Minimal photography studio in Montreal has plenty of children’s play spaces

A padded playroom for children features in this photography studio in Montreal, designed by local practice Alain Carle Architecte to look more like a minimal home than a workplace. Studio Bluecerigo is located on the first floor of a mixed-use building in the Mile End neighbourhood, an area of the city known for its art scene,

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David Chipperfield Designs Ssense’s Flagship Store

British architecture practice David Chipperfield has renovated a 19th-century building in Montreal, creating an avant-garde concept fashion store that is to be the first physical store for Ssense, the leading e-commerce platform which stocks luxury bra…

Naturehumaine enlivens mid-century Montreal house with plant-covered wall

A sliding screen offers glimpses to the living room beneath this plant-filled wall, which architecture firm Nauturehumaine has added to a 1940s house in Montreal. The local studio renovated the mid-century property in the Canadian city’s residential Outremont borough for a couple and their two children. At the request of the wife, who works in the

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Montreal home by Dominique Jacquet and Anne Sophie Goneau is minimal inside and out

A dark blue storage unit stands boldly against the otherwise all-white kitchen at this house in Montreal, where the same minimalist aesthetic continues throughout the interior. The House on Drolet Street is a combined effort from Dominique Jacquet and Anne Sophie Goneau, who designed the new residence to be as pared back as possible while

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Photographs capture cats, laundry and everyday life in Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67

Architectural photographer James Brittain has explored the hidden nooks and apartments of Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67, offering a glimpse of day-to-day life in the famous brutalist complex in Montreal over 50 years after it was completed. Rather than focusing on the “formally breathtaking” elements of the Israeli-Canadian architect’s groundbreaking 1960s housing complex, Brittain’s Revisited: Habitat 67 series

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Gabled kiosks by Atelier Urban Face tilt away from Mount Royal’s slope

These kiosks on Montreal’s namesake peak lean away from the hillside at different angles to look as if they’re being blown over by the wind. The trio of Mount Royal Kiosks is situated close to Beaver Lake, an artificial pond within the Mount Royal Park – inaugurated in 1876 and designed by landscape architect Frederick

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Naturehumaine updates mid-century Prairie House with minimalist interiors

Montreal architecture studio Naturehumaine has transformed a local 1950s residence with a new grey exterior and pared-down interior, and a layout reduced to one bedroom to add space elsewhere. The single-storey residence is built in the Prairie School style – made popular by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and typified by a low pitched roof, overhanging eaves,

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Natalie Dionne extends Montreal residence using offset black boxes

Canadian architect Natalie Dionne has attached a geometric extension onto the back of a brick townhouse in Montreal, to include more space in the kitchen and a balcony for the master bedroom. Clad in large plates of fibre-cement board, the Black Box II addition measures 180 square feet (17 square metres). It creates extra floor

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Angular frame juts over Montreal house extension by Naturehumaine

Canadian studio Naturehumaine has extended a house in Montreal to create a family living area and an elevated master bedroom, which are all encased in a large grey frame that offers privacy from neighbours. The local architecture firm designed the extension as part of its transformation of the two-storey De La Roche residence in the

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Saucier + Perrotte designs iceberg-like Montreal sports complex with orange interiors

The Complexe Sportif Saint-Laurent in Montreal by Canadian firm Saucier + Perrotte has icy and black exteriors, contrasting the glossy orange surfaces found inside. Measuring 153,924 square feet (14,300 square metres), the complex is divided into two monochrome structures that together house an indoor soccer field, two swimming pools, a basketball court, fitness centre and

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Atelier Pierre Thibault expands historic Montreal home to create writer’s studio

Atelier Pierre Thibault has restored and enlarged an early 19th-century home in Montreal, creating two separate libraries and a writing studio overlooking a river. The owners wanted to convert the heritage building into their main residence, in addition to accommodating a large book collection. “The programme includes two libraries; one for ancient books, and the

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Cannon Design and NEUF Architectes complete massive urban hospital for Montreal

US-based Cannon Design and Canadian studio NEUF Architectes have completed the first phase of high-rise medical facility in Montreal, described as one of the largest healthcare projects in North America. The Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, or University of Montreal Health Centre – referred to as CHUM – covers two full city blocks in

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Carrera Bound

As I was trying to find a witty title for this outfit post (which quite frankly is the hardest thing after finding Instagram captions) I realized the Carrera sunglasses I’m wearing already have the perfect name. Created using the retro aesthetic of the classic pilot shape bound together with a double metal bridge and the iconic Carrera logo, the name may be hinting at anything; a destination, a root, a union… For me, it’s a bold way to embrace the good old pilot with a hint of red, a color I’m trying to adopt into my everyday looks. . Sunglasses Carrera . Black one shoulder top Need Supply . Ivory jeans Citizens of Humanity (or here) . White sneakers Converse x Comme des Garcons (or here) . Straw bag Le Coeur D’artichaut Posted in partnership with Carrera Save Save

