Sunday, November 15, 2009

oh great

I attract weirdos. Sometimes that's a good thing, and sometimes a strange man follows you home and tells you that you're wasting your life, and that you pretty much suck at life.


Thanks strange man, that somehow has the ability to suss out my entire existence over the duration of a measly ten minute walk, I needed that.

Well, it's not exactly puking marshmallow hearts... but it is nice:
zubrowka vodka


Friday, November 13, 2009

love lost and fleeting

I'll be your mirror embroidery by Amelia aka double-speak, who also has an amazing style blog called vintage vivant

pretty pretty pom poms from Kathryn Blackmore, who is building up stock for her Monday debut on Etsy!
(found via ringo have a banana)

Francesca's closet!

the perfect little brown dress from Kennedy Holmes' Etsy shop. I missed out on this dress, but this gorgeous photography will remain on my desktop forever! Isn't this the most perfect photo?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

mein herr

natural inclination

I'm planning an art supply trip to Ikea soon, so I thought I'd check to see if a few other things I need are in stock at the nearest location. Then I got to browsing what's new, and the rest is... well, a blog post!

ikea ps hand embroidered wall hanging pelle

ikea ps shelving unit nybygge

ikea ps coffee table bruse

ikea ps cabinet of drawers sinka

ikea ps pendant lamp vava

ikea ps dining chair spika

I love this year's additions to the Ikea PS line! I have the PS eden dining table, and the ekekull stool from a few years back, and I'd love to add these to my collection. I love that mix of organic, raw wood and modern-classic design. Now, if only I had the room...

Let's take a moment to revel in the awesomeness that is the annamoa fabric collection!

All of these prints are so amazing! They look like story book illustrations, in all the best colours! I can't wait to see them in the store. I find that sometimes the ikea fabrics are a bit too overscale for my liking, so I'm interested to see how these translate in real life. I hope that they're juuuuust right.

Monday, November 9, 2009

who is the fairest of them all

This inspiration runs deep. I've been a Snow White girl all of my life. I used to dress myself up in my mum's old navy and white floral peasant maxi dress and tie my little mop of hair up with a red ribbon just to frolic in the clover. I've even gone as far as to sing to birds in an attempt to lure them to perch on my finger! Ah, youth! Such innocence.

Snow White meets the woodsman by:George Soper 1915

However, this tale is not as innocent as Disney would make it seem. The original Grimms tale includes murder, torture and even a little cannibalism thrown in for good measure! A good old-fashioned retelling of a host of horrifying medieval tales all mashed into one. It's that dark edge that makes interpreting Snow White's style so appealing to me.

She was a peasant and a princess. All the animals loved her. She was the fairest in all the land. I must admit, that when I think of Snow White I always envision the Disney colour palate of all the primaries: red and blue and yellow. I've put together a few Snow White inspired costumes using etsy vintage, because who doesn't want to look like Snow White every once in a while?

velvet dress available from cositasseriasvintage

fox fur collar available from zaama

glass apple brooch available from waalaa

suede lace up boots available from glamtownvintage

Snow White hiding in the forest by: Franz Juttner 1905

celluloid hair comb available from gottawannitvintage

navy dress with suede accents available from nanapatproject

brown bunny shawl available from primitivepincushion

medieval stick pin available from quiterightslick

red suede gogo boots available from myfavoritevintage

Snow White is comforted by the forest creatures by: Walt Disney Studios 1937

red polkadot dirndl available from madvintage

yellow smocked blouse available from theninestories

60s uniform coat available from rococovintage

zigzag boots available from jamesrowlandshop

apple ornaments available from loliecraft

Beware of poisoned apples, everyone!

eight days a week

Monday's Child by Ray Caesar

Monday's child is fair of face
Tuesday's child is full of grace
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay

Monday's child is a personal style icon. Be they fictional or real-life, flesh and blood, they have inspired me and my own personal style.

Tuesday's child is the hostess with the mostess! I'll be sharing my own favourites from inspiring interiors and new design that catches my fancy.

Wednesday's child is nostalgic. I'll be giving little sneak peeks into ephemera and whatnot that I find inspiring.

Thursday's child is just trying to get stuff done! If I'm working on something, I'll show you! Unless I'm being a lazy bum... in that case I might just show you what's been distracting me!

Friday's child loves what you're doing! I'm quite the lurker... if you've posted something awesome I'm gonna pass it on!

Saturday's child is basically a shopaholic. I'm going to show you how I wasted my money over the course of the week!

Sunday's child takes time to enjoy the little things in life, like candy and sparkles and little furry animals. I'm going to make you puke marshmallow hearts!

Here's where the "eight days a week" comes in. I'll be posting daily outfits whenever the fancy strikes! You may even get two posts in one day! Unheard of!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

can't see the forest for the trees

Hi guys.
Yeah. So, it's been nearly a month with absolutely no activity here on the old blogstead, and over several months with just a smattering of random posts here and there. I feel as if I owe someone an explanation for the absence. But then again, I don't, all at the same time. I'm not going to lie to you. I've been bummed. For reals. And for no good reason, either, other than it seems that for every step forward, I'm taking one step back. I'm stuck! So now I'm just finding it hard to get excited about anything, but I'm trying. I think it's working. Maybe I just need to take baby steps?

The bunny grahams are helping.

First things first. The blog! I've been thinking about it, and I know that I function better when I have some sort of routine or structure; and I've been allowed to roam free for far too long! I need to whip myself into shape again. I'm going to implement a loose structure for the blog based on this little fortune-telling ditty. I've worked it out in my head, and I think it will get me blogging a wee bit more (I'll explain further later). I'm not promising every day here people... I'm rusty! Hopefully I can get this old blog going again because it reminds me of what's good in my little world.

Speaking of good things:

I ordered mini business cards from moo and they are just amazing! I thought I was being totally narcissistic by using photos of myself, so I tried to even out the pack with some jewelry and landscape photos, but everyone that sees them wants the ones with the photos of me. I guess the next order will be all photos of me. ;P

I also ordered woven clothing labels from namemaker. These turned out just so great! Unfortunately, they ended up costing me a fortune due to some customs charges, but I doubt I'll need to order these again in the near future, so I'm okay with that.

Here they are all sewn in and ready to go! I'm working on getting together a nice big shop update that will include some new reconstructed sweaters and a ton of vintage. I have stock piled so many wool skirts you guys!

I also have a new employee. I found her hanging out in the alley behind my work-job a few weeks ago and I asked her if she wanted to come home with me. She agreed, but she is not quite fit for her public debut just yet. She's a little rough around the edges, but after a new muslin is constructed, she will be as good as new and ready to work!

Okay. Baby steps.
I've missed you guys!