This could be the first time I have shared a collection from Family Affairs, which is truly surprising because I have admired Nina’s work for a long time now. Anything that feels other-wordly, mystical and wholly it’s own is something I can stand by, and that’s exactly what we get from Family Affairs, collection after collection. As usual, Nina created her own prints, this time featuring her very own alchemy symbols with references from italian futurism and irish fairytales. Neat right?! I would love to get my hands on the maxi dress pictured above, and although I have never really been known to wear or have any interest in blazers, the candy crush-esque pinstripe number pictured last is really catching my eye.
“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”
- Claude Monet
That quote really resonates with me. It is how I feel, and have always felt about life and the things I fill my days with. I’ve never been able to give my whole heart to any one thing because fragments of it are all over. (except for Ryan. man, that guy has the whole damn thing) I’ve been in love with dance since I was 4 years old, but I couldn’t possibly have that be the only thing in my life – it would lose all meaning. That sentiment goes for all things that have found their way into my heart, one by one. I never want anything to feel forced – to feel like work. The second that happens, you fall out of love. What it once mean’t is lost. I want to learn more and more, for all the days of my life, and never feel disenchanted by what was once so enchanting. It’s important to keep testing yourself and to allow yourself to fall for people and places and arts and feelings. Humans are so complex and so beautiful, we should never sell ourselves short with all that we can do, it would be such a shame. Lets continue to drive ourselves mad with seeing beauty, everyday, until when we are ghosts.
Shirt & Scarf: thrifted
Skirt: vintage (will be in the shop shortly)
I’ve been trying to make more time for creative endeavors recently. This bleak winter has not been kind to my creative mind and I feel I’ve been a bit lazy for some time now — a whole lot of ideas, and not a lot of follow through. It’s hard to stay motivated when not much around you feels very inspiring. But I’ve got some exciting things in the works which has got me feeling positive again. I want this space to be wholly me and not just posts that fill in the gaps when I don’t have something of my own to share (although I do love supporting the amazing designers, artists and brands that I share). I’ve been rethinking the blog’s image, and the content I share. Maybe a name change? Or maybe it’s not ready for that just yet. I definitely want to introduce a little more uniformity to it. When Meg and I started this blog we had a weekly routine of posts we would share, but it got lost in translation over time. This space has changed so much since then. It is only me and my voice now, so it makes sense I leave some things behind, keep the idea of reoccuring content, but with more of my own original ideas. As most things are, it’s a work in progress. But I do hope you continue to follow along and this space can continue to grow in a positive way.
To be totally honest, I had never really checked out New Zealand-based designer, Karen Walker‘s clothing designs until recently. I’ve been a long time fan of her eyewear, but never really looked into her clothing collections. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. For this season, she was inspired by Sufragettes, and created a collection full of cool, fun and rebellious vibes. There is no surprise I’m a big fan of the prints and collars (and that tartan coat! my god!), and while I don’t usually wear over-sized silhouettes, I appreciate and respect the gal she is representing here. I’m all for strong lady-power.
I think everyone this winter is starting to feel like they would just like to join the stay at home club…and really, no one does staying home better (and more stylishly) than Stay Home Club. Their newest mood book is all kinds of cozy-comfy, “I’m at home, but I still look cool” vibes.
Stay Home Club is a Canadian brand, based in Montreal, run by the talented and beautiful illustrator Olivia Mew (we have talked about Olivia several times now…she created the Larkspur logo remember!?) While I clearly don’t dress this casual on a regular basis…has anyone ever seen me in a t-shirt?! (i do own a few) I feel an affinity to Stay Home Club because of what it represents. Being an introvert can sometimes feel isolating, so it’s nice to see a company that celebrates the quiet, introspective folk out there. Introverts, we unite as one!
It was such a beautiful weekend filled with friends, good food, and time well spent outdoors. Whatever little bit of warmth mother nature will give us, we shall receive with open arms. Because of my surgery, lack of sun and a never ending bitter chill in the air, I’ve been finding it hard to motivate myself to do anything other than sit on my couch with one of my many antique tea pots and episode after episode of Friday Night Lights (insert Nashville, New Girl, Girls, The Mindy Project). This is not natural for me…it’s not the sort of thing that keeps me happy (although those shows are amazing!!!) So it doesn’t hurt that one of my best friends (well two) is (are) the brains behind The Vacant North and can remind me that while winter can feel like the enemy, and the wind can deter us from leaving our nests (which is sometimes totally reasonable! i don’t want frostbite), if weather permits, hiking and exploring can be just as invigorating and fulfilling with snow on the ground (and ice water in your boots).
When I first got my Samantha Pleet Blixen Boots I told myself I would never wear them in the snow, and I would keep them in impeccable condition. But the snow came, and day after day I’d lace them onto my feet because there was no other boot I really wanted to wear. And after some time I realized I would rather have them come along on adventures with me. Why not let them live?! Afterall, I feel Samantha Pleet always depicts strong, beautiful, adventurous women in her clothing and shoe designs, so it makes sense that outdoors and in nature is where they are mean’t to be.
Isn’t Sarah Sophie Flicker one of the most stunning and interesting women of our generation? I admire her not only for donning the most exquisite garb on a regular basis, but also for always being an inspiration to young and older women alike. She’s all kinds of beautiful, inside and out. It seems when you put Shae Detar and Sarah Sophie together you get a whole lot of magic in the form of dreamy vintage inspired portraits with some of the most breathtaking garments. It’s like my form of substance dependence…pretty gals, wearing pretty things, making pretty things. I love it, and I don’t think I will ever grow tired of it.