January 28, 2010

Bathing Suits, of course.

So, Swimsuits!

Anthropologie, of course.

Yeah, I know it's c-c-cold, but look how pretty! So pretty. And the thing is, I'm going to the South of France in officially less than four months, so can you blame me for looking?

Last year I looked high and low for retro style swimsuits. And now they're everywhere! And there's polka-dots! And gingham!

More from Anthropologie:

I love the colour and print on this one, but the bottoms wouldn't really suit me, I fear:

And some equally flattering cuts from J. Crew, also available in other colours.
I can't wait for beach-time! Also, You should see my sunhat. It's ridiculous.

January 23, 2010

I got me some war rugs.

My wonder-friend Cole shared a project idea with me a while back, and we've been slowly working away at it for months now. It has to do with the war rugs that have come out of Afghanistan over the past few decades, and the more I've learned, the more I've been fascinated by these pieces. You can learn more about them here and here.

So she emailed me last weekend to tell me that there was going to be a sale, through the Textile Museum, of 88 war rugs from a private collection. And with the purchase of a membership, each rug was only $50. (!)

So Chris and I headed down early last Saturday, not quite knowing what to expect. It's a good thing we got there early because apparently these babies are quite popular. We got in with the first group admitted and picked up a few that I think are really interesting and lovely.

Here are two that we bought specifically for the project. They are quite ornamented, but you'll notice the cars and tanks and helicopters:

Here's one I got for my boss. I didn't think he'd be too keen on the war imagery so I got him a rug with an abstract ornamented design. Also starring: my lovely feet.

And here's the one we bought for ourselves. It's around 6' x 4', with two big beautiful trees, what looks like a treehouse, and two little helicopters for good measure. You know what they say, helicopters on rugs guarantee good luck. Or something like that.

So now all we need is a place big enough to accommodate it!

Heading out to the Canadians Against Proroguing protest soon. And we'll also be testing out that Diana Polaroid. Fun day!

January 8, 2010

I fell in love, and I just can't stop thinking about you, chair.

People, I'm having an issue over this chair. It's so beautiful. And practical, right? And one day I'll maybe have a sewing room and it would be perfect! But right now, it totally matches our couch.

And I can't stop thinking about it. I just want to hold hands with it and like, talk about the funny things that happened today and maybe have some cookies.

Guys who buy their partners really awesome shoes for Christmas are pretty good guys.

Happy Holidays, you!

Despite my little holiday cold, I had a nice time off doing absolutely nothing at all except for sleeping, eating, watching movies, and 'helping' Chris cook by reading out the ingredient list before napping.

We watched The Third Man (again, and still so good), The Brothers Bloom, the first 20 minutes of Kicking and Screaming (B&B. Boring & Bad. Why do people like this one so much?). And lots of HGTV.

Chris got me lots of wonderful gifts, including these darlings:

I'm going to save them and wear them on our honeymoon. They're not really Canadian winter shoes, anyway.

I'm not going to lie, I love getting gifts. And giving gifts. Especially beautiful sparkly gifts. My friend Kate got me this dress, which I had been stalking for months. It's got swans on it. Swans!

And here's another one, from Chris, which I had also adored from afar. Did anyone get anything wonderful? I also got a gizmo that attaches to my Diana and turns it into a Polaroid. For real! I'm going to try it out this weekend.