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Marvelous Things

Y’all! I’m about to get all twee on you for a minute as I received the CUTEST package this week from Hello Heartbreak! Amanda was hosting an Instagram giveaway a couple of weeks ago and I was so excited to find out I had won! I picked out the “Meow” tote bag by FIELDGUIDED, a rose-gold enamel “Kitty” pin by Hello Harriet, and an awesome risographed “Deep Space House Plant” zine by the talented Ashley Ronning.

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kawaii dreams!

Included with the items I chose was a mint-haired “Shy Girl” brooch by Auf Wiedersehen. Totes adorbs, right?!

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(photo from helloheartbreak.com)

My gal pal and I are going to see Eisley tomorrow night and now I will be all set with a new tote bag to carry my camera & souvenirs in and pins to wear on my denim jacket!

Seriously, though – Amanda has the BEST collection at Hello Heartbreak. She’s carefully selected items from my personal favorites, Rosehound ApparelJenni’s PrintsFIELDGUIDED, & Cat People Magazine, and introduced me to new obsessions by Cat RabbitHello Harriet, & Maison Balzac. I currently have my eye on the Kitty Tape and the Imaginary Fronds zine, and I think the “Myself” banner would look lovely in my office! Go give her shop a peek and if you’re in Melbourne (where she’s based), I hear all orders will come with an All Day Donut gift voucher – for a limited time, only. Mmm, donuts…..

Oh, Canada!

I’m so excited to finally be able to share more of our trip to Michigan & Canada with you! One of the ways I prepped for this trip was by collecting, if you will, shops and places to visit via the Instagram accounts of the makers and shakers of those who reside in those cities. One such creative is Megan Campagnolo, the designer behind Rosehound Apparel. Her sweatshirts, totes, & dresses make my heart race, and her Twin Peaks-inspired collection pretty much did me in this season. Through her account, I was hipped to Toronto store Victoire, one of the shops that carries her wares. Victoire also stocks such lines as Yo Sick and Falconwright, two other labels of which I can’t get enough. It was difficult to not go into straight fan-girl mode, as we walked into Victoire, but I tried to play it cool. The Birds of North America and Samantha Pleet dresses had me salivating, any of which would be perfect paired with the ‘Mild at Heart’ tote by Rosehound. Sit me down with a copy of Worn in one of those frocks and I’d be content for days!

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How great is that storefront?

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                “Black as midnight on a moonless night”

I was there with a mission, however, and that was to take home one of Megan’s new ice cream sandwich pins. I was eternally bummed that they were sold out, (but happy for her!), so I just got a Yo Sick pizza pin to add to my collection and the Rosehound Twin Peaks matches that are unavailable for mail order. Take that, customs! HOWEVER! Megan and I had been in touch via that lovely little social media outlet, Instagram, and had been trying to make plans to meet at her studio for coffee at some point. Matt and I ended up stopping by the next day where I was able to see that pink haired lady in person and purchase my coveted ice cream sandwich pin. Her studio is in Chinatown, and is pretty amazing. The snowstorm that was happening around us only added to the magic! Now, if I could only learn to be less awkward, I’d be set…

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                               Big snow in little China

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            Mastering the art of being socially awkward

One of my friends gifted me a super cute animé pouch from Korea when I got back home, and I decided to use that as a new home for my pin collection. Here, you can see my Rosehound pins and matches, the Yo Sick pizza pin, and an assortment of other goodies!

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Getting back to the topic at hand, Victoire was everything I imagined it would be. Toronto is amazing, especially when it’s 12 degrees and your hair is full of big, fat snowflakes. I keep trying to convince Matt that we need to move there asap!
Next up: my search for vegetarian poutine & visiting the dreamy Bicyclette!

Glitter Bomb!

If you’ve been making your holiday list and checking it once, twice, and thrice, like I have, then you probably have all sorts of treats on it that you’ve been coveting for awhile. Mine wouldn’t be complete without a gorgeous pair of shoes on it!

I follow Alyssa Garrison’s blog, Random Acts of Pastel, as well as her Instagram account of the same name, and Sloane Tea, whose social media accounts she handles. Almost a month ago, Sloane Tea‘s Instagram account shared an image of their lovely tea with a pair of THE most amazing ballet flats with a sparkly toe. I am like a baby when it comes to anything with sparkle; it instantly grabs my attention. And shoes? I’m frequently referred to as “Imelda.” I’ve been lusting for these gems for weeks now!

The shoes in said photograph are by Titabonita Designs, and come in a range of colors and textiles. Their latest collection, with styles named after female world travelers, has me preparing my early 2015 wardrobe around them!

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I’m majorly crushing over this blue metallic slipper, named after investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who traveled the world by boat and train in just 72 days-talk about girl power! The ladies at Titabonita Designs told me that, “the blue represents the sea, rivers, and canals she bravely sailed, and the metallic aspect, as well as the silver toe cap, represent the steel train on whence she traveled.” How inspiring is that?

This icy blue is a color I’ve been feeling a lot this month. To me, it embodies everything about winter- cool & biting, soft & familiar. Though my holiday colors in previous years have had rosy pink as the focus, this glacial blue, along with some crisp white & woodsy lavender, has been at the center of my holiday decorating.

I’m also particularly fond of this stunning green ballerina! She is called Harriet, in honor of Harriet Chalmer Adams, “an american explorer, writer, and photographer, whose life was full of adventure.” The texture of this shoe “represents the stones used for Aztec and Incan temples she explored with her husband, Franklin Pierce Adams.”

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Green is one of my favorite colors, and one that I like to wear often. I feel like you can never go wrong with a vibrantly colored shoe, and how lucky would you be to be stepping about in this one? Another reason I love great shoes so much is that you can always find the right fit. When we struggle with jeans and bathing suits, we can always find comfort and confidence in that perfect shoe.

We still have several weeks before the holiday season ends, so you have ample time to add a pair of these beauties to your “I’ve been good” list! Hell, even if you’ve been naughty, you at least need to do so in style, right? 😉

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(Thanks so much to the gals at Titabonita for the photos and information about the naming process!)

Black Magic Woman

I found out about designers Sandi Falconer & Danielle Wright, also known as FalconWright, first via Victoire Boutique, an awesome Toronto shop I heard about through the sweet deals at Garmentory, and then again by way of Kinship Goods, a store in West Virginia. (Whew! Get all that?!) This was around late September/early October, and during the time when one starts to really get excited about the Fall and the spooky 10th month. FalconWright debuted their ‘Curses Collection,’ which featured pretzel-like snakes, all-seeing eyeballs, and Pac-man style ghosts. What really caught my eye, though, were the Witchboard & Zodiac printed pieces. I daydreamed about the vibrant blood red Ouija board pouch, and saw the zodiac signs at night in the stars! Imagine my delight yesterday when my sweet mama surprised me with this special package!

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FalconWright had done a promo a couple of weeks ago that when one purchased any item, she’d automatically receive a free card holder in the Zodiac print! My mom took advantage of this deal to order me the Witchboard pouch (perfect for a deck of Tarot cards, no?), so I’d be able to enjoy both patterns I so loved. I couldn’t have a better mama! Several years ago, when I was an undergrad getting my degree in Art, I was working on a series in ceramics which included these deformed bats with butterfly wings. The porcelain one on the bottom right corner, named Beauregard, was even selected to be a part of that year’s Juried Student Show! I think that they, along with some cleansing rose incense, and my new witchy artifacts, have me all set to ward off any bad magic vibes!