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8/31/2014

Kitsch Bitsch Bohemian Vintage Lace Dresses



I've been an admirer of the bohemian vintage lace dress creations of Australia based Kitsch Bitsch Vintage for some time now.   I stalk their site on a semi-regular basis and daydream about getting married to my husband all over again just so I can wear one of these amazing dresses.  I was recently re-reminded of them, when I peeped this rad wedding on Green Wedding Shoes. The bride absolutely rocks one of these dresses with the Most Perfect Shoes imaginable and my love affair was re-ignited. Again.
I'd thought I'd share some of their pieces with ya'll along with some pattern swatches for a little extra eye candy. That way, You Too can become obsessed with them and spend ridiculous amounts of time imagining each dress and the entire wedding and color story to go with it.
You are welcome.
They also make pieces other than wedding dresses and some of their short dresses could be worn for other occasions, so there is something for those of us not getting married or remarried anytime soon.  I tried to add a source for the patterns where possible, but most of them were pictures I've had in my photo hoard for ages and can't find a link.  A few more tidbits that make these dresses even more yummy-
They are made from vintage and antique lace that was made on machines that don't even exist anymore. I mean, how romantic is that? They are fabulously affordable compared to many options out there and they make custom orders. Also this nugget I took from the Kitsch Bitsch blog...

"Have you ever looked through a pile of wedding magazines and thought, “OMG I HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON WITH THIS ENTIRE WORLD”?
You are not alone. In fact you may be a free spirit, unbound by social norms, disheartened by traditional wedding gowns and the commercial extravaganza  (my own wedding dress cost $90 and I burped my wedding vows).
You walk in the direction of your dreams, choosing the path less traveled. Perhaps you are a creative soul, you follow your heart not your head. You may be a restless gypsy, a nomad who believes in freedom, and love without possession." 
If that doesn't make you want one, nothing will. Oh, and no I'm not being compensated for this post. I just think these dresses rock and that you should see them :) 
Xoxo-Andrea

8/29/2014

Gypsy Travels ~ Fifty Shades Of Green (Prt.2)

Cabot Trail Ocean View

 I'm back finally with some more shots of our recent trip to Canada.  If you missed my last post, we recently returned from visiting friends and family in Nova Scotia and spent a good portion of our trip re-wilding on Cape Breton Island.  We spent most of our days adventuring in and around the tiny town of Judique, where our family cottage is located.  There are miles of nearly abandoned beaches with some of the warmest ocean waters to be found in Nova Scotia.  We are a family of fish and the swimming was more beautiful than I remember, the freshest, clearest mermaid water.  I could spend every day for months on the beach there. Perhaps one day I will...
One of our main goals for our trip was to drive around at least part of the Cabot Trail, one of the most scenic road trips on the planet.  I traveled the entire trail  (185 miles)  once when I was a teen and once in my Mothers womb when my parents camped their way around the trail in a handmade truck camper.  It was pretty groovy to make the same trip again with my own husband and baby daughter 33 years later.  Although we didn't make it around the entire trail, we did manage to travel all the way up the Western side of the Island to the Northern most point (where we stopped to have lunch) and then back again in one day.
There are so many places to stop and explore we could have easily spent an entire week camping to have seen all of the sights. We managed to stop at many of the look out points, from the wild craggy beaches below with crashing waves, to (literally) breathtaking mountain top views overlooking the Atlantic, 902 ft in the air.
The Cabot Trail

Margaree, Nova Scotia

Margaree, Nova Scotia
The trip from Judique to the beginning of the trail snakes through the river valley of Margaree. You are surrounded on both sides by densely forested rolling hills and farm homes tucked here and there in the valley, next to a wide and lush river in its center, just like in a fairy-tale.  The road signs all have a Gaelic translation for each of the settlements names. Every little town you come upon is more charming than the next. There are more spectacular camping sites than I could fathom (I want to stay in ALL OF THEM!) One with tiny A-frame cabins in a clearing on the side of a mountain with no visible road to get to them. Needless to say I was mesmerized by the beauty yet tortured by the possibilites as well. Haha.
Nova Scotia Coastline

The Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail
The road climbs and climbs and dips and curves along the intensely gorgeous coastline.  When we finally reached the highest point, I could barely take a picture let alone get out of the car.  I'm terrified of heights but these views were worth the jitters.  Nature is so humbling with it's intense power once you are removed from the every day conveniences of the city.  I was reminded of our frailty and impermanence and wowed by my ancestors who carved out a life on the edge of this wild and beautiful island.
The Cabot Trail Sea Views

The Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail


The Cabot Trail Mountain Views

The Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail Beach

The Cabot Trail
There was so much more to see, hiking trails through every kind of beautiful terrain. Towns full of outsider art to be explored.  If you ever have a chance to visit Nova Scotia, MAKE SURE you add The Cabot Trail to your list of must dos. You won't be sorry you did.
xoxo-Andrea

