giveaway and studio tour!

Honestly, one of the best things about starting this blog has been the amazing people I have met both online and in person. Take Breanna, for example. A former creative director at Aritzia, Bre, decided to move down to Mexico for a year to pursue a simpler and more balanced life and ended up creating her own line of bags and scarves she sells under the name Scout & Catalogue. The line is heavily influenced by the bohemian beach culture of Mexico and is beautifully made using scavenged and hand-died fabrics.

Awhile back, I got an email from her telling me about how she had recently moved to Toronto and more specifically into my neighbourhood of Parkdale. She wondered if I'd be interested in doing a giveaway with her since she makes and produces all of the products inside her Parkdale studio. Since I'm a bit of a snoop, I asked her if we (me and my lovely Hello! Neighbour photographer Kristin Sjaarda) could come by and shoot her studio. Lucky for us, she said yes.

Her place was so interesting, I am actually going to do a full Hello! Neighbour post on it in January. So consider this a taste of things to come.

Bre is offering one of my readers the chance to win one of her limited edition Pastel Navajo Makeup Bags. To enter just leave a comment on this post by December 13th,Midnight (EST) telling me what your favorite item is from Scout & Catalogue's store. I will announce the winner next Tuesday, December 14th.

I think Scout & Catalogue is one of those lines to keep your eyes on. She is slightly ahead of the curve in terms of what is happening. Thanks Bre for writing that email and introducing yourself. It was such a pleasure to meet you this week and visit your studio. Now go enter to win!

The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Alyssa!

Studio photographs by Kristin Sjaarda.

happy day

I have a little secret to share with you. This weekend I will be celebrating my birthday. It will probably be a pretty low-key affair. During the day, I'm going to stop by the Parkdale Bazaar where some of my favorite local artisans including The Arthur and Scout & Catalogue will be selling their wares.

The Arthur

Scout & Catalogue

I'm also planning a little jaunt across the alley to Pantry Press's 15th Anniversary Holiday Studio Sale. Do you know their work? Absolutely to die for. Martha is a fan.

Pantry Press

You see, December is a busy month around our house. Not only is it my birthday but Henry and Myles also have December birthdays. Next weekend, we're throwing a big themed party to celebrate our collective aging. I'll have more details next week along with a very cool giveaway. Until then, you won't see much in the way of holiday decorations or cooking around here. Once the party is out of the way then I will be at it full force!

{Can you believe that all of these talented people live in my neighbourhood?}