Silent Strength

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Lately I have been thinking about strength,

in terms of where I come from, and what I was born into.

I am not tough, I have never been, nor have I pretended to be, but I am strong.

In our world, the strength of a woman is so different from that of a man. And that is okay. We need to lean on and look to one another in differences of strength.

Whenever I am in doubt of whether I can overcome a situation, often I remind myself of where I come from and what I continue to be a part of.

For the first time, I am really beginning to own my strength, not just as a woman, but as a human being. It has been incredibly grounding and humbling, as it always is when connecting to the source.-tM

Artist: Matisse | Abstract Nude

1970's Curves

Designer of Sofa & Lamp: Charles Tassin

Designer of Sofa & Lamp: Charles Tassin

The design’s of the 70’s are marked by opulence of colour and luxurious materials. So sexy, so contemporary; it was a decade that mixed interior styles without hierarchy. In my opinion, the 70’s will always be a tribute to style, design, and creativity. -tM

You're Gonna Make it After All

I remember the significance of this opener as a young child. Without knowing why, I knew that throwing a hat up in the air meant freedom; independence. To this day, I recall walking down the street singing this theme song, spinning around aimlessly and tossing my hat up in the air, yelling mother in the background, it didn’t matter, this was my moment.

I loved this show as a young person and as I re visit the series as an adult, I am struck by how timeless and relevant this program is to this day. It celebrates the independent woman, the strength of her voice and will, as well as her choice(s) not to marry. It’s bright, it’s beautiful (the colour combinations in clothing are gorgeous in and of themselves), witty, and smart.

It’s good t.v.

And it still makes me want to spin and throw my hat up in the air in affirmation that I too will make it on my own. -tM

Attention to Detail

Photography: Unknown | David Gahan, 1980’s

Photography: Unknown | David Gahan, 1980’s

I really miss the attention to detail that people would give to their wardrobes/style. I long for the days where personal grooming was equal to dignity and self-respect, when society judged you just a little more based on your appearance. Yes, you heard me, sometimes I think judgement is okay, and sometimes I feel like fear of judgement keeps us on our toes and looking just that little bit better.

You see, beauty and creativity have always been a driving force in my life, I feel inspired when I see someone dress uniquely to suit who they are, it’s personality, it’s swagger. However, for the past several years I have been getting lost in a sea of Parka’s, Canada Goose jackets, flip flops, leggings, chino’s, and wrinkled t-shirts while taking the mass transit. I no longer see anything close to inspiring.

When did it become so alright not to give a shit? When did it become okay, to wear track pants to work, and flip flops to the office? Everyone looks the same. Is this the result of people losing a sense of who they are? Are we finally devoid of personality? Has the i-phone zapped our identities? Where has that beauty of self-expression gone? How did we get here, and why is this okay? -tM

Strong Friendships

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

I have this friend, of the opposite sex, that has been in my life ever since my first birthday. On and off we would continuously weave in and out of each others lives, sometimes more regularly then others, but no matter where we were in life, we would always keep the communication lines open even if geography or life wouldn’t allow us the face to face time.

Life long friendship is a massive gift, and he has always made it easy for me to ” just be” in that friendship, and I believe I in return have allowed him the same ease.

Having him in my life makes me feel like all will be okay with the world. He is just that kind of strong and safe for me. -tM

Exits

Photography: Richard Avedon | Harpers Bazaar, 1957

Photography: Richard Avedon | Harpers Bazaar, 1957

I always examine the way people choose to leave my life, their exit conveys a lot about who they are, and what qualities they exhibit as human beings. I feel that exits say more about you then entrances. and oddly enough that is how people end up remembering you.

I always make a conscious effort to leave with dignity and grace. And when I do leave, I leave for good. There is no going back. I never revisit what I left behind. -tM

Backstage

Scenes from behind the curtain. In celebration of Fashion Month really in Europe, here are a few stand out photo’s from various shows all captured by photographer Emon Toufanian. One thing is for certain, wherever you go, or whatever you do, DO NOT leave home without your accessories. The devil still remains in the punk rock of details. Which is your favourite? -tM

l to r: Y Project; Jacquemus; Jacquemus; Rick Owens:: Rokh

Back to the Future

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

So this is how I have been wearing my hair for the past year and a half. I took the risk of cutting my bangs again, and wearing a mid length curly shag. Oh so retro you say? Well yes, and back to the past and into the present/future I have gone.

You see, this was one of my childhood haircuts. It suited me then, and it suits me now. There are a few things that need to be revisited from childhood as you age: passions, hair colour (you childhood colour will always suit you best, especially when needing to cover greys), and in my opinion haircuts. Of course you may have a variation on that said “do”, and I think the trick is to learn how to style it as an adult, but in general those youthful cuts of our past can make us look even more youthful today. Call it nostalgia, or just plain lack or creativity, all I know is that it is working for me.

How about you, what childhood style/accessories have you recently revisited? -tM