19.11.14

bloom by raven bleskie



Raven Bleskie, a painter and zine-maker in Victoria, British Columbia, recently put on an installation show called Bloom at the Ministry of Casual Living. It’s up until tomorrow, if you have the chance to go take a look at her beautiful paintings of plant-haired people.

For Bloom, Raven painted directly onto the walls with acrylic paint (her first time painting with acrylics!). For her, the word “bloom” can “easily be described as a new chapter, something beautiful to come, or the beginning of flourishing.” Raven had reached out to me once during a difficult stage in my life (in both of our lives, actually), and it’s been so wonderful to see this project coming to life via Instagram over the past little while. It feels very healing and relaxing to look at her work!

To purchase Raven’s zines, click here.

The photos in the post were taken by Rachel Rilkoff and Lindsey Blane.






27.10.14

as above, so below

I have been a fan of the work of London-based wonderworker Louise Androlia for a while now (she made my wedding flower crown; for my birthday, I bought myself one of her astrology reports and referred to it often throughout the year; and I love her tarotscopes for The Numinous), and was excited when she started hinting at a jewelry line on Instagram. The line was released while I was in the hospital dealing with a medical emergency a few weeks ago, and I made a point to make sure to look at it in-depth once I was feeling better; pretty glad I didn’t file that one away in a medicated haze, because it’s beautiful!

The collection is called As Above, So Below, and is the result of a collaboration between Louise and jeweller Jessica de Lotz. Calling the pieces “modern-day talismans,” Louise writes:

A talisman is an object that is said to contain a magical element to bring good luck to the wearer. I like to believe that we are the co-creators of our own luck and that this collection brings the talisman to the present day – where you are your own magician. I believe in empowerment through self-awareness and self-knowledge and it is this message that I wanted our wearer to gain from their new treasure – Personal power and Embodiment.

As an Astrology enthusiast I was keen to bring my love for the stars to the pieces and so have designed from my heart artwork inspired by each sign. Astrology shows us that we are not victims of fate, but in fact, destiny is our partner in crime. I have also pulled in some of my favourite symbols to use and each piece comes with an empowerment sentiment and is set with a tiny crystal bringing unique gifts to the wearer.

The jewelry is made of plated or solid gold and silver, hand-stamped like a wax seal, and can be customized with astrological symbols and imagery. Some of the pieces have fun features, such as dancing hands, spinning seals, and winking eyes. Below are a few of my favourites.













22.9.14

niagara falls

Oh, hello. It’s been a while.

For our second wedding anniversary, rather than go out to a nice dinner as we had originally intended, Geoff and I decided to go to Niagara Falls. I love places like Niagara Falls, which to me is such a multi-faceted place: an astonishing natural wonder, tacky, always full of tourists; a bit trashy, with a definite seedy side, as well as a melancholy one (I recently heard that many of the motels are temporary living spaces for people waiting on immigration). Images of Marilyn Monroe perched on the stone fence along the lookout points. Since it’s only an hour and a half away, I spent my childhood visiting whenever relatives or family friends were in town, and I was so fascinated by it and by stories of daredevils going over in barrels. And it really is so beautiful.

Whenever we told our friends we were going to Niagara Falls they would ask, oh you mean Niagara on the Lake? And we would say, no! Niagara Falls! No, no wineries! Haunted houses and wax museums!

It was so corny, and I loved it all. We booked a hotel room with a heart-shaped jacuzzi tub in it, of course, and bought Clifton Hill passes. We ate at a diner shaped like a flying saucer. We went to a movie-themed wax museum and took pictures of their Fatal Attraction diorama, we rode a giant Ferris wheel at dusk, we played glow-in-the-dark Wizard-themed mini putt. We ate ice cream and posed for photos next to a giant Hershey’s Kiss with a face (eyelashes and lipstick even). We walked across the Rainbow Bridge with our passports and into the United States for about an hour, mostly for the novelty of it, and partially to visit the Twist O’ The Mist ice cream shop shaped like a giant ice cream cone and the Niagara Falls State Park. We had a view of Hooters from our hotel room, the hotel lobby had a funny smell and a swimming pool that no one ever used, we snorted at cheesy (sometimes misogynist) t-shirts in souvenir shop windows, we noted that motels don’t advertise heart-shaped jacuzzis anymore (now simply “jacuzzis”: more family-friendly?). We waited in a crowd for a half an hour to watch ten minutes of fireworks (Canada’s longest running fireworks series, you guys!).

We also went to the Butterfly Conservatory and it was so magical. It feels rare to see butterflies fluttering about in the wild these days, which is sad, so it was nice to see them living a pampered life with all the oranges and bananas they could eat. The blue morphos were my favourites.

And then of course we did what we always do, which is take film photos that make it seem as though we were the only people in the world visiting these fairly busy places. I am already planning our next visit.



The one sign for heart-shaped jacuzzis that we saw. I visited with some friends in the late nineties and I remember squealing HEART SHAPED LOVE TUBS YOU GUYS as we drove by a sign advertising them. No one was as amused as I was, strangely. That same visit we went to an alien-themed haunted house, and it was actually so scary and so hilarious. RIP Alien Encounter, which is now (you guessed it) a souvenir t-shirt shop.


We actually didn’t eat any ice cream here, although I am curious about this Perry’s ice cream. This shop only took cards and we didn’t have any cash on us because that’s just what we do.


This one was taken from the American side. Hi, Canada.


The Clifton Hill Fun Pass comes with TWO rides on the Sky Wheel. It was great!




This is the Spanish Aerocar that goes above a part of the river called The Whirlpool. It looks pretty cool but I have a feeling that I would get bored a quarter of the way through. Lots of people taking selfies on it, which is always fun to watch.



It is really difficult to take pictures of butterflies with a manual focus.









26.8.14

mullein & sparrow

After I wrote about my journey to replace my beauty care products with more natural alternatives,  I was contacted by the creator of a line called Mullein & Sparrow, and I jumped at the chance to try out a few of the products. Mullein & Sparrow was founded by Anit Hora, who grew up in Mumbai and who incorporates Ayurvedic principles into the line. This summer my skin has been extra kapha (kaphic?) thanks to some particularly cruel hormonal fluctuations, so I appreciate the idea of bringing balance back to my skin through gentle, natural products.

If you’re interested in trying out some of the products yourself, check out the brand here, and use code fieldguided from now until September 15 for 15% off. I am especially enjoying the beautiful facial steam (it hasn’t been the hottest summer, so its comfortable!), the tinted lip & cheek balm that has a hint of patchouli in it (instantly brought me back to the late ’90s), and the clay mask. Nothing says “self care” like remembering to use a facial mask every week! I love these sorts of rituals.

I also really enjoyed these DIYs Anit shared a little while ago on Refinery 29.





21.8.14

back in stock: light as a feather scarves

Just a quick note to say that (in addition to our classic Thunder tote in magenta!) we have two of our different Light as a Feather silk scarves in stock: the Meteor and the Mountain.



Limited quantities available!

13.8.14

the westmount greenhouse

As I mentioned in my Montreal post, our visit to the Westmount Greenhouse was one of the highlights of our trip. It’s a small conservatory next to a library and a park in Westmount, not too far from Leonard Cohen’s childhood home (this is how I always think of Westmount). We went on a rainy day, which made for extra peaceful vibes, and Geoff and I were the only people in there for most of the hour or so that we were there. We took a bus along Sherbrooke to get there; it didn’t take too long and it was a nice way to see parts of the city. If you ever find yourself in Montreal, I highly recommend a visit.

Geoff & I took these pictures with a Pentax film camera on long-term loan from a friend (thanks, Laurie).