27.1.11

essentials

Danica tagged me to post my five daily essentials, which I was happy to do as I always get a bit of a voyeuristic thrill out of these things, and maybe you do too.



I'm not very good at writing things down usually, but Geoff bought me this journal for Christmas, and I've been diligent about writing in it for the past month. This one is from the Korean company O-Check, which he bought for me at the Drake General Store (I think it was about $12 or so). I usually keep track of dates and appointments using Google Calendar, but I've been using this one to write down nice thoughts about the day. Maybe that sounds silly, but it helps me focus on the good -- and I will try anything in winter. Even if what I write down for the day is "quiet evening, productive" or "package in the mail," I like going back and reading past entries. I hope I can keep it up.


It might not be this particular camera (this one is the Superheadz Wide & Slim, available here or here, if you're local), but I always have some kind of camera in my bag at all times, even if I go a whole day without using it. I have a few lightweight little cameras like this, such as the LC-A+ and the Shironeko Holga and the Diana Mini, and they are just the thing for a quick snap. (I do have an iPhone but I don't like the camera feature on it.)


Moisturizer. This one happens to be a Vichy moisturizer but I probably won't replace it when it runs out, mostly because it doesn't have SPF. It promised glowing skin within 15 days but I haven't noticed anything different! My skin is pretty tolerant of any product I put on it, luckily. I would be happy to hear about any favourites!


Glasses. Like Danica, I need them to see! These are from Mod Vintage


I know that I am inordinately enthusiastic about OLO Fragrance, but I can't help it -- if ever there were a frangrance made just for me, it would be one of these. In the months since I brought home my first bottle from Portland, I haven't been able to wear any other perfumes, including my "designer" perfumes, which now smell sickly sweet or insipid to me. I crave the depth and masculine edge of Violet/Leather, Victory Wolf, and Nationale 6/7 (my personal favourites). The words "limited edition batches" actually make me feel a little panicked.

I know they're strong scents, and maybe a little too much for people who are sensitive. I wear one of them everyday, and once in a while Geoff will lean over and tell me I smell good. He picked up Violet/Leather for me yesterday from Robber (I recently heard that Bird in New York is also carrying OLO now -- a pretty good endorsement, I'd say).


So there are my five essentials. And if you will endulge me a little further, here are a few things I've been enjoying lately.


-Dolfin dark chocolate with verbena (I also like the violet blend)
-charcoal soap -- I got this one and I really like it. I wash my face with it and follow that up with some rose water toner from Roberts and my skin is pretty happy
-this post and this post from Hannah of Hello Mr Fox -- such beautiful pictures with our Thunder tote!
-still pretty crazy about that yogurt maker of ours





REPLIES

in dreams: Yeah. My Polaroids are in boxes as well! And sometimes I find the odd one in weird places. In books I never finished reading, in boxes with other things, in drawers, etc. Aw, kittens are the best company!

Jane Flanagan: Oh, I know! We haven't even hung up one of Geoff's yet. And thank you! I feel as though it's been a sunny winter so far, which has helped.

E.M. Halliburton: I found them on eBay! Use these keywords: livework polaroid album. They hold more photos than a lot of the other Instax albums available, and I like how compact they are.

erica-knits: Thank you! And I've been wondering why you haven't posted much lately -- I assumed you were busy with school. It took me weeks to finish off the roll in the Canon! I like Netflix so far. I've only had the trial for a few days but it seems that they're constantly adding new things to it, which is good. I'm pretty happy to put on any old thing while I'm sewing, and they seem to have a good amount of movies and television shows that don't demand too much attention. I'm glad you noticed Pony's little nose! It's my favourite.

erin: Thanks for sending me that link. I try to buy flowers from a local shop, Coriander Girl, because she makes an effort to buy local flowers, and basically all the flowers that the other flower shop owners don't want. We also like to buy local wildflowers at the farmer's market, and they are just beautiful.

Celine: Thanks, Celine! I am always so happy when you compliment me on my pictures. I am very envious of your trip to Korea! I would be in stationery & food heaven.

matthew roland: Thank you for that! Yes, I love her work too!

teacup adventure: I want you to have a cat! Ha!

Fashion Intel: Yeah, I think so too! The best part is that it fits perfectly in the cheapish frames from Ikea.

Miss Cris / ohayo lovely: I agree, they are such beautiful prints. I get most of the prints I have at home from Etsy and places like it; I wrote a post recently about some of my latest "acquisitions": http://fieldguided.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-art.html

Katie Merchant: I know I would love it! I guess it's cheaper in person than online -- but I've found some good dealzzz on eBay, I think!

Ella: She really does.

Megan: Thanks so much!

msmcporkchop: eBay! $3! Search for "jetoy choo choo" and be ready to be amazed at all the amazing Korean cats!

curatingcuteness: They are so beautiful!

danica: You are so sweet.

Courtney: Thanks! Me too! They are always welcome.

Terri Coles: eBay! The albums can be found under "livework polaroid album" (although they are not Polaroid), and the stickers are "jetoy choo choo."

49 comments:

  1. anabela, you always post such timeless photos.
    love it.

