COOLICAN Creates Furniture That will WITHSTAND THE TEST OF TIME

Furniture designer Peter Coolican and his partner Chris Jackson are changing the way we see timeless and sustainable products, with their focus on detail, clean lines, contemporary design and simplicity at it’s finest.

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The emerging Coolican & Company is a new and growing business, with beautiful craftsmanship, and production of small batch furniture, located in the heart of Toronto. The company designs small commodities of products, with their focus on detail and producing the best quality for their customers. Whereas, bigger furniture companies tend to supply large batches, that can distract the true design and appreciation, and are less controlled for quality and superior finishes.

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The Rusholme Coffee Table in black walnut was sustainably harvested from Ontario’s Niagara region.

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Coolican & Company has a main focus on locally sourced wood from northern Ontario, and provide their customers with pieces that will last a lifetime. They also believe its important to support and use hardwood from responsibly harvested and properly managed Canadian forestry.

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This company is a hidden treasure, and their slogan, “Endlessly Durable, Purposefully Made”, speaks for their beliefs and true investment in their customers. They continue to make unique and beautiful designs made with devotion and love, meaning you only have to buy it once, and you’ll have that timeless piece for many years to come.

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The Adelaide Bench is made from Simcoe Country’s solid White Maple, and was made for putting on shoes and boots, pulling up to the dinning table for unexpected guests or just taking a moment. The Adelaide bench and is a great addition to any home.

How to invest in art without breaking your budget

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A few weeks ago my friend Amelia was telling me about her plans to go art shopping that day.

Art… shopping?” I repeated as my brain nearly combusted. Both of those words belong to a language that’s far too pricey for most people of my age and income bracket, let alone pairing them together. “Like, shopping for actual original art?”

Amelia nodded. “My mom always told me that once I become an adult, one of the most important things I can do is to invest in one piece of art annually,” she told me, as my eyes probably bulged from my skull. This was like, next-level adulting. I’d never known any of my 20-something friends to have the means to bring real life art into their homes, let alone the determination. I mean, sure, we’d all love to nail a nice painting to the walls of our tiny living rooms, but the odd time we find a couple hundred bucks in our pockets, it’s going towards our poor people expenses, like food, or new bras.

But as soon as Amelia said it, something clicked in my head. How awesome would it be to bring a masterpiece into my home? And do it every year? Not only would I be supporting a starving artist like myself, it would make me feel cultured and inspire me on the daily. Plus, I’ve heard that art increases in value as the years pass, so CHA-CHING.

“Enlighten me with your savvy art-buying secrets,” I breathed, scrambling for a pen and paper.

So, my friends, here are some of the tips I gathered for how to invest in art (like a real grown up!) without breaking your tiny little budget.

  1. You don’t have to go all-out and drop a month’s rent to invest in a piece — there are tons of incredibly talented up-and-coming artists in the city whose prices are reasonable for mere peasants like us. Find a treasure that speaks to you and your bank account by keeping an eye out for indie art shows. If you live downtown, chances are you have at least one artsy friend who can keep you posted on the next showing. If not, find events on Facebook!
  2. Hit up an art fair. There’s still a month of summer left, which means you’ll be able to find some outdoor fairs where you can meet artisans and find a nice little masterpiece to take home. Since art fairs are pretty accessible to everyone, and feature a huge variety of work, it’ll be a lot easier for you to fid something in your budget here as opposed to at a gallery.
  3. Hit up a cafe that showcases art. Even as I write this at El Almacen on Queen West, there’s a collection of creepy-cool creations on the walls that are for sale for like, $300-ish apiece. RSquared at Queen and Tecumseth also has interesting, affordable works of art on display.
  4. Save! Of course you’re going to hunt for a bargain, but you don’t want to cheap out too much on this. Artists have worked hard to earn the prices they put on their art, and as a (probably amateur) art lover, you’ll want to support them by paying that price. So, if you’re serious about buying something they’ve created, find out how much it will be and develop a payment plan. This should be a lot easier if you’re making this an annual thing — save up for 12 months, and then at the end of the saving term, splurge on a masterpiece. Imagine how accomplished and adult-like you’ll feel then.
  5. Some artists might be interested in swapping their work for yours. This obviously isn’t a common thing, but it still happens. For example, if you’re a tattoo artist and a painter likes your work, you could cut each other a deal. Or if you sell cameras or bikes or whatever — maybe you have something than an artist needs. Help each other out, and it’s a win-win!
  6. Go cheap. Like, really cheap. If you’re just too broke but still really want some art in your home, you really don’t need to be all official about it and buy it off an artist. Scour your local thrift store and you just might find a painting or sculpture that speaks to you. Bring it home, maybe invest in a pretty frame, and cherish it. I mean, it could very well be a piece of crap, but who cares? If you love it, it’s a masterpiece. (This is my broke girl logic.)

