This Ilk Tamara Bavdek and Mariam in conversation

Exploring Sustainable Fashion with This Ilk

I was first introduced to This Ilk at Inland. Designer, Tamara Bavdek’s jewellery style and designs were nothing like I had ever seen. The Indica necklace especially caught my eye and was gifted to me by the hubz. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet Tamara at the event but I reached out for a chance to know more about This Ilk. Luckily, she was heading down to Toronto for the One-of-a Kind Show and this gave me […]

Brass bracelet with pyrite and garnet gemstones for birthday giveaway

Birthday Bracelet Giveaway

Tomorrow, I’ll be celebrating my 28th birthday! As I type that out, it really hits me. There have been some pretty awesome moments and some pretty awful moments. All in all, it’s been great :). And to celebrate the day I’m having my first giveaway! I’ve teamed up with Fredrick Prince Artisan Jewellery to give one lucky Instagram fan a chance to win this super edgy Cecilia bracelet. There are no surprises that I chose […]

Wearable tech gold bangle by Wisewear

Function Meets Fashion with Wearable Tech

Technology is no longer something we hold onto or put in our purse or pocket — it’s something we wear on our body; it’s something that touches our skin. While most wearable tech focuses on the wrist (Fitbit and Apple Watch) and has a sporty look, there are numerous designs hitting the markets which encompass fashion with function. Sensors, conductive threads, 3D printing, and microcomputers promise to extend an object’s capabilities in ways we never imagined. If […]

Pablo necklace flatlay by Foxy Originals - a Canadian designer jewellery brand

Designer Jewellery Minus the Price Tag

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for unique and affordable jewellery. Sure, there’s a huge selection at high street stores but they’re not locally made. I love supporting Canadian brands (especially female entrepreneurs) because they have a story to tell and their quality is far better than the former. I was introduced to Foxy Originals, a trendy designer jewellery brand, when I saw a few of their pieces at Indigo. Since […]

Laparelle leather clutch bag in yellow mustard at Inland 2017

Innovative Designers at the Inland Show

Every time I walk into this building I’m amazed by the architecture and all the natural light the architect has allowed flowing through. Thus, it’s an apt place to hold a fashion design exhibition supporting different style designers that are all made in Canada. Welcome to the fall Inland show. I’m a fan of anything shiny, which is why Chayle’s booth caught my eye. What originally looked like jewellery made from foil was actually silver […]

pink girl black and white bright etsy canada

Etsy Brings 125 Talented Designers to Made in Canada

There’s no denying that Etsy has emerged as the online marketplace for DIY, handcrafted, and one-of-a-kind goods in recent years. This Saturday I got to see and purchase some of those amazing designs at the MaRs Discovery Centre. This particular event featured 125 vendors selling everything from fashion accessories to baby products to crafts and even vintage items. The atrium was abuzz with people and exciting things. My addiction to jewellery caused me to stop at every fashion-related booth […]

Wearing DIY tassel earrings pink purple

DIY Hoop Plus Tassel Earrings for Uncreatives

Tassel earrings in bold and bright colours were all the rage in spring/summer and this trend is carrying forward into fall. To update the look for the new season, play around with jewel tones to add richness. If you’re new to the tassel trend don’t fret, fall is a great time to try out this boho trend whether with a fringe purse or these super fun tassel earrings. Today I’m sharing how to make your own […]

Uppdoo wonder mini black and white handmade toronto handbag

Shopping Inland Connects People with Purposeful Brands

With summer coming to an end (thanks to the chill in the air) don’t think the fun’s over. Fall in Toronto brings beautiful scenery and some awesome Canadian shows like Inland. I had the opportunity to attend the previous show in May. It housed over 65 Canadian designers where more than 95% of the collections on display were handmade or manufactured in Canada. What a way to support local talent! I’m invested in purchasing local […]

Gold jewelry pieces with watch Canada

Baubles that Elevated my Eid ul Azha Outfits

Time flies – I’m already a month into launching this blog (yay!) and Eid ul Azha just ended too. What is Eid ul Azha? It is quite literally “the feast of the sacrifice.” What you mostly hear about is the sacrifice of animals, but it’s more than that. The religious significance is summed up with how much we are willing to give up for God. In reference, Prophet Ibrahim, upon the wishes of God, sacrificed […]

Completed DIY bracelet using turquoise beads and pearls

Glam up your Wrist with a DIY Bracelet

With Eid coming up I thought what better gift than to create a DIY bracelet. It’s thoughtful and customized for the person you’re making it for. I had most of the supplies from previous projects but wanted some coloured beads for contrast. I came across some beautiful turquoise beads at a local craft market. When creating a bracelet or any jewellery piece I’m usually inspired by what I see in shops or online. I recently […]