26.9.11

lately

I haven't gone this long without posting in a long time, but I've been in a dark place where new ideas fear to tread. I did manage to do some things, though. In mid-September I took a bit of holiday from work and Geoff and I painted the living room. It used to be a yellowish off-white, and now it's white. It's not vastly different, but it's more crisp and clean, which is nice.



I glittered some shoes using this DIY video. I believe in glitter in moderation only, but I couldn't stop thinking about all of this season's cute Miu Miu shoes (I think I stared at this animated photo for a solid 10 minutes when I first saw it, just zoned out). I used an old pair of slingbacks that I had forgotten all about, white glue, and Martha Stewart glitter in "smoky quartz." I still need touch up the glitter in some areas. I know they look terrible on the inside, and I need to clean them up, but I think that with some rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs it would be a quick job. I also found these vintage shoe clips that made the shoes look BHLDN-ready. (Just kidding.)


I recently discovered that Vogue Patterns has some pretty good designer patterns out at the moment, and I ordered a few of the Rachel Comey ones. I haven't done any sewing in ages, and thought I would try this blouse using some of the sheer fabric I had sitting around. I have never sewn with chiffon or georgette before so it was a bit challenging, but I was pretty happy with how it was coming along, despite slightly puckered seams. The pattern is lovely, the drape is perfect... but as I was pressing the fabric last night, I managed to burn a hole right into it. Typical. I do want to try again, because I really love the pattern.


As I was sewing the blouse I kept thinking about how pretty it would look with the beautiful Shield necklace from Cursive.


I updated the colour of our postcards for fall, and on the 12th Geoff and I celebrated our seven year anniversary. We had a really amazing dinner at Libretto (which influenced my Food Week pick on Mallory's blog today) that day. This picture was taken a few days before at a friends' birthday party. We are ghosts!







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32 comments:

  1. beautiful postcards! and i LOVE that necklace!

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  2. happy 7th, anabela! and those rachel comey patterns are so lovely - i mi9ght have to try one with the washed silks i picked up a few months ago. :)

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  3. glitter shoes and a new homemade blouse! i love a crisp white wall, too. thanks for the pizza recommendation. it's nearly october and i still haven't really explored this city. someone at our playground recommended bar salumi. i eat at L'Espresso on bloor because it's right across the street from my office, but it would be nice to try other places on the weekend.

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  4. So good to have you back! I am hoping to see that blouse on you soon :-)

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  5. Lovely lovely style, colour, glitter mmmm

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  6. oh that sucks about the blouse! isn't it nice to sew again! this weather is making chores so much more inviting! and I think that necklace will be a perfect pairing. Oh, and I'm glad you showed me that diy project, as I am also dying for a pair of sparkly miu miu shoes. I won't pretend that I only like sparkly things in small doses, but I sort of binge on sparkles, and then dress like kurt cobain as a kind of detox. currently I'm on a sparkle binge!

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  7. happy anniversary!
    those glittery shoes are wonderful. i've had my eye on some glitter pumps lately.. they might have to be pushed to the top of my to buy list now!

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  8. I love the shoes.. the moment I saw them I did a quick mental run through of all the shoes i own, thinking of which pair I can glitter up..

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  9. I love the choice of pattern and fabric even though the project went tits up. (Been there!) But, even more than that, I'm admiring that magazine shelf of sorts. Where did you find it? It's just perfect.

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  10. gorgeous necklace...think i'm going to have to try my hand at that glitter shoe diy

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  11. Aww, nice to see you dear A!
    You've been a busy bee - I bet that blouse looks beautiful on, and those shoes are amazing! Hope you and G had a wonderful anniversary!
    xoxo

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  12. I've been thinking about you lately, lady. Glad to see you checking in here. I'm also in a dark place where new ideas fear to tread and I want to throw my head against the wall. I stare at my jewelry supplies and yell at them. It helps, the yelling. "BHLDN-ready" - I love you.

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  13. i think the glittery insides are just right. a little sparkle on your heel at the end of the night would be delightful.

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  14. i love that mag rack - and that's my fave cover of ACNE paper. so beautiful.

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  15. Belated happy anniversary wishes to you and Geoff! I've been eyeing all the glittery footwear out there lately and trying to figure where a pair could fit into my life and wardrobe, when it just struck me--I still need shoes for my sister's wedding in 3.5 weeks, and glittery golden ones will fit the bill!

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  16. Elena26.9.11

    It's been a rough little bit for me too but tinkering and making stuff has helped. Hugs, dude.

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  17. You're not having much luck with your projects lately, huh? Your DIY Proenza Schouler necklace and now this?
    Hope you manage to get over your dark place, your blog has been missed lately!

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  18. 7 years! that's so worth celebrating! happy anniversary!

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  19. i'm going to echo Katie Merchant, as i also love that magazine rack! where is it from?

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  20. I'm sort of envious of that magazine rack you have there. Congrats on the 7 years!

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  21. I LOVE that necklace, and those shoes are beautiful! i just made a glitter minaudiere over at my blog... check it out! http://www.stripesandsequins.com/2011/09/diy-rose-gold-glitter-minaudiere.html

    i agree... glitter in small doses. done right (like your shoes,) it's positively amazing.

    xox

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  22. aaah so many comments...i guess this means no huge gap in posting again? haha.

    i love love love that shirt pattern, and i just went to order it + couldn't, since my 'invalid' postal code wouldn't be accepted. grrr. i'll call them tomorrow...

    also! high five on those shoes...i was just about to ask where you found such sparkly awesomeness, and lo and behold it's your very own closet. if i had some comfy enough shoes that could look good all glittered-up, i would follow suit. :)

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  23. I need to check out these patterns. It seems like all I do is collect patterns. The want to sew is in the back of my head but I know that the process is long and once I start I'm in for the long haul (can you tell I'm a bad sewer) discourages me. And I think your shoes came out really pretty.

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  24. I feel lucky that my blog tends to pull me out of the 'dark place', but not always. Maybe it's the writing that does it for me ... (cheaper than therapy).

    anyway, I was on the verge of sending you an email to check if you're all right. I really do hope you're feeling better - and I'm not just saying that.

    p.s. poor blouse, it looked nice!

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  25. I keep thinking about glittering my shoes after seeing this post.

    But in honesty, I kind of wish my entire life was covered in glitter.

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  26. so glad to see you back, Anabela. the new postcard looks so pretty! i'm sorry about the blouse, that shade of pink is so lovely!

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  27. can't wait to see more of that blouse! that necklace really does need that shirt to go with it. :) and it'll look pretty spectacular with those newly be-glittered shoes as well ( i love that MS glitter! my best bud works there and brings me bottles of it!!!)! and happy whopping 7 yr anniversary!

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  28. there's no such thing as moderation when it comes to glitter.

    i always enjoy your ideas and what you have to blog about, even if your thoughts take them to the "dark place".

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  29. ooooh, love the shoes! glad you're back :]

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  30. Love this - I hope you feel like you're emerging from the dark. Painting walls, I always think, can work wonders for the mind, especially as the days grow shorter.

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  31. Seven years! Happy anniversary to you guys :) I'm intrigued by these Vogue patterns... going to check them out now...

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