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Never stop being creative!
This is my newest art project; a collaboration with graphic designer Iris Glaser. We were inspired by a window display we painted in my store in December of fairies, Fridas and fashionistas. (see pictures here) A few months later we spent some time on the idea of a colouring book for girls and women that would reflect our current experience of art and feminism. Mix and match was the perfect way to express our varied selves, ever changing and all ages. Drawing from the comtemporary and the mythological, we created 12 plates that were fun and empowering images. We chose cardstock so that the book can be used with watercolours as well as markers. Making sure every head, torso and legs were equally fun and different, we made sure not to include stereotypical professions or princesses. No princesses at all! Believing we need to actively choose the images we surround ourselves with, our ladies show a diversity in their expression of femininity.
Here is my daughter Victoria working on her first mix. She calls this one the ladybug girl. She really loves the hair and the robot girl legs.
Iris painted this spectacular mermaid singer.
The book is available for purchase online and in my boutique.
Here they are, all piling up on the table.
Hearts that take waaaay too long to make! They are pieced from little cut pieces of silk chiffon. Then we spray them with water and fill all the gaps and keep working that way until they become full fluffy multicolor heart explosions!
Appliqued onto tank tops, they come to life.
Here you see them at the early stages of the process. We sew them onto black or white Lycra mesh so that they retain their elasticity. The technique is quite complicated.
Before we sew it onto a top, it gets a little haircut to clean up the edges.
What a mess in the studio when these are in production. Soon we will be making little mini heart pins. Can’t wait.
Wearing dresses in the Winter is great! But not always easy or warm.
A few easy ideas or accessories will make your wardrobe a little more manageable.
Take this summer dress, for example.
Option A: Add a black turtleneck underneath. Preferably something not too thick so that you don’t notice where the waistband ends. This is a more sporty, casual look.
I sell turtle necks in black, red and blue…all on the 50% off rack right now.
Option B: Add a bolero. I make 4 different models in all possible colors. This one ties in the front and has full length sleeves. This is a more elegant, feminine option.
Choose a dress with a lining, or buy a slip. In the winter we wear thick tights, or leggings under everything. Dresses often cling to your layers and don’t fall and drape properly, not to mention the static created by some carpets!
The Gabriella dress (below) has a built in lining.
Dresses with long sleeves are hard to find. We have winters that are colder than most, so designers are not designing with us in mind. They are designing for all of North America and more moderate climates. That is why some Fall/Winter collections are very un-wintery. Below is my long sleeve Sara Dress in Black with silk multicolor embellishments.
More long sleeve dresses (3/4 sleeve actually). Some women prefer 3/4 sleeve, but I think the problem often stems from not having sleeves hemmed to the exact right length. At the boutique we offer an alteration service on anything purchased here, and I encourage you to always make things fit just right even if it means taking off only an inch.
Boutique Katrin Leblond 4647 St-Laurent Montreal, QC 514-678-9616
What she’s wearing:
Accessory around neck: scarfette $8
Navy linen vest: $175
Skirt with wool appliqué: $160
Navy is just another black. Blue black. Don’t be afraid of it Montrealers. I know you are addicted to black, but navy is just a softer more daytime version of black. Wear it with red and you make the colour shine. Wear it with white and you look summery and nautical. Wear it with mustard or lemon or yellow and you will be making a very avant garde fashion statement. “But I don’t have navy shoes” I hear you say. So what! Just wear black tights and black shoes, or better yet knee-high brown boots. Now go out into the world fearlessly. Navy is your friend. It makes rosy cheeks look rosier. In the deep of winter you will look less pale. Best of all, it’s a classic.
How to wear a VEST: The vest is a sexy top on it’s own. I mean it. It’s got that “I’m naked underneath appeal.” (even with a cami) It is perfect for Holiday office parties because it allows you to feel hot while looking professional. The vest is also great for layering. Wear it over a collared shirt for the cute sexy librarian intellectual look. Wear it over a loose gypsy blouse for that masculine meets feminine appeal. Wear it over a flowery dress and it changes everything; now that dress has become a suit. Wear it under a blazer for the double breasted effect. I tell you, it is endless. If you ever find a vest that fits your feminine forms and makes you feel sexy (i.e. it does NOT flatten your bust), you must buy it. It will last you a lifetime and never go out of style.
It is no surprise to me that Halloween and the Day of the Dead are one day apart. This is the seasonal time when things shift, plants die, seasons change. I’m going to keep this simple. Here are a few ideas for how you could celebrate this unique time:
1. Go for a walk in the cemetery: go alone or go with your family. Look at the tombstones. Pay your respects to the dead. Enjoy their company, whoever they were.
2. Jump in the leaves: Rake them into a big pile. Listen to the crunchy sound they make. Jump in them. Kick them. Throw them.
3. Take a look at pictures of your elders or grandparents: Look through old photos or albums. Share stories. Write down names that you remember and how they were related to each other. The family tree will be easier for future generations to reconstruct that way.
4. Look at the night sky: Put on a warm jacket, or better yet grab a sleeping bag and go look at the night sky. Do it in the city or in the country. See clouds or see stars. See whatever you see. Take 10 minutes away from your warm indoors and feel the cool evening of the Fall.
This is a scarfette. It is a mini scarf, a necklace, a ribbon, a hair tie. It is also a bracelet, a belt, or a button hole extender when your jacket just won’t close anymore. I have been making them for 5 years and have sold thousands of them over the years. Add a touch of colour. Complete that outfit with flair. Show the world you dare!
New batch for Fall at the boutique now!