Insta Finds

July 22, 2014

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Instagram is an ever increasing source of inspiration for me. It seems almost everyday I come across a new designer, artist, maker or fellow style enthusiast that’s up to something awesome. It can be overwhelming but I try to take it all in one feed at a time.

Today I’m sharing two of my favourite finds on Instagram. The first is Elizabeth Suzann (@elizsuzann), a self taught clothing designer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Every piece in her collection has an effortless elegance about it. Her choice in materials, attention to detail and focus on practical and comfortable designs make Elizabeth’s signature aesthetic one that’s inherently subtle but impossible to miss. I’ve followed her for some time and it’s been a pleasure to see the Elizabeth Suzann brand grow and flourish. For one obvious reason, I couldn’t resist making the ‘Lee Crop’ a new addition to my summer wardrobe. Other reasons were the perfect cut and handwoven fabric from Shutters and Shuttles (another great maker in Nashville). I wore it out on a warm Friday date night the day it arrived, again the following afternoon with a denim midi skirt and can’t wait to take it for a spin with dark wash high rise skinnies. Don’t deny yourself a peek at the full Elizabeth Suzann collection here.

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My second lucky Insta discovery is the lovely Mary of  Millay Vintage (@millayvintage). Mary has an incredible feed that will instantly lighten your day and keep you entranced for hours. Mary is also one of the sweetest and most humble friends I’ve made on instagram which makes following her success even more enjoyable. Not to mention the fact that she’s a total babe with amazing taste, an adorable pup named General Gazpacho and an expertly curated online vintage shop. Her site recently got a facelift and when I went to have a peek I fell madly in love with this perfect little 1970s cross body bag from Italy. It was highly reasonable at just $38 and in incredible condition. As soon as it arrived, which was very quickly, I switched my wallet over and trotted out the door. There are so many other delightful finds on Millay Vintage that you simply must peruse!

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Who have you discovered on Instagram? I’m always on the lookout for talented creative people so if you’re willing to share some of your favourites please do! 

Top – Elizabeth Suzann Lee Crop s/o but these are all on my wish list Georgia Tee, Maxine Crop, Winnow Tunic // Shorts – old Madewell similar (ASOS), similar (ASOS) // Necklace - Another Feather // Bag – s/o Millay Vintage // Wedges – old from Nine West, lovelove // Sunnies - Garrett Leight // Rings – Acre Goods // Bangle – old from Nasty Gal

Photos by my favourite find of all time, David Ruhl.

Wonderful Weekend

July 19, 2014

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White Tank // Cargo Pants // Duffle Bag // Slip-Ons // Bangle

I can’t quite believe it but this is the last weekend I have until September that doesn’t somehow involve a festival, wedding, bachelorette or getaway.  August is going to be insanely busy! We’re working on the office and around the house like crazy this weekend (not unlike every weekend). I’ll be wearing weird cargo shorts I got for a very short landscaping gig in uni and a crappy cotton tee all weekend. But if I were to somehow turn that into something chic it would look a lot like this. Have a Wonderful  Weekend! xo

July Finds – Country Kitchen

July 17, 2014

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July has a unique feel to it. I’m somehow both completely content but also highly motivated. I think it must be a combination of the hot sun and long bright days. Plus everything seems to be coming into it’s prime right now. Fruits and veggies are just plumping and perfecting themselves for consumption. As such, July has brought out some domestic instincts in me, one of which is my love for culinary creations. I’ve always dreamed of having a sort of modern country kitchen. Think all white cupboards, hanging cast iron skillets and lots of butcher block with copper accents here and there. So while our current kitchen is many months from any resemblance of what I just described, I decided to pick up a few goodies that would help me feel like I was working in a country kitchen after all. The first of which were some freshly snipped daisies from my parent’s garden.

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Then it was a matter of finding some fresh local strawberries, which lasted all of thirty seconds after I took their photo.

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Next I picked up some copper measuring cups. Half of my old set was missing and I have a feeling my ‘eyeballing’ measurements weren’t doing my recipes any favours.

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Now it’s time to start getting my favourite recipes all in one place. I’ve had folders, photocopies and ripped out magazine pages all over the place for years. I’ve used Pinterest a lot while cooking but find my phone ends up in precarious places like teetering over the edge of the sink or covered in olive oil and pepper. A good friend gave me this adorable recipe tin and organizer earlier this year and it’s just perfect for keeping my recipes safe and sorted.

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With those additions I’m feeling much closer to my dream kitchen experience. Now it’s just a matter of becoming a chef worthy of said kitchen!

