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Monday, 30 May 2011

{monday inspiration}

Here's some inspiration for this memorial monday:
{work hard and be nice to people}
I'm loving the background--pinkish wall paper hues, typewriter, profile silhouette portrait, & an image of a robin's egg blue tea cup!
happy monday!! {& remember, hard work isn't a bad thing, & being nice to people isn't either--you might just find that the world shines on you a little brighter}

Sunday, 29 May 2011


Last week I took the bus to Toronto and had a layover in Hornell. I had a few hours to kill & so I ventured into the never-ending Erie Line Antiques. The store goes on & on...not only on the first floor, but then extends two floors up. It's a bit of a hodgepodge, and you have to really sort through heaps of stuff, but there are certainly some exceptional gems to be found, and at reasonable prices too!
I love these old trunks displayed in the windows:
{I like the various compartments in this one}

{look at the great details on this one. Do you think this little envelope is for tickets etc??}
Once you reach one of the top floors (which is eerily empty) there's a room in the back that has an original safe built into the wall. It seriously blew me away:
{how amazing is this? Set right into the wall!}

{gorgeous painted detail}

For more antiquing around upstate New York, check out my blog posts on Allegany County and Corning. For photos of great old trunks, see my blog on travel & leisure, and my packing for summer travels.

Friday, 27 May 2011

{packing for summer travels}

{via hip paris}

{via ohhellofriendblog}
This summer I'll be in Italy for a couple of weeks, and then in the UK (mostly London) for July. I've got 3 conferences to attend, archives & libraries to research, sites to visit/research, and fun to be had. So, what to bring for this long trip, when I don't want to be lugging a heavy suitcase? (and when I want plenty of room to bring back great European purchases!)
I'm a big fan of travel, suitcases, & all that goes with it (for my blog on travel & leisure, click here.)
Here, below, are some inspirations for my hols, my suitcase, my outfits, & travels. I've recently signed up on pinterest, and my oh my, what a lovely site full of wonderful images. Many of the photos for this blog have come from there. I encourage you to check it out.
{i love the bright colours of these suitcases, viachumsyashley}

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{via sterlingstyle}
{how fashionable travel used to be! via what i found}

{amalfi inspiration from jcrew}

{handsome man, vespa & cute dress, what more could a girl ask for?}

{these images from jcrew tumblr}
{via everything fab}
I'm dying for a big floppy hat, such as this one (also via everything fab)

{I'm big into stripes right now. This is a perfect outfit for a day trip on a ferry from Naples to one of the nearby islands. via black eiffel}
{this photo & below via tig-fashion}
{note to self: find a handsome italian man to transport me around on his vespa}
I stumbled upon some great advice on packing in the latest lucky. They had a gorgeous selection of different clothes to bring for different vacations from Sardinia to Stockholm to Jackson Hole. You can watch a video on how to pack on lucky mag's website here.
I love these recommendations on how/what to pack from daily candy or you can download a gorgeous pdf (with pictures) here.
There's also a good list at all about style with pics etc...

These outfits from the Spanish Blanco offer some great choices for an extended vacation:
New Look - Shop
Summer clothing
Blanco summer
{Blanco via myddnetwork}
Here are some essentials:
{more useful stuff: camera (funky orange at that), funky suitcases, pastel nail polish, scarf, flat yet funky sandals, light khaki trousers, & a flowy top. from une-deux senses}
{more elegant option with heels & a metallic journal}
{again, some glamour, with sexy underwear, silky blouse, shorts & extra sparkle on the ballerinas. these three collections are by une-deux senses}
Here's another great combo for travelling. The dress looks super comfy but still stylish:
{from polyvore}

here are some of my own ideas that I created on polyvore:

travel light
{my 'travel light'}

$68 - jcrew.com
$33 - shopruche.com
$74 - jcrew.com
$178 - leifsdottir.com
$50 - shopruche.com
$47 - shopruche.com
$53 - shopruche.com

pastel summer
{my pastel summer : I love these pastels. I particularly love the gorgeous Valentino lace trimmed dress. (For a list of the clothes in these, just click on the link & it'll direct you to my page on polyvore with the links to purchasing the clothes)}

For gorgeous vintage suitcases check out design*sponge's finds at Brimfield market here. My personal favourites:

This luggage (below) from steamline is great-it has the look of vintage luggage but with the modern convenience of wheels:

What am I most looking forward to? Wandering around Naples, having a cappuccino, eating gelato, & taking in the adventure.
{photo from anthropologie, collection by everything fab}