Monday, September 28, 2009

shades of fall: kale-inspired purples

Hello there darlings! I hope you all had a great weekend.

I did quite a bit of shopping over mine, and in my travels I saw these gorgeous purple kales on display in front of the supermarket. I was so enamored with all the beautiful purples and pinks in this plant: shades of magenta, fuchsia, and earthy plum. I have since learned (read: Wikipedia'd) that this variety of hardy autumn kale is mostly ornamental here in the U.S. and I can see why...

Photo Credits: Kale for Sale by Finstr (left), Flowering Cabbage- Brassia oleracea by debsteinberg (right). Found via Flickr.

Beautiful, no?

Well, these stunning cabbage relatives have served as the color inspiration for my Etsy picks today. I've expanded my selections to include home and bath goodies as well-- hope you like!

Clockwise from top left:

*Organic Dala horse tee in mulberry by maryink

*Pleasantly purple upcycled top {with vintage buttons! squeeee!} by Pandaloo

*Vintage lace screen printed organic tee by New Duds

*Two-piece magenta dress by Janey Clothing

Clockwise from top left:

*Plum Chrysanthemum clutch by Shakuyaku

*Suzie earrings by Kande

*Messenger bag/MacBook sleeve by Track and Field Designs

*Vintage plum cocktail ring by Kyle Anne Metals

Left to right:

*Plum silk screened napkins (set of 6) by Marywibis

*Two of Hearts bowls by Red Hot Pottery

*Shanghai Plum soap by Flowering Tree Botanicals

*Honeybird giclee print in purple by Yumi Yumi

As always, I had to throw some vintage and nature motifs in there, and I love including upcycled and organic picks, too. Whadda ya think? I am sooooo obsessed with that Honeybird print-- I've been eyeing it for months! And I think those purple napkins would be a great alternative to the typical orange 'n black Halloween table decor.

Enjoy & have a great week!


Mrs. M

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

shades of fall: golden amber

Hello again darlings!

I'm in the process of updating my "big girl" wardrobe with some fabulous fall pieces but, I'm kind of sick of the same old ubiquitous browns and oranges. Don't get me wrong-- I love a beautiful chocolate brown but, I want to shake things up a bit with some bold color. Personally, I *love* rich jewel tones for autumn so, I'm gonna share some of my favorite finds with you in the seasonal shades I adore.

Warm yellows definitely remind me of fall-- I always think of golden chrysanthemums, which seem to be everywhere right now. These hues can vary greatly, from bright mustards and goldenrods to deeper shades of honey and amber. Here are some gorgeous golden-amber Etsy finds to inspire you....


Clockwise from top left:

*Hollywood Luxe earrings in Mandarin by Kristin Friesen

*amber ring by Nur Cirakoglu

*Cider necklace by that jewelry girl

*Little Beauties citrine earrings by Distinction Jewelry


Clockwise from top left:

*Eco Toes in Golden Yellow by infusion

*Golden winter scarf by Kiamichi 7

*Migratory belt buckle by Flight Path Designs

*3 pocket leather wallet by the Fig Leaf


Clockwise from top left:

*Rococo shawl by Tickled Pink Knits

*Mustard silk dress by forEvaMore

*Schoolbus cardigan by red boots design

*organic Autumn fern tunic by purusha people

So what do you think?

I especially love the natural motifs - like the leaf prints and migrating birds - plus the school reference and warm knits.... if these things don't say "fall", I don't know what does!



Mrs. M

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

oh, schadenfreude: STFU Parents

I'm a sucker for schadenfreude, maybe because I just like to say the word "schadenfreude", but mostly because I do enjoy to see others suffer due to their own stupidity. So, you can imagine why I looooooove STFU Parents.

For those that don't catch on quickly (like myself), STFU is an acronym for 'shut the eff up' and its more than a fitting title. Readers submit screen shots from so-called Facebook "friends" and Tweeters who have a habit of over-sharing intimate (read: disturbing & disgusting) details about their children and the joys of parenting.

Author B provides hilarious commentary on everything from myriads of poop-related updates, to creative placenta consumption, to moms publicly outing their daughters' first periods-- yikes! OH and the pictures! DEAR GOD! There really is no need to share photos of your just-birthed undercarriage or your newborn's scrotum with 300 acquaintances (fear not, they're edited). Parent or not, its just wrong. The worst part being, they are openly sharing these lovely tid-bits with their high school friends, co-workers, relatives and acquaintances. What has internet social networking come to???

