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Brrrrr

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.

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Dad. Daddy. Pops. Dude.

No matter what you call the guy, June 19th is the day the world celebrates them. Love, Me is no exception; Love, Me digs Dads. And because we know you are all busy getting organized for summer vacation, Love, Me has put together a short and sweet list of goodies that would make awesome Father’s Day gifts.

Writer Dad:  Not every Dad is a journaller but locally made My Handbound Books are for more than keeps of secrets. These journals are great for travel diaries, meal and wine notations, novellas, musical notations, but he will most likely use it to list all your amazing attributes.

Breakie Dad: Who doesn’t like breakfast? Local potter Bethany of Bread and Butter Pottery has recently stocked Love, Me with egg and bacon mugs. Awesome! If Dad is more a stack of pancakes kind of guy, we also have porcelain maple syrup containers made in Montreal by Marianne Chenard.

Drinker Dad: Does Dad partake in libations? Love, Me is a big fan of the crazy fun printed glassware by local artist Kyla Francis and to us they are a “no brainer” for anyone who enjoys a cool bevie (even if it is water or lemonade). Another great idea – the hand tooled vegetable tanned leather covered flask from Hamilton’s Shoot From the Hip.

Sporty Dad: Love, Me does not carry sports equipment but after sporting what does Dad need most? A shower!! We have some great man soaps in the shop: Not For Sissies and Salty Dog. (Or if Dad is more of a kid at heart, we also have Jolly Roger and Robot soap.)

Classy Dad: The bowtie is making a comeback especially the crafty looking ones in great vintage prints and sweet summer ginghams. Love, Me has some pretty little printed (and solid) bowties made by Toronto’s Tweek perfect for your dapper Daddy-o.

Commuter Dad: So Dad is super city savvy and commuting via mass transit or people power but is still struggling with various bags for his files and electronics. Toronto’s MariClaRo to the rescue. Love, Me has a couple of their amazing laptop bags. (And I am not being all salesy here. They are amazing. The laptop portion is built into the structure of a larger courier bag. Lunch explode in your bag? Water bottle begins to leak? No problem. The laptop is safe and sound.

I leave you with this beautiful piece of writing by Merlin Mann that I came across in my travels, about having a great Dad and trying to be a great Dad. Keep the hanky or tissues handy.

http://www.43folders.com/2011/04/22/cranking

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I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike.

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.

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What’s A Gal To Do?

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.

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Art Preview: Good Day Studio

Not long ago, we started carrying “The Way Home”, a limited edition print t-shirt designed by Anna Stowe of Good Day Studio. The print is a design that Anna created for the traffic box at the corner of Portland St and Prince Arthur Ave in Dartmouth. 

Now we’re adding another t-shirt print by Anna to the store. This one is called River Bliss and is a celebration of vintage motorcycle trials (or just really cool if you like bikes):

 

Both t-shirt designs are available in men’s (S-XL) and women’s (S-L) fits.

Anna’s t-shirts are actually a preview of bigger things to come.  We’re planning a show of Anna’s paintings for September, and judging by the painting we have in store right now, it’s going to be a fun one.

 

The show opens on September 17, so be sure to mark your calendars. In the meantime, stop by and check out these great t-shirts.  Love, Me is the only store carrying these prints (they’re not even in Anna’s online shop).

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Souvenirs of Canadiana: Identity Tees

July 2, 2010 – Canada Day has passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Canada all summer long.  You can do just that with these great men’s tees from Identity.

 The designs on these shirts are a fun and stylish way to show off your pride in Canadian culture.

 

 

Identity tees are great for guys who are looking for something different to wear to summer BBQs and parties.  A plaid curling rock? A houndstooth igloo? A wood grain beaver? These are shirts that are going to be noticed by your fellow party goers.

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