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These Years

By On January 5, 2016

These years are full of many firsts and many lasts. Don’t waste your youth. Don’t waste your life. Don’t waste your breath on maybes and could-bes – do things with your whole… Read More

Rythme n°1, Decoration for the Salon des Tuileries by Robert Delaunay


By On July 30, 2015

Art can seem frustrating, complicated, and boring. But art is essentially about making us feel. Comparing brushwork, backstories, and Baroque to Bauhaus can give you an intellectual high, but it isn’t necessary… Read More


A Month in Paris

By On July 24, 2015

This summer was quiet hours in the Luxembourg Garden on Sunday mornings. I left the house early, a note on the kitchen counter. My roommates were still sleeping. Everyone was still sleeping.… Read More

The Happiness List

The Happiness List

By On May 6, 2015

Know what makes you happy. A lot of us wander through our days, randomly and vaguely trying to find happiness, meaning, motivation, and inspiration. Big concepts that are actually rooted in the… Read More

(c) Siobhan Barry; (c) Sophia Vartanian

Small Adventures

By On February 15, 2015

It’s the small adventures that count. We were feeling run-down, restless, and stressed. So we grabbed some cameras – film, DSLR, iPhones – and went outside. I never want to go outside until… Read More

beach and snow

Just Trust

By On January 28, 2015

Sometimes you don’t know if you’re making the right choices. Sometimes your instincts just aren’t there, and sometimes you second-guess them to death. You deny how you feel, and you forget how… Read More

trees and water

On Summer

By On August 19, 2014

Summer feels nostalgic, sweet, heartbreaking as it happens; this season feels the most fleeting and the most precious. There are the hours spent on the docks at noon, with the cold bay… Read More

organic vegan pesto recipe

Vegan Pesto

By On July 12, 2014

Today, I went to the farmer’s market with only one goal in mind. Pesto. Some things in life are perfect without ever trying, like basil, which exists in my mind solely to make pesto.… Read More

potted fresh organic herbs at Old Faithful Shop

Old Faithful Shop

By On June 7, 2014

Never thought you’d need toothpicks infused with flavours of single malt scotch, bourbon, lemon, mint, or salted birch? Dodecahedron terrariums filled with succulents? A classic Wentworth pewter flask? Well, think again. A… Read More

baguette at finch's tea vancouver

Finch’s Tea & Coffee House

By On June 7, 2014

Finch’s Tea & Coffee House is a charming mixture of your grandmother’s kitchen and attic – rickety and sturdy wooden chairs, pale green pantry, bright flowers, a wireless, fruit nectars and an… Read More