vu de l'extérieur

A new tote design! This one is currently available at Need Supply Co., which is pretty cool, and is also available in our shops (here and here).

"Vu de l'extérieur" is the name of a Serge Gainsbourg album and song (not one that I'm particularly enamoured with, to be honest!), and because Gainsbourg never wrote a single phrase that ever had a single meaning (that's an exaggeration, but not by much), it can mean either "seen from the exterior" or "exterior view." The background image is a detail from a Victorian era photo of a mountain, from our collection of old photographs.

ETA: I guess my French is much worse than it used to be, because it was pointed out below that it doesn't mean "exterior view" without an 'e' at the end of 'vu.' So. "Seen from the exterior."

We might offer this one as a print as well, because Geoff printed one on paper for a friend and we thought it looked pretty nice (and fit perfectly into an inexpensive Ikea frame).

Oh! If you'd like to have the chance to win one of our totes and a few other sweet treats, visit Molten Store and sign up for their newsletter for a chance to win. Good luck!


almond milk!

The other day I tweeted that almond milk is "the most superior of all milks," and the replies I received ranged from enthusiastic agreement to extreme disagreement.* I really do love almond milk and go through about three cartons of it a week. After the almond milk tweet, one of the So Much to Tell You girls (not sure who it was, but thank you!) sent me a link to a food blog called My New Roots. This is precisely the kind of food blog I love best, since it's so heavy on the vegetables, and it happens to include the prettiest, sweetest food instruction video I think I have ever seen (the "How to Cook Quinoa" video is equally adorable).

My New Roots - How to Make Nut Milk from My New Roots on Vimeo.

So I got a nut milk bag and tried it with almonds. I added a splash of vanilla extract and some agave nectar, and it was so easy, and so delicious. Real talk from the laziest person in the kitchen.

*I usually use the word "superior" with a dash of facetiousness, but I suppose there is no way for people to know that; I always think of the hilarious Hyacinth "It's Bouquet!" Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances when I use the word ("People who try to pretend they're superior make it so much harder for those of us who really are").



A few pretty things that have caught my eye recently. I am such a sucker for these sorts of pictures.

I loved Katie's beauty post but I mostly loved these two pictures. The colours, the dark wood, the piñata reflected in the mirror, the snake bracelet.

Our totes are carried by a fantastic online shop based in Australia called Molten Store, and recently Molten had a trunk show at their office to celebrate their launch. How beautiful. (Photos via il était une fois, who also took some amazing beach photos with a black Thunder tote.)

Photo via le crazy horse. I love these colours and textures together.

Of course, part of an installation by that master of collecting/arranging, the amazing Sonja Ahlers.


summer's end

I had forgotten about this roll of film. I took the top three near a favourite front yard in my neighbourhood about a month ago, and Geoff took the bottom two in Georgian Bay.

I wish I could take more pictures, experiment, have fun with it. I suppose a first step would be to make sure I always have a camera on me, when most of the time I don't.


for them

I'm sure that most of you read Kate Miss' blog and know about the situation she and her boyfriend find themselves in at the moment. Having spent time with Kate in London, I know that she is an incredibly hard-working and self-reliant person who would never ask for help unless it were absolutely necessary. She has just opened up a print shop to help cover some of the costs associated with Will's treatment, which is fantastic news for those of us who admire Kate's photography. I don't want to speak for them, though: read more here.

Spreading the word is the least I can do, and I know that if I were in their place, Kate would do the same for me. I'm hoping for the best for both of them.


good night, day

I am so glad I snagged one of the Simcoe headbands in grey from my friend Tara-Lynn. It wasn't particularly cold this morning but I wore it anyway and I felt so fancy in it as I stopped by the library to pick up a copy of the collected novels of Jean Rhys (thanks for the inspiration, T-L). I won't be getting any new clothing this fall, but I am looking forward to my walks home as I chase the sunset with the softest, loveliest accessory on my head.

Of course, the latest photography for the Good Night, Day shop (by Ériver Hijano) is just stunning.