lotta from stockholm

Lotta Sanita 6If you are a twenty or thirty-something female blogger living in North America, you are probably aware of Swedish Hasbeens. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, no, this isn’t another way to describe a group of European beatniks. Rather, it’s an expensive and popular brand of footwear. They’re quite beautiful, really.

Lotta Sanita 1I believe that the fame of Swedish Hasbeens has skyrocketed ever since Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess began to work with them. Since then, they are rarely seen in anything but Hasbeens, as are those who work with them and fans of the site. I, myself, have never owned a pair. One reason is because if you’ve learned anything about me from reading my blog, you will know that I like to be different from the crowd. That is not to say that I don’t follow trends. However, if and when I do, I make sure that it’s my own version of a trend. My mum often tells me that I always find the most roundabout way to do things. I think that she’s right.

Lotta Sanita 2Another reason why I am not a Hasbeens owner is because in my opinion, the shoes make the model’s feet look so little and narrow. While I do not have wide feet, I prefer shoes that fit very loosely, to the point of being too big on my feet. Call it the tomboy in me, but I like chunky shoes! Is that weird?

Lotta Sanita 3So, wanting to own a pair of beautiful clogs, but not wanting a pair of dainty-looking Hasbeens, I stumbled across Lotta from Stockholm. What a match made in heaven! Not only does Lotta contact you herself when you order from her website, but I find her range of footwear to be more alluring, unique, affordable, and what I can only assume to be more comfortable than Hasbeens. This latter fact is most important given than typically stylish footwear for women are not usually easy to wear. Lotta from Stockholm clogs most definitely are!

DSCN6890I bought my first pair of clogs from Lotta over a year ago and dedicated one of my first fashion posts to them. They have stood the test of time, and still look as new as the day that I took them out of the box. It has been a love affair ever since.

Lotta Sanita 4More recently, I expanded my little collection when I bought the Sanita Mina clog boots. I believe that they will be perfect for harsh Canadian winters. After posting a photo of me wearing them on Instagram, @lottafromstockholm and @sanitafootwear have both regrammed the photo on their accounts. I should start charging for all of this free publicity. Just kidding. ;-))) 

Lotta Sanita 5I mean, do I not look extremely happy? 

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Emory

in november

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.08.16 PMHappy Thanksgiving, American readers! I’m sure that most of you are too busy visiting with friends and family members, eating delicious food, and enjoying your well-deserved day off than to be reading this post today. However, if you have managed your find your way over here, I so appreciate it! I’m glad that you could make it, and I hope that you can stay awhile.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.07.28 PMI’ve decided to summarize November’s posts a few days early this month. My blogging schedule is just so full for the next few weeks, that today seemed like the best day to have a lengthy recapping post. Call it my comeuppance for not having one yesterday. :-)))

Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 presetLet’s begin! This month was filled with festivities. It began with a Day of the Dead post and a quote from one of my favourite authors. Then we ended the month with a nearly week-long birthday celebration.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI was also blessed this month with one of my most inspirational guest bloggers. Sara, from Me & Orla, made the most beautiful Walnut and Maple Biscotti. I mean, consider her photography alone. Does it not make you go weak in the knees? The recipe was guaranteed to be successful from the start.

IMG_0921It wouldn’t be a typical month without having a do-it-yourself tutorial! My Harvest Wreath was published in HaveHeart Magazine, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetRegarding nature and plant life, my Aloe Vera post sparked a million great discussions in the comment section! Well, maybe not quite a million, but still, I love, loved hearing about your experiences with this particular plant!

Cemetery 03I had three Weekly Wears posts in November. This is where I show you items that are available in the store. They can be seen here, here, and here.

Mum Guin 9I wrote several posts about my mum and her animals, or rather I should say that I collaborated with her in two posts. My mum published two beautiful stories on how she came to rescue her animals. You can read the true story about her soul-mate Guiness right here. Tuscan’s tale can be found here, which was subsequently read and shared by many other horse lovers. 

The Hills 06In addition to my mum’s photo shoots, my sister and her family were also featured on HSB. 

000Speaking of the store, I also revealed to you the dozens of items that were purchased by some pretty awesome buyers last month. I think I have some of the best customers in the world.

hr_Nightcrawler_6In November, I reviewed two films that shouldn’t be missed! The first one was Nightcrawler, which was just so utterly creepy and fantastic. The second was the cute and quirky film The One I Love.

10-smarta-kvm_3My design posts were extremely varied this time around. I began by discussing a Swedish firm’s take on Tiny Homes. I showed you my master bedroom inspiration with this post. Lastly, I also gave the tiniest peak at The Little Barn, which set in motion a debate on sliding doors. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.07.55 PMWhat an insane month! With Christmas just around the corner, I might have to start cutting back on publishing so many posts during the week. Life is only about to get crazier, especially with our plans to move into our new home in a matter of weeks.

See you tomorrow!

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Emory

in the master bedroom

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I’ve been gathering inspiration for our master bedroom over the past few months. The truth is that this has been one of the hardest rooms to find photographs for. Our bedroom will be a combination loft and bedroom, with sloped ceilings, beams, and hardwood floors. While I thought  that it would be easy to find pictures for this space, it turns out that my usual search terms of ‘rustic’, ‘loft’, ‘cabin’, ‘reclaimed’, and ‘industrial’ yielded next to no results. Months later, and with only a few photographs on hand, I began to write this post. Then something miraculous happened. After rummaging through Google images, I came across an attic bedroom that had the precise look that I was going for. I clicked to view the page rather than the image itself, and to my utter amazement, all of the photographs that I had saved from various websites were there on one webpage alone! ¡Ay, caramba! Who was this ingenious individual and how had he/she hacked into my vault of master bedroom inspiration? 

