Cinco de Mayo #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday! Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Will you be celebrating with a mojito or eating yummy Mexican food this evening?! I’m very fond of Mexico, its people and its culture. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Mexico on several occasions: I was able visit a bit of Mexico City but my favorite destinations thus far have been Puerto Escondido and Sayulita. Mexico too often gets a bad rap but I’ve only met wonderful people and had the best of times while traveling in this beautiful country. It’s where my love of surf developed and where I’ve met people I know call some of my best friends. So Happy Cinco de Mayo amigos mexicanos!

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Today starts one of the busiest weeks of the year for me – the annual Canadian Music Week. I’ve been attending CMW every year since 2007, wearing different hats. This year I’ll be doing a bunch of live music sessions for the show I host BRBR as well as hosting a showcase on Thursday night at the Gladstone Hotel. All the deets can be found here. In addition, I look forward to seeing a handful of artists that are in town for the week. There are thousands of bands coming from around the world to Toronto this week. If you’re looking for some must-see acts, I’ve created a little playlist with the help of Deezer, with some of the acts that are worth checking out. You can listen to my playlist here.

Happy the sun is finally shining down on Toronto! Celebrating by not wearing any tights!! It’s a revolution!! Love this Forever 21 mesh and lace bohemian dress that Offner found for me last year in California. Since it’s not incredible warm yet, I’ve paired it up with a plaid buttoned up shirt to make the outfit a little warmer!

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Photos by @Offner

Forever 21 mesh and lace dress

Urban Outfitters plaid buttoned up shirt

Steve Madden leather booties 

Forever 21 bib necklace 

Patio Days #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend! Getting excited for the next couple of weeks. Not only is Canadian Music Week (have you made your schedule yet? Who are you excited to see?) two weeks away, but there are also a lot of travel plans in the works for the next couple of months! Traveling has become such an important part of my life. The more I travel, the more I feel energized, inspired and grounded. I also learn so much from all of my trips. I can’t wait to tell you what my next big destination will be!

In the meantime, I’m excited for spending more and more time outdoors (so excited about the new little patio that Offner has created for us, yay!!) and finally being able to wear my ripped jeans a lot more. Ripped jeans are everywhere this season. You can get them pretty much everywhere. The ones I’m wearing today are from Anine Bing. I like that they only have one small hole at the knee, so it’s still pretty discreet. You can also make your own ripped jeans. I like this Free People tutorial that you can check out here. I have yet to try it out myself but may do so with one of my older pairs of jeans.

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Photos by @Offner

Anine Bing Cropped Jeans with slit – charcoal (get them here)

H&M Striped black and white blazer

Steve Madden ECNTRC-C flats (get them here)

Pamela Love High Tide Pendant (get it here)

H&M graphic masquerade ball tee

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

5 Questions With: Kim Churchill

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I first met Kim Churchill, I believe it was 5 years ago now (already!) during Canadian Music Week in March in Toronto at the Royal York Hotel. At the time, I was working for Indica Records doing marketing, publicity, artist development, etc. My boss had heard of Kim, the Aussie guitar prodigy and one-man-band who at the time was still in his teens. He was interested in potentially signing him, so I was asked to check out one of his shows during the festival. From the first time I saw him play, I was floored. What a voice, what a presence and energy and what a wonderful storyteller. I was lucky enough to be a part of the start of Kim’s career in Canada, spending time driving him to shows, helping him at festivals with interviews and so on. One of my favorite memories from working with Kim was kayaking with him and Elmo, his right-hand man at the time, before one of his shows at O’Soleil Bar in Lac St-Jean. Kim’s career has grown exponentially since, so I was really stoked to get to ask him a few questions about his upcoming third record and also about his second passion and one of mine – surfing!

1 – Your third effort Silence Win is out on April 1st, in a few words, how would you summarize this record and your recording experience in Ucluelet?

KIM: It was the first time I think I have really matured to the point of approaching it calmly. In the past I have had such a strong desire to succeed. Sometimes this could really inhibit me. Ucluelet definitely helped relax and find a calm place to let the music just out. The whole thing just unfolded with complete ease and joy. I think its so lovely when these things happen.

2 – What do you want people to feel as they’re listening to Silence Win?

KIM: Interesting question. I don’t know that I ever personally focus on what people will feel. I focus on correctly transferring my own emotions and humanity into the music and then leave it for each person’s individual interpretation. On a basic level, I hope they enjoy it and find a solace.

3 – How does surfing and music complement each other?

KIM: Well I think that surfing is a very exciting way of being physical. It also involved a lot of trust in yourself and the ocean. The ocean is a very dangerous beast and I it a great metaphor for life in general. It can throw you around, nearly drown you or sweep you into the unknown in seconds. It involves a fair bit of trust to put yourself at its mercy, but through surfing I find the ultimate joy that is worth the risk. I think often my music reflects this process.

