Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“money doesn’t buy elegance. you can take an inexpensive sheath, add a pretty scarf, gray shoes, and a wonderful bag, and it will always be elegant. // c. herrera

if i had my druthers, i would of course want to be able to splash out on each and every item that i happen to post photos of. but let it be made very clear, my head is forever in the clouds when it comes to this virtual space; but in real time, and in real life – my feet are very firmly planted on terra firma, (my heavy-soled shoes and whirling dervish mind make sure of that).

though i can’t say that i don’t have a proclivity to spend more than i should, i know when and where it’s most appropriate. the drugstore serves as a great reminder – you needn’t a pocketful of cash to leave with a handbag full of wonderful.




➝ source : define a lash waterproof mascara via maybelline

➝ source : hibiscus tinted lip balm via burt’s bees

➝ source : effaclar k acne treatment via la roche-posay

➝ source : honey calendula moisturizer via kiss my face

[all available at your local duanereades/shoppersdrugmarts/rexalls/boots/drugstoredotcoms/etc./etc... ]


Monday, September 15, 2014

“i think fish is nice, but then i think that rain is wet, so who am i to judge?” // d. adams

if it weren’t for fear of getting my hair wet – i’d be forever out, playing in the rain.

the issue is, there are only two reasons my head should be submerged into the blue – and that’s either when i’ve gone for a quick dip, or i’ve decided to give it a wash. otherwise, my mane is a lot like suede. get caught with it out in the rain, and it’s pretty much ruined for good. yet, exactly what am i to do when aprils and mid-septembers come drizzling in, every single year? get proactive, i should think.

don a mac, make like my elderly gran and wear a cap – then go stomping around in the puddles.


➝ source : maison michel rain cap via far fetch

➝ source : stockholm raincoat via stutterheim

➝ source : check jacquard wool scarf via marni

➝ source : miu miu patent-leather shell boots via net-a-porter (honestly – get a pair of hunters and don’t even think about these.)


Friday, September 12, 2014

“i look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.” // n. ephron

new york spring/summer 2015 – looks currently coveting, (other than the entirety of the delpozo show) :


left to right/clockwise:

delpozo // araks // vera wang // cynthia rowley // marc jacobs // suno


Thursday, September 11, 2014

“but who wants to be foretold the weather? it is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand.” // j.k. jerome

but, i do.

i want to be foretold because it puts a spring in my step when autumn falls ever-closer. i like to scan the weather channel, as the temperature gradually drops – degree x degree, until i know for certain, my time – my weather, is on its way. and then, the giddiness sets in. the crunch of leaves, the cool breeze, the cardigans and creepers, and toques – oh, my!

my glee, y’all – i’m getting it back with every day the weather gets cooler.



➝ source : a.w.a.k.e. tweed & mohair jacket (yes, it is bananas) via browns

➝ source : textured top via 5 preview

➝ source : tu es mon trésor embellished jeans via just like honeyee

➝ source : lace-ups via jil sander


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“there seems to be no lengths to which humorless people will not go to analyze humor. it seems to worry them.” // r. benchley

there was that one time, when i was about 27 years old when i bought myself a pantsuit.

i’m not sure what it was i thought i was going to suddenly change, but the pointy-toe-side-ankle-zip-high-heeled-booties that i purchased to “match” said pantsuit, did nothing but complicate the issue that much more.

i thought i needed to become… serious.

i was an adult, i earned a steady salary, i lived alone, was in a relationshop, cooked dinners; and thought that i suddenly had to dress like some alternate-universe-bianca that didn’t end up at pacific mall every lunch-hour hunting down the sanrio for kerropi kit.*

that pantsuit was trotted out exactly once; because it was A PANTSUIT and therefore, terrible – but also, because it dawned on me that there was nothing more adult than having a sense of humor – particularly when you possess one about yourself; and that is infinitely clear when not only do you have fun, but your clothes do as well.




➝ source : lenny mascot via shrimps

➝ source : spiked mouth collar via venna

➝ source : intarsia shoes sweater via carven

➝ source : monster1 snakeskin clutch via rika

*before smart-phone cases there were pens and notebooks, and i wanted them – all of them, because KAWAII.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

“the best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.” // e. khamarov

at my core, i’m a simple girl.

i don’t want for much more than a good night’s rest, an icy coffee in the morning, and the ability to find the humor in a life that is sometimes begrudgingly buggy when it comes to a sense of whimsy.

since at least two out of three of these can seem almost impossible to find on a daily basis, the very least of what i expect is a feline flick that stays put, even through a range of emotions that would be deemed oscar-worthy, and through a heat-wave as thick as potato soup; (this was my last friday).

and though i didn’t get a cold brew coffee, or crack even the faintest smile – i can testify that at least my pen-liner stayed exactly where it needed to be. and truth be told, it was found in the most unlikeliest of suspects – and i know i’ve said it before, and perhaps i will aver another option again –  yet, i was not expecting this to be as saturated, easy to use, and as long-wearing as it was.

the unexpected choice – is a fortuitous winner.

