Posts from ‘Love’
Lois wrote to me: Matt and I just celebrated our second anniversary yesterday and were reminded of how magical our wedding day was. It just wouldn’t have been the same in any other dress. Thank you for making me look and feel like the most beautiful and precious woman in the world on the most important day of my life. I hope these pictures will help to showcase your incredible talents.
This is Chiara.
She has been a client since before Katrin Leblond Design, when I was manufacturing under the brand name Fairyesque. She is delightful and beautiful and it was such a pleasure to accessorize her wedding dress.
Let’s just start by saying that she is way cool to be getting married in a chartreuse yellow dress!
I made the Veil in Yellow and Ivory tulle. It is long and billowy … and doesn’t she just look fantastic?!
In the background you can catch a glimpse of her fabulous sister in the red apple dress by OCUNID.
It’s wedding season and I am slowly getting back in the saddle, so if you have any last minute wedding dresses that need making, call me!
Here she is on the day she was born. She’s all snuggled up against me, sleeping sweetly.
Victoria. My heart sings for her every day.
If you have ever come into the store on a weekend, you are sure to have met my mother Barbara. The little bean was about 2 weeks old in this picture.
It seems like all I do is sleep, nurse and hold her in my arms. Grateful that it is summer.
Already doubled in length, this child just keeps getting longer instead of fatter. Here she is wearing vintage petit bateau that I wore in the 70′s.
I love getting wedding pictures in the mail. It is a gift to see where my dresses go and what occasions they are worn for. This is the wedding picture of Jennifer and Andrea. (Thanks guys!). They were a delight to serve and play dress up with. Obviously I only did the outfit on the right.
@ Jennifer and Andrea: You both look so genuinely happy and radiant in this photo. I wish you a lifetime of falling in love with each other anew every day. xoxo
Everyone loves getting flowers. Especially this time of year, we’re busy buying each other roses by the dozen, orchids to brighten our kitchen tables, or pots of crocuses .
Where we buy our flowers makes a serious impact in the lives of many people. The commercial flower industry is as horrifying, corrupt, and abusive as the sweatshop-clothing industry. Not something anyone wants to support!
Katrin Leblond Design celebrates the fact that our clothes are ethically made, and that the people who lovingly stitch the garments actually get paid fairly for their labour. In this industry, that says a lot.
Buying fair-trade flowers is just as important. It’s the difference between supporting local farmers, sustainable agriculture, and small businesses, and supporting cheap mass-labour, pesticide use, human-rights violations, and unnecessary fossil fuels.
There are many wonderful florists in Montreal that carry fair-trade, locally-grown flowers. Here are just a few. Go visit them as you pick your perfect bouquet!!
You can also pay a visit to Jean-Talon Market and see what local farmers have in store for you there. There’s something lovely about talking to the people who actually grew and harvested the blossoms themselves.
- A flower market in Ohio
Enjoy the beauty that flowers add to your home. Buy someone you love flowers, or better yet, buy yourself a sunny bouquet. Flowers add magic and enchantment to a space. When they’ve been grown and harvested with love, I bet that magic’s even stronger.
Express your beauty as you are. Dance in your kitchen and sing to the stars.
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 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.
They say you can’t throw a stone in Montreal without hitting a church. Well, in Austin Texas, where I just spent a week’s vacation, you can’t throw a stone without hitting an image of the Guadalupe Virgin or the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I wasn’t raised with any Catholic education, so I was unfamiliar with the Sacred Heart. On this trip, as I began to see so many beautiful hearts all over town, in boutiques, on murals, and even just on keychains, I noticed I was really drawn to them.
We LOVE hearts at Boutique Katrin Leblond. Just look at our logo.
The heart’s bursting over with flowers, just like many sacred hearts burst with flames.
They say that, in Catholicism, the Sacred Heart of Jesus represents Jesus’ divine love for humanity. I like to think that when people enter the boutique, they are nurtured and inspired to show divine love towards themselves. We want every woman to feel they are entering a temple that worships the beauty that exists in all of us, inside and out.
I left Texas with a little hand-made Sacred Heart made out of tin that I bought from a Mexican artist. I’ve hung it over my work desk, so that the radiance of that divine self-love may carry me through my work days, and inspire me to be my best self.
Like a new dress or scarf, this little Heart of mine is a simple gift to myself that makes me feel special and loved. Come on by the Boutique and you’re bound to find something that does the same for you!
Express your beauty as you are. Dance in your kitchen, and sing to the stars.
Aux Vivres is hands-down one of my favorites places to eat in Montreal. The unique, creative and absurdly-delicious food it serves up is made even yummier by its clean, open ambiance, local wall-art, and inviting staff. It makes an equally great spot for a business lunch, a quick takeout, an anniversary date or a birthday dinner. This famously beautiful restaurant is not only 100% vegan – it’s deliciously affordable.
Boutique Katrin Leblond loves Aux Vivres. Not only are they our beloved next-door neighbour, but Mike, the chef and co-owner, just happens to be Katrin’s husband.
Everything there is delicious. The chickpea curry is yummy and authentic, while the huge salads are the stuff that dreams are made of (mmmm….just thinking about the seaweed and kraut toppings with ginger dressing in the Living Salad makes me salivate). It’s one of the few places that a giant sandwich will leave you feeling full and nourished. Do not underestimate the power of their hot-from-the-oven cornbread, smothered with vegan butter. Washed down with a glass of fresh-pressed apple-ginger juice, you’re bound finish your meal feeling alive and refreshed.
Perhaps the most legendary of all beasts on the Aux Vivres menu is the BLT sandwich. Stuffed with chips of smoked, slightly sweetened coconut, mounds of fresh lettuce and tomato, and drizzled with vegan mayo, this is a sandwich that knows no match. It may just be the yummiest thing you can eat in Montreal.
So go check out Aux Vivres. Stop by for a chocolate smoothie, then pop into Boutique Katrin Leblond to find some special treasures, and then go back to Aux Vivres again and reward yourself with a splendid dinner. The ladies at Katrin Leblond will dress you with as much love as the good folks at Aux Vivres will feed you. You’re bound to leave the ‘hood radiant and renewed.
AUX VIVRES 4631 blvd. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2T 1R2
Express your beauty as you are. Dance in your kitchen, and sing to the stars.