LAMAS builds contemporary Canadian farmhouse with reclaimed timber walls

The old agricultural buildings of Quebec informed this modern farmhouse near Montreal, which features walls of reclaimed wood, steeply pitched roofs and a secluded inner courtyard. Called Townships Farmhouse, the property was designed by Toronto firm LAMAS for a working farm in the town of North Hatley, about an hour-and-a-half’s drive east of Montreal and close to the

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Millie + Lou

This year I’ve become one of the ambassadors and insiders of Etsy Canada, which quite frankly was a no brainer for me the minute I got invited. I spend I don’t know how many hours every day on Etsy looking for handmade home accents or vintage clothes and furniture that I already felt like an honorary Etsy insider anyway. What changed is now I’m more focused on Canadian Etsy shops and this shift of focus made me discover some amazing boutiques – like the incredible Millie + Lou. This Vancouver based Etsy gem focuses on one of a kind reworks, which means they only use vintage items and recycled textiles for their garments and then use heat transfer techniques to create unbelievable prints on said garments, resulting in one of a kind artwork like ethical clothes. I now own many items from them, but this white denim jacket with an Alexander Calder inspired print at the back has to be my favorite. I really don’t know if I’m cool enough to pull it off but …

Architecture Microclimat builds minimal terrace house in traditional Montreal neighbourhood

This Montreal residence by local architecture firm Architecture Microclimat has a front designed to fit in with the area’s style, while a more sculptural rear facade features an overhanging upper storey. Architecture Microclimat built the First Avenue Residence for a young family, who had purchased the abandoned property in Rosemont – an old Montreal neighbourhood

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L McComber Architects gives contemporary update to Tudor-style home in Montreal

During the renovation of this Montreal home, local firm L McComber Architects reinterpreted its mock-Tudor facades with an expansion that echoes the architectural style. The 1950s La Cardinale residence is situated in Montreal’s Ville-Saint-Laurent neighbourhood. Several old annexes without proper foundations mushroomed from the rear facade of the home. L McComber Architects opted to remove them

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Naturehumaine upgrades Montreal residences with new brickwork and a white roof extension

Canadian firm Naturehumaine has renovated and extended a 1920s residential building in Montreal, adding a white-clad upper level to the old brick structure. The local studio overhauled the multi-dwelling duplex in the city’s Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie borough, extending upward and backward from Dandurand Street. Brickwork was replaced, and an angular, glass and white-steel volume was placed on

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Lazy & Lazier

Winter makes me lazy, and I’m willing to bet the end result is far more sloppy than you or anyone you know has ever looked during winter. I’m talking about you wouldn’t recognize me on the street because all I want to wear are wool leggings with short UGGs, long puffy jacket with a beanie and double scarves and I want to wear this everyday. I usually lose my willing to go out, dress up, socialize or even go grocery shopping so it’s no surprise that my outfits get a lot more basic during the obligatory winter-tire months. The surprising thing is, as the rest of the world aims to up their layering game I’m trying to wear as less layers as possible (less layers = less fainting on subway) which means fabrics like pure wool or cashmere dominate my wardrobe the most and the color scheme pretty much limits itself to white tops and black skinny jeans. Winter breaks me people, I’m broken. And this is my basic winter bitch look, as pretty looking …

Combat Winter

I know these boots are called after military wear but don’t you think there was a little, just a little nuance in it that implied people should wear these while combating winter? The minute it snowed (which is now doomsday in my world, despite some people that still get as happy as a kid when the land turns white) I knew for a fact that for the next – oh I don’t know – 4 months, these are all I’ll be wearing but I was determined to make the outfit a little more me, a little more fashionable at least. Here’s to the first of many, many snowy, slushy, icy outfit photos! . Camel sweater COS (similar here & here) . Light brown teddy coat Front Row Shop (similar here & here) . Ivory straight jeans Citizens of Humanity (similar here & here) . Black leather combat boots Zara (similar here & here) Save Save

Appareil Architecture merges two Montreal flats to create house with a sunken living room

Montreal firm Appareil Architecture has combined two dwellings in the city, which involved removing walls to bring in more natural light and creating a new sunken lounge space. Because the renovation merges the two formerly separate units, fewer walls were required to divide the space. This meant that Appareil Architecture could create more generously sized living spaces. The

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Turn It Around

One of the happiest “fashion” moments of my life was when I learned, two years ago, that COS was opening in Montreal. Before that I was literally saving money to shop from the brand whenever I’m in Europe so it was unreal for me that I would have access whenever I want. I love it so much that if I’m not supposed to shop I don’t enter the shop at all because I know that I will buy at least one thing every time I go in. Every single item is so well tailored with the right fabrics that it’s no coincidence whenever someone asks me where I bought something the answer is almost always, COS. This dress is my last favorite and it fits so freakin well that even when I wear it backwards it still looks good (yes it’s backwards in these photos and I didn’t realize it until I came back home). . Black wool long dress COS (similar here & here) . Tan leather heels Mango (similar here & here) Save …

