Open house | Visite Libre: Sid Lee Montreal Office

One of the most exciting creative agencies in the world, Quebec’s very own, Sid Lee doesn’t need introduction.
Founded in 1993, Sid Lee is one of those shops  where creativity and innovation are always beautifully blended.
Peep their newly renovated Montreal office entirely redesigned by in house talents; the theme was inspired by some of Hollywood’s greatest Stanly Kubrick, Wes Anderson, David Lynch, to name a few…

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GIVEAWAY: Toubab paris

Toubab paris recently launched its online store and we’re very thrilled to team with the French brand for an exciting giveaway for you, our readers.

Founded in 2006 by designer Maud Villaret, Toubab paris offers one of a kind hand-made statement accessories.

This week, we’re giving away the Coffret Cadeau Mademoiselle, a stylish gift box with a pair earrings, a brooch and a necklace.

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To enter all you need to do is Leave a comment here and Like Toubab paris’s Facebook page.

The Winner will be selected randomly and announced on our Facebook Page.

[Giveaway ends on Tuesday March 24 at 12pm EST and is open to everyone, wherever you are]

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Spring has Sprung With Club Monaco

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Duo Dutch Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin has teamed up with Club Monaco for the brand’s Spring 2015. The photographs breathe the classic elegance that we’ve come to expect with Club Monaco.
Judge for yourself and shop the pieces here.

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For The Host

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Based in Washington, DC For the Host  is an Etsy shop that offers budget-friendly handmade accessories for the kitchen.The juxtaposition of wood with pastels is definitely a winning combination. And these salt & pepper kits, spatulas,  cutting boards are sure to turn all of us into the “hostess with the mostess”, don’t you agree?

Vistit the boutique here and follow the brand’s Pinterest page.

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“Dakar city of birds” by Selly Raby Kane

We are  always exciting to hear about Selly Raby Kane!
Ever since she burst out onto the fashion scene a few years ago, this Dakar-based designer has been creating collections that are nothing short of daring, with pieces at the crossroad of pop-art and fashion.

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Her new collection “Dakar city of birds” offers an eclectic “mélange” of fabrics, shapes and beautiful narratives.
This new collection is colorful and lively, a rich exploration of the designer’s universe. And after the success of “Alien Cartoon” her last collection, it’s refreshing to see the evolution in her work.
Visit her website here.

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Dribbble: Show and Tell for Designers

Besides Pinterest Working as a designer I am always hunting for inspiration. Designing day in, and some nights, in a fast-paced media environment it is easy to lean back and revert to using my favourite tricks and tools of the trade. Sometimes I see something that can act as a catalyst to a new inspired technique, a fusion of something traditional and fresh and concept reinvention.

A go to source for ideas and inspiration for many, including myself, is Pinterest. It is a pretty prescriptive formula for treasure hunters everywhere. Recently, however I have been on the look out for other avenues of design inspiration and artistry — both on and off line. No doubt I will still be happily pinning away but for now here is a feature to finding inspiration elsewhere.

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Dribbble We’ve all come across visual online sites such as Behance, Cargo Collective, Fubiz, Abduzeedo and Site Inspire, to name a few, but what I like about Dribbble is that it goes beyond the simple showcasing of final, beautiful work. So what is Dribbble? In a nutshell it is a show and tell for designers and online community. And what I like most about Dribbble is that it provides feedback on designs, sketches and concepts and shows more of the process behind a piece of work. Basically not everything is polished and finished there is still work to be done and as a designer I really appreciate that perspective. I can’t recommend this online platform enough for emerging and senior visual collectors and innovators. It’s primarily aimed at graphics designers, illustrators, typographers and iconographers. Give it a shot!

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InstaLove: Matchbook Diaries

Over the years, I developed the habit of picking up match boxes every time I go to the restaurant; and sometimes for me, the beautiful boxes are the most exciting part of my lunch or dinner experience.
So when I heard about Matchbook Diaries’ via DesignTAXI, I was ecstatic. Matchbook Diaries is an Instagram account that showcases a collection of matchbook designs from restaurants in New York City.

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View the entire gallery here and think of me next time you go to your favorite eatery, pick up a matchbox!
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The Balm Company

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Most of us only know her for her inspiring and incisive words but Alex Elle  recently launched The Balm Company, an online apothecary featuring vegan and all natural products, handmade by her adorable daughter Char and her.
Available via Etsy, The Balm Company offers various lip balms, face and body oils,  their “Big Ass Beard Balm” and more.

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We can’t wait to try these products. Shop them here.

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LOOKBOOK: IAMSIGO

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Love the solid colours, patterns and sutble textures of Bubu Ogisi’s IAMSIGO Spring/Summer 2015 collection entitled, Taboo.

 

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Belvoir

The other night I invited some friends over for a movie night and one of the guests brought the most exquisite drink. As soon as she stepped in the door, the bottle immediately caught my eye; a tall glass bottle covered with a stylish handwritten font. I then took a sip and I was sold!
I know I’m late and most of you probably know and love all of Belvoir‘s yummy organic drinks, but heck, I’m officially obsessed.
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Belvoir Fruit Farms has been making organic drinks in the English countryside for almost 30 years. Although renowned for the delicious elderflower drinks, the company also offers ginger beer, pomegranate + raspberry,  lime and lemongrass beverages…
If you want to learn more about the brand or even order these naturally delicious drinks, go here.

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Honey, you so sweet

The lovely thing about indulgence during the holidays is that you can correct these habits come the New Year. In a quest for natural health solutions to kick off 2015, I am looking to honey. It turns out that for as yummy as it tastes, it boasts a plethora of health benefits.

HISTORY & CULTURE 101 No one real knows how long honey has been around but there have been several ancient sightings: cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC, fossils of honey bees dating back to about 150 million years and the earliest record bee hive keeping was found in a sun temple erected in 2400BC near Cairo. Deemed as a gift from the gods, honey and bees are a symbol for royalty, productivity and transformation. Beautiful social and modest creatures, bees were also believed to possess special powers hence its association with magical health properties.

Philopsophical Honey | School of Thought  We are eager to get our hands on some Philopsophical Honey. Yes, you heard right. Each jar is sourced from the birthplace of one of the great Greek philosophers and brings to mind their pointed and useful insights. Or so they say…

honey packaging design brandingJust in case you are feeling up for a dose of greatness, here other honey-esque products that we fell for due to its pleasant, well-designed, witty packaging making use of the honeycomb shape, warm colour palette and translucent touches.

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Roots x NFB

The winter season beacons the holidays, hearty meals and cocooning. For many Canadians, it also harks the hockey season.

nfb_roots_the_sweater_tamsam_1 Roots, once famed for being the official outfitter for members of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams and The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) recently launched the perfect, iconic Canadiana’ t-shirt which features two nostalgic animated shorts, The Sweater, 1980 and the Log Driver’s Waltz, 1979. So much Canadian goodness wrapped up in one. This limited edition collection ranges from $44 to $98.

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Watch the short films below.

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Playlist: Ibeyi (ee-bey-ee)

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Ibeyi, Youruba for ‘twins’, are melodic sisters and daughters of the late percussionist Anga Diaz for Buena Vista Social Club. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz’s soulful, French/Cuban music, is haunting and timeless.

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