Jan 28, 2011

Do Design: Design Projects in Spaces on Dundus West, Jan 27-30

More exciting things happening this weekend as a part of Toronto International Design Festival.
New and exciting is Do Design in a Trinity Bellwoods area.
Dundas Street West (between Bathurst and Grace Street) becomes a "gallery", with design projects displayed in storefronts, walk-ups, windows, cafe's, galleries, bars, restaurants, boutiques, showrooms and even a lumber yard.

Jan 25, 2011

Our thoughts are with Moscow...

Our deep condolences to the families of the victims and all of the Moscovites.

Jan 24, 2011

Toronto International Design Festival Jan 24-30

 DWR Toronto Studio
It will be a busy week. Toronto International Design Festival starts today. There are a lot of events happening in the city for the next few days. I still have to look through the schedule and make some personal selections. Some of the main highlights are:

Culinary Events this Winter

Rosewater Frozen Grapes

Winterlicious starts this week Jan 28 and continues to Feb 10. Did you make the reservations?  Here are the choices Fira has made for her week of indulgence. Will wait for her reviews.

Looking for more food related events that would help escape the dullness of winter?

Culinary Events series is featuring some of Toronto's diverse cuisine and notable chefs (tickets are still available). This year there are 14 delicious and unique foodie adventures for Torontonians to experience. The events range from a food fight competition at Fort York to a troupe of dragon dancers at Spice Route and so much more.

Jan 17, 2011

Create a Library of Things That Inspire You


This is what I spent half of my Sunday doing. I found a great site where you can easily store images that inspire you whether it's design, fashion or any other objects. The application allows you to click on any image on the internet and add it to your account. Love it.

Here are my inspirations: www.imgspark.com/image/listing/kopanygin


Jan 14, 2011

Upcoming Music Concerts List


Here is my brief, personal selection of the upcoming music concerts. Longer lists available at Soundscapes or/and Rotate This. Enjoy!

1. Chromeo, Opera House Jan 22 & 23, $27.50

2. Interpol Sound Academy, Feb 15, $31.50

3. Morcheeba , Phoenix, Sun. Feb 20, $33.50

4. Royksopp, Guvernment, Fri. Mar 18, $25.00

5. Yann Tiersen, Mod Club, Tue. Feb 22, $22.50

Jan 13, 2011

Kobi Levi - Footwear Design

My friend Igor suggested this blog to me. I like these crazy shoes - great colors, lots of creativity...
Check out Kobi Levi's blog here.


Jan 11, 2011

I Got...

Tupin by Jeffrey Campbell
I just couldn't resist... Tupin by Jeffrey Campbell, on sale for $69.99 at the Little Burgundy.


:10 Minute Manicure

I few weeks ago a got a Groupon for a :10 Minute Manicure at The Bay on Queen St. For $25 I was promised a speedy mani and pedi in the heart of downtown.

Jan 7, 2011

Missed Connections

  Missed Connections by the Typecast Dance Company, January  13-15, 8p.m.
Winchester Street Theatre
80 Winchester St


Jan 6, 2011

Starbucks' New Logo, Coffee in General + Half off Tea Lattes

I have mixed feelings about Starbucks. No, sorry! I have nothing against Sturbucks as many of my friends would think. I just simply don't like the taste of their coffee and the whole globalization just bores me to death. When I hear "extra hot, extra skinny fake milk, no foam, double foam" bs I just can't help, but roll my eyes. I do prefer coffee shops with some charm and good tasting espressos (though nothing compares to lattes at Milano's Stazione Centrale...oh memories). But, if there is nothing around, I'll have my Starbucks tall latte no problem.

Capa got...

Even though sales are all around, I have no plans to spend any money. However, I couldn't resist those buys. Cheap is not always good, especially when it comes to shoes or bags. They have to be leather. Big no from me to all the faux things. But when it's cheap and it's leather - it's a perfect buy! (All the items available online or in-store).

1. Victorian-inspired pumps in grey ore beige. Leather outside and inside. Perfect for jeans, shorts or office wear. $45.49 at ALDO.

Ikat and Suzani Textiles

 I am not going to overwhelm you with details, but both Ikat and Suzani are embroidery techniques used in Central Asia. I came across an Uzbek site that sells Ikat and Suzani Pillow and immediately fell in love! They retail for $29-$39, but I am wondering how much more it will cost to ship them...

Ikat Pillow

Jan 5, 2011

Fira's Winterlicious Picks


 Winterlicious is almost here, and reservations begin next week (Thursday, January 11th). As usually, I am making a list of places to check out.