Stretch Armstrong

As someone who always stretched out the sleeves of every single long sleeve top she ever had, this oversized sweater trend makes me happy more than anyone else. I don’t know if it’s the cosiness, feeling of sloppiness or simply because it balances my body proportions but I can’t get enough of the stretch armstrong look. . Light brown long sleeve sweater H&M (similar here & here) . Straight leg jeans Citizens of Humanity (or get it here & similar here & here) . Black block heel pumps Stylenanda (similar here & here) Save Save Save

Nouvelle Manteaux de 2016

It may come as a surprise to many, but I actually still hate posing for blog photos. I absolutely love dressing up but pretending to be a 5’3 non-skinny model whilst people walk by and stare at you part, not so much. If I’m lucky they just look for a couple of seconds and go away. Some of them just stay there and look at you for minutes which I have to be honest are the creepiest couple of fellas. And sometimes they talk, make jokes, get interested in your camera, suggest you a more “colorful” wall or generally ask questions about what the hell you’re doing. The funniest one we ever got were the couple living across one of the walls we frequently shot coming up at us and asking why we always take photos there, if it’s an important wall or not – they were pretty relieved when after a year they finally figured out that we were not insane. This weekend however a pass-byer unknowingly named the post by yelling out “Nouvelle …

Nouveux Manteaux de 2016

It may come as a surprise to many, but I actually still hate posing for blog photos. I absolutely love dressing up but pretending to be a 5’3 non-skinny model whilst people walk by and stare at you part, not so much. If I’m lucky they just look for a couple of seconds and go away. Some of them just stay there and look at you for minutes which I have to be honest are the creepiest couple of fellas. And sometimes they talk, make jokes, get interested in your camera, suggest you a more “colorful” wall or generally ask questions about what the hell you’re doing. The funniest one we ever got were the couple living across one of the walls we frequently shot coming up at us and asking why we always take photos there, if it’s an important wall or not – they were pretty relieved when after a year they finally figured out that we were not insane. This weekend however a pass-byer unknowingly named the post by yelling out “Nouveux …

Wardrobe Clear-Out

One of the character features that I’m most proud of is the fact that I’m not nor have ever been addicted to anything. No cigarette, only casual alcohol (and when I say casual I mean really casual, like maybe one cocktail per month), no drugs, no video games, no TV – nothing at all. The only thing my body sometimes “demands” out of control is chocolate but if I don’t give in for 2 days then it goes away completely. That being said I have a problem that comes really close to being an addiction sometimes and that’s my shopaholicness. Again, I’m proud to say that it’s not an addiction meaning I never spend more than I have, never buy in installments or get in debts or buy completely irrelevant, ridiculous stuff that I’ll never use – but during some periods I want to buy something new, every single day. Frankly it always falls around the beginning of fall season and especially around times I’m really, really stressed but it’s there and in order to …

Shoulder to Shoulder

Open shoulder tops may be over already (giving way to one shoulder tops) but I’m not willing to let them go so fast, as my neckline and shoulders are the absolute favorite part of my body. Even though I’ve always loved one shoulder everything (even during those cheesy times circa 2001) I feel like this envelope open shoulder top style flatters me the most, so much that I didn’t even care it turned into a Bardot top as I walked. Just one more shoulder before summer goes forever. . Pink open shoulder top bxtwxxn (similar here & here) . Straight leg jeans Citizens of Humanity (or get it here & similar here & here) . Black leather loafers Gucci (or get it here & here) Save Save Save

Upside Down

My all time favorite outfits are usually the ones where I manage to turn one garment into something else completely: kimonos into skirts & skirts into strapless dresses were among my personal hits. So it should come as no surprise that whenever someone else does it for me, I go nuts. I tried wearing my shirts as wrap tops and skirts in the past but couldn’t do it quite right, thanks to this skirt that looks like an oversized shirt-apron I’m now on top of the world. . White ribbed sweater ASOS (similar here & here) . Blue shirt looking wrap skirt Genuine People (similar here & here) . Black leather slides Urban Outfitters (similar here & here) . Black leather trio bag Céline Save Save

Chunky steel-clad columns front ACDF’s Diane Dufresne Art Centre in Canada

Montreal firm ACDF Architecture has created a new arts centre in the suburbs, fronted by a colonnade of vertical and angled stainless steel supports (+ slideshow). The institution is named the Diane Dufresne Art Centre, after the Quebec artist, and is located in the suburban town of Repentigny. The single-storey building is intended to allow More