Dish Towels West Elm // Copper Measuring Cups (in-store), measuring spoons available > West Elm // Recipe Box Rifle Paper Co. // Gold Pen Cross // Blue Bowl Old IKEA

Bohemian Dreamin’

July 15, 2014

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Sometimes it’s hard to predict how much wear you’ll get out of a dress. Especially when it’s not one you’d typically go for but this embroidered maxi dress from Madewell has been a secret weapon this summer. I’ve worn it to rehearsal dinners, birthday shin digs, on exploratory adventures in New York and it will probably see at least 10 more wears before the season ends. It’s elegant but not overly dressy and it’s simple shape with unexpected details make it just a bit more special than the typical black maxi. Double side slits are key for ventilation, soft cotton makes it a breeze to wear and a forgiving waist means I’ll definitely be helping myself to seconds at the next backyard BBQ. I pair it with easy waves and some simple accessories and I’m all set for a full day or night of summer fun.

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Dress s/o Madewell, Love this one, great print on this one, also love this one // Sandals Old J.Crew, SimilarSimilar, Similar // Clutch Clare Vivier // Necklace Another Feather // Bangles Madewell // Sunnies Madewell

Photos by Sir David Sinclair Ruhl.

The Bee’s Knees #29

July 14, 2014

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Neat - Somehow I have managed to evade the dreaded shattered screen on all of my mobile devices. However, I have not managed to avoid paint cans or pavement, rain storm puddles or snow piles either. I just can’t bring myself to subject them to the confines of a massive Otter Box or other unsubtle armour.  But a sleek, chic leather case? That I can make myself? Well that’s a cover I can concede to any day. This super simple DIY from Almost Makes Perfect is a quick and easy project. I might swap the safety pins for a sewn-in cross stitch to give it a more polished finish but that’s up to you. See the tutorial here.

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Suite - My dream bedroom is serene, calming and inviting. It’s where I wake up with my favourite person and creatures, it’s home to my treasures and filled with soft lighting. And while ours is coming together nicely I could certainly settle in to one like this. It took about five pins of all the different views of this room for me to realize it was in fact one single space. It’s all just SO GOOD! The lighting, the gallery wall, the linens, the baskets, the white floors, the stool, the plant! There is not one element I would change. I may not be able to sustain an organized open closet but it sure looks incredible and maybe that’s motivation enough. See all the photos and some before shots of on My Scandinavian Home. See more of my favourite spaces here.

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Eat - We picked up some fresh kale from the farmer’s market last weekend and I was determined to satisfy my craving for a savoury salad. I found this fabulous kale caesar recipe from Mountain Mama Cooks and it definitely did the trick. It also led me to my latest food obsession, crispy chickpeas. They are delicious and crunchy and ever so easy to create. Plus I had plenty of leftover caesar dressing for salads later in the week, which is also easy to make and entirely anchovy free. Get the recipe here.

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Treat - You may already have one of these, but if not the time has come to acquire one. The great white shirt. Fiercely versatile, forever chic but not always easy to find. It’s pretty much at the top of closet essentials food chain. The summer is a great time to have a couple handy especially on breezy summer day or for some reprieve from the serious sun at this time of year. The lighter the fabric the better. Just throw it on over a simple white bralette with cutoffs, sandals and a wide brimmed hat. These are a few of the best one’s I’ve seen lately - Free People // Ann Taylor (shown) // Everlane // Equipment // Zara

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Sunny Side

July 11, 2014

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Today is Friday and I am a happy girl. Thanks so much for all your comments on yesterday’s post. It’s such a relief to know that I’m not alone when it comes to social media discontentment, although I had a hunch that might be the case. One thing that I do love about the inter webs is that I get to connect with you! So it certainly ain’t all bad. But really, you guys are the best.

Another thing that makes me happy is finding the perfect summer shirt. I was trying to hunt down a pretty, flowy, peasanty one to toss on with my favourite denim and make for basically the easiest summer look possible. Cue this little number from the recently launched in house label By eLUXE. It’s super soft, just the right length and so light it’s like wearing a gentle gust of wind. Seriously though! Also, at $45 I would have been a fool to pass it up. I dug up my comfiest cork wedges (which seem to just get better as they get more beat up) and headed to the market for some fresh sun flowers to brighten our living room. They looked so cute in my bag I decided to keep them for the shoot.

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The weekend is looking extra good after an insane week at work and I hope yours is set to be as action packed or as relaxed as it needs to be. Happy Friday!

Top eLUXE, also love, this one too // Denim JBrand // Wedges Old from Nine West, love, love // Bag Cuyana // Necklace Another Feather // Bangles Madewell // Rings Acre Goods

Photos by my perfect summer guy Dave Ruhl.

Thursday Thoughts

July 10, 2014

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I had an entirely different post planned for today but it just wasn’t sitting right and I decided to scrap it and write about what’s been on my mind lately. So, look out!

I’m currently dressed in stolen boxers and a giant t-shirt that came free in a 2-4 of Sleeman Cream Ale. My house is a mess and I’m about to eat a stale piece of toast with questionable banana slices for breakfast (which will be the first proper one I’ve had all week). My dog just farted because he ate something bizarre and rotten off the road last night. Oh and I have little to no intentions of showering today. There, now you have a better idea about what I’m doing now, honestly.

