Monthly Archives: March 2016


I spent a lovely time this evening attending the cocktail reception introducing the stunning jewellery from Brazilian designer ANA KHOURI. The ARCHIVES store is located at the n.w. corner of the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville (Toronto) and offers other fine jewellery designers as well as fashion & home accessories, fabulous sunglasses, mens’ accessories and even glam tableware. So armed with my trusty flute of bubbly, I strolled thru the store enjoying the precious and semi-precious bling on display so join me for a quick virtual visit to

Here are some of Ana’s beautiful pieces currently in the store featuring 18ct gold with rubies, emeralds, diamonds, sapphires and other gemstones & pearls.20160331_181203 20160331_181046AK

Lots of celebs wear Ana’s designs, esp. her ear cuffs – Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o and Cameron Diaz have all sported Ana’s baubles on Hollywood red carpets….JLaw Lupita CammieArchives represents a number of other int’l designers such as Iradj Moini who designed the fabulous Aventurine brooch worn by one of the lovely sales associates (below).20160331_180948 20160331_18101720160331_182548 20160331_182616…and their fashion accessories are exquisite, too.20160331_182503 20160331_182528 20160331_181518I fell in love with a couple of pairs of sunglasses, both quite outrageous…which pair should I get?20160331_181410 20160331_181322Archives’ designer home accessories would fit perfectly in any chic uptown loft or condo…check these out. Wow!20160331_181500 20160331_181505 20160331_182543So definitely drop in and say hi next time you’re in the Yorkville neighbourhood…the staff will be delighted to show you around and chat about the designers represented in their store.20160331_183140


This afternoon (Sat.Mar.19) Toronto’s URBAN GALLERY launched a new exhibition – twenty five emerging artists strut their stuff as adventurers in the realm of lures, traps, and transcendence in this year’s Centennial College Studio Arts Program 1st year student exhibition entitled TEMPT: an exploration of tainted grace in the contemporary world.

Urban’s curator, Allen Shugar did an inspiring job presenting each work – here he is greeting gallery guests (below)….20160319_144556File 2016-03-19, 6 49 58 PM…and above with business partner Calvin (R) and Centennial’s arts program coordinator David McClyment(C) .

Lots of family and friends came out to support the young painters (below)File 2016-03-19, 6 48 29 PM 20160319_144037 20160319_144112 20160319_144436 20160319_144134The artists were all excited and pleased to see their works hung on a professional gallery wall….promises of things to come!File 2016-03-19, 6 50 47 PM File 2016-03-19, 6 47 05 PM DSC08445My fab assistant, Gabriella, was busy posting pics to Instagram but I managed to snap her quickly (bottom left of picture, below)20160319_144501The show runs until Saturday March 26th so I encourage you to drop by and support these young artists. Gallery hours and directions: but if you can’t make it down in person, enjoy this brief virtual walk thru the gallery.  THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CANADIAN ARTISTS!