This stormy weather has me double-checking for matches. We all know about my obsession with matches, as seen in my very first post here on Pretty Things. Well, now I have found this match artwork by Pei-San Ng and I cannot contain my excitement. Rest assured, no matter how big the storm, you would never catch me striking one of these sticks!
It's been awhile since we did a post on street style, so I thought I'd revisit the topic. The Locals is a style blog capturing the fashions of Copenhagen and beyond through the lens of freelance photographer Søren Jepsen. The great thing about this blog is that you can search by city, so I am able to see what is currently inhabiting my old stomping ground in London or venture over to Paris for a an hour or two. I especially love this colour story from the city of love, perfect for fall.
I can't believe it, but it's almost that time again. Time for the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale in Toronto! If you're looking for a unique gift for someone (or yourself) you should definitely check it out. It opens on November 22 and their site is already featuring artisan of the week. This week the spotlight is on Jana Bookholt. Jana creates beautiful, dare I say, one of a kind, charcuterie and cutting boards. She also has a personal wood care product line, which obviously sport equally beautiful labels. I'm sure Laura and I will be doing follow-up posts to share a few more of the lovely finds at this amazing show, so stay tuned.
|If You Can't Be With The One You Love|
These fantastic new pieces by Julie Buffalohead have just made my day. Originally spotted on The Jealous Curator, I have been patiently waiting for Julie to post new work. Today, I have finally been rewarded! She is currently showing at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis and I really wish I could somehow transport myself there. What's better than animals having a pillow fight? Nothing.
|Marlies Allmaier business card design|
Absolutely crushing on these hand lettered/stamped business cards by Typejockeys, a design firm out of Austria. Gorgeous typography, brilliant red, and a tangible, handmade product - what more could you ask for?! Time to hit the craft store for a little ink methinks.
There are quite a few autumn goodies in Dolce Vita's Fall 2012 collection. This appropriately patterned dress has me (and soon to be you) pining for it. Apparently, I can't resist anything with braided detail. Also, if you're in the market for the perfect plaid coat, I'm pretty sure I have found it right here. And make sure you check out both the Dolce Vita and the DV by Dolce Vita labels. DV is a bit friendlier to the piggy bank, but both lines are really fun.
My mom just sent me my desktop computer from home and one of the first things I did was hit up the bookmarks I had saved in an attempt to find this week's Living Pretty. Luckily it didn't take long to stumble upon this little gem. At first glance, the Underfull tablecloth looks like an ordinary piece of fabric. However, it's anything but ordinary. One spill and a pattern is revealed turning what some might consider a stain into pure poetry. Over time, each spill will meld into a shadowy figure that will continue to change and transform. Designer Kristine Bjaadal is still trying to get the tablecloth into production and since I am about as clumsy as they come, I hope it happens soon.
|untitled illustration by Camilla Engman|
|Suitcase Series Volume 1 - Uppercase Magazine|
I remember seeing Camilla Engman's illustrations for the first time about a year ago via Uppercase magazine. I was captivated by the imaginative creatures and the whismical humour she was able to create. Camilla even takes inspiration from her everyday life and makes it into art for all the world to see. Many of her illustrations feature her late pup Morran, who becomes an almost human-like character throughout her work. Check out her blog to see more of her everyday life turned into wonderful art.
|Vintage Suite (words to be true) oil on canvas 2011|
I can't believe I haven't done a post on Darlene Cole yet. A discovery while getting my Fine Art degree, I still find inspiration in every new piece of hers. The perfect artist for Ruby Tuesday, as many, many of her works use a juicy, ruby red. Cole's art explores the disappearance of childhood and carries a wonderful, dreamy quality. I also truly admire how she titles her work. I always find it extremely difficult to adequately name a piece, but hers seem to flow seamlessly into the work itself.
Back to school is long gone, I know. However, lately I have been reminiscing about my uni days and how much simpler life was when I wasn't a grown up. Even though I can't go back in time, I can pretend and Jack Wills University Outfitters' fall line up can certainly help. Normally campus-preppy is not my thing, but if I were still in school, I would definitely wear Jack's cozy leggings to an early morning class. And presently, I'm all over the Fairford midi skirt for my current office gig. So I guess, campus-preppy might be my thing after all.
I have decided I don't care that this wallpaper is clearly marketed towards children because it is amazing. Sian Zeng's magnetic wallpaper seems like the perfect way to spice up a powder room, bathroom or even entrance way. The wallpaper prints themselves are enough to make any girl swoon, but the super fun part of this is adding, let's say a flying pig magnet to the mix. Who doesn't love a flying pig?
I have just found my way to Hollie Chastain through Buy Some Damn Art. I knew I was in love the second I saw her Facebook banner. Hollie creates beautiful and provoking collages, of which I am especially taken by her book cover collages. Check out the newest series in her Etsy shop titled, Gather It Up. And, I wasn't going to tell anyone, but if you head on over to her Facebook page, there's a chance to win your choice of print from her shop. Honestly though, I really hope you don't win...
This Ruby Tuesday is a double whammy. Red Brick not only has a ruby namesake, but they also sell some pretty neat ruby related objects like the above wasp scarf. Red Brick is definitely the place to go for some light fall neck wear. And if you prefer something a little on the silky side, might I suggest this fab little retro inspired swimming scarf.
Club Monaco's October lookbook totally has the 'wish I was there' sentiment down. Autumn hangouts on a dock at the lake are the best. And although I am heading up north to a cottage in a few weeks, I doubt I will be looking as spectacular as this girl does. The details are just perfect, from the simple paneling on a coat down to the cutest floral stockings peeking through. Club Monaco now has online shopping, so it's hard to stay away. I'd kill for this silk shirt featuring a just-right leather patch pocket.
|Scissor String and Spool Set|
|Box on Casters/Pastel|
|Away with the Circus limited edition giclee print|
While browsing art over at Signed & Numbered, I discovered illustrator Genna Campton and her series Away with the Circus. The limited edition collection is a collage based concept that is so pretty it hurts a little. It takes me back to the innocence of being a child and the strange wonder that awaited every turn...kind of like the circus.
The weather is getting chillier, which means dressing in snuggly sweaters and cuddling up with a nice warm blanket. Blankets are also another way to add colour and pattern to the home as we go into hibernation mode for the winter. Maybe it's just me, but during the colder months I like to stay inside, preferably lounging on the couch and definitely cocooned in one of my favourite throws. Gypsa makes it easy to keep toasty with these beautiful handmade and antique quilts. At the moment I can't get enough of this red, pink and mustard colour theme.