in october

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 9.54.13 AMThe month of October came and went so quickly that I almost can’t believe that it was even here. These are some of the things that we got up to during that busy time.

Beard Oil DIY - 9Did you happen to see my do-it-yourself posts? First, I featured an easy beard oil tutorial. Then I had a duo candy and candle pumpkin holder, just in time for Halloween.

il_fullxfull.735150734_32zlI had several fashion posts, from a cropped jacket restyle, to a movie date outfit, to my favourite baby finds on Etsy.

Pregnancy Pillow - 3Speaking of babies, I shared my best purchase thus far, and celebrated being 20 weeks along!

Movie Date OOTD - 10Surprisingly, we only went to one film last month! However, we did watch several online, and I discussed the scariest ones here.

IMG_2740Wren from Florian shared her enchanted home tour on the blog.

Edmonton Trip - 13We also took a weekend trip to our dream Canadian city, and one that we hope to move to in just a few short months.

IMG_0887Last but not least, Truman celebrated his birthday at the end of October. He is now 3 years old.

IMG_0793Now that we are already into November, the days are getting shorter and colder. Soon there will be snow, and I will be having my 30th birthday this month. Yikes! 

Processed with VSCOcam with kk2 presetHave a wonderful hump day, friends!

<3

Emory

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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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Emory

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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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special delivery

Special Delivery 1-1So far, this week has been nothing but pleasant surprises. They began on Monday night when I received two amazing parcels. The first was a highly anticipated one, and was discussed in this blog post here. The second was one that I had completely forgotten about, thus rendering it the best surprise bar none.

If you guys can recall one of the earliest posts from the Home series, you will remember reading about a stand-up fellow by the name of John, who showed us a snippet of where he lived, both on land and at sea. John is such an incredible photographer, one that I first came across on Instagram but have been following on his own blog as well. On Monday night, I was lucky enough to receive a print of his in the mail that was taken on one of his many voyages. Once again, I cannot stress enough just how important Instagram has been to me over the last year. From meeting new souls, to selling store items, to receiving positive messages and slowly honing in on my own photography skills, this community has been incredibly beneficial in so many ways.

With my good mood remaining, and the realization that summer is not yet slowing down, the following morning I could not stop thinking about one of my only hats that I currently own. It was also currently missing. With no trace of it for over a year, I concluded that it must be hidden in a box that we had yet to unpack from our many moves. This particular accessory is very important to me. I had first come across my black derby four years ago in Denver, CO, yet I didn’t actually purchase it until I had returned to Canada and could not get it out of my mind. I believe that my true longing for it went much deeper, however. Growing up with a love for Casper comics, I had always adored Spooky and his ‘doiby’. Unbeknownst to me, I wouldn’t actually own one until twenty years later. When I returned home yesterday morning I had decided to search for this hat. I opened what was the first of about thirty boxes, and there, buried at the very bottom, was my derby. I can promise you that I said a little prayer of thanks to whatever gods of luck have been on my side lately. 

Of course there have been a few downs, as well as more ups, but all in all it’s turning out to be a really special week. If only each and everyone of us was always this fortunate! Lady Luck, please don’t leave me now.

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Emory

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in june

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 1.02.25 PMJune was an incredibly eventful month; probably the most eventful of the entire year thus far. So what happened? Here are my video summaries of all of the celebrations.

At the beginning of the month, my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. I was given a new ring, and we relived the morning that we eloped by taking photographs at the same locations as we did on our wedding day. It was an emotional day, to look back at how our lives have changed over the last five years. Yet, we are in a better place today than ever before. Really, it was bittersweet.

After our trip down memory lane, my mum and I physically took a trip to British Columbia, Canada. At the time, I wasn’t feeling too thrilled about it, only because I was being a selfish daughter and wasn’t wanting her to move away from me. However, upon returning, I realized just how much she loves and looks forward to living in her new home. There was no way I could hold that against her, and so now I do honestly feel excited for her to begin a new adventure. My mum’s letter to my sister and I only made my feelings regarding her decision even stronger.

Another huge and important event that took place this month was the fact that our home was featured on A Beautiful Mess! I am still in awe of that occurrence, and am so excited at all of the new followers that I have gained and people who I have met as a result. Talk about an eventful month.

I also mentioned some great movies that were not to be missed. Have you seen any of these films yet?

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 1.02.59 PMThat is only a snippet of what occurred in June! I hope that you all had an enjoyable month as well. Happy Canada Day, fellow Canadians!

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Emory

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