Category: Design

Get up and out the door this summer with UP! pants

I’m so excited that we’re heading into warmer weather. It really doesn’t feel like it, but I promise that it’s right around the corner! Last week we had a warm 20+ degree day, and I took the chance to wear my new UP! pants.
This Canadian brand has several pairs of stylish pants in bold prints, unique cuts and comfortable fabrics. Their new collection, Spring Romance, is available online and in stores.

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[ Picture This ] The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair

Dressed in my most ‘artsy’ top, I walked into the Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair only to discover that my top matched perfectly with the wall exhibit at the main entrance. This is an annual show that connects artists with art lovers. It’s a forum for art lovers to learn more about the artist, their story and engage in conversation with their favourite artists. I was in awe as I walked through the aisles lined with art like a kid in a candy store.

I enjoyed exploring the beautifully curated exhibits and connecting with the artists while learning what inspired their creativity. (more…)

5 Toronto festivals & events this winter you can’t miss

Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside! There are tons of great events to check out and explore in the chilly months. Here are some of my favourites.

Winterlicious January 25 to February 7

Everyone’s favourite foodie festival is back for another year. This time, there are almost 200 participating restaurants. Lunch prix fixe menus can be #23, $28 or $33. Dinner clocks in at $33, $43 or $53. See all the restaurants here.

Winter Stations Feb. 18 to April 1

Walk along the waterfront between Ashbridges Bay and Balmy Beach to see interactive waterfront art installations. This year, the theme is migration. Check out the winning designs.

Come Up to My Room, January 17-20​

All four floors of the Gladstone Hotel will become an intersection of art and design. Throughout the hotel, site specific installations will be throughout the hotel. This year, there’s a permanent installation that will be at the hotel for one year that manipulates light and reflection to create new spatial experiences.

Toronto Light Festival January 18 to March 3

This totally free festival features thousands of lights and 44 building in the Distillery District. Exhibits range from fun to interactive to just plain beautiful. Local and international artists are participants.

Interior Design Show January 17 to 20

This show celebrates and promotes designs in Canada and across the world. This year the show is bigger with more never-before-seen installations and features from 10 over design and architecture firms.

Cookies, confetti and rainbows: Exploring the HAPPY PLACE

By now, you’ve definitely heard of the Happy Place. If not, you’ve definitely seen the photos of giant cookies, a massive rainbow ball pit and a confetti dome. The Happy Place is officially in Toronto, and it’s becoming more popular by the day.Taking over a small building on Queens Quay, the Happy Place hails from sold out shows in Chicago and LA.

There are different spaces to explore in the 20,000 square foot space, including world’s largest indoor confetti dome with half a million pieces of confetti, a bright yellow bathtub with a rubber ducky wall, giant  X & O mirrors, 7-foot tall candy stilettos and so much more. (more…)

[ Read it ] Monsters You Should Know

Monsters You Should Know is a delightful little book chock full of monsters from around the world that you may or may not know. I’m a big fan of folklore and legends, so I knew I had to get my hand on this book. It’s a beautiful hardcover book with full colour illustrations by Emma SanCartier. Inside there are 17 monsters brought to life with charming illustrations. (more…)

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