6/30/13

Sunday Smile: vintage dresses and Kinfolk

yellow polka dot dress
kinfolk volume eight

I haven't done a Sunday Smile in ages and it's near the end of June, so I thought I'd do a happy little post about a few recent acquisitions that made me smile!
I thrifted a cute vintage yellow polka dot sundress that actually fit me! I was pretty stoked about that find!
Just prior to that, I ordered a lovely lavender vintage dress from Miss Farfella and it arrived just after I found the yellow dress. I felt like I hit the vintage dress jackpot! The purple dress has the best swirly abstract dotty pattern and is perfectly faded. The fact that it also fit me like a dream made me extremely happy!
Around the same time, my issue of Kinfolk magazine came in the mail, and it's the first one I've ever had in hand. It is a gorgeous book - really, it's more a book than a magazine. When I found out the focus was on Japan, I knew I had to have it. I am slowly working my way through the copy, wanting to make it last as long as possible. I am entranced with the minimalist take on design and the use of soft white space. Swoon!

Grace toes and nose

I found Grace in bed, wrapped up exactly like you see above. I had to share the image because, well, look at the cute! Sometimes I am caught off-guard with her adorable ways. She is a constant source of smiles!

Back to Kinfolk - this article, Instant Extraction, is one I find very helpful. I hope to go to Japan one day, and knowledge of good coffee to be found there is good knowledge to have! Issue Eight has made me think of getting a subscription to this beautifully curated magazine.

As for my vintage dresses, I hope to get a lot of wear out of both this summer! So far, though, I haven't had a chance to dash about town in them. I need to do a slight alteration to the yellow polka-dot one (because I am short, and the dress was obviously meant for an Amazon). The lavender one is for special outings - possible picnics, garden tea parties, frolicking through the forests, etc. :)

with joy,
Caren

6/26/13

a very happy Lucky day!



I spent last Sunday with my friend Jen (lucky jackson), her girls and my pup Grace. These are some Instagrams I took to share the fun from our day!
Gracie loves hanging with Jen's family - the girls go crazy for some Gracie love, and vice versa. Mr Giggles, Jen's cat, wasn't so sure of spending quality time with Grace, but by the end of the visit, they got close enough to sniff noses without any swatting/barking/running away/chasing. Success!
We went to the Lakefield Flea Market where I found the cutest owl planter sporting a crazy spider plant hair do. I had to bring him home. I also brought home a couple of Marilyn Monroe photo books.
And then there was hula hooping. Lots of hula hooping! And Gracie snuggles!
Pretty much a perfect day, except for when I forgot my car (yes, that did happen) and then when I was dropped off to pick up my forgotten car, I forgot the keys. I blame it on the humidity and heat. ;)

Also, I found out about PhotoGrid, an awesome little App to make all your Instagram collage dreams come true. That's how I created the above collages.
with joy,
Caren

6/22/13

Caturday : I Used to be Scared of Cats...

The post's title is not in reference to myself, as there hasn't been a day that I've ever been afraid of cats. Not even when they've bitten, scratched, or stared incessantly at me. "I used to be scared of cats" is the title of a blog I only just found out about. I seriously have no idea how that happened, because oh dear me, what a cute blog!

What makes this kitty blog even better is that it's owned by the fabulously talented artist behind BurntFeather (aka Fee Harding). I just bought myself the Cat Girl (Batman) print, something I've coveted for a long time.
Cat Girl by burntfeather

Here's some blog posts I read on the first page, and I was instantly smitten by. You'll find the links to the posts under the photos:

Hello Kitty Toy Shop
Hello Kitty Store in Japan

Neko no Panya - how did I not know about this bakery kitty before?!

Snoopy The Cat Fanart
Snoopy the Cat! Image above by Fee. Snoopy is way too kawaii!! argh!

And that's just a few things I saw and read about on I USED TO BE SCARED OF CATS. Obviously, it will be my new go-to web space. I learned so much in such a short period of time! CATS!

and yes, I do now follow all of the above. I believe in the art of cat-stalking.
with cat joy,
Caren


6/21/13

my Bookhou bag!

I was super stoked when I saw these small Pocket Bags by Bookhou, and immediately bought the triangle + rain pattern one! I needed a small hands-free bag to carry my smartphone and a few other necessities in for when I walk my pup or ride my bike. In a matter of days, this oh so fabulous little handmade darling was in my hands. Obviously, I had to do a wee photoshoot...

loved my name hand-written on this little card!

triangles! little rainy stripes! leather! natural fabric! LOVE!

how good does this loo against the pink sofa, amiright?!


Doesn't it look pretty hanging amongst my necklaces? It is sort of like jewelry; I'll probably wear it in lieu of a necklace!
For those who don't know what/who Bookhou is, here's some links to get acquainted by:

I first came across Bookhou (aka Arouna and John) on Etsy ages ago and coveted their large totes. I never use large totes, though, so went on to their day bags. Actually, I covet all of their designs. I love that they use natural materials, I love that they are handcrafted, that they're made in Toronto! yay! and their minimalist aesthetic. I'm usually one for bold bits of colour in my accessories, but I always knew I'd add a Bookhou black/natural bag into my wardrobe. I just can't believe it took this long! I am totally getting a tote bag next.

with joy,
Caren



6/13/13

my puppy gets all the girls

Grace and little girl with a freezie.

Gracie and I like to sit out the front of the house and watch the world go by, and sometimes that means we get visitors. Like today, when my neighbour's girls skipped by to give Gracie some lovin'. Gracie fought it at first, but by the end of their visit, she sat and took in all the love.
Grace dancing for treats
first they lured her with treats and made her dance!
little hand reaching for Grace
then they waited til Gracie sat in pure exhaustion of all the goings on, reaching in for a pet.
little hands petting Grace
and finally, Gracie went with it. she soaked it all in and of course, enjoyed being the center of attention!

I took all these photos with my new Android phone. Well, I call it a camera. I hardly ever refer to it as a phone. I did not think I'd be so into the whole my-phone-is-a-camera thing, but yup. I'm all in. I haven't picked up my digital camera since I got this "smartphone". I still use my Polaroids and film cameras, though (I'm a good lomo girl!).
The most difficult thing is finding good photo apps for an Android. I've downloaded, got annoyed with, and subsequently deleted a number of apps. Until Snapseed. Now, there's an endless tap of creativity! I used only one filter on all of the above images - a Vintage one and upped/lowered Saturation, Contrast, Brightness and filter strength. I love how they turned out - very much like the original photos, but with a titch of decolourization, upping of contrast and vignetting. Voila!

Honestly, I didn't think I'd enjoy tinkering around with this stuff as much as I have - I was a stalwart believer in film - in real analogue photography, not fakes. Um, but colour me blushfully wrong! It's a totally rad gadget, this new 'camera' of mine! Endless tapping of creativity.
But it doesn't replace my Polaroids and film cameras ... nothing ever will. My new 'camera' is just an extension of what I already enjoy.

And if you know of any good Android apps for photos (collage, text, filters, etc) let me know! I love to test things out. I'm looking forward to the 'vsco cam' coming out with an Android version; I hear they're working on it. Oh, and A Beautiful Mess came out with an instant hit with their photo app and I've heard it'll be available for Android, too! So those are two I'm looking forward to.

The other thing I use this smartphone for is texting and games (newest addiction is Candy Ninja). Really, why is it called a smartPhone? Who actually uses these things as PHONES? That's so antiquated. 

My dog and cats aren't so sure about this new gadget of mine, as I stick it in their faces a lot. As proven by my Instagram feed! ha!
with joy,
Caren