being jo

when things look the way i feel

i follow you

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I follow @carolinedemaigret on instagram. If you don’t already- check out her ‘shameless self promotion diary.’

have some folkin’ fun

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Men's Fashionweek Milan 2015, day 3

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clothing designer vita kin took traditional ukranian garb, added a touch of 70s inspo, and brought it into modern context. leandra, anna, giovanna- all the gals were wearing these magically intricate dresses this past summer- wouldn’t be surprised if they continue them through fall with a turtle neck underneath. love the colors, love the craftsmanship… def feeling the top with denim, and could probly go on vacation with the ground sweeping dress being my sole outfit option. so dang bang on. check out vita kin instagram for more photos… and if ya want one… get in line, some of the styles take three weeks to make, limited pieces are available on matches and net-a-porter.

a quaint escape

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i saw this great little fire island cottage on remodelista. i seriously love cottaging- no travel journey is yet to match the feeling i get from chilling with fam and friends in the wilderness. regardless of it being unrealistic, i’m not pining for a mega cottage- for the most part i look at boathouses and assume that amount of space would suffice. i love seeing projects like this on a dime- still done in good taste, working with what you got, freshened up with some white paint, spending on a few key details. i think this couple did a beautiful job, check out the link to remodelista for full deets, and more photos.

mood: cold brew and almond breeze

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farmer’s market saturday

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Kitchen Island


it’s here! my favourite day and portion of day- saturday late morning/early afternoon. we go to the farmer’s market in coconut grove- it’s all vegan, all organic, and soo abundant. piles of produce, rows of grains, beans, teas, raw goodies, you name it. get’s me dreaming of coming home to a kitchen conducive to displaying/storing all my natural treasures. i tend to go for modern kitchens, but in my future home i’d love to find a way to marry modern with a farmer’s market feel. open shelving would help, maybe a wall of baskets, an island with crate like drawers, enormous shallow wood bowls. just somewhere to pile my gourds, and ripen my peaches- is that so much to ask?

gucci gucci

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this is how i envision coming out of the best clothing swap ever. it’s like the revenge of the geeky maximalist. perhaps how the modern laney boggs would reveal to FPJ in she’s all that- wehay better ending. it’s like the vintage you’ll never find, the librarian of your dreams, wee sing in sillyville (does anyone else know that childhood gem?) in 6 inch heels, i mean glasses encrusted in jewels? those neck pins? the ties paired with brocade? clear is a bell, there was a game change brewing, those furry mules warming every fashion person’s feet from show to show.

karen gayle tinney

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I love the mix of ceramic, cotton, sisal rope, and dollops of wool. all pieces ranging from pots, home goods, and jewelry are completely handmade- and totally affordable. karen is def one to watch. all of her works are available on her online shop.

mansur gavriel broke the internet… again

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just when you’re breaking in your bucket bag arrived after a 2 year waitlist…. they release a shoe line. Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel accomplished exactly what most fashion girls (at least this one) dream of. executing one perfect product. their modest bag hit the mark big time- decent price point, natural, simple, refined… everyone noticed- was willing to prepay… and wait. they’re now extending into footwear and have added a few more bag shapes- WHAT- that big round, feels like a squashed hat bag- old school- yet modern. their shoes come in more colours than essie and opi combined- i vote for the suede mules with a block heel (perhaps in peach…) race is on gals- fat chance on most of us getting them on our feet before next december.

typical me postin’ mnz…

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sometimes i go on mnz fasts… i know if i land on that page, i’ll have to post. this very pricey laze wear makes me miss toronto. i am so looking forward on hitting some vintage shops when i go back- i could use a few beat up tri blends, a faded sweat tee, a good irish knit… the staples really. just love the mnz photos- love this model- never ceases to be so dead on.

Nili Lotan SS16- highly wearable runway

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i scanned this show and immediately wondered if a. i had the materials in my wardrobe to make this happen, b. if i could achieve some of these looks with a little help from the gap, and c. deciding that the black boot is unarguably the most adaptable shoe one can have in their wardrobe- this show further proving it’s versatility, the essential bb flourishes when placed with less typical arrangements (eg. the formalish long black dress, or lightweight white boho number.) i’m all for the chino- and to answer the gap question, i try every season- each time i pull them on with hope- imagine my bragging rights when others ogle at my impossibly perfect find, then, i catch a glimpse of the unfamiliar shape my butt takes on, realizing the gap has not modernized their classic chino, it is still best paired with a merrell – this slightly cropped, drop crotch rendition, may be just the answer. also love the idea of formalizing some of these looks with some silk, sparkle, or a stiletto. but… i’ll be hitting the normcore big box stores, just to make sure they haven’t tweaked their caj wear for the shoppers of today.

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