Tara-Lynn: Things I like right now

tara-lynn and i internet bonded over a mutual love for the life magazine archives. she manages to find the most incredible gems over there all the time which she shares, amongst other nice things, on her blog stay fancy free (this recent one of students in paris in 1961 is just one example that sent me into a tizzy.) she is also a talented knitter, selling handmade pieces over at her shop yarn over movement – the cambridge cowl is my favourite.

things i like right now by tara-lynn of stay fancy free & yarn over movement

  1. knitting out of doors: after being a complete hermit & isolating myself to knitting infront of the computer, i am happy to be knitting in the sun again.
  2. life archive: i spend a lot of lost time being sucked into the life archive, particularly scouring for vintage ballet photos, sadly i think i’m finding less of these lately.
  3. women of the left bank, paris 1900-1940, by shari benstock: this book is one of my favorite thrift book finds & it has everything i obsess about.
  4. Montreal: i fell hard for Montreal, & i really miss my friend izzy, so her blog gives me a Montreal fix.
  5. orange lipstick: first it was red coral lipstick i loved & now i favor just straight out orange lipstick, it might be hard to wear, but who cares when your lips look like a popsicle.
  6. leather camera straps: it’s such a pain always dragging out your camera from your bag, & it isn’t exactly subtle for candid shots either.
  7. high-waisted panties: who can resist hannah’s bum in these vintage inspired knickers from her shop the loved one, & for myself i have to say i feel ok eating lots of chocolate in these flattering undies.
  8. preppy as the new rebellion: i think its really taken a turn in that boys in preppy attire is my kind of rebel, & girls for that matter too, like buttoned up collars.
  9. white walls: in any place i’ve moved, i’ve always painted over those white walls, but now it’s all i want ( sure, white hard wood floors too!)
  10. masterpiece theatre: its my weakness, period dramas, particularly when it involves wonderful costumes & shaking up the class structure, recent favorites on masterpiece theatre includes downton abbey. my favorite characters included the female rebels lady sybil crawley, the youngest daughter & politically inclined, along with the red-headed maid gwen, who wants to be more.
  11. art inconnu: whats not to like, the blog describes itself: “Collected here are works by artists who are forgotten, under appreciated, or little known, as well as news, reviews and ephemera from the corners of art history. Works of startling quality can be found beyond the big names in the visual arts, whether it is just one exceptional work, an area of an artists oeuvre, or an entire career worth re-examining.”
  12. carol kane: she looks like she stepped right out of a aubrey beardsley drawing.
  13. girls on bikes: i haven’t been on a bike in over a decade, i’m really missing out.
  14. least-wanted: sometimes bonnie jean is my facebook profile pic

Max Rollitt

my parents have bought antiques over anything new in the furniture department as far back as i can remember. when i was younger i thought it quite fuddy duddy and would roll my eyes like any good teenager when they spoke about yellowwood dining room tables and cape dutch food cupboards. fortunately i grew up and came to cherish and appreciate these things, and it has certainly influenced what kind of pieces i would choose today.

which is why i’m quite taken with the portfolio of max rollitt, a dealer & restorer of antiques as well as a trained furniture designer & maker whose company also specializes in bespoke furniture and interior design. be sure to check out the inspiration section, which has a pretty rad click through collage feature.

whenever i see an antique chair i can’t help but think of parson’s pleasure by roald dahl. i’ve read it so many times, and strangely always root for the antique dealer – even though i know i shouldn’t. oh, the ending makes me cringe.


that was then, this is now

the ones2watch is an online magazine that showcases the fashion industry’s up-and-coming photographers, stylists & other peeps behind the lens. if you’re seeking some inspiration i suggest you browse through their past issues. i was particularly taken by this editorial that was photographed by ross trevail & styled by lena dystant – who you may recognise from many street style blogs as basically the coolest girl on the planet.


