1. captains of industry: a manly dreamland

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    Travel back to when men were super dapper, perfectly outfitted and groomed to the T. Captains of Industry is a Melbourne based gentleman’s cafe and outfitter.  Like holy moly. This collaboration “one stop shop” includes a cafe, Bespoke Footwear and Leather Accessories, a barber shop, a suit shop, and a grooming shop.

    ““Classic men’s grooming never goes out of style. After six years in the industry I’ve seen fads and distractions come and go and now feel like I’ve found a home where I can settle in and do great work. No bells and no whistles, just great knowledge, style and service provided by a professional.” – Hairdresser Sam Fordyce at Captains Barber Shop.

    A man should look as if he bought his clothes with intelligence,. put them on with care, then forgot about them.” -Hardy Amies, Statler & Waldorf  (a Made to Measure suiting service)

    * click on images to be taken to original sources

  2. another lazy sunday

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    On Sundays we do a lot of laying around, catching up on things, and doing the “domestic” stuff we’ve put off the entire week. This Sunday was no different and with  a massive headache plus zero blogging inspiration, I did a really good job at being a couch potato who eats lots of watermelon. I did get to stare at this cute face all day :)

  3. Visual Inspiration: Sessun Fall/Winter Collection 2011

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    I’m not one to post look books and other fashion catalogues, but when I come across something that makes me stop and think…I feel I must share. I do love fashion and photography, so why not?

    When I first saw the Sessun 2011 Fall/Winter collection I was blown away with how the clothing was shown. I was transported back to a time I never had the opportunity to experience. The photos brought to life a world I’ve dreamt about living in. As an amateur photographer myself, I strive to create pieces like these, that tell a story worth listening to.

  4. Tour de Lafayette: Neighborhood bike race

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    Every Labor Day weekend our quant little neighborhood hosts the Tour de Lafayette, a series of bike races around the square with professional riders. Bike crews gather together in their tight suits for a chance to win a their part in the prize money. As a spectator, the close up experience is totally worth it. Most bike races are spent on the side of the street waiting for the bikers to zoom by. You may only see them once, but with this race you see them circle around every mile (1 loop = .9 mile).

    Last weekend when my parents were in town, we spent Friday evening walking around the square taking in the bike scene. After 3 years of attending, the race is just as exciting and the feeling as the bikers pass is still an adrenaline rush. We even witnessed a 5 bike crash on the finish line. My dad snatched my camera and ran down the track paparazzi style. I’ll keep those graphic images to myself.

    Have you ever had the opportunity to photograph at a bike race?  

  5. An Island + friday finds & favorites // 32

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    Do you remember when I got back from Portland and told you I had discovered a “new to me band” called Efterklang? Well, these genius musicians have paired up with Vincent Moon and produced a  film called AN ISLAND. This is the second teaser of the film. Learn more Here and watch the entire film!

    1. Are you looking for ways to bring industrial lighting into your home. Lots of visual inspiration at Barn Light Electric.

    2. I’m just blown away at the intricate detailing in these silk scarves. They are truly pieces are artwork.

    3. Making forts is one of my favorite childhood memories. This “adult like” outdoor fort is perfect and super simple to make.

    4. Desire to Inspire website is one of my go to online resources for great home decor inspiration.

    5. I still in love with Pure Green online magazine. Check out there fall issue on issuu.

    6. So THIS antique mall is about an hour from where I currently live. Why haven’t I been here?? I mean large pink elephants, space ships, ice cream cones…

    7. I love this idea. A little Red Riding Hood jointed paper doll.

    8. This Japanese Paper goods website is just AMAZING!

    9. Swedish goods oh my! Love the handbags they currently have in stock.

    10. This DIY project is on my immediate to do list. Love everything about it and its super simple and cheap to make. I’m thinking gift ideas!

  6. neighborhood community garden

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    This year the neighborhood community garden has been struggling. The heat that has swept through the midwestern states has caused all the flowers and vegetable leaves to shrivel and brown. When we first moved to the neighborhood, this was the first community garden that saw that was well kept and active. There are about 20 plots of raised bed that you can rent out. Some contain veggies, so are empty and others are full of wildflowers. What a great way to bring some beauty to the neighborhood!

    *this place is filled with massive sized bees. I risked my life taking these photos for you guys… so creepy.

  7. DIY: creating a photography shooting surface

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    I decided that I needed to create a new surface to shoot shop photos on. I really like the grayish wood surface I use, but MAN is that piece of wood heavy and almost impossible to transport. This time around I’m going for a nice clean white-washed look that will hopefully allow my Etsy shop products to pop a little more. I realized that if I was going to compulsive buy a lot of metal/gray items, that it might be nice NOT to have a gray surface. Smart cookie!

    So I bought a super large sheet of birch plywood at the local Home Depot, had the man at the store cut it into smaller more manegable sections, bought two shades of white/super light gray, some paint brushes, and a couple levels of sand paper. Let’s just say I had NO idea what I was doing and was crossing my fingers that everything would work out.

    After the mess was cleaned up I was pretty happy with the results. I ended up making two panels so I could keep one in the loft and use the other to cart around if need be.

    What do you think?

  8. Building Block leather bags

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    I stumbled upon Building Block leather bags this past weekend while blog hopping and fell in love. Their products are simple, completely unique,  and 100% functional. The aesthetic is extremely pleasing to the eye and their website/blog is just as fun to sift through. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for what they come up with in the upcoming seasons.

  9. the sunflowers are blooming

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    It’s about time. I feel like I watch the sunflowers grow nice and tall ALL summer long and right when I’m sick of waiting for something to happen, there they are in all their gorgeousness. I’ve been snapping pictures of sunflowers all around town. Definitely one of my favorite summer flowers!

    Somethings are worth waiting for…

  10. Pretty Zoo launches fall jewelry line

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    Hi guys. I’m back for a day and then out again until next monday. I’m cheating on my blogging break because I felt the need to help announce Zoe’s (of Pretty Zoo blog) handmade jewelry line that launches today! Her style and vision are spot on and every item in the lookbook is calling my name. (casssssiiiiiieeeeee)  I hope to be able to get my hands on one of her bunny necklaces. Please stop by her shop and show some blogger support and empty out your wallets. I know you won’t be disappointed!


     I’m SO excited to fiiiinally be able to show you what I’ve been working on for the past 4 or 5 months. I wanted to be able to get this show on the road so much sooner than this, but I wasn’t prepared to do it in a country where English wasn’t the first language (post office nightmares!) However, waiting until I got to England made sure that I would develop my jewellery properly and not rush ahead. Now, I’m in England, and I’m ready to show you! It is a little bit scary, it’s something I’ve been pouring so much time and love into and I’m anxious to hear what you think of it! – ZOE

    I just wanted to thank everyone for being supportive of my decision to take a little blogging break. It’s been a great week of catching up on things and I’m excited to be back to blogging full time come Monday. I’ve had some time to get some projects done and get inspired again. Thank!