Monday, December 31, 2012

a charmed life

This outfit is from a couple of weeks ago, but life has just been so hectic that I've neglected to post it.  Things are definitely going to be changing in the coming new year (some BIG changes), not only for this blog, but in my life as well.  I'll say that 2012 was a year of adventure, heartbreak, and joy.  Through all the ups and downs, however, I think it's safe to say that it's been the best year yet, which makes me very excited for all the possibilities that 2013 holds in store.

The one thing I want to mention about this outfit is my charm bracelet.  It was a gift from my mom and dad on my first day of school in August of 1995.  There was a dated school bus charm to commemorate the occasion, and through all my stages of life, the hobbies, vacations, and passions have been added slowly, charm by charm to the bracelet.  My favorites include a tricorn hat from our family trip to Pennsylvania, a horse from a trip to Williamsburg, and theatre masks to symbolize the drama programs I participated in during school.  This bracelet is one of my most prized belongings, however, I don't wear it much.  It was fun to pull it out this day and remember all the good times I've had with friends and family through the joyous jingling of the pretty silver charms.
 dress - thrifted ; coat - H&M ; scarf - Brilliant Stranger ; shoes - Report

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

beyond the barricade

So excited to finally see the movie version of the musical Les Miserables today!  If you've been around this blog for a while, you'll know that this is my favorite book and my favorite musical, so I'll be holding the movie to pretty high standards.  Can. Not. Wait.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

to a great mind, nothing is little

I don't care how lame it is, but whenever I put on my trench coat I feel like a detective.  I can't help it!  I just want to go out and solve all sorts of mysteries. The addition of this hat (brilliant hat, I should say, acquired earlier this week at a local thrift store for $5) made everything better.  It was easy to bury my face in my scarf and just peer out from beneath the brim of the hat (and then I was invisible).
dress, belt - thrifted ; coat, gloves, shoes - H&M ; scarf - gifted ; hat - vintage Country Gentleman

Monday, December 10, 2012

distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December

We had the first blizzard of the year last night and today I woke up to a winter wonderland outside my window.  Actually, the biggest reason I chose to stay in Door County for the winter is so I could see it covered in snow.  Now I can say I've seen it and it was worth the stay.  
dress - thrifted ; cape - eShakti ; hat, gloves - H&M ; shoes - Famous Footwear

Friday, December 7, 2012

a peek at my Tarot collection

Since I first blogged with my Tarot cards, I've gotten lots of inquiries into my use of Tarot and such.  I love using my Tarot cards (I do at least once a day!) and am constantly researching their history and different divination techniques.  When it comes to Tarot decks in general, I prefer ones that are more artistic and historical rather than contemporary.  I tend to stay away from decks that are too cartoon-ish, as I find them unattractive and distracting.
My first deck - The Original Rider Waite Tarot.  This is my favorite deck, partially because it was my first, but mostly because it is so timeless.  This is the deck of all decks, in my opinion, and is the deck that all other decks are measured against before purchasing.  This is the deck I use most often and is the one I can most easily read and relate to.
The Enchanted Tarot.  Unless decks are carefully researched, it is very hard to tell what most of the cards will look like upon opening a new deck.  There are usually a few showcased on the box, or if you are buying from a specialized new age store, they may have a few sample cards you can ask to see.  With this deck, I liked the look of the few that I was able to see on the box, and so I bought it.  However, I became a little disappointed upon opening and perusing my new cards.  While they are gorgeous, I prefer to have a classical theme (similar to the Rider Waite deck) to my cards and these definitely had more of a Victorian vibe to them.  These cards are a bit longer than traditional cards, which does make more room for the picture, but also makes shuffling harder.  I admire the simple design on the back, but I wish it were printed on something other than white as I am always afraid of getting them dirty.
The Celtic Tarot.  I am absolutely in love with this deck.  It is colorful, front and back, and the images are more than gorgeous and done in true Celtic style.  
Medieval Tarot.  This deck was picked up at an independent bookstore in a pack that included a book, but the deck/pack had no formal name.  I'm just calling it Medieval Tarot because that's what it looks like to me (it closely resembles the Marseille Tarot, but I don't think it is).  I love the old fashioned art and the french wording on these cards.  Then only thing I don't like (and it's kind of a big thing) is that back design of the cards does not match the theme of the actual card designs at all!  I'd rather have them have a blank back than this mismatched one.
The most beautiful of my decks is the Golden Botticelli Tarot.  I bought this particular one when I was visiting B in Madison.  We happened into a bookstore (so dangerous) and found ourselves back in the new age section.  As I looked over the Tarot decks, I noticed this one.  While the other ones were all in box sets, big and colorful, this one was just sitting there, in a small and mostly black box, it didn't even have a price on it.  It looked sorely out of place.  I picked it up and as I examined the box, I knew I was hooked. It turned out to be the most expensive of my collection ($30 while all of the others were between $10 and $20).  They were definitely worth it, each card with a different Botticelli-esque painting and decorated with shiny gold highlights.  This is the deck I am currently using.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

glimpses 11/25 - 12/2

My beautiful hand-carved Dala Horse looking out over Sister Bay.
After the chaos of switching rooms for the winter, 
Maceo snatched a few winks on my dresser.
Drumsticks: don't leave home without them.

I went to Madison to visit B (of Sea Creatures) and caught the 
gorgeous capital looking ever so majestic against the foggy sky.
Soundtracks of my life.
This fortune is taped to the steering wheel of my car as 
a constant reminder to 'do something unusual.'
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