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

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

Taking Root

Blurring the lines between life and art, part sculptural installation and part public furniture piece designed by Ju Lee Architects makes hanging out in this park in Seoul Korea all the more inviting. Roots that gently rise and fall create different heights for people to lean on, sit, or lie down.

Taking inspiration from nature and encouraging our connection to it in my opinion, is always a good thing. -tM

Photography: Kyungsub Shin

Neoclassical Beauty

Photography: Jerome Galland | Villa Astor | Italy, Amalfi Coast

Photography: Jerome Galland | Villa Astor | Italy, Amalfi Coast

Bound to beauty in all of its infinite forms, this 17th Century statue standing in the garden of a villa; solitary, lost in the trees, cypresses, and pines makes me long for a secret affair. -tM

The Fox is in the Pantry

Caffé La Tana, in Vancouver is a new world version of the Italian alimentari (a small family owned grocery store and deil found in small neighbourhoods throughout most of Italy). It is so full of charm and goodness that even the fox will be tamed by the in house delights.

With such clever marketing, who wouldn’t be swayed to indulge in a nostalgia and the “way things used to be.” -tM

A Private Refuge

An Italian Baroque Palace turned elegant hotel in which the architects and design team honoured the existing structure of the space. I am enchanted by its beauty and elegance. Sensual and simple marries tradition and discretion. -tM

Palazzo Bozzi Corso | Lecce, Italie | www.palazzobozzicorso.com

Photography: AD France Magazine

Saint Love

Artsit: Egon Schiele | Girlfriends, 1913

Artsit: Egon Schiele | Girlfriends, 1913

The cultivation of Intimacy, whether it be through friendships, lovers, family, or with yourself, that is the way to love. An intimate inclusion that allows you to become more then what you are. It is worth every effort; every heartbreak. It is growth by fire. -tM

When Love Comes To Town

Here are the details, up close, and personal, parts of a whole, commanding you take a closer look, not unlike Lili herself.

Layer upon layer, not only is her graffiti style powerful, but it is also an entry way into a sensual, self-assured world that explores the raw scope of what it means to be a woman in today’s society, ever evolving, ever changing, making no apologies for her sexuality.

A show dedicated to love, and as Lili so eloquently put it: “It’s not always about the journey, sometimes it’s about the neon dreams in dark places. Tonight, it’s all about you.”

So, this is what happens when love comes to town. -tM

You can inquire more about LIli’s work here: @lils_m

The Urban Equivalent

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The Creation,

and touch of child, this really is the closest one will get to the purity and divinity of the universe. They are everything that we should be and beautiful reminders of what could be. -tM

Photography: Franco Fontana|Interpretation of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam.

Garden Party

Being a child/adult who was raised and still lives in the heart of a city, I have always lounged on decks, balconies, or roof tops in times of extreme heat (I know, I know, hot air rises, but for some reason being on roof top also means you have found a kind of solitary freedom away from the rest). In saying that, I think that is the very reason that I have an affinity for gardens. I never fail to get lost in their beauty and bounty; there silent life force.

I miss the visual, the feeling of bare feet on the prickly yet soft grass floor. I am looking forward to spending more time in gardens this summer, finding peace in there ever promising hope for growth and renewal. -tM

Photography: AD France | Gardens: S. of France; Italy: CA

Wild at Heart

Abandoned Chateaul de Rothschild | Paris, France

Abandoned Chateaul de Rothschild | Paris, France

I remember seeking out solitude and magic in abandoned places as a youth.

The places would become ours, our own private Idaho if you will, taking shelter from what we believed to be a world that was too much at out feet. We spoke in poetry, and let our laughter rise to meet the sky. There we sang in harmonies of liberty and freedom; moving through our present, where cigarettes and coffee were just as important as music and sex.

There is so much magic to be found in what has been left behind, the decay is just part of its transition, inspiring curiosity and the desire to create. Do with them what you will, however, they are both contagious, so please pass them on. -tM

Paying Tribute

The newly revamped Caffé Fernanda pays homage to Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Milan’s art galleries that is home to some of the leading collections of Italian paintings around the world.

The art pieces displayed in the café elevate its design, engaging and inspiring the patrons, making their café visit feel like a gallery experience.

The grandeur of the space pays tribute to the neoclassical architecture, coupled with the post war 1950’s renovation of the space, and juxtaposed with the contemporary approach to art curation it becomes a space that seduces through texture & design.

I appreciate design that takes into account not only the history of the space but also the value and preservation of that history in its reconstruction.

I cannot help but pause for such beauty, and in silence I take a bow. -tM

Photography: Michele Nastasi | Yatzer