Delta of Venus

I mentioned a couple days ago that I'm planning an event at 360 Ecotique on February 11. Thanks to some wonderful collaboration with some other hard-working ladies, we now have a bunch of beautiful promo pics and a flyer:

Amber and I modeled for the shoot, and Erin Lizardo took and edited all the photographs. It was a very fun adventure in the park involving piles of clothes and early morning sunlight. I have much gratitude for both of these women.

If you are on Facebook (to which I have recently returned), you can view the event here, and the album of photos here.  All the shots are amazing.... here are some of my favorites (and you may notice some of my treasures from Nicole made it into the shoot!):

 In the fourth photo, Amber is modeling my fringe purse that I just posted about the other day. Amber made nearly everything she's wearing in the photos....and of course we're decked out in lots of vintage as well.  So if you live in Chico, mark your calendars to stop by our event...I think it's going to be quite fun. xo


le front page

sadieDELUXE was featured on the Etsy front page today, thanks to Blank Stair Vintage. I still get reeealllly excited when this happens!! The treasury featured members from my dear Indie Free Spirits team. Woot!


On fringe, and finding beauty

Fringe purses are so in, y'all. Tonight I happened to head over to Urban Weeds to browse through the beauty files. Admittedly, I had nearly forgotten about Urban Weeds. I used to look at it often, but now I forget for long periods of time - which is actually nice because then there are more images to look through. My one complaint about Urban Weeds used to be that I felt their posting was sparse. (Feed me more!)

Two of the recent street-style features boast fringe purses:

Eden Dawn

And as I'm sure you all know, I've been making some fringe purses, one of which is still available in my shop:

I had some more in there, but they are now on the live racks at 360 Ecotique. So if you're local to Chico, head over there. Also....Lost Boys & Lovers will be hosting an event on February 11 at the ecotique - so save the date and come by. There will be fringe galore. And feathers. And lots and lots of wearable beauty. More on this SOOOON (hint: behind the scenes at gypsy photo shoot, buying guide, and more).

I've been fringing up more purses and pretty much anything that I can get my hands (and rivets) on, so expect more listings like that soon, as well.

Finally, on an unrelated note... I found these photos (also on Urban Weeds) and this one, in particular, stopped me breathless in my tracks. There are some women who are so beautiful that sometimes I am struck in awe. Ah, the timeless power of beautiful women....


...I say cheers to that. xo

p.s. all photos of fine ladies in this post are (c) urban weeds

Top Drawer Vintage wears sadieDELUXE

Look at the darling MaryBeth wearing this sweet cherry blazer from sadieDELUXE!

Thanks for the post, MaryBeth - you look perfect.


Oh yes i did

After nearly a year of lusting, I couldn't resist when Lisa alerted me to the super deal they were having over at the site. Finding them for less than $100 is so hard...and I am the queen of bargain hunters!

Anyway, here we are. Giant platform shoes. How odd it is to lust so terribly after something branded by America's own Jessica Simpson. Alas, blogosphere, I love you so but your temptations are so tricky!

images from here, here, and here


The To-Do List

Last night, Asher made this list:

Apparently he wrote it at 7:40 pm, January. Hopefully there are other mothers out there reading this who can understand how effing cute it is, and how it instills in me a glittering laughter - one that is mostly humorous but also laden with deep love and admiration at the things these children do.

Come the end of the world, this guy's a good one to have on the team - killing bad guys and growing food at the top of the list! And of course, I'm thrilled to have made it on there at number 5 - closely preceded by some water-drankin'.


the cat came back

HOORAY! Warmer temperatures are starting to creep their way toward us, and because of this I got to shoot with Leandra again, after a long, cold winter of missing her.


On the new moon on February 2, so begins the Year of the Hare.

The Hare represents purity and is associated with the moon & female energy.  According to my resource, "Hare year can be a nurturing time of peace, calem, leisure and rest after the intensity of the previous Tiger can be made easily - and spent easily. Dragon year 2012 will be a wild, exhausting time, so appreciate the small pleasures of Hare year as opportunities to heal, relax, and entertain."

(images - I selected a few of my favorites from this artist's collection of zodiac paintings.)



My vintage mustard traveler's set was featured in the Etsy finds email today! Mustard must be hot right now because this particular item has been being featured in tons of treasuries lately. I know vintage luggage isn't as convenient as a nice modern roller suitcase....but damn it sure does look good.

And her heart glows

Milla, the goddess from the north, wears her Lost Boys & Lovers amethyst bullet, and blogs about it here.


Beauty and the Ecotique

360 Ecotique, a local artisan boutique here in Chico, has been working some magic on their website lately and posting lots of lookbook photos showcasing their designers and vintage. I am loving it! On 1/11/11 they posted some fresh photos, and my Traveler Hoops are used on one of the models.