I love social media and find so much inspiration through it but sometimes it can psychologically turn on me. With Instagram showcasing perfectly tailored moments, Pinterest taunting me with beautifully finished spaces and recipes, Facebook reminding me how much fun everyone else is having, Linked In pointing out my lack of promotions and Twitter being too annoying to even go near, I’m sometimes left feeling kind of sour. The fact is, it’s too easy to compare your life, surroundings, career, progress, relationship, social events, travel schedule and just about everything in between to everyone you encounter during the day.

We all know the quote from Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” and it’s spot on. I let all these fabricated sound bytes have a REAL impact on my emotions, which I’m aware is pretty ridiculous. So yesterday, as I was adding insult to injury by looking through my Pinterest board \\ Sentiments That Speak To Me // (formerly Annoying Sentiments I Like) I saw the message above* and it stopped me. I decided to get a piece of paper, a brush, some water colours and just write, or rather paint, it out a few times to help it sink in. Wouldn’t you know, it helped!

This exercise allowed me to clear my head and reminded me that I’m on the right path, I just need to stay focused and remember this is my life I’m living and I’m doing the best I can, which is pretty damn decent at that (OK so my morning routine has room for improvement). People are always going to have a sweeter house, a dreamier job and WAY nicer shoes but who cares? They’re not in control of my life and what I can achieve. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason but we have the ability to make the most out of those happenings. So note to self, “Dress well, work your ass off and commit to creating the life you want for YOU.”

Well don’t mind if I do!

Have a good Thursday friends. xo

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Style Thief // 1

July 8, 2014

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Time and again Pinterest reveals a fabulous outfit and I excitedly follow a link trail to a dead end where I’m left hopeless and alone in my search for it’s origins. But I’ll be disappointed no more! I’m taking it unto myself to recreate my favourite link-less Pinterest looks*. This simple romantic little number haunts me every time I peruse my board \\ Put It On – Spring // so with some artistic liberties I’ve found ways to piece it together. There are a few additions and a few options, any combination of which would lead to an adorable little look like this one. Hurrah!

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Skirt – Steven Alan // Need Supply // T-Shirt – J.Crew // Madewell // Shoes – Rachel Comey // Need Supply // Proud Mary // TOMS // Bag - Lizzy Disney // Madewell // Clutch  // Bracelet – Another Feather

*Please note: I do my best to accurately source any images used on Style Bee. If for any reason you believe the source is inaccurate please don’t hesitate to let me know as I always want to give credit where due.

Sunset Stripes

July 4, 2014

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For me, the first step out the door in a crop top is somewhat similar to the first dive into a spring lake. It’s exhilarating, surprisingly cold, slightly unnatural and then suddenly you’re acclimatized and it feels great. I posted a crop top look last year and confessed that they made me feel uneasy. But this year, not so much. I’ve found the key to feeling good in one is all about balance (along with a lot of crunches, let’s be real here). I’m always conscious about how much I dare to bare, which the weather and occasion usually decide for me. In this case, the night was a perfect temperature and we were headed out on a dinner date. Then it’s about comfort. A pair of slip ons and my favourite high waisted jeans were an easy decision and kept the vibe casual and summery. Truthfully, I’ve been wearing variations of this look for about a month and this combo worked the best. Further proof that finding your personal style is as much about trying out different things as it is about sticking to what you know and feel good in.

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Wishing a Happy 4th of July to all the stateside readers! 

Crop Top Nasty Gal // High Waist Denim Levi’s (similar, similar, similar) // Slip Ons ShoeMint (similar, similar, similar) // Necklace Another Feather // Tote Cuyana // Hat J.Crew

Photos by Dave Ruhl the great.

Decked Out Digital – July

July 3, 2014

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Time for the second issue of Decked Out Digital! June’s peony backgrounds were such a hit it took me a while to figure out which flower to try next. Then I spotted these little lovelies at the market. Gypsophila (aka Baby’s breath but that name creeps me out) are indeed a stark contrast to the voluptuous pink peony but they have their own unique and enchanting features. They’re refined, elegant and surprisingly hearty. Perfect for a relaxed summer dinner or to liven up a bedside table. We’ve had them in mason jar vases for two weeks and they look like new! Maybe you’re not ready to say goodbye to the princess peony, I understand, but if you are I can promise these pretties will put a smile on your face before you even open Instagram.

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To set background simply download the image to your phone using one of the links above > Open Settings > Wallpapers + Brightness > Choose a new wallpaper > From your photos choose the wallpaper you’d like to use > Save to either Home Screen, Lock Screen or both!

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To set background simply download the image to your computer using one the link above > Open System Preferences > Desktop + Screensaver> + > Select the photo from your downloads and save.

Ps. The date and time are easier to see in real life than in these examples.

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