest camera bags I have ever seen. For years I have been carrying my camera and lenses in many different but not always so safe ways, but they are very secure in here. Plus it has extra space for all the things I insist on carrying around with me at all times. I am so happy to have this bag!

Update: March 28, 2014: This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Emily. I have hidden the comments as some contained full email addresses. Thank you!

This sweet coral number is the Lula bag, which was designed by Jen of Jen Loves Kev. I took mine to Allan Gardens the other day. It was hot and humid in there (the gold plate fogged up a bit! And me in a wool coat because it was actually freezing outside), and it was just the perfect antidote to this eternal winter. Plus it smelled amazing because many of the flowers were in full bloom. My coral Lula looked right at home! Geoff & I couldn't resist snapping quite a few photos of it.

The bag is made of a high quality synthetic fabric, which is easy to clean and lightweight. The strap is removable, as is the decorative tassel (I like it though). I took a “What’s in My Bag” pic for the THEIT blog, and while I was at it I snapped a few interior shots, which you can view here and here. The THEIT bag has lots of padding and inserts that can be moved around (using velcro) to accommodate different camera sizes and shapes. It also has two small pockets on the outside that are perfect for film canisters, two pockets along the sides for small items such as cleaning cloths or keys, an interior zip pocket, and a large zip pocket on the back. Quite a lot of storage space, and yet the bag never feels like it weighs me down.

THEIT will generously provide one Lula bag, in winner’s choice of coral or chestnut, to one lucky winner of this giveaway. To enter, please leave a comment below letting me know what your favourite thing to photograph is. Please be sure that I have a means of contacting you if you win! Also please note that I have comment moderation enabled to combat spam so your comment may take a few moments to appear. For an extra entry, follow THEIT on Instagram and leave a comment to let me know.

This giveaway is open internationally, but please note that you are responsible for any duties and customs your country may charge. I will select one winner at random on Friday, March 28 and contact that person privately (THEIT will ship out your bag). Good luck!


fieldguided for garmentory + giveaway

Quick note to say that if you click over to the Garmentory blog here, we have some free wallpapers available for your iPhone & iPad! Plus a little Q&A with yours truly in which I reveal my deep fondness for Julia Roberts movies. So much love for Garmentory—I used it last week to score the swimsuit of my dreams. Yessss.

“Just saying it could even make it happen” is a line from Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting,” and y’all know what big Kate Bush fan I am... I think of this line a lot and I think it’s quite affirming. As I say in the Q&A, positive vibes for spring 2014. I always like to put reminders like on my phone’s wallpaper, since, well, my phone is near at hand most of the time (sad but true).

Download at the bottom of the post here! Also, Garmentory is giving away a few of our tote bags on Instagram; to enter follow Garmentory & comment on this picture.


shop local: bicyclette, toujours x fidele

A few things to share with you, Toronto! First up, Bicyclette continues to do adorable work, like this flower-infused spring lookbook (shot by Jason Matos at the Blush & Bloom studio). Of course anyone can shop their collections online, but there is just something so nice about shopping in person.

I also wanted to sheepishly point you to this blog post they wrote, which includes an interview with me as a Girl Crush (aw, blush blush). I wrote my replies when I was having a bad week so I hope they’re not too bleak!

I also wanted to mention the Toujours x Fidèle popup that opens this Friday at Dundas and Ossington. T x F is a brand that focuses on transforming deadstock materials into a limited run of clothing and art objects. You may have seen some of their pink flamingos around town in anticipation of the event, which promises to have a spring-y vibe with pink lemonade and flowers. Below are some images from their lookbook, as well as stills from a video they made entitled “Suburban Daydream.”

Models: Bea Santos, Rachel Wallace and Sel Ghebrehiwot / Makeup: Chelsea Collinson / Photography: May Truong / Styled & directed by Amy Jenine Wong.

It’s pretty clear to me based on these images that we are all so tired of winter and longing for spring. Any day now, spring, show yourself!


behind the scenes / swan lake with daniel neuhaus

Tomorrow, March 8, Swan Lake opens at the National Ballet. Daniel Neuhaus sent me this beautiful photo essay on the company’s production, from studio rehearsals to backstage to above stage (I shared some of his rehearsal shots from Giselle in December of 2012). These haven’t been seen yet so this is pretty exciting, and I am honoured to share them here. There are quite a lot of photos because it was hard to narrow down the selections!

I’ve got my tickets to see Swan Lake next week and I am pumped. My tickets $50 and they’re not bad: front row of ring 5 (of course, I really enjoyed this NYT piece on the benefits of the nosebleeds). I’ll include some information about how to see the ballet for less below the photos.

Enjoy! Thanks, Daniel.

All studio shots were taken in the rehearsal space in Queen’s Quay. All photos by Daniel Neuhaus. Click to view larger.

Rothbart by first soloist Etienne Lavigne with Odile/Odette in front played by 
Principal Xiao Nan Yu, with the corps fluttering around

Second soloist Tiffany Mosher perfecting her moves

Second soloist Alexandra MacDonald taking a break

First soloist Elena Lobsanova warming up

Apprentice Mimi Tompkins

Membres du Corps Kate Hosier, Krista Dowson and Elizabeth Marrable as swans

Alexandra MacDonald

 Tiffany Mosher


Senior Ballet Mistress Mandy-Jayne Richardson giving notes

Nan and Maddox McGee as Sigfried – they opened in the November performance of Swan Lake

Principal dancer Heather Ogden as Odette

Guillaume Côté (as Siegfried) and Heather Ogden on stage while swans look on

Principal dancer Heather Ogden

There are ways to attend a performance by the National Ballet for less; Ring 5 tickets are available for $25 for all performances. In my experience, these tend to go quickly, particularly for a popular show such as Swan Lake! Public rush tickets in designated locations are available at the Four Seasons Centre box office at 11am the day of the performance for $35 each. Standing room tickets are also available for $12, in person at the box office (again, starting at 11am on the day of the performance). If you are 16 to 29 years old, you can get $35 tickets by joining DanceBreak. You can also save money if you purchase a subscription, which is also a great way to support the Ballet in general.