Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Into the Pale

June preview...the shop is going pale

White, white, June's delight. Well, white with cream and a few extra tidbits for interest. Like exotic vanilla bean ice cream. With such a light palette, the texture is everything. Here you have lots of lace in the form of eyelet, English, Batten-burg, embroidered and crochet on hems, collars, layers, ruffles, buttons and shoulders.

Have a great weekend

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My weekend

...in Chicago!

My first time in the windy city a few weeks ago and I went a little picture crazy

I am officially in love with Chicago! I can't stop thinking about it's little neighborhoods, the Vietnamese market, the Polish deli or the large Italian family that showed us so much kindness.
Walking down the Magnificent Mile or to the Navy pier, even in such tourist places there is a grand sense of community.

I was completely overwhelmed by the architecture, the history and the river. Obviously the food was amazing, from the ubiquitous Chicago Dog to the unexpected Mexican Cantina Decero on Peoria and the lovely meal we had at Noha.

Surprising elements included the playfulness of people at the Bean in Millennium Park, witnessing the Chicago critical mass and the comical feeling of walking around Gotham City at night ;)

It's Gonna be a hot time in the old town tonight!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Part 3 ~ Elizabeth Islands-Naushon- Nashawena

photos via Sarah Brown Flickr
There is not really an address for this place, the Island is privately owned by trustees of the Forbes family. The caretakers of the Island live in the white farmhouse, known just as "the Farmhouse on Nashawena" and the red house is open for friends and family of the trustees.

On occasion the Island will play host to nature conservationist and data researchers for birds, grasslands and fish, there are three sunken ships around the barriers of the Island, two old, one modern.

My first Summer trip to Nashawena was also my first plane ride, in a puddle jumper none the less. An exciting morning clouded with gray as we waited for the runway to clear and watched as E-3 Sentry awacs took off to help in the search for JFK JR'S missing plane around the Islands.

Susan and Ryland also tell some great stories from their time on the Island, like when the straits completely froze over between Nashawena and Cuttyhunk and they were literally able to walk over the Ocean to get supplies.

What a life! Only such hardship could bring such sweet beauty in a place where the ponds are saltwater and the cows like to surf.

I hope you have enjoyed these little peeks into one of my favorite places on Earth and my vintage collection inspired by it!