I'm in one of those positions in life where i'm feeling pulled and tugged by different threads... not sure which way to go next. The excitement of not knowing is alluring, yet the unknown scares me. That's where I'm at on this friday afternoon - a crossroads of sorts. how about you? luv t.
In the vintage biz it's easy to focus on all the female vintage icons, but I'm inspired by these photos of Robert Redford that I found in that Teen Style Magazine from 1971 I mentioned in this post on Fall Fashion. Since I'm preparing to release the men's section at the shop, I'm inspired by Redford's rustic, earthy 70's look. Of course I have had a crush on him for as long as I can remember, so i'm biased in using him as a source of inspiration. I just thought i would share... now my secret's out: i love rugged, can-barely-see-your-mouth-because-of-your-beard kind of looks :) Ry looked resembled this look during our treeplanting days and I loved it!! Please feel free to share your favourite vintage icons here or on my shop's facebook page over here! luv t.
do you like structure? I don't. I'm one of those people that really, really tries to adhere to a daily schedule and then ends up curling up in bed to read a new book and eat a cookie for breakfast (this morning). I'm not exactly the best candidate for having a shop for this reason. I tend to be very whimsical and become bored by the daily grind of structure. But i'm trying.
So, not that my days are that typical, but I thought I would share a 'somewhat-typical' day for me; I have read others that do this and I absolutely love reading about what others do in their daily lives (it's why i love autobiographies). Please, by all means, indulge me and link to your daily grind, or share some tips on how a girl like me can get better acquainted with structure.
Here's a typical day in the life of me:
6:30am: Wake up with Ry and make my way to the kitchen to get breakfast ready and make coffee. I hate mornings unless they involve being in bed, so this is usually all a blur.
7:00am: Walk Ry to the van and wave to him from the porch. Sometimes he does strange/funny things like pretend to ignore me and then do the Dramatic Look. love it.
7-8am: Clean-up around the house, do dishes, make the bed, etc. I'll sometimes use this time to go for a walk too. oh, and reheat my coffee at least once :)
8-10am: Now this depends. Sometimes I go on the computer and am productive. Sometimes I have an appointment or have to run errands for the shop. Since I don't close till 7pm, I tend to do all my errands in the morning. This is also when I tend to work a lot on Online Shop Stuff. Then there are times I go back to bed with the intention of only watching one of the Weeds Episodes and well, hours pass. oops.
10am-12pm: Getting ready for work and making my way there.
12pm-1pm: Setting up around the shop, putting out new things, taking pictures, etc. I like to pretend I'm having a party every day; I light a candle, spray pretty scents, set-things up, play music and put out my open sign (like an invitation). Then wait for guests to arrive :)
1pm - 7pm: Depending on how busy it is in the shop, I use the down time to plan, blog, upload pictures on facebook, catch up on e-mails, etc.
7pm - 10: Unless I have something planned, I close up shop and make my way home as soon as I can so I'm not eating too late. Most nights consist of flaking out with ry, or by myself. I also sometimes work in the studio on projects. I'm more of a pull an all nighter to get a bunch of things done kind of girl, so I do that every couple of weeks.
10pm: bedtime. Sometimes I stay up much later to get things done, but mostly I use this time to read.
That's my life, as typically as I can describe it. Of course there's always events, crisis and other life stuff thrown in there. Then there are the times I have a particularly bad day, come home, put on The Rolling Stones, lie on the floor and have some whiskey. But that's not typical. much. *winks*
I've spent the last four days in bed. I set up camp on thursday night when we returned from our vacation and cacooned there until this morning. In fact, when I left for work this morning it occured to me that I hadn't been in daylight since thursday. yikes. I don't know about you but when your mind wants to do things and your body does not co-operate, it's frustrating. I've been here before and I find that one way to help cope with this is by honing in on the simple things... like...
1. Ice Cream in a Favourite mug. Firstly I almost never have ice cream at home, especially not the super good stuff. Plus, there's just something about having it out of a mug. 2. Starting a new journal always make me feel refreshed. 3. These are a fun little project the shop has been working on - a wonderful local woman knit all these oma slippers to sell at my shop and all the proceeds go to charity. I hand-picked all the colour combinations to match Laloba's colour palette, so they are super fun! 4. Our town is having our first ever Zombie Walk and I'm pumped! The cute little card to the left is the work of one of my fabulous neighbours Kerri of Black Orchid Designs.
Those are just a few simple things I'm focusing on.
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Black Orchid Designs, Journaling, Laloba Vintage, Oma slippers, simple things, Starting a new journal, Tamara Lewis, True Becoming, Vintage Owl Mug, Zombie Card by Kerri of Black Orchid Designs, Zombie Walk, Zombie Walk Cambridge
Ry and i recently returned from our first vacation in two years. I guess we just caught up in... life and forgot to take some time off together. It's one thing to take a night and actually have dinner together, and an entirely different story actually taking time away. with packing. and leaving the house. Things didn't exactly go as planned, but life rarely does, right? Things started out on Sunday with a whiskey tour at Forty Creek Whiskey Distillery with Ry's family. More wine tours, food and fun ensued for the remaining day. Then, on Monday Ry and I got on the road and drove along Lake Erie to start our camping trip. Our plan was to camp in one location monday night, make our way to Pelee Island for Tuesday night, stay there until Thursday and then slowly crawl back towards home on Thursday.
What happened instead: We woke to rain on Tuesday morning and had to take down camp in the pouring rain. After a quick breakfast in town we made our way to the ferry that was going to take us to Pelee Island, only to find out that is was cancelled due to inclement weather. We then drove around to find another campsite to set-up for the night. In order to make our ferry to the island we had to take down camp at 4:30am to make the early morning ferry - the only one that was available. Once on the island we made a nice breakfast, biked and hiked all day and then I got sick. Yup. There we were on a remote island and I was having severe pains on my right side. Everything ended up being okay but there was a lot of fuss between when my pain began and when we finally arrived home thursday night.
We've spent the last three days recovering from our vacation. As much as we love adventure, we both agreed that our next trip we want to go to one spot and just relax. We're happy to be home vegging out and hibernating before our 'normal' starts up again. Lots of rest. Here's the photo-log of our trip: