13.3.11

spring forward

A few things making me happy during these troubling, worrying days that have left my stomach in knots.


A few new houseplants, placed up on the highest shelf and away from a plant-loving kitten. She just might like the baby's tears and frosty fern as much as I do.


Locally-grown tulips for a little spring colour. Open windows, fresh air.


A lucky yield at the thrift store -- four perfect silk blouses, handwashed in the tub.



The arrival of beautiful soaps. I ordered the French white clay and the charcoal, and received samples of tangerine and pine rosin. In the top picture the soaps are sitting on the fabric samples for our spring line.


Time Wasting Experiment 0045 & Time Wasting Experiment 0029.


I've fallen hard for dry shampoo, since I don't like to wash my hair too often. I was using a dry shampoo from Klorane for a while (Klorane shampoo is my absolute favourite, when I can find it and when I'm in the mood to spend that much money on shampoo) but decided to try Lulu Organics hair powder after recommendations from Francesca and Megan. I got the Patchouli & Amber, which I love.

Heather from OLO very sweetly and thoughtfully sent me an argan oil hair tonic (cedarwood & rose, to make my hair shiny) and a new scent called Lightning Paw that features patchouli. I happen to love patchouli. As Heather said in an email, it gets such a bad rap -- but there's good patchouli and there's bad patchouli. Lightning Paw definitely has the good kind in it. I love my little OLO collection and this one is my new favourite. I want to go sniff it right now but after a few too many glasses of wine last night with Bre and Katie, I'm feeling a little queasy, and I don't want to ruin the scent forever. I've done that in the past!







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Jane Flanagan: I'm happy to hear that you like seeing these things! It's all I've got, ha.

elle :: diana mini love: You're right! It's never a waste of film.

Diana: I just love the film! Even the mistakes are pretty.

Marinka, Caitlin Rose, katie merchant / thank you, ok, Brooke: Thank you! I agree, it's a lovely collar, although maybe a bit delicate.

Phara: Thank you! Yes, I really love instant film and wish it were easier to find.

nanne: I hope you found your camera!

in dreams: Oh no, I'm sorry! Haha. Have you ever tried the Fuji instant films? I don't mind them, personally, although I do miss 600 film.

Charlyn W: That does sound like the perfect day!

gbf..., miss sophie, EvaForeva, Lalalala Jess, Cez, Polli, Bantik, beckie: Thank you!

hila: You're sweet! I've actually been afraid to break open the seals on the two packages I have left. It's a bit scary to think that this is it!

Sarah: Oh, I know! Geoff's been, and quite a few of my friends have lived in Vancouver. I hope to visit soon.

celine: To be honest I haven't had the best luck with the Impossible Project film, but this Softtone film (which was produced by Polaroid and not the Impossible Project) is wonderful!

seaing: I miss being able to find Polaroid film at the drug store!

Courtney: Yes, I agree on all counts!

34 comments:

  1. What delightful things to brighten up your days. Those plants are so gorgeous, and the blouses you thrifted look beautiful and so delicate!

    x

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  2. You ordered exactly the soaps I was thinking about trying! I'm really excited to hear how you like them, as I haven't taken the plunge yet and ordered any :)

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  3. going to check out that hair powder pronto! I also hate washing my hair too often - sometimes I use cornstarch to soak up some of the grease, but that works less well now that i have brown hair. thanks for the tip!

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  4. Time Wasting Experiment 0029 is my favorite way to waste time. I also ordered those exact same soaps after Bre posted about Morning Calm, I hope they arrive soon! I cannot wait to give them a try. I ordered the charcoal based on your glowing recommendations and the French White Clay, because it sounded elegant! I just bought another plant for my collection, yesterday; A stunning begonia from Coriander Girl. I have yet to find baby tears, they're a favorite of mine, too!

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  5. I have to say, I've never had a thrift haul even half that nice! I wish I could blame it on Chicago, but i think it's me...haha! Also going to steal your high up plant shelf idea, I'm tired of mine becoming a snack bar in the middle of the night and they're so nice to have around.

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  6. pretty pretty pretty!

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  7. dreamy sunday :)
    we are trying to make the time for spring cleaning today..it's hard. haha
    i will have to look into this lulu organics, thank you! my dry shampoo is just so-so.
    and those tulips are lovely!

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  8. Sierra13.3.11

    Thank you so much for being the first fashion blogger (on a long list of blogs that I follow) to address the earthquake and its aftermath. It's very easy to forget that their is an entire world unfolding around us that has nothing to do with fashion and aesthetics. Thanks for writing such an enjoyable blog that is both beautiful and relevant.

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  9. glad you like the patchouli and amber! i've had many discussions about the good/bad patchouli phenomenon. i think that the main reason patchouli gets a bad rap is because it's too often used to cover up some really bad B.O. and that's what people tend to associate it with. any scent mixed with bad hygiene is bound to smell awful!

