Dear Diary

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It has been a *very* big week for #teamRAOP. We like to jump into things with both feet, so this week we launched our new site design, opened a web store, and we’re thrilled to announce we’ll be hosting a pop up at CONVEY this weekend too!

I don’t even know where to start with my feelings right now. Its been such an incredible experience to watch all of these dreams come to life at once, but I think I might need a hundred year nap next week!

I couldn’t have made any of this happen without my incredible team, amazing roster of talented makers, and most of all the super talented Jeanine Brito, who designed both the storefront and our new website! How great are all these gradients and shades of peach?

Scroll down for full Pop up details!

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What // A chance to shop our brand new RAOP goods in person and skip shipping fees!

Where // CONVEY, 754 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

When // Friday November 4th – Sunday November 6th (12-7 F, 11-6 S, 12-5 SU)

See you there!

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Warning- this month’s editor picks is seriously special! For the first time ever I get to choose my favourites from my very own STORE. That’s right, you’re about to get an exclusive close up look at some of the treasures we’ll be selling this Monday on the #ShopRAOP site!

I’ve been talking about curating a shop for most of my life, and watching this dream come true has been seriously surreal. I honestly feel like to luckiest girl in the world to have had this incredible opportunity, and now that all of the product is in I’m *so* excited to share it with all of you! Of course everything in the shop is deeply and completely adored, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at the items that are currently catching my attention.

Without further ado, my (Shop) RAOP picks!!!

*note: you won’t be able to access links until the shop opens tomorrow morning!*

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Trust Fund Beauty x RAOP Nail Polishes //

The perfect nail polish is hard to find, especially when it comes to milky pastels with great coverage. We worked with Trust Fund Beauty, a vegan cruelty-free brand based on Montreal, to craft two custom shades, and they really made all of our nail polish dreams come true. “Peach Please” is a magical sparkling peach champagne inspired colour, and “RAOP Pink” is our ideal shade of pastel bubblegum pink. Are you ready to paint your paws pastel?

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Ballet Slipper Necktie //

Crafted from the softest Japanese vegan suede and finished with 24k gold hardware, these elegant neckties were made by our friends at CONVEY and really complete every FW/16 outfit. We especially love layering them with delicate gold necklaces, and rumour has it a baby pink colour is coming soon as well…

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Rosy In Reykjavik Sweater //

I fell hard and fast for Iceland when I visited a few years ago, and ever since I’ve had a weak spot for Icelandic knits and patterns. This vintage one of a kind sweater caught my eye immediately because of it’s Nordic style, and I’m seriously considering just keeping it for myself…

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Bergamot Rose Black Tea //

I had the pleasure of working for Sloane Fine Tea Merchants a couple years ago, and in that time I learned so much about the fine art of tea blending, tasting, and more. A unique combination of Earl Grey, rose and lavender, this black tea is bursting with floral flavour. Enjoy it with milk, honey, and your favourite sugar cookies!

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Daisy Chain Denim //

Is anyone else obsessed with dressed-up denim these days? My amazing friend Mari hand embellished four unique pairs of vintage denim, and each one turned out more special than the last. My favourite of the moment is this pink daisy pair, but I change my mind almost daily.

Want to see everything in person?! We’re hosting a surprise pop up at CONVEY on Queen Street from Friday November 4th to Sunday November 6th!

Dress Up

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For a long time Jo and I fought our twin-like ways. We’d text before showing up to work to make sure we weren’t accidentally matching, and blush when we inevitably arrived in the same place in almost identical clothing anyway. We tried to keep our hair different shades at all times, and put a lot of energy into finding looks that would differentiate us.

But still, the questions remained the same: “omg, are you sisters?”, “Are you TWINS?” and these days we’ve decided we may as well just get crazy matchy matchy. That’s right, we’re purposely twinning all the time, and honestly, it’s pretty darn fun.

Hayley Elsaesser is one of our favourite local designers, and every year we flock to her fashion week show like a couple of moths to a big colourful flame. This year she invited us to visit her shop for some new items to sport at fashion week (dream come true!) and though we attempted to each pick a totally different outfit, we walked out looking like twins in identical two piece ensembles once again.

The perks? We almost always have the same item in multiple prints/colours, and we can pretend to be one another à la parent trap in like, 80% of situations…

P.S. Happy first day of summer!!!

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Both outfits via Hayley Elsaesser (including socks!). Alyssa’s shoes via BC footwear, backpack via Opelle Creative, watch via MintCoast, sunnies by Illesteva. Johanna’s shoes by Converse