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Lovely things: thinking of autumn edition

Lovely things: thinking of autumn edition

Lovely things july 17

I know, I can hear you shouting and waving your hands. But listen, autumn is my very favourite of the seasons, so for me, this tentative feeling out of all things crisp, cool and lovely is nothing but joy. If you are a summer lover, just avert your eyes now…

1 // ONA Bowery camera bag

2 // Joules Celisa woven tunic top in navy partridge

3 // Aigle Ms Juliette rain boots

4 // Emma Bridgewater Black Toast Tea for Me

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Things I love: Saltwater sandals

Things I love: Saltwater sandals

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I think I’m probably late to the party on this one, but I discovered Saltwater sandals this spring. Leather, yet completely ocean and washing machine compatible, they are my ideal summer shoe. I’m not a sporty kind of girl, and I don’t really go in for velcro sports sandals. I saw someone mention on instagram that they walked all over the city in them one day pushing a double pushchair and their feet didn’t hurt – that sold it for me. Should you want to match your children, they come in little person sizes too.

Plus they come in silver. I mean really.

Now they are a bit of a challenge to get hold of in Canada, and the sizing is random so read all the details on their site before ordering online. I am coveting a red pair, but I’m wondering whether I missed the window…

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Review: Pebble Smartwatch

Review: Pebble Smartwatch

iOS 7 update: Since the iOS update, I’ve found my phone drops the bluetooth connection with Pebble much less often. This makes everything about using my watch much better. With rumours about Apple’s iWatch still sketchy – late 2014, if at all – I still think Pebble is the way to go if you’re craving some wearable tech. 

I knew watch geeks existed, but I had never met any until I started wearing my Pebble. Now I get strange people staring fixedly at my wrist. My husband Christopher spent 20 minutes at the IKEA delivery desk, 18 minutes of which was spent discussing his Pebble.

What is Pebble?

Before Kickstarter became a verb, it was a small, populist way of getting people to fund your project. Then some guys came up with a cool-looking watch that could talk to your iPhone, and they raised $10 million dollars in a month. Suddenly Kickstarter was a real story in the business press and everyone was putting up their short films, industrial design degree programme final projects, and video games.

What does a Pebble do? It is a pretty digital watch with an e-paper screen (much like a Kindle) that connects to your phone, so you get updates via a little vibration and a preview on your tiny watch screen, and control your music on your phone. At least, that’s what it does now. The thing with Pebble is we’ve been given is essentially a beta of a hardware product. Every time a software update comes out, it does new things. It feels like The Future.

I can hear you from here, grumbling about not needing any more tech to connect you to the constant stream of emails, updates, tweets, etc. Strangely, I find my Pebble makes me feel less concerned with those updates than when I had to wonder and check notifications on my phone. Now, I get a buzz on my wrist when an email from my editor comes in, and I can see she is just confirming she received my article, not that she needs something else from me. Done. I don’t need to go dig out my phone, or feel like I need to check my laptop every 10 minutes.

Is a smart watch absolutely necessary? Well, no. Is it nice? Very. It is definitely not the most feminine watch I’ve ever seen, but I still wear it every day. I never miss a phone call when my phone is buried in my bag because my watch lets me know my phone is ringing immediately.

The Pebble is on pre-order now, and I feel duty-bound to tell you it might take a good long while before you actually get one. But you will feel very cool when you do.

Disclaimer: None really, we are geeks and contributed in the Kickstarter campaign. 

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Lovely things: outer space edition

Lovely things: outer space edition

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I don’t know why, but we’re all about spaceships around here these days. I’m obsessing about trying out this tutorial for making your own outer space shirt/skirt/leggings.

1 // Cuisipro rocket ship pop moulds : these have an astronaut hiding inside, too cool.

2 // Crochet rocket ship pattern : I wish I could manage crocheting…

3 // A properly beautiful galaxy shirt : I’m pretty sure I couldn’t manage this one on my own.

4 // ‘Never date an astronaut’ shirt : oh Threadless, you are too funny.

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Covet Garden: the print version

Covet Garden: the print version

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One of my favourite publications these days is lifestyle and interiors online-only magazine Covet Garden. I love that it’s Canadian, I love their quirky lived-in sense of style, I love the kinds of people they feature. I wish dearly for more West coast content (I think Jan of Poppytalk should be their correspondent… ahem) but it’s a small quibble. Quick, go sign up now to be notified when each issue comes out. It’s free. I’ll be here when you come back.

Ok?

Now you have had a chance to flip through and see how wonderful it is, wouldn’t you like a hybrid book/magazine version of by Christmas? I certainly would. Support their IndieGoGo campaign to make it happen. I would dearly love to be able to give them $1,000 to feature my decidedly less-than-picturesque space. You have to be in Toronto for that too, but it’s not the first hurdle, so I can dream.

Watching their video, I think I just want to be friends more than anything. Think there’s a funding level for that?

Covet Garden Home IndieGoGo Campaign

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