Friday, June 25

Summa Summa Summa

Happy Birthday Summer

The season has finally changed.
Here marks the beginning of a new and glorious summer.

Song: "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey & "Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfeild (i know what you're thinking, "those songs are both incredibly cheesy" I say NAY, SIR.
Book: "Datable: Are You? Are they?" by whatever idiot. 
Omnoms: Raspberries & Peppermint tea.
Game: Scattagories.

Monday, June 21

Tattoo Subjects Part Two

I hate the placement of this one but i love the quote "Don't let sleep overtake you the world's awake with you"

I like the size of the crane, but the piece i really love is the 
feather on her wrist, it's incredibly detailed, not so sure 
about the pearls though... i could do without them. 

I like that all of these pieces are related to travel
The compass, the ship <3 (i once read a poem that began 
with the words "I am a body of water"), the words "caxton tamed" & 
"There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out"

The cuff on her left sleeve is beautifully done ( not sure I'm crazy about the daisies on the left or the hearts for that matter, the buttons on her chest are amazing

I really like the bird silhouette. Beautiful idea.

I love the detail of the feather & i like the placement of it,
 i just wish it were a little more curved.

This could possibly be the most 
beautiful sleeve I've ever seen. I am obsessed with 
the peonies & choice of color.

Saturday, June 19

Contrasting Decor: Clean Cut & Vintage vs. Abstract Prints

Clean Cut & Vintage
Inspiration Piece: Antoinette Fainting Sofa $578

Tuxedo Ruffle Shams $36, Hand Mirror Set Of 3 Frames $30, Velvet Tufted Headboard $348

Velvet Linen Pillow $32, Forever Summer Shell Catchall Dish $12, Lana Velvet Pouf $89
= $1125.00

Abstract Prints
Inspiration Piece: Slipper Chair Watermelon Ikat $325

Album Frame 15$ Each, Mini Cuckoo Clock $14, Gypsy Chandelier $158

Boho Ditsy Shams $30, Mango Wood Heart Dish $8, Marquee Alphabet Lights $178
= $728.00

Friday, June 18

"Infinitely Gentle, Infinitely Suffering" T.S Elliot.

Digging through an old anthology of mine, i found a T.S Elliot poem riddled with all of my half comprehensible notes. I dislike the first two parts, so here are parts 3 & 4. I bolded the parts that I wrote the most about. So this is, called "Preludes" by T.S Elliot. 
You tossed a blanket from the bed 
You lay upon your back, and waited;
You dozed, and watched the night revealing
The thousand sordid images
Of which your soul was constituted;
They flickered against the ceiling.
And when all the world came back
And the light crept up between the shutters,
And you heard the sparrow in the gutters,
You had such a vision of the street
As the street hardly understands;
You curled papers from your hair
Or clasped the yellow soles of feet
In the palms of both soiled hands. 

His soul stretched tight against skies
That fade behind the city block,
Or trampled by insistent feet
At four and five and six o'clock;
And short square fingers stuffing pipes,
And evening newspapers, and eyes
Assured of certain uncertainties,
The conscience of a blackened street
Impatient to assume the world.

I am moved by fancies that are curled
Around these images and cling:
The notion of some infinitely gentle
Infinitely suffering thing.

Wipe your hands across your mouth, and laugh;
The worlds revolve like ancient women
Gathering fuel in vacant lots.

Monday, June 14

iLearn in June.

These are bits & pieces of my day, a bit of Children's Lit: Fantasy reading, a bit of writing. 

"An adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived"
- Ursula Le Guin's Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons?'

"Female sexuality, the maturation from girl to woman, takes place in the darkness of the labyrinthine passages & tunnels beneath the ancient tombs of the dark powers of the earth" (Textbook)

Mornings building pregnant pauses
overcome with greenery
Cartographers in the 15th & 16th Centuries, who made maps of a steadily expanding world, were often forced to leave sections of their maps blank because no one knew what was there. In those blank spaces the would often write:
"Here Be Dragons"

Sunday, June 13

Complaining In The Rain

Here in Calgary, its been raining for the last 3 weeks (though this weekend in the sun, i kept looking at the city completely overcome by greenery and thought "Okay fine, it was worth it) & many beautiful rainboots have resurfaced. Here are some favorites of mine.

