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Timepiece Style + Eco-Giveaway

The past week has been an eventful one, but mightily productive for me and I will share more about that soon. I also have a fab giveaway from the sustainable watch brand, Jord.

Natural wood accessories have been very popular in the past few years, especially in home decor, interior design, and fashion.

The wonderful team at Jord is backing this lovely giveaway. One lucky reader of Fashion Tales will receive a massive treat … one $120 e-gift certificate with FREE shipping! Here’s a recap of their offerings below, so do check out some of my favourite timepiece styles from them in my previous post here, or on their site, and enter below. The only mandatory thing is to leave a comment below.

Enter or follow one way, or multiple ways for extra entries. It’s that simple! 
This giveaway is open internationally!



Buying a new watch would be a great gift for that special loved one in your life or for yourself, a Happy New Year indeed.  

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*Special thanks to Jord for the gift card voucher and giveaway. The winner will be notified via e-mail.





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Winter Tales: Brunch Style


You've rung in the new year,  maybe even partied a little, and relished time with family over the holidays. Now, that you have returned to work it’s often difficult to get back into the swing of things.

When it comes to creating a relaxing environment or merely entertaining, we certainly understand, and try to do it in a fun way. Setting aside time to swap holiday stories and new ideas with dear friends doesn't have to be complicated at all. In fact, the simpler the better!

Our solution for bringing everyone together, whether it’s for discussing new ventures with friends or catching up with longtime associates always involves food for us. Why? Because it’s an easy way to unwind comfortably—some of the greatest conversations with friends have come from our dinner parties or fittingly, a weekend brunch gatherings like this one.

In collaboration with Harry & David here’s our weekend brunch table that I styled for a casual setting—a late brunch for a proper post-holiday catch up with friends. Harry & David is known for their infamous decadent treats, including their signature gift towers, gourmet food, and Royal Riviera® Pears.

To celebrate our first weekend of the year together with our artistic crew of friends, we used some of Harry & David’s delicious appetizers to accompany our light brunch table.

I decided to add a few handmade touches to the table by using a chalkboard theme. A fun way to make your guests feel warm and welcomed is with custom glasses or settings. Blending the old with the new for a simple, yet sophisticated and approachable setting was ideal. So, I used vintage lace overlaying it on a cobalt and cream printed tablecloth with a modern motif.  

The menu included an artichoke pesto spread, potato corn chowder, Norwegian smoked salmon, raspberry-lemon tarts, and miniature cinnamon doughnuts, amongst other epicurean bites. The bruschetta spread is extremely complementary on toasted slices of a French baguette. The merlot-laced spread is boldly flavoured with tomatoes, red peppers, a kick of merlot, and has the bite of balsamic vinegar and artichoke.
The Artichoke Lemon Pesto (a group favourite), is creamy and tangy, and finishes with the fresh flavour of lemon. We used a champagne sharp cheddar to go along with our spreads as well. Add cilantro or jalapeño slices to top off the soups, then finish with Hungarian paprika, and “Voila!” I highly recommend the pumpkin bisque, as well as any of the delightful spreads, which will be a brilliant companion to many other meals, such as the spreads atop grilled veggies, poultry, or with your favourite crostini.

This comfortable and refreshing setting was the perfect way to enjoy good company and a first brunch gathering of the year.


What do you think of our brunch styled setting?
 View on Lucky Magazine here.

The goods: Classic Bruschetta, Artichoke Lemon Pesto, and Merlot Laced Artichokes, Pumpkin Bisque, Harvest Vegetable with Pastas Soup, Potato Corn Chowder, and Wild Mushroom Soup-Courtesy of Harry & David. Shop other items here. Other items: Vintage lace cloth overlay, Ralph Lauren tablecloth, Whole foods: Norwegian smoked salmon, Handmade chalkboard glasses with chalkboard paper, Martha Stewart Paint-buy it here, or use other templates here. View the cinnamon doughnuts recipe-here



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In The Know: Artist Spotlight

Inspiration for me comes from a multitude of places. Often, I am inspired by my surroundings and other times I am influenced by other artful forms. As liberating as it is to regularly come across exceptional work by emerging creatives from across the globe, it’s equally refreshing for me to share personal inspirations and current favourites regarding design and the arts.