Chih Chen

chih chen has a ginger cat that makes me swoon. he looks like he would be an ideal cuddle partner. i’m only assuming he is indeed a male because ginger cats are usually male, right? (3:1 male to female ratio i believe – cat fact.) be sure to check out the rest of her mesmerising film photography at her flickr… i got lost in there for quite a while.

edit: his name is rufus :)

all photographs by chih chen


Kate: Things I like right now

i wasn’t sure how to write this introduction about kate without sounding like a fan-girl nut job. i’ve been reading for me, for you for as long as i have been reading blogs (and chances are you do too.) hers was one of the first to go into my reader when i figured out what rss feeds were – a glorious day, that was. i live vicariously through her bits of my weekend posts and i’d like to pretend that wendy would actually like me if i ever met her (cat cuddles?)

things i like right now by kate miss of for me, for you

  1. No. 6 Huarache Clogs: I already own one pair of No. 6 clogs, but why stop at one pair? This new style makes me weak in the knees.
  2. Clam Lab handmade tableware. I love the ritual of drinking coffee every morning, made even better by a pretty mug.
  3. Cover Song Archive: A new project from the folks at Booooooom I’m stoked about because I’m mildly obsessed with finding and making cover songs.
  4. Obsessive plant hoarding. Since moving into an apartment with huge bay windows, not to mention now living in a climate that plants love, plant hoarding has become way too easy for my boyfriend and I.
  5. Maple Sours. A drink I like to unwind with after a long day that involves whiskey, maple syrup, and meyer lemon juice.
  6. José González – I want to put his music in my mouth it’s so good. Does that make sense? I kind of feel the same way about kittens…
  7. J Crew forever cardigans. I’m not one of those bloggers that gushes over J Crew like it’s the best thing since sliced bread that you’ve never seen if every mall in America, but their forever cardigans are the SHIT. They come in amazing colors, are the perfect length, are super lightweight, and worth every penny. Smoldering brick is an awesome color.
  8. Tortoise General Store. My favorite store here in Venice, full of Japanese goodies that make me want things I never knew I needed, like a tiny porcelain spoon (for stirring my coffee in my pretty mug, natch.)
  9. This live Talking Heads video that Stephanie sent me when I was feeling down. You can’t watch David Byrne dance and still feel down, it’s not possible.
  10. Coming up for breath once in a while in life and telling all the wonderful people in your life that you love them. Sometimes we get a little too caught up in our own silly things to remember to do this. Diana and I actually discussed this need recently, so I thought I’d toss this in here as a reminder to you. (photo by Claire Griffiths)

did you watch that talking heads video? do it now.


A Forest

i went for a long walk in the forest this past weekend – one of my favourite ways to unwind. the only thing i will miss about summer is that the days are longer which allows for walks after work before the sun sets. then again, there are not many things in the world that are as nice as walking in a forest in the dead of winter. i’m not talking snow, because it doesn’t snow here, but certainly the smell of damp earth, wet pine needles and cold air. someone bottle that up so i can bath in it.

simon vahala

simon byrne

lena modigh

jonatan hedberg

april schultz


i always get a fright when i see young robert smith, wondering where the hair & eyeliner went. also: kind of hilarious.


Master Collagist

i have told you about my friend amy before (see her things i like right now to spruce your memory.)  i have dubbed her Master Collagist. since our first year together in university 9 odd years ago now, amz has made books full of collages to inspire her. people actually stole these books – that’s how nice they were. she came to visit me this weekend and i asked her to bring some of her old books along so i could scan some pages in (will be sharing those in due course.) she ended up making an entirely new collage in her giant A3 moleskine sketchbook based on fashion and other stuff she’s enjoying right now. good times, noodle salad.

i’ve split the pages up simply for bloggin’ purposes – but you can view the full layout here.

1- apartment 34 ; 2 – laundry basket ; 3 – old chum ; 4 – blazer ; 5 – unknown (will remedy) ; 6 – gold ring ; 7 – isabel marant s/s 2011 ; 8 – old chum ; 9 – wood hair band ; 10 – tove mauritzson’s house ; 11 - stella mccartney pre-fall 2011; 12 – devils tower ; 13 – paul smith a/w 2011 ; 14 – vintage rolex ; 15 – off of broadway ; 16 – jak & jil ; 17 – nos da shoulder bag ; 18 – carven t-shirt ; 19 – madewell cardigan ; 20 – 13 stars flags

1 – vanessa jackman ; 2 – grow it yourself poster ; 3 – wendi nichol bracelet ; 4 – popupshop jeans ; 5 – rachel comey cardigan ; 6 – stella mccartney pre-fall 2011 ; 7 – etaletc track top ; 8 – salva lopez ; 9 – livingston’s seeds annual ; 10 – j.crew fall 2011 lookbook ; 11 – siwa tote bag ; 12 – margaret howell ss 2011 ; 13 – rolex ; 14  – a.p.c. jeans ; 15 – silk socks ; 16 – streetstyle aesthetic ; 17 – baggu duck bag ;  18 – brogen averill ; 20 – margaret howell