Wiksten SS12

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photos by Jen Causey

I am still working on getting back to a normal routine after returning from our trip.  I have to admit it's been harder than I thought it would be.  In the meantime, aren't these new looks from Jenny Gordy's Wiksten line adorable and comfy looking?  I enjoy reading along to Jenny's blog because everything she makes seem to be made with such love and attention to detail.  It felt like summer here today and I would have loved to have been wearing any one of these outfits.

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Backyard Garden

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While we were away, I missed two things in particular.  One was our cats.  Those furry creatures are such a big part of our everyday routine.  The other thing was my mornings in the backyard.  I usually wake, grab some breakfast and then head out the back door with Jack (the one eyed pirate cat) to see what's blooming, what's growing and what needs tending to.  I missed that routine and couldn't wait to get home and see how big everything had gotten in the two weeks we were gone.  I think Jack missed it too since he's been sitting at the backdoor meowing a lot the past couple of days.

I was pleasantly surprised that most everything had thrived.  I spied a couple of tiny peppers growing and a few green tomatoes on the vine.  They'll be used to make fresh salsa when they're ripe.  This is the first year I've tried growing Brussels sprouts and the plants doubled in size.  All of the herbs are ready to be used and we had fresh cilantro with our black beans last night.  It's already starting to bolt, but that's OK since it will give me some fresh coriander and I'll replant the rest of the seeds.  Jack, of course, enjoyed a bit of catnip from his plant this morning.

In case you're wondering what everything is, from top to bottom, left to right:  mint, huechera (or coral bells),  impatiens, brunneria, creeping jenny, fuschia, hydrandgea, chives, cilantro, basil, catnip, Brussels sprouts, roma tomatoes, blueberries, yellow Hungarian wax peppers, jalapenos and Jack. 

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Photography: Stephen Shore

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Stephen Shore is a photographer that I can't believe I haven't posted about before.  (I actually had to check my archives to find out).  I know his photos have appeared here in the form of an Urban Outfitters catalogue, but I've never done a post about his own photography.  I like the stillness of the images.  The empty spaces on which you can impose your own stories and histories. 

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Almost Goodbye

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 - Ace & Jig dress
 - Rachel Comey boots
 - vintage Coach purse

This will be the last you'll see of me for a while.  We're in the last stages of preparing for our trip.  Bags are being packed.  Weather is being checked.  Final reservations are being made.  Eurail passes have been purchased.  The cat/house sitter has been hired.  I can't believe I'll be in London in just a few short days.   then it will be radio silence around here for about two weeks.  I thought about trying to set up some guest blogs, but I think I'll just let it mellow out around here for a little bit.  I'm sure I'll return with enough photos to last the rest of the summer.

No. 6

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I'd love to visit the No. 6 store in Little Italy.  Their invitation to take your time while going through their shop as if "perusing a good friend's closet, though a fabulously stylish and impeccably organized one" is pretty hard to resist.  I think that fun attitude really comes through with their spring lookbook.

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Juliette Hogan Summer 2012

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After I posted about their new online shop (I'm still drooling over this dress), the kind folks at Juliette Hogan sent me their summer 2012 lookbook to preview.  As always, I'm smitten with almost everything;  the lightweight fabrics, the sheer details, the modern prints paired with vintage silhouettes.  This would make such a wonderful summer wardrobe. 

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