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T / happy monday / blank canvas

Photo Credit: Tiffany Tsang

This past weekend, I got to visit a place which is about to be turned into something spectacular. I can’t really talk about it in detail now, but I wanted to talk about all the feelings that came with having a a blank canvas right in front of you.  Invited as part of a group of interested persons; stakeholders, creatives, investors, techies and innovators, my ever entrepreneurial, community-building friend wanted us to see all the potential that was just a 10 minute drive from our bubble, in a part of town I rarely, if ever, have been down.

I’d heard about it, whispers, glimpses on social media, for the past couple of weeks.  But then it was, right in front of me.  Asking, begging, waiting to have paint splashed all over it, photoshoots, trampolines, speakers blaring all the beats and creative production.  It reminded me of growing up in Toronto, which, like any post-industrial city, has a bunch of old and abandoned buildings.  It made me think of all the re-purposing that the fossils of industry have undergone of some of the world’s hippest cities.  Not only that, but past sites of conflict, sites of desolation.  Isn’t it disruptive?  The ultimate rebellion to create beauty out of something previously deemed as inconsolable?

Getting to see a place like this opened up all the feelings I needed to keep moving and getting all the work done.  Because once I get rid of this To Do List, I can start playing again, and I know exactly where I am going to do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So in celebration of place and spaces that beg to be splashed upon.  I give you this white space.  I hope it inspires you to fill it with colour, noise, people and ideas. Because that’s exactly what I wanted to do this weekend. Have fun.


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T / happy monday / hot thoughts

Photo Credit: Feist.

Some really good albums from a couple of my all time favourite bands came out over the past month.  And I got to spend a lot of time in a car with them this past weekend.  These bands were the soundtrack to my late teens and early 20s and are so telling about my early millennial status.  I discovered Spoon while watching The OC.  Then I found The Shins when I fell in love with Zach Braff and his Garden State.  I met Dirty Projectors when I moved to Cambodia and met all the young things from Brooklyn.  And the story of Tennis fell into my lap while I was living the hipster wannabe story in London.  Don’t you love it when music comes with a time and a place?  True story: I catalog all of my music by the month and year it came into my life.  There is indeed a soundtrack to my life.  Not joking.  I might actually be John Cusack from High Fidelity in the multiverse.  Or Kevin Smith.

Oh right, Feist is coming out with her new album next month.  22 year old Tiff is going nuts.   Here are the faves from everything I am spinning this week!


Spoon – Hot Thoughts, from their album of the same name.

The Shins – Name for You, from Heartworms.

Dirty Projectors – Cool Your Heart (ft. Dawn) from their self-titled album.

Tennis – Ladies Don’t Play Guitars, from Yours, Conditionally.

Feist – Pleasure, from her forthcoming album of the same name.


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T / happy monday / not for you

Photo Credit: Tiffany Tsang

Photo Credit: Tiffany Tsang

I got this video from Cait and it is exactly what I wanted to see this month.  I’ve done something athletic since I was tiny.  I think my parents knew I had to get that excess energy out somehow.  And eventually it became part of my identity.  I had to always be moving.  But it’s also forged this resilience in me so I know that I can get through whatever obstacles that life throws at me.  This month I’m challenging myself beyond what I’m used too.  But this isn’t about that.

This is about getting moving in every way possible.  And celebrating all the women who are moving, building, creating, and surmounting. Including you.  You can start anytime.  And you don’t have to be Serena Williams, Sheryl Sandberg or Anna Wintour.  When I think about these women, and the amazing young female entrepreneurs here too, they did it for themselves and their achievements have spread to others too.  And there is no better time than now.

There’s been a few words I’ve been repeating to myself, to keep everything in check: that only person you’re competing against is yourself; that you are your only boundary; and practice, fail, practice, fail, practice, succeed.

It’s exactly what this little video from ESPN-W celebrates (as well as ladies who lift!).  It’s inspiring me more than anything today.  Can you tell that I’m in this weird hyper motivated space?  I blame this video (and therefore Cait!)

I also just discovered that the Notorius RBG gets moving too.  And that makes me really happy.