4 – What has busking, surfing and traveling around the world taught you about yourself and life over the past couple of years?

KIM: Busking has been a wonderful teacher of humility. I continue to do it partly for that reason. It’s also funded all of my overseas touring in the beginning and was the best way to rehearse my material to a nice cross section of people. Travelling has really inspired me. It feeds my songwriting. I find works in a wonderful cyclical way, as playing those songs then allows me to travel. This is a brilliant process I am always grateful for.

5 – What is your most magical surf spot?

KIM: Ha, too many to think of really. There are so many incredible little secrets and places I have been moved by. Angourie in Australia holds a really strong place in my heart. Its where I have recorded a bunch of my material. Some parts of Mexico have been very kind to me also. 

Thanks Kim! Wishing you the utmost success with this new record. Can’t wait to shred some waves with you one day in Australia. Cheers mate!

Grunge #DailyOutfit

Happy Tuesday!

I was up extra early this morning for a morning editing shift. I’m currently working on the Elephant Stone performance and interview we did during Canadian Music Week. They’re a cool psychedelic pop-rock band from Montreal. Their second record came out just recently. Definitely be on the lookout for them as they’ll be touring across North America and Europe in the coming weeks and months!

Today’s outfit feels very grungy. Plaid shirt, black and white stripes and ripped jean shorts. I put a modern more rock n’ roll twist to it by adding my wild red spiked Zara ankle boots and a few accessories including my new Coeur de pirate x Uranium special collaboration necklace and bull necklace.

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C.D.P. Coeur de pirate x Uranium special collaboration necklace (get it here)

Uranium Corrida necklace (get it here)

H&M basic black and white striped tee (get it here)

Zara gold stud plaid shirt (similar one here)

Zara red studded ankle boots 

Urban Outfitters jean shorts (similar ones here)

H&M black faux-leather belt with gold metallic rings (similar one here)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelets (get them here)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Lace Flowers #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great long Easter weekend! It’s back at work for me this morning as we’re shooting episode 26 of 30 for BRBR. Can’t believe we only have 5 episodes left in the season. Wild!! Tonight, our Canadian Music Week special show will be airing at 8pm EST online at http://tfo.org and on TFO. Make sure you tune in to discover great Canadian music.

For today’s outfit, I’m wearing a cute new white lace flower top that I recently purchased at Zara. I styled that with a sleeveless denim jacket and navy skinnies. I’m also wearing my rad new BIKO jewellery that I got from the One Of A Kind show last week in Toronto.

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Zara Guipure Lace Top (get it here)

H&M navy slim fit trousers (get it here)

Forever 21 Bleached demin vest (get it here

Biko Third Eye Necklace Neon (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Forever 21 etched Geo cuff set (get it here)

Steve Madden brown suede boots

Leather & Spikes #DailyOutfit

Happy Tuesday! Really excited about the special show we’re preparing for you on our Canadian Music Week showcase Le French Tickler that will be airing on April 1st at 8pm EST on TFO and online at http://tfo.org. I was just watching some of the performances from the night and they look and sound great! Can’t wait for you all to see them! In the meantime, we shot a fun episode at Le Dolci (check out the delicious cake they made for us!!) in Toronto last week, you can watch it here:

For today’s outfit, I’m rocking some faux-leather pants, paired with a green sleeveless embroidered blouse and my black and gold studded booties. I’m also wearing a bunch of gold and spike accessories to embellish the outfit.

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HM faux-leather pants (similar ones here)

HM green sleeveless embroidered blouse (similar one here)

Zara gold stud high heel boots

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

HM gold spike necklace (similar one here)

Aldo Accessories THOMSONA gold cuffs (get them here)

Stella & Dot gold renegade cluster bracelet (get it here)

Feeling Sleepy #DailyOutfit

I did it! I survived one of the busiest weeks of my life! Canadian Music Week x World MasterCard Fashion Week, woah! Saw loads of great artists play and inspiring designs. Definitely feeling real sleepy today though. This morning, I snoozed for over an hour, not able to get myself out of bed. I couldn’t be more excited that this week is only a 3-day work week for me. Looking forward to a long relaxing weekend 🙂

Since I moved to Toronto three and a half years ago, I’ve been searching for a cool hair salon to go to. Over the years, I’ve had bad experiences with hairdressers (who’ve burnt my hair off amongst other things) and have only really been able to trust my Montreal hairdresser and friend John Paliotti at Flair. After a few recommendations from friends, I finally tried out Parlour Salon on Queen and Ossington yesterday to spice up my natural ginger locks. I was honestly really pleased with the service and result. Though hairdressers are way more expensive in Toronto than Montreal, I’d rather pay a little more and make sure I like the final result. If you’re looking for a good salon in Toronto, definitely check out Parlour.

