November 14, 2013

In the Studio: Lace Cat Ears

It's been a busy few months as I've been busy working on some wholesale orders for the last little while. These cat ears were individually hand sewn onto each headband. Doing the same task repetitively put a strain on my hands, but that is the price of making handmade products.

So while making one product can take just a few minutes, making over a hundred pieces was another challenge on its own. Tasks that took easily a few seconds turned into a few days.

I am blogging less these days, but you can get our most recent updates on Instagram or Facebook.

September 10, 2013

Golden Fields

loveatfirstblush earrings
loveatfirstblush feather earrings
gold dipped black feather earrings

I got these photos sent to me last week from wedding photographer, Courtney Bowlden. These photos make me want to dig up my cowboy boots and venture into the country side for a day. Our Love at First Blush gold dipped feather earrings add the right finishing touch to this photoshoot. Don't you think?

Photographer: Courtney Bowlden
Model: Jamie B.

September 5, 2013

California Sun

Sabrina Chin in Love at First Blush photoshoot
walking on the beach
turquoise feather earrings from Love at FIrst Blush
backlit fringe top
sandals on the beach

Playing on Butterfly Beach with this fringed cape I bought in Las Vegas. I styled them with my favorite turquoise feather earrings from my online shop.  It felt very Bohemian with feather earrings and flowers in our hair.

The drive through Malibu up to Santa Barbara was beautiful and picturesque. Every beach has a different vibe, a different feeling.

September 3, 2013

Postcards from Los Angeles

rooftop view from Hotel Erwin
palm trees and sunset

There's nothing like a California sunset to breathe new inspiration into our next collection. The warmth of the city and the relaxed atmosphere has been greatly welcomed these past few days.

I love California beach culture- the grungy rock influence of Venice beach or the fun ambiance of Santa Monica pier.

Eating fish tacos, Thai iced tea on the beach, feeling the sand between our toes while the sun sets, or catching a midnight rickshaw ride with friends are these unforgettable moments.

August 30, 2013

Wanderlust: Las Vegas, Nevada

Las vegas view wtih mountains
high heels at the wynn hotel
view of las vegas strip

Missing my early flight in the morning, I almost didn't make it to Vegas.

Fortunately I was booked on a later flight and I arrived in Vegas to the sound of chiming bells from the slot machines. It was hot and humid, but the excitement of this place made me forget the weather. After all, its one of the cities that never sleeps. This year, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to walk the trade show and check out the Sourcing section at Magic.

Every morning, I would get up early to watch the sunrise from our Wynn hotel room and watch the golden light spill over the mountains. The view is nothing short of beautiful. And you know that saying, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Yes it rings true.

August 14, 2013

California Dreaming

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It's been a while since I last wrote here. A lot has happened over the past few months and it hasn't slowed down since.  I'll be off to California next week to source for new inspiration, soak up the sun and check out a trade show. You can follow my travel adventures from my instagram.

I've been thinking a lot of where I see this brand heading and I'm excited to share with you some changes over the next few months. I hope you will always be pleasantly surprised with what we create because I am always constantly inspired by all of you.


July 17, 2013

Heat Wave

fashion editorial with sabrina chin custom studded braSummer heat wave fashion editorial with sabrina chin custom studded bra
A fashion editorial just in time for this summer's heat wave, featuring a custom designed crystal bra from the Sabrina Chin label and pulled together by one of my favorite stylists, Emilie Debonville. This girl's talent never seizes to amaze me.

photographer: Anthony Turano
Mua: Nisha Gulati
Hair: Judy Bellefueille
Stylist: Emilie Debonville
Model: Jeniffer Steele (Sutherland / Folio)
Asst: Judith Cosette

July 6, 2013

Colour Theory

bright colors of lambskin leather

turquoise feather earrings
Inspired by the bright pops of color found at the leather supplier and in tiny pockets at my studio.

June 7, 2013

Customer Love

The best part of my job is getting feedback from all of you. I get emails every week and sometimes the occasional photo and I am just so humbled and blessed to be doing what I love.

Estelle sent a few photos from France that I just had to share. Beautiful, soft and dreamy, the photographs are taken by Latifa Messaoudi. Our black and gold feather necklace can be found here

Follow our Facebook page to see my most recent posts or our Instagram feed for everything behind the scenes.

photoshoot latifa messaoudi and love at first blush feather necklace
latifa messaoudi and loveatfirstblush feather necklace
Photographer: Latifa Messaoudi
Model: Estelle Prost
Accessories: Love at First Blush

May 30, 2013

Paris Decor

My memories of Paris are forever engrained with balconies overlooking open courtyards and terraces, tiny cafes and historic monuments - a beautiful, romantic city. I'm incorporating Parisian chic into parts of my home and creative spaces.

Found here: 1. Paris balconies 2.  Antique Floor mirror

May 14, 2013

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a feather, flock together. More ink inspiring me this week. 

Top Left to Bottom Right: 1. Leg tattoo 2. Finch Wings 3. Owl on shoulder 4. Owl Sleeve

May 5, 2013

Model for a Day

I took a day off to help a friend model some pieces from her collection. A full day was spent running up to the roof, back down into the foyer, in front of stairwells and doors scouting for the best back drops. It was fun to be a model for day. We styled and shot over 30 dresses over the course of 6 hours.

Collaborating with another designer and making creative serendipity are two of my greatest passions.