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T / happy monday / meanwhile in india

Photo Credit: Haubtitz and Zoche

Photo Credit: Haubtitz and Zoche

How we view a place often comes from experience an inputs.  Here are a couple of things to disrupt what you might know about India.  Great photography, light and the best soundtracks also help.

The first thing: sk8ter girls and champion athletes. Wild Beasts is a favourite band.  Nike is a sports brand I’ve come to appreciate.

WILD BEASTS – ALPHA FEMALE from Sasha Rainbow on Vimeo.

The second thing? Urban beauty and aerial views.


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T / happy monday / how to help

Artwork Credit: Libby VanderPloeg.

Artwork Credit: Libby VanderPloeg.

There is nothing more exciting than a creative collaboration.  And on top of that, nothing better than when it’s for a good cause.  Even though the situation in the US might be cloudy with a chance of meatballs for the time being, refugees and other new arrivals arrived not long before the gates closed, and will continue looking for safe haven across the West.

I grew up in ultra diverse Toronto where virtually everyone was a new arrival.  And the one thing I will always remember is how generous my mother was to every mom in making sure their kids got the right start.  This is how you get your kid into the best public junior high; they offer free swim classes at that community center; the city offers free heritage classes for your [insert Farsi, Russian, Tamil, Hindi]-speaking kid so they don’t lose their culture; this is a better apartment block than that one; do you need a ride somewhere?  The list was endless and it’s probably why I’m not too shabby at the listicle.

The best stories are happening all over.  But it might be hard to figure out where to start.  Thank you Libby VanderPloeg for this tiny little infogram.  You might have met Libby before as one of my favourite lady artists.  Ever since the hail started this past January, Libby’s been illustrating all the feelings and all the tools in support of all the movements (see this amazing GIF she made to support women’s involvement in political movements).

HOW TO BE AN ACTIVE ALLY TO IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES (High Res) from Design*Sponge on Vimeo.


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T / happy monday / the female gaze

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Photo Credit: Leeor Wild

What differentiates me from another photographer?  And more specifically: What differentiates me from a dude photographer?  It’s one of the main things I still think about every time I pick up my camera.  Through a few little life lessons, I’m starting to get it.  The difference, that is.  Because there is one and I started thinking about it a few months ago.

And I’m glad that people are finally beginning to take notice.  More specifically, I’m glad that lady photographers are beginning to take notice.  When peeps at my home town photographer collective The Creator Class shared this video, I was through the roof.  The Female Gaze. It is a thing.  It’s about how you shoot.  How you might make your models feel.  Empowerment is a big theme.  Stories too.  And seeing beyond the skin (especially when your photos involve a lot of that like mine sometimes do).  I’m so thrilled there’s now a forum for this and that people are indeed talking about it.  Yipppeee.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.


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T / happy monday / looking outdoors

Photo Credit: Eva and Jordan Go

Photo Credit: Eva and Jordan Go

This year I’ve got this urge for going outdoors.  And it’s basically a result of following a new generation of ladies who roam.  They’re a different strain of us peripatetic types. Their belongings are fewer.  Their communities are more mobile.  For many of them, their home is their mode of transport.  Their only company may be a single partner or their trusty dog.  They’re a group of women I completely aspire to be in the company of.  In front of a camp fire, specifically.  I spend evenings endlessly scrolling through their accounts that thrive on the kind of authenticity that comes from life on the road.  I’m Walter Mitty basically.

Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year by opening up every single one of its 46 national parks and reserves free of charge to the public.  And I’ve sadly only seen a handful of them in my lifetime.  I’ve also started asking all of my American friends about their favourite national parks too, creating a list I’d like to start checking off some day.  I’ve never seen the desert.

At least I’ve can peer into those wide open spaces through these ladies.  They are illustrators, outdoor educators, writers and just freakingly amazing.  I hope we all get to roam the wide open spaces this year.

Amanda Sandlin

Amanda Sandlin

Amanda Sandlin is an artist and she’s wild.  Her gorgeous illustrations dot her Instagram feed and add to the magic.  I can’t wait to get my hands on one of them gorgeous babies.  PS – If you’re starting up your own biz this year (go you!), check out what she can do for you.


