knot.it.

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Leather knotted rings By Boe

When I was a child I was always the worst person to be ‘it’ when playing tag.

I thought chasing after people was stupid, plus I just hated running.

Lately I feel like I’ve been playing tag with my typical, uneventful life.

Ever since I decided to seriously apply for grad school I haven’t been able to catch those relaxing moments I took for granted when I wasn’t so swamped with responsibilities.

Sometimes you just can’t win.

green.with.envy.

Adam Broomberg + Oliver Chanarin

Lukasz Wierzbowski

Color Collective is pretty much my new favourite.

Created as a colour resource guide for designers, the blog serves up some of the most stunning images, fashions and artists’ works alongside beautiful palettes.

Honestly I feel pretty silly that I hadn’t known about this site sooner.

[ Read: come up with the idea myself]

mole.it.over.

           

These ethereal, constellation-like structures are the creations of Arnold Goron.

Though very different from the models I created in my high school chemistry class, the installations are actually considered molecular structures and are displayed alongside Isabel Marant’s designs.

These structures, formed out of wood and Styrofoam balls, have small motors connected to them so that they actually rotate around the clothing displays.

To see them in action visit Goron’s website.

bye.bye.blackbird.

More like, “Hello!”

So sorry to keep you all waiting for so long.

Life has been a whirl but now I think I’ll be back on track with postings.

I have an extra special treat since you lovelies have waited too long for me to get my act together.

I love everything. The styling. The music. The syncopated movements.

Plus Orla Kiely makes some of the sweetest clothes ever.

Thanks for hanging in there my friends. Expect more beautiful things to come your way!

m.i.a.

I’ve definitely been flyin’ like paper these past few weeks as I’m sure everyone noticed by my drought of posts. (I wasn’t getting high like planes though, don’t judge me) Sometimes I’m just a terrible blogger, what can I say? Anyways, I’m back in business and I definitely don’t have a shortage of lovely things to share.

Brace yourselves, is all I have to say.

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+ covet: Painted Stones by Geninne

+ read: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (current read/indulgence)

+ look: Sundtorp for Apartmento by Wai Lin Tse (the last image makes me melt)

+ eat: Mini Spinach and Jarlsberg Quiches (I used asparagus, gouda and prosciutto–J loved them)

+ make: Instant Comfort Pocket Boxes

+ wear: My Diamond Ring by betty+cash

get.over.it.

Sad crocodile

sad crocodile card via hellolucky

Obviously I was ill this past week, which is why I didn’t post something super awesome last Sunday.

I’m not 100% yet but I’m over being sick (mentally).

So incubus of viral plague or not, I am giving you TWO posts to make up for it.

No need for applause, though I do enjoy the encouragement.

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el matador lucida

 

+ shop: MaraisUSA

+ watch: He’s Not A Boy

+ make: Bagels

+ visit: oneword

wearables.

Hi. Sorry about yesterday, but I have totally good reasons why I didn’t post.

I was making some holiday gifts for my friends (which I’m making a how-to for, but I won’t post yet, for fear that it will blow the surprise for my friends–stay tuned though!).

(Beautiful DIY gift wrapping tutorial here)

AND the most exciting thing of all, I got to go to my lover’s annual family bingo night. Seriously, it was fun; thirty people all playing bingo and vying for dollar store prizes–I won two bars of Irish Spring Soap and 100 count mini memo notes (which I’m pretty excited about)–while we’re catching up with family.

Which brings me to my topic this evening: what to wear during the holidays.

Because J’s [my lover] family is quite large, there are several events to go to during the holiday season. I’m no fashionista, but I’m a woman and I care about my appearance, so it isn’t really my style to show up to three events with almost the same people each time wearing the same thing.

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(This woman actually is wearing the same black dress everyday for a year… Crazy.)

I like to keep it simple and sophisticated–but that’s pretty typical for me (whew, a little sassy, but… true).

Whenever I’m getting ready for an event there are always a few questions I ask:

-What time and where is the event being held?

-Who’s attending?

-What will we be doing?