Leopard Print Rainboot $15 at Urban Outfitters, Wedge Welly Mystical Boots $115 at Endless, Western Chief Corina $60 also at Endless.

From Left: Chooka Tokidoki Discoteca Boots $85 on, Hunter Original Rainboots $125 at Piperlime, Sperry Top Sider Pellies in Plaid $98 at

From left: Chooka "Booy Buffalo" Boots $70 on, Tattoo City Boots $59 at Dillards (I know they look kind of Ed Hardy, but there aren't rhinestones on them so they get to pass), Chooka Signature Herringbone Boot $70 at Nordstroms.

Thursday, June 10


I Hope You Drown.

So David sent me his favorite wiki article "Most Unusual Deaths" I picked my favorites from the last century & included some comments. I added this picture because i think these two most likely drowned immediately after this picture was taken. If you'd like to read the article it's actually really interesting read it HERE.

1995: A 14 year old girl, Ryan Bielby, fell 25 feet to her death while trying to exchange seats with a friend on the roller coaster the Timber Wolf at Kansas City's Worlds of Fun amusement park. (How shocking... 14 you say?)

1916: Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic, was reportedly poisoned while dining with a political enemy, shot in the head, shot three more times, bludgeoned, and then thrown into a frozen river. When his body washed ashore, an autopsy showed the cause of death to be hypothermia. However, there is now some doubt about the credibility of this account. Another account said that he was poisoned, shot, and stabbed, at which time he got up and ran off - and was later found to have drowned in a frozen river. (So REALLY he was engorged with genital warts and died from shock.)

1814: London Beer Flood, 9 people were killed when 323,000 imperial gallons (1 468 000 L) of beer in the Meux and Company Brewery burst out of their vats and gushed into the streets. (Can you imagine calling into work the next day after having been in that? "my entire body was submerged in beer all of yesterday, i almost drowned" a lot of people likely lost their jobs that next day)

1862: Jim Creighton, baseball player, died when he swung a bat too hard and ruptured his bladder. (You would have thought he'd know his way around a bat at that point)

1983: American author Tennessee Williams died when he choked on an eye drop bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. He would routinely place the cap in his mouth, lean back, and place his eye drops in each eye. Williams' lack of gag response may have been due to the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse, and it is highly likely that Williams was high when the cap ended up in his throat as drugs and alcohol were found in his room and inside his body. There is speculation that he committed suicide or was murdered (even his brother Walter Dakin alleged this), but nothing has been conclusively proven. (This one i actually had never heard and I'm a pretty big Tennessee Williams fan)

1927: Isadora Duncan, dancer, died of a broken neck when one of the long scarves she was known for caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger. (Puts away all scarves)

1981: Jeff Dailey, a 19-year-old gamer, became the first known person to die while playing video games. After achieving a score of 16,660 in the arcade game Berzerk, he succumbed to a massive heart attack. A year later, an 18-year-old gamer died after achieving high scores in the same game (& this is BEFORE W.O.W)

1987: Franco Brun, a 22-year-old prisoner at Toronto East Detention Center, in Toronto, Ontario, died after attempting to swallow and choking on a 6.35 cm. (2.5 inches) by 10 cm. (4 inches) by 1.27 centimetres (half an inch) Gideon's Bible. Brun reportedly had mental deficiencies and as such, the coroner did not label his death as suicide, believing that "the swallowing of the Bible to him was some form of symbolism or allegory as though he was trying to purge himself of the devil by consuming religion". He was only serving a 15-day sentence (Imagine the all consuming christian guilt that drives a man who was imprisoned after having too many parking violations, to physically eat the word of God.)

