Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!


1. If you're Canadian and grew up in the 90's you'll remember Heritage Minutes...the only way you seemed to actually retain history since social studies was simply not cutting it because you'd rather be outside. If you're not Canadian, then let me explain. Heritage Minutes are brief 2 minute long videos focusing on great Canadians and Canadian moments that made Canada what Canada is today. It covered everything from the creation of Superman to Winnie the Pooh to the Underground Railroad and even the invention of basketball (yes we Canadians are an awesome bunch).

This past year saw the revival of this beloved and often parodied shared memory and it has been brought back with a desire to be inclusive of different narratives than the previous minutes including Indigenous and female heritage minutes. This Heritage Minute in particular has quickly gained media and audience rave reviews in terms of how powerful a message it is conveying about the history of Canada, Indigenous peoples and residential schools.

2. Keeping with the theme and since it was also National Aboriginal Day this past week, I thought I would share this list of Aboriginal musicians to lookout for. My personal favourite being A Tribe Called Red.

3. Continuing with music and Canada (I'm loving all the theme overlapping happening), two of my favourite Canadian musical acts BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada collaborated on this track.

4. Loving this, this and this, summer dress!

5. Truly inspiring read of a 14 year old Syrian girl who received a phone call from NASA, telling her to get into contact with them when she has graduated University.

This week on footnotes and finds
1. Style File Mahira Khan
2. Harry Potter themed Graduation Party

From the archives
1. What to look for in a travel companion
2. Letting that style evolve
3. My favourite quotes

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

harry potter themed graduation party

One of our younger sisters graduated from University over the weekend and we decided to throw her a Harry Potter themed Graduation Party. If you ever want to find a hardcore harry potter fan - it's her! So when we were brainstorming for what to do for her graduation party (really it was a small family gathering) we knew right away we had to do something harry potter related.

We managed to pull off a quite successful graduation party and my sister LOVED the harry potter theme!

And honestly we all had a blast putting it all together!

So this was the only thing we didn't DIY - this Owl graduation cake was from the store and was to supposed to represent Hedwig

These are sea salted breadsticks which we dipped in melted chocolate and then rolled in sprinkles to make into WANDS! 

These cupcakes were the most fun part of the entire party! These were SORTING HAT CUPCAKES. They all look the same on the outside but in the inside we filled them with different colour icing each representing a different house. So when you would bite into the cupcake you would find out what house you belong to. 

We also made some cupcakes with Harry Potter related symbols

We printed out a Harry Potter Printable banner and that red drink in the bowl was blood orange which represented a potion: the Elixir of Life

And lastly we had these letters of acceptance hanging from the ceiling! 


Monday, 20 June 2016

Style file Mahira Khan

Style File is a series on footnotes and finds where we feature a person who we believe has impeccable style.  

STYLE FILE: Mahira Khan

Feminine, elegant but yet out-of-the-box and versatile describes Mahira Khan who has successfully notched actor and TV host on her belt. For long and for many, the Indian fashion scene has overshadowed the Pakistani fashion scene. A lot has changed with the entrance of many Pakistani actors into Bollywood and the introduction of Pakistani TV serials into the Indian market successfully. The Pakistani fashion is finally getting noticed (rightfully so) on an international level and especially so in India, farther than Punjab. The cuts and regional styles of this vast country have begun to influence styles over the border especially for Indian fashionistas who want to stand out from the rest. To put things into perspective its being described as "Pakistan's fashion wave" by Indian style editors. While some fashion cuts and styles are held in common by the two nations a lot is different and so the opportunity and potential here is beyond exciting. What does this have to do with Mahira?

Mahira Khan shot to fame in Pakistan with the much loved TV serial "Humsafar" in 2011 after a VJ gig and never looked back. After a string of successful TV serials and time spent as a TV host she ventured into film as a part of the "Lollywood" revival that is happening in Pakistan ( it should be noted that before this she had acted in and made her debut in the much lauded "Bol" by Shoaib Mansoor). What caps it off is that she will be appearing opposite Shah rukh Khan in the Bollywood film "Raees." She represents the same exciting potential of collaboration between the two nations and often times this is reflected in her clothes. She has worn Indian designers in Pakistan and Pakistani designers in India. She wears traditional Indian, traditional Pakistani, fusion, western, west-east as you can tell what she wears is always exciting and with her introduction into Bollywood this year I am interested to see what she will be wearing at interviews and premiers!

Mahira does Saris and Traditional

Mahira does Glam and Gowns

 Mahira does Tailored Suits

Mahira does Earrings


Friday, 17 June 2016

friday finds

Friday Finds
 is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!


1. We've always been interested with creatives and their processes, that is why we started a new adventure at Buzzing Creatives. I stumbled upon this collection of different creatives, from Margaret Atwood to David Lynch, discussing their creative processes!

2. Jason Shulman's new exhibition at the COB Gallery in London is the exact type of artwork I ache to cut a ticket to halfway across the world for. For his most recent show, Photographs of films, he captures the entire film in a single frame producing beautiful outcomes. He has covered everything from Citizen Kane to Wizard of Oz.

3. Checkout this week's music find: Kiah Victoria covers "Such Great Heights" by the Postal Service, in Jackson 5 style!

4. Love that the chocker trend is back! Loving this, this and this chocker!

5. In 2012 when an earthquake hit northern Italy, Chef Massimo Bottura created a new paremesan based risotto recipe to keep cheesemakers from going broke. Vice covers this in a gripping 4 minute film.


1. My Favourite Summer Things
2. My June Playlist

From the Archives:

1. Montenegro + Croatia: Travel Diary Part 4
2. Favourite Pair of Shoes
3. A Few of my Favourite Things

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