Under the overly obvious and seemingly simple category ‘awesome bedrooms’, I had hit the mother-load. The gods had spoken, and led me directly to tumblr’s collection of attic bedrooms. Consequently, I was finally able to publish this post.

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Thank you, fuckyeahcoolbedrooms and others.

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Emory 

twenty-nine candles

Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 presetI don’t know about you, but I never used to enjoy my birthday. I hated the idea of turning another year older, as did I dislike having all eyes on me on that day. I’m very shy by nature, and try to skip out on events that centre around myself. For instance, I never went to my high school graduation, either of my university convocations, and as for our wedding, we eloped. Get the picture? Good!

That being said, my birthday this year wasn’t so bad. It was the first time in 9 years that I didn’t dread or fall into a slight depression around this time of year. I actually didn’t really feel much of anything! Also, what should have been a one-day event turned into a five-day celebration! It felt more like an Indian wedding ceremony than a birthday. It was nice, though, and I’ll take you through how I spent it.

2.jpg1.jpgThe celebration began Wednesday night. Geoffrey and I had a gym date, which was followed by a movie date. Going to the gym with my husband is one of my favourite things to do as a couple. We both get to engage in what we love, all while shooting each other glances from across the building. Lame, but cute and kind of intimate as well. 

3.jpg4.jpg5.jpgThe film that we saw was The One I Love. If you are married, or have ever been married, you must see this film. Honestly. It’s twisted, dark, funny, relatable, and refreshingly original. Plus, we were able to see it at the Broadway Theatre. Aside from ourselves, there was only one or two other couples. I love being in an empty theatre.

6.jpg8.jpgOn Thursday, we started our morning doing something that we haven’t done in what felt like forever; we went out for breakfast! Holy God, it was delicious. I wish that it was something that we could do more often.

20.jpg9.jpgAfterwards, we headed out to our storage unit in order to pick up some things for our new home. Here is a picture of our unit in its current state. Yikes! I’m not looking forward to unpacking this sucker.

10.jpg21.jpgThen we drove out to our home to check on its progress, discuss some details with our contractor, and drop a bunch of things off. We were told that we would be able to move in about  … wait for it … one month! Hurray! We can officially see a light at the end of the tunnel!

22.jpgLater that night we went and babysat my nieces and nephew. Chaos soon ensued, but it turned into a really fun evening. They always put me in such a great mood, and I think that the same goes for them.

Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 presetWe sort of skipped Friday. We both had to go back to work that day, and by the time I got home at night, it was too late to do anything.

11.jpgSaturday morning was spent together, and in the afternoon, I went to the gym while Geoffrey went and bought more of my birthday gift. The evening was spent with my parents at Red Lobster. I love going out for supper with them. They’re a hilarious duo.

12.jpgSunday finally came, which was also the actual day of my birthday. By then, I was a little tired of all the celebrations and the ‘all eyes on me’ attitude. Not that I acted like a princess for the last four days, but I was looking forward to passing the attention onto somebody else. I worked at the library for the better part of the day, but my nieces came over that morning to drop off my many gifts and cards. I was also inundated with phone calls and text messages all morning. I didn’t even know if I would be able to make it to work on time!

Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 7.52.58 PMSunday night we picked up takeout and a movie after work, and spent the evening relaxing. It was a great week, to say the least. Thanks, family!

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Emory

mama + guiness

Mum Guin 2If you are an avid reader of my blog, you will already be aware of the fact that my mum lives for her animals. She loves her children, of course, but I think that what keeps her going from the moment she wakes up until she lies back down at night are her four legged friends.

Mum Guin 1A few weeks ago, I had published this post on my mum and her beloved horse, Tuscan. Prior to that, I showed you here what a typical morning for her looks like, as well as another post that was written by my mum on her newest find, Mesa. In the meantime, there have been many more kitten rescues, but her one true companion will always be her Guiness. 

Mum Guin 3This is what Guiness means to my mum, in her own words.

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Emory

Mum Guin 4P.S. Have the most memorable weekend, friends! The next time that I see you, I will be another year older. :-)))

Mum Guin 7Mum Guin 5“Born in Europe and brought to Canada with 3 brothers. Abandoned in a cattle trailer. Was going to be shot. RCMP intervened. And this is where our story begins.

Mum Guin 6Mum Guin 8“I met the police officer in the next province over and my first sighting of Guiness was a big, black, bear-like dog. I opened the door to my Jeep, he settled in and we made the long drive back. His eyes. They just seemed to say, ‘Okay, you found me, now let’s get this started’. That was six years ago.

Mum Guin 9“Guiness has been my constant companion. He has never known a leash nor a collar. He does chores with me three times a day. He knows exactly where I need him to be. I don’t give Guiness commands, he looks at me and I either nod or shake my head. He’s watchful, brave, quiet, strong and loyal beyond belief. I buried both of my parents and whispered in his ear all my sorrow. He is a rock. He is mine. When he lifts his giant head, says “Roo Roo” and swishes his tail, I know all is right with the world. I didn’t rescue him, he saved me. I adore you, big boy.”

MaryAnn

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (one on earth, one in heaven, and growing another). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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