Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fun in the sun!

At the end of June, my friend SF and I jaunted down to Varadero, Cuba for a long overdue getaway.  We had been talking of a warm weather trip since October... Then we endured the most grueling Winter ever in Toronto and finally escaped as the weather turned nicer at home.  Still, it was so great to have a vacation and relax and unplug.  Unplugging was forced due to no wifi access cards for sale, but we didn't mind.  I loved not being able to check in on e-mails, social media, random apps on the phone.  Really lets your mind and body fall into relaxation mode.  
We stayed at the Iberostar Laguna Azul, which was ohhhkaaay.  Don't think either of us will be going back, but we had fun as we had great weather, good company and new friends.  Every day, we spent some time at the beach and at the pool.  Spent a lot of time in the water as it was super hot out with temps feeling like 49C at times.  Took one morning to go into town and poke around the markets, but came back empty handed.
The beach was lovely.  The water was great... very calm and clear, but we had both been spoiled by nicer beaches elsewhere, so it didn't quite live up to our expectations.  I am not at all complaining though!  I love the aqua blue ocean water and simply bobbing around for hours staring at the horizon!

Evenings after our as expected mediocre dinners, we would sit near the theatre and enjoy some drinks and chat with other resort patrons and watch the cast of characters pass by.  It was fun to meet people from different parts of the world and learn a bit about them even for a few days.  

A week of fun in the sun flew by so quickly.  Then it was back to Toronto and back to work!  I'm already itching for another vacation...

Currently, we are gearing up to launch the Fall/Winter Collection next month!  Getting excited to debut new things!  Hope you will like the new jewels!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Made You Look

Made You Look is filled with so many amazing jewels!  They carry the work of numerous designers with a mostly Toronto area roster including MoonRox!  Here are some photos from our last couple visits!


Parkdale has come a long way since Made You Look first opened a decade ago.  They were one of the first shops on a strip that is now filled with so many retail wonders!  

Recently, the shop has added a little upgrade!  They set up a room for brides and the special people in her wedding party.  The room is filled with shiny goodness to make the whole bridal accessories experience more personal and fun.  They can also do some alterations to special pieces that you have inherited or help you work on custom ideas!


1338 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
416.463.2136
info[at]madeyoulook[dot]ca

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Behind the scenes

Just shot Fall/Winter 2014 with Joe this week!  He took some amazing photos!  Excited to show you the pieces, but not for a little while!  The Collection will launch in August!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Longest days

Just sitting here designing new pieces and enjoying the long day.  Been hectic lately, but the evening light is always so serene.  These are my favourite days of the year... when it's light after 9pm!  Also, love how crazy beautiful sunsets often follow days of heavy storms.  That's all.  Just had to say that.  Ok, bye!  Back to the jewels.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Warm up to Summer

I love Spring and Summer.  I'm really meant to live somewhere that is warm all of the time.  So, I can't get enough of this time of year.  Here is a huge series of photos taken over this Spring.  Seemed like the cold weather would not go away... and now mid-June, the days are finally longer and warmer.  I know, another person talking about the weather... again?  Yes.  It was driving me batty so I am so gloriously happy to see the sun and green grass again! As I scrolled through these photos, I re-lived the warm up.  Here are my Spring snap shots!
 Finally ditched the boots!  Bracelets include Luminous Bracelet, Jeweled Bracelet, Mega Bracelet.
 A visit to City of Craft.
 Little porcelain tumbler from rcboisjoli.
 Slick.
Guac and a hamburguesa from Grand Electric.  Yum.  Bette than the regular ol' burger.
 Storm clouds rolling over a patio afternoon.
 Pineapple everything!

 Pastel polishes.
 Fun with floral nail art.
 Luminous Bracelet in the kitchen at A.'s house.
 She sure whips up a good feast!
 J. Mo's reflective Pierre Hardy high tops.  Coolest pic.
 May 2-4 wrap up with cocktails and cozy fire.
 Love all the Spring flowers.
 Love.
 Excursion to Bakerbots with Avril.
Ice cream sammies!
And bracelets!  Left - Jeweled Bracelet, Right Connection Bracelet.
 Then we continued our chat over drinks.
 Lovely strolls and pretty evening light.
 HTO Beach at sundown.
 Cherry blossoms at Robarts Library.
 Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market.  
 BBQ with friends.
 Dreamy sunsets.
 Long city walks to enjoy the balmy humid day.
 Creating with tiny beads.
 At the TFC game.
 Favourite combo lately.  Connection Bracelet with little bracelet sets that we'll have available soon!
With my haul at the More Than Just a Yardage Sale at the Textile Museum.
 Patio lunch with Avril.
 Still relishing these gorgeous blooms!  Sigh...
 Earrings making binge.
 Nails coincidentally matched cake truffles from Momofuku Milk Bar.
 Baby cacti at Crown Flora.
Their amazing back wall.  The Crown Flora boys will be leaving this location soon for bigger and better.  Hope the next occupant keeps this wall as is!
 Fat Pasha to celebrate Anita's birthday.
 Who needs birthday cake when you have a whole cauliflower?
 Oil change?  Haha!
Dundas West Fest with S.F.  We loved this street festival.  The weather was perfect, the vibe so great. Live music all about.  Icy cold patio drinks in the sunshine. 
 Tasty food to sample everywhere.  Can't wait for next year!  Love me a good street fest!
 Fundraiser in the country.  Great effort in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Corner of my home.  Lemons painted in university... letter M from childhood bookshelf... ceramic tiles from Xenia Taler picked up years ago at the DUDE show.
 More evening walks.
 Concrete beach at the Luminato Festival hub.
 Great set up at the licensed and enclosed hub this year.
Late night catch up with G.
 Supply shopping.
 Pit stop to carb load.
Warm red/pink hues and the Mega Bracelet again!

Currently gearing up the Fall/Winter Collection, but with Summer still a couple days away, we'll be savouring the sunny days and warm nights.

Almost caught up on blogging, especially with this photo heavy post!  It's been fun to put words together in sentences again!  Be back soon with more!

xo

M

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