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Yeti On My Feet

About three years ago I found a long fur string (which was probably a stole once) at a vintage store in Montreal for just $10, under many many other fabrics and immediately thought I should have it. The friend I was with that day, who wasn’t particularly interested in fashion, looked at me in shock and asked me what the hell I’m going to do with it. “I don’t know, something, someday” I replied, thinking I’d probably hem a skirt or stitch a collar with it and left the store as the cashier thought I was buying it for a Halloween costume and mumbled some jokes. Three years later and that fur not only turned into several pieces of jewelry but also helped me transform my once-cool-now-dull Zara black slides into furry sandals, and I still have more fur left. Who’s laughing now Mrs Halloween? . White wrap shirt dress Style Nanda (similar here & here) . Black furry slides Zara (similar here & here) Save Save Save

Rope Off, Rope On

Usually it would have been just me hanging on to summer, never letting it go, refusing its end and freezing my ass off in the process but this year it’s the whole continent that’s fighting with me as I’m trying to let it go and move on to fall clothes. I know I’m going to miss it like crazy once it’s gone, but humankind is greedy. I don’t like dressing up in summer any more than I like dressing up in winter so I’m always trying to find new ways to layer my clothes, even using ones I already forgot in the depths of my wardrobe, like this decades old H&M dress. And it’s OK that it’s really fancy because the rope sandals are sailor cool. . Ivory wrap dress H&M (similar here & here) . Black tapered pants Zara (similar here & here) . Black rope sandals Mango (similar here & here) Save Save Save

Push The Buttons

First of all; I’m sorry mom for the wrinkled dress but this is linen and I’m not going to iron something when I know it will get ruined again in 2 mins. Second of all; this is the first time in recorded history that I wore a puffy shoulder dress. In fact I refused to buy this dress the first time I saw it; I gasped out of love at first but then I saw the shoulders and let it go. I’m usually very much open to trying new styles as long as my figure allows it but for some reason I have this serious problem with shoulders, I just can’t wear anything that has a shoulder line below or above my actual shoulders so that means no shoulder pads, no vintage sizing and definitely no puffy sleeves. But after insanely searching for a dress like this sans the shoulders and failing miserably, I took the leap and got it. I think it’s looking alright! . Off white linen dress Zara Studio (similar here & …

Mushroom Cloud

I want it so badly for someone to tell me it’s OK to look like your favorite plant every now and then because ever since I watched Fantasia for the first time (which was more than 25 years ago, god I’m getting old) I adore mushrooms and want to dress up like one beyond Halloween. They’re freaky, beautiful, delicious and quite funny sometimes (wink wink) and I loved every minute of looking like a huge mushroom in my giant straw hat and white ensemble, not to mention super comfy. No human beings were harmed during this shooting but I might have hit my husband with the hat couple of times as I was trying to check out the photos. Collateral damage, amiright? . White long shirt Art dress Rodebjer (similar here & here) . Ivory linen culottes Oak+Fort (similar here & here) . Nude suede flat babouches Zara (similar here & here) . Cooked straw hat The Dreslyn (similar here) Save Save Save

One Way, Or Another

I don’t know if it’s fashion overdose or just me searching for new styles everyday but symmetrical clothes started to feel boring lately. Shoulders should be unevenly open, trousers or skirts should be wrapped from one side and anything that resists being asymmetrical should be made into one with knots and irregular wraps. For example, if you only have shirts in your wardrobe and don’t want to pay money on a one shoulder or open shoulder top because you think they’re going to go out of style next year; you just put one arm in and not the other one, wrap the sleeve around your waist and button it below your boobs. In this case it’s a distorted wrap shirt, much better than the good old worker girl style if you ask me. . Black wrap shirt worn as one shoulder Topshop (similar here & here) . Khaki wrap wide leg trousers COS (similar here & here) . Black & white floral printed flat mules & other stories (similar here & here) Save

One ToTwoo

I’ve tried many times in the past to keep track of my daily activities, especially because I don’t work out at the gym all the time but rather take long walks during the day as my job schedule isn’t stable and I’m always on the move, but me being me I couldn’t ever stay organized and tossed it out a couple of days later. I can’t even keep up with my skincare routine for one week straight so I need an incentive to keep going with anything. Some things in life you don’t get, some you do. Lucky me, I did get a rather sparkly incentive to accomplish one of my life goals. Totwoo is world’s most fashionable smart jewelry brand providing an “invisible care” that enables me to stay healthy and stay connected with style at all times with their Swarovski or gem stone necklaces and bracelets. Used with the app for your phone, Totwoo helps you keep track of your steps or the last time you stood up as well as the weather, …

