I do so love these contemplative still life shots by Luisa Brimble, a Sydney based freelance photographer. Casual yet full of warmth, they capture the simplicity one feels within the home. Lovely.
I bought my very first pair of Dr. Martens this weekend. The Orla Wingtip Mary Jane’s. I was walking around the Canadian National Exhibition and my feet were already sore when I tried these babies on. WOW. I’ve always heard how comfortable Docs are but of course I have size 10 D-width (platypus-sized) feet so… really, I never thought of them as an option. Wrong! Oh, they are wide and sturdy and slip resistant and there is a cushion-like sole inside and if I click my heels three times they just might take me home!
So, I tossed my sandals into my bag and walked in these for three hours! I don’t recommend wearing them for that long without socks because the leather on these shoes needs breaking in and I got a very small blister. BUT. My feet weren’t sore. My toes weren’t cramped. I still looked stylish. I might have a new addiction. Uh oh.
Even though it feels like 35 degrees outside, I’ve been pondering my fall wardrobe. Do you ever open up your closet that is jam packed with clothes and think to yourself, “I have nothing to wear”. Yup. I feel like I need to get myself together and rethink what I purchase in the future. It’s time to wear grown up clothes!
These luxury statement pieces form the Quella Collection by designer Rebecca Tilley, are so stunning. The clothes are like the cake and the jewels are like the frosting – and who doesn’t love the frosting on cake…. really? I want them all!
I’m inspired to pare down my wardrobe with simple, classic pieces and accessorize more to make an impact. Bold jewellery like this is timeless and it can even be paired with a crisp, white shirt and jeans. Effortless style. Maybe if I lived in Tuscany… hmmmm.
It’s getting hot and humid again and even though it’s dark at 9 pm, I still feel like summer’s in full swing. These are the lazy, hazy days of late summer. A time to enjoy the moment. Take your cue from Man’s Best Friend.
I just checked out the H&M Home collection. The previously online-in-Europe-only home collections became available online for the US market this spring.
I am a little hopeful because once something comes to the USA, it’s only a short matter of time before it comes across the border to Canada. Oh… why do we always have to wait so long?
I love a lot of the decor in the photos and the prices are reasonable. The textiles look gorgeous but I’m still old school, meaning I have to see and touch the actual product I want to purchase. I’m all about quality, and I can’t be bothered returning things so please H&M Home… come to a store near me soon! How long do I hafta wait???
OK, so really, how cute/ugly is that cat pillow? Soooo cute/ugly!
Yes, yes, yes!!! Look at my new fashion superhero – heroine? Nicolette Mason.
I love little lacy white dresses but it is the one fashion piece that I also avoid like the plague. Why? Because I always assumed white dresses were for those size 0, small boned waif-like girls who eat Splenda for lunch. I on the other hand, am curvy like my new superhero, as shown here. And doesn’t she look lovely in this dress?
I’m also afraid that my big boned shoulders will make me look like a line backer packed into a baby doll’s dress! Yeah… gotta cover the shoulders in something this delicate, but that’s just my insecurity screaming at me. Or, that I would look kind of like a humungo wedding cake topper…. it’s not a good thing.
This look works for me because of the chunky jewellery, black jacket, boots and belt add a rocker chic vibe. The neon bag makes this ensemble less ho-hum – a fresh pop of colour – right on trend. And my shoulders would be hidden from sight! This look would transition nicely from summer to fall and now that there are so many sales…. well, I’ll just have to go shopping!
I work in an incredible historic Toronto neighbourhood called the Kingsway. The centre medians along the main street in the Kingsway are truly unique with lighted trees, distinctive flags and beautiful summer blooms. Wrought iron benches and coach lanterns create a feeling of olde.
The Kingsway theatre opened in 1939 and it still stands, with it’s art deco style and original signage. I walk past it everyday. I took a photo of it….then, I decided to give it the Instagram treatment using Photoshop – to age and stylize it.
Here is the original photo….
….and here is the cropped and retouched image. I followed a tutorial I found on abduzeedo. Then I roughed up the edge of the image a little by deleting using a rough brush and varying the opacity. I like the vintage effect this gives the image – it could have been taken in the 60s or 70s, not today. So, there you have it – my own original material. It’s not perfect, but it’s just my style!
I’ve been stuck in a rut for a while when it comes to posting/ideas. And I think I finally figured out why… here’s the deal…
- I was working at a job that I hated. I know it’s bad to say that but every second I was there, the negative energy sucked my spirit away
- I switched jobs and since I am resistant to change, it took me almost 2 months to start to feel like myself again
- It’s difficult to come up with new ideas on a daily basis, so I will post sporadically, when I’m inspired
- Using my own photos. I was insistent on waiting until I could get a DSLR, but maybe the photos don’t have to be professional quite yet. I’ll edit my digital photos – duh, I know Photoshop so I can edit them my way and they don’t have to be perfect - lightbulb!!
- I’d like to continue to inspire by curating the lovely things – instead of being so hard on myself – sometimes I’ll just post one or two lovely photos instead of ten
Now for the fun! Here are some lovely summer pics – enjoy each day!
anyone who knows me will tell you how much i love pretty pictures and luxe home decor. so, while this post might not be about “pretty”, it is about good design, on a budget and for one of the smallest work spaces i have encountered!
Ross Knight designed his own compact shelf/desk solution complete with…. a barstool chair. How clever. He also added some ambient lighting behind his monitor! duh, wish i thought this up!
images and sources: apartment therapy