For today’s outfit, I decided to take out one of the brightest dresses from my closet and styled it with some gold and colorful jewelry.

Happy Monday to you all! xo

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H&M denim jacket (get it here)

Lionette ASHLEY ring (check the site for more info)

Blue and black print dress 

Gold cuff (similar one here)

Orange faux stone triangular necklace (similar one here)

This Week’s Ear Candy

This week is a crazy week for music in Toronto with Canadian Music Week! It’s only fitting that this week’s ear candy features an all-Canadian line-up. Here are my favorite tracks and videos of the week!

Ain’t No Love is a four-piece electro-hip hop act from Montreal/Toronto. They’re at Canadian Music Week this week and if it weren’t for my work commitments, I can guarantee that I’d be at their show dancing. Absolutely love their track “Gone Already”. Definitely something special about it. Check them out here:

Diamond Rings stopped by the studio this week. Though his latest record Free Dimensional came out a little while ago, it’s still one of my favorites. His music is super uplifting, dancy and positive. I’m obsessed with his track “I’m Just Me”. I couldn’t be more stoked to be seeing him perform at the Sirius XM Indies tonight!

Got a new found appreciation for the Montreal rapper trio Loud x Lary x Ajust after seeing them perform last night at our showcase. I love their bilingual flow, clever lyrics and A-Justice’s rad beats. You should definitely keep them on your radar if their music speaks to you. Live, they can definitely make you dance! Respect.

Wishing you all a wonderful CMW weekend!!

Mel xo

 

 

Le French Tickler #DailyOutfit

What a night last night! The first BRBR x CMW showcase “Le French Tickler” was a huge success! I truly had the best time taping our special show in the afternoon as well as hosting the evening with Didier, from BRBR. Our CMW special show will be airing on April 1st at 8pm EST and will featuring performances, interviews and funny moments from our night last night. Yesterday, Claude Munson & The Storm Outside surprised Eight and a Half with a cover of their track “Go Ego”. Here’s a little excerpt of the performance, the full performance will be available on the web the week of April 1st:

Thanks to all the bands that played our showcase: Pandaléon, Claude Munson & The Storm Outside, Karim Ouellet, Peter Peter, Eight and a Half and Loud x Lary x Ajust. All put on stellar sets! I highly recommend checking them out, if you haven’t heard of them yet. Also, a big thank you to everyone who came out to the show. Hope to see you all next year!!

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Peter Peter

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Eight and a Half

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Swag dance party with my partner in crime @offneraurelien during Loud x Lary x Ajust!

I woke up to the best news this morning! I won the Karl Lagerfeld x Shangri-La #ShangriLagerfeld styling contest I had entered on Dainty Girl. I’m beyond excited to have won this amazing watch after styling it with my dreamy spring outfit. I can’t wait to style it when I receive it!

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Tonight, I’ll be covering the Sirius XM Indies for BRBR. Can’t wait to see Cadence Weapon, Metric and Diamond Rings perform. For the occasion, I dressed up a little with a black and white dress, a little biker jacket and some Lionette jewels. Here’s today’s outfit:

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Zara black and white polka dot dress

Zara TRF Combination Biker Jacket (get it here)

Lionette SINEAD bracelet (check the site for more info)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Lionette HARLEM necklace (check the site for more info)

VERAMEAT gold brass initial ring

Je voudrais être une princesse boots 

Day 3 – WMCFW + CMW #DailyOutfit

Happy Wednesday! Busy busy day ahead for me!

Starting off the day with a chat with one of my favorite Toronto artists Diamond Rings, who’s coming by our studio for an interview and performance. I love his super uplifting and positive electro-pop sounds! Watch “I’m Just Me”, loves it! Wanted to make sure I had a killer outfit for him today, such a fan of his style!

Following that, I’m heading to York U, to talk to the students about our CMW showcase taking place tomorrow (Just found out the advance tickets are sold out, crazy!!) and our show BRBR. Rushing back to the station afterwards to produce a live session with Elephant Stone, a great rock act from Montreal who are showcasing at CMW tomorrow evening.

This evening, I’m heading back to the World MasterCard Fashion Week tent to see two super exciting runway shows: Mackage and Joe Fresh! Couldn’t be more stoked for these two collections. I’m a big fan of both!

So today’s outfit is a mix of chic, rock n’ roll and fashionable. Perfect for all of the day’s events. VERAMEAT, Luxe Craving, Rebel and Fuss, Flashbacks & Lionette jewelry are adding sparkles to my outfit!

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Zara TRF Combination Biker Jacket (get it here)

Forever 21 faux leather trim and pleated black dress

Vintage feather clutch 

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Flashbacks gold spike tribal necklace

Luxe Craving The Connie leather cuff (get it here)

VERAMEAT gold brass initial ring

Rebel & Fuss black and gold skull wrap bracelet (similar one here)

80%20 Callie leather boots (get them here)