Local Haunt: À la mode Montréal

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One thing we can say about Julia Vallelunga is that we love her capacity to always reinvent her brand. Last year, after putting La Raffinerie, her chic and trendy jewelry line hold, she became the French editor of Aritizia’s online Magazine and most recently launched the online store. À la mode Montréal| Boutique.
À la mode Montréal| Boutique is your go-to destination for limited edition home decor accessories carefully selected by Julia, hand-crafted by designers from all around the globe.
We love it!

 

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Turban Party

From June Ambrose to Solange and Christette Michele, turbans have become the accessories of choice of fashionistas and trendsetters alike. And, we are totally head over heels for Bineta Sanor’s latest capsule collection of wax turbans.

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If you’re Paris this coming Thursday, join the designer for a Turban Party where you’ll be able to cope some of those gorgeous pieces, get your nails done and more!
For more info email: contact@annatourepr.com

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La Parisienne

agnès b. is one of those designers who truly embodies the effortless elegance of la Parisienne. Her recent presentation during Paris Fashion Week was everything we can expect from this ambassador of French culture: classic pieces with a nice mix of soft and loud hues.

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Her online store also has some more casual-chic pieces with very friendly prices.

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Four Things: TYPE ed.

The weekend is soon here and while Sam is off jet-setting, I am gearing up for a creative, inspiring break. Here is a round of four typographic things to start off your two day recess. Happy Friday!

+ One of my favourite collage text books, the perfect go to guide learning everything about typography.
+ 150 free fonts for designers and typo files
+ Lettering never looked so good.
+ Feeling inspired. Start brainstorming, drawing or writing, with these simple yet stunning pencils. The Jackie O’Collection is my personal favourite.

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3 of a Kind: Trinkets for Tots

It’s official, we are obsessed with Etsy. From bespoke jewelry, note books, trinkets and other paraphernalia, it is our go to online treasure trove for finding unique treats. Every so often we search for something specific and in a recent hunt for baby, tots and children’s gifts, I came across 3 Montreal-based creatives whose designs are spectacular. Mount Royal Mint, Velvet Moustache and English Muffin Shop forgoes typical toys to create oeuvres that any young one will grow to love. We even adore them for ourselves.

Velvet Moustache Thought, developed, sewn, inspected, brushed, labeled, packaged and loved in Montreal by Majorie Labrèque-Lepage. Velvet Moustache offers high-quality plush cushions, fashions and soft toys inspired from the animal kingdom.

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Mount Royal Mint  Fabricated by Sabinapurveyor of spirit bears, narwhals and magic ponies, her enchanting creatures delight an invite you into a fantastical world.

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English Muffin Shop Not your usual kiddy prints, these high quality, eco-firendly, crafty and customizable prints will most probably appeal to adults as well as those young at heart.ts_mtl_englishmuffinshop

 

 

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Tie & Die

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Crafted in Ethiopia, Sawa Shoes offers a wide range of Made-in-Africa runners. And we love this lady friendly tie and die version of the Tsagué model.

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Pop.See.Cul

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I first met Pia in design class and bonded with Pelin over the struggles and perks of our stared astrology sign. When these two talented besties decided to launch their fashion line, an iconic brand was formed. Pop.See.Cul (pronounced Popsicle), takes a trendless, timeless direction. The rebellic cult brand believes that “…what you choose to wear should always make you and others smile.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Disclaimer: Their totally fun and playful, easy-to-wear statement tops are addictive. We are currently lusting over their Adieu, Allons-Y slogan tops and their Oh Darling! cotton sweatshirt would no doubt be a hit for Little Miss X. N’est ce pas?

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Selly Rabby Kane Gives Us Alien Cartoon

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21_Look_Book_16 Look_Book_4Selly Rabby Kane’s work is like good wine, it keeps getting better and better with time. For her latest collection, the Dakar based designer teamed up with photographer Omar Victor Diop who made a big splash this summer with his “ONOMOllywood” project and Jean-Baptiste Joire.
With Alien Cartoon, the designer gives us once again a breath of fresh air with these vibrant hues, unexpected mix of patterns and materials!
Read our interview with her here.

 

 

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Four Things… Be My Valentine Edition

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We are both ardent defenders of Valentine’s Day. What could be better than an entire day dedicated to celebrating L-O-V-E. Here are some V-Day, Every Day related links to kick off the weekend. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

+ Send cute, virtual love + like messages via Paperless Post
+ Check out West Elm’s inspiring Heart Paper Chain for St. Jude
+ A roundup of the most romantic things to do in Montreal, London, San Francisco and New York
+ Two perfect relationship guides: How to Get Along With Anyone (see link on right-hand side) and The Art of Getting Along With Our Opposites

BONUS: Little Miss X has traded in her spectacles. Get a pair of Heart Glasses from Mr. Printables

 

 

 

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The Future is Bright

Press play. Sound the Alarm. I’m back. Back to blogging that is…

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While several opportunities knocked elsewhere, I took a blogging hiatus as I came to the realization that my workload was too much. Taking a digital detox was the perfect medicine to quieting down the technological noise but as a result my posts were sent adrift.

As a passionate creative, dedicated to media, TV, design and news the daily infusion and barrage of poplar culture, current events, updates and information became manic. Looking back, I should have seen it coming. The roller coaster ride, as fun as it was, during my years in London, produced hectic days, sleepless nights formed from exhausting schedules comprised of juggling freelance contracts, various creative endeavours, events. Probably a little of my own doing, coupled with life stress and adult-size dilemmas. While I was still inspired to blog and create content it was becoming more and more difficult to find the time to post. Granted I did not realize I had taken a break straight away, sorry… As my overwhelming intentions fell to the wayside, daily life just sorta crept in as did the guilt.

So what did I do?
The last part of 2013, shortly after our SMW London Event I abandoned my cell phone (well, most of the time), social media links, tablet and all computer chatter, as I embarked on escapades to the seaside, jaunts to several towns and cities while Sam thankfully held the reigns and fort at TxS virtual HQ (Merci !).

Now, you may not know this about me but I cant stay still. R-e-l-a-x-i-n-g is not in my vocabulary, just ask Sam. “Cant’ stop, won’t stop” the motto we’ve been humming for the last couple of years had to go on one long pause. Getting the blog mojo and time back involved simplifying my life, prioritizing, unplugging, organizing, refocusing, lightening our load, learning to say no, and creating some space to reground and reconnect with our beloved blog. It is a process and I am still working on it — finding balance cutting out the perfectionism and just getting to work.

The Good News
It was all well worth it. We decided to focus on the blog in different and new ways and as always we are grateful for the ever-growing online support from our steadfast, global readers.
And interestingly, during my time out, I was flooded with ideas, features, projects, collaborations and original content that we hope to share with you this year. 2014 has brought about a shift that feels like a breath of fresh air that is both liberating and scary at the same time. Even now as I happily tap away, I cannot wait to recount our adventures (as well as Little Miss X’s), fabulous finds and what’s under our radar.

We are back on track for 2014, doing it our way… Ready to jump in with us?

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Lupita Nyongo’s is The Girl

Everything about this New York Magazine feature about “It” girl Lupita Nyong’o “sounds” and looks right.

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From frequent escapades to the city of lights, we have encountered and become smitten with French textile designer’s, Amélie Charroin and Marie Colin-Madan, unique and quirky silk scarves. As a resident of a sun starved nation, scarves have become a versatile, staple wardrobe piece and 1984‘s timeless yet modern pieces definitely meets our requirements.

Photos: Maxime Ballesteros

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MMXIV Resolutions

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It’s never to late… x

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