Monday, June 28, 2010

Things I Love

1. This Pyrrha anchor ring! Every time customers ask to see the Pyrrha rings, I pull them all out, and ever so subtly, slip this baby on. What can I say, I'm a great hand model.

The anchor ring is $184, and is a size 6 and I might even be wearing it as I type. The anchor seal is a symbol of optimism and it reads 'still have hope'. Actually, Pyrrha will do any of their seals in ring form, so keep it in mind. And all seals are available in silver or bronze. And maybe someone out there could do me a favour and just buy this ring so I don't have to torment myself everyday? Please and thank you.

2. Audrey. I do love her. Audrey is former noko-staffer Miranda's Grandma. (And you know how I feel about Grandma's). Miranda was in town last week and she stopped by the shop with Audrey. Though, what I also love about Audrey is that Miranda has a blog named after her. Pieces from Audrey is Miranda's style blog, and one of my favourite blogs to visit. The reason for the name:
I realized that almost any day I have something on my person that is from my gran, Audrey - so hence the name "pieces from audrey"
You'll find tons of inspiration, beauty and love on this blog, so check it out!

(Pictures of Miranda and Stella from Pieces of Audrey)

3. Boredom. Seriously. I know there's the 'only boring people get bored', but there is something to be said about letting your mind wander. This morning my (uber-talented) friend Veekee posted an article that really sunk in with me. The author, Peter Bregman, wrote about why he returned his new iPad (unthinkable, right?). He got tired of filling in every spare minute with things to do.

Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that's where creativity arises.

My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I am running but not listening to my iPod. When I am sitting, doing nothing, waiting for someone. When I am lying in bed as my mind wanders before falling to sleep. These "wasted" moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital.

You can check out the article here.

I think it really resonating with me because I am experiencing a bit of a 1/3 life crisis. WHAT DO I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE!? Can anyone relate? I have a lovely house, an amazing boutique, 2 cats and 1 boyfriend. Everything has been checked off my to-do list. Now what? It's time for me to set some new goals and ambitions in my life and get at them. But first I need to figure out what the hell those goals are. You should hear the stuff that is rolling around in my head, it's pretty hilarious. But what I am enjoying as I begin this process, is getting stuck in my head with ideas and fantasies; basically no boundaries or limits. And this only comes around once I have quietness in my head, from sitting on the couch and staring at the wall (or, more likely, laying in bed and staring at the ceiling). Here's to boredom. And all the ideas and creativity and fantasy that arises from it.

4. Feather earrings from Myrtle and Pearls. Love them so much. Beautiful, light weight, and affordable ($32!). We just got in a new batch from Ms. Genevieve yesterday.

Genevieve recently moved to Montreal, check out her adventures on her blog.

5. Silk screening! I'm going to set up a silk screening area in the store basement in the next month or so, and I am realllly excited about it. Laurel was our silk screening lady for years and years, and every once and I while I would sneak into the studio to help out with bag fabric. It was so much fun to work with my hands, and just get into the silk screening zone. So I'm going to try and get that magic back.

And, speaking of silk screening, the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP) is holding a fundraiser this weekend that you should really check out. Called "Love Those Clothes You Wear", it will be an evening of artwork, a silent auction, fashion show, music, food and drinks. Basically the perfect mix. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and will be held at their new location, which I have yet to see! It's on Jasper and 120 Street. See you there? Yes? Yes!

Oh, and for more information, check out the fb event page or else SNAP's website.


Anonymous said...

i love that your setting up a silk screen table in the basement! i was wondering and worried that you might lose those perfect little blue shopping bags. i've even seen one here.muzzl

Anonymous said...

muzzl was the word verification letters, i didn't mean to write that. ha ha ha
happy canada day nokomis

nokomis said...

happy canada day genevieve! we'll see how the silk screening goes, at least the bags don't need to be perfect!

Tala Kamea said...

Great post Jess! So true about boredom - we need those moments of silent reflection... I feel the winds of change! Looking forward to hearing about your continued adventures, and wish you all the best in your many searches and projects. xo

Millicent Designs said...

To quote Audrey;
"That girl was very kind, she had lovely glasses"

I love you!!