25 August 2009

inspiration: vintage rustic

My good friend Lee is moving into a new apartment in October, and she's promised to let me help with the decorating and such. Excitement! So I've been slowly gathering some inspiration over the past few weeks, and grouping images into some loose categories. I've made them into inspiration boards, and I'll be posting them every once in a while over the next few weeks.

p.s. How much more difficult was this whole project sans Domino? SO much. Tear.

Clockwise from top left: Anthropologie catalogue; Sword+Fern stallion necklace; balcony garden from marie claire maison; vintage bottles; Nkuku baobab pendant; closeup of a vintage eel trap; CutPastePrint's Keep Calm; Anthropologie catalogue again;Otto Fabrics hammam towel; Nkuku moonlight lantern; Leslie Janson grain sack pillows;

24 August 2009

wiksten fall preview

Well, this has just jumped to the top of my fall '09 wish list.

monday morning music

So Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson made a duets album. Now, do I like Pete Yorn? I do not. Did I like Scarlett's Tom Waits covers? Really not so much. Do I like the first single from Break Up? Umm shyeah! Don't know why, but it's all I want to listen to right now - a little happy, a little vintage-y, but not at all retro. It's the perfect thing to listen to on a monday morning. Check it out on their myspace, friends; the full album's out on September 15th.

18 August 2009


Oh my goodness, as soon as I saw images on Camp Comfort of this lovely Germany-based clothing line, I was in love. Every piece is so sweet and and vintage-y, without looking dated. Head on over to Nadinoo's website soon, they're having a bit of a sale at the moment.

p.s. I have a feeling that some of these clothes might be right up Chelsea's alley...

17 August 2009

two brunettes

I really like these sweet papercut cards from Etsy seller Two Brunettes. They're nice and summery and right now they're helping me to forget that this summer thing isn't going to last forever...

14 August 2009

the uniform project

Have you guys seen the Uniform Project? Wherein Brooklyn-based designer Sheena Matheiken wears the same dress each and every day for an entire year (yup, the dress is that one up there ^)? It's meant to show the viability of sustainable fashion, while also being a fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, which supports education in India. The concept? Amazing. In reality? I'm not sold.

Why, you ask? Well, truth be told, the project doesn't seem all that sustainable to me. Is it more sustainable than the average person's habits? Absolutely. Sheena has seven dresses (and they're reversible!), one for each day of the week, and if we all had only seven articles of clothing in our wardrobes, the world would probably be a better place. But she's allowed to accessorize the dress - who wouldn't want to? - and this is where things go a bit awry.

After browsing through every one of the daily photos since the project's inception in May, I've noticed that very rarely is an accessory repeated. The project's manifesto states that the accoutrements are generally thrifted or procured from places like Ebay and Etsy, which is great. But how many people do you know who own enough socks, leggings, shoes, and other beautiful things that they could change them up continually for several months and almost never wear the same thing twice? And how many of you would call this sustainable? I would be much more impressed with the whole thing if it really were an exercise in sustainability - remixing a small pool of options in inventive and unorthodox ways for an extended period of time. That said, Sheena looks great every day, and her creativity is inspiring. Here's to hoping that by the end of the Uniform Project next May, it's followers will be motivated to live life a little bit closer to the earth.

12 August 2009


Esther of Essimar Papel one of my favourite, favourite Etsy sellers and artists, period. Her use of colour is so artful and beautiful, and her geometric shapes and patterns always feel spot on while maintaining their whimsy and eccentricity. Head on over to her Etsy shop, linked above, to see much more of her work.

10 August 2009

urban gardens

How gorgeous are these rooftop and balcony gardens? They're exactly the type of place that I would love to spend all day, every day in the summertime. From here.

09 August 2009

oscar diaz is a very intelligent individual

case in point: this genius calender. It uses capillary action to draw ink out of the bottle, which gradually colours in the numbers day by day. Evidently the well-designed contraption's novelty is popular; it has made the rounds of the blogosphere by now. Special thanks to Joanna for the tip, though.

05 August 2009


...This gorgeous grey pinstripe dress from Uniform Studio. I can't wait for it to arrive! Thanks to Chelsea and Erica for the tip.