Author: Michael Pilon

Here’s 4 Whimsical Accessory Brands Bursting with Colour

Even though you might have been stuck working from home the past little while, with nobody to see the looks you’ve put together, there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with your accessories just for your own enjoyment. Playfully quaint pieces are a great way to add some fashionable humour to your personal style, and they’re sure to start a conversation on your next Zoom call. These four accessory designers are a great place to start your search if you’re looking to add some bright colour and fun to your wardrobe. Pura Utz Pura Utz definitely has some of the cutest beaded fruit accessories around, and they’re also a brand with a strong message and purpose. Each of their pieces is made by a team of women in Guatemala and honours the Mayan weaving tradition, which not only creates sustainable income for these women, but also helps them to feel reconnected with the rest of the world. BR Design Co. This brand isn’t afraid of using bright bold colour in their handmade clay …

Autumn Art Trends: Warm and Colourful

I believe in artists supporting other artists; that’s why when I see art I love, I’m going to share them with you all in an art trend roundup so that you can consider purchasing their work too. This fall season is all about cozying up, building new ways to enjoy your space, and finding comfort in the little things that help make life great. These are some of the perfect products to brighten up your home, and they’re sure to help you savour the upcoming fall season. Art Prints These autumn art prints both offer a bold take on fall colour while using circular patterns, and would add instant interest to a room. The first is much more busy, which makes it perfect for a living room or bathroom. The second has a much more simple vibe — great for setting up a relaxing atmosphere at your workstation or bedroom. Phone Cases Phone cases are the perfect accessory for showing fun and flair — they’re always on you, easily changeable based on how you’re feeling, …

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Denim on Denim: How to Wear the Canadian Tuxedo

As we move into fall, our wardrobes need to change with the coming chill. I’d like to posit one of my favourite looks for you to try: the Canadian tuxedo. Denim on denim is one of those pairings that shouldn’t make sense, but isn’t it magic when the combo is done so right that you can feel the confidence radiating from someone wearing it? I’m here to show you all about how to wear denim on denim to achieve that confidence yourself, without looking like Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards (Britney Spears looked amazing though). Remember that you don’t need to go out and shop to get this look; find that old denim jacket in your closet that you forgot all about, or those light wash jeans that you haven’t got around to donating yet. The narrative for fashion trends in 2020 and beyond, in my eyes, is all about developing your own individual style without needing to constantly shop. Combinations That Work Okay, so you’ve decided you want to live life …

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How to Make Iced Coffee Using a French Press

Summer might be almost over, but there’s never a wrong time to enjoy homemade iced coffee. You can find me with one in hand year round — including in the middle of a blizzard. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they prefer to order this frozen delicacy from a coffee shop, because they struggle to make a really good iced coffee. I’m all for supporting your favourite local coffee purveyors but sometimes you just really don’t want to leave the house. If you’re one of those people, I put together this guide for you! My personal favourite brewing method is with the french press, because it retains the most amount of flavour from the bean, but you can use any method you’d like. Even instant will work if you’re in a pinch! The Beans You need to have good quality coffee beans in order to make a great tasting coffee. Look for a blend that’s made from 100% arabica beans, as opposed to robusta. Arabica beans have a more developed flavour and acidity …

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A Starface Review: Space Wash

The Brand Starface is changing the conventions around how we see acne — by covering it up and making it fun! They’ve been making waves in the beauty scene with star-shaped patches that you put on top of your pimples, and are designed to both stop you from picking them and to draw out the oils. They’re quite subversive as a concept, because everyone knows that there’s a pimple under there and there’s no real attempt to shove acne under the rug; wearing them toys with the idea that people see acne as an imperfection. The result of having a face covered in stars is just pure fun, and you also get THE most Instagram-able look without even slapping on a filter. Will I ever have the confidence to actually wear these stars out in public, instead of just in Snapchats? Time will tell, but I’m sure some of you readers have that inner confidence. I should also quickly mention that this article doesn’t contain any product that was sent to me, I purchased them …

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Beginnings

The beginning stage of a project is always the hardest step for me to get through. I’m generally full of bright ideas, but I tend to have my head in the clouds and it’s really hard to get them onto paper — that’s about to change with this blog. Creating a space to talk about my experiences with fashion and lifestyle has been on my mind for years, but choosing this specific time to actualize my vision was really a no-brainer. There is no more time to sit and dream when there is a system that needs to be altered. Now more than ever, we need to recognize diverse brands and independent voices, and there are stories that I would like to do my part and amplify. I have hope that the fashion system itself, with its cyclical and often frivolous wants, will have a new beginning, and lean more towards ethical production, sustainable practices, and diverse representation. As all beginnings go, I think it’s appropriate to have a little introduction about myself and my …