#TalentedinToronto – Shady Girl Designs

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Lesley-Ann Marcano – the Creative Director of Paper Decorum Boutique – who, after running her store for a couple of years, was ready to launch her own line of greeting cards called Shady Girl Designs. She described the line as being “for women of different shades, tones, colours and styles”.

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When we asked Lesley-Ann how she comes up with her designs, she said that she describes her vision to an illustrator and then they work together to make her ideas come to fruition. We liked that she termed the inspiration as it being “like Sex in the City (Toronto) for women of colour”.

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Let’s also talk about the store… When we first walked in, you can’t help but notice the beautiful sequin dress in the display window, and we were immediately taken by a whimsical feel of all things stationery. You name the occasion or event and Paper Decorum Boutique has something fitting to go with the theme. There are specialty greeting cards for all of life’s events (showers, weddings, births etc), gifts, desk accessories, wall decor items and even a section for those of us who love to DIY!

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And speaking of themes, we especially enjoyed what was clearly her “girl boss” section, and felt like every piece spoke to us.

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You could easily get distracted in the store, because there is so much to see and the ideas just keep flowing as soon as you walk in the door.

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And no party is complete without delicious finger-food; located closeby is “My Secret Kitchen” who provided treats like sweet-potato salad, meatballs, tofu bites, salmon, rice wraps and speaking of girl-bosses, there was even “Beyonce Lemonade”! Everything was delicious.

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Paper Decorum Boutique is located at 299 Lakeshore Rd E in Mississauga.

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