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Spring Forward


I’ve been mildly obsessed with this gorgeous photo of ranunculus flowers by Jessica Nichols ever since they popped up on my Pinterist feed last week, where they were pulled from Poppytalk. The flowers in and of themselves are spectacular, but the combination of colors against that fabulous blue-grey background ups the ante for me. And so, I couldn’t resist pulling some of those colors out for our admiration.

Today also happens to feel so amazingly spring-y that I wound up decking my hair out in flowers on a whim to celebrate. At first I was just playing with a mega high bun to pair with my gleefully bare shoulders; then came a little headband (which I need to find in more colors); one flower, the orchid; and then! why not circling my bun in them?A sort of little tiara of flowers. It’s my first time doing it, so I may need to experiment more, and maybe find some new flowers. But definitely a fun prospective springtime little ‘do.

Rock that rainy day: Pare*Umbrellas


Spring has arrived, sunshine, rain showers, and… allergies. Oh, heavens, how the allergies are killing me. I’m usually not a huge fan of rainy days (save for yesterday ((and from the looks of it a little later on today, too)) when the rain put a damper on the pollen-fest that’s been rampant) what with all of the walking I do here in the city, what with all of the people crammed into small spaces, and well… I can go on and on. The problem with spring and the coming summer is, of course, the blaring sun which I commented on last year while I pondered the possible joys of carrying around a lady-like parasol. Some of the examples even happened to be umbrellas! Double duty! Yeah! And it’s true that a pretty umbrella adds a little bit of pep to a gray day. And just today I spotted pare*umbrella‘s awesomely lovely umbrellas meant to protect you from gray, wet days as well as super sunshine-y ones.

The Seattle based company was inspired by the fashionable nature of umbrellas in Japan, which happens to be where the artist I’m featuring along-side the umbrellas is from. Jun lives in Tokyo and I’ve admired her work for some time. When I saw the pare*umbrellas, I remembered seeing a lot of umbrellas in Jun’s work, and then was doubly delighted once I read pare’s background info and learned they were inspired by Japan’s fashionable rain gear.

Lovely, aren’t they (both the umbrellas and the art)? If you happen to want to get your hands on one of the pare*umbrellas, hurry on over to their site: the umbrellas being sold only between April 15th – May 18th! (also, I didn’t feature them all, and a few come in different colorways, so check them out).

(Throw on a pretty fluffy skirt, pull on a pair of rain boots, grab your nice big umbrella and dance in the rain!)

And if you want to see more of Jun’s work click right here. (heads up, the site is all in Japanese).

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Weird Little Beast


My cousin tweeted this image last week and it makes me smile every time I look at it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten weird looks for being fascinated by something strange/random/seemingly inconsequential. Today I stopped in the middle of crossing the street to try to pick up a key on the ground (I happen to have a thing for keys); alas, it was stuck and could not be mine and I was the recipient of several loud honks from taxi-cabs itching to make the right turn. Oops.

Again, sorry for my poky-ness. I’ve been working on some stuff and also caught up in the Must.Be.Outside(!) Glee that is springtime. You know the feeling, yes? The sheer joy in warming temperatures, watching the trees burst back into life, and the positively oodles and oodles of gorgeous colorful flowers overtaking the Union Square Green Market. And people watching! And listening to the street musicians. And and and….

Spring, how I love thee! It makes this Hot House Florida Flower whole-heartedly, positively, nerdily giddy. You too?! Swell!

I am working, however, on reigning in the brain. :) I assure you, dear readers, I have a hundred million (okay, maybe not that many – but a lot) browser tabs open in firefox and the computer that is my head of ideas of things to write about for you. Promise.

I tried to figure out where this image originated from but have thus far come up empty. If you know, do give me a shout as I love to give attribution.

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