• Emory Ann Kurysh

    Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I am a blogger, photographer, freelance writer, store owner, prairie girl, wife, and mum-to-be. Welcome to Hello, Scarlett Blog!


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what i bought : snoogle

Pregnancy Pillow - 3I had read somewhere that around week 16 of your pregnancy, you should avoid sleeping on your stomach. I cannot fall asleep unless I am curled up in said position. Sometimes I will sleep on my side, and only rarely on my back. However, it is on my stomach that I get achieve my most comfortable and deepest of sleeps. Not anymore.

Now that I am well into my second trimester, I am experiencing pinched sciatic nerve pain, leg numbness, and sore hips. Compared to being ill ten times a day, it’s like a walk in the park. What I do find painful is when I try to roll over from my stomach and onto my side whilst lying in bed. It feels like someone is tearing my stomach muscles in half. It therefore takes me around two very slow minutes to roll over. 

Pregnancy Pillow - 2I discovered through online research that pregnancy pillows not only help women stay off of their stomachs at night, but also alleviate many lower back and leg problems. There are many additional benefits as well, but these were the main ones that I was concerned with. After visiting the stores this last weekend, I purchased my first beautiful, grey Snoogle body pillow by Leachco. Now my biggest issue is never wanting to leave the bed. I’m also finding more excuses to take naps. Move over husband, the baby and I are in love.

This was not a paid-for advertisement. All words and views were simply my own. :-)



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cropped swing jacket : restyle

Jacket OOTD - 8Now that my tummy is ever-expanding, I decided to go on a shopping spree for my favourite style of jacket; the swing jacket! They not only provide a nice contract for wearing longer dresses, but ample room for any shape and size that exists beneath the coat as well. Plus, I think that they exude the perfect blend of a timeless look with a retro vibe. Honestly, they’re just the cutest!

I purchased my first cropped swing jacket nearly 10 years ago. It was grey and black, with a Peter Pan collar, and ¾ length sleeves by the brand Vero Moda. For six years, I wore it everywhere, and in every season. I took it to Switzerland, France, and the UK, had it when we lived in Saskatchewan, then Alberta, and visited the Northwest Territories, Ontario, and Quebec. I also wore it when I put my St. Bernard down. Wherever I went, it went. Eventually, my mum began to call it ‘The Rag’. It certainly wasn’t in tatters, but it was beginning to look worn. Grudgingly, I dropped it off at the consignment store a few years ago. Being one to having a hard time letting go of things, I have missed it everyday since. I had made so many memories whilst wearing that coat, that it remains my favourite one to this day.

London.2009 209(My Vero Moda jacket seen in Bath, UK.)

Scarlett 154(Also on the day Scarlett was put to sleep.)

Every time that I visit a thrift store, I look for that coat.  A few weeks ago, and while I was on the hunt for a new swing jacket, I came across one that reminded me of ‘The Rag’. It was a few sizes bigger, was a different name brand, and had a plaid pattern. However, it was grey and black, cropped, and had ¾ length sleeves, pockets, and a collar. The best part was that it was only $10. I bought it that day, took it home, and began to restyle it.

Jacket OOTD - 3The first thing that I did was remove the epaulettes and buttons that were sewn onto the shoulders. Next, I mended a few snags that were visible. Lastly, I added pink lace to the interior of the pockets. My last coat did not have this feature, but I feel like it made it look more effeminate. Plus, I’m a sucker for lace.

Jacket OOTD - 4Jacket OOTD - 6Here’s the finished product. It is certainly not my old jacket, but will make do until I can one day find it again. Have a great week!



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in september

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 10.57.34 AMWhat. A. Month. It’s not surprising that Kinfolk‘s latest issue also centres around family because in September, I experienced a lot of it. 

BabyTo begin (or really end the month), my sister had her fifth child on September 29! This is her second son, and what is even more special is that she now shares a birthday with her newest addition. Can we say best birthday gift ever?

Baby Anouncement 6Speaking of babies, at the beginning of the month I had announced that my husband and I were having our first child! I published its first sonogram photo and explained why I my blog posts were diminishing over the last few months. Later on, I gave you guys a 16 week update on my bundle of joy/morning sickness. Tomorrow I will be 18 weeks!

il_fullxfull.571562058_13vjThere were no shortage of fashion posts in September. I showed you my cute new cellphone case, and published a post on all canine-related Etsy items. Last but not least, you were able to see what is now available in the store.

