5.31.2010

dear golden vintage

Posted by sarah
Among several other adorable vintage items, Dear Golden Vintage sells the prettiest 1950's frocks.

5.29.2010

pretty spaces

Posted by jessica
I've never been the kind of person who dreamt about living in a large mansion in some wealthy, upscale neighbourhood. I think that a true 'home' transcends any physical architectural structure. Certainly, I appreciate the work of architects, but what's more important to me is who and what occupy those spaces.

These images are taken from the home of Wan (aka. cottonblue on flickr). Most of her household items are thrifted or vintage, and it just goes to show you that you don't need to spend a ton of money to have gorgeous home. I especially love her craft corner/collection.
5.26.2010

howl

Posted by jessica

necklace: self-made
(Feel free to click the image to see it up-close!)

Some time ago, I had a deep fascination with wolves, so it was love at first sight when I met this little pewter creature. I made this necklace from mixed gold chains that I had left over from other projects and a clear swarovski charm.

Someone once told me that everytime they saw me, I would be sporting some kind of animal jewelry or something that was reminiscent of animals. I thought it was really endearing that they noticed, but I'm not sure if it is entirely true. However, I can say with absolute certainty that I love animals, so perhaps that has inconspicuously influenced my subconsciousness.

Anyhow, enjoy these adorable wolf pictures:

images via: tumblr
5.24.2010

william morris

Posted by jessica

I've been a huge fan of William Morris' textiles, wallpaper and bookcovers ever since I bought a water bottle featuring one of his prints (see image below). I cannot get over how elegant, natural and sophisticated his designs are. I'm not surprised that more than a century later, his work is still a prevalent source of inspiration for designers, artists and nature-lovers alike.

Coasters / Sticky Notepads
Pencil & Brush Holders / Water Bottle


You can find these products and more featuring William Morris' textiles at the V&A Victoria Albert Museum Shop.
5.22.2010

short and sweet

Posted by sarah

I don't wear much jewelry; the only type I bother to wear are necklaces. From the chokers I treasured in goth days past to the plastic and wooden bead necklaces I sported during a convoluted rave/early emo phase, necklaces have long been a wardrobe staple for me. Nowadays, I am the proud owner of too many gold necklaces, most of which are of the long variety. Short necklaces haven't caught my eye until recently, but I am starting to build a lovely collection of them these days.

Pictured above are a couple from my collection. The teardrop necklace in the middle photo was a gift from Jessica and the oval one in the same photo was a gift from my friend Yoonsin.
5.21.2010

andrea wan

Posted by jessica

As someone who loves surrealist works, I was so excited when I stumbled upon Andrea Wan's portfolio. I love that she uses elements of surrealism in her images. Her work is so inspiring she makes me want to grab a pencil and start drawing again.
5.19.2010

paraphernalia

Posted by jessica
Paraphernalia is a unique shop that sells hand-made accessories including necklaces, pins, bracelets and bookmarks. Each piece is constructed from vintage illustrations printed on acrylic and attached to silver-plated chains.

I need to get myself one (or two) of these. I especially love the Franz Kafka bookmark. I've been meaning to read his work for quite some time.
5.18.2010

pearly whites

Posted by jessica
top: thrifted / skirt: american apparel pocket skirt / pearl collar: self-made

Ever since I was inspired by a vintage pearl collar I saw while perusing online, I just knew that I had to make one myself. This neckpiece was made last year and remains one of the most time consuming jewelry project that I've undertaken. After two days of tediously stringing these 1,500+ beads, I was exhausted but relieved. Needless to say, I did not want to work with pearl beads again for a long, long time.

I was lucky enough to find a beautiful gold flower clasp to finish the piece. What I also love is that I'm able to reverse it and wear it in either direction, whether as 'peter pan' collar (as shown above), or as a full, rounded collar when reversed.

