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12/29/09

dreamy



I've been princess-cut lover since birth. This coat is amazing.

12/25/09

The prettiest twist




Been keeping my eyes out for some cute but simple hair inspiration lately. You know, things that look pretty but messy, and seem easy enough to do without much time. I'm not one to spend much time on my hair... or on anyone else's for that matter. Anyway, I like this style, above. Gotta figure it out.

(all photos from Vanessa Jackman)

Wear it

The other day I mentioned vintage shop Prance & Swagger, and I am now mentioning it again because I modeled some beautiful accessories for their shop! Some favorites...

1950s Sandalwood Beach Hat


Vintage Cognac Leather Opera Gloves (to DIE for - the leather is nearly edible).


Vintage Veiled Sunshine Polka Dot Hat


So yes, check it out for fun. Some serious inspiration for all you vintage lovers out there.

12/20/09

C'est impossible




Just when I think I am about to start being productive, the internet has to go and blow my freaking mind again. Look at this shop!!!! Can we all scream together now? Ahhhhhh, that's better. I would like to eat these photos, sleep in a pile of these clothes, and snuggle naked in the sunshine with this model. And eat baby coconuts while I'm at it. SWOON.

Shop: Ouma (on Etsy)
Photos: by Galaxie Andrews

Happy Solstice!




May your longest night be filled with rich darkness and fiery magic. Though it marks the first day of winter, it also marks the return of the longer days...and our beloved sun.

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12/19/09

Fingerprints


We used to have one of these. It was amazing - a big and glossy presence in the living room. So shiny, practically begging to be licked. It was elegant and dignified in the best way - without pretension. The tiniest touch to the lacquer would leave a smudge, emphasizing even more its perfection. I was 16 when we had to sell it. My mom asked me if I wanted it, but I was just embarking on the first of many years of dorm-hopping and subsequent collegiate/nomadic living. Alas, it fit neither into my suitcase nor my mental framework.

It would now.

My suitcase is much bigger.

At 16, 5 years forward seems nearly impossible. An infeasible amount of time - real in some type of logic that one doesn't quite possess yet, and so it simply falls into the ether of the 16-year-old brain.

Now, 5 years forward seems remarkably soon. I know for certain that in 5 years I will not be able to believe that 5 years have passed; I will feel simultaneously old and wise and foolish and young; and I will have a lot of laundry that I should get around to doing.

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Perhaps one day, I will find another one of these, and I will fingerprint its face, play Debussy on its keys, lie quietly beneath its chamber and feel small.

Prance and Swagger



My new fave!! Check it check it check it.

12/17/09

I heart you




I am getting more and more into the anatomical heart art. I like these pendants a lot. And oh snap! Locally made.

12/12/09

She thinks of everything

Zana Bayne of Garbage Dress is so radical. Look at what she made:


Leather wing boot straps. You can read her blog post about them here, and she also has an Etsy shop.

Of the straps, she says:

After night of debate, trial, error, and mass experimentation, I have completed the perfected prototype of what I now call the "Leather Wing Boot Strap". As with all of the accessories that I make, the boot straps are meant to enhance the shoes that you already own - changing the silhouette, and creating removable detail.

You should go look at her stuff. It's all pretty rad sauce, obvs.

12/9/09

Asher does photobooth





More scores


AND I found these pants at Buffalo Exchange for $12! I don't think they'd ever even been worn. I love them. You may be stylish, hipsters, but I will always love my super flares. Always always always.

Always the boots




Yay! Just scored these beauties for a very low price. Um, insluated cowboy boots with rubber traction soles??? HELLOOO!!!

How to make love when you're alone



That sounds like it's gonna be dirty, but it's not. As many of you know, it's very cold right now. In fact, it's been about 30 degrees for days now in Portland. VERY COLD. Thanks to my sheepskin carseat covers, lambskin/cashmere driving gloves, and down jacket, I am surviving.

What I really wanted to post about, though, is a warm drink. Oregon winters are remarkably grey and wet, and I've come to realize that one of the things that gets me through them is tea. A nice, hot cup of tea. It's like magic. A cup of tea is one of the most amazing things - it's terribly cheap to make, and so easy. Making a cup of tea is like suddenly building a tiny fire in one's heart. It doesn't just warm your hands and throat - it can actually make you feel love. And this is the most stunning, priceless aspect of a cup of tea.

Several years ago, I dated a handsome british man who drank only one kind of tea. At first, I thought it odd and boring. Until I tried it, and a whole new kind of tea magic was unleashed.

PG Tips, if you don't know, is the best tea ever (at least that I, a humble American tea drinker, have found). You can buy it in large boxes, filled with heaps of unwrapped teabags. This particular way of packaging seems much more logical and satisfying. Enough of the 15 individually wrapped bags with Ghandi quotes on them. Give me mountains of pure, strong black tea, and give it to me simply.

I also want to tell you about my "chocolate tea", a silly invention that I love. Well truthfully it's not that silly, and undoubtedly it was invented many worlds ago. But I am drinking it now, and the cold ache in my core has vanished. Here's what I do - it is a delightful substitute for hot chocolate (which is more often than not too milky and sweet):

In a mug, pour two heaping tablespoons of your favorite chocolate powder (unsweetened). Boil water in the kettle, and fill the cup (nearly) with boiling water. Stir the chocolate in, and sweeten with agave (or sugar, if you like). Top it off with a splash of half & half or heavy cream, just to soften and fuse all the ingredients.

And there you go. Chocolate tea.

And remember, even on the coldest, lonliest days, a cup of tea will truly warm your heart. There is much magic in warm water - baths, hot water bottles, tea, etc. To have such magic at our fingertips and faucets is a delightful blessing.

12/6/09

End of an era



So many leaves turning. The beloved Tiger Shop will be closing on December 31. Sad sad sad. The good news is everything will be on sale until then, so stop by House of Vintage and dig through for discounts!