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  2. In my mind you live in this futuristic monochromatic world where everything is very very serene all the time.

    If I ever get a million dollars to open a hotel resort, I'm hiring you to decorate.

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  3. I've half a mind to march over to Bird and and buy your perfume. I'm a confirmed Violet-oholic and the only thing my sister and I fight over is who gets to name their daughter Violet. I called it first but she is persistent.

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  4. Beautiful post! Your taste is impeccable. As for moisturizer, I love Caudalie stuff (which you can get at Sephora and is paraben free etc.)

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  5. yes. i like this sort of thing. i love your slim white camera. i think i might need one.

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  6. oh i adore your blog


    isabelle x

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  7. Lovely pics as always, I use clinique moisture surge everyday and works pretty fine for me, I always use dermatological products and a strong sunblock (I work at a dermatological drugstore btw) but I´m happy with the results of these clinique product, so I recommend it, but I don´t recommend vichy, seriously is good but any of their products work in me..

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  8. Everything around you is so nice and clean :>

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  9. everything around you is so nice and clean :>

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  10. This post is really bad for my wallet. Particularly because I've been on a pretty intense hunt for a good fragrance, good moisturizer, good cleanser, and good chocolate! good timing!

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  11. I always recommend Dr Hauschka products, or Weleda for a slightly less expensive option. They're completely natural and don't have that icky fake scent. They don't have sunscreen in them but Living Nature (a NZ company, yay!) do the most amazing sunscreen - also completely natural and very light, dries well and an excellent base for makeup too.

    I really really want to try out those OLO fragrances! And also to live in your blog please. It's very serene.

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  12. Nice essentials! The author of The Happiness Project had a 'one-sentence journal' too - I can definitely see how it could be helpful in focusing on good things. Might try it myself.

    I think I'll order the charcoal soap. Have to tried anything else from that shop? The cocoa facial mask looks good too.

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  13. hello mr fox is one of the loveliest blogs!
    i have been tagged to do this, too, i will have to get on it .. though i doubt my photos will be as pretty as yours!

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  14. such beautiful items... i actually have my point and shoot canon with me all the time too... i find holga a little bit huge to carry around! but those glasses... oh i am tempted! :) have a great day! twiggs

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  15. Beautiful items and photos. I've been looking to buy that camera, I think I may.

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  16. I keep a 'One Line a Day' journal. It's not the prettiest thing ever, but it orders entries by date...so I can see what I wrote exactly a year ago. It's kinda nifty.

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  17. i love seeing these posts too! its always interesting to see what people tote around with them everyday.
    cute glasses!

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  18. Love all the diaries offered by O-Check - thank you for the recommendation! x

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  19. Love those specs...your pics are unnnbelievable! You have a real style thats sooo clean and beautiful!!! Love it! We are from Toronto too!!! AWWWESOME!!
    Big Kisses,
    xox Beckerman Girls

    www.BeckermanBitePlate.com

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  20. beautiful essentials, i love the LCA+, i agree that it's perfect for a quick snap. those perfumes sound amazing and i love your glasses! i got this amazing lancome sample deep moisturizer...i can't remember what it's called, but it leaves my hands feeling like velvet (minus the fur) for days after i use it...amazing stuff. no spf though, i don't think.

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  21. I love voyeuristic posts,ha. You just reminded me to go to Robber tomorrow to try out the OLO scents! I have an O-Check day-planner, too. I swear by it. I need to visualize things like due dates instead of placing them in my blackberry. Maybe a happy sentence each day would liven it up! Did you see GOOP today (*secret love*)? I was really intrigued by the French products, European products supposedly have higher standards. Right now I use Neostrata Q10 night cream because it's heavy enough for the winter wind damage and it's affordable. I want to order that charcoal soap now, too!

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  22. Looove those glasses! I have several pairs bookmarked in my etsy (especially the 'sting' style) since I'm finally getting some reading glasses - yay no more falling asleep from tired eyes haha.
    I like your idea with the camera and the book. Sort of like a journal... it's always interesting looking back and being able to remember a single day.

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  23. Limited edition batches!? Yikes! Is it just me or does limited editions of things that don't run out (like prints...if you buy it you have it theoretically forever) encourage me to purchase if I really want it. However, limited editions of things that do run out (perfume) make me not even want to try it because, yes, it makes me panic a bit that I'll LOVE it and wont be able to get more. I suppose with OLO, however, there will probably always be a wonderful new fragrance next...but still.

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  24. Ahh! I just realized the other day that my calendar-journal book thing runs out after next month and I seem to have loved it beyond recognition in the past year because the brand name on the back was worn right off, but now that you mention O-Check, I am sure that was the brand. Thanks lady, you are officially responsible for the next twenty bucks I'm about to drop.

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  25. I love this post. Voyeuristic thrillsville, indeed! I want to look in everyone's purse now. Also, I will likely die if I cannot eat a bar of that chocolate soon.

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  26. such lovely essentials! your glasses are fantastic - i'm longing for a new pair (even though i don't really need them). and i want to eat that chocolate too.