As many of you can guess, I am completely smitten over lace/ vintage collars. Hopefully I can get around to showing you some of the other collars I have made or acquired over the past year. I'm glad that I opted to make my own pearl collar instead of buying one. I find that things have so much more meaning when they are hand-crafted and made from the heart :)
5.15.2010

perfect mess

Posted by sarah
images from Style.com

Why wear just one hair accessory when you can tuck multiple clips and combs into your hair? For Milan Fashion Week last fall, Dolce & Gabbana unveiled their spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection with their models adorning antique gold hair accessories strewn about in their messy updos. I love this look and a few of the lacy ensembles, but the rest of the collection leave something to be desired. View the complete collection here.
5.14.2010

plaid magazine

Posted by jessica
images from Plaid magazine

If you haven't already heard about Toronto's new fashion, music, art and culture magazine called Plaid, then you should go and check it out now! Plaid is an independent magazine that strives to bring unique local and international style to the forefront.

Plaid is a monthly magazine with new content updated weekly, so don't forget to subscribe to their mailing list to never miss a thing. A special edition of the magazine is also printed three times a year.

I'm going to be a blog contributor for Plaid for the next little while, so be sure to follow me on Plaid's blog as well! :)
5.11.2010

feathers of pink

Posted by jessica
crochet birdy: made by Beth

A super talented and lovely friend of mine, Beth, made this adorable magenta crochet bird for me. She is a self-taught 'crochet-artist', but her ability to crochet marks only one of her extended list of talents and interests.

Be sure to visit Beth's blog to see her amazing crochet work and crafts!
5.10.2010

LoveElizabeth

Posted by jessica
I bought an antique print of a beautifully illustrated flower several months ago, and I've been eager to build a collection of prints ever since. I'm hoping to frame and scatter them across my bedroom wall.

LoveElizabeth has a great selection of vintage prints, many dating back to the 1950's. In particular, they have a vast range of prints of birds and flowers - two things that I love immensely!

5.06.2010

twenty-seven names

Posted by jessica

I have to say, it's quite rare that I find a collection that I love in its entirety, but I think that this Spring 10' collection from Twenty-Seven Names is one of those uncommon gems. I can see myself wearing every single one of these outfits from head to toe. I'm infatuated with everything in their vintage-inspired collection, from their subdued colour scheme, lace/crochet details, brown booties, right down to those loosely styled braids in their hair. I think their collection makes me feel a sense of nostalgia.
5.05.2010

light as a feather

Posted by jessica
feather fascinator: self-made

This fascinator is something that I made a while back. It came about quite spontaneously, but those moments of insight are ones that I cherish most.

unraveling

Posted by jessica
rings: self-made

I've been on the lookout for a turquoise ring for quite some time, but to my disappointment, I haven't been able to find one that has appealed to me. Of course I would have loved to adorn my fingers with those lovely YSL turquoise oval 'arty rings' that have been popping up all over fashion blogs, but even at their reasonable price of $195 USD for a designer ring, this price point was still a little too steep for my current budget (not to mention that it has been sold out everywhere).

I decided that I was better off making a turquoise ring of my own and this is what resulted. The other three rings were made a couple of years ago while I was experimenting with making wire jewelry.
5.04.2010

come to life

Posted by jessica
"Corner Forest" by Yuken Teruya

"Half Way Through" by Peter Callesen
5.03.2010

spanish moss

Posted by jessica
If you are a fan of sequins, feathers or lace, then Spanish Moss Vintage is definitely the place for you! Their store is always stocked with fun pieces to wear to any party or event.

Spanish Moss Vintage is one of the first online vintage shops I've stumbled across and I find myself constantly going back to see their new arrivals.

5.01.2010

sweater weather no longer

Posted by sarah
After a somewhat disappointing thunderstorm yesterday--we even had a tornado watch, but the severe wind and downpour were shortlived, it was mostly just gray and rainy all day--the sky is sunny and the weather is mild today. This morning, I took advantage of the gorgeous weather to stock my fridge with goodies I bought at the farmer's market, which is conveniently located a mere five-minute walk from my place. While the mornings and evenings are chillier than the days, I eventually had to tear off this oversized cardigan that I made, the more that I warmed up as I walked around the market.


I took the lazy route in making a pattern for this sweater -- I traced an existing cardigan, but also made a few alterations including the length of the sweater, length of the sleeves, pockets, and bands around the cuffs and the bottom. The fabric was a score at $3/meter from Fabricland, and I got the vintage shank buttons off eBay for $3.50 shipped. I love eBay. And, clearly, I love gold-rimmed shank buttons.