May 1, 2014
by msnathan
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I Want To Go To…

“My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”

– Diane Arbus

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Photos via kate miss, shop ruche, kimberlykate miss & karen kimmel

Oops, I have gotten a little behind on my holiday blogging challenge posts but I am going to try and make up for that today! Somewhere I would love to go to is the Joshua Tree National Park in California. I have never been to the desert and there is something really amazing about the alien-like landscape there that I would love to experience. Especially if there were cacti in bloom and especially if I got to watch a sunset there. It looks pretty magical.

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I don’t imagine there will be too much shade in the desert, so for my ‘Make’ post here’s a link to a simple little sun tent DIY. Go here to see how to make the a-frame and here to see how you could print your covers like the ones above. Personally, I’d be happy making one from a thrifted sheet or some other interesting old fabric that has a bit of a story to it. What a perfect spot to lie under with a book or for a quick nap!

April 26, 2014
by msnathan
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I Wore This

earrings2Instead of doing an outfit post, I thought it would be interesting to share a couple things I have worn that were or are still important to me. I’m sure we all have a favourite item of clothing that we love and wear to death. I like to think they tell a bit of a story. The earrings in the photo above are the ones I wore on my wedding day (totes romantic, I know). I found them at this funny little vintage shop tucked away in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver and loved them straight away. It’s nice to have a memento from a special day that I can keep close by.

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Now, this is a little different. I sadly no longer have my beloved pairs of Doc Martens and I don’t even know where they went. This realisation often bums me out! When I was 15 my friends and I were going to a school ball and because we all wanted to be rebels/teenagers we decided to wear our doc’s with our ball dresses much to the horror of some of our parents. Funny that boots and a dress doesn’t seem that rebellious, now.

For more of what people wear, check out these drawings by the always awesome Gemma Correl. There’s also a group here full of drawings from lots of other people.

My first holiday blogging challenge posts are here and here.

April 25, 2014
by msnathan
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5 Senses

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Sight: Right now I’m watching Richard make us tortillas for dinner tonight (we’re having soft tacos, yum!) // I can’t stop looking at these incredible photos of famous places from above. I think the rice fields and tulip fields are my favourites.

Smell: Being the secret hippy that I am, I’m burning some cedar incense and it smells fantastic. // When I was a kid I had quite the sticker collection and still have a secret love for scratch and sniff. I’d love to get my hands on some of these!

Taste: Currently snacking on the chocolate chip cookies I made earlier today. I added a bit of sea salt to the batter and they taste amazing! // I would love to taste this if I could ever find it in New Zealand.

Sound: Richard is listening to one of our favourite radio shows, This American Life, while he cooks and I am listening along at the dining table as I blog. Listening to radio and podcasts is one of my best things to do and if you ever want to listen to This American Life I recommend starting with this gem (but anything with David Sedaris or Sarah Vowell is also excellent). // I would like to add this record to our collection.

Touch: As great as summer is, I really enjoy the colder seasons as it means wearing slippers, woollen hats and scarves and sitting on the couch under quilts. Putting warm socks and slippers on on a cold day is one of my most enjoyable feelings. // Even though the feel of these kinds of welcome mats spins me out a little, this donut rug DIY is pretty great.

This is my second Holiday Blogging Challenge post! Here’s the first one.

April 25, 2014
by msnathan
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Black and White

Vivian Maier Self Portrait When I hear the phrase black and white, I instantly think of film photography. Ok, maybe sometimes (often times) I also think of this. For my first holiday blogging challenge post (coming in just in time!) I wanted to share a some art I think is pretty amazing.

Recently I heard of a street photographer called Vivian Maier. She was born in New York, grew up in France and then returned to the US. After living in New York again for awhile she moved to Chicago where she worked as a nanny for 40 years. Even though she took around 100,000 photos during this time, the crazy thing is that no one had any idea what she was doing including her friends and family. Not long before she died, someone bought her mostly undeveloped negatives at an auction from a storage company (kind of like Storage Wars! When people have storage lockers but either leave them and don’t return or can’t pay their fees the companies can sell off their belongings) and to his great surprise uncovered a treasure trove of photographs. Lucky for the guy who now owns the largest collection of her work, but also lucky for us to see all these beautiful shots of New York and Chicago in the 50’s & 60’s.

As always, click the images to view them bigger.

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bw6For some other great street photographers that give us an insight into yesteryear, check out Frank Herzog, Foncie, Weegee (who managed to capture some pretty grisly NYC crime scenes), Ans Westra, Marti Friedlander and Diane Arbus.

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April 24, 2014
by msnathan
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Holiday Blogging Challenge

blogging-challenge-1 So, it’s a little later than said it would be but hurrah a holiday blogging challenge is here at last! The idea is to use the prompts above for a different blogpost each day for the rest of the holidays. Sometimes it is hard to know what to blog about and a little inspiration helps! Like it says up there, you can do them all or none or some or one. You can also blog about other things as well either within the same post or a second one. There are no hard and fast rules and you can interpret the prompt in anyway you like! For example, Day Two: 5 Senses – you could do something like The Senses Five Friday posts where she talks about things she likes or wants and relates them to the five senses. Or, you could write about what you’re currently seeing, tasting, hearing, etc. Or do both! If you miss a day but want to catch up, feel free to double up your posts on one or more of the following days.

I am going to be joining in and I will tag all my posts with ‘holiday blogging challenge’ so they’re easy to find and read later on. You should do the same! I’ll post a video tutorial about tagging and categorising posts later on today.

Have fun!

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