Thursday, July 24, 2014

Etsy finds: Pretty photo albums

Image via: WatermarkBindery cherry branch photo album

This past Tuesday, I gathered all my courage and set about to sorting out a bunch of boxes full of old clothes, notebooks, magazines and just stuff in general. Admittedly, it's not the most fun and enjoyable activity you can do on a random afternoon, but I find the act of getting rid of old things oddly soothing and relieving. Don't you?

And what's more, even among all those useless dust-gathering things, I managed to find a few hidden gems (hello, my high school journals). I fell upon a few boxes filled to the brim with photographs, letters and postcards. And browsing through them made me feel kind of nostalgic, in the best possible way.

With our lives proudly displayed on social media these days it can be hard to believe, but I really belong to a generation that wasn't born with a smart phone clutched tightly in the hands. I can still remember those times in high school when we used landline phone to set up dates (with our parents usually lurking nearby), when we had our photos developed (and not stored on Facebook and Instagram), and when we used to send each other (gasp!) letters and postcards.

Don't get me wrong. I'm just as dependent on my iPhone and addicted to Instagram these days as the next girl. But there's something so wonderfully old-fashioned about the slightly faded ink of the photographs. And don't even get me started on all the happy (and sometimes bittersweet) memories that it evokes.

And since making photo albums again was one of the items on my summer bucket list, this was just the perfect incentive for me to start hunting down that perfect blank albums. Per usual, I turned to my trusted Etsy, and I sure wasn't disappointed. Below is just a small portion of my current favorites, and while I'm trying to pick the winner(s), I would love to know: do you ever have your photos developed? Do you make your own photo albums? If so, where do you buy them? Any tricks of the trade you'd like to share?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend notes + link love

Image via ThePaintedShoeArt

This was one of those weeks that's left me drained both physically and emotionally; but also kind of elated and proud of everything I accomplished. Isn't that a weird combination? Does it ever happen to you, too?

My workload was as crazy as ever - with my dad being away from the family business for a week, I've had to take upon some of his responsibilities. I'm most definitely not complaining - being thrown in the deep water is the best training in running a small business I could ask for, and I'm infinitely grateful for such an opportunity. But there seems to be little time left for work-unrelated activities in my life right now, and I've been craving more of that elusive work-life balance. Do you have any tips or strategies on handling such a situation? They'd be more than welcome!

I'm planning to do pretty much nothing serious this weekend. You could find me sprawled on the couch watching Tour de France (it makes me so nostalgic for my years spent in France!), or maybe in the kitchen, baking something delicious with peaches and blueberries. I'm also planning to avoid the heat wave that's hit the country, to catch up on my favorite blogs and maybe, just maybe, to put some order into my editorial calendar. Sounds like a plan to me.

I'm signing off for the weekend with a few of my favorite links from around the web, and I'm wishing you all the most relaxing, beautiful and fun-packed weekend! xx

one: I love pretty much everything in Aditi's Etsy shop. She is so incredibly talented! And have I mentioned that her Instagram account is pure eye candy? Stunning. (via Etsy)

two: “I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint, comfortable chairs with lights beside them, open fires on the hearth and flowers wherever they ‘belong,’ mirrors and sunshine in all rooms.” - A fascinating story of Elsie de Wolfe (via The New Yorker)

three: I think I could never pull off an all-white house, but that doesn't prevent me from swooning over these gorgeous and stunning pictures of Monika Hibbs' home. Wow. (via Style me Pretty Living)

four: Is multitasking messing with your productivity? I'll be the first to admit that I'm often guilty of having too many excess open browser tabs. I'm definitely going to give Anne's tips a try, just to see if I'm still recuperable! (via Clementine Daily)

five: I love Camille's perspective on turning 30 so much! I still have a couple of years before I reach this milestone, but I'm already planning on incorporationg some of her philosophies into my life! (via Camille Styles)

six: Raspberry Peach Prosecco Punch. It sounds just as delicious as it looks! (via Table for Two)

seven: Dying to get my hands on a copy of Heather Christo's cookbook! (via BookDepository)

eight: Career advice from 22 amazing and successful women. So much wisdom going on around here! (via The Zoe Report)

nine: Hands down the prettiest Caprese salad I've seen so far. (via Love and Lemons)

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