Scout

#iheartscout; 405 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto

Guys, I’m going to get a little sentimental here and go off on a little tangent, but believe me, this all winds back around to Scout (which happens to be my absolute favourite little boutique in Toronto).

So, if you’ve visited my little “About” page, you’ve seen about a quarter of what is the main street (literally, it’s called Main Street) of my little hometown of Warkworth, Ontario. I heart Warkworth. I was born and raised there, and I still return at least once a month to visit my family. On almost every occasion home, I end up on Main Street, which is one of the three streets that make up the heart of Warkworth (Church Street and East Street are the remaining two).

The village has changed a lot since I was young. Present-day Warkworth is a tiny little village full of surprises and shops that celebrate the arts, good food, and at times, the whimsically absurd, with the majority of goods coming from crafters, artisans, and small-batch clothing and food companies. It’s this spirit that I love about Warkworth; it’s all about community and supporting the little guys with passion and creativity. (More to come on Warkworth in an upcoming post though, including the upcoming East Street Market and Warkworth Long Lunch—a community affair!)

So what does this all have to do with Scout? Well, I’m a smalltown girl at heart. I live in the big city of Toronto now, and I enjoy its little neighbourhoods, but Scout was the first space in this city that gave me this same sense of community and pure joy the moment I walked into this little shop of happiness on Roncescvalles a little over a year and a half ago.

Scout offers one-of-a-kind and handmade goods—that includes everything from stationary and books to jewellery, bags, candles, natural beauty products, brooch Bowies and Ron Swansons, and everything in between. When it comes to my purchases, I have two pretty big obsessions: jewellery and mugs. Scout perpetuates both with its stellar selections. Really, I’m just plain hooked on Scout and could gush over this place for seemingly ever, but every post must eventually end.

Before I sign off and leave you with a little sneak-peek gallery, let me offer a couple of tips for your upcoming shopping trip to Scout (because, you know you just have to go now):

  1. Bring lots of money, because you’ll want to buy everything
  2. If you need any help, just ask; the ladies at Scout are always super helpful and the absolute sweetest!
  3. If you like it, buy it; things can go fast and as any one-of-a-kind goods lover knows, when it’s gone, it’s gone. (I’ve learned the hard way…sigh)

For more information on Scout’s location and hours, head on over to www.iheartscout.com.

5 Jewellery Designers to Watch

Confession: I am addicted to jewellery. I’m always finding new designers to gawk over, perhaps sometimes to the detriment of my bank account. Regardless, here are five of my current obsessions that are worth every penny…

Foe and Dear // Katherine Huie; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Choupette kitten ring by Foe and Dear; image copyright Erin Torrance

Currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Foe and Dear is modern simplicity and delicate style. The collection uses both unique and expected materials and elements, offering rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. This choupette kitten ring was spotted by my friend when we were browsing Scout in Toronto, and I absolutely adore it.

See more Foe and Dear on Etsy or at www.foeanddear.com.

White Feather Designs // Breanne Morrow; Meaford, Ontario, Canada

"Diamond" studs by White Feather Designs; image copyright Erin Torrance Stacking rings by White Feather Design; image copyright Erin Torrance

These rings and studs are just a little tiny taste-tester—the rest of White Feather Designs is immensely geometric 3D designs that are seriously hip as heck. These basic rings are perfect for stacking or midis. I love the playful twist on the brass diamond studs. Keep tuned for more on this designer shortly.

See more White Feather Designs on Etsy (clearance sale currently on some geometric pieces!) or at www.wfdjewellery.com.

Nylon Sky // London, England, United Kingdom

Necklace by Nylon Sky; image copyright Erin Torrance

Another shop obsessed with geometric elements, Nylon Sky’s graphic style may seem bold (and in this case, the colours are a little less than neutral), but these natural wood, brass, and Perspex pieces are incredibly easy to pair with nearly any outfit. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this little gem (purchased for me by my bestie practically since birth from White Elephant in Hamilton) is my newest #ootd staple.

Shop Nylon Sky on Etsy or at www.nylon-sky.com.

Dconcstruct

Cement studs by Dconstruct; image copyright Erin Torrance

I’d had my eye on the cement studs by Dconstruct since last year’s One-of-a-Kind-Show in Toronto, but just managed to pick some up this year. I love the more industrial yet organic look of Dconstruct’s cement designs. Dconstruct also offers pieces created using eco-friendly material like recycled resin and such other organic elements as banana fibre. Finally, Dconstruct sources their organics and textiles from developing artisan communities to support local economics and help fight poverty.

Find Dconstruct’s other designs at www.dconstruct.ca.

Compliment // Sacramento, California, United States

Turquoise earrings by Compliment; image copyright Erin Torrance

The designs and ideas that go into making Compliment the feel-good collection that it is may be simple, but they’re powerful. Each offering from Compliment comes (quite fittingly) with a hand-stamped compliment. Compliment sets aside a portion of every sale for the Compliment Scholarship Program. Compliment offers earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, and candles, along with custom orders. Order something for your self and have a compliment included that reminds you of why you should be proud to be you.

Shop Compliment at www.shopcompliment.com.