Category Archives: Things I Like

Things I Like: The Float Frame by Artifact Uprising

Things I Like: The Float Frame by Artifact Uprising

I haven’t spent a ton of time at home lately.

With such a busy schedule, I’m constantly hopping between other people’s homes, which, in turn, has led me to hold dear my own home more than ever.

For me, a lot of the feel-good vibes that home gives me come from my art, my plants, and my family. So when I found myself with an unexpected day off this week, the first thing I did was hang-up two new art pieces from Artifact Uprising that had been beckoning me for weeks since I received them in the mail.

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Things I Like: The Float Frame by Artifact Uprising

Previously, I featured Artifact Uprising’s lay-flat hardcover photo book, and today, I’m sharing the inside scoop and an up-close look at my newest infatuation: their  float frame.

Things I Like: The Float Frame by Artifact Uprising

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Styling the Elements: Anne-Marie Chagnon

Styling the Elements: Anne-Marie Chagnon

Like many things, I’ve come to appreciate jewelry more as an adult.

As a teenager, wearing jewelry meant digging through my sock drawer for some crappy plastic bangles or novelty chandelier earrings to “dress up” my graphic tee, but I find myself at a point in life where I value and appreciate quality and the little things more — from the clothes and jewelry I wear to the coffee beans and produce I consume. After all, getting older is nothing if not a refining process.

Styling the Elements: Anne-Marie Chagnon

While trendy value-packs of accessories have their place too, I’m much more inclined to invest in good-quality, well-made pieces that can stand the test of time. A few weeks ago I shared a post on Opelle’s gorgeous bags, and today, I’m continuing the style dialogue with another great Canadian brand, Anne-Marie Chagnon.

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“Fall-ing” for Opelle: One Bag, Two Looks

Opelle hand-made bags from Toronto | Sabrina Smelko

With autumn around the corner (and approaching quicker than Piper eats my table scraps), it’s time to switch up the old wardrobe.

Arguably everyone’s favorite season for fashion, fall makes wardrobes easy — and Opelle makes beautiful bags that hold all your stuff. (Psst, discount code and clothing sources below.)

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Hand-made in Toronto, I discovered Opelle in the midst of a late-night internet search for a new purse: I wanted to support a local brand, but I didn’t want to compromise on style or quality; I wanted a beautiful bag, but one that was still substantial enough to handle my abuse; I wanted a bag that was neutral and simple on the outside, but one that offered enough compartments for all my things. Yes, my criteria was quite rigid, and Opelle’s gorgeous selection of small-batch bags created using top-grain natural leathers sourced in Italy, Germany and Spain passed my very critical list of needs — and even a few bonus features I didn’t know I had.

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GIVEAWAY: Worker Bee Supply Co. x Jeannie Phan

Started by two busy bees, Becca Gilgan and Eugen Sakhnenko, Worker Bee Supply Co. collaborates with artists to encourage, inspire, and uplift.

And today on my Instagram, I’m hosting a give-away of their most recent print by Jeannie Phan! (Instructions to win at the bottom of this post.)

Geared towards the busy-bodies of the world, their mission is to “promote purpose-driven work culture,” Becca begins, that is having “a true purpose being at the core of what you do, and aligning yourself with like-minded individuals who you can work with to accomplish a shared goal.”

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