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LOVING: agate bookends

29 Mar

 I have been coveting agate bookends for quite a while now. This natural specimen strikes a perfect balance between both rough + refined elements. The crater-like surface of the outer shell has the texture of a regular rock. But what it houses inside its’ polished edges is a spectacular sight: layers of beautiful swirling hues + crystals. These swirls + patterns are reminiscent of a gaseous substance, freely flowing around, melding with other elements. Formed in ancient rock, agates can be found in a range of colours, from neutrals to bright jewel tones (and sometimes they are chemically enhanced). To me, they possess a magical, mysterious quality, which I cannot remove my gaze from. Mesmerizing!

So when I unexpectedly came across them at Homesense yesterday, I was thrilled! They have gorgeous colouring and a substantial weight to them. The height is about 7″, which isn’t dinky by any means. Oh, and not to mention that the price was absolutely ridiculous – a mere $16 each. A total steal!

The reddish-orange pair is for a client. And they are perfect – all the colours of the bedroom can be found in the depths + layers of these natural bookends. This pair is sure to make the room dazzle. But I couldn’t leave without a pair for myself – so I took home the lovely green/white duo. Such an awesome find!

Below I’ve sourced other naturally made bookends, equally as interesting.

Brazilian Agate Bookends, pink – The Evolution Store

Geode Bookends – vntagequeen via Etsy

Copper Bookends – By Nature Gallery

Oval Soapstone Bookend, white – Indigo

 Petrified Wood Bookend, Araucaria Arizona – By Nature Gallery

Petrified Wood Bookend, palm tree – The Evolution Store

Marlstone Burma Teak Bookends – Ten Thousand Villages

Agate Bookends – Lawson-Fenning

reddish-orange + green/white agate bookends- Homesense

LOVING: Nasty Gal

24 Mar

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I’ve recently discovered the most amazing shop, and wish I had sooner… alot sooner. Within seconds of browsing around I obviously needed everything from the website, but in the end, narrowed it down to this + that (not to mention, which shipped super fast). I feel like I’ve struck fashion gold, and now can’t wait to share the awesome-ness with you!

Nasty Gal – a funky clothing shop inspired by none other than soul/funk/rock legend, Betty Davis. With inspiration being drawn from such a vivacious, larger-than-life icon, a shop will naturally offer up the wildest, sexiest + most unique pieces. And the best part about it is, you can look bad ass without breaking the bank. Love it!

Founder/owner Sophia Amoruso started up Nasty Gal Vintage in 2006, which had its’ early beginnings as an Ebay store. She ran the entire business on her own from start to finish: from seeking out those one-of-a-kind vintage gems, to styling, shooting and spreading the word. Nasty Gal has grown even larger since, and now has a range of creative talents (and friends) working in the team. Read Sophia’s inspirational story here.

What I love? Nasty Gal continues to create unique, knock-out pieces that ooze with a powerful, feminine attitude. And they have the coolest vintage finds a girl could ever want! All I gotta say is, I can’t wait for my next purchase.

LOVING: milk glass

25 Mar
above are my trio of vintage milk glass candlestick holders which i picked up at a local secondhand shop. generally, they range in appearance based on manufacturer. some lines were created completely opaque, while others, semi-translucent. i love how something so old remains so white + how they glimmer when the light catches the edges. they look crisp, yet still maintain that old charm.
…and my collection is growing! these are my new acquisitions: a lovely creamer + sugar set which i found on thelittlemercantile‘s shop on etsy. i love the geometric pattern! please check out her shop as there are tons of fantastic vintage items.
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