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Seaglass & Stardust

Ah, June. It’s the birth month of my best friend, my boyfriend, my pops, AND Summer Solstice! The Spring season has been more than generous this year, with an abundance of Knock-Out roses, fresh banana peppers, and a plentiful supply of lemon balm & mint. I’m eager to see what the Summer will bring, as the temperatures soar and our garden continues to flourish.

Spring has had me drawn to cooler tones – shades of purple, blue, and deep pinks, reflecting the colorful hydrangea surrounding the neighborhood. They’ve shown up in my floral arrangements as well as in the jewelry I wear. I’ve added to my collection from Seaglass & Stardust with opals and amethysts, ignoring the superstition that one isn’t supposed to wear opals unless her birthday is in October! However, my mother’s birthday is in October, and since Nicole has started a “Trio Thursday,” my mom and I ordered some to share. Nicole was incredibly helpful in finding the right stones for us – I was looking for the blue, relaxing hues while my mom was interested in ones with a fiery, pink flash. Rounding out the combo with a lighter, milky opal, and with three unique shapes, she created pieces that we’ve been wearing constantly.

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opals & eucalyptus

If you follow her Instagram, you’ll notice her chunky amethysts have been selling like hotcakes! As soon as she restocked, I moved quickly and ordered one for my mom for Mother’s Day -as purple is her favorite color – and accompanied the ring with a lavender bush for the yard. I ended up receiving an amethyst ring of my own a couple of weeks later, and have enjoyed mixing and matching with my ever-growing treasure trove.

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fresh lavender for days!

Peter and I spent another afternoon at the Atlanta Botanical Garden recently, admiring the Chihuly exhibit and taking in all of the new blooms. The leafy Philodendrons always catch my eye, and I couldn’t help but take a photo of this icy opal contrasting against the warm red leaves. The Chihuly exhibit was lovely, and I’d be interested in seeing the glass under the lights in the evening. We also spent some time back at the High, checking out the Basquiat exhibit, where they’ve displayed pages of his notebooks and selected works. It was intriguing to try and decipher his thought process, often schizophrenic at times. While the show has ended there, I would encourage everyone to visit it if it arrives in your area.

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As mentioned above, we’ve had a plethora of Knock-Out roses –  and I can’t wait for the next round to bloom! Having worked for a florist many moons ago, I’ve always enjoyed floral arranging & design, and received my own florist’s license this Spring. Weekends have been consumed with a wealth of bouquets – from large baskets full for Beltane to smaller, fragrant nosegays placed in bud vases. As our current garden grows, I’ve been studying up on English herb gardens with the help of some exquisite guides from the 1800’s. The scents are wonderfully intoxicating and the herbs themselves can be used in many remedies and teas.

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amethyst ring from Seaglass & Stardust

With the entrance of June and the hotter weather, it’s time to start putting my hair up – though we don’t sweat in the south – we “glisten.” Seaglass & Stardust has started carrying the sweetest amethyst bobby pins that will do just the trick for keeping my bangs in place as they grow. That is, until I make the stupid decision to cut them again once it reaches 100 degrees with 100% humidity! 😉 Follow Nicole on Instagram to see all of her updates and sales, and take a peek at her website, where she’s been so kind to use one of my photographs!

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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!