KINFOLK GATHERINGS: THE PHOTOS

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I PROMISE YOU this is the last time I’ll speak Kinfolk until at least the next one (if I have the pleasure of hosting again, that is). But please do head on over to piccolo design co. to check out some of the awesome photos taken that night. I am so proud of how the whole thing turned out (not something I say often of my work) so I can’t help but want to shout it from the rooftops.

How cool is this photo series that Jourdan Tymkow captured? I took the liberty of turning it into a GIF. I just thought it perfectly summed up what Kinfolk Gatherings are all about. Strangers gathering along a long table for an evening of good food and better company. Most of the diners I talked to told me they were delighted by the people they were seated next to and the new friendships they formed.

The theme for the dinner was Wabi-Sabi which is an ancient Japanese concept and aesthetic that celebrates beauty in the imperfection and the natural cycle of growth and decay. I shouldn’t be too hard to spot how this theme came to life in the tablescaping and decor. Most notable (though it was hard to get the full effect in photos) was how the florals went from dying and decay on one end of the table and transitioned into growth and greenery on the other. It was simply beautiful.

On a separate note – I have decided to go freelance full-time and really give piccolo the attention it deserves. Today I officially registered it as a business and everything! So if you need design or event work – please do hit me up! Girls gotta make a living.

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KINFOLK GATHERINGS: A MESSY MEAL

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I AM SO thrilled and honoured and excited to announce (if you hadn’t already heard) that I’ll be co-hosting the upcoming Kinfolk Dinner here in Vancouver. I am even more over the moon about the fact that the event sold out before I had a chance to share the news with ya’ll. (For some reason I feel like I can get away with typing ya’ll just not saying it).

In January, when I was re-writing my goals I put Kinfolk Magazine into them. First as a 3 year goal… than a 5… then I just took it off completely because I was like “that’s never gonna happen”. Sometimes I have the worst attitude. WARNING: do not set goals how I mentioned above. It’s the very wrong way to go about it.

Anyway, here I am, gearing up to co-host this October 11th event with the lovely ladies of Victory Gardens and I’m kind of like, pinch me.

I love the theme for this series – Wabi Sabi – an old Japanese concept that celebrates beauty in imperfection. Actually, Wabi-Sabi was one of the first theories I learned in Art School and when I heard the theme I was sort of like “fudge… I wish I had paid more attention to that”. It’s actually a really cool idea but my 18-year old self just couldn’t appreciate it at the time. I think in the age of instagram, pinterest and perfectly styled everything, this is a very welcomed and refreshing theme. We’ve had a lot of fun putting our wabi-sabi hats on working on bringing it to life in all the details.

So far though, the best part of planning this dinner, other than the fact that it’s freaking KINFOLK! Is that it’s allowed me to connect with so many amazing local businesses and collaborate in ways I never imagined possible. I just love small local businesses. People who – against all odds – followed there hearts and just did it. I find them so inspiring. I’m the person who will walk into a shop, chat with the shop owner, get their life story and then buy something I don’t even need just because I want them to make money. It’s my very expensive version of a high-five.

Check out the list of our awesome partners here and if you snagged a ticket, start getting excited about how rad this is going to be. I don’t want to give away how everyone is contributing yet but believe me it’s going to be sweet.

I also need to make a very public shout-out to the lady who’s keeping me sane right now, none other than my bestie, Tiff. As soon as I got the call I enrolled her because I knew she’d just help me take the whole thing to the next level.

Wish me luck folks! The countdown is on. And of course I’ll be recapping it all on here… at some point… when I have time. Le sigh.

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A YEAR FROM NOW…

A Year From Now by Kelly Cummings

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EIGHT DAYS AGO most of us promised ourselves that “this will be the year”. I wonder how many of us have already succumb to our old habits? Or even completely forgotten the resolutions we just set?

A year from now you’ll wish you’d started today.

This feels so timely to me as I type this.

Today, I am so glad I started a year ago.

I don’t really like talking about this stuff. But it’s the stuff I always like to read so I think it’s time I repay the world with a bit of my own vulnerability. Besides, one week into the new year with people all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed over their resolutions, I hope this helps keep both motivation and spirits high.

Ready?

Shorts.

These shorts are 3 years old.

Last November they didn’t come to Mexico with me because they didn’t fit.

This past summer I could get into them on days when I was feeling particularly slim (and knew I wouldn’t have to sit down for too long) I know you know what I’m talking about…

I took this photo a few weeks ago when I was trying to pack for Florida.

Holy.

That moment was pretty much the first time that I noticed for myself that hard work had actually paid off. Other people were telling me but in my eyes I looked and felt pretty much the same.

And I have to say it’s a pretty weird experience to find yourself swimming in your own clothes. To be honest, while my initial reaction was excitement it slowly turned into frustration as I realized my entire summer wardrobe now looked just plain ridiculous on me. Sorta, Charlie Chaplin-esque, ya know? And then of course, I got mad at myself for being frustrated that I’d actually achieved something great. Oh the emotional roller coaster, I tell ya!

Gunshow

In case you were wondering the title of this photo is “gun show”.  Don’t be fooled though, while the hours spent at the gym helped, the filter really helps. Hahaha.

So what’s the secret?

I hate to disappoint but it’s “eat right and work out”. Actually, no. I take that back. Because I’ve always been an active person with a pretty good sense of eating well. It’s more like “eat REALLY right and work out REALLY hard”. Yup that’s more like it*.

So there you have it. Whatever your goals are this year, I hope this post has inspired you to start today.

As for 2014, well to be honest I haven’t really sat down to think about that yet. Maybe I’ll start by adding “stop procrastinating” to my resolutions list. Maybe. Ha!

*I’ve just been inspired to share more about what I’ve learned and found worked well for me. Stay tuned for another post on that…soon.

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