The Future Is Female

There’s a special joy to coming back from a month long vacation/visit back home, kind of similar to one you had on Christmas mornings growing up. I spend this whole time with just one luggage of stuff and meanwhile everything I ordered or have been gifted is arriving home, waiting for me to wear one after the other when I come back. Aside from the skirt, everything here is new to my wardrobe and I can’t decide if I like the straw bag more or the best t-shirt I’ve ever owned. I think I’m leaning towards the latter. . The Future is Female t-shirt Otherwild (similar here & here) . Navy satin skirt Zara (similar here & here) . Black ring detail sandals Mango (similar here & here) . Straw round bag Mur Lifestyle (similar here) Save Save Save

A Conscious Search

It’s been a long while since the last time I went crazy over a piece of clothing I couldn’t initially find and if I remember correctly, that last time I promised myself never to do it again yet here I am, wearing the H&M Conscious mules for which I searched the whole world frantically for two whole months. I checked stores here, then in NY, Paris, Istanbul, Ankara; I asked my hubby to check them in Berlin, Oslo – they were completely sold out everywhere, which is a hint that you should give up on them at that point, but I refused to get that message from the universe. And much like every other dream, this one too came true through eBay and here they are: my slightly overpaid for, fancy mules. The search is over. finally. Thankfully. . White back button shirt Need Supply (similar here & here) . Black cropped jeans H&M (similar here & here) . Black satin bow flat mules H&M Conscious (similar here & here) . Tan leather bucket bag …

Provencher Roy to restore Montreal’s Alexandra Pier and cruise terminal

An early 20th-century pier in central Montreal is to receive an overhaul by local firm Provencher Roy, which will add a towering beacon and a public promenade (+ slideshow). Jutting out into the Saint Lawrence River, the 305-metre-long Alexandra Pier – which encompasses the Iberville International Passenger Terminal – will be transformed to provide a More

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Looking Over The Shoulder

Despite my love for black, which doesn’t even need explanation at this point, I don’t like wearing all black. I actually refrain from wearing all black, I don’t think I have the right hair and skin tone (or Scandinavian cool) to pull it off so you can almost never see me in all black. But it took this off the shoulder sweatshirt from the exclusive Martine Jarlgaard x Byond collection (yeah, it’s a sweatshirt made from a sustainable fabric with open shoulders that you can pull to either side) to make me wear head to toe black in the middle of summer. I tried my usual recipe; white pants, linen pants, denim and then khaki pants but none of them did justice to this top like my classic cut tailored black pants with Converses to tone down the flare. . Black off the shoulder envelope sweatshirt available only on BYOND . Black pants Topshop (similar here & here) . Black sneakers Converse All Star (or get it here) . Gold earrings Anissa Kermiche  

The New White Suit

Never in a million years I would have dreamt of wearing a white suit and be actually happy about it but that’s what fashion does, I guess. Even though this is clearly not a traditional white suit situation, I felt like a wedding singer/Italian mafia in 20’s NY when I put the outfit on. And that weird feeling made me love it even more; I’m very loyal to my comfort zone but I know I’m on the right track when the look is a bit bizarre for me. . White vintage blazer Token MTL (similar here & here) . Black top Oysho (similar here & here) . White cropped jeans Oak + Fort (similar here & here) . Brown woven sneakers Céline


Naturehumaine creates stripped-down facade for Montreal residences

This Montreal residential building by local studio Naturehumaine features a simple brick facade punctuated with square windows and a rear parking area topped by a steel canopy. Called the Marquette Residence, the multi-family building is located in central Montreal’s Rosemont-Petite-Patrie district and faces a busy commercial street. The 7,200-square-foot (670-square-metre) project consists of six units, More

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Byond Fashion

One of the absolute best things about being a fashion blogger (besides having an excellent excuse to buy that 78th pair of sneakers or that same pant with a slightly different pleat) is being able to wear the designs of brands you’ve long been lusting after but can’t find everywhere because they are emerging or exclusive brands. Thanks to BYOND, an online luxury fashion store based in London offering a range of upper emerging designer brands, I could walk, run, swivel, twirl and do all those fashion shooting clichés in my favorite Altewai Saome jumpsuit from S/S 2016 collection with such joie de vivre because just look at how beautiful it is. Even a boy like me can’t resist its charm. BYOND is an online platform dedicated to connecting talented designers with smart fashion lovers who are eager to find unique sophisticated clothing in line with their modern lifestyle so it’s no surprise we found and ran towards each other with arms wide open. Besides Altewai Saome, their designer selection includes brands like Bedouin, Cristina …

Chanel Giveaway

Much like diamonds, skinny jeans or a pair of pumps; a Chanel bag is something that should be in every girl’s wardrobe because no matter how boyish, urban or eclectic you are, there’s a Chanel bag somewhere that would elevate your look when the right moment comes. Unlike skinny jeans or pumps though, it’s hard to get your hands on a Chanel bag so I’m about to offer you a once in a lifetime chance to win your own Chanel. I’ve teamed up with Poshbag Boutique, Canada’s largest online retailer of authentic pre-owned designer handbags, to win a Chanel bag valued at $2000 and all you have to do is follow @poshbagboutique on Instagram, mention a friend in the comments under the giveaway photo and then regram that photo on your own account and tag @poshbagboutique in the photo so they can track it. Contest closes June 30th at midnight EST and winner will be notified on their Instagram. In case Chanel is not your bag (pun intended) or you don’t win the giveaway, you …