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  10. yes. a stomach in knots. but still somehow beauty all around. i love your shots of things from around your home. always lovely.

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  11. danke.
    these are great tips. xxxx

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  12. mmm, i am definitely in need of some spring flowers! where did you get the tulips? (i'm awful at buying flowers...i always seem to get ones that die right after i buy them!)

    those blouses are amazing, too...i never seem to find any that fit me the way i want - i've got really broad shoulders, so i end up looking like a linebacker most of the time. :(

    and i haven't actually tried any fuji cameras, but my other polahead friends seem to think they're ok...i might have to switch over if the impossible project doesn't get a decent colour film out there (that doesn't require 92893574 hours of preparation and special storing, ha).

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  13. Such beautiful and dreamy photos! I especially love the first one. I really need some houseplants. And the Lulu Organics hair powder looks and sounds lovely :)

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  14. 1. i just finished potting some new plants today because i feel like i need a life inside since the plants outside are coming to life again! i like the tall one in the back. what is it?

    2. i think i might be the only person so hasn't tried dry shampoo. i hate washing my hair because it's so long, so i swear i'm going to give dry shampoo a try!

    3. i love your blouses! i've had the itch to go thrifting lately, and hopefully i can find something as good as you did!

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  15. Sometimes I think that the tulips on my table might be the only thing keeping me anywhere near sane these days. I spent ridiculous amounts of money going to brunch and a movie today just so I wouldn't be near a computer and therefore compelled to be glued to the BBC live stream. The world is sad and my boyfriend is in Texas!

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  16. mmm what a pretty display on your shelf! and I am definitely ordering some of those soaps!

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  17. jelly of your silk blouses. good idea on hand washing them in the tub!

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  18. The earthquake in Sendai, Japan is so upsetting and heartbreaking, it makes me reassess my life and I feel so much gratitude for my life, family and friends. I just hope those people will find peace in their hearts and strength to continue.

    These photos are so beautiful. The lighting is always so perfect. I just acquired a new plant and named her Amélie. I'm weird like that. I want to get potted herbs, because I love herbs in general and rosemary just smells so amazing. Do you know about Boskke? If you like plants, I think you'll love Boskke. It will blow your mind. It's a shame that I don't use soap bars, but I'd buy them and use them as decoration? They are beautiful and I'm sure they smell amazing.

    Hope you had a lovely weekend. Thanks for your constant inspiration, Anabela.

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  19. Beautiful! I want all those lovely things!! I can't wait to smell that new OLO. I think you are officially the OLO Queen? Yes. Yes, indeed.

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  20. Gorgeous photos! :)
    I am completely jealous of those beautiful blouses you managed to thrift ... I *dream* of making such a find myself.

    The tulips are glorious (I love having blooms in the house) ... and now I'm off to browse for some lovely soap (my bank balance will be angry with me again I'm sure). ;)

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  21. I never tried dry shampoo and not sure if it would work on oily hair but I am intrigued. Thanks. Those blouses are so pretty!

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  22. beautiful post. baby tear's are my favourite houseplant. i love to touch their little leaves.

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  23. Beautiful images! I love dry shampoo as well, I will have to try out lulu.

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  24. That top shelf is delightful. I need to transplant my little baby basil plants soon so that can grow up, up, up!

    I recieved your tote too and it's thrown me full on right into spring.
    I couldn't stop smelling the tissue paper. Did you sprits it with anything? It smelt of rose and old paper, hehe.

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  25. what a lovely post... I've been yearning for some tulips lately!

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  26. i love the time wasting experiment prints you picked out -- esp. the one about delaying a start for fear of failure. also! tulips! spring is coming ... thank goodness.

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  27. Just found your blog, very lovely . . . thought I'd comment to tell you so. Keeping Japan in all of our thoughts. Kittens certainly seem to like house plants, at least mine also do. I'll check back soon ~ Marica : )

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  28. this is a lovely post, and does take one's mind off things for awhile.

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  29. I've been wanting to try dry shampoo FOREVER - I don't like to wash my hair often too. How often do you use it? P.S. The plants + flowers are glorious.

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  30. I agree, some fresh flowers and the scent of nice soap give me such a great spring feeling.

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  31. so lucky to have such lovely little treasures x..x
    Casie

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  32. FOUR silk shirts? Major score!!!

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  33. I've been lucky with a couple of silk thriftstore blouses, but none quite that gorgeous, those colors are lovely!!! Love the blog too! Best, -naomi

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  34. Thank you so much for the dry shampoo suggestion. I too don't like to wash my hair much and have struggled finding a good dry shampoo that doesn't smell like rancid perfume. In fact I bought a new one this morning, out of desperation, only to realize that is doesn't work either. Lulu ships to Sweden so next bottle will be from them.

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