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  • Blogging Burnout: My Take

    October 30, 2014 | 1 Comment »

    On the Surface by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    On the Surface, collage with fabric, paper, watercolor, burned vellum and thread

    The internet is all a-buzz lately with the concept of “blogger burnout”. The NYT wrote a piece highlighting a few high profile design blogs and their struggles to add fresh content day after day. Grace from design*sponge added her own (thoughtful) take as well on staying fresh in a sea of design blogs. In my personal life, friend’s blogs are dropping like flies. And honestly, sometimes I wonder why I blog. The market is over-saturated with adorable, fresh-faced bloggers with quirky design aesthetics and chutzpah to spare. What’s a cantankerous, over-the-(blogger)hill introvert to do?
    My answer: exactly what I want to, that’s what.
    A long time ago I made peace with the fact that I was not going to be the next big design blogger. It’s really not my bag anyway. I struggle with a lot of the things that come with the title: shopping and thinking about shopping fuel my anxiety and spending money thoughtlessly is a bad habit that I’ve been trying to shake for years. Speaking of poor discipline, a blogging schedule is something I can’t seem to tackle.
    Recently, I’ve started making art more frequently and so this blog has morphed into a vehicle to share my work. I’m always fascinated to watched blogs change as their creators evolve. Someday, when this deem becomes a reality, I hope to share my life as an actual, working, surviving artist.
    So for me, blogging continues to be a way for me to share my work, my inspiration and to hash out my feelings. Sometimes I feel like I’m shouting out into the vast ether of the internet with nothing but an echo. But that’s kind of ok. It’s pretty cool to have an avenue to share your small take on the world regardless of whether the readers are two or two million people.

    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 6

    October 9, 2014 | No Comments »

    Reflect by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    New collage! I noticed on Instagram that I’ve been taking a lot of misty green tinged photos lately so this collage continues upon the theme. Also it might be a little ode to Iceland. Reflect is made with watercolor, burned vellum and magazine pages.

    Loving {Forever}: Outlander

    October 7, 2014 | No Comments »

    Raise your hand if you are watching Outlander, Starz’ gorgeous adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Scottish highlands time travel series. I am officially hooked and not just because it’s a historical tale finally told from the eyes of one very kick-ass woman or because men look great in kilts but because it is so beautifully shot that I am physically yearning for a trip to the highlands.  And on the fashion front, Outlander could do for plaid and hand knit cowls what Twin Peaks did for saddle shoes and Gossip Girl did for headbands.
    Witness below, my Scottish fashion fantasy:

    Inspired by Outlander / thisisloveforever.com
    Fairy Queen: Nastya Sten And Sophie Touchet shot by Phil Poynter For Vogue Germany October 2014 via: Visual Optimism

    Inspired by Outlander / thisisloveforever.com
    on left: Isabel Marant FW ’14 show via NYmag.com on right: still from Outlander via Starz

    Inspired by Outlander / thisisloveforever.com
    on left: Insta-Glam: Julia Suszfalak By Emilio Tini For Glamour Germany October via Image Amplified, on right: still from Outlander via Starz

    Inspired by Outlander / thisisloveforever.com
    still from Outlander via Starz

    Inspired by Outlander / thisisloveforever.com
    on left: Nice To Meet You, Mrs Bogart! : Nicola Haffmans By Thanassis Krikis For Madame Germany October via Visual Optimism on right: Isabel Marant FW ’14 show via NYmag.com


    Inspired by Outlander / thisisloveforever.com
    on left: Josefien Rodermans shot by Andreas Ohlund for Elle Sweden November 2013 via The Fashionography on right: Scotch on the Rocks shot by Joseph Cornell for Flare 2004 via

    Inspired by Outlander / thisisloveforever.com
    still from Outlander via Starz

    Inspired by Outlander / thisisloveforever.com
    on left: Tartan Army: from Elle Magazine shot by George Santoni  on right: Field Notes: Marine Deleeuw By Emma Tempest For Bon Fall / Winter 14/15 via Visual Optimism


    I Love Fashion: Givenchy’s Butterflies

    September 25, 2014 | 1 Comment »

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    In the wrong hands, butterflies can be a bit cloying but Givenchy’s butterfly prints from their Spring ’15 show are anything but. They immediately reminded me of McQueen’s butterfly dresses which sent me down the rabbit hole towards Damien Hirst’s scarf prints for McQueen. A match made in heaven.
    Givenchy images from Style.com
    Damien Hirst images from Alexander McQueen

    I Love Art: Eva Faye

    September 24, 2014 | No Comments »

    Eva Faye / thisisloveforever.com

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    Eva Faye / thisisloveforever.com
    These beautiful pieces by artist Eva Faye are made from precise cuts into oil painted vellum. Each delicate work is hung a couple of inches off the wall to allow for the interaction of light and shadow with the art.

    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 5

    September 19, 2014 | No Comments »

    I am woefully behind on documentation, but! I am not going to beat myself up about this. I am just going to say that I am extremely happy with this collage, Emptied.
    And that’s that.

    Emptied by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 4

    August 16, 2014 | No Comments »

    52 Weeks of Collage Week 4: Scatter by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.comWeek 4: Scatter / watercolor, paper, fabric, thread

    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 3

    August 6, 2014 | 2 Comments »

    Nested by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    I’m putting a bird on it for Week 3 of my 52 Weeks of Collage. I don’t care if it’s cliché, I will always love the birds.

    I Love Fashion: Valentino Resort ’15

    August 6, 2014 | No Comments »

    I’ve always been a big fan of checking out designer’s resort shows: it’s a season with less fanfare and designers have a chance to make a small cohesive collection. The result is often more fun than the Fall and Spring big hitters. This Valentino show is so inspiring to me, for its’ DIY potential, its’ fantastic prints and its’ ability to tackle a much-beloved fashion muse (Frida Kahlo) in a new way. Can’t you picture embroidering a few beautiful butterflies on your army jacket? I know I can.

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    all images from Style.com, layouts by this is love forever

    I Love (Hate) Stuff: An Update on the Cleanse

    July 23, 2014 | 3 Comments »

    only / artwork by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    I’m two months into my buying cleanse and something amazing is happening: I’m finding more peace in the absence of things. There’s space, both literally in my day (seriously I wasted as much time plotting and considering shopping as I did actually pulling out my wallet) and in my head.
    As much as I love stuff, I have to admit, shopping also gives me intense anxiety. I can’t tell you how many times I have obsessed over finding the perfect dining room rug or little black dress and how much time I have wasted doing it. Last night, my husband asked me what I am doing with all my extra time. “I’m actually doing the things that really make me happy: painting, sewing, reading…honestly, even when I’m just staring out into space it’s still time better spent.

    I don’t want to pat myself on the back too much- a three month shopping hiatus does not the next Mother Theresa make. But it’s something. And how often do we decide to do nothing instead of something because our something seems so small? I know I do that all the time.

    So here we go! One more month of no clothing, accessories or shoes to go and then I get to slowly introduce one (vintage or independently made only!) piece a month back into my shopping diet for the next three months.