Rule of Three

Fashion, culture, food, design. All told in bite-size threes.

It seems a few people loved the post earlier this week about the smooth sounds of Michael Kiwanuka. Some of you have even messaged me with your own new music finds for my listening pleasure. To those folks I say, THANK YOU! I love hearing about new artists and bands through word of mouth – the best discoveries are made that way.

To kick off the last long weekend of summer, I’m posting about another new band, shared by my friend Jen.  Boyce Avenue is a Florida-based trio of brothers (Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian Manzano) who take some of today’s most popular tracks, and render them all their own with their signature smooth, chill, acoustic style. Check out this version of Rihanna’s We Found Love and get in the long weekend state of mind. See you in September!

The Art of Packing

Since I have a reputation as somewhat of an organized travel (which is a polite euphemism for the most Type-A wayfarer you will ever encounter. My journeys frequently include multi-page itineraries, hours of online research, colour-coded packing lists and custom designed logos specially made for the trip. Don’t judge, everyone should experience a trip with me at least once in their life.) I was floored by the new Louis Vuitton site that gives you step-by-step instructions for the perfect way to pack. Learn to fold. Learn to layer. There’s even a YouTube video that demonstrates the art of packing, from start to finish.

Fresh off of a four-day trip to Chicago, where I had to sit on my luggage in order to get it closed for the trip home, I found myself wishing I had seen this tutorial a little earlier. But for my next overnight trip or month-long adventure, I’ll definitely watch and learn. Now if only someone would gift me a classic monogrammed Keepall, I’d be set for my next vacay!


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A fantastic spot promoting The Guardian’s open journalism initiative. This video takes the Three Little Pigs and reframes it within 21st century modern media. A fairy tale and a pretty fascinating commentary on how “news” is created.

If this isn’t a good way to start the weekend, I don’t know what is.

Bet today couldn’t come fast enough if you were waiting for MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, TWO, which is every bit as hysterical as the first. I am literally dying here, waiting for the next installation and I wish I could tell you there was a trio to round out this week, but unfortunately I haven’t seen another MARCEL THE SHELL yet. There are imposters out there, like a really godawful version called MARCEL THE SHELL WITH HEELS ON, but nothing by the original dynamic duo, Dean Fleischer-Camp
and Jenny Slate. More Marcel pleeeeeeaaaaaaaaassssseeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

Favourite quote from this episode:
“One week there was a maple sugar spill in the kitchen and every time I would ride the bug, no matter where I wanted to go, I would always end up back at the kitchen.”
- Marcel on the perils of riding a bug as a car 

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON

Before the holidays, some friends introduced me to the wonders of, da-da-da-daaaaah (drum roll please), MARCEL THE SHELL, who is, quite possibly, one of the funniest people/things/shells I have met/seen/found in a really long time. Some of you may have already seen le petit Marcel, and if you have, apologies, but don’t you think the little guy is worth a repeat?

Is it just me, or is every line that comes out of Marcel’s hand-drawn mouth completely wise and prophetic? Par example… “You know what they say… lint is a shell’s best friend.” 

I’ve saved the best for last. I’m sure this won’t come as a shock to anyone, but I’ll warn you that I teared up when watching this, so you may want to grab your Kleenex.  Bon weekend. xox

The second Cartier video. A play between fantasy and reality, although any storyline that involves Paris, a red Cartier box and a diamond is one fantastic fantasy. Le sigh. xox

Cartier recently released a series of three (how lucky for me!) short videos, celebrating the spirit of love. Each film weaves an engagement tale of a couple in France. The films are based on real life stories of marriage proposals and directed by Luca Guadagnino. Here is the first… a story of young love and expectation. I’ll post the other two later this week. Bisous.  xox

I celebrated the start of summer with some Pimm’s and an awesome lawn bowling tournament with good friends (true story). I have to admit though, the people in Poland look like they know how to ring in my favourite season with appropriate pomp.

Next year, Pimm’s, lawn bowling AND a thousand paper lanterns.
Pure whimsy.