Archive for ‘Photography’

March 28, 2012

Strangest of Places

by Kaylee Pare

Ever since my teenage years at summer camp, my favourite lyric has been Grateful Dead’s “once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”. It’s a beautiful line that means so many things, while conveying one fundamental message all at once. Finding the positive in any situation, seeing past someone’s words to their feelings, and noticing beauty in – as the Grateful Dead so poetically puts it – the strangest of places. These are all instances where the perceptions we chose to cogitate will cause very different outcomes, and where we can easily forget to seek out hidden meaning. Changing the way we grasp a situation by looking past the surface can alter our takeaway immensely. Artist Andreas Amador, the brain behind sand paintings, seems to understand this concept of reinvention, looking beyond the surface, by applying this rule to his work everyday.

Amador maximizes on the enchantment of a beach, by using a plain old rake and his imagination to deliver this picturesque artwork. Rather than applying his artistic talents to a canvas or wall, he’s chosen to befriend the most unruly of surfaces, an idea that has not served him wrong. As they say, art imitates life – there’s no reason we shouldn’t be rethinking the ways we act, live or dress, continually looking to those strange and unknown places, where, who knows, we may just find a sparkle of light..

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March 27, 2012

Lighten Up

by Kaylee Pare

While Mother Nature seems to be  undergoing a season-long mid-life crisis, I can definitively say that the extra hours of sunshine and a restored urge to walk everywhere, have surged a certain Spring flavour into my everyday routine. In place of heavy, salt-stained boots, I’ve come to enjoy the company of new sorbet pink ballerina flats. Weighty wool and cashmere have been set aside to make room for light knits in soft, neutral tones. Red, plum and navy shades are no longer desirable, only pastels and brights will get nail time from now on. Most expected of all, Hydrangeas have entered my home, care of mom, to brighten a lonely surface and bring Spring’s best blooming qualities inside. Unfortunately one of my favourite seasons (after Fall) brings with it a slight hot/cold rollercoaster. Perhaps it’s a small price to pay for our climate’s preparation to bring us warmth for the next few months. Think of this time as your last days with the brisk cold, make use of your most loved beanie and take pleasure in infusing certain new-season elements into the wardrobe you’ve come to know all too well throughout Winter. Most of all, day dream of stowing away your coats, boots and cold-weather accessories, and letting your skin enjoy some Vitamin D for a change. It’s all just around the corner, but for now…lighten things up with choices that keep you warm, but certainly breath much-needed vibrancy into your routine.

Photos by Kaylee Paré, NonStopStyle.
1. Cole Haan Air ballet flats
2. Knits by Banana Republic and Anthropologie
3. Essie Cocktail Bling (also on nails), Essie A Cut Above, Revlon Chic

January 26, 2012

Walls

by Kaylee Pare


Graffiti, posters, advertisements, street signs, tiles. Every street corner presents a new set of visual inspiration. When we explore unfamiliar land, we are much more conscious of this fact. While wandering the streets of countless cities in Europe, I learnt to stop and notice not just those things that the travel books study. Often the simple things, like a decaying wall, vintage posters or someone’s painted creation offers much more of a story than the city itself.


Photos by Kaylee Paré in Athens, Greece.

January 4, 2012

Gold Metal

by Kaylee Pare


Bracelets: Gorjana Anchor, Alex & Ani Zodiac Bangle, others unknown.
Earrings: Banana Republic (old)
Necklace: BCBG (old)

My jewelry collection has pretty much been taken over by gold…and I’m completely fine with that!
What metal/colour dominates your treasure box?

Photos by Sabrina Salvo.

January 2, 2012

Twenty Twelve

by Kaylee Pare

My new year’s eve was everything but low-key and casual. I celebrated with my best friends in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where we spent a weekend under the sun, sipping margaritas, dancing to tunes old and new, grilling on the BBQ and most of all, chatting incessantly about every topic that came to mind, seamlessly switching topics with the mention of one word, and consequently confusing every man in our vicinity (as always). Here’s a sneak peak at some of our photos, with more to come this week!


Photos by Kaylee Paré and Sabrina Salvo.

January 1, 2012

Happy Bubbly

by Kaylee Pare


A little ‘en retard’ (late) for well wishes but nonetheless, I hope you’ve had a remarkable first day in this new year. Write down your resolutions if you intend to keep them! It will serve as a reminder and a great keepsake for years to come, when (hopefully) your aspirations will revolutionize dramatically. If you haven’t already, buy a little bubbly and celebrate the fresh slate that is 2012 …CHEERS!

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December 25, 2011

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

by Kaylee Pare

Merry Christmas! I hope all the stresses of this season have fallen by the wayside, and you are spending a care-free day in your pajamas, with the ones you love. Put up your feet, have a laugh and enjoy every moment of it. Much love!

December 14, 2011

I Spy…

by Kaylee Pare

Found my little (yet plump) kitty hiding among some of my most precious cargo the other day. Do you think this is her way of telling me to wear that blush dress hanging above her? I guess I’ve got a new fashion consultant on my hands…can’t say I don’t need it!

December 12, 2011

Casual Mondays

by Kaylee Pare

Walking in a Winter Wonderland (ish).

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December 10, 2011

Mount Etna

by Kaylee Pare

Ascending Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, was without question one of the highlights of our trip. We made our way down the Italian peninsula to Sicily for the sole purpose of exploring the volcano. We spent several hours going from bus to bus, boarding a gondola and riding to the summit in a large van in order to finally reach the brisk snow-topped peak. Etna had just erupted several days earlier so we were not permitted to visit the main crater, but the other craters, the miles of lava, the sulfur and the shocking views made the experience spectacular nonetheless. If you’re ever in Italy, I highly suggest making the trip to Etna, you certainly won’t regret it.


All photos by Kaylee Pare

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