Ah the internet. I am full of interesting factoids and information since becoming a regular of Twitter and blogs. Case in point – today I read Christmas is not over until midnight tonight. On a new to me foodie blog, writer Niamh (love her name) at Eat Like a Girl (again with the sweet name), writes about some wonderful international traditions which officially close out the holidays. My personal favorite is Ireland declaring today a Women’s Christmas. This day recognizes that women work their derrieres off preparing and presenting Christmas that they rarely, if ever, get a break themselves. This day became a day for the lady folk to rest, eat, drink, and be merry. And to slurge a bit on themselves with whatever remained in the coffers from that years turkey sales.
You may not have sold any turkeys or even prepared a turkey, but don’t you think it is right and proper to declare one day to rest and splurge on yourself. What a great way to close out the manicness that can be the holidays and start the year off right. Seriously! Most of us spend our holidays running around like turkeys about to get their heads cut off and then have to jump back into a New Year full of strict resolutions and promises. Aghck!
Ladies – claim your Irish rights. (Or claim to be Irish.) Take a day to yourself. Sleep in. Drink tea. Eat that yummy January 6th French traditional King Cake. And then head out with the gals and splurge on yourself. Buy yourself a little treat-
a nice soap,
a pretty necklace,
some lovely earrings, some sweet mittens or cozy cowl, a piece of art you love.
Now that is a tradition I think I might start incorporating in my own life.
Happy Christmas Ladies!
There was a little frost on the pumpkin this morning. (Seriously. My pumpkin is still on my stoop. Don’t judge. It’s cute and it hasn’t fallen in on itself yet.) It was frosty enough for the (gasp) scraper on the car windshield.
Frosty weather is perfect for a little pip. Ya know? Pip Robins.
Pip Robins is a logical choice when the weather cools off. Designer and creator Gillian Hyde has been making and perfecting her cowls here in Halifax since 2009. After seeing a fella struggle against the wind with a bandana to keep warm, the tubular, over-the-head accessory was born. The Pip Robins line has grown from her signature unisex plaid cowls to include unique, limited edition appliqued varieties as well as lace and embellished flowers. Gillian takes care to choose sustainable fabrics (often recycled) wherever possible and has a variety of choices from a cozy plaid and hardy herringbones to romantic lace and pretty satin flowers.
Now – don’t those look cozy?? And easy to wear! Come on in and see for yourself.
I wouldn’t classify this store as trendy. But it is funny how trends make the rounds from runway and magazines to product designers and artisan handmade culture to mainstream and back again. Braids have been seen everywhere lately from hair trends to accessories. And I admit, I am really enjoying the braid resurgence. So I was super excited to receive a recent box of goodies from Fleet Objects.
The braid jewellery collection is drool worthy for sure. I love the simple elegance of the leather braid necklaces & rings and the chunky layering (another trend) of the bracelets. Artisan Zoe (of Fleet Objects) crafted a beautiful line of bohemian casual meets refinery that can be both multi-season and with a variety of outfits.
Love, Me is excited to have a limited collection of Fleet Object braid jewellery collection.
Like any proud carrier of Irish and English heritage, I love me some carbs. True I adore veggies and fruits, but when it comes to the “guts” of a meal, I do love a big ol’ pile of saucy noodles. Yup. Be them Chinese, Japanese, Italian, or German – I heart noodles.
So it is really no surprise that a great new Love, Me product has won my heart. My cool weather comfort food is noodles and now my cool weather comfort accessory is…well…noodles?? Neck noodles are a fun necklace/scarf/ridiculously fun accessory made right here in the ‘Fax and available at Love, Me. Neck noodles are made from up-cycled premium tshirts and gathered in a way that makes wearing them both easy and fun. (Seriously there are a crazy number of ways to wear the noodles.) With plenty of solid or tie-dyed colours to choose from, the noodles with add both zing to an outfit & comfort to a style.
Just like its pasta namesake, no matter how you loop it, scoop it or swoop it, its delish!
P.S. Neck Noodles are not restricted to cool weather. I am just being a tad grumpy today about the weather forecast. Hey! I have high (and perhaps unrealistic) hopes for my summer weather.
This weekend Parks Canada celebrates 100 years of service. Because I love both the Canadian outdoors and a good party, I am eager to celebrate. So the question for any party…what to wear?
An outdoorsy camp party uniform is the jeans and tshirt.
Local artist Anna Stowe’s “The Way Home” tshirt is a perfect alternative to a plain or logo tshirt.
A lumberjack cowl by Pip Robins is a must, non?
Then add a wooden Canadiana wildlife themed ring by Anneke van Bommel. Sweeeeeeeet.
And because this is a party, we mustn’t forget our flask. This sweet buck is a Hamilton handtooled and dyed leather covered hip flask from Shoot from the Hip.
I can not find any official Parks Canada celebrational events here in Halifax. But that shouldn’t stop us now. We are are half way there. Now all that is left to decide on is the snacks and the music to accompany the drive. Wondering: what is the quintessential Canadian camp song? Anyone?
June is Oceans Month.
Here’s a mind blowing thought: “80% of all the life on Earth is to be found hidden beneath the waves and this vast global ocean pulses around our world driving the natural forces which maintain life on our planet.” (source) And “80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities.” (source)
One of main threats to this ecosystem is plastics.
Speaking of babies, did you know what cute little wee kiddos, a local company and plastics in oceans have something in common? Little Fish!
Little Fish is a clothing line developped by Amanda Langely of Twice Upon a Time Clothing. Amanda’s mandate for both her clothing lines is to update previously owned baby and small children’s fashions with her embroidered patches and appliques. Little Fish is a specific line which is ocean inspired commissioned by a local education company called Oceans Wild.
Other than cute appliques of sea life or heart patches emblazoned with the word ocean on them, Little Fish is raising awareness about the plastics in our ocean by having a plastic drink ring attached to each garment. A customer will need to snip the plastic ring in order to remove it from the clothing. (Drink rings floating in the ocean get caught easily around the snouts, beaks, mouths of many sea creatures.)
Do you heart the ocean too? The Little Fish heart ocean patches will fit anyone – wee or not! The patches are $6 or if you bring in 6 plastic rings during the month of June, you can get a free Ocean patch.
And if you are a teacher or group leader, consider having Oceans Wild come speak to your group of youngsters about our oceans. They are a little (and local) education company with a big message.
Good links regarding this matter:
World Wildlife Foundation
David Suzuki Foundation
David Suzuki blog “Life Less Plastic”
Ah Queen! You and your bicycle race song could make anyone want to hop on their bicycle and go for a ride. Maybe our fair city should just play it on loudspeakers every morning first thing! Yes this week HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality) is running (riding?) bike week. It is a week of raising awareness and generating enthusiasm for all things bike. All good stuff as far as Love, Me is concerned. And many of our artists agree – Tweek has lovely trouser cuffs upcycled from ties and Lilybug has some fun bicycle seat covers made from vinyl. And MariClaRo bags, though much of them are made with automobile interior scraps, they have a line of wallets made from bicycle intertubes.
In my bike fantasies (which include a bucket bike by Madsen and my same steading moved closer to the city so I could bike commute), I would be cruze the city streets like the many European city ladies in dresses with a front basket full of bread, cheese, chocolate, wine and flowers. I would most likely wear this dress we just got in from Device and be heading to a park with a good book and good eats.
Speaking of European cities and bike week have you seen this You Tube video about bike rush hour in Utrecht? Awesome. That is my fantasy for HRM.