I recently came into some pieces of antique and vintage jewelry, and have gradually been adding them to the shop. It can be very tricky to let go of such wonderful treasures once they’ve found their way into my hands. The temptation is great, especially when faced with such delights as this large sterling silver cabochon pendant. I’m also quite fond of quirky things like the grouse foot claw pin below… certainly not to everyone’s taste! There are lovely new things being added to the store almost every day. I can’t wait to show you the really special dresses I’ve been getting ready for the shop. Rhinestones, fringe, flocking, tulle and lace… coming soon!
The month of June gives us much to celebrate. The weather is warmer, the garden is flourishing with bright flowers, fruits and vegetables, and the longest day of the year draws nearer. In just four weeks, school will bet let out, and the neighborhood will be full of the squeals of kids running through sprinklers and jumping on trampolines. Such unbridled happiness warms my heart.
I love it when the air is full of summer scents. Meat grilling on coals, peaches ripening on the tree, and just this morning I caught a breeze that was loaded with the clean fragrance of flowering lavender in our front garden. I had to stand there and breathe deeply for awhile. Nature is so luxurious!
Tomorrow morning, the Strawberry Moon is upon us. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this name was bestowed upon the June Full Moon because the Algonquin people knew it to be sign of the coming strawberry harvest. My strawberries must be a bit behind schedule, as they are still tiny little green things. That won’t stop me from basking in the bright light of the 99% full moon tonight! Don’t forget to look up when night falls.
May your month be filled with fresh air, ripe fruit, laughter and beauty!
It’s springtime! The season of rebirth and renewal. A time for new adventures, and the promise of second chances for those waylaid by winter’s melancholy. A time for me to say “hello!” and shake the dust off.
It’s no secret that I’m lousy at blog upkeep. I am constantly writing and working, that’s not the trouble. The truth is, I’m not in love with being online all the time. As much as I love sharing with like-minded souls and vintage mavens on social media and here in this blog, I get over-saturated with it sometimes. There’s only so much hyper-curated, aspirational, “elevated lifestyle” content that a girl can handle before the urge to disconnect entirely sets in, n’est-ce pas? Thus, I’ve been quietly hard at work, looking at ways to take things in another direction. So here’s to springtime, and new beginnings!
Ahhh, January. I’m pretty susceptible to feeling low at this time of year, but I still try to have a good attitude about things. Our little corner of the globe is generally quite cloudy, rainy and dull. The oppressive weather, the cost of living, and scientific fact that only 1 in 247, 548 people don’t wear yoga pants every day… all these things weigh on the soul. Heavily.
With that feel-good sentiment out of the way, what things kept me going this week?
I did a fair bit of buying for the shop over the past few days, which is always fun. I’m leaning towards brighter colors and lighter fabrics in the hope that spring will be showing it’s darling face soon. There are signs that it’s coming! The other morning, I heard a little bird that I haven’t heard for months. It makes a funny sound, almost like it’s teasing you. Like Nelson, from the Simpson’s going, “ha-ha“. As a child, I hated it, because it woke me up early during the summer. Now, the little bird’s chirps let me know that the sun is on its way back to us, and I love it! So, I just googled, “bird that sounds like nelson from the simpsons” and there are lots of results. Turns out my petit oiseau is a black-capped chickadee. Bless you, internet.
With so much new product to mend and clean, not to mention the ridiculous amount of laundry our household produces, it’s necessary for me to make the whole process fun. Well, it doesn’t have to be fun, but there’s no need for misery either. For starters, I use laundry products that smell amazing. The Laundress is my go-to, and their Wash & Stain Bar is a pleasure to use. It works quite well, and the scent is so clean and enlivening, I can go through a pile of stained garments and feel disappointed at the end when I’m done. That may be a reflection on how exciting I am, but I think it’s really a testament to the product.
Another trick I have for trying to beat the blues, is to learn something. Anything. I’ve dabbled with Codecademy, taken EDX courses, and attempted to master any number of culinary skills. Not everything you try is going to be something you love, but at the very least it’ll give you something to do other than lay around in your pajamas, reading Goodbye Mog and crying into a bag of chips. Without a doubt my favorite educational pastime is learning languages. There are a number of great online resources for language, but my favorite is probably Duolingo. I think if you want to get really serious about becoming fluent, then you need to explore multiple avenues and expose yourself to the language in different ways, but Duolingo is so easy to use, and is a great tool. I’ve been playing with it a bit this week. When I look out the window and see that it’s still overcast (like my heart) I can distract myself with a quick lesson, and boom! Instant pick-me-up.
