Category Archives: Things I Love

Tea Spirits

The other night I was enjoying an epic evening of Pinterest and Netflix, when I stumbled upon an image of a Horse/Tree hybrid entitled “Earl Grey”. Intrigued, I plugged the artist name into Google and discovered the image was part of a long running illustration series entitled Tea Spirits by Los Angeles based artist Heather Penn. I love tea. I’ve been drinking it since I was old enough to have tea parties with my mom, and it’s a key ingredient to my recipe for the perfect afternoon. In a world where coffee beverages seem to rule the hierarchy of beverages, it was really interesting to find someone who not only clearly had a love for tea but loved it enough to wonder what type of animal it would be and take the time to illustrate it.

Earl Grey

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Dragon Oolong

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Houjicha

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Strawberry Green

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Bai Mudan

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English Breakfast

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You can find these prints and more on the artist’s INPRNT page. I am thinking about purchasing one or two for my kitchen. I can see them framed, next to the microwave where we keep a large part of our tea stash. A playful addition to the process of flavor selection, Earl Grey or Strawberry Green?

 

All images are from the artist’s INPRNT page.


I have a small shoe problem

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved shoes. It started with glass slippers (jelly shoes) and ballet dance shoes, and I’ve never gotten over them. Even when I went through my “I hate my body; I’ll only wear baggy clothes” adolescent phase, I still adored cute footwear, if anything probably a bit more because most days they were the only thing I put on that made me feel pretty.  Now that I am an adult, maturity-wise a bit debatable, but the math lines up, I have cultivate quite a collection of shoes. I even have to seperate storage locations. A huge storage cube in the front hall for the every day flats and sandals (Andy uses this area, too) and a rack in my walk in for the “special occasion” or more expensive pairs. As you might have guessed, I am never not in the market for a cute pair at the right price. Enter the deal on Goby shoes on Zulily.com this week. Artsy, funky, and all sorts of quirky. I could do some massive damage to my bank account if I wasn’t careful.

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Since I can’t be trusted to be completely rational when it comes to shoes, Andy and I have come up with a pretty good trick to make sure that I really, REALLY, truly want what I am buying. If I find something I like, I have to walk away for at least 24 hours and, if I remember that I want them or if I want them badly enough to go back for them, then we consider making the investment. Not 100% fool proof, but it has cut down seriously on my impulse buying and has the added benefit of helping me work towards having a wardrobe vs. having stacks of random shoes and garments that don’t work together.

 

All images from Zulily.


Spreading You Wings: Shovava

One of the things that I think is important to know about me is that while I may be pushing 30, I am still very much in touch with my inner child. She is loud, opinionated, and, boy, does she like pretty things. Right now she is doing her best to convince me that it is absolutely imperative that we own one of the beautiful scarves from the Etsy shop Shovava. It’s becoming a problem because I know she isn’t going to be happy with just one.

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Flowers, feathers, birds, so intricate and ethereal. I follow their Instagram, and I love, love, LOVE seeing their photo stories. If I don’t have one by December, it’ll probably be somewhere at the tippy top of my Christmas list.

 

All images are from the Shovava Instagram page.


Flowers & Glitter

A couple of weeks ago I did a feature on this amazing baker. How super cool she was and how I wanted to be able to decorate cakes just like she did. Some serious fan girl gushing. Well now I’ve found an additional source of inspiration, UK based company Cake of Dreams. The décor and styling is a bit more rustic, but the elements that I like are all there.

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 I actually did sit there with both galleries and go “hmmm, why do I like these so much?” It comes down to: flowers, glitter, fruit. The other elements like the shattered chocolate pieces on the first post, the animals and insects on the second, and meringue puffs on both are cool, but not what “makes” the cake for me. I know, glitter and flowers, shocking right? You guys didn’t see that coming at all. I am hoping to try a few of these ideas out when my mom is in town in August. She is a amazing kitchen helper, and she knows how to calm me down when we start to reach epic meltdown mode. I am almost 30, but I still have a hard time when I don’t feel like I am initially “good” at something. God forbid right? Completely realistic to shoot from beginner to kitchen wizard on the first try.


Dandelion

Artist Isabelle Chapuis teamed up with Duy Anh Nhan Duc to collaborate on a series of flower enhanced portraits. The first being”Dandelion” and the second called “Etamine”. The artists have some really beautiful philosophies and ideas that lead to the gorgeous images below, and you can read all about it in the original article and see more of portraits on Issabelle’s website, but I want to take a step back and tell you what my first thought was when I saw these images.

As soon as I opened the article, I had a flash back to a much younger me, hunting around my backyard for the ever present dandelion weeds. We weren’t really sod or landscaping people; we kept the grass mowed…most of the time, but that was it. I remembered the delight I felt when I would find a stalk with its downy head still intact, how I would close my eyes tight, puff out my cheeks, and blow the seeds into the air, allowing the breeze to carry my wishes to far away lands. I looked at these photos, and all I could think was “they’re covered in wishes“: some still holding their possibilities tight, and others spent and covering the subjects in a veil of hoping and dreaming.

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A little silly, right? But with all of the dandelions used for this project, you know someone had to have tucked a fervent little wish into at least one of the hundreds of seed pods.

All images from isabellechapuis.com