BEAUTY

Le bel été

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I have a lot of people say to me, “I’d love to know what goes on in that mind of yours”. I take this as a compliment. I don’t like to spill the beans but I will say this – It’s a bit of …

…. weird meets dark meets twisted meets quirky meets humour meets fantasy meets innocence, meets delicious love.

These are just a few running themes I’ve played with all my life, in my work and when I’m creating. I’m fascinated by artistic visions. From a vision, themes are found, embraced, played with, thrown away and even nurtured. If you are an artist, be you a designer, painter, actor, writer or musician you can relate to that constant need to create. To be alive. To imagine. To visualize. To be scared. To be challenged. To be boundless. To execute. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing it all come to life. Your “vision seed” was planted and you’ve watched it grow. Now if only that money tree would. 

I’ve been smitten with Parisian clothing designer, Vanessa Bruno. Before launching her first clothing brand in 1996, Vanessa worked as a model, singer and actress. She had collaborated with designer/filmmaker Stephanie Di Giusto  in designing clothes for short films. This particular film, “le bel ete” is my favourite. It stars, Lou Doillon , french model and actress  with music & cameo by pianist, Chilly GonzalesI’ve became a huge fan of Chilly after seeing him in concert with Feist. Yes therefore I have a huge talent crush on him. Call me crazy but I’m human, not in humane. I’ve fallen in love with this video. It’s child like, emotional, fun and beautiful. I can only imagine her collection looking just the same. – CS

– Images In My Mind –

Sequenced . Beauty . Vintage . Charm . Take Me Away . Unicorn Ray

Vintage Charm

Unicorn Ray

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FUNNY STUFF I DO

Dream Big with 60 Second Tips With SICOLI.

You’ve seen it on YOU TUBE, “Learn to play the Ukulele“, “How to apply false eye lashes by Kandee Johnson” or a simple “How to sew a button : Basic sewing skills”. Anything you want to learn is at the tip of your fingers on the world-wide web. Some of these ‘How To’s’ or ‘Basic tutorials’ are informative while others are 10 minutes way too long. You want to keep your audience wanting more, right? So how about a weekly tip with me?! Sicoli! for just 60 seconds!!!! You’ll get simple ideas that you may not have even thought of. And after 60 seconds  you can always use your imagination, because as we’ve all learned from childhood your imagination can take you anywhere. And believe me, the places I’ve gone with my imagination….Hey Oh! 60 Second Tips With Sicoli is just a small town girl (me) against the backdrop of her shower curtain filming an informative segment just for YOU. Nobody said it was wrong to educate their audience with a simple and useful tip. So I’m doing it. Check it! Like it! Laugh it! Pass it! And stay tuned for more 60 second tips every week. – CS xo

I’m just a sap when it comes to inspirational quotes……taken from magazines…..in CHAPTER’S…just a simple little sucker when it comes to Christmas tunes and “Magazine Time” , sipping an Americano or two…and people watching….on a lonely Friday night. I mean Sunday, A Sunday afternoon. I love a lazy Sunday. 

DREAM BIG

DREAM BIG (why not?)

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FUNDAY

Bridesmaids gone wrong.

Do you ever have those nights where you plan something and then those plans totally flip unexpectedly? I had one of those on Saturday night. My man and I were going to go on a date night….Tojo’s (I have yet to be) and then off to see Bridesmaids. After getting home from an action packed hour at Costco (never go on a Saturday)…we decided to forgo Tojo as we both felt a bit off (and I don’t think sushi would have done the trick to feel better). Instead we opted for homemade chicken soup and Bridesmaids. After arriving at the theatre I suddenly felt nauseous seeing the lineups and could throw up at the thought of having to sit in the front row (my worst movie nightmare). I was a bit bummed because I was thinking about this movie all week BUT was relieved to not sit in a jam-packed theatre. I don’t enjoy it as much as settling in to a matinée where you have more breathing space or at night when it’s full but not so packed that you are forced to the front row! NIGHTMARE!!  So, I’ve decided to wait until the hype is over. I remember seeing the SEX AND THE CITY films in packed theatre and was so annoyed at the teeny boppers dressed up like a group of hoochies heading out to da club squealing at absolutely everything….OR maybe I was just annoyed at the fromageness of the script. Good lord tell me you agree. It should have stopped at the first movie. Anyhoo my point was…we discovered something else that interesting, the chinese night market! It was fun to walk around the kiosks, trying some shrimp dumplings and chicken skewers and enjoying the people watching and of course the company. I even went to the library (I’m a library nerd) and rented “Chaplain”. Sometimes the unexpected can be just what you need. – Christina XO

Someone got a little too excited over the DUMPLINGS.

"Mmmmm Dumplings...nom nom  nom".“Mmmm dumplings..nom nom nom”.

Ooodles of people.

Me likey China Town.

Uh no comment. Actually…AMAZING character shoes!

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FASHIONISTA FINDS

geek glasses.

I’m a huge fan of geek glasses…it’s the geek in me. But I have yet to find a pair that suits my face, so for the time being I purchased a pair to wear around my neck! I found this geek chic glasses necklace (that’s a mouthful) at one of my favourite South Granville boutiques, “Oliver and Lily” this past week. They came in silver, black, and gold. I opted for the silver and love this charming piece of jewelry. If I haven’t found a pair for my face…Why not for my neck? And if I really feel like getting crazy, I can always try to wear them…but for some reason I think they will be a little too small. They were compared to Kate Spade’s “Nerd Glasses Necklace” during fashion week…BUT I’m pretty sure these were more than half the price! Everyone love’s a geek…at least I do. – Christina XO

My Geek Glasses.

Kate Spades Geek Glasses.

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CHERISHED QUOTES

Funday.

I came across this quote by supermodel Kate Moss. And LOVED IT!  In my opinion, there are no rules to fun. We should make everyday a FUNDAY- Christina XO

SHE’S A NATURAL BEAUTY.

I LOVED HER AND JOHNNY DEPP.

THEN AND NOW. VANESSA PARADIS STRIKES A RESEMBLANCE TO KATE MOSS.

Love this song, “Be My Baby” – Vanessa Paradis.

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FASHIONISTA FINDS

Happy Socks.

I am quite particular about my socks whether they be running socks, casual mid calf socks, knee-high socks, over the knee socks, tights or nylon socks. I’m particular about the material, the design, the colour, the texture and most importantly the quality. This year I have been slightly obsessed with “HAPPY SOCKS”.  Happy Socks are (by definition) “high quality socks. Since the cotton is combed before being spun into thread, the short fibres fall out, while the stronger and comfier long fibres stay in. The cotton is then woven in Italian knitting machines of the brand Lonati, famous for their high precision. The machines are computer controlled to ensure exact patterns, while the toe seams are sewn by hand to guarantee perfect fit. The hand linked toe seam ensures that there is no bulging overlap at the toe, but a perfectly smooth seam, making the sock fit your foot like a glove”.

There is nothing worse than buying a cheap pair of socks and 2 days later you have a hole in the heel. They don’t just come in black, navy, white, grey, BORING…They come in endless variety of models and designs, crossing a wide spectrum of colour combinations, materials and textures. Simply put: a pair of high-quality socks for every occasion, mindset and style. So the next time you need a pair of socks…..look out for Happy Socks! I guarantee they will make you smile. – Christina 🙂


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