10.1.13

print & pattern

I’ve gotten to that irrational and irritable stage of winter in which I fly into a rage (exaggeration alert) when I come across stark, monochromatic photographs. I’ve been craving bold colours and prints in a way that is completely atypical for me: going down early 1990s United Colors of Benetton rabbit holes, for example. Of course, I still prefer my muted tones above all else, but I still haven’t let go of NARS Schiap or bright pink blush. Pale pink lipstick makes me so sad right now.

I received a copy of Beci Orpin’s Find & Keep as a gift recently, and it has been so inspirational to me. It’s a beautifully styled project book, and the photos are brimming with life and excitement! Just the perfect thing to soak in on grey days. (You may remember that Melinda had one of Beci’s pillows on her bed when I went over to take photos.)







I treated myself to a hat from ALL Knitwear for the holidays. I think I managed to pick out the most conservative one, but hey, baby steps towards a moderately patterned life.


Aside: my January post for Frankie went up last week. Check it out! Scalloped faux leather envelope clutches to shove your papers in.

11 comments:

  1. I feel the same way right now, only here in Vancouver it's the grey days that I've had enough of! Can't wait to see those first crocuses and snowdrops pop up!

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  2. i love that book! The hat i perfect. I've been feeling the same way. Craving color, big time!

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  3. That pouch is divine and that hat is absolutely adorable! I've been feeling the opposite though, neutrals are rocking my world right now :)

    x missdottidee.blogspot.com

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  4. oooh.. i wish i could have all the coffee table books in the world. this one looks so rad! bookstores are dangerous for me!

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  5. i've been feeling bold colours too, recently - for some reason, mustard is a recurring theme in my wardrobe (don't tell my 16-yr-old goth self, haha), and i've been exploring brighter+colder colours than i normally wear. i'm not sure if it'll carry through to spring+summer, but for right now, i'm running with it!

    i love that you're doing DIYs for frankie...they are just the best mag out there, so congrats on that! i hope to see some of these envelope clutches around dufferin grove soon... :)

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  6. just starting knitting in bright coral... must be a seasonal blahs thing & i am dreaming of knits with bright coloured trims...

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  7. Love Beci's book too. Totally splurged on it after stumbling across it & had to have it. Hope I get a chance to make your envelope clutch- much better way to organize my papers or even package a gift...

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  8. What a cool book, and your new hat is adorable. Love the envelope clutch!

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  9. Ouf, I know what you mean. I get so tired of the lack of color and anything resembling happiness, but it just doesn't feel right for winter! I can't help but stick with the neutrals.

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  10. they designed the pages of find and keep so well! such a crafty and colorful book:)

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  11. my bf's mum has that book, ahhh it's so good! couldn't put it down over christmas.

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