And yet more bunnies.

I’m totally serious about the bunnies, guys. Can’t get enough of them. These are the ones I’m wearing today: Sterling silver, also off of Etsy, by Ishy Jewellery in Canada. Tiny, shiny, perfect little bunny silhouettes. The seller was actually having a 2-for-1 promotion, so I got a pair of these adorable tweetie birds as well! She also makes cute squirrel and fawn sets, for all your woodland animal needs.

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On jewelry and my obsession with bunnies.

It’s been a little more than a year since I got my ears pierced. Although I’ve been buying up earrings right and left during that time, I’ve only now started to wear them, after verifying last month that I was not allergic to silver (I’d been wearing gold only up until then) and that my ears have toughened up enough to handle a bit more changing and weight. Thought I’d share some of my cuter purchases and pimp a few of my favorite artisans in the process! I should mention that for the most part, I’ll only be showing smallish …

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Here and There.

Have been trying to catch up with the huge piles of emails, RSS feeds, and comments from the past month or so’s online inactivity. It’s a bit daunting ! Just finished up the gardening folder late last night, and that was clocking in at 4000 individual posts or so. I felt very accomplished, being able to close it up and see no “pending” marker on it. 🙂 So apologies to all of you who got spammed with two month old comments yesterday, now you know why. Hee. Something I discovered just the other day that has been a TREMENDOUS help …

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Candles make everything prettier.

A couple of weeks ago, I impulse-bought a pretty little glazed ceramic strawberry pot at the new general goods store. I had absolutely nothing to plant in it, since my strawberries were wrapping it up for the season and my herbs were all comfortable in their own little hanging pots in the kitchen. But it was a strawberry pot and I’ve always wanted one — multiple pockets are something of an obsession for me. Despite being empty, it was too cute to put away in the closet so I just stuck it on the counter as a decorative piece. Then …

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And the coat spree continues…

Yet another in my coat-and-cardi wish list post series, partially spurred on my friend Karen’s similar obsession with outerwear. I do regularly go through online websites and pull photos of pretty stuff for my own files anyway, so it’s rather fun to share them with people at the same time. Went with Nordstrom today, because it was always the first place my mother would take me whenever I needed an article of clothing for one event or another. Shopping there always reminds me of her. Also, because I have a great fondness for Nanette Lepore and Elie Tahari, both of …

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Some autumnal window-shopping.

Yesterday’s post got me in the mood to look at more outerwear, so I swung by one of my favorite places to shop in the autumn, the US Anthropologie site. They always have such a pretty collection of coats and sweaters — even if the prices are sometimes a bit on the steep side, they’re great for inspiration. I haven’t made a jacket from scratch since design school, but I probably will get around to it one of these days, when I’m in the mood for doing something with finicky tailoring. Sadly, the European Anthro site always seems to be …

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Frilly goodness for fall.

Did a bit of shopping on ASOS.com this past week, since I needed some new coats and such for the coming autumn months. Got a few pieces of outerwear, then had to pick up some marked-down summer stuff as well. I’m a year-round dress wearer — the quick addition of a turtleneck and thick tights are all you really need to take most dresses into cold season. Besides, short full skirts with tall boots are one of my favorite pairings. I can’t wait to finally break out my boots, scarves, gloves and hats! Funny thing about putting all these items …

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The generosity of friends, and Tokyokan too!

Yesterday, we set out for Helsinki bright and early. It’s a little less than a 3 hour drive to get there, and we were trying to avoid traffic both ways. The weather was ridiculously humid and warm in a Floridian sort of way. Luckily the boy’s mother had loaned us her car with functional air conditioning. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing this today because we’d be little melted puddles on the side of the road. No, seriously, somebody did not get the memo about us being in the sub-Arctic, yo. This might just result in some vicious balancing of weather …

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Shopaholic: Tea stuff and colanders!

We had something of a housewares shopping frenzy yesterday whilst visiting some friends in Turku a few days ago. Which was good, because there’s still lots of stuff in the kitchen that needs stocking. They took us (the poor boy got dragged along, since he had some spare time before meeting up with his buddies and he’s good at carrying large bags…) to a lovely store called Indiska that (rather appropriately) imports lots of sparkly Indian stuff. If Anthropologie and Pier 1 Imports had a lovechild, it’d probably look like this place. Very modern bohemian with floaty cottons, plenteous sequins, painted flowers …

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I <3 Japanese Labels

And now, a break from the relentless recipe barrage to contemplate the joy that is Japanese food labels’ liberal borrowing from other cultures’ languages. I’m sure there have been many posts made on these beauties, in all their various flavors. I decided to go with the green tea ones myself. They’re individually wrapped sweet biscuits — a bit on the dry side but go great dipped in hot beverages. As for the labeling, I’m pretty sure the word “couque” is related to cookies and baking in general, but the second part is just inexplicable. So I won’t try. Rather, I’ll …

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