Happy art-ing!

 

Lauren’s Summer Travel Essentials Guide 101

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Planning a trip this summer?

Sometimes women often have to make clothing sacrifices, in order to pack light, but still want to look fashionable. This travel-packing list will provide you will all the necessary clothing and accessories that you will need, and still allow you to dress in style. This guide also provides a list of travel accessories; technology, toiletries and many other essential items that will help make you look and feel your best on your next vacation.

So before planning your trip, make sure you purchased your flight ticket, have all the dates organized and even the accommodations.

Here are a few great sites to check out when booking stays:

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Women’s travel packing list: Clothing

Travelling for 2-3 weeks

Tops – I would recommend bringing four or five, and focus on tops that have simple patterns, or basic colours, so it makes it easy to select an outfit. Since it’s summer time, bring loose fitting tank-blouses that are lightweight, easy to wear and look great tucked into high-waisted shorts and skirts.

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Include one or two lightweight knit sweaters or cardigans.  Depending if you go up north, or want something quick to pull over on a chilly night, I would recommend a neutral knit-cardigan and a pullover knit sweater. I really love my taupe knit, it looks great with colorful skirts and pants, and can easily be dressed up for the evening with a chunky necklace or gold/silver chain.

Pack three to four tank-tops & t-shirts are great layering basic pieces and can even be worn for night time. They are lightweight, easy to pack and can be worn with a skirt and cardigan.

When it comes to dresses, I would pack one or two in neutral colours or something that will compliment any of your sweaters or knits. The dress should be semi-dressy, so you can wear it out for dinner or a late night event.

Women’s packing list: bottoms

Bring a variety of skirts in several colours or patterns to add a little flair to your outfit. Skirts are lightweight and easy to pack, so limit yourself to three or four. Include two to three fashionable and well-fitted pairs of shorts

When it comes to pants or jeans, it really depends where you are visiting. If you are going somewhere tropical, bring one pair of lightweight pants for the evening (Jersey or Linen). If you are going up north, or overseas, you might want to bring one pair of jeans and one cotton. Otherwise, I wouldn’t even bring any if you don’t need them; they take up a lot of space and can be heavy in weight.

Leggings are totally optional, I usually wear them over pants, just because they are easy to pack, lightweight and look great with dresses, or long tunics. I would recommend buying a navy, or black pair.

Women’s packing list: Underwear and Socks

I would recommend two to three bras, because most days I’m sure you will be wearing your bikini and tanning on the beach. You can also look into quick drying sports bras.

I always like to feel fresh,  so when traveling I pack 6 to 10 pairs of underwear.

If you plan to be on your feet for a long time,  invest in buying quality a few good pairs of socks then. These would include ones that are long lasting like fine wool, or have some synthetic blends in the wool, and you can wear them in the summer.

Women’s packing list: Footwear

Shoes are the most important when it comes to travel. If you want to get a brand that is comfortable and fashionable. I recently purchased gladiator sandals, which look fashionable,  and are lightweight, comfortable and looks good with every outfit I own. Black tends to absorb more heat, but the wearing, doesn’t show and I love them. http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/gladiator-sandals

I would also recommend sailing loafers by Geox. I went on a backpacking trip for 5 weeks and walked 27,000 steps per day wearing these. I never complained about my shoes while walking, and they were comfortable and looked trendy with all my outfits. The colour navy is great, I would stay away from white, light grey and beige, because they obviously show more dirt and look worn quickly. http://www.geox.com/en_en/home

Depending on where you are traveling, be sure to include water shoes. I needed to bring water shoes for Croatia, where it’s incredibly rocky. I purchased mine at Walmart for $8, and they also are good for inside hostel showers. http://www.walmart.com/tp/water-shoes

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Women’s packing list: Jackets

I would strongly recommend bringing a denim . They look trendy, match every outfit, are mid-lightweight and give warmth. I purchased mine at Le Chateau, and it’s made out of a lightweight fabric cotton, nylon and spandex. Check out forever 21, H&M and Dynamite for similar styles.

Also, bring a vinyl rain jacket or trench. I bring my black trench everywhere. It looks fashionable on the outside, wicks away water, doesn’t show dirt easily and is lightweight.

Women’s packing list: Travel Accessories

I would 100% recommend investing in a couple quick drying towels. I had taken mine all across Europe and used it for showering, the beach, and I only needed to wash it once (not to sound gross). It doesn’t absorb odor, its lightweight, so easy to pack and it came with a packing bag. I purchased mine at SAIL for $20, but you can look on EBay, Amazon, European Backpackers, and Mountain Equipment Co. http://www.mec.ca/product/5024-431/packtowl-personal-towel/

Earplugs and Eye Mask are a must unless you want to spend 7 hours on a plane hearing a small child screaming for the entire trip. Same goes for travelling by car for long periods of time, and just need some peace and quiet. Not all earplugs work, so I would really do some research prior and you can buy an eye mask at HBC, any travel store, shoppers or online.