Based off of the answers, I now know:

-How formal the event is–usually based on the time and location of the function

-How conservatively I should dress–if there are Grannies and other respectable elders/children hanging out I want to keep my outfit more modest and subdued

-The kind of outfit that is most appropriate for the activity we’ll be doing–if we’re going outside I know that I have to dress warmer or if we’re going to be physically active I probably won’t wear a dress/skirt

Now the line-up:

Casual Gathering

Velvet schoolboy blazer

(J.Crew Velvet Schoolboy Blazer)

This is basically what I wore yesterday to family Bingo: velvet blazer, patterned shirt and black pants. It’s not ridiculously fancy, but I don’t look like a slob either; perfect for a more casual event and trying to keep it classy.

Laid-Back Holiday Dinner

Chiffon Cascade Dress

(Madewell Chiffon Cascade Dress)

I’m into layering, especially when it’s so cold outside. I typically wear dresses like this ensemble from Madewell, layered with a cardigan, tights and boots. This look is nice because again, it isn’t too overdone or understated, and you can wear a dress without feeling frosty.

High Brow Party

Taffeta marvelle mini

(J.Crew Tafetta Marvelle Mini)

I really love the idea of pairing black and navy together because it seems unexpected, and yet done like this with a simple navy skirt and black top + patterned tights it’s still classy (not clash-y). Wear with a sparkly necklace and a vintage clutch in créme, and you’ll look just as boug-y as the rest of the guests–plus this skirt is on sale so it’s definitely a look for less!

Silent Night Slumber Fest

Silk slip dress

(J.Crew Silk Slip Dress)

J’s family often has a “Christmas Morning” event, which entails sleeping over until said morning. I sleep in a dress, so in order to keep things more modest I like to layer a cami underneath–like pictured above–with a cardigan and some high socks + booties. This way I stay warm and comfortable without worry of anyone peeking at my “stocking stuffers” (HA, I’m so witty it’s unbelievable… kidding).

Holiday Brunch

Gingham perfect shirt

(J.Crew Perfect Gingham Shirt–Can you tell I love j.Crew?)

After the aforementioned slumber fest and the gifting that ensues after it, it’s time for holiday brunch. When I’m staying over at someone’s house I like to pack easy to wear ensembles that can still make me look and feel classy even though I’m not at home getting ready. A simple button down and a wool mini skirt + tights equates to effortless; add a patent leather belt over a cardigan and you have warmth PLUS chic.

What Would a Nerd Wear

Of course if you need more classy + simple style inspiration check out What Would a Nerd Wear–Tania has great fashion sense and often serves as inspiration for me!

Happy Holidays!

 

etsy.besty.spider.

crawled up the water spout.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday this past week. Of course now everything is all about Christmas until “dooms-day” actually arrives.

So in following the bandwagon… of course I got sucked in… I’ve created a Treasury on Etsy of some beautiful items to give as gifts or to give to yourself; without being ridiculously holiday-centered but still lovely for the holidays as well as year-round.

Here’s a taste of what’s on the menu:

SALE no matter how hard I try (mini print)

On Sale! from Restlessthings, this sweet mini print would make a sweet gift if wrapped up in a frame

PS. She makes GORGEOUS prints, so check them out!

Khaki and White Doily Stationery (set of 8)

Instead of sending those tacky “Seasons Greetings” cards, surprise your pen pals with this darling Khaki and Doily Stationery from Dawn Correspondence

La Coquette Shea Butter Soap - Parisian, Lavender, Amber, and Tonka Bean - by Sweet Petula

Give the gift next to godliness with these sumptuous Shea Butter Soaps from Sweet Petula

noemie lace necklace (ivory)

Treat yourself to something lovely for all of those end-of-the-year parties and such with this sweet Lace Necklace by Whiteowl

 

*Side Note: I’m not really into the holidays. I’m much more of a ‘nondenominational’ kind of girl–my family being Jewish, my lover’s family being agnostic and half Persian–it’s just easier that way. So pardon any lack of enthusiasm I have towards the month of December.

Happy Shopping!