Monday, May 31, 2010

sun cometh

the extent of the deep gray & gloom that occasionally settles over seattle is different in experience than in description.. each morning this past week I've awoken to sort of grasp desperately at my hot tea & vitamin D pills.. but, then..

the sun, and a cool clear breeze, and a perfect temperature. we capped the long weekend with a relaxed bike ride & the perfect grilled summer meal

it does, actually, make up for all the gray when this particular, perfect sort of sun- finally- emerges


yay gifts

antler button, coral beads, 1940s velvet & taffeta ribbons, 'papaya' & baby blue papers


finished this guy

I somehow expected my moonstones to be larger. I realized just before they arrived that they would actually be the same size as a few of the bigger beads in the other layers.. they are still lovely &, I think, a pretty rare bead to have in there. oh well.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

may I recommend..

these sandals (never-worn Italian vintage) to someone with a 6.5 US shoe size..

Saturday, May 29, 2010

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'portrait of a dancer'

joan miro

damir doma

really lovely

first women's wear collection.. his menswear is also something to see

(all images

perhaps you'll detect a pattern..

reborn, a shop in toronto & online. I don't think I've ever seen so much grey in one shop.

so they're great for grey. I originally found them searching for arielle de pinto.. they seem to have the best online selection of her work with a few pieces I hadn't seen elsewhere

I'll probably need to do a post about something orange (the gates of yor?) just to mix up my grey a bit.. but again, its a dark day in seattle with no sun yet in sight

so, for a lazier weekend I'll be watching soccer, completing my necklace project, reading, drinking tea.. & making an attempt to photograph the amazing tops I just received from urban revisions(!)

t by alexander wang, acne, arielle de pinto, complexgeometries- all reborn

Friday, May 28, 2010

grey (marbled) day

even for some of the days we'll have in seattle.. today is nasty. it is grey, it is raining, and it is way too dark outside to be daytime, or spring at all really

but. as usual, I'm thinking about non-atmospheric grey in a happy way. I came across this abstract marbled bag on etsy yesterday & it reminded me of a few other nice examples. I love a grey marble, particularly in light & muted shades

so soothing & beautiful

one of my favorite thrift store finds ever for myself is this silk marbled button up top (pictured on mannequin.) it coincided, at the time of its discovery, with a renewed affection for marbled paper.. which makes me love it more just for the sheer happy coincidence in timing

marbled silk tank- shabd via totokaelo
batik cotton bag- olive brown
silk button up- my image
marbled buttons- my image

Thursday, May 27, 2010


I'm working on a necklace 'project'.. I'm trying to make a piece in subdued colors that is classic but quietly over the top.. to satisfy a sense of need, still, for something just a bit bizarre

I've put together four individual complementary necklaces using gray agate, blue lace agate, bone, lotus seeds, botswana agate & some unusually gorgeous gray seeds that apparently are poisonous

hanging on a mannequin neck, I think something is missing. I searched around, slept on it, and eventually decided on these amazing silver-grey moonstone beads. they're a bit big & I'm thinking I'll position them asymmetrically

I'll mention it if I manage to sate this unusual urge.. anyone else get this weird feeling in the spring?

(image, moonstone beads, laurel canyon beads)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

art :: book

“I’m thinking about the mythical wonders of the world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Tower of Babel. It’s as if the collective will comes up with something that has resonance on an individual level and so becomes mythic. I can claim to take that as a model for a way of thinking. Art can do it, and I’m going to have a damn good go. I want to occupy the territory, but the territory is an idea and a way of thinking as much as a context that generates objects."

- Anish Kapoor

(my fledlging collection grows. lovely photos- amazing shapes & textures. I first saw my new book at the national gallery of art shop.. I recommend amazon for this one for a nice deal)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

swim :: suit

I'm not a big swimwear person. but who wouldn't want a handsome & well-priced option when/if the necessity arises..

I feel like the halter cut-out suit here is a pretty acceptable substitute for the acne 'wave' suit for under $100.. I do think the actual acne suit is pretty awesome though

harajuku on etsy is a good source for simple, slightly re-thought basic pieces, all of which can be mixed with other styles.. & in one's color/pattern of choice. some of the options need wading through (that is not a pun, merely a coincidence) but I like the black, navy & of course the pretty slate gray

cut out one piece- acne via creatures of comfort
halter cut out- harajuku
gingham highwaist suit- alexandra grecco
b + w print one piece- mociun
gray solid two piece- harajuku


oh right.. I sell vintage

new items in store now

quite nice.. quite simple

I like the simple, modern lines & neutral colors of these bags..

many of the bags are listed as 'faux leather' & for those who prefer it they seem like nice quality. my preference is leather & after inquiring I was told that those bags listed as non-leather are also available in a variety of leather shades