Wednesday, July 10, 2013

july 10 endless bummer

I woke up feeling suffocated by humidity and quite frankly, just bummed about life. At one point between waking up and a lunch date with Shane, I exclaimed "I hate it here"- not even meaning this apartment or this city, but actually this existence. I'm a real downer today. 4REALZ!

I don't want to do the dishes. I just want to drink wine.

I wore this outfit yesterday too. Whatever. As if I care.

SHIRT: Chinatown 2 for $20 (same as the peachy one)
DENIM CUTOFFS: I cut the legs off some thrifted H&M jeans a few years ago and never looked back
SNEAKERS: artist series Converse from 8 or 9 years ago

Monday, July 8, 2013

july 6 2013 senior pajamas

Still having issues drawing those hands and feet! That's okay. I'll get it back eventually.

SHIRT: vintage 50s handmade pajama top
JEANS: purchased at an embarrassing teen store approximately 6 years ago
SNEAKERS: also really, really old, probably purchased around 8 or 9 years ago

Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5 2013 the cinco de quatro effect

Oh my goodnesssssss. I haven't drawn people in so long! It's been 2 years since my last instalment of the what I wore drawings! I ended up drawing my head too small, so I put a sticker over it and started again. Don't even get me started on those disfigured hands and feet.

Anyway. I am really dressing like an old lady lately. Its just a phase.

SHIRT: thrifted (old lady brand)
JEANS: Marc Jacobs
BOAT SHOES: Grasshoppers by Keds

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


I have been updating the Etsy shop, even if I haven't been updating this old blog of mine! I've been trying to do as much work on the shop as possible since I've been unemployed! Toronto is expensive, especially when you don't have an income. I have spent all my savings and am almost out of credit- I'm inches away from packing it in and moving into my parent's basement... SO- I'm having an emergency sale!

Friday, April 5, 2013

butterfly metamorphosis

Well, I've done it. I've changed. I've decided that it was high time to drop the pseudonyms and start creating under my actual, birth-given name: April Leino. It's not too shabby a name, after all. So why not make things a little more personal? This change feels good.

For those of you who follow my Twitter and Instagram accounts, you will have seen and heard snippets about my plans for a grandiose shop re-launch where a full collection would be revealed in all it's complete and fully-stocked glory for several months now. Life kept getting in the way and slowing down the process, as it has a tendency to do. I decided that enough was enough and that I needed to stop talking about it and actually just get something listed or I might not ever actually do anything with the things that I had already made... just because I didn't have everything ready to the point that I had imagined. OCD much? Yes. It is my way.

So, instead of a grand re-opening with so many wonderful things that will make you lose your mind with wanting- we have April Leino doing things the only way she knows how. Slow and steady. A nice deliberate and leisurely pace of pretty. Hopefully you will still lose your mind with wanting just a little bit because I think this Egyptomania theme I'm working with lately is a good one.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

eden holiday

This is the Eden holiday lookbook. Shot by Anja Verdugo, and a bunch of her pals in Portland. This lookbook is a Bibaphile's dream come true! I mean they even remade the Champagne and Novocaine album artwork, but Anja threw in her signature kaleidoscopic twist to take it over the top and into the 21st century. 

I would live in this lookbook if I could. It has the kind of opulent rockstar opium den darkness that I require for life.

Monday, October 15, 2012

erte's coat of many colours

I came across this fantastic portrait of an elderly Romain de Tirtoff, aka Erte, that I found very inspiring. I am really into this patchwork vest he is sporting. So sassy. So Erte. Its almost as if he is wearing a toned down version of one of his illustrations. I love it!

Friday, October 12, 2012

olive leaf

The resolution of these images kind of hurt my feelings a little bit... but imagine the possibilities of stencilling! I know, it seems so early nineties but stencilling has been around for centuries. We can't blame the nineties for everything.

I'm toying with the idea of stencilling the walls in my studio, but I'm not sure what I'm going to end up doing in there yet. Will the pattern distract me from working? Will I get lost in the pattern and spend hours daydreaming about living in another time? Who knows? Probably, but I do that most of the time anyway.

If you like the idea of a stencilled pattern and don't want to make your own stencil, Olive Leaf Stencils have a wide assortment of some pretty nice designs to choose from in their Etsy shop.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Allow me to introduce you to my favourite working artist today; Miso aka Stanislava Pinchuk. I have been following her work for several years now and I am still SO in love with her style. Maybe because it reminds me of my own style which is highly, HIGHLY influenced by art nouveau and the arts and crafts movement, and I see a lot of that in Miso's work as well. I just love the fact that she installs on the streets, bringing an ethereal touch to the rough. Her work is such a paradox of delicacy and power. I seriously cannot get enough of it.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Photos of David Bowie taken by Brian Ward in 1969.

You're welcome.