Posts tagged gold
Jewellery for Nova Rose

It only seemed fitting that my first blog post in, oh… four months?… would be in celebration of the reason why I’ve been gone — my daughter, Nova Rose. On October 6th we welcomed this tiny human into our lives knowing things would never be the same again. Two months later, and here I am, finding myself in awe daily that I finally get to call myself a mother and navigate life with this little girl by my side.

Though I feel like I have months of catchup to play (because, well, I do), and there are so many topics surrounding motherhood and this new journey that I’m navigating that I’d like to explore, I wanted to start by giving a little backstory to Nova’s name, which holds special meaning to us and fits her oh-so-perfectly.

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Lately Inspired By // Peach and Gold

It's usually safe to assume at any given time that I'd count a shade of pink amongst my favourite colours. The question, however, is exactly what shade of pink is my preference du jour. Not that I like to play favourites, exactly, but I tend to go through phases of what I'm inspired by and leaning towards, exploring the ways that colours interact with each other and what some creative applications might be.

It might be because we're finally into summer now, but I've been noticing myself drawn to peachier pinks and golden tones of yellow, a pairing reminiscent of shimmering sunsets,  glasses of chilled rosé and beachy locales. Basically, #summergoals. 

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Guy Crush // Motel Hamilton

Looking for a respite from the cold weather? One step into Hamilton’s newest brunch spot, Motel, will have you feeling like you just entered sunny Palm Springs.

A retro motel feeling with that coveted palm beach polish, this new spot is one of the trendy up and coming places to grab a bite in Hamilton. Following their gut instinct, Chris and Michael took the leap to open this new restaurant — and it only took them three months! After indulging in some champagne pancakes and sunny mimosas, we caught up with Motel’s owner Chris and their designer Michael to learn a little bit more about the inner workings and overall inspiration behind this new No-Tell-Motel.

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Nectarine and Thyme Jam Cocktail

I tend to think of myself as more of a summer cocktail gal, opting for light and fresh flavours whenever possible, and tending towards creations that aren’t too sweet and ideally include a note of floral or a hint of the bubbly. But when the temperatures drop, my palate shifts along with my craving for cozy fall sweaters, and I find myself drawn to new flavour combinations that mimic the changing fall colours and my desire for something a little on the spicier side.

So when I found myself in Kitten and the Bear a couple weeks ago with an array of delicious looking fall flavours in front of me, I decided that there was only one thing to do — challenge myself to craft a seasonal cocktail that would not only feel seasonally appropriate, but to tie in with our recent fall tablescape as our final detail, thus concluding this styling series.

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Styling a Tablescape with Pink and Gold Details

It started with a folder of inspiration images on my desktop and a gravitation towards a fall-toned colour palette filled with dusty pink and golden details, and after taking it through my creative process and dissecting it a little bit, it started to take form as a tablescape design.

You could file “host dinner (or brunch) parties” alongside a few other adult activities that I wish were actually part of my reality, so maybe this can be considered a trial run of sorts? 

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Exploring the Creative Process with a Fall Color Palette

Back in September, when I started to settle back into my normal routine a little, I found myself starting to collect inspiration images that felt distinctly fall-like — though with a Studio Bicyclette angle, of course. It didn’t take long before I found myself with a desktop folder full of saved images and a board dedicated to this new direction, and I started to notice some patterns in what I had found myself attracted to — rich textures, warm hues with a prevalence of brassy golds, deep yellows and dusty pinks, a hint of darkness, and some shadow play that resulted in a moodiness that felt appropriate with the seasonal shift.

With no real outcome in mind for this collection of inspiration images (usually I put together moodboards with a specific project or client in mind), I realized that I had the opportunity here to turn this into something “just for fun” — which brings us here.

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The Mod Mobile

Whether it's my two day, bi-weekly trip for work or a weeklong vacation, I've gotten pretty good at packing my work bag, and have determined that above all, organization is key. I have two pouches that are always filled with the essentials, and the most recent addition to my organizational arsenal is the Mod Mobile, a customizable leather case handmade in LA by This Is Ground.

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