Stevie Lewis

Stevie Lewis

Stevie Lewis, aka @chocosweete, is yet another illustrator girlcrush.  Oh right, she also climbs things.


Erin Sullivan

Erin Sullivan

I’ve been mad following Erin Sullivan for the past month and totally loving everything she is about.  Her vlogs inspired me to start exploring video, I really dig her uber motivational writing.  She’s 27 and killing it.  And she goes really cool places all over the Americas.


Mallory Danger Paige

Mallory Danger Paige

A lady and her dog. In their camper van and a bike that’s got a sidecar for her pooch?  Yup.  Love love love.


La Copacavana

La Copacavana

A couple that just lives out of a van in the prettiest of places is what caught me.  Sarah and Bryan threw their live savings into building out a gorgeous 1992 Ford E-250.  They open their doors in all the places and cherish the parking lots and the epic views.


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C + T / Ladies of Leisure

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Photo by Tiff!

Hey Guys Hey!!! We hope you’re having a stellar holiday! Like you, we’re doing the ladies of leisure thing this week.  Except that’s not really true.  We’re gearing up for 2017 and we are so excited for all the new things we’ve got planned for the new year.  While we’re gone, check out all the things that we shared this past year!  And what a year it was!

We went to Nepal!  Cait ate momos, found pretty things and Tiff made postcards!

Cait debuted her first line! (here, here, here, and here!)

Tiff shot the best clients, like this pretty lady and these tiny pretty things!

Cait moved to LA, is doing all cool kid things and is enjoying much cooler climes while getting crafty.

Tiff started a coup, discovered the midnight sun, and ate, didn’t really pray but fell back in love with Bali.  And staycated in Phnom Penh. Naturally, she took all the photos.

Cait made JJ market so much easier for all of us.

And we continued to eat noodles.

Our guest posts (errr…friends we wrangled to write for us) were ace as they always are! John concocted delicious things from South Africa!  Alissa showed us all the delicious things in Istanbul. Koheun went the distance.  Kaitlyn wants us to listen healthy.

And Jen continued to blow our tastebuds away.

We hung out with the coolest and talented people who wield scissors and brushes and do a lot of good.  And took some photos for lovely gorgeous lady behind Good Krama.  And our buddies at Alchemy Design Co. achieved their Kickstarter!

Happy happy new year everyone! Thank you for clicking on all our stories! We’re excited to keep sharing all of our adventures next year!  See you next week!

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T / happy monday / winter lights, winter beats

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Photo Credit: Tobias Hägg

One thing I really miss about living in Toronto is the light.  There’s something about light in a low winter sun.  How it bounces off the snow and right at your face first thing in the morning.  How sharp and yellow it is.  This video was so obviously shot sometime in the late fall in the northeast (probably New York City).  I can just tell.  If we were in a bitingly cold climate, as some of you are in now (some would call it a polar vortex), I’d be packaged in a big ol’ parka, and my ears would be filled with this particular song.  It just fits winter so well.  I’ll have to be satisfied with listening to this song for now.  Winter might not be all that great for some, but there’s something I miss about cold, wet, feet.  Let the list of things I miss about winter flow.

Also Carly Rae Jepsen in a magical duet and some talented peeps with the fanciest (neither wet, nor cold) feet. I wouldn’t expect any less from Blood Orange.


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T / happy monday / thai tracks

Photo Credit: Samantha Wong

Photo Credit: Samantha Wong

It’s basically no secret that Thailand is one my favourite places and Bangkok has become my motherland substitute (all the awesomeness of Hong Kong, and perhaps more, without having to run into the most family members that you’re supposed to remember names of). So when our gorgeous awesome wonderful buddy Jane shared this video, I jumped all over its production company, Black Buddha. These guys (and ladies I hope too) are all about Asia.  The videos are crisp. I’m all about the light in this little piece about a market that lives and breathes with the trains that run through it.  And then a tiny little love song to Bangkok! I can’t wait to spend a good amount of office time going through every single city they cover. Because I’m all about cities (until I collapse from exhaustion and need some beach).

For those of you making your way to Asia for the holidays, check these guys out.