These are a few independent and respectable artists that you should check out—all of whom are talented, and each bring their own perspective to the art, music, and fashion industry. Celebrating established talent moving and shaking up the community, in addition to a unique and stunningly sharp cover for your playlist.   


Colour Theory:

Astrid Sarkissian creates printed silk scarves for men and women that not only have character, but bring life to textile art. The Central Saint Martins alumna started her luxury eponymous label in 2012, and has managed to produce striking prints motivated by everything from baroque and gothic architecture to her own paintings.

She uses traditional and progressive techniques on silk fabrics (including digital printing), which are often fuelled with brilliant colour, thematic motifs, or uptown patterns. Take a look at her work below and see how each piece tell a story of their own. There's something for everyone: daring fashionistas, sophisticates, gents, and even hipsters. Shop her pieces here.
 
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In My Ear: Kiah Victoria
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You don't even have to be a fan of Coldplay’s “Fix You” to know the gist of how the tune goes. And, if you are, then you've probably heard countless renditions of the UK band’s song. But, you’ve probably not heard any version quite like this one by songstress, Kiah Victoria. You will be pleasantly surprised. 

The young New York native stayed somewhat true to the original development of the song, however it’s sharply enveloped in her individual musical style, and spurs out a chock full of riveting vocal control and range that’s pretty phenomenal. There’s been buzz about her for quite some time and more recently with her ace covers.

Sounds like: The sultry softness of Joy Denalane, and slight whispers of Corrine Bailey Rae with the cooling effect of Indie Arie, one that demands your attention. Victoria's voice is captivating and your ears will want gulps more if you also like jazz, D'angelo, electro-soul, indie, or neo-soul, etc. Check out some of her other tunes like Rooftop, and Lover's Anthem, a personal favourite.



Visual Art:

Photographer, Ricardo Abrahao found his forte after coming back from a backpacking trip to Asia. Having grasped a desire for visual storytelling, he decided to document his surroundings. Consequently, he became a photographer.  

From the moment that I saw the Kami editorial that he did for 160g magazine in 2013, I was captured by the visually striking colours, patterns, and details immediately in the clothing, and how it was photographed. It was a perfect example of how a garment, the styling, and the photography (lighting) worked in harmony for showcasing the silhouettes—the creative team behind the editorial certainly received my applause, so I wanted to highlight some of his work here.

Abrahao's work has been featured in a substantial amount of editorials, including GQ Style Brazil, and Schon! magazine. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Abrahao (currently based in Paris) continues to heighten his artistry with each project whilst experimenting in other avenues with his photography. Some of these other ventures include personal projects with diverse styling and imaging techniques. You may view more of his work here.
Images: Behance, (source)

What do you think about these artists? Which is your favourite?


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Rainy Day Style

Sometimes on days when you have the perfect outfit to wear, it rains and can somewhat ruin your planned fashion moment. But, fortunately on these type of days I have learnt to go with the flow of things at all costs.

I have a tulle skirt that I've been wanting to wear for some time, and this was supposed to be the day to wear it, but then an unexpected wind chill rolled in. Afterward, heavy rain showers (that was not on the forecast) happened. 

Suddenly, the notion of twirling in the wind on a winter’s day did not feel like a supreme idea, considering the climate. I was also feeling a bit unwell, so anything other than layered comfort wasn’t going to be on the wardrobe wearing agenda. 
I am still patiently waiting to bring out that special skirt, which will likely happen for a girl’s night or date night. But, I decided to wear these faux leather trousers instead. It’s been a long time since I last wore them, and for the gloomy day that graced us all with its presence, a classic splash of a red, black, and white colour palette was the perfect pairing, in my opinion. It was simple and uncomplicated, style-wise.

And, even though this was my backup outfit, it turned out to be a rather better option in the long run for a happy hour meet up with a friend. After sifting through my accessories and notions trunk (which are thankfully re-categorised now), I added peacock feathers to my hat.
  
The goods: Faux Pearl necklace, Animal print jumper, Bowknot wool hat-c/o Oasap, Leather handbag- Vintage, Leatherette Trousers-eBay, Shoes-BCBG.

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