June 2016 | Footnotes and Finds

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Handmade Finds - June

This month's Handmade finds is full of a range of products! From prints to jewelry to wall hangings! Enjoy and make sure to check out the shops of these very talented artisans!

1. Yasmin Creates

Yasmin Creates is an original photographic art print store which launched in March 2016. Through my work I aim to bring colour and happiness to your lives. I'm inspired by many things when it comes to creating my work. For example, I began as a fashion photographer but now I aim to combine my love for photography and painting through my original photographic art prints which will be available to purchase over the coming months. Not only this, but I love to create handmade bracelets too! One thing that will be constant throughout my work is the use of colour. What better way to brighten up your day? I like to say that there is something for everyone at Yasmin Creates.

This print is from the Detail series and is very soft and feminine. I have used pastel colours because these are the colours I am very much drawn to. My shooting style is very cropped so that you can mainly see the accessories the model is wearing. In this print the model is wearing various jewellery, some of which has been handmade by myself. These handmade bracelets are also available to purchase in my shop which means you can own a limited quantity of the jewellery that has been featured in my original fashion photography prints.

I hope you enjoy browsing my Etsy store, should you want to find out more and see more of my work you can head over to my website www.yasmincreates.com which will be updated more regularly.

2. Angean Lifestyle 

Angean Lifestyle is an extension of the lifestyle blog, Angean, by Tess Ciarloni.  Several of the prints that are shared on the blog are made available for purchase in the Etsy shop. The prints are a mix of watercolour and gouache images painted on high quality water colour or marker paper.  Each painting is hand drawn and then painted taking anywhere from a couple to several hours to complete a painting. The paintings are split into several different collections which include perfume bottles, shoes, agate slices and crystals. Each piece is designed to be hung in it's collection, but can also stand alone, or be mixed with other pieces. Tess uses painting as a means to relax and express her creativity while creating beautiful pieces for her home, as well as others! 

Originally painted with gouache and acrylic. Great print to include in a gallery wall, entry way or bedroom. This print is part of a series of geometric crystal prints that look great alone or grouped together. Prints are drawn in pencil first and then hand painted using different shades of gouache.

3. Me, you & jack

Me, you & jack is a small creative business based in Melbourne, Australia.  It has evolved from a passion for art, craft and design into an online store with a range of art prints, fibre art pieces, stationary and wall stickers.  Every print is hand painted and reproduced into a high quality digital print and fibre art pieces are all original and hand knotted with much care and precision.

One of a kind Modern Macramé Wall Hanging which has been hand knotted with care over many hours.
This wall hanging has a beautiful lacey look with many layers creating depth and texture.
Made from 100% Cotton string and mounted onto wooden dowel.

Measures approximately 62cm wide (end to end dowel) x 49cm long.

4. Emmy Trinh Jewelry

The Emmy Trinh Jewelry  collection is designed for women who desire simplicity and modern elegance, viewing jewelry as an essential part of their wardrobe, like a favorite pair of sunglasses. In contrast to the current world of fast-fashion, ETJ appeals to women who prefer quality over quantity. These pieces highlight classic elements through contemporary design. Our goal is to create versatile jewelry that integrate with your wardrobe, transcend trends, and effortlessly elevate you look.

The Lovisa Moon in Taurus is the ideal necklace to complete your look. So versatile, you can wear it to the beach or the office. Hand carved in wax, cast, and hand finished for a matte, understated luxe glow. Bronze pendant on a Gold-Filled chain. Also available in a choker length or in Sterling Silver. Handmade in Vancouver (with love)


We want to thank all the shops that participated in this blog post and partnered with us.  It was great getting to know and work with some very talented artisans! 
 If you have an Etsy shop or a Handmade items shop and would like to be featured in a blog post similar to this please email us for more information! footnotesandfinds@gmail.com 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Comfy T-shirts

Somedays it feels nice to just throw on a shirt and jeans, go to the grocery store or to a cafe. While I love clothes and don't feel a sense of "dressing up" when I style myself everyday, I sometimes like the simplicity of a less thought out outfit. I usually like my t-shirts to hold meaning for me. Whether they are t-shirts that I bought at a concert or ones that I received in athletic situations, I like my T-shirts to act as a memorabilia to a certain degree. 

What makes this outfit even more special is that I am wearing a shirt supporting an important cause. Accept Me "supports breaking barriers of social marginalization through awareness and education." Other times you will see me supporting my favourite hockey team or rep-ing my University. 

Do you guys have go to T-shirts/shirts that mean something to you?

