The Friday Five: Gallery Walls

Gallery walls continue to make a major art statement as we near the end of 2014. Do you think it’ll be an ongoing design element in 2015?

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I am continuing to add to the gallery wall in my office, and I love that that each image reminds me of a trip or special moment.

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Fashion: Fancy Toes

Furry toes for the holidays? Yes, please!

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Seychelles Celebrar Skimmers, $120, Anthropologie

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Photography: Black & White Continued

After I featured these black and white photographs, my friend Kathlyn sent me over these photos of one of the bathrooms in her new home.

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20 Below: Bucket List Notebook

This might be the perfect notebook to start the new year…

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bucket list journal, $19.52, Etsy

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Children: An Easy Rider

A functional and stylish and fun toy for kids – I do love a good combo.

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early rider push along, $148, Serena & Lily

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The Friday Five: #HappiMess with Delta Faucet Canada

My life this fall has been slightly chaotic. Sometimes I do wonder why I decide to take on so much work and extracurricular and blogging activities. Why, oh why, do I do this to myself? Then I realize that I have so much fun doing what it is that I do that I have no reason to complain about my sometimes-overly-packed days. A couple of weeks ago, for example, I headed to Toronto to join the very colourful Tiffany Pratt and about 20 other bloggers and influencers to create a #HappiMess sponsored by Delta Faucet Canada. Here’s my recap in five points…

1. Delta Faucet Canada welcomed us into a very white event space at Andrew Richard Designs. The long white table was all set with artsy materials.

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2. Tiffany encouraged us to create and paint and sparkle up a unique clutch. I was totally frozen when I saw the palette of colourful paints. Luckily, the Tiffany and the PR crew had a spare tube of black paint, and I put it to very good use. I definitely felt more at ease once the black paint made an appearance! (Thanks, team!)

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That’s my clutch! (It sparkles more in real life!)

4. We mingled and laughed and played with paint. And then washed our hands…obviously. Here I am washing up (and pretending to be a hand model):

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3. We nibbled on delicious eats by the Food Dudes and talked about Delta’s collection.

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5. In addition to the painting, the clutches, the food, the drinks, and the Skittles, we filled our Instagram and Twitter feeds with photos of lovely flowers from Blush and Bloom.

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It was a very fun evening, and completely different from my day-to-day university life. Kudos to Tiffany and Delta for bringing out our creative sides (and for showing us how magical sparkles can be!).

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Do let me know if you make a #HappiMess over the next couple of days!

Photo credit: Koko Photography

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Fashion: Cornelia James

If you’ve been following any of the “what Kate wore” updates, then you will have heard already about Cornelia James.

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This UK glovemaker has been making the Queen’s gloves for decades and has received the Royal Warrant – a recognition of excellence. The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing the bow-tied Imogen style gloves in New York City this week, and just for fun, I thought I’d gather together a collection of their white gloves for a royal blog post. Oh, the fun!

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Beatrice pure wool gloves

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Rose cotton gloves

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Annabel cotton gloves

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Scarlet cotton gloves

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Genevieve cotton gloves

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Tatiana duchess satin gloves

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Zum See ski mitten

Any favourites?

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Christmas: Stars at AOL Time Warner Center

I spent several holidays in Manhattan while my sister and her family lived there, and I always loved walking through the AOL Time Warner Center. The view is awesome and the star decorations are lovely. This photo is a few years old, but the stars – and the view – remain pretty darn special.

stars at the AOL Time Warner centre, photo by Jordana

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Christmas: White Trees

We all know that I’m addicted to white. Yes, it’s true. When it comes to Christmas, however, I can’t resist adding green and red to the mix. I know, I know, it’s shocking. I love having a real live green tree (mine is from Ikea, and it smells so good!), and my colourful decorations remind me of the places I’ve travelled. That being said, when I saw this white tree at Rona last weekend, I wondered if I should give a white artificial tree a try one year.

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I probably would end up just putting lights on it and calling it a day. Maybe I’ll wait for it to go on super sale, and then try it out next year.

I thought these Christmas decorations were also pretty cute:

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Marketplace: Marble Accessories

Although marble has already made an appearance on this blog this fall (e.g., bathtubs), I think there’s always room for a bit more. This round-up features functional, artistic, and affordable marble objects.

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marble two-tier server, $39.96, CB2

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marble toothbrush cup, $12.96, CB2

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marble wall-mounted shelf, $69.95, CB2

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marble appetizer plate with glass dome, $39.95, Chapters Indigo

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large marble pedestal, $75, Chapters Indigo

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hex marble tray, $65, Black Rooster Decor

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diamond marble votive, $42, Black Rooster Decor

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wood-marble square platter, $34.95, Crate & Barrel

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marble 2-tier server, $69.95, Crate & Barrel

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