Archive for March, 2011


High quality, high end leg wear from Poland, Germany, and Slovenia in natural, cream, black, navy, and lavander have just been delivered to the store.

Pair the newly arrived Ivko cotton knit rose skirt with these stay ups.

These cream coloured stay ups are perfect for the Hanna Heart skirt that we have in the store now and some of you already have in your wardrobe….Sylvie, I told you I would find you the perfect tights for your skirt…Well here they are!



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We have been excitedly anticipating new Ivko pieces.  They are finally here!  Coming to us all the way from Serbia.  These Incredible knit wear designs are covered in beautiful pattern, exquisitely made using top quality yarns.  The spring collection offers beautiful styles in linens and cottons.


Hello all my beloved ladies,

You have probably had a slight moment of irritation with me at one moment or other when you are ready to cash out with your pile of beautiful new clothes and I tell you that we don’t have plastic bags.  Then I tell you that we have eco bags that we sell for $3.  The you tell me that you already have a lot of eco bags at home and don’t want another one.  I feel awkward and uncomfortable every time this happens.  I don’t want you to be mad at me over a plastic bag.

The article below is not about fashion and I didn’t write it.  It is why we are not giving out plastic bags at the store.

The plastic found in a single turtle’s stomach

Hundreds of shards reveal the threat to wildlife from debris floating in our seas

By Adam Sherwin

Thursday, 24 March 2011

The debris from the stomach of a green sea turtle

This collection of hundreds of coloured, jagged shards could be a work of abstract art. But the objects in the photograph to the right are the contents of the stomach of a sea turtle that lost its battle with plastic pollution.

Environmentalists examined the stomach of the juvenile turtle found off the coast of Argentina. The bellyful of debris that they found is symptomatic of the increasing threat to the sea turtles from a human addiction to plastic.

Sea turtles often mistake plastic items for jellyfish or other food. Ingesting non-biodegradable ocean pollution can cause a digestive blockage and internal lacerations. The result can be debilitation, followed by death.

Humans currently produce 260 million tons of plastic a year. When those products are pulled into the sea’s currents, the plastics do not biodegrade but are broken into smaller pieces which are consumed by marine life at the bottom of the food chain. An examination of gastrointestinal obstruction in a green turtle found off Florida discovered that, over the course of a month, the animal’s faeces had contained 74 foreign objects, including “four types of latex balloons, different types of hard plastic, a piece of carpet-like material and two 2-4mm tar balls.”

The biggest rubbish “swill” is the North Pacific Gyre, known as the “great garbage patch”, which is the size of Texas and contains an estimated 3.5 million items of detritus, ranging from toys to toothbrushes.

“The oceans have become one giant refuse bin for all manner of plastics. All sea turtle species are particularly prone and may be seriously harmed,” according to the biologists Colette Wabnitz, from the University of British Columbia, and Wallace Nichols, of the California Academy of Sciences. In “Plastic Pollution: An Ocean Emergency”, they write: “Continued research on the impacts of plastic on the ocean environment and human health is likely to conclude the problem is worse than currently understood.

“The symptom of this growing crisis can be seen inside and on sea turtles as well as their oceanic and terrestrial habitats. Bold initiatives that directly confront the source of plastic pollution, redesign packaging and rethink the very idea of ‘throwaway culture’ are urgently required.”

Almost all marine species, from plankton to whales, have ingested plastic. But, even in small quantities, plastic can kill sea turtles due to obstruction of the oesophagus or perforation of the bowel, the biologists said.

Fifty out of 92 turtles found dead, stranded on the shorelines of Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil, had ingested a “considerable amount of man-made debris”.

Because young sea turtles indiscriminately feed on pelagic material, “high occurrences of plastic are common in the digestive tract of these small sea turtles,” the biologists write.

They are asking visitors to help reduce the threat from plastics during visits to coastal areas by bringing their own reusable bags and food containers, and avoiding plastic-bottled drinks.


This great skirt is in store now.  For  $135.

Come see the whole Spring collection in the store.   It is fun and playful and cheerful.

Finish of your look with a pair of our elf  heels available in store soon.

Mushroom earrings are available for $22 a pair at the boutique.

Mushrooms are a real life fantasy.   The link between the fairy world and ours. a magical surprise that pops out of the grass and amazes us with its unexpected shape and it’s sometimes wild colours.  Celebrate some mischievousness, celebrate spring, call to the fairies and elves.  Wear a mushroom skirt.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.



This is the wedding dress for the bride of a dear old friend.  They are getting married this summer barefoot in the grass by the side of a lake – good ole’ hippie style.  On a little road trip to Montreal this January they made time to shop for her dress at my store.  We wanted something off the rack that could be customized for her to feel self-expressed and unique.  Working with fabric pins and scarfettes, we were able to come up with an embellishment that suited her curves and colouring.  Look at how the blue leaves bring out her stunning blue eyes.  The side slit on the dress is actually quite racey and the sheer voile just barely covers her bum.  Somehow she pulls it off perfectly, looking both classy and cute and sexy and just perfectly “Lena”.

When we took the dress back to the studio, i steamed all the pins off the back of the embellishments and stitched them to the dress.  On the back of the dress, I continued the stitching of an ivy and leaf pattern in blue and bronze coloured thread.  I added some sequins by hand and voila!  A custom dress is born!

It was a true honour for me to be asked to make her wedding dress.  Every time a friend asks me to make their dress, i feel really blessed and happy.



