happy colourful accents

I saw all these happy things on HauteLook today and I couldn't help but mentally put them all in one room, where bursts of colour force summer to be around all year round! The owl stool is a personal favourite; would love one or two scattered in my gardens!

I have a hot pink sofa, so I'm obviously not afraid of colour! That being said, I prefer white or nearly-white walls. Hard to believe I ever had lime green and orange walls at one time (my bedroom closet it still orange because I am not in the mood to paint in there).

Over on Zulily, they have FLOR tile sets on sale right now. I love FLOR! One day, when I have a big enough space, I would love to have a big bold FLOR set. My apartment doesn't have enough square footage to show off an area rug, so I'll keep on dreaming.

Do you enjoy some bright bold colour in your abode, or is neutral more your style? I hope to have my living room, foyer and kitchen painted this year - a soft white. My kitchen might be something bolder, as it's so very tiny and I could have fun in there.

I'm always daydreaming about restyling my abode. I'm in the midst of making those daydreams a reality, so you'll probably be seeing more posts like these popping up around these parts! I've ordered a couple of style and decor additions to my space from Urban Outfitters (a first for me!). I'll share those goodies as soon as they're in my home.
um, and yup. I'm a member of both HauteLook and Zuzily. And too many other like-minded websites. I love ogling pretty things online (but I rarely actually buy).

with joy,


kittens in bowls





What can I say? They're kittens in bowls! With a side of chopstick. Yum Yum!
with joy,


Bowzer Box for Gracie!

Gracie got an awesome surprise in the mail on Monday: a Bowzer Box just for her!! Well, Henry Bear the cat thought there was something for him, too, but Grace growled loudly enough to shoo him away from HER goodies. So cute!

Bowzer Box is a subscription service that delivers goodies to your (or a friend's!) dog on a monthly basis. It's a really fun way to spoil that precious pup in your life - which, obviously, my Gracie is such a pup.
This is a Canadian company, and they pride themselves in including at least one Canadian product in the box. Bowzer Box also donates 10% of all proceeds go to animals that are less fortunate which makes them pretty ace in my books.

Now, on to the goodies!!

Denta Snacks, Barkery liver treats, Peas & Carrots organic bone cookie, Bacon & Apple Fruitables treats, spool of poop bags, Rescue balm for chapped/sore paws & noses and a fab little treat ball! Everything was just the right size for Grace and I love that the treats area all wheat-free!

This is Grace in mid-bark because I was taking photos instead of giving her the goodies!

Grace couldn't wait to get into the box!

And Henry Bear was happy afterall, because he got the box!!

There's already subscription services like this for U.S.A. based dogs, so I was gleeful to test out a Canadian one! Bonus, shipping is only $4.50 across Canada.

Bowzer Box has generously given my readers a coupon code to save 15% on your first order - just use GRACE during the checkout process to get your savings. Yay!!

Bonus: if you order between now and the end of March, you'll get free shipping too! Now go to it and spoil your puppies! You know you want to ;)
*note: please email the folks at Bowzer Box to get both discounts at the same time as they've run into technical difficulties getting both to work simultaneously :)

with puppy joy,


Sunday Smile: Grace, by Laura Manfrey

This is a painting of my Gracie pup by the wonderful artist, Laura Manfrey! I found myself overwhelmed when I saw her post on Instagram, along with these words: "Feel better soon little Grace".
You see, Grace recently hurt her back quite badly and I took her to Emergency Vet Services to get things looked at. It was such a stressful time, and seeing this painting made me so happy! Grace is much better now, though! Yay!

If you don't know who Laura is, here's a sampling of her delightful work:

See what I mean? Laura's got skills full of the power of cute!
Laura can be found on Twitter and Instagram as well as her Cargo Collective website
To think that she chose Gracie as a subject matter to put her paint to makes me smile :)
with joy,


The Vintage Apartment is on SALE!

That's right! I just put The Vintage Apartment's goodies on a 20% off sale - 'cause it's Christmastime and sales are awesome! I'm a little late to the Black Friday/Cyber Monday thing so decided to just do this sale as a festive one. I might extend it a little longer than just til December 2nd, too, but for now that's when it ends!

Here's a collage of a few of what's in store right now, with more being added everyday! I'm on a roll!

I even added spiffy festive coloured text to my shop's banner! See?

with joy,


Caturday: cats in sweaters

For today's Caturday I bring you a classic: cats wearing sweaters!
It never gets old.
Except maybe for the cats.
Although I hear some cats like wearing sweaters. Not mine.
So I bring you other peoples' cats wearing sweaters!

Charlie Gentlecat
Mango and Sweater
Krammer's Christmas Sweater

click on each photo to be brought to their original Flickr page. all images found via a Flickr Gallery

happy Caturday!
with kitty glee,


Social Print Studio

I recently ordered a stack of little square prints of a few of my Instagram snaps, via Social Print Studio's Pinstagram app.
I am in love!
So cute!
So little!
So square!
I decided to try out the 48 tiny squares for $12.
I will be ordering more goodies from them, too!
Since I'm such an avid Instagrammer (Instagramer? Instagramr?) I figured it would be a great way to get more creative with my images. I think I'll get their tiny books next time. And now you can also get big books, too! And poster-sized prints!

I like the idea of doing things like this to give as gifts! I know I'd dig a gift like this. I'm a sucker for cute little things.

with joy,


what I wore on Caturday

So, today is Caturday. And I wore my Catwoman tee. How cool am I?!
I'm crazy cat lady cool, that's how!
I actually did this absentmindedly, not on purpose. Which makes it less cool.
I've been feeling icky the past few days, and as a pick-me-up, I thought I'd wear real clothes (with a bra and everything!) and go out for a Starbucks (in which my awesome mom drove me to, as I still can't drive due to a ridiculously klutzy accident I had a month ago). Thanks, mom!

just look at my excellent outfit of the day selfie! (um, yah, I need to work on that)
I didn't even know the garden hose was a part of it til later.

Above shows how I wore all my special rings today.
I hardly ever wear rings, but now that I have a solid set of favourites, I think I'll be wearing them more often!

close up of my new kitty ring by Fox and The Fawn!

I had done a selfie when I got the ring, via Instagram, showing my giddiness:

I was tickled when Kayla, of Fox and the Fawn, re-posted the above photo on her own Instagram feed! Isn't it funny the things that give us a lift? That did. As does the ring.
As does having a moment of joy after having a couple of trying days. It's always lovely to have that ray of sunshine - just happened that for me, it landed on a Caturday!

Speaking of cats ... here's mine from today:
Henry Bear and a (not so real) turtle.

Strongpaw in her natural habitat.

Hope your Caturday had some lovely moments, whether you have feline friends or not! Caturday is for everyone. Even dogs (Grace got into the spirit by snuggle under a blanket with me):

with joy,