Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Minna Parikka

I was first introduced to Minna Parikka shoes through one of my favorite now defunct bloggers Ranna. The shoes always complimented her classic, quirky style and I admired them and her scalloped purse by the same brand. Recently I stumbled across their latest, cheeky "head over heels" lookbook and decided to look up the brand again. I'm glad I did because the styles are as beautiful as I remember; red glitter heels ala Dorothy, quirky bunny ear tongues, and sweet hexagonal bags? I'm quite smitten and a lot of these styles are on sale...

Men Amaze to Win the Palm, the Oak, the Bays

Most of the time my clothes receive approval from my friends and family, while occasionally they remark, "I wouldn't wear that, but it's cool enough." Sometimes however an item gets more head scratches than bemused acceptance. This dress falls into the latter category. People thought it was a bit too ruffly and wondered if the pink trim matched the blue and white print. But ahem, see how perfectly the dress matches my accessories? If it wasn't meant to be why would I already have the perfect shoes and purse to wear with it, hm? My favorite detail about the dress however is the way it moves. It makes me want to go dancing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mirai Chan

I'm not usually a sucker for photographs of children, or really children in general! Sure I've known a some nice kids, but I'm just not that girl who sees a baby or cute kid and starts going "awww." However, some children just have an amazing presence that seems to grip you with near star-like quality; the adorable Mirai-chan is one of those children.
The chubby cheeked Japanese four year old was photographed for one year by Kawashima Kotori who published the series in a book. The four year old was given the pseudonym Mirai-chan ("Mirai" meaning future in Japanese) and has since gone on to win the hearts of people all over the world. The series functions as documentation on one hand as we witness her in candid moments with food on her face or laughter bursting from her lips and even tears welling in her eyes. The photographer, Kotori, however views his series as conceptual; in renaming the girl he uses her to represent all that is lovable in human nature. Although Japanese and recorded on the island of Sado her winning spirit is universal--showing the best of human kind and what we have in common.


Before I dyed my hair blonde I tried to figure out what color clothes would complement the new hair color. For this reason most of the clothes I packed for Northern Ireland were blue and green, but when I saw this dress at Hello Holiday I couldn't resist trying it out. I wasn't sure the mustard and purple tones would "go" with the blonde hair, but I'm pleasantly surprised by how it works. I probably shouldn't worry about color coordination so much, but for me it's one of the intimidating factors about changing your hair color. Actually, there's probably a lot of intimidating factors about changing my hair. Usually the day before a hair cut or color I consider canceling my plans and wonder why I wasted money on purple shampoo. But so far every time I have gone through with the change I haven't regretted the decision--whether it works for me or not it's good to experience something new. And if your hair doesn't perfectly match your dress you can always wear a hat!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Statement Earrings from 9th&Elm

Although I'm not usually one for large, dangly earrings I couldn't resist these sparkly ones at 9th&Elm. I already own a few pieces from 9th&elm.com but as a refresher: the site offers flash sales of discounted designer pieces for a limited period of time. Unlike other shops the designers they feature are all indie designers and most of the pieces are handmade. These earrings are by Kristin Perry, but there's already new pieces on 9th&Elm to covet.

London Leftovers

*the Natural History Museum & the Victoria & Albert Museum
I'm back stateside, but here are a few leftover photographs from my brief adventures around London with my sister and Thomas. We did a lot of walking, a little shopping, saw the red poppies spilling out of the Tower of London, admired antiquities in museums, sat in parks, sipped cider in pubs, slept on floors, and generally had a good time. It's always amazing how much you can pack into one city. It's hard to find rest when there's so much to see and tourist-ing is tiring work, but as soon as I'm back home I'm ready to be away again...

Outfit details:
shirt & purse bought at Camden Market

Sunday, August 17, 2014

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