➝ source : lights, camera, lashes precision longwear liquid eyeliner via tarte cosmetics


Monday, September 8, 2014

“rest and be thankful.” // w. wordsworth

oh, hi.

don’t pay me any mind – i’m just having a bit of a rest. oh, no – i’ll be fine, really – no need to make a fuss. just let me lie here in misery, surrounded by shredded packing paper and cardboard dust.

the sofa arrived, along with all of our earthly possessions – and it suddenly felt like this strange house was a bit closer to being home.

for now, the boxes can sit unopened for a bit longer, i’m just going to prop up some cushions and put up my feet – i’m in need of a rest.




➝ source : jennifer + smith zigzag cushion in ocean via the minimalist

➝ source : hold me tight cushion via bla bla kids

➝ source : triangle cushion via aura home

➝ source : circus cushions via OYOY living design (also available at bibelot & token!)



Friday, September 5, 2014

“…being a man is a serious problem and being a woman is, too. lots of things are problems.” // e. gorey


i’d like to consider myself a medium-maintenance kind of girl.

i know that’s probably not true, since i do my hair and set my face everyday – but it’s not as if i get up with the birds to make sure i have enough time to do so. and really, it’s when i wash my hair that i can be considered on the high-end of that scale.

but really, you’d have to ask my husband his opinion on this.

i know that in comparison, he could roll out of bed with 19 minutes to go until we have to leave and he’ll be showered and changed before i’ve even had a chance to curl my lashes. and then, i watch with envy how quickly his wardrobe decisions get made – shirt/zip-up on top, denim down below. choosing a colourful pair of socks and tying his shoe laces are the two t0-do items that take the longest amount of time. and then i think how great it would be to roll out of bed, and get dressed like him – i wonder if its too early to become one of those couples that dress alike…


➝ source : zip sweatshirt via neil barrett

➝ source : free bird bracelet via scosha

➝ source : levi’s vintage via the corner

➝ source : chuck tayler high tops via converse


Thursday, September 4, 2014

“mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. it is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” // horace

my style choices are akin to the mullet – hopefully infinitely more attractive, but alike, still.

on first glance, i do tend to be all business. it’s not the type of business setting that calls for smart pumps and tailored suits; a tucked away pair of trainers left in my tote for my commute home later – but i can come off as rather severe, especially in situations that call for more than an ounce of elegance.

my choices in that regard are always straightforward – black, unstructured, easy. but don’t be fooled, if my vast swath of hair hasn’t made you laugh already – you’ll (hopefully) note there is humour littered throughout, you just need to know where to look. and though up top i might be all business, scan down and you’ll see that we’ll get this party started right. (and, if they’re comfortable, i may not entertain you with my conversational skills all night, my dance moves might make an appearance and do that too…)




➝ source : dries van noten embellished snakeskin ankle wrap sandals via browns

➝ source : proenza schouler zigzag calf hair crisscross pumps via saks

➝ source : printed leather platforms via markus lupfer

➝ source : open suede boot via sophia webster


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“sometimes life gives us lessons sent in ridiculous packaging.” // d. williams

the party line has always been not to judge a book by its cover.

you can routinely find me standing atop a very minimal and simple soapbox to make sure that that point is heard to any five-year olds in the house who might be listening.

so, it’s not indicative of any proper sort of behaviour to admit how easily i’m swept off my feet over a pretty package. granted, my M.O. has always been that i’m not entirely superficial, but i wouldn’t blame you for thinking me rather frivolous.

the funny thing is, i’d aver that when i mindlessly gravitate toward a product based solely on its bottle/box/cap/hue/or, oy, hand-feel – as luck would have it, i’ve ended up a tried and true fan.

dumb luck or instinct? oh, it doesn’t matter – it just looks so good.



➝ source : smith & cult nail varnish in dirty baby via net-a-porter

➝ source : FBU oslo-fornebu lipstick via uslu airlines

➝ source : olio e sasso no.4 lip & cheek tint via b-glowing

➝ source : solaris via agonist parfums


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