April 23, 2013

How to wear:

My friend recently asked me  how to wear her Gold Dipped Black Feather Necklace. Since it's such a bold accessory, it really needs to be the center of focus of the outfit. Adding a bit of leather to your wardrobe automatically raises the coolness factor up a notch. Here's what you can pair your necklace with:

1. Black blazer / 2. Dressy sandals / 3. Ripped Boyfriend jeans / 4. Raven Tank / 5. Oversized Leather Clutch

Let me know if you like these posts.

April 10, 2013


gemstones and jewelry

Inspiring me this week, faceted and unrefined treasures from the earth.

From top left to bottom right:
1. Nallik necklace 2. Raw Quartz and Amethyst Stones 3. Pamela Love Bangle 4. Soap Rocks

March 30, 2013


I'm incredibly grateful for all the press we've been receiving in the past few days. We've been featured in Toronto Life as one of the top 15 finds at the One of a Kind Show, and a photo of our turquoise feather necklace has shown up in the pages of Now Newspaper. I never dreamed that I would be able to achieve all of this when I posted my first listing on Etsy.

Thank you to my fans and supporters for stopping by my booth at the One of a Kind Show. I love meeting every one of you. It never gets old to hear how you love the pieces or to see your faces light up when you try them on.  I'll be there until Sunday in the Etsy section.

Thank you. I truly mean it.


March 21, 2013


I'm constantly collecting photos of new ink on arms, thighs, and legs and they somehow manage to end up on my pinboards. A lot of my work is heavily influenced by tattoos that are illustrative and artistic, or dreamy and romantic.

My long cuffs have imagery that is very similar to tattoos. Often evoking a moment caught in time as the Bird in Flight Cuff, or embodying a type of animal as in the Peacock Cuff. Maybe one day I will get a tattoo, but wearing one of my cuffs is perfect for me.

loveatfirstblush peacock cuff

March 19, 2013


I'm always happily surprised every time I see my leather accessories in a photo shoot. I finally got a chance to meet fashion stylist, Emilie Debonville, after exchanging emails back and forth a few months ago. I love how the gloves and arm harness add a bit of edge to each outfit but doesn't overpower the whole look, just as how I imagined they would be worn.

For the full spread, please click here.

fashion editorial with Thierry Quenette
fashion editorial with photographer Thierry Quenette
fashion editorial with Thierry Quenette
Photographer: Thierry Quenette
Assistants: Julie Soto, Mélissa Poirier et Sylvain Granier
Stylist: Emilie Debonville
Models:  Raphaëlle (Montage) et Mimi (Specs)
MUA: Alex Veizina Dussault
Hair: Daniel Manzini

March 14, 2013

Studio Space

My studio away from home is an old Elementary classroom shared with other creative designers located in the Mile End. I love the remaining chalkboards and lockers still in the hallway. The space reminds me of my fashion schooling at Ryerson. During deadlines we would be in the sewing lab all night, sometimes taking short naps underneath the cutting table. If we got caught sleeping, our profs would have shut us down.

I've been hard at work producing enough inventory for the One of a Kind show. Working, creating and designing in this studio space has proven to be very productive and inspiring.

This is where the magic happens..

old elementary classroom design studio
light filled space with thread spools and cutter

March 12, 2013


I've been noticing a return to plastic, resin and acrylic in clear and transparent materials. Clearly these Lucite and plastic accessories are much more modern and sophisticated the second time around.

From top right to left 1. Plastic rhinestone bag 2. Asymmetrical cluster earrings 3. Lucite Cuff  4. Maison Margiela Glass Slippers

March 7, 2013

Giveaway! One of A Kind Tickets

I'm excited to announce I will be traveling to Toronto for the One of a Kind Show on March 27-31. I'll be in the Etsy Section, Table 32. If you're in the Toronto area and would like to come see select pieces from our new collection, you're in luck! I'm giving away a pair of free tickets and the winner will be drawn at random next Thursday.

Leave a comment below to enter and tell us why you want to see us!

***update: Random generator has picked number 2. Danielle you've won the tickets. Congrats!***

March 5, 2013


Though I mainly work with curvilinear lines and organic forms, the simple shape of a triangle repeated in different patterns has such a bold and striking impact. Yes, math and fashion can be sexy together!

From top left to bottom right: 1. Sheer back details 2. Triangle clutch 3. Geometric Tattoo 4. Issey Miyake Pleats Bag

February 16, 2013

In the Press: Flare Magazine

I just picked up the March issue of Flare Magazine yesterday. I'm delighted to be mentioned as one of the Canadian Designers on top of the trends. Top model Poppy Delevingne is spotted wearing a pair of Lace Cat Ears.
Ours are available here.

January 27, 2013

Haute Couture Spring 2013: Valentino

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I have developed a greater fondness for Valentino after seeing the film a few years ago. These are a few of my favorite pieces from Valentino Couture Spring 2013. The neckline on the right looks like piped icing on a cake.

January 25, 2013

Haute Couture Spring 2013: Elie Saab

bridal evening gowns by Elie Saab
Images via

If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that one of my favorite designers is Elie Saab. Every time I see his Haute Couture collection, I feel like I'm drifting through clouds of pastel cotton candy. His confections are always dreamy pastel gowns whipped with elegantly placed beads and lace. The beauty is definitely in the workmanship of the lace and applique details.


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