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

    July 23, 2014 | No Comments »

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    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.





    I love Instagram: Florabundance

    July 17, 2014 | No Comments »

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    It’s mid-July and my mother’s garden is alive with plump vegetables, buzzing honeybees and industrious birds. We’re crouched in the patch of green beans diligently pushing aside leaves and vines to find the sweet prizes hidden below. Before long, our colander is overflowing with beans. Before we go inside, my mother collects a few flowers: an unpretentious mix of blooms and blossoms, fragrant herbs and greens. She has an impressionist’s eye with flowers, filling a dozen tiny vases and vessels throughout the house with this and that. A few marigolds, the lacy buds of an overgrown dill plant, one perfect cone of foxglove.
    W e spread the spoils of the flower garden in front of us and both have an idea at the same time: this would make a great photo! The greatest thing about instagram, I think,  is that you can capture a moment in time so perfectly and quickly without really losing that moment. Seconds after the click of a button, we’re back to our routine.





    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 2

    July 16, 2014 | No Comments »
    Circle Study 1 by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    Circle Study 1: paper, watercolor and sewing





    I Love Amsterdam: A Photo Safari at the Rijksmuseum

    July 9, 2014 | No Comments »

    The Rijksmuseum is an amazing place. This cannot be overstated. As proof, the Mr. and I spent FIVE HOURS on just one floor. We had to go back the second day! The highlight of the museum is of course, the Dutch masters and if you want it to, that floor can take you, well, five hours to get through.  Here’s what I saw on my photo-safari.

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    I Love Fashion: Mary Katrantzou Resort ’15

    July 9, 2014 | 2 Comments »

    Mary Katrantzou Resort '15 / thisisloveforever.com
    I’m about halfway through my Summer shopping cleanse and feeling pretty great. The cleanse is helping me to look at objects in a different way, with a healthy abstract distance. For instance, these there-are-almost-no-words-to-describe-the-beauty looks from Mary Katrantzou’s Resort collection look like art to me. I’m appreciating the off-kilter color story, the shapes, the mix of prints and textures, the amazing use of type in the fabrications and not even thinking about these looks as “things I could buy (in my dreams)”.

    Mary Katrantzou Resort '15 / thisisloveforever.com Mary Katrantzou Resort '15 / thisisloveforever.com





    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 1

    July 2, 2014 | 2 Comments »

     

    Floating by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    Adrift: Collage, Week 1 watercolor, thread and ephemera on paper

    There are a million excuses one could make for not making more art but my big one is always time. This is valid; often I don’t have time to make big pieces of Capital A Art. So I created a challenge for myself with this in mind. Each week, I have the time to make a collage, a way to flex my creative muscle as well as explore new materials and techniques. Quite literally this is a way to get some ideas I have jostling around in my brain onto a page of paper. Welcome to Week 1 of 52 Weeks of Collage. I can’t wait to see what happens!

    Do you create challenges like this for yourself? Let me know!





    I Love Art: Jean Brusselmans

    June 23, 2014 | No Comments »

    Jean Brusselmans / thisisloveforever.com

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    If you are an art nerd like me, one of the greatest joys of visiting new cities is seeing great works of art in person. Looking at the Vermeers and the Rembrandts at the Rijksmuseum was a hugely sublime moment but there are smaller discoveries too. Jean Brusselmans was a Belgian artist who has quite a few pieces in collection at the Stedelijk and his view of the world makes me so so happy. Look at those expressive brushstrokes, the wonderful color palette, the world divided into harmonized squares and circles. What’s not to love?
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    Have you ever “discovered” a new artist on a trip? Who was it?
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    Make it! For Anthropologie

    June 23, 2014 | No Comments »

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    Big self promotion alert: I have started writing DIY posts for the Anthropologie blog! This one above features five different ways to use and decorate a summer lantern. I have another DIY coming up soon. Stay tuned!





    I Love Amsterdam: KattenKabinet

    June 15, 2014 | 2 Comments »

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    KattenKabinet is quirky little museum in Amsterdam focusing on the cat as artistic muse. If you’ve ever talked to me for more than ten minutes, you will know I am a dedicated cat lover so I was very much in heaven.

    KattenKabinet photo by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    The KattenKabinet was founded by Bob Meijer in 1990 as an act of remembrance for his own dearly departed cat, John Pierpont Morgan. In addition to a Rembrandt, a Picasso and a Toulouse-Lautrec, KattenKabinet houses hundreds of lesser-known sculptures, drawings, posters and even a few real, live kitties who prowl through the stately rooms.
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    I Love Amsterdam

    June 15, 2014 | No Comments »

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    Our trip to Amsterdam at the beginning of the month was nothing short of magical. It’s a pretty special place, illuminated by the same incredible light that inspired the likes of Vermeer and Rembrandt. As we rode through the city on our bikes, the Mr. and I were captivated by narrow streets entwined with a maze of canals, rows of perky houses alive with vines, ivy and rosebushes, quaint cafés filled with convivial groups of Dutch friends laughing and sipping pints of beer. Seriously, Amsterdam would have to try really hard to have an ugly Spring day. Even when they sky opened up and poured rain one Wednesday afternoon, there was still that light peaking through the clouds. And oh that light! It could break your heart with it’s beauty.
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