Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Plan a Trip

Rum Point, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, W. B. I.,  January 2011

I stumbled upon a list of “ten things to do on a rainy day”. Since I love rainy days, I was eager to see what it suggested. Number one on the list was: Plan a trip.  Something about it struck me as almost ironic. This whole past semester, whenever I had a Spanish test, or anything I didn’t want to study for, I would plan a tip. I began doing it after asking one of my friends for any possible idea to help me procrastinate instead of study Spanish. When he recommenced that I plan a trip I enquired, ‘where to?’ and he suggested some European country. From then on, I had a lovely new means of procrastinating. I’ve planned trips to countless countries and cities around the world. The most extensive trip consisted of something like the following: beginning in Greece, road tripping up to Russia, down and around Eastern Europe, stopping at the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania and visiting Poland, going to Ireland and the UK, and ending in Rome. Although I was tempted to purchase some tickets to Ireland, and a road trip to Chicago fell through less then three days before it was supposed to happen, none of the many wonderful and beautiful trips I fantasized about ever came to be.

You can plan a trip to anywhere. It’s alright to dream. Maybe those dreams will never come true or maybe you'll go somewhere you never dreamed, but the possibility of traveling somewhere amazing doesn't actually need to be on the horizon for you to feel the thrill and excitement of planing a trip. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

fashioned knitwear

True warmth. 
True comfort. 
True material.
True fashion.
True cool.
True sweater.
True wool.
True quality.
True cozy.
True Irish.

Front view.
Side view.

Pocket detail
Tag detail.
I love Irish knit sweaters. This sweater was purchased from a vintage thrift store.  

The following is an interesting article on sweater that was in the WSJ.

KNITS AHOY | Sweater-clad fisherman in Kent, England, circa 1930
When one pictures a salty French fisherman bracing himself against sea spray and wind in a burly wool sweater, a modern-day slicker suddenly seems inauthentic, unstylish, wimpy and over-prepared. This spring, consider ditching the windbreaker when it's blustery and drizzling and throw on one of these handsome knits, which deflect moisture and wind the old-fashioned way.
Seafarers from Brittany who sailed to England to sell onions in the 1800s, wore tight-knit sweaters made from unwashed sheep's wool to bear the elements; Irish mariners wore the now-iconic Aran sweater on the water, with its moisture-wicking lanolin-coated cable knit. And the worsted wool Guernsey sweater—named after the Channel Island where it's made—was worn by the British Royal Navy in the 19th century and is still sported by the U.K.'s 7th Armoured Brigade (aka the "Desert Rats") and the Intelligence Corps.
If a thick-skinned sweater was good enough for English captains in the Battle of Trafalgar (which they were), they're good enough gear for a wet spring day or a stormy summer night. As for the absence of a hood, not to worry: The wet look is in.
—Alexa Brazilian

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

incredible crayons

Diem Chau Carved Cryola Crayons

Found this on the site AnOther. Pretty amazing.

I came across the Anthropolgie wedding line yesterday. Gorgeous, gorgeous collection! I had lots of fun looking through the dresses, shoes, accessories, etc. They are all beautiful and vintage inspired. They even had an album of vintage wedding photos and you could see how some of the old dresses inspired the designs of the new dresses. But I believe there is one fatal flaw with the otherwise enchanting collection: there is not one white dress.

Rain, rain, come today

I love rainy days.  I hope it rains today

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ruffles and such

It occurred to me after I published my 'introduction', that besides introducing yourself, one of the main purposes of an introduction is to inform the reader of what they can expect to find by reading what you write. I did say that this blog's purpose is to record my thoughts, but I suppose that sounds somewhat vague. But, there isn't much to say to clarify or be more specific. I fully intend to write on what ever sparks my interest. Now, I will say, some areas or topics that are generally of more interest to me then others are fashion, art, colours, Chicago, antiques, hair styles, and decorating, books, etc.

I don't have too many cloths pieces with ruffles, but this past Sunday as I was dressing for church, I decided to combine nearly all of the ruffles I have into an outfit. Because it is finally starting to feel more like Spring, I wanted to wear something lighter than the black I've been wearing all Winter long, but still weather appropriate.
Ruffles in black and white plaid, goldish orange and peach.

Naturally, this outfit was paired with my cowboy boots.

The peach Gap skirt brought a fresh Spring colour. The (shrunken) wool, gold-orange, J. Crew sweater complimented the peach and added warmth. The Tiffany blue, Forever21 earrings and rose hair piece added more Spring colour.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Personally, I think introductions are annoying. I generally skip them. But since I'm taking some time to write this, I wanted to try to make it interesting in the hopes that you, the reader, find it tolerable enough to spare some time to read it. The boring facts are that my name is Abigail, and I am 20 yrs. A favorite interest of mine is traveling and the biggest paradox of my life is that despite my love of traveling, I'm joining a monastery. The purpose of this blog is to record my thoughts during this time of my life, before I join the convent.