Kaelen’s Minimal Designs are Perfect for Summer

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Kaelen is a Canadian designer based in New York. Her eponymous line offered a minimal, breezy collection for Spring/Summer 2016, perfect for the cosmopolitan sophisticate.

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I love the shimmery blush pink and chartreuse in this collection, its just enough.

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Gloss over This: Caitriona Balfe

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Something Balfe is very conscious about when looking at potential roles is whether that female character “does” anything for women. “I hope that at some point I don’t need a job so badly that I play the inconsequential girlfriend or someone who’s just there for gratuitous ogling. I can’t ever see wanting to so something like that.”

  • Caitriona Balfe in “Double Life” by Sarah Laing in Elle Canada August 2016

Oldie But Goodie: “King & I” editorial from Lucky Magazine

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I was flipping through my collection of old Lucky magazines, and I came across this spread, “The King & I” styled by Jennifer Hitzges and photographed by Tierney Gearon. I’m not sure what issue it is from exactly, but I think it’s from 2013. It was such good styling I just had to share some scans.

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The description of this editorial was “Mix ladylike pieces with stark prints, a few retro details and maybe just a hint of Elvis.” Oh Lucky, you were so, so good.

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In the one above, it’s hard to tell from the scan, but she is wearing sparkly silver boots! Also, if you like this look, I definitely recommend this dress by She Loves Dresses.

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The 35 Books By Women I’ve Read in 2016 (so far)

We’re over half-way through 2016 now, so I thought it was time for an update on my goal to redefine the literary canon.

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Above: I post more frequently about my reading adventures on my instagram here.

Last time we talked about this project in April, I had hit 20 books. Now it’s mid-July and I’m at 35. Here is the complete list of what I’ve read so, I’ve greyed out the books I had posted about previously.

  1. Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth
  2. The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker by Maeve Brennan
  3. Gutshot: Stories by Amelia Gray
  4. Listen to the Squawking Chicken: A Memoir (sort of) by Elaine Lui
  5. Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion 
  6. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth 
  7. The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente 
  8. White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
  9. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch
  10. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  11. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  12. Speed Dreaming: Stories by Nicole Haroutunian
  13. An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch
  14. The Color Master by Aimee Bender
  15. Tempting the Gods: The Selected Stories of Tanith Lee, Volume One by Tanith Lee
  16. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  17. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  18. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  19. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
  20. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  21. The Birthgrave by Tanith Lee
  22. Dancing Girls: Stories by Margaret Atwood
  23. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
  24. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  25. Don’t Lose Track Vol. 1: 40 selected Articles, Essays, and Q&As by Jordannah Elizabeth
  26. All over Creation by Ruth Ozeki
  27. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
  28. Pink Noises: women on electronic music and sound by Tara Rodgers
  29. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  30. Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
  31. Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
  32. Flight from the Enchanter by Iris Murdoch
  33. Letters Home: Correspondence 1950-1963 by Sylvia Plath
  34. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
  35. Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 
There were so many good ones in this batch! I bolded my favourites. Ozeki’s book All Over Creation stood out for sure, I want to read more of her stuff. I was lucky to find Letters Home by Plath at a used book store, it was heartbreaking and insightful.

Playlist: Indie Love Songs Upbeat Vol. 1

Who says all love songs have to be slow, dreary affairs? Here are some songs when you want to shout it from the rooftops or just generally dance and be merry. Also–who knew Animal Collective would be the reigning champions of faster, upbeat love songs?

Indie Love Songs Upbeat Vol. 1 track list

  1. Ivy & Gold by Bombay Bicycle Club
  2. Two of a Crime by Perma
  3. The Sweetest Thing by Camera Obscura
  4. I’ll Be With You by Flora Cash
  5. Timothy by Tennis
  6. In the Flowers by Animal Collective
  7. This Tornado Loves You by Neko Case
  8. Old Old Fashioned by Frightened Rabbit
  9. Kurt Vonnegut by Born Ruffians
  10. Used to Be by Beach House
  11. Fireworks by Animal Collective
  12. I Love You Ugly by King Tuff
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