Small journal or notepad is a great way to remember some really great moments about your trip, or small details. You can find some awesome journals at Chapters-Indigo. https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/stationery/social-stationery/notepads/

 

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Flexible Water Bottle is the best invention ever!! I purchased the platypus bottle at Mountain Equipment Co, but you can also find them online, and at SAIL.
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If a washer isn’t available, then hand washing is the next resort. Sometimes places don’t have a sink stopper, so it’s always better to have your own, just in case. Laundry soap is another must have. I would recommend the brand BANIT.  Stains will come out instantly and works wonders. You can get both of these items at Home Hardware, Home Depot for example. http://www.homehardware.ca/en/cat/index.htm/Plumbing-Electrical/Plumbing/Repair-Hookup/Taps-Sinks/Stoppers/_/N-ntj9d

Depending where you travel, bring along a padlock. If you’re just wanting to lock up your personal items or keep them safe in a hostel locker, I would bring your own lock. Sometimes these places provide one, but what’s the harm in bringing your own? Better safe than sorry. I purchase some of my mini locks at a dollar store, but you can also look at Home Hardware, Home Depot and Staples.

I always check my luggage weight before my departure, but its good to bring it along with you as well. It gives you a good idea if you need to take some items away to lighten the load, or maybe you shouldn’t pack anymore. You can purchase one at any travel accessories stores or online on Amazon.

Make some copies of documents, such as your birth certificate, passport and anything else important if lost. You just need a digital copy on your phone if needed.

I would suggest bringing your own umbrella, especially when travelling to unfamiliar destinations, you just never know what to expect for weather.

When travelling to Europe, it is important to keep your money and documents safe from people whom pickpocket. There are many options, such as a waist belt, cross-body and bra hideaway. You can get a good price at Europe-Bound, MEC, SAIL or even online on Amazon or Ebay.

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Connect with Lauren and let her know how everything went during your planning process. If you have any ideas or feedback feel free to contact, Lauren@novellamag.com.

WayHome Day 2

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The second day of WayHome was as exciting and busy as the first, with some major artists like Timbre Timbre, Sza, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, Odesza, and Run The Jewels performing unreal sets. Between little bouts of sun showers and the perfect temperature on the sunny day, the Saturday festival was unreal. These are our top three performances from last night.

G-Eazy sauntered onto the stage in a bomber jacket to an explosion of cheers at WayBold, with his drummer Blake pumping up the crowd as he smashed the kit in perfect time. The Chicago-born rapper played his hit FRIED RICE, as well as TAKE ME DOWN, to a full audience. After playing for a full hour, he took the time to tell the audience that Toronto has become a second home to him. While he has been busy on tour for the last year, he always makes time to come to Toronto, as he loves the city and he has a massive following in Toronto.

Kendrick Lamar was perfection. Besides the fact that he played KING KUNTA, off his new album, along with some of his new bangers, he mixed in his classics. And speaking of classics, he was decked out in his Reebok Classics runners, as ambassador for the brand, and a majority of the audience was also wearing their Classics, generously provided by Reebok to hype the show. Kendrick had the most elaborate set up at the festival thus far, with the amazing light work and sounds, as well as the fireworks display at the end. And after playing for seventy-five minutes, he came back and did an encore. The concert was everything one could have hoped it would be and more, and the fandom surrounding Kendrick only grew as he progressed through his set.

Bassnectar had a hard act to follow, after Girl Talk rocked WayBold the previous night, but fans were not disappointed. The bass was so strong you could feel it in your chest, and the audience was enveloped by the deep trance sounds created by him. The venue was packed to the brim, with people flooding outside WayBold almost to the limits of the ground to be able to hear Bassnectar’s unique sound. Closing down the night and keeping the energy right until 2 a.m. is a feat, but Bassnectar delivered with radical rhythms in his heavy set.

‘Kaytranada’ & ‘Girl Talk’ At WayHome

 

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Kaytranada exploded on the WayBright stage to a barrage of deep purple, black and white lights illuminating the crowd. As he began to spin and the crowd swayed in beat to his words and beats, the bass encompassed us and we moved as one. As he coasted through his fifty-minute set, he played  classics like ALL WE DO, as well as some of his newer stuff. Mixing new and old sounds together and blending them together by incorporating a beat of his own is what makes Kaytranada one of our stand out acts of Day One.

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Closing down the night was Girl Talk at WayBold, who played an explosive and engaging set. Utilizing call and response from the crowd with his mixes, Girl Talk, also known as Gregg Gillis, is famous for his mashups and samplings, and as the closer of last night, he absolutely brought down the house as confetti, vibrant lights, and smoke machines covered his audience, as they jumped and danced around the venue until the last minute of the evening.