Dress Up

Winter has been harder on me this year than I ever could’ve imagined it would be, and one of the only things that has kept me going is fun creative projects with dear friends.

When Anabela and Geoff of Fieldguided asked me to help out with photos to promote their new tote designs I jumped at the chance, anxious to get out of the house and get inspired. We met on a Sunday afternoon and headed down to the pretty pink umbrellas of the Sugar Beach, an adorable Toronto spot that turns even more beautiful when coated in a thick blanket of white snow.

Together the three of us trudged through puddles, found a pink wall, talked about house plants and lovely Toronto discoveries (Geoff was a great tour guide). We even stopped into Tandem Coffee for a few quick snaps and kitty shortbread cookies before they dropped me off at the Wedding Co. Market. It was a splendid way to spend a cold winter Sunday, and I couldn’t be happier with the final shots.

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All photos via Fieldguided

Dear Diary

Random Acts of Pastel and Bicyclette are always dreaming up new adventures, and social media is a massive part of what we do on a daily basis. We love snapping Instagram photos and updating our Pinterest feeds, and over the past year or so we’ve worked together to grow our brands, both on the personal blogging front, and the business promotion front. After the success of our first Get Social Workshop in October, we’ve decided to share our knowledge about this fun way to promote yourself again. In case you haven’t guessed already, we’re hosting our second Social Media Workshop next month!

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As small business owners, freelancers, creatives, and makers, we use social media tools on a daily basis to share what we’re up to and communicate with our followers. It’s a way for us to connect, to offer a peek behind the scenes, and share our personal style and aesthetic, which in turn helps build a brand- all the while inspiring ourselves and others through the process of doing so.

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Each different platform holds value in its own way, and when you bring all of them together to build a cohesive online presence, you’ll really start to see them working for you. Because social media varies so much from person to person, It’s really about finding the balance that works best for you and allows you to be authentic and genuine, while still getting your brand out there.

We’ll be offering a 2 hour seminar led by Alyssa (Random Acts of Pastel) and Paige (Bicyclette) mid-March that goes over each of these platforms and provides tips and tools to manage each one effectively to make them work for you and/or your business, all while establishing your brand in the online world.

We will be covering pre-planned key topics and points, but we also want the workshop to feel collaborative and open, so we invite you to bring any specific questions you may have with you, and we’ll be sure to cover them in our discussion. We’ll also be offering scones and jam from Kitten and the Bear, treats from Bake Shoppe and hot beverages from Sloane Tea, a photo booth where you can get your ‘gram on, and special swag bags with all sorts of amazing surprise goodies from favourite companies like Ban.doFresh TangerineLoveFresh, and more!

When //
Saturday, March 21st from 10 am – 12 pm

Where //
Studio B, 882A Queen St. West

Cost //
$15o

What //We’ll go over key social media platforms – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest – how to optimize content (including sizing guidelines, etc), and what the pros and cons of each are; the process of taking photos on your phone (including editing and captioning); tools and tricks; telling stories and building a lifestyle brand through photos. And that’s just the beginning!

Interested? Sign up here!

Please note, tickets are non-refundable.

Oh so Pretty

I pride myself on being a bit of a pastel hair expert, mostly as a result of using myself and my friends as guinea pigs over the years. I’m a total control freak, which means I’d rather mess up my own hair 15 times than let someone else mess it up for me, which is why in the past I’ve ended up with yellow bangs and green stained hair that refuses to go away.

Thank goodness there’s a new pastel pro in town that I actually trust.

Good Day Hair Shop is a brand new salon with a neat take on hair, style, and everything in-between. Basically they seek inspiration from digital channels like Tumblr and Instagram, using real life examples of cool folks to create looks in the salon. Located in Kensington Market, they offer great pricing, a fun laid back atmosphere, and they also have their own handmade, cruelty-free product line called “Unicorn Soft” shampoo and conditioner, and it legit smells like creamsicle (full review coming soon!)

I stopped into Good Day for an appointment with Gosia, one of the pink-haired stylists (almost everyone that works there has magical pastel hair btw), and left with the most incredible silvery grey to lavender Ombré bob you ever did see. I’m already dreaming up what we can do together next time I visit!

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Dear Diary

Last weekend I was lucky enough to score a ticket to the Wedluxe Wedding Show, so I ventured downtown and into the bridal madness. I spent most of my time of time wandering the halls of the show in search of florals, sequins, and rare treasures. Of course between the mountain of Momofuku cake truffles, the flower market, the golden walkway that lead guest through the very exclusive Kleinfeld’s showroom, and the incredible cake and table setting displays, I certainly found all three and more!

Though I felt a little bit disheartened by the end of my tour (I want nothing more than to get married, but I’m still sorting out some minor details haha), it was a wonderful experience with countless breathtaking sections, and it turned out to be a wonderful way to spend a cold January afternoon!

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Party Time

It’s hard to sum up all the feelings we have about the social media workshop in one little post, but I’m going to do my best.

When the day started, Paige and I were both pretty nervous. I mean, would anyone care what we had to say? Would all our hard work be worth it? But as attendees started pouring in, it quickly became clear that it was going to be a magical morning. Bloggers, business owners, bakers, photographers, and all sorts of other amazing women all squeezed into the studio, and the energy was practically glittering in the air. By the time we finished our presentation, we were almost half an hour overtime, and everyone could barely contain their excitement (including us!) We all stood around afterward eating Desmond & Beatrice coconut cupcakes, Kitten and The Bear scones and jam and shared our hopes, dreams, and plans (oh, and taking some pretty adorable photobooth pics- coming soon!) It felt like we’d created a little bubble of talented creative women at Studio B, and we’re so excited to watch everyone who attended progress and grow.

Overall, our first workshop was a huge success, and we’re so incredibly grateful to all of our lovely attendees and talented sponsors. We’re excited to announce well be hosting more workshops in the near future, and we can’t wait to build on this idea and share what’s next with all of you very soon!

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Photos: Brianne Burnell