Naturehumaine adds zinc-clad extension to 19th-century home in Montreal

Local studio Naturehumaine has created an angular addition to a historic dwelling in Montreal, featuring dark zinc cladding that references works created by the owner, a graphite pencil artist (+ slideshow). Called the McCulloch Residence, the project called for an extension to a residential property built in the 1860s at the base of Mount Royal – More

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Studio Dror imagines second giant dome for Montreal’s Expo 67 island

New York-based Studio Dror has proposed adding another huge domed structure to Montreal’s Expo 67 site on Île Sainte-Hélène, where Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere has sat for almost 50 years (+ movie). The geodesic structure would sit beside Fuller’s iconic dome in an open area of the Parc Jean-Drapeau. “Interacting like the sun and the moon, More

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Les Paniers Dorés

This is the first time in my adulthood that I, myself voluntarily, invested in fine jewellery instead of a pair of designer shoes or bag and more interestingly, it’s an earring which is my least favorite and something I don’t wear at all, so much that my ear holes were about to close up shop for good. But this was also the first time ever I fell this much in love with a piece of wearable art so I guess it was meant to be. Now I try to coordinate my outfits to my Anissa Kermiche earrings – and force my ears to get used to the weight after decades of solitude. . Khaki shirt Zara (similar here & here) . White roll neck top Zara (similar here & here) . Black denim midi skirt Zara (similar here & here) . Black leather flat mules Dolce Vita (similar here & here) . Gold Paniers Dorés earrings Anissa Kermiche

One For The Road

I’ve probably never wanted anything more than wanting this to be the last time I’ll wear a thick winter coat, until November at least, and unless Montreal is planning on throwing us another impromptu snow tragedy, it seems like we are good to go. And the best part of spring is getting to wear all the shoes that had to wait in dust bags for months, especially this one. I was a little skeptical at first as to whether they will be worth the splurge but in fact they were worth even more, best shopping decision I’ve made this year: unbelievable statement piece, insanely comfortable and actually keeps warm. Check, check and check. . Brown mouton fur coat Vintage (similar here & here) . Black sweater Oysho (similar here & here) . White cotton tapered pants Oak + Fort (similar here & here) . Black leather Princetown slippers Gucci (or get it here & here)

Crystalline soccer stadium by Saucier + Perrotte and HCMA references Canadian mining landscape

This football stadium in Montreal has a giant faceted roof structure, which folds over an indoor playing field before morphing into spectator seating surrounding a second open-air pitch (+ slideshow). The Stade de Soccer de Montreal was designed as a collaboration between Canadian studios Saucier + Perrotte and HCMA. It is located on the former Miron Quarry and landfill site, which is in More

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Code 501

After months and months of searching, trying the “original” 501s and the “new” 501 CTs and all the equivalent straight cuts and mom jeans at every possible store, I found the one that I want. The good old vintage Levi’s 501. I don’t care what the sales people say, the fit of the new “originals” is not the same as the original originals. So if you are looking to free your hips from the monarchy of skinny jeans but can’t find the perfect cut, just buy a vintage one and cut the cuffs if necessary. Just be sure about the sizing as they really run small, I normally wear 26 in jeans and this one is a 28. . Ivory wool coat Zara (similar here & here) . Vintage jeans Levi’s 501 (or get it here, similar here & here) . Black knit top Oysho (similar here & here) . Grey suede grandmother heels COS (similar here & here)

Outkast People

I’m so happy to finally be able to wear this fantastic coat from my dear friend Emre Aktuna’s brand Outkast People, I’ve been waiting for the right outfit and the right weather and I got it last weekend. People living outside of Turkey still can’t shop her designs online, but I’m sure it will be available soon. In the meantime she just showed her S/S 16 collection last week at Istanbul Fashion Week and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of her new stuff, like this ensamble or these linen pants! We’ve been friends since we studied together at Domus Academy 6 years ago and it’s gives me such pleasure to see her brand get bigger everyday. . Grey wool coat Outkast People . Black tapered pants Zara (similar here & here) . White 1987 scoop neck tee Velvet x Always Judging (similar here & here) . White superstar sneakers Adidas Originals (or get it here & here)