8/22/2014

Gypsy Travels ~ Nova Scotian Wilds {Part 1}


After much reflection on our recent trip to Canada, I am finally ready to share some pictures of our trip.  We had an exquisite adventure traveling all over Nova Scotia, visiting friends and spending quality time with family and nature alike.  It was over much too quickly, we had a lot of ground to cover in two short weeks. It seemed just when we had settled into our new surroundings and were eager to explore more, it was time to leave.  Next time we will extend our stay to no less than a month, Nova Scotia has so many delicious places to visit, two weeks cannot possibly do it justice.  I am not complaining at all, I am deeply thankful for the time and experiences we DID have but we would have loved to do even more.
We arrive back to the urban jungle fully revived and refreshed with our daughter who seems to have grown in leaps and bounds in such a short time.  She has learned to crawl, clap, wave hello and goodbye and is now a seasoned traveler, much more adaptable to new things than ever before. Traveling with a 10 month old certainly has given us new eyes on how 'easy' our day to day routine really is in comparison.  A weekend trip to the beach will now seem like a breeze!  So much gratitude is gained from traveling, just a brief step away from our daily lives can give us so much fresh perspective.
My husband and I didn't take loads of pictures, our arms were mostly full with our little bambina or we were busy enjoying the view, the company or the delicious local food.  Here are some shots of our trip which I noticed are mostly shades of green, and a few shades of blue{Good for the soul type stuff}.


We started our trip by visiting a few days with my dearest friend and her beautiful family just outside of Halifax.  An splendid evening was spent on the patio of a favorite old haunt in Halifax, catching up with darling friends who were also visiting from Toronto.  Then we spent another couple days staying at my Father's home on this pretty little lake below (aptly named The Land of Laziness Lake).  It was his first time meeting his granddaughter and my husband, one of the main reasons for the trip.  My sister and various aunties came to visit and many reunions long overdue were had.  There is so much catching up to do after a 15 year absence.  My Dad's home will have to be another entire post, so I can share some pics of his wicked good taste in antiques and his collections of underwater treasures he found while diving over the years.


Mussels, Blueberry Grunt, Lobster Rolls, Hodge Podge

In the weeks leading up to our trip I composed a 'bucket list' of things I wanted not to miss on my trip to NS.  When finished, I realized 90% of the list was things I wanted to eat. Ha!  There are some things you just can't get anywhere else in the world and I didn't plan on missing out on any of them. As luck would have it, my Dad's lady turned out to be a beast in the kitchen and she cooked us up some of the most delicious meals I have ever tasted.  Like EVER.  I'm normally vegan but I make allowances for seafood if it is fresh, local and sustain-ably sourced.  My husband has never liked seafood and didn't believe me when I told him Nova Scotian seafood will change yo' lyfe . He too now makes allowances- for Nova Scotain seafood only. He LOVED it.  We ate the freshest, most perfectly prepared dishes of mussels, scallops, lobster, haddock and halibut.  We also had hodge podge (above left) a local specialty of new vegetables in a broth of milk and butter. Yum-mo. Then topped it all off with homemade local blueberry grunt with organic ice cream on top. Oh. my. goodness. It was heaven.  Annnnnd, of course I got some lobster rolls in there, some naughty Canadian sweets and my fave Maritime beers. Nova Scotia Food Bucket List- Done and Done. If you are planning on traveling to Nova Scotia, the seafood and fresh local produce are not to be missed. For real.

Cape Breton Views
After visiting with friends and fam we headed to the island of Cape Breton off the Northern Coast of Nova Scotia.  My Mother's side of my family has a home there, it sits on the property that was the original land grant to our Scottish Ancestors.  My Great Aunt opens the very old house every Summer as a cottage and stays until the weather starts to turn chilly.  It is a beautiful and wild place, the little house barely has running water and the forest is ever encroaching on the clearing where the old house sits.  At dusk you can hear the coyotes howling in the not so far distance. It's about as far away as you can get from our urban abode in Houston. It's just steps up the hill from the beaches which are for the most part completely empty and clean and clear as can be. It's my souls home, no doubt. I can see myself as an old woman, visiting this beach daily in the Summer. Swimming in the deep warm waters. 



In the next post I'll share some shots of our tour around the breathtaking Cabot Trail. Hope you enjoyed and I'll be back soon with part 2.
xoxo- Andrea

8/06/2014

Artistic Inspiration ~ Textile Artist Yumi Okita


While researching for my last post about Mr Finch, I discovered yet another textile artist new to me
 and well worth sharing.  Yumi Okita is an artist based in North Carolina who creates these
 beautifully detailed embroidered moths.  Sometimes even some butterflies and an occasional cicada or
 beetle can be found on the artists site HERE.  I just adore the colors and large scale of these beauties
 and would love to have one perched in my home. What a vision! 






Makes you just want to create something lovely doesn't it? All of the beauty in this world... :) 

Xoxo
-Andrea

8/01/2014

Artistic Inspiration ~ The Textile Art Of Mr Finch









I scheduled some posts to keep ya'll inspired during my two week trip to Canada,  just in case you miss me WAY too much ;)  These images are of the art of the very talented Mr Finch,  a self taught artist from the UK who hand sews these beautiful creatures and creations from his fantastical imagination.  His whimsical pieces combine some of my very favorite things:  nature,  vintage textiles,  art,  and the world of fantasy and fairy tales.  Aren't they just Gorgeous?  You can visit his site HERE for more.

I'll be back soon with another post!
Xoxo-Andrea