The Friday Five: It’s a Duck’s Life

Well, well, what a week! On Monday morning, a duck was sitting calmly in my planter box. On Monday evening, I discovered a circle of white eggs. Since then, my neighbours and I have been monitoring the duck action that’s right outside my front door. I’m from Toronto, so drop me into a big city, and I am happy. Nature…nature is still pretty foreign to me. I was initially freaked out by the mom duck, but we have survived our first week together! I know her routine, and we each have our space. I’ve given the planter box over to her, and I even added a sign so that others know there’s some important business going on. I think the duck conversations with my neighbours have been entirely amusing! It makes sense, then, that today’s post revolves around the ol’ duck!

sprutt-duck-ikeaSPRUTT duck storage, Ikea

white-duck-art-etsywhite duck print, Tiny Kiwi Prints

Anaheim-ducks-print-artAnaheim Ducks print, Society 6

VLB20-DCS-WHITE-FEATHER-SHADEduck feet light, Porta Romana

happy-duck-Swarovskihappy duck, Swarovski

Happy weekend, everyone!

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Art: Kirsty Mitchell Photography

My sister recently sent me a link to Kirsty Mitchell‘s work, and I was completely blown away. You will be, too! For her Wonderland series of photos, Kristy designed and created incredibly intricate props and costumes, then styled elaborate sets for her models. Her photographs are magical, fantastical, and very dreamy. Here’s a peek at some of the white costumes and props (made from fans) from her Wonderland series:

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If you are amazed by this, your jaw will drop when you watch the behind-the-scenes films, and flip through all of the photographs online. I spent more time than I’d like to admit trying to take it all in.

Thanks to Corie for sending this my way.

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Marketplace: Celebrate Quebec design with Etsy

Etsy is currently celebrating Quebec design with The Etsy Design Awards: The Best of Quebec. Etsy artisans are so incredibly talented, and I’m happy to share some of my favourite pieces from Quebec designers.

il_570xN.737810674_t8mlfeather ring – Annie Lesperance, sterling silver, $32.28

il_570xN.626432891_3islscribble dress for babies and kids – Double Yellow Line, $60

il_570xN.754228481_d2zowhite handmade bowl – Looks Like White, $22

il_570xN.755179547_ny85handmade bead embroidered bracelet – Antonietta Presti, $125

I also think this pink birdhouse is sweet, this abracadabra patch is cute, these earrings are great for summer, and this lobster print makes me laugh.

If you’re interested in supporting Canadian designers and Etsy owners, check out the finalists and cast your votes!

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20 Below: Patio Lantern

In addition to garden benches, I’ve been on the lookout for unique patio lanterns. This sweet tealight version would certainly add interest and texture to any outdoor space.

hmprodpatio lantern, $7.95, H&M

Do you have this song in your head now? I do!

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Furniture: Garden Benches

It is almost almost warm enough to sit outside. I cannot wait to put my furniture back out on my deck, lounge around outside with my latte, and fall asleep on my hammock. I am made for summer. In anticipation of green garden life, I’ve been browsing through many garden-y furniture collections. In particular, I’ve been focused on intricate garden benches.

gertrude-jekyll-terrainGertrude Jekyll garden bench, $1498, Terrain

Victorian-fernery-terrainVictorian Fernery garden bench, $1298, Terrain

maison-jansen-french-bench-1st dibsMaison Jansen bench, $2358, 1st Dibs (matching table and chairs)

cast iron swan bench 1st dibscast iron swan bench, $6500, 1st Dibs

swedish garden bench 1st dibsSwedish garden bench, $2650, 1st Dibs

wrought iron regency garden benchwrought iron regency garden bench, $9500, 1st Dibs

What do you think? Did you see any that you like?

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Happy Birthday, Corie!

It’s my sister’s birthday today. Hope she has a sparkly day!


Midaircondo Part III, Ida Borg, via Citizen Atelier

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The Friday Five: Fashionistas to Follow

Who do you turn to for fashion inspiration? Here are five ladies that I think have amazing style sense.


Ivanka Trump

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Blair Eadie

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Krystin Lee


Gaby Burger


Olivia Palermo

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Celebration: Wedding Planning

My cousin and soon to be cousin-in-law are in the middle of planning their summer wedding. I love hearing about their plans, and I’m certainly looking forward to celebrating with them at a fun party. Today I’m taking a moment to share some wedding-friendly items from around the marketplace.


Wedding Belles license plate clutch, $398, Kate Spade


Sugar Paper letterpress card, $8

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Just Married window cling, $18, Kate Spade


Amore dish, $14, BHLDN


eyelet chair banners, $68, BHLDN


ring holder, Paloma’s Nest

minimergency-kit-for-grooms-Pinch Provisions

Minimergency kit for grooms, $16, Pinch Provisions


Mr. & Mrs. Pillowcase set


Mr. & Mrs. wedding forks

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Blog Headers 26: Thin and Light

Today’s list of blog headers feature thin and light lettering.


See and Savour (food)


Francois et Moi

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The Stripe


Corals and Cognacs


Gal Meets Glam


Style Within Reach


The Effortless Chic

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20 Below: White Jeans

Even though we are still dealing with snow up in the #TrueNorth, I’ve got my eyes on white jeans or pants. I definitely need a new pair this year, so I’ll be shopping around to find the best style and fit.

Old-Navy-White-JeansOld Navy Pixie Cut, $19.50

Any recommendations?

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