Top: Accept Me
Pants: Zara

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 fusion...so 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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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

My June Playlist

June is full of fun get togethers, BBQs, and beach days. This playlist can provide you with that right amount of Indie, Electronic, Indie-synth ambiance you need to score the background of your perfect summer gathering. Its got everyone from Shura (cant wait until her debut album) to Flume (new album is absolute fire) to Samm Henshaw (very 60's vibe--love it). So the range is there. Its also a good playlist to drive around town in, or for a road trip! Enjoy!


Monday, 13 June 2016

My favourite summer things

Its June and summer is starting up. We already experience our first bout of high temperature warning in Vancouver and it got me thinking about all the things I'm excited for in the summers. So here is a list:

1. BBQs with friends and family
2. Fireworks on the Beach
3. Eating on patios
4. Iced tea/lemonade
5. Hikes
6. Beach days
7. Summer breeze
8. Vacation time
9. Longer days
10. Amazing sunsets
11. Music festivals
12. The fair

What are some of your favourite things about the summer?
Jacket: Urban Planet, similar here
Top: H&M, similar here
Trousers: H&M, similar here
Boots: Primark


Thursday, 9 June 2016

vancouver bloggers brunch

I am a firm believer in community - #communityovercompetition. So one of the best things about blogging is the awesome community that comes along with it!

Community allows you to grow and innovate, to be creative and be yourself. Thus it's always great to come across likeminded individuals but also at the same time filled with different ideas and thoughts.  It is eye opening and refreshing, which in turn influences you to create in a different manner.

A couple of weeks ago we attended a brunch with some other wonderful bloggers from Vancouver. It was great to meet people with similar interests - blogging! The brunch was hosted by a couple of bloggers from Vancouver who planned and organized the entire thing. We had icebreakers and a photoshoot at the end! The brunch was hosted at Chambar Restaurant one of the hotspots for brunch in vancouver, it was my frist time going!

All in all it was a great experience, where we made connections and met amazing fellow bloggers!

Check them out: @prettyweirdbombshell@stylehue@rinasamantha@bootybymich, 


Monday, 6 June 2016

10 Meaningful quotes on creativity by creatives

I love quotes. And I don't mean those cheesy ones that your aunt or uncles share on facebook or the kinds that hang in your grandparent's homes. I mean ones that remind me of my favourite book in one sentence, or that reach out to me on a spiritual level, that make me contemplate the things I believe in, re-asses my views, that take me to another place without having to leave the comfort of my space, that challenge my argument or ones that so concisely and succinctly articulate what I feel, universal truths or otherwise rather complex ideas. So I thought I would share with you my top 10 favourite creativity quotes by creatives:

1. “Creativity takes courage. ”

Henri Matisse

2. “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form : Graphic Works, 1895-1972

3. “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking”
Albert Einstein

4. “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Maya Angelou

5. “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince 6. “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
Friedrich Nietzsche 7. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”
Brené Brown 8. “It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one.”
Chuck Palahniuk 9. “All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.”
Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds 10. I don't like the idea of spirituality done the way it's done. The only way I could understand it was through creativity, not by going to an Ashram, or finding a guru or joining a temple. I made work out of it.

Jacket: H&M Top: H&M Trousers: H&M Shoes: Urban Outfitters


Friday, 3 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 covered the issue of diversity in Hollywood on this series quite a few times, but it's never quite enough. This interview with America Ferrara addresses the topic in a whole different light. It dissects and addresses the problematic tendency of tokenism of minority actors and roles in TV and Cinema and Ferrera gets really real about it--its not to miss!

2. These napkins remind me of a shawl design from India--LOVE!

3. Checkout this collection of incredibly important tweets that transpired due to the hashtag #MyDepressionLooksLike. It offered a better understanding of depression and also helped to smash stereotypes regarding what depression looks like.

4. By far the most "AW-worthy" thing I have seen this week. Checkout this husband's illustrations for his wife!

5. Would love these for our newly renovated family room

This week on footnotes and finds:

From the Archives:

1. 5 Steps Easy Coffee Cake Recipe
2. Montenegro + Croatia Travel Roundup
3. 10 Simple Ways To Improve the Quality of Your LIfe

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Cool Things for The Office

I have a soft spot for stationery and office supplies.  When I was 11 years old I went on a trip to Singapore and I returned back with Hello Kitty stationery.  I am always looking for cool things to add to my Workspace.  I spend so much time sitting on a desk so it's great to liven up the space I spend so much time in and give it some character! But here is the thing - the supplies can't just be cool they have to be functional.  I am not one to have clutter lying around on my desk. So if something is just lying on my desk to look pretty, unless it's flowers, I don't keep it (well I might keep one or two pretty things that have no function) But I am more likely to invest in office supplies that are fun and functional.

Here are a some picks from the collage above:

For the rest of the products present in the collage find the links at the bottom under the collage

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