Au Revoir Reanna

One more sleep until Adrian and I head to Paris. It's a 2 week extravaganza full of wine, cheese and delectable pastries. Reanna Time posts will be a light drizzle here and there. Think of it like Spring Rain! But I hope to return with a belly full of inspiration and blog treats. I'm super excited about bringing my camera – thinking of shooting a few series of my grandma and continuing the Breakfast Club abroad. In my departure, here are a few vintage Parisian photos beginning with the ever so beautiful and timeless Brigitte Bardot. Much love and high kicks. xo
Photos via la femme catherine



Lovely work from the French duo, Helmo created for Galeries Lafayett in Paris. These are beautifully dramatic images that work so well together. I love the mix of animal and model. But I can't help but want to sing Gowan's 1980's EZ-rock, "You're a strange animal..." when I see these. Call me crazy! Click here for a video of the installation. C'est cool. 


Child's Play

All I have to say is, if I had a child I would totally dress him up in Comme des Garçons. Nuff said. This little dude rocks in his signature PLAY t-shirt. And he knows it. What attitude. I heart it. 


Sarah Bridgland

I just had a strong cup of coffee and you know what that means... high kicks and enthusiasm galore. No need for a caffeine fix to get excited about Sarah Bridgland's work. Holy smokes, this is cool beans. Her works combines my love for vintage, collage, miniatures and crafty tactile illustration. Plus it has a hint of Russian Constructivism which satisfies my Eastern Euro side. When fabricating her intricate paper creations, Bridgland combines junk shops finds with printed media resulting in a playful narrative. I just love it and I'm happy to have recently discovered her. Makes me wonder how I can work with her on an editorial project... wheels are turning in my head! Tick tock y'all. 


Uniqlo = Awesome

I want you to go to UNIQLO's website right now. Do it, then come back to Reanna Time. You'll like it. Click here to check it out. UNIQLO is always doing something cool on the web. This time they've managed to make a calendar radical. Their new interactive website features time lapse aerials of Japanese cities with a hip shaking soundtrack by Fantastic Plastic Machine, Tokyo Forecast and The Shibuya. When you click on a cityscape, the image magically turns into a mosaic of UNIQLO products colour coded to match the landscape. Crazy, hey? Girl you know it's true. 


Sunshine Reggae

I always feel the most creative when it's warm outside. Somehow the snow and wind chill dull my artistic heart. Call me crazy. So when I found the beautiful sun soaked photography of Justin Hollar, I immediately felt a big, "Ahhhh...yes". His work makes me want to hum the Beach Boys and grab my camera to shoot outdoors. And then munch on a popsicle while pretending school's out for summer. We may be well into June, but the summer hasn't fully made it's appearance. As a child, did you ever sing the song, Mr. Sun? We used to sing it in elementary school to encourage the sun to come out and play. I think I might try that tactic this fine Friday. "Oh Mr. Sun, Sun! Mr. Golden Sun, please shine down on meeeee!" Happy weekend everyone. xo


Heavy Metal

When it comes to jewelry I tend to follow the expression: Go hard or go home. Come to think of it, I tend to follow it for everything. I love paring a bold piece of jewelry with a simple outfit. And although I only own a few rings, they are indeed chunky. One spring I remember walking through New York with my stylist superstar friend when we came across some stunning stone rings being sold by an artisan off the street. We each bought one – I got a cream coloured one and she chose a black version which is so fitting for our personalities: Betty and Veronica. I still have mine and sometimes bring it out for prosperity. 

I found these incredible faceted stone and silver rings on Etsy of all places. Galerie Urbana creates beautiful handmade rings using materials like Colombian Emerald, Pink Tourmaline, Amethyst and Citrine mixed with a silver base. I think I might start to sport some serious heavy metal. Time to make a statement. Huh! 