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  27. oh snap! I've just answered the same tag :) I was about to tag you too, but then I noticed Danica already did so. How do you take such pretty, clean photos? We have similar essentials and yes, I cannot live without my glasses - although I think your glasses are way cooler.

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  28. Oh, and organic rosehip oil for night time :)

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  29. the charcoal soap looked so good i just bought some! and some matcha tea shaving soap too :) yum

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  30. i love it around here! why did it take me sooo long to find you...sigh...so much beauty to discover...

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  31. I keep a camera in my bag at all times as well. a journal too. must be something about bloggers & documenting everything (or at least being able to do it if you want to).

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  32. Lovely essentials - I love pretty well anything O-Check produce and I adore my Superheadz Wide & Slim camera (it's so easy to carry around).

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  33. Ah lovely posts...just playing catch up! I haven't made it down to Robber in too long but would love to check out the OLO fragrances - they seem up my alley. Also, I have decided that Vichy is terrible. Since it's owned by L'Oreal US (I think), it's actually on PETA's list of companies who test on animals. I recently switched over to Mario Badescu (NYC) thanks to Anna from Door Sixteen and so far really like their products. Better than anything I've used in the last 32 years. I think my face is finally getting hydrated!

    ps. I can't sign my name/url anymore :( it's Juli...from mjolk

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  34. beautiful essencials! lovely greetings

    http://design-elements-blog.com/

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  35. Love your pics. I have glasses just as same as yours, from the eighties... I guess they are in fashion again. I havent used them for years.

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  36. The glasses are just perfection. Really can't think of something better in my life.

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  37. Nothing beats homemade yogurt, it's something I really miss having now that I live on my own. One trick my mom discovered is that when in a hurry, you can make it with UHT milk instead of regular milk as you won't have to boil it, and it doesn't affect the taste. Just thought I'd give you her tip :)

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  38. I'm so intrigued by that perfume. I'm going to have to head down to Robber to check them out.

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  39. even in their simplicity these things are so lovely! I love those glasses, I've been meaning to find a new pair of vintage frames to have my prescription lenses put into.
    I am a new visitor to your blog and find it absolutely lovely!

    http://style-phenomenon.blogspot.com/

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  40. Amazing post!!!Very tasteful and inspirational!!!Love the blog!!!Xoxo Cybelle & Fabi

    http://www.fromustwoyou.com/

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  41. this is so lovely - and funny that i just posted and tagged people about this (my '5 things') earlier this month! :D

    your selections look so lovely - they look like they belong on a modern design museum desk! love your camera and glasses especially.

    http://lesantimodernes.blogspot.com/2011/01/5-things.html

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  42. I'm so glad i'm not the only one that gets such a kick out of peeking into other people's purses. *laugh* I love your glasses! I wish I could pull off something like those! xo

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  43. wow what a lovely blog & amazing photo!

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  44. What beautiful photography! I love carrying around a notebook as well but I can never seem to find any pretty enough, so I've started to make my own.

    Like this one :
    http://thefirstapartment.blogspot.com/2011/02/pretty-pretty-notebooks.html

    XOXO
    Blair

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  45. I've ben searching around your blog and its really delightful definitely a daily read

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  46. crisp, lovely photos and thoughts. the perfume bit caught my attention - i love knowing when people hit the 'Scent Jackpot' as i call it! there are so many fragrances in the world and it's hard to find the perfect one. i know i wore a variety of perfumes i liked very much until last year, in my 32nd year, I stumbled across L'artisan Parfumeur's "Fou d'Absinthe" scent. After having spritzed it onto my wrist, I looked like a crazy person the rest of the day, walking in downtown Montreal with my nose pressed to my arm to smell myself. Instantly the smell made me feel clean, a little bit more elegant, sweet and oddly, super calm. I went back the next day to buy a bottle and went through the hole freakin' thing in exactly a year.

    anyway sorry for the tangent, but i really get it! i'm curious about your scent though (although of course completely satisfied with my own). i also LOVE fantastic paper, and spend too much money on notebooks, agendas, cards and paper that feel and look nice, just because. this one that you've shown is perfect in its minimalism and fetching font. :)

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  47. I always enjoy your posts when you share about the things you own. I'm a huge glasses girl, so I love the glasses that you own. Thanks to you for introducing Warby Parker to you. I actually purchased the same Fillmore glasses but in Tennessee Whiskey, since it was always my dream to own a pair of two tone glasses. I've been wanting a buy a pair from Mod Vintage on Etsy for months now, but I just own too many pairs of glasses at the moment. Maybe in a few months.

    Also, thanks for the camera introduction/recommendation, because I just bought it! I'm also a bit of a camera fanatic! I can't wait to receive it! Love the planner too, love how minimal it is. That's the best kind of graphic design, even though I love vintage style floral designs too.

    Your blog is always so inspirational, thank you so much!

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  48. Oh I would love to have a LC-A+! But I'm happy with my wide and slim, it's so cute :)

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  49. Shelita Mae3.6.14

    I just stumbled onto this blog. Thanks for the Olo recommendation, I just ordered a sample pack. L'Artisan's Muerre et Musc is also a favorite of mine.

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