Still Here

Soooo, it turns out winter didn’t go anywhere, it just rested a little bit. While I very much appreciated the short break and even this cold is considered ok for a regular Montreal winter, I froze to the marrow this weekend and had to say a temporary goodbye to my thin wool coats and leather jackets. Only upside is I got to wear my new faux fur coat I hadn’t gotten a chance to wear before so we’re all good. Now that I accomplished that we can move on to spring now, permanently please. . Grey faux fur coat Lamoda101 (similar here & here) . Black straight leg cropped jeans H&M (similar here & here) . Oversized tee Urban Outfitters (similar here & here) . Black leather pointed toe Jensen booties ACNE Studios (or get it here & here)

Winter Finesse

After 3 years of endless suffering and depressions from the brutal Montreal winter I came to understand what all my Quebecois friends were talking about: the only way to survive the cold and get over the winter blues is to find a way to enjoy it. Well, I thought, it’s easy for them to say; going skiing or snowboarding so frequently it reminded me of the hopscotch we used to play on the streets every day, it shouldn’t be so hard to enjoy or at least not dread winter so much. I’m not so athletically talentless per se but I have no idea, passion or intention to be a part of any winter sport so I eventually had to find some other way and that is, surprise surprise, winter getaways. I’m not such a wildlife enthusiast so my ideal weekend getaway involves a beautiful “chalet” in the woods where we can cook all morning, wander around and take photos all afternoon and play board games and roast marshmallows on log fire all night. Since I …

Peel The Onion

I guess by now you can understand from the lack of outfit posts that I’m constantly struggling with dressing up in winter, and I always thought it was just because of the cold. Sure it was a huge part of it, when it’s -25 your options are down coat or down coat, but as it turns out slush was just as big of a problem. When I can’t wear more than half the boots I own, meaning I’m stuck with combat boots or sneakers if I’m feeling adventurous enough, I can’t seem to create a lot of interesting outfits and I definitely don’t want to be one of those bloggers posing in high heeled sandals in the middle of the snow. Good news is, spring is right around the corner (the weather network says so) and I’m about the peel the onion and start having fun again. Tune in. . Ivory wool coat Zara (similar here & here) . Grey wool poncho Mom’s (similar here & here) . Black wool jumpsuit Oak+Fort (similar here & …

Blast From The Past

I have to confess at this point that sometimes, when a photo shoot don’t turn out exactly the way I hoped, I save them for future emergency uses and move on to something else. I never actually had to use those emergency shots, until now. Despite the relatively warm winter we’ve been having, I was really unlucky about my photo shoot times. One weekend polar vortex, the other one out of the city, next one freezing rain. And since I didn’t want to leave the blog so long without an outfit post, I checked my emergency stash and liked this look definitely more than I did at the time. So here’s me, couple of months ago. . Brown wool coat Stylenanda (similar here & here) . Grey wool pants Oak + Fort (similar here & here) . Black oxfords Zara (similar here & here) . Black leather ps11 mini Proenza Schouler

Architecture Open Form creates black facade for historic Montreal home

Canadian firm Architecture Open Form had to negotiate strict preservation requirements with this renovation of a 125-year-old dwelling in Montreal (+ slideshow). Encompassing 77 square metres, the small home – called LeJeune Residence – is located in the heart of the city’s Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood. Built in 1890, the dwelling originally housed grooms who cared for horses and carriages for More

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Crop & Fringe

Before getting to the outfit I’d like to point out for the official record that these photos were taken in Montreal, at the beginning of February (2016) and anyone who has ever been to our beautiful fridge would know that to not have snow and be able to walk around like this anytime from mid December to the end of March is as rare a sight as seeing bigfoot crossing 5th Avenue. About the outfit; I love cropped stuff and I love fringe and that’s all you need to know. . Grey wool coat Zara (similar here & here) . Ivory fringe sweater LaModa101 (similar here & here) . Black cropped jeans Stylenanda (similar here & here) . Black leather booties Zara (similar here & here)

A Millennial 60’s Moment

Never in a million years I would have thought I could wear heeled white leather sock boots and be nonchalant about it but that’s the beauty of fashion, it somehow allows you to pick one item that is the most definitive of its era and adopt it to your minimal, casual – normcore even –  style seamlessly. Now I feel like nothing would go better with this outfit. . Camel wool coat Stylenanda (similar here & here) . Ivory lace up sweater Mango (similar here, here & here) . Light blue boyfriend jeans Zara (similar here & here) . White leather booties Zara (similar here & here)  

Big Shaggy

This shaggy coat is an amazing gift from my mother in law’s lovely cousin, an internationally renowned, award-winning jewelry designer in Turkey who designed my engagement and wedding ring as well (I’m a very, very lucky girl), which came at an amazingly trend-accurate time. To be more specific: I got my hands on it days after I drooled over Marco de Vincenzo’s S/S 2016 statement coat. She bought it in Paris in 1982 and after wearing it with love for years she decided to hand it down to me so it would have another loving home. . Navy shaggy coat Vintage (similar here & here) . Navy wide leg pants Zara (similar here & here) . White sneakers Adidas Stan Smith (or here or similar here)