Head over to their site to check out more pretty photos - the models are wearing tons of beautiful bling from Leora at Gather, as well.


Today the stars shift into Aquarius (January 20 - February 18). In my day planner from my mom, it provides this year-at-a-glance summary for our dear aquarians, and I wanted to share it because I like it so much. (The text is (c) Gretchen Lawlor):

In 2011, you're seen as an innovative genius, weaving the cosmic into the commonplace like iridescent threads into tapestry. You design unusual ways to share information, and are a champion of progressive education.  You use technology to bridge diversities or distances and create world community.  Notions occur to you that you swiftly put into practice.

You may experience some difficulty staying on task.  Discipline information-gathering by focusing on a specific outcome you want to achieve.  Your hungry mind needs ample fuel; further schooling may be the answer - and will add credibility to your innovative efforts.  Eat mineral rich foods, especially magnesium, to support your highly activated nervous system.

Sudden opportunities to travel arise, though your journey must have a specific intent, more like a vision quest.  Your aspirations succeed when you acquaint yourself with the rules of the game in whatever systems or cultures you dsire to impact.  Look for elders to guide and bless your efforts.

By mid-year, Jupiter shifts its benevolent blessings to your emotional base and domestic affairs.  This is a good time to make improvements around your home or to move someplace more promising.  Your family is supportive and you feel generous toward them.  A part of yourself or your past history which you have tried to ignore is brought to the light and dealt with, leaving you feeling you've had a load lifted off your shoulders. 

There you go! Please share this with any Aquarians in your life that you love and anyone else who might enjoy it.

(photo source)

Catching up

It's been a slow week for blogging for this girl. I'm not sure why...I think sometimes I create ruts and roadblocks for myself in various areas.... this particular example being "but I have nothing to blog about." SO. To prove myself wrong, and as a simple exercise of un-rutting, I am going to create (here) a blog post out of nothing.

I've been wanting to get more "personal" on my blog, as I know that when I read other blogs - it's that depth of information that really holds me there. Pretty things are fun, and pretty vintage things are even more fun, but stories are at the heart of so much of the human experience. Milla's blog, in particular, is inspiring me to tell more stories.

Though truthfully, my blog ebbs and flows (just like everything else), and sometimes I tell lots of stories. My journal tag leads you to many of them, as well as my memories tag. But lots of these stories taper off in 2010....which leads me to this moment, wherein I promise to tell more stories on this blog in 2011.

On that note, I already have lots and lots of stories brewing in my brain.... all I had to do was turn on the switch, I suppose. This photo of me that I used in my sale bin post was pulled from my ancient photobucket account... that nesting spot of photos hosts once-uponnas galore! For now, I'll leave you with more recent untold stories of our New Years trip to Tahoe, and our 2011 beginnings (though in all fairness, this is mostly a show of photos, and is brief).

Piled in the family wagon, we left the rainy homestead and headed for the mountains, which greeted us immediately with snow. Thank goddess for big tires and brave men who drive in snowy mountains, because I would refuse. Ugh. I was just a happy passenger, latte in hand and quiet child in the back.

Asher, of course, was endlessly excited about the snow. And to my delight, he still fits in his neon snowsuit that I thrifted for him in Portland 2 years ago.

The trip was filled with lots of food, family, snow, sledding and sleeping. It was, actually, quite delightful. We hardly ever take a break from our daily grind (but only because we love it so)...but sometimes it's good for us to just get away and breathe some different air. Literally. Mountain-snow-air is delicious.

My own mama took Asher for a couple days so that we could get away and run off to the forest & various bliss spots that shall remain unnamed. Here's ma & Asher:

Without child in tow, we immediately began our "grownup" adventures: first stop consisted of a brief shopping trip at the Burlington Coat Factory and me laughing hysterically in the parking lot during a "come-on-honey-let's-just-take-a-photo-of-us-kissing" conversation. (Don't worry - that was just our first stop. We drove onward to more exciting things).

The kissing photos are meh. But the one of me laughing is cute!! The rest of the trip was less-photographed, and the photos I did take (Ha).

After some goodbyes, more lattes, and more snow, we finally made it home sweet home.  I love coming home; there is no place as welcoming and cozy and heartwarming as my own space:


And then 2011 had begun, and here we are.... 3 weeks into it now... the Year of the Hare (nearly) upon us and the smallest whispers of spring already creeping upward through the earth. I am excited to move forward, and I am joyous looking back, and - as they say - life is good.

I am filled with endless gratitude for my people and projects, the many women I've connected with on Etsy and through this blog (and the many women I loved before all of this), and I marvel at how the simplest parts of life are so deeply dear to me... and how the spectrum of simple can seem so vast, yet still be so clear  - family and friends, food and fire, work and creation, truth and a hot cup of tea.