a few good things no. 3

27 January 2012

amazing and intimate extracts from photographer Mary Rozzi's Parcours 23 project.

naturally-dyed 100% wool gauze from grijs. also, here - full of gorgeous subtleties.

end of meal still life photography by Inês Nepomuceno (via Kinfolk).

snapshot of Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian photographed by Jenelle (via Miss Moss). 

into the woods illustrated card set from the newly launched Our Paper Shop, a collaborative project run by paper and design enthusiasts, Bre Radermacher and Emma Robertson.

sweet little recycled glass teardrop vase from Mignon Kitchen Co., a new carefully curated online shop by Rachel Ball of elephantine.

inspired this this rustic (and gorgeous!) wedding invitation for Elizabeth (Libby) + Dan's wedding (via Poppytalk). photo by Sarah of Arrow & Apple.

as always, xo.

these days

23 January 2012

this year’s January
has been a series
of starts and stops,
with seemingly
more stops
than starts.

all the self-expectations
and -pressure
to begin anew:

new year,
fresh start,
ready, set, go!

and stumble,
and sometimes tumble,
and fall.

i feel like my life
has been on hold,
divided in two
without being
fully present
in either one.

yet amidst,
it is the little things,
bits and pieces
still unbroken
and the subtle curiosities
that carry on.

carry me on
and drive me forward,
one more day,
day after day.

and so it is,
these days.


books featured:
Menagerie by Sharon Montrose, with illustrations and lettering by Julianna Swaney
The Native Trees of Canada by Leanna Shapton

a few good things no. 2

20 January 2012

1. i truly appreciated jane's softly, softly post this week. i too wrote about giving way to softer sentiments awhile ago and am increasingly disarming myself, so i immediately felt a kind of fellowship in reading jane's account of exploring her own taste for softer notes.

2. speaking of soft sentiments, i also loved anabela's feature on this week's closet & casa. it is so naturally and perfectly her. i love how anabela's style is so honest and uncontrived, while still inspiring awe. i will be honest in saying that she has undoubtedly influenced me in embracing my softer side in my own particular way, and i don't think i am the only one on whom she has had this effect!

3. in my seemingly never-ending browsing for wedding inspiration, i have recently become enamoured with honey of a thousand flowers. sarah's gorgeous garden aesthetic speaks for itself.

4. rifle paper co. is having a wonderful 25% off calendar sale that continues until monday. i already ordered this botanical beauty.

5. status anxiety's audrey wallet in dark green!

6. i've been slowly collecting antique teacups, and i love this playful idea for displaying art (via Poppytalk).

7. i love the east coast photos from nikole's recent blog post by photographer michael graydon. they are part of a story called "the scent of salted air" in volume two of kinfolk telling of a roadtrip to Prince Edward Island. the sense of atmosphere is perfect.

8. julianna swaney is one of my favourite artist's, so naturally i love her wedding invitation design for the recentlly launched one handspun day. while the collection is a little too soft and feminine for andew and me, i love it nonetheless, and i'm sure that it will make the right couple's hearts flutter.

9. gorgeous coral silk chiffon 1920s flapper dress from the ever-lovely dear golden.

have a lovely weekend, xo

mes dames

19 January 2012

i am REALLY loving this series of editorial photos shot by Swedish photographer Anna Malmberg in Paris for Mes Dames' S/S 2012 collection. they're all so soft & dreamy, with a subtle touch of the "mystery and loneliness" with which Anna characterizes her work, i couldn't resist sharing them here. with so much winter around here lately, i cannot help but feel the sweet lure of spring and summer, of secret gardens and lush forests.... 

a selection of the photos were recently featured in the latest issue of welikewelove, where they first captured my heart. you can also view the photographer's portfolio here and a gorgeous series of behind-the-scenes photos here. the full Mes Dames Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook is available here.

oui, je suis amoureuse. et vous?


Photography: Anna Malmberg
Styling & Design: Lisa Wikander / Mes Dames
Make-up: Mie Nakazato
Models: Marie-Clotilde Ramos-Ibanez & Nadine Clayton


so successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful. 

- susan sontag

i find myself continually returning to photgrapher Jonathan Levitt's photoblog, GRASSDOE, for bits of inspiration and glimpses into worlds that are at once other and familiar, where i feel a little bit at home. his photographs are raw and honest and they all possess a simple beauty, whatever season, scene, subject, or way of life they capture. looking at them, i am reminded of the above quote from Susan Sontag's On Photography (1977), except that in Levitt's photos, it is the world that retains it's beauty in the face of the camera. i really think i could live in almost any one of them.

all photographs Copyright © Jonathan Levitt

a few good things no. 1

13 January 2012

another friday, already. looking forward to spending the weekend with my love(s) and starting fresh next week. i have so many ongoing projects i need to focus on and seriously get to work! it's time to prioritize and get organized.

for now, here are a few good things from around the internet or that i newly discovered this week:

leah duncan's new wrapping paper for the UK's betty & durpee. i've always had a soft spot for her designs and these paper sheets are just lovely!

i think this handthrown porcelain berry bowl with drainage holes from clam lab is just brilliant. i need one of these in my life.

original botanical painting on wood panel by britt hermann on sale.

how lovely are these? MoMA exclusive fine bone china teaspoon set by artist Chi-Wing Lee (found via pinterest). um, yes please.

block bagonia wallpaper by Over & Over for Anthropologie (tweeted by Grace from Design*Sponge). love the look of rustic kraft paper.

a new rifle paper co. valentine's day card and an old favourite. who's your valentine this year?

reusable foodwrap made from hemp and cotton fabric infused with beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil from abeego. finally an alternative to plastic foodwrap AND it's Canadian-made! this makes me oh-so happy (found via bookhou on facebook).

have a wonderful weekend!

these days // winter scenes

not only have i redesigned the blog, but i've also moved it to a new home: i'm not typically one for soft grey tones, but i've been inspired by these recent winter scenes from my daily life in Laurentian Valley. i've been spending a good amount of time outdoors, mostly taking Glasgow for walks, and the soft beauty and wonder of winter has really setlled in.

oh, and i also updated the nova lily shop with a new winter banner.


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