Paper Cut

I felt like I needed a little fine arts fix today. I can't remember how I first discovered these hand-cut paper sculptures by Noriko Ambe, but they have always resonated with me. It's probably because they remind me of the giant honeycombs my grandfather used to make me when I was a child. Ambe's series are incredibly intricate and tactile. Typically her work is created by carving through stacks of white calligraphic paper with an X-Acto blade. But for some projects she whittles books and magazines into topographic sculptures. Talk about mad knife skills. Ambe seriously makes Edward Scissorhands look like a wimp. All I can say is... simply stunning.


No Chalky Taste

When I first saw this video I loved it. I thought I would share it with you today in case you haven't seen it yet. Pretty song. Pretty animation. Enjoy. 
PS The group Firekites are from Australia. Check out their album The Bowery. It's sweet. Their video, Autumn Story was co-directed by the talented Yanni Kronenberg & Lucinda Schreiber. Created by the pure genius of stop motion animation, the production took over 6 months to produce. Holy smokes. Give it up to the team, folks! 


Simple Lines

When it comes to dresses, I keep it pretty simple. Which is why I like the Montreal collection, LnE. With weddings and work functions around every corner the local line offers up some sophistication and keeps it classy. I'm personally coveting the black onesie. Super cute, isn't it? Since LnE is designed by the people behind the boutique Lola & Emily, I might have to swing by this afternoon and try it on... you know, just to see. 


Breakfast Club

Here's the big question, why don't we have breakfast delivery? Forget about pizza, I want eggs benedict. I think I could make a killing if I got a little meals on wheels truck to serve up fresh weekend brunch to your doorstep. Am I right? Now that's breakfast in bed. Since the new addition of our puppy pal our brunches have been on the slim side but here are some tasty photo treats from this month's Breakfast Club. I also thought I would share a delicious muffin recipe which I made a few weeks ago and served with apricot jelly. Mmmm...

Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins
1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup unsalted macadamia nuts, toasted, chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease twelve muffin cups. Sift first 4 ingredients into large bowl. Combine bananas, sugars, butter, milk and egg in a bowl. Mix into dry ingredients. Fold in half of nuts. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle tops of muffins with remaining macadamia nuts. Bake until muffins are golden brown (about 25 minutes). From Bon Appétit magazine.


Happy Weekend

Throw your hands up! Time to celebrate... On my way to Toronto to hit up the National Magazine Awards. I'm up for a few nominations so let's see if I win something. Fingers are crossed! Hope you all have a super wicked weekend. xo

[Image via photographyis]



Here's the scenario: three teenaged girls/secret agents are to fight off the evil Fabu who turns out to be Karl Lagerfeld in cartoon form. This is when everyone collectively says, "rewind!". Word on the street is the beloved Lagerfeld is lending his voice to an animated feature film called Totally Spies. Totally. Wow. I can't wait to see what he'll look like. Best bet the silver ponytail and sunglasses are a must or it just wouldn't be the same. Is there anything this man can't do? 

Spotted on fashionista.com



All I can say is, this rules. Ned™, also known as Nigel Evan Dennis, is an illustrator working out of Chicago creating simple and gorgeous geometric drawings. Some of his clients include Sony and Coca-Cola. Can I get a what? what? If you like what you see his prints are for sale, which is pretty nifty. And check out his super fun video. C'est cool! 


Cédric Rivrain

Hello Beautiful. I have always liked Cédric Rivrain's illustrations of fashion "it girls" and have been meaning to work with him on an editorial project. Over the weekend I was going through my bookmarks and had another gander at Cédric's portfolio when I noticed he is having his first solo exhibition at Paris' Brachfeld Gallery. His personal work is more unconventional, mainly because his subjects are oddly adorned in bandages instead of Burberry. “Bandages are kind of jewelry and can be as ornamental as a garment," explains the illustrator who's father was a doctor and source of anatomical inspiration. Since I'll be in Paris in few weeks, I might just check it out. The show is up until June 16th... Band-Aids optional.