It’s the Winter Blues 20% Off Sale! Jan 23rd at 1pm – Jan 25th 11pm PST! The sky is grey, the sun is but a memory, and there’s no end in sight. Let’s cheer ourselves up with a weekend sale, cold drinks and tlayudas! You can hit the sale here, but you’ll need to come over for dinner.
This week has felt ever so cold. A seemingly impenetrable fog bore down on us for days, and though the thermostat registered a fairly mild temperature, the damp made me feel chilled right through. Despite the gloominess of endless fog, there is something romantic about living in a perpetual cloud. This sort of weather certainly lends itself to bundling up in wooly things, warming my hands around hot, steaming cups of tea and going to bed early with a book.
I am a great lover of A.P.C.’s classic cuts, fine fabrics and muted shades. This sweater is luxe baby camel wool, with pockets to keep my chilly hands warm between cups of tea. I think I may need another one in the other color. One to wear and one to wash, until the sun returns!
My husband gave me an assortment of David’s Teas at Christmas, and while I have a hard time choosing a favorite, I’m rather fond of the Buttered Rum flavor… because despite what they say, it’s not always 5 o’clock somewhere, and this booze-free, yet authentically flavored tea is safe for drinking with breakfast and at PAC meetings.
So, I’m sure you, me and everyone else, made a resolution this year to drink more water. I notice a huge difference in the way I feel when I’m properly hydrated, but apparently this isn’t enough motivation for me to actually drink water more often. Now, I have the option of drinking from an aesthetically pleasing copper cup, and I think it might be just the thing I need to stay on top of my water intake. These copper cups are for making Moscow Mules in, but as I mentioned above, it’s good to drink non-alcoholic stuff once in awhile, too. These cups keep my water cold for a long time! (I know this because I keep forgetting to drink it.)
I’ve been trudging through Apartment Therapy’s January Cure and getting the house in order. I say trudging, but really, it’s such a joy to take care of my home. I can’t focus on working when things aren’t tidy, or if there are dishes piled up from breakfast. It sounds a bit neurotic, I suppose, but it just feels so good when the house is clean, orderly and clutter-free. Maybe because it’s such a rare delight, ha! Housework doesn’t have to be drudgery. For me, I need cleaning products that smell great to keep me happy. Murchison-Hume‘s line of household cleaners have the gorgeous, bright scent of white grapefruit, and are versatile and powerful products. I have been known to stand in my clean bathroom with my eyes closed and inhale deeply for minutes at a time.
As I sort through drawers and cupboards, it’s great to have attractive and sturdy storage options. We have so many little craft bits, sewing notions, and art supplies that were getting very difficult to sort. I really liked these boxes from Ikea. They are so bright and fun, come in multiple sizes, and really make organizing all those little things a bit more enjoyable.
I’ve mentioned my love for Ólöf Arnaldsin the past, and I was so excited when her newest album came out last year. Palme has been the soundtrack of my week. I wish I had a fabulous elf-like vibrato, and I love trying to sing along, but I can’t hit those high notes without hurting myself. Or others. Even the dogs gave me the side-eye.
This year, I have a very lofty goal of trying to read (and finish) 52 books. That’s one a week. It shouldn’t be so hard, right? But it is. I usually only make time to read right before bed, at which point I’m so fatigued that I barely get more than a few pages in before I fall asleep. Can anyone relate? Well, I’ve dusted off the old library card, and this week, I’m in the mood for some Haruki Murakami. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage is my pick this week, and I’ve only just started to tuck in. I have yet to meet a Murakami book I didn’t love. Will I be able to finish it in the allotted time frame? Will I forgo my much needed beauty sleep in order to read an entire book in one week? Can I channel some of that ancient energy that somehow got me through University without so much as a wink of slumber? This remains to be seen.
From small accessories to gorgeous dresses, I added some lovely items to the shop today. It’s hard for me to choose a favorite, but I am fairly smitten with this stunning Indian linen dress. The embroidery and beading are just breathtaking! Here’s a little peek at what’s new in the shop.
A new year is upon us! Even though this day is really no different than the one before it, there is always a feeling of entering a strange new world each January 1st. There’s nothing like a fresh start, and the new year always brings with it hope, excitement and an appetite for positive change.
My resolutions this year are mostly the same things I keep working on all the time. Stay healthy, drink more water, read more, cuss less… but I’m also looking forward to a year of being much better organized, working harder, taking on more creative projects and less rubbish, spoiling myself and the people I love, and just generally making fantastic things happen in all aspects of my life. Nothing too crazy or unattainable, ha!
I’m excited to dive right in! I have lots of great spring vintage to add to my shop next week. Friday is the kickoff of Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, which we are doing for the second time (there’s always more to do!). Until then, I’m soaking up every moment with my little goose before she heads back to school on Monday.