pretty paisley

Me, I like paisley. I have since I was a little girl. Look at these pretty things. Paisley has a few moods - a bit boho, a lot preppy, sometimes mod, sometimes super trad. Paisley and stripes - forever love. I'm doing this post about paisley because I can't manage to collect my thoughts about so many other things. There's that whole New York Times piece on digital magazines, there's Million Dollar Decorators, there's the Tweed House reno (or lack of one)...I don't know where to start on any of these topics. They are so much more complex than paisley.

Here in Toronto, there used to be a shop called The Paisley Shop. It was a fine antiques shop and not only was it in one of my favourite buildings in the city -- but I think that is one of the best shop names. Ever. The one-time Paisley Shop is now home to Seventy Seven, flagship location for Pink Tartan and Kim Newport-Mimran and her favourite things. It's located at 77 Yorkville, hence the name. They heavily renovated the building. I haven't been able to bring myself to go in. Partly because I'm prob not cool or skinny or rich enough to shop there and partly because, well, it's not The Paisley Shop.

That's all for today. Thanks very much for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely day. Stay cool.

sources: 1 & 2: Rickshaw Design. 3. West Elm. 4. Les Indiennes/IVM Prints. 5. Etro. 6. Linen Way. 7. J.Crew

purple picks

Perfectly pretty purple. Bought my first ever purple item of clothing in London in March and since then am loving it. Makes me wonder: Purple, where've you been all my life? Here are some pretty things that have been catching my eye since. 

Above, my scarf from UniQlo. love it with green or navy.

Below, ladies at Ascot 2009

princess eugenie at ascot. the telegraph referred to these as clashing colours. the telegraph is dumb. purple and green are natural companions.

photo: james merrell

parisian apt. photo: thibault jeanson

a vanity paint job at Selfridges. my photo.

vanessa bruno's apt. via this is glamorous.

via decor8 flickr.

These are all pretty happy things, but did you know that these colours were part of the Victorian stages of mouring? The complex system was popularized when Queen Victoria mourned the death of her dear love Prince Albert. Americans adopted the system as well. The stages, deep/heavy mourning, full-mourning and light/half-mourning dictated what a woman wore, who she saw and even the colours used to print her calling card. Read more about it here. In light mourning, a woman could begin to add violet, mauve and lavender accents to her black clothing. Then in the final stages, her wardrobe would consist of light greys and lavenders.

I am thinking of this today because a friend's father has passed away. I'm so sad for him.