On The Eve of Something

This was my “what I would wear if I were to do something fancy on NYE” look, so it’s absolutely fictional as my actual NYE was an intimate dinner with close friends including me falling asleep on the couch at 2 a.m. while the guests were still present. In all fairness I was jet lagged, which already became a lifestyle for me going so much back and forth between Montreal and Turkey, but this time I was more tired than ever. It’s actually a pretty accurate picture of the year ahead for me; dreaming of wearing pretty stuff but ending up in jeans and t-shirts, eating like cows, having fun with friends and not partying at all. Hold on to your hat 2016, here I come. . Brown mouton fur coat Vintage (similar here & here) . White mini dress Zara (similar here & here) . Black suede over-knee lowland boots Stuart Weitzman (or here or similar here)

Herringbone Love

When I bought this coat and put it together with the rest of my outerwear in what used to be a coat closet but now can only be referred to as a pile of wool and faux fur, I instantly realized that 1 out of 5 items are herringbone. Not black but not entirely grey either, subtly printed and smoothly transitions from day to night & business to casual; I don’t regret buying any of them. We are in love and not hiding it from anyone. . Herringbone coat Zara (similar here & here) . Cropped jeans Topshop (similar here & here) . Black leather high heel booties Asos (similar here & here) . Black trio crossbody bag Céline

Crop Till You Drop

Drop crotch bottoms are like having a tattoo, you don’t remember how you used to live before they came into your life and you just can’t get enough. One after the other and another and later on nothing can compare. You don’t feel good and comfortable in anything else so it simultaneously uplifts and destroys your life. I now know why all my ancestors wore harem pants for centuries. . Black leather jacket Mango (similar here & here) . Beige wool poncho Asos (similar here & here) . Black drop crotch shorts Etsy (similar here & here) . Brown knee high boots Zara (similar here & here)

Faceted cedar cabin completed by Paul Bernier beside a lake in the Montreal woodland

The glazed living space of this cedar-clad cabin near Montreal projects over a woodland slope to optimise views of a nearby lake (+ slideshow). Local architect Paul Bernier based the building’s crooked form and situation on the site’s topography, placing it lengthwise between a slope and a stream on the wooded plot, which sits on the shoreline of Grenier Lake. The primary […]

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Spotlight On

Ibiki, the reference boutique of Montreal. The conceptual environment of this boutique, dominated by a black and white aesthetic, tends to plays with our notions of art and fashion: a true reflection the owner’s identity, Jonah Leslie. A perfectly pure … Continue reading

Arc

Designed and Handcrafted in Montreal. Parametric I Ring – Theorem Bracelet from the Linearity collection of Arc Jewellery. Pinpointing a brand that feels right, that possesses all of your little requirements, and in which you perceive true authenticity in its … Continue reading

Y2H reinterprets the Canadian log cabin for lakeside housing development in Quebec

Canadian studio Y2H has completed a series of cabin-inspired homes for a woodland development between the shores of Lake Superior and the Mont-Tremblant ski resort in Quebec (+ slideshow). These 21 concrete and timber cabins comprise the first phase of a 31-unit housing development just north of Montreal, on the edge of one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes. […]

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Maison Terrebonne is a split-level home for a single occupant in Montreal

Montreal studio La Shed Architecture has used the foundations of a demolished 1990s bungalow to create a new timber-clad home featuring split-level floors and an integrated car port (+ slideshow). Maison Terrebonne was designed to take the place of the old dwelling, but to replicate some of its characteristics. This prompted La Shed Architecture to […]

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Carriage 44

Founded in 2010, this environmentally friendly brand from Montreal caught my attention while strolling through an exhibition of designers. At the head of Carriage 44: Oliver Stenberg and his wife Hannah. Soaps, candles, and skin care products containing 100% natural … Continue reading

The Stowe

The Stowe. A Montreal brand which caught my eye. Privileged enough to be recognized as a brand of quality, its signature is marvelously classic, contemporary, and – that little plus which makes all the difference – all of their items … Continue reading

Christopher Forsyth embarks on a project to document all of Montreal’s metro stations

Photo essay: Canadian photographer Christopher Forsyth has spent the last seven months shooting the subterranean stations that make up Montreal’s four-line metro system (+ slideshow). The Montreal Metro is Canada’s busiest metro system, with an average of 1,245,700 journeys taken every weekday. But Forsyth says most passengers barely notice the “beautiful design” of its 68 stations, many of which were completed […]

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Montreal home updated with corrugated metal cladding and a vibrant staircase

La Shed Architecture has renovated an old residence in a Montreal neighbourhood, adding a roof terrace flanked by corrugated metal and a bright red-orange staircase (+ slideshow). Canadian studio La Shed carried out significant remodelling works to Maison de Gaspé, a two-storey home and garage in the district of Villeray to create a home for a couple and their two young children. According to the […]

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