Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Beloved Cooper

I apologize for beng so neglectful of this poor little blog, but I have been dealing with a personal tragedy that rendered me too uninspired to post anything here. My dearest companion Cooper was diagnosed with lymphoma several weeks ago. It spread very quickly and I eventually had to make the heartbreaking decision to let him go. I miss him terribly, but cherish the years we had together. My life is vastly richer for having known such a magnificent hound.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Audubon Raven

Refurbished Fire Truck B&B

A remarkable Scottish getaway in a repurposed 1956 Fire Service truck.

From the Canopy and Stars website (where you can see more photos and book a rental):

Ladies and gentlemen...The Beermoth. This bizarre truck, following a stint as the B&B (Bed & Buckfast) stage at Inshriach's own Insider Festival, has settled in its present location on Inshriach Estate. Walter, the creator of the Inshriach Yurt, has truly excelled himself in his seemingly never ending quest for a renovation challenge. Having liberated this 1956 Commer Q4 from the Manston Fire Museum in Kent and wrestled it back to Inshriach House, he has quite literally raised the roof (by a foot). Then he laid an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, salvaged snooker table slate to make a hearth and a fire escape to make a staircase. The Beermoth now also sports a completely over the top Victorian double bed, the door from one of the (now presumably a little drafty) cottages at the farm, and the former back wall of the doghouse. The mahogany plinth has been replaced with a wood-burner, the inexplicable stuffed squirrel has vacated the premises, and the cutting edge of unusual places to stay has been delighting (and slightly bemusing) guests ever since.

Egyptian Art Deco Jacket

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tea Tags

Browse more lovely collections of random objects here.

Velour: Velvet's Casual Cousin

This dreadful migraine has been hanging around for days, and I haven't really been able to get properly dressed. Fortunately these Liz Claiborne velour lounging trousers have come to the rescue. This is the closest thing to "sweatpants" that I own, and they do the same job, but with a dash more panache.

They have a lovely regal, paisley-esque print and are as soft as sin. If you're going to spend days confined to the couch, you might as well do it in something that makes you feel as comfortable as possible. 

Interesting sunglasses

Although these fetching specs would likely make me look a tad too much like a mad scientist from a bygone fascist regime when combined with my particular facial features and blunt haircut, I do think that on the right person, these would be absolutely smashing.

Dapper Squirrel

Friday, February 21, 2014

Midsomer Migraines

Today I have been incapable of doing very much because of a nasty little migraine, so I have mostly been laying on the couch watching Midsomer Murders. This is really the perfect show for me, since I love quaint English villages and police procedural dramas with equal enthusiasm. It's like a nice warm cup of milky tea, with a spoonful of mystery stirred in.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dog Sled Mail

Straight out of Surrey

One of these days, I'm gonna marry a man like Mr. B.


Key Lime Soda

I'm sure most of us in the more northerly parts of the globe are becoming just a wee bit fed up with winter. Although I enjoy the chillier seasons to the more sweltery ones, there does come a point where even I begin to daydream about the some of the pleasing aspects of warm and clement days. In this spirit, I purchased myself a bottle of Stewart's Key Lime soda and took a moment to reminisce about straw hats, the smell of freshly mown grass, and the simple joy of a springtime picnic...

Holland Esquire

An Old Interview

Here are some lovely photos of me, Cooper, and my apartment from a little interview I did with the ladies from Citizen Vintage a few years ago:

Destination: Unknown

A Tie on a Sunday

The tie is from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the sweater vest is vintage Ralph Lauren.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Royal Doulton Fable

Such a delightful pattern! It has the warm charm of the best folkish mid-century Scandinavian ceramic designs:

The designer is Karolin Schnoor- check out more of her adorable images here.

Needlepoint Loafers

Can you even believe how exquisite these needlepoint loafers are?

Old-timey Cyclists

Very Cosy Socks

I am a very lucky girl with a mother who likes to knit and, as a result, I have in my possession a large quantity of handmade wool socks. When it comes to keeping the tootsies warm and stylish during the colder months of the year, nothing really beats hand knit. I do, however, own a few pairs of store-bought socks, and I think that these made by B.ella are the creme de la creme.

Soft, snug, and oh so comfortable, these cashmere-blend knee-highs are a great winter sock. Also available in tights, over-the-knee, and men's styles, B.ella has hosiery to suit everyone's needs. They're easy to care for and hold their shape well so they can be worn on a regular basis without turning into a wooly puddle around you ankles.

(This crafty individual has even made a sock monkey out of them)

I also own a fancy lacy pair for more formal occasions- I've worn them under long dresses to two separate weddings.

Here in Montreal, I have purchased B.ella socks at General 54 and Annex Vintage. If you are suffering from cold feet, getting a pair of these might just be the solution.