Do you have a Facebook "friends" like this? Become a fan of STFU Parents or submit your screenshots if you dare.

So let this be a lesson to you: love and share about your kids but, please, PLEASE - think about your unsuspecting audience and resist the temptation to post stuff like this! {or become fair game for STFU!}

Thursday, September 10, 2009

gimme more: Sparkling Ink

Food blogs have become a huge passion of mine. I first discovered them several months ago and I'm totally hooked. I visit them daily to be inspired by other people's superior cooking/photo-taking abilities and get cravings for delicacies that my husband will never eat. Sigh.

Sparkling Ink is one of my absolute favorite blogs, period. Tiina Rinkinen (the author) shares her drool-inducing recipes, cool finds and sweet stories in her beautifully simple blog. And her photographs-- divine! I just want to dive right into them, scarf down her perfectly assembled creations and steal her gorgeous Finnish cottage!

Looks good, huh?

Give one of her recipes a shot! {and send me a slice of whatever you make!}

Pictured here, from left to right:
*mustard chicken sandwiches
*gooseberry cheesecake
*grilled halloumi cheese with strawberries, mixed greens & grilled veggies

By the looks of it, Tiina's gonna have some fantastic recipes for the upcoming colder months, like her savory chanterelle mushroom pot pie and rustic apple tart-- both made with the same versatile dough! I can't wait to try it out for myself.

Well, I don't know about you but my mouth is seriously watering right now! My lunch is going to seem so mediocre compared to these gorgeous dishes.

On a random side note, I want to start posting more regularly here. I'm working on my photo-editing/embellishing skills so, bear with me. I also have a few fun things of my own planned to share with you, including a special Halloween treat recipe. So come on back now, ya hear?

Happy Hump Day!

Mrs. M

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


We've got 2 weeks until Autumn finally descends upon us, but after Labor Day summer is pretty much finished in my book. As much as I love fall in New England, I'm a little sad this year-- I feel like we were seriously jipped out of a real summer because of all the nasty, cool weather we had this year. Le sigh.

BUT after last weekend, I'm letting go of summer. Hubby and I had a 'last hurrah' in the frigid water at the beach, eating hamburgers off the grill and finally getting ice cream cones from Gellar's (the summer snack bar in our little town-- we've lived here for 4 months but, now I feel like a true Manomet-ian!).

I also treated myself to some new warmer duds and saw Rob Zombie's Halloween II, to get me in the mood for the season. It worked. I'm really looking forward to cool, crisp days, warm-hued leaves and making my Dr. Dakota Block Halloween costume, among lots of other things.

Here are some of my favorite fall-inspired picks from Etsy that I just had to share...

Clockwise from the top left:

~Mother and Child Aspen Leaf necklace by Elizabeth Scott Designs
~Tufted Titmouse by Robert Socha Photography
~Skeleton Leaf earrings by Roundabout Designs
~Acorn Tree by Laura Berger (check out her blog & flickr photostream too)

I don't know about you, but I *love* discovering new-to-me Etsy artisans and their work, then hoarding them in my ridiculously long favorite lists. I figure since I can't buy them all - which is exactly why I don't have a credit card - the least I can do is share them and hope you see something you like enough to buy. I heart supporting handmade awesomeness (and no, they don't pay me to say that).

Anywho, I've got lots to look forward to this fall-- how about you?

I'll be attending my second NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair on October 9th, which is a whole pile of interesting. I'll hopefully be able to catch the Wailers (!!!) and the always-funky George Clinton, too. Seeing the bright foliage throughout the Catskills is worth the trip alone.

Then on the 18th, I'll be going to my first ICP show in at least a year and I am so pumped for that! They might not be your cup of tea but, god damn do they put on a helluva show.

In between all these exciting events and Halloween of course, I would also love to squeeze in a few fall crafts (like Martha's simple-but-lovely autumn luminarias or another leaf craft of some sort) because I have been neglecting my poor crafty supplies since our move.

AND I want to go apple picking! I haven't been since I was a kid and I am just dying to go. I have been hanging onto for months and I will definitely be checking that out for apple orchards, pumpkin patches and other agricultural fall fun 'round here. I can't wait to make some warm cinnamony-delicious desserts with apples I've picked myself-- it doesn't get much better than that!

Hope you're enjoying September thus far darlings!

Mrs. M