When you were growing up, whose style did you admire? One of my style icons was my Grandmother. She was a modern Granny of vibrant colour and fabulous accessories. She could pull together an outfit like nobody’s business.
An artist we have carried for awhile but whom I have yet to feature reminds me of my Grandmother. H.Crystal creates porcelain earrings from forms made of vintage buttons. Her work is feminine and classic. They are Lauren Bacall (thought I am not entirely sure her ears were pierced). They are Olivia de Havilland. They are my gran. And her newest colour of the softest pink (shown directly below) is perfectly pretty for the spring. Hey fellas – put a pair of these in your ladies Easter Basket. You won’t regret it.
H.Crystal (her jewellery name) is a Master Fine Arts Ceramics student at NSCAD. Her thesis show exhibit takes place from April 17 – April 28th btw.
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!
Whether you do it up with LBD (little black dress) or you glam rock in your favorite jeans, I think these are a NYE must have:
They are also available with purple as the secondary colour, a mix of the two colours, as well as other suede or leathery options. Gold baby. That is where its at.
I love to travel. My favorite travel memories and experiences always happen when I forget about agendas or let go of my map and get lost in an area that feels like me. If I am lucky I find a store like mine that offers handmade goods made in the region and more often than not I leave with a goody or two. But with two young ones and a baby biz, I haven’t traveled in awhile. Instead, I travel vicariously through friends’ photographs on Facebook.
The other day I received a package from not-so-far Ottawa from Urbanite Jewellery. When I opened the package, I was taken on an international journey. And the box of treasures was like a visual, wearable, jewellery souvenir shop from all the stops on this journey.
Urbanite Jewellery’s creator, Krista Leben, creates jewellery stylistically reminiscent of a place and then she packages them on cards labeled with their namesake. There are lacey, leafy “Manilla” earrings, branch and blossom “Victoria” earrings & necklace, and a spherical icey snowball “Banff” necklace. I am mad for the simple modern arty “Chicago” earrings (shown directly below) and the floral “Seville” earrings (bottom image), reminiscent of the amazing floral gardens and moorish “cutout” architectural decor.
All the Urbanite pieces are light in weight and pocket (read: affordable). If travel is in your heart but not in your agenda right now, a little piece of Bejing, Casablanca, or Aspen can be yours in the form of some pretty treasures. (What a great justification on buying yourself a treat! You just saved yourself a plane ticket and lodging money sweetheart!)
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.
I am going to try really hard not to bitch and moan about grey and rain other than to state this weather is making me grumpy and reclusive. So instead of getting outside or getting to work on projects post putting the kiddos to bed, I retire to the coziness of the duvet and catch up on bad television. Sometimes that involves a little (no judging…) Gossip Girl. I am the first person to step up and say that this show is the equivalent of Sunny D – it claims to be juice but it is really a cocktail of fructose and canola oil. But alas, when I am feeling like I need a little ridiculous catty fluff, GG fits the bill.
Anyway, I don’t bring up Gossip Girl for any other reason than to say that I enjoyed the earlier seasons “prep school” stylings. Credit is due to GG’s fashion department for bringing back the knotted tie and bow tie. And not just on the fellas. The ladies of GG can rock a tie!
But if you don’t have your own fashion or television stylist, what is a gal to do?? Stop in at Love, Me of course and check out the adorable (and easy to wear and pair) goods from Tweek.
Call the press! These are freakin’ adorable!
Cassandra, the maker behind Tweek, has made looking prep school happenin’ so easy with pin back ties and necklaces. No need to YouTube “how to tie a tie” just throw on a necklace or pin on a brooch on (straight on like above or pull a Carrie Bradshaw and wear it on the lapel of your tweed blazer (a la season 4?) or your summer white vest (a la movie #1? 2?). Regardless of what spin you put on it, the Tweek tie accessories are fun!
Not enough tie for you? I think a Tweek hair piece would be awesome for an outdoor wedding party.
Too much tie for you? The tweek bowtie rings are a sweet nod to menswear.
Tweek – a vintage shtick with a different kick. Now at Love, Me.