Mulberry – Stylish British Handbags land in Canada

When I was living in London (UK) I worked in The City at Lloyd’s.  There wasn’t too much shopping in the vicinity – there was a French Connection, and Leadenhall Market had Reiss, Marks & Spencer and Oasis.   And then there was a big House of Fraser.  That’s where I usually spent my time.

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I remember the store perfectly.  Main floor – beauty (I often hit the Bobbie Brown counter), second floor – shoes (my faves – Kurt Geiger and Carvela) and bags.  You had to head around past the bags to hit the escalator to go to the higher floors for the clothes.  In the corner were all these iconic English Mulberry bags which it seemed every chic girl in The City had on their shoulder.  I always said I would buy one, but I never had the stomache for the price (or the cash probably).

I just read in Flare that Mulberry will be making it’s way to Canada!  Unfortunately, so far it’s just Toronto but one day maybe the stars will align and they will be in both Montreal AND I’ll have the funds to blow on one of their bags.  Unfortunately, they are a bit office-y for my new freelance writer lifestyle (and, err… expensive) but there still are a few more suitable bags I can see myself with.  Top would be The Alexa (named after Alexa Chung), mine only for a cool $1,700…

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Belly Sesame – Graphic Minimalism for Babies

I find that, especially for little boys, shirts and onesies with slogans are the norm: ‘Daddy’s Boy’, ‘I Love My Mom’ etc.  While cute, it’s also a little tiring.  I’ve always been a graphic print type of person, and fell in love with these tops and onesies from Belly Sesame.  They come from husband & wife duo Alex & Kaori Walter who hail from Germany and Japan and now call LA home.  Very minimalist cool…

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Hello Heat! Swimsuits from Seafolly

It’s been pretty toasty hot in Montreal lately.  The worst part is the intense humidity – sometimes I feel like I am in a jungle!  The kind of humidity where your legs and scalp start sweating.  Yucks.  My son and I have been keeping cool with lots of water time – kiddie pools, swimming lessons, lakes and backyard pools.  I purchased a few swimsuits at the start of the season for him and I but I’ve been admiring a few suits I’ve seen on my fellow pool goers and often when I ask they are from the Australian brand Seafolly.  They are classic, but well built with adjustable straps.  Unfortunately, they also come with a price… agh…

Here are some of my faves:

TribeNeo Tribe Padded Swimsuit

Art Deco

Deco Empire Bikini

Playsuit

Bounty Playsuit (OK not a swimsuit but perfect for a hot day none the less!)

Ballerina

Ballerina Bikini

My Little Square – Hip Clothes for Kiddos

I was browsing through all my bookmarks trying to find some suitable links to send to a friend, when I stumbled upon My Little Square which has the cutest European clothes for kids.  Very hip without being overly expensive.  Yes, please!  Here are some of my dream picks for my little cutie toddler boy.

Red Shoes

Tennis Velcro Red Pop

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Sneakers 3 Velcros Aloé

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Grey Numbers T-Shirt

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Axel Reversible Raincoat

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Denim Fleece Sweater ‘Monsters’

Nanoukiko – Montreal Jewelry from Vintage Finds

I love the bright pops of colour, and unique look of the jewelry from Montreal shop Nanoukiko.  I particularly love the fact that the bracelets are easy wearing and can be dressed up or down. I treated myself with the pink version and until July 8th using the coupon code on her Etsy shop you can get 50% off!  Bonus!

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The Fantastical World of Thomas Paul

I love everything about Thomas Paul – the brightly hued or lightly saturated colours, the use of stark contrasts and the surprising and playful graphics.  These are some of my favourite picks!

Thomas Paul Octopus Duvet

Queen Octopus Duvet Cover

Thomas Paul Tea Towel

Amalfi Lobster Tea Towel

Thomas Paul Place Mat

Baleen Placemat

Thomas Paul Side Plates

9″ Amalfi Melamine Side Plates

Thomas Paul Wool Scarf

Deer Wool Scarf

Thomas Paul Scarf

Ostrich Extra Long Wool Scarf