Hello 

My desire for the creative life has led me to the streets of Paris, the boroughs of New York, the galleries of Berlin and always to the shores of the West Coast. I am inspired by living a simple life, rich in culture. I am drawn to cities where dogs sleep below cafe tables, where books and art grace the walls of homes and where the world slows down for a meal shared with friends.

I've made my home on beautiful Vancouver Island. My studio and home, a hundred-year-old character house, acts as the canvas for every photograph, recipe and dinner party. 

I invite you to read my blog, view my portfolio and please get in touch if you're interested in working together.

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Friday Favourites

Blogging can sometimes feel like homework. You know you want to write about what's inspiring or challenging you, but sometimes the greatest difficulty is to just sit down, organize your thoughts and press the publish button. Perfectionism can be a curse when trying to write a blog on a regular basis! One of my New Years resolutions is to 'let go a little', so I'm going to attempt to abandon my desire for things to be perfect and just write about what's happening over here in my little homeofficestudio. Like the fact that this morning I put on a white sundress because I felt like I just needed to take a break from winter.

One thing that I want to do with this blog is to share 3 things every Friday with my readers. As someone who spends a lot of time on the look out for inspiration, it seems like a great way to end the week and share some things that I'm excited about! Here are the first three:

 
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Tomboy Style
To define a tomboy requires searching far beyond the simple notion of wearing boy’s clothing. Tomboys have influenced the expanses of popular culture including fashion, film, music, and literature. Although the tomboy is often identified by clothing, what makes her wholly so is an inherent sense of confidence, rebelliousness, and adventure.

Introduced recently to Lizzie Garrett's blog Tomboy Style, the website features videos, Q & A's and photography of strong women embodying the  true definition of being a tomboy.

 

Smitten Kitchen
I've never really been big on cooking blogs. Even as my love for cooking has grown exponentially over the past year after discovering a great satisfaction in hosting dinner parties with friends, I've recently started to explore the online world of recipes. Just before Christmas my friend Jess introduced me to Smitten Kitchen (which I often re-name Smitten Kitten) and I am obsessed with it. The mastermind behind the blog and new cookbook Deb Perelmen is a genius. 

 

Grace: A Memoir
Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington's extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Grace's palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine's most memorable shoots.

I love Grace Coddington. I anticipated the publication of her memoir and have been slowly savouring each page over the past two weeks. Charmed with illustrations of the people in her life and filled with stories of her creative world, Grace is the ultimate fashion icon.

Creative Q&A: Elizabeth Olwen

Romantic Fonts