Monday, May 2, 2016

Mood & Music Mosaic #12

Never Be That Tough - Simone White

It's a pretty crazy time here and I'm doing my best not to get too overwhelmed, so I very intentionally try to relax whenever I can. And I thought these soothing items fit that very well. I love the serene colors and subtle patterns.

What do you do to keep your cool during stressful times?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Plans & Goals: May


April was over so soon! I had a great time, but I also don't mind being one step closer to summer. In fact, I'd be quite happy to say goodbye to the crazy hailstorms we've had this past month. Bring on the sunshine! And I'd also love to:

  • Post pictures of my birthday and some of the lovely gifts I received.
  • Go see Monsieur Chocolat in the cinema.
  • Make some sort of collage.
  • Organize the closet in my bedroom.
  • Go to Lush and exchange 5 empties for a free face mask.
  • Start reading the 2nd KonMari book.
  • Work on my handwriting/lettering skills.
  • Finish or cast on a knitting project.
  • Have another coloring/audio book session.

What are you up to? Anything exciting planned for May?


Friday, April 29, 2016

Lovely Movies: Big Eyes

I'd been looking forward to this movie for ages, yet still managed to miss my chance of seeing it on the big screen. However, I recently made up for it by watching the dvd, which was perhaps better, as it included a "making of".


Big Eyes was directed by Tim Burton. He really appreciates the quirky and otherworldly and, though this film is quite different from most of his other ones, that still shines through. Anyway, he did a great job, as did the actors.


Amy Adams was fantastic, as always. The guy playing her husband was amazing too. He goes from friendly to a despicable tyrant, yet it's all believable. Also, the casting of the daughter -at two different ages- was very well done.


Anyway, this is a true story not just about art, but also about the struggle of women to be acknowledged and praised for their work, as well the bond between a mother and her daughter... I already can't wait to watch it again!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Owl Things Considered

A while ago I ordered a very cool owl shirt from Society6. And as it turns out Camille Chew, the artist who designed it, is also active as an artist on Etsy. Not with the same prints or apparel, but with amazing handmade jewelry!


A lot of the items feature owls, and most of them are patterned or marked with all sorts of symbols. A theme that shows up even more in the items from her Society6. So if that sounds interesting, definitely check that shop out too.


Many of the little owls above are already sold, but there are still a few available. As are the amazing earrings below.


There is plenty of non-owl-related jewelry in the shop too, including this awesome necklace and ones similar it.


All of these would be perfect to wear with colorful summer outfits! Anyway, you can find the rest in the shop. Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mood & Music Mosaic #11

King of Anything - Sara Bareilles

It's King's Day this Wednesday. Everyone dresses up in orange (although I might cheat and go red, white, blue again…) and sells or buys old stuff on the street. So far the weather forecast isn't great, but I'm pretty sure I'll go out for my yearly tradition of hunting cheap Disney movies (and picking up a few other treasures as well)… even if it's just for a little while.

Do you have anything exciting planned this week? Or did you maybe thrift anything cool recently?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Lovely Movies: Ricki and the Flash

Of course I know Meryl Streep can do anything, so I had absolute faith that she could play a rock chick, however I had not expected the day would ever come that she would take a part like that. But then came Ricki and the Flash!


Meryl did such an amazing job! Not just with the rock star persona, but also with the actual music. She genuinely sounds like a rock singer! Also, fun fact: her actual daughter is playing her daughter in the movie as well.


I tend to love movies like this. Movies about people that did not end up where they hoped they'd be, that kind of screwed up, live a little awkwardly, but still manage to find some sort of silver lining, albeit quite ungracefully.

P.S. It somehow made me think of Dan in Real Life. It's definitely a different story, but it somehow had a similar vibe… so if you enjoyed that, be sure to give this one a go. And if you liked this, then go watch Dan in Real Life.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bristorium

I am absolutely smitten with the jewelry from Bristorium! I love the style, design and finish of pretty much all the pieces in this shop. What caught my eye initially was the beautiful collection of framed woodland creatures.


The animal designs are made into necklaces, rings and/or brooches. The latter being adorned with different types of ribbons depending on the design. Anyway, I love them! They look like something the protagonist from a really amazing book might wear. Perhaps an heirloom straight out of a beautiful middlegrade mystery novel...


What I really love about this shop is the attention to detail. It's not all polished down to perfectly straight lines and a factory-like finish, but it has character and balance and super nifty details. Like this reversible moth necklace.


Most designs definitely have natural elements. Some more flora than fauna. Like many of the earrings... Those are often made to resemble flowers or seedpods. And they also tend to have very intricate settings for the gem stones.


If you also adore the pieces I featured and would like to see more, I suggest you pay a visit to Bristorium on Etsy.

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