Golden Hour 3There was some discussion regarding photography. I began by discussing the best time to take photographs outdoors. This is ultimately known as the Golden Hour. I also told you why I prefer film over digital prints in this post here.

Carrot and Potato Soup - 2There were a total of three DIYs this month. I had a recipe for Potato and Carrot Soup, a Side Table Terrarium from A Beautiful Mess, and finally a Polaroid Display

IMG_0090Finally, Geoffrey and I ended up going to three movies in September! First we saw No Escape, which I would give 7/10. The next movie was Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (8/10). We saved the best for last, and went to The Gift (10/10) on the evening of the lunar eclipse. I highly recommend the latter film!

Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 2Enjoy your weekend, and the first day in October. I personally consider this to be my favourite month of the year!!



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the family issue : kinfolk

The following text is found on the WELCOME page of Kinfolk’s latest publication, Issue Seventeen. 

Our concept of family is deeply personal and forever evolving. For some, it could mean mom’s knowing glances, your partner’s gentle chiding or grandpa’s turkey gravy. For others, it could be found across the hedge you share with your neighbour, in the reciprocal banter you relish with friends or the unrequited love you have for your cat. The common thread is that the people we consider to be our family encourage us, teach us and care for us, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part (or at least until our childhood bedrooms get turned into guest rooms).

The Family Issue of Kinfolk explores the relationships that we have with our nearest and dearest, in all of their iterations. We ask some big questions: How is photography changing the way we construct our family narratives? Should we feel guilty about speaking to our barista more than our sister? And did our parents actually have any idea what they were doing? Each family has its ups and downs, but by recognizing the imperfect nature of our ties, we can work to better both our relationships and ourselves. As George Bernard Shaw said, “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

What we discovered is that there are as many possibilities for the way we turn out as adults as there are child-raising philosophies, educational systems and organic baby bootie makers (there really are a lot of the latter, too). No matter what kind of family we come from or the type of family we want to create ourselves, there’s no longer a universal concept of “normal.” There’s no ubiquitous manual to consult, rules to follow or boxes to check. Well, maybe just a few: love, understanding, empathy and support. And perhaps a little patience.

Words by Nathan Williams and Georgia Frances King. Photograph by Emory Ann Kurysh. 

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diy polaroid display

polaroid diyRemember this trip? The one where we travelled through seven states in nine days? I had brought along my Polaroid camera during our time in the USA, in hopes of photographing each state as we passed through it. We had done something similar four years ago when we drove to Colorado for our honeymoon. Similar to an outcome from a disposable camera, I ended up appreciating the Polaroid film more so than my digital shots because the results were so imperfect and one-of-a-kind. They’re irreplaceable (cue Beyoncè).

The only downside with Polaroids is that framing is not an easy task. In lieu of either ordering special frames online, or visiting several stores in hopes of coming across a cute and inexpensive solution, I tend to just stick my photos in an album. A few years ago, I crafted together my own Urban Outfitters-inspired clip string. While it certainly did the trick, after awhile I didn’t like how much space such tiny photographs were taking up. It was also a little too flimsy for the long run. This time, I was determined to make a more permanent Polaroid display. One that was not only modestly priced, but would last years.

polaroid diy - 1This is what you will need:

Polaroid photos
crazy glue
permanent marker
ink pad
tape measure/ruler

polaroid diy - 2Steps:

1. Measure the length and width of usable space on the clipboard. Then measure the length and width of a Polaroid picture. (In order to evenly space them, you will need to figure out the appropriate and equal distances between each photograph.) Write down those measurements.

2. Tentatively arrange the photographs on the clipboard in the order that you will glue them down. Then remove them in that order.

3. Using a Sharpie, measure and mark the corners on the clipboard as to where the pictures will go.

4. One by one, add glue to the backside of each Polaroid, immediately placing them on the clipboard once you have done so.

polaroid diy - 65. Lastly (and optionally), stamp the frame with a quick description, or use a Sharpie.

polaroid diy - 5polaroid diy - 4I actually had everything that I needed to make this project, excluding the clipboard. After visiting the Dollar Store, I was all set to make it. In the end, this craft set me back a total of $1.25. Try finding a Polaroid frame for that low of a price!



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