It seems I am not the only designer totally inspired by Haeckel’s art.  Below you will see the most incredible dress by artists/designer Toolgrrl (that is her etsy name).

It’s inspired by an Ernst Haeckel illustration of a stinkhorn fungus from the 19th century. The relationship this piece has with the environment isn’t just limited to mushrooms, though, as every inch of the dress is made with recycled materials.

And now for some mushroom art that fits into our everyday.  This is the new toadstool skirt that we are currently selling at the boutique.  It is playful and clearly a reminder of the fact that Spring is on its way.  YAY!


Celtic knot inspired jewelry by Elizabeth Johnston available at Boutique Katrin Leblond.


How many of you have sea shells in your bathroom?  I know I do.  I even have starfish spray painted silver and driftwood that I lugged home from vacation.  This post explores the connection between Nature, as illustrated by the drawings of Ernst Haeckel, and our desire to surround ourselves with objects from the ocean.

Below are some amazing contemporary furniture designs by a company called ARKTURA.  I am totally smitten with the lines and shadows that these pieces cast.  I am also a fan of the colour options they provide…what not just black and chrome?, but also plum, red and aqua…how do I choose?

a little bit of the real thing in pink and purple and red ( may favourite colours)…

…and a little bit of happy homemaker throwing an ocean themed dinner party!

photo by Jeffrey N Jeffords

Below are the sqid pages.  mmm, yum!

We have this pin in the store.  It is by an American artist called MamasLittleBabies.

Now this tops it all for me.  Michelle McCoskey has crochet this squid scarf.  I can’t say that I would wear it, but i was thrilled when I found theses images online and I hope you enjoy the ridiculousness and effort that went into making this masterpiece of crafty kitsch!


I find this woman and her dress very inspiring.  She is stunningly beautiful and her pose is very masculine and confident.  Her dress is a total work of art!  I would love to know who this woman is.  Is she an artists or a designer posing for a story?  If anyone knows who she is, I am curious.  Please leave a comment.


This is now in my top two favourite costumes of all times.  It was comissioned for hoola hoop artist Danièle Béchard.  She was a delight to design for and I was very inspired when I was making this little number.  She wanted a skirt that she could roll her hoops up over without getting caught in it.  She needed it to be washable, durable and yet still look luxurious and sexy.  The initial challenge was convincing her to add a contrast colour outside of the red/black colour palette that we had decided upon.  I knew that we would need blues and cools to make the red pop (pink was not an option for Daniele…she hates it) and so all of the stitching and embellishments are done with turquoise, blue, lavender and white for highlights.  There is a lace up in the back that we cannot see in these pictures.


Remember the Rainbow Bride, well here she is again!  She sent me photos from her destination wedding and it really looks like a dream.  The inspiration for the dress was colour colour colour with a little bit of playful and a lot of whimsey.  The gown is a fully corseted bodice with rosette and leaf appliqué at the neckline.  The petticoat was made from all different colours of tulle with an overlay of mossy green tulle to subdue them all and harmonize the rainbow.  The ribbons at the hem added a little bit of gypsy folklore and are some of my favourite ribbons from my private collection.  I dig deep into the good stuff when I am making a special order dress.  The butterfly sequins are all hand cut and appliquéd onto the skirt of the dress.  This is one of my all time favourite wedding dresses.  It suits Betsey and fit her beautifully.

Betsy, I just love how the cake matches it all.  It looks like it was a truly magnificent wedding day and you and your hubby look very well matched.  I wish you a magical journey into married life and I hope you are laughing together into old age. – Kat


Beautiful sandals from Israel are now at Boutique Katrin Leblond.   The wonderful thing about these new sandals is how comfortable they feel on your feet.  They are available in sizes 37 to 40 in black or bronze.


Beautiful amazing Anna.  You will be a momma soon.  You will be in love.  You will be afraid.  You will be powerful.  You will be you.  You are amazing Anna and you will be a great mom.

This is for you in anticipation of all the fun you will have rediscovering everyday things through the eyes of your child.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.



More bibis!


Corrina is the Montreal wild girl making beautifully juxtaposed naturally molted feather jewelry that does not harm our fine feathered friends.  She has some really special one of a kind necklaces and earrings at the boutique.

Happy Birthday Corrina.

Your life is your most powerful art.    See you at the boutique.



This is an excerpt from a movie that I love called Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.  I love this scene.  It is the only fight scene I have ever seen that I wanted to watch again and again.  I do believe we can find a way in our humanness to understand in all of our being that we are connected to all things and part of everything and that that understanding is the key to knowing gravity in a different way.  I believe children can be taught to be more connected to all things than adults cemented in their convictions that separation is more powerful than connection can ever be.   This little clip is  fantasy of a reality that I actually think is possible.  I also think you can teach yourself to step beyond expected parameters and still be a person who is conflicted.  This is a complicated scene that talks to me about striving to understand the power of the self and the infinite.  I do think we can fly!

Fly away with a feather print dress from Katrin Leblond.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.



Our creative process has evolved a lot as our team has evolved.   This is what our collection boards look like.  We move the mini mock ups of the pieces we are designing around on the board and find our matching out fits and plan delivery to store dates so that when the items finally  come to you they are  ready to pop into your wardrobe as single items or even better as complete outfits.

These are mock ups of our March first delivery group.  Lots of black and white accented with roses.   Pops of garden green and lime with fuschia and hot pink and peachy rose.  Playful pieces to prep you for a great summer ahead.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.



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Lots of new rose covered clothing has just been delivered in the store.  Add some flowers to your day.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.


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