1974: Deborah Gail Stone, 18, an employee at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, was crushed to death between a moving wall and a stationary wall inside of the revolving America Sings attraction (...I loved that ride)

1978: Kurt Gödel, the Austrian/American mathematician, died of starvation when his wife was hospitalized. Gödel suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat food prepared by anyone else. He was 65 pounds (approx. 30 kg) when he died. His death certificate reported that he died of "malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance" in Princeton Hospital on January 14, 1978. (Could you imagine his poor wife coming home to see that drama queen huddled in a corner? All thin and shivering like the anorexic Olsen twin? She was probably PISSED that he didn't even bother to come to the hospital to visit her.)

1947: The Collyer Brothers, extreme cases of compulsive hoarders, were found dead in their home in New York. The younger brother, Langley, died by falling victim to a booby trap he had set up, causing a mountain of objects, books, and newspapers to fall on him crushing him to death. His blind brother, Homer, who had depended on Langley for care, died of starvation some days later. (Who was he setting that booby trap for? Prowlers looking for piles of rotting old shit collected by deranged old men? That cat he bought months ago, given that his corpse wasn't hidden under that unfinished crossword from 1910?)

1974: Christine Chubbuck, an American television news reporter, committed suicide during a live broadcast on 15 July. At 9:38 am, 8 minutes into her talk show, on WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida, she drew out a revolver and shot herself in the head. (Ballsy. You are woman. Hear you roar.)

1982: Vic Morrow, actor, was decapitated by a helicopter blade during filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Two child actors, Myca Dinh Le (who was decapitated) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (who was crushed), also died. (I like that the child actors were a side note.)

TopShop Love: Pretty In Peach

Spring into 20ten.
"Pretty in Peach"

Monday, June 7

"I wish i could play little league now. I'd kick some fucking ass" - Mitch Hedberg.

Despite the fact that I'm soulless, black hearted, & ate a baby for breakfast today. I do enjoy an occasional bout of laughter. I'm going to use this space to feature some of my favorite comics. In alphabetical order.

Demetri Martin. I discovered the comic stylings of Demitri Martin when Sanja featured his show "Important Things" on her blog. (So I'm sort of STEALING) He's been called Mitch Hedberg with a guitar. The following few videos are among my top favorites.

So I'm sort of stealing Louis CK as well, because apart from seeing him only once on Letterman, my friend David opened up my world into Louis CK's completely deranged stand-up comedy. I love his jokes about his kids.

Mitch Hedberg. If you don't know who this is just stab yourself in the throat now because there's no hope for you. I'm not even going to write a fucking bio to tell you who this is, because hopefully if you didn't know after having read the first sentence I'm assuming you're dead by now. For those still with us, it took me awhile to find some Mitch Hedberg jokes i haven't heard yet, so here's one with the MOST jokes i haven't heard.

"I used to do drugs. I still do, but i used to, too." - Mitch Hedberg.

So i remember a few years ago, Russell Brand hosted the MTV Awards & soon after Forgetting Sarah Marshall came out (which i actually might have loved more than The Hangover), after all of this i still thought he was sort of unattractive and moderately funny. UNTIL i saw his show Wonderland, slowly but surely, his sexual appeal became incredibly clear. Didn't he marry Katie Perry or something? Did that happen? Here's his Comedy Central set in NYC

Zach Galifianakis! You may recognize him from "The Hangover", but he's been doing stand-up for quite sometime, if you love him as i do, check out "Between Two Ferns", but i thought I'd JUST share his 20 minute Comedy Central set.

Thursday, June 3

This Week Be Like...

Movie: Disney's 'Alice In Wonderland'
Song : "Cath..." by Death Cab for Cutie
Book: "Eat, Pray Love
Omnoms: Orangina

The Interiors.

Apartment Therapy Entry. I really should do more of these, i have a full little file of them on my desktop, i can never seem to find any cohesive flow between them. I thought these two were so compelling in their simplicity & their lovely fusion of classic & modern :