Tuesday, 24 June 2014

pick a colour.

Sometimes I come across a series of images, website or a magazine (I do love decor mags, paper version of course) & they just make a formidable impression on me. And I want to add them into my life somehow. If it is a mag photo, I might rip it out & lay it out somewhere so that I see it every so often. If it is an internet image, I might down load it on my desk top. Or if the colours inspire me even more, I might try to find an article of clothing to replicate the fashion image or I might get some paint and change a wall colour. & if that's pushing it, then maybe a new throw pillow might do the trick to satiate my desire to have that colour within my space….or if…

Lately I have been obsessing over pink, especially more chalky, dusty type shades, feathery soft, nudish. I love. It's always a beautiful colour, just don't be afraid to use it. It is stunning next to a rich hue of bottle green.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

that's what they wore.

There is an abundance of styling for men & I am impressed when I see men find their own. I came across a series of pics which captured the new man and his dressing habits. I particularly like it when there is no holding back and creativity shines through.

Below are my fav shots. Check out the link and see if you find an inspiration for your dress code.

street urchin.

bayou flair.

dandy culture.

hipster re-generated.

light fantastic.

Renew. Recycle. Revive.

Key words for today. All about recycling and not necessarily tossing out something too quickly because something shinier caught your eye. Of course recycling clothes is great and donating clothes you no longer want is a fantastic idea (also gives you space for newness!). There are so many people who don't have the cash to buy new and appreciate getting a break and having access to decent used clothes at affordable prices.

And then there is the idea of recycling house stuff. We recently moved into a new house which we demolished completely on the inside (below is stage one of the demolishing). But did hold on to some items which held some promise for future use. Our home came with 2 old chandeliers, not that I was particularly in love with the design but thought maybe a spray paint job might give interesting results. 

Off they went to the basement where they naturally collected dust. I finally took them out when all the dust was gone and proceeded with my new project. Our walk-in closet needed a light fixture & I thought a chandelier would give it a glam vibe. So I bought a can of mat spray paint (for metal), set myself outside & made the tranformation. Love the results!

I was caught unknowingly on camera by my husband while I was working on my project.

Hard to believe it is the same chandelier.

A revitalized fixture gives a fantastic feel to the walk in closet.

Friday, 13 June 2014

basically, a basic.

the humble white tee.

Talk about an essential to have & to behold & to replenish regularly in your wardrobe. It will take you to work, out for dinner, vacation of course, on a bike ride and could even manage a wedding. Truly a hero as far as clothing goes. Of course other colours are great to have, such as heather grey and black, but white is like an icon. A celebrity so to speak.

Ok, so your love for tees is just so immensely big that you want to create your own line of tees?? Great! Here is a link from 'Shopify' an online service that helps you with setting up a small online business of your own (which can become big!). They have some great tips on the ' how to-s'. If you are entrepreneurial, take a look. http://www.shopify.com/blog/14515425-how-to-start-an-online-t-shirt-business-the-ultimate-guide


ok, there are options for the crew, henleys are so heavenly on men :)

& black is 2nd best.
Versions for women are even more plentiful. Check out the link below to view an excellent selection of what a white tee can do for you!

It also becomes a chalk board for your thoughts.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

romper room.

ROMPTo play or frolic boisterously.

We associate it with what kids naturally love to do. Just free, easy going casual fun play. Do you know the "Romper Room"?? That goes back a bit, ahem...I don't remember everything about the show, but I do recall when Miss Barbara would say the kids names as she looked through a hand held mirror. "I see Jimmy, I see Mary… "

ROMPER: That which you "romp' in.

such a great word.
And it's not just for kids. The romper is perhaps one of today's key clothing items you should consider putting in your closet. Why? Because they are so cool, look fantastic and are extremely versatile. It has the easiness of a dress (no need to match up a top) but has the ultimate comfort of shorts/pants. Take them out to play of course, but a more dressed up version is flawlessly appropriate for the office and the exquisite clean line version is a real go-to piece when going out.
check out some options:

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

victorious battle.

do you find yourself unable to find the perfect outfit to fit your mood of the day or the activity??
extremely frustrating. 
rejected items on 
the floor 
freaking you out. 

you scream? no. 

you are somehow organized in your disorganized way and have an 'emergency outfit' (perhaps learned something from reading blogs?).  yes, a set of clothes always available when in dire need for work, fun & party. good stuff.

enjoy her battle :)

Monday, 31 March 2014

white out.

Strange how I observe running shoes when I obviously am not a fan of them…? Key word being "observe" cause i like to look, see, visually analyze. I admire all kind of clothing stuff & accessories, but some are just not part of my wardrobe. Like sneaks. This is my 2nd blog on them, the 1rst "Runners up!" posted in April 2013 where I admired how others incorporate them into their dress styles & on such varied levels. Here I am caught up with all that is white. An unadorned version, an uncomplicated, unpretentious form of the shoe. And I love the starkness of the black/white concept that everyone has managed to put together. 

So easygoing. They are quite versatile. I should try it.

and i like the version of the white sole:

pics: Tommy Ton, http://jakandjil.com

clean slate.

There are times when we need to create a clean slate. I prefer this phrase over 'edit' in this context. The idea of really releasing, redrafting, or redirecting. Yes, change. But I am attracted to the idea of making changes that just puts out an entirely new spin. When I saw this picture I thought of more breathing space, like a big sweeping swipe of a brush on a chalkboard. Gone. Sometimes we clutter ourselves on so many levels & we simply can't move forward or let ideas grow beyond the budding  point. I catch myself in state often, especially after a long winter. So a conscious metal kick to my sleeping state/brain is very necessary. 
These type of changes can be very easy or more complex, depending on how much a change you need. At times this can simply mean a new haircut (though, I must admit, not so simple at times) yet very accessible. Changing jobs, moving apartments or moving to another country especially when climates are dramatically different may be the options that will enable you to release the old & help you take on new roles in life. I like going to places where I am unknown. No attachments means there are less limitations. A form of escape if you prefer.

So take a chance at times. Maybe start small. Do you really need to keep all those old tees because once upon a time they meant something to you? Not really. Toss them all out & start fresh with a new selection that will enable you to become another you. I know it's just a tee, but you would be surprised how big a deal a tee can be :)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

wish it was so easy.

'up & out.'
I wish it was so easy, beautiful & entertaining when I just can't decide to wear.
enjoy! from "NOWNESS"