While in Aruba, I came across an environmentally conscious street vendor with a unique idea. The company is called do good Aruba and they re-purpose glass bottles sourced from local businesses, to create drinking glasses, tumblers, and vases. Aruba does not offer a viable glass recycling program, so these do-gooders were inspired to take matters into their own hands. The distinctive up-cycled pieces add character to your home decor or bar, while helping to support a great cause. I really love this initiative!
Picasso was a Spaniard from Malaga, and one of the founders of Cubism and part of the Modernist movement. He constantly evolved his style and pushed the envelope; working mostly on canvas using oil paint and in sculpture. He was one of the first artists to be featured and obsessed over by the mass media. However, it was only in this lifetime, that he became more famous than any other artist before him. Today, he remains one of the most influential creative minds in history.
The exhibit is already open at the AGO and will be running until August – I’m really excited to have this exhibit here in Toronto at the AGO and it is definitely a MUST see! Here are some of my favourite works from the genius artist himself…
Images via www.pablopicasso.org (left to right):
Pablo Picasso portrait | Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907 | Guernica, 1937 | Girl Before A Mirror, 1903 | Dora Maar au Chat, 1941
I attended the Toronto One of a Kind spring 2012 show and left feeling truly inspired. The show was a visual overload of colours, textures, and details in decor, fashion, and art.
Here are my favourite creative creations from the show…
Love Nail Tree: T-shirts that provoke conversation
Monster Factory: Toys with personality
Nicole Tarasick: Screen printed pillows with Canadian pride
Flakes Paperie: Stationary with vintage flare
Aromachology: A custom fragrance for your every mood
I attended the Lucian Matis Fall/Winter 2012 show Monday night, held in the ballroom of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel; it’s elegance reflected the baroque glamour of the clothes, and thankfully, devoid of over-the-top chaos typical to a tent.
The collection was a celebration of nature’s art in symmetry, interpreted in high glam black lace, embroidery, voluminous feathers, and knits. A more sophisticated & mature collection for Matis than in previous seasons; his attention to detail has clearly evolved. Here are shots of the gorgeous collection through the Poised Petal lens…
TIFF Bell Lightbox is showing a special presentation of Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess opening
today and running until January 22nd. The exhibition features an extensive look at artifacts from Grace Kelly’s
Hollywood years, to her reign as Princess of Monaco. A wide collection of dresses; an exact replica of her
wedding gown, along with all her fabulous eyewear, hats, and of course the famous Hermès “Kelly” handbag
are all on display. She is truly a Hollywood style icon and her flawless beauty is timeless chic.
From the fashion to her films, she was always awe inspiring; so much so that Alfred Hitchcock became
enamored with the blonde beauty. She starred in two of my favourite Hitchcock films: “Rear Window”
and “To Catch a Thief”. Her screen presence is undeniable and her grace will continue to define classic
beauty and elegance.
Here’s a preview of the exhibit…
Images via Magnum Photos, Grimaldi Forum Monaco G. BARCLEY, Princely Palace Monaco, Photofest, Rex Features, Rex Images,
George Pimentel, Wire Image for TIFF
An optimistic outlook on life is like a breath of fresh air, and Pozie Poems send their poetic messages by way of brightly coloured mobiles. These cheerful painted words are not only encouraging; but also add vibrant interest to a room or outdoor space.
The mobile poems are created by two New York City artists, and are made to order from sustainable pine. The top section of the mobile even features a chalk board piece that you can personalize. At a price tag of $30, these mobiles make for a unique gift & conversation piece. Check them out HERE on Etsy.
In the spirit of all things dark and sinister; I’ve always had a fascination with skull accents. I was at a vintage market in Williamsburg (during a recent trip to NYC) and noticed a skull necklace & delicate bead bracelet that I immediately loved. I’ve been wearing the subtle gold combo quite religiously ever since. Marina Pecoraro is the jewelry designer for giorgiejewelry; peruse some of her other pieces here.
Continuing the intrigue – while wandering the streets of Manhattan – I came across a building with this
ultra cool fanged skull door knob.
Where clothes are concerned, women have many a more options to choose from versus our counterparts. Men have to work a little harder and be more resourceful when it comes to finding clothing that’s not only stylish but also reflective of their personality. Bustle clothing creators Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow offer menswear classics that seriously up the style quotient. Their spring 2012 showing last night did not disappoint; with a clearly nautical feel the clothing was crisp, fresh, and impeccably styled. Guys & gals take note and get inspired…