Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hi there! Sorry for my brief little blogging absence-I was away for a long weekend and just got back yesterday. Also, I am guest blogging on the English Muse, so be sure to stop by!

Here are some of my most recent findings:

I love this project that Joshua Langlais has taken underway. It's called I Heart Strangers and everyday for this past year, Joshua has made it a point to talk to one stranger and get to know them better, as well as take a picture of them so that he can blog it.

ryan . 22 years old / denver . colorado

kay . 39 years old / denver . colorado

jami . 27 years old / denver . colorado

john . 53 years old / denver . colorado

Here's what he has to say about himself:

"hi there. my name is joshua langlais. i've got a thing for people. and i've got another thing for photography. so i am working on ways to combine the two in a worthwhile attempt at loving my neighbors. every single day, i go out into the world and seek out someone i've never before met. i introduce myself and ask them if i can photograph them. i take something valuable away from every encounter and try to pass that along to you. i started this on september 8, 2008, with the intention of doing it for a year, but it looks like i will keep going."

Not only is Joshua doing the I Heart Strangers project, but he just recently started the I Heart People I Know project which involves him trying to make "beautiful photographs of some of the people who are close to" him.

Perry-Elena Segura

Blake Neubert

Caleb Williams

I just think this is the sweetest idea ever. What could be a better way to show close ones that you love them?

*all of the above photos from I Heart Strangers and I Heart People I Know

It's not too often that I get fan mail, but when I do I get really excited and it truly brightens
my day. I think these people are so sweet, their comments just have to be shared, and maybe their kind words will brighten up your day, too!


hey i just came across ur blog while i was looking up some photos by brigitte sire and i cam across ur blog and im mot a blog person but ur's is such a breath of fresh air. it has a certain jene se pa to it, ur pictures and logins are pretty cool, r u and aspiring photographer or writer? well anyways, ur blog is so original but not to in ur face and over the top. it has a certain ease to it I can wear my mismatched rainbow socks with my street close and just browse through all the pretty pictures :) keep it up, im looking forward to more blogs!!!


Micaela, quite by accident (?) I found your lovely site and I must say, it really touched my sad heart. In a world of brutality and harshness, it’s a joy to find a haven of beauty and tenderness in which to spend an hour or so of peace. Do you do public shows? Or have a mailing list? Thank you for the beauty you’ve created. Tom

Also, I received another email from Kristel Wills from Compendium offering a coupon code that all you guys (and me) can use on their website!
The code is:
GYPSY09 and it will be good until August 31, 2009.

I found the sweetest website ever: It's full of different things to say thank you about to your friends, family, whoever.

I can't wait for the movie Paper Heart. It looks so adorable.

Anyone know when it comes out?

Finally, Jules Smith, the jewelry company known for these vintage charm school jellies:

is having a contest. You have to post on Twitter and Facebook "What inspires you from decades past."

Step 1: Friend the Jules Smith fan page on Facebook and on Twitter at

Step 2: Tell Jules Smith about an experience on vacation or a different country that made you think differently about fashion.

Step 3: It's Easy- once you become friends with Jules Smith all you have to do is go Jules Smith Facebook fan page, comment about What looks inspire them from decades past, and then tweet about it on twitter at Julessmithjewel.

What about you? Have you had any recent findings?

renegade craft fair.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Went to the Renegade Craft Fair in SF on Saturday. It was pretty awesome to say the least. Artsy affairs in San Francisco make for interesting findings.

I was very tempted to channel my inner nerd and get my face painted, but I chickened out in the end.

A view of craft fair when you first walk in.

Another view of the craft fair.

Beautiful aprons from Rustbelt Fiberworks...I ended up buying one that was reversible, so I made myself feel better by reasoning it was really $12 instead of $24, since it was essentially two aprons in one.

Photographed lots and lots of the artists. They were all so sweet they let me take a picture of them:

And I'm so sorry, but I carelessly forgot to pick up a business card from most of the artists, so if you are an artist featured on here without a credit, please, please email me or comment on my blog and tell me your store's name. I feel awful now that I can't provide a link to your site.

She also had these adorable little gingerbread men:


Ran into the lovely owner of the beautiful blog Oh Hello Friend (such a gorgeous name). Such a pleasure to actually see her in person. She was the cutest little thing.

Jen (left) and Chris (right), the people I went with.

I bought the reversible apron, which is pictured somewhere above, and these rings from Rag Trader:

Oh and I also got this journal made out of an old, vintage book made by Ex Libris Anonymous.

I was thinking of using it as a photo album for my dog, Aubrey since it fits perfectly.

Was anyone else at the craft fair last weekend?

I know it's a little late, but what did you guys do this weekend?


anisa makhoul.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
"Anisa Makhoul has been designing her clothing line, Makool for the past 10 years. Originally born out of her love for printing, and desire to create simple basic styles to print on, Makool has grown into a strong independent clothing label producing two to three collections a year...Designing for Makool, and traveling the globe to find new designers takes up much of Anisa's time, in spite of it she's currently working on opening her first brick and mortar boutique in her home city of Portland, Oregon."

When talking to Anisa, she had such a casual, laid back demeanor, it felt like I was catching up with an old friend. I was so delighted when Anisa agreed to do an interview with me, so without further ado, here it is:

Me: When did you start Makool Loves You?
Anisa: 2001
Me: And where did you get the idea for the name?
Anisa: It's the phonetical spelling of my last name.
Makool Loves You

Me: Do you hand sew all of the clothing that is sold?
Anisa: No, not all of it-I work with local sewers.

Me: When you were little, did you ever envision yourself owning a store/designing clothing?
Anisa: Hmm, I guess I thought I'd be a designer of some sort, not really a shop owner.







*Photos of inside the store via Design Sponge.*

Me: Who is behind all the beautiful photo shoots?
Anisa: I do most of the photography myself, I'm glad you like it.




Me: What do you like and dislike about your location: Portland, Oregon?
Anisa: I love Portland, it's really great here, the only thing I don't like about it is it's not Amsterdam.

Me: Is your family supportive of your being an independent designer and store owner?
Anisa: Yes, I come from a family of entrepreneurs.
Me: What do the rest of your family do?
Anisa: My mom's an herbalist, my brother owns a cupcake bakery, among tons of other things, my family has way too many businesses.

Me: Would you ever open up another store location?
Anisa: I don't think so, it's a ton of work.
Me: Well...if you were to open up another store location, where would it be and why?
Anisa: I guess Europe, maybe Amsterdam, although I do seem to sell to Australia a lot.

Me: Do you have a personal blog, other than Makool Loves You?
Anisa: Nope, MLY is my only blog, but my twitter page blurs the lines of personal and business.

Me: Well...thank you Anisa for doing an interview for the ol' blog!
Anisa: Thanks Micaela! It was my pleasure.

To see more of Makool Loves You and Anisa, you can visit her:

All photos, unless otherwise mentioned are from Anisa's blog.

chinatown and lazy days.

Friday, July 10, 2009
Today was a lazy day. But a really great day. But the kind of day where you sit in front of the computer, never change out of your pajamas, and say "Let them eat cake." I never left the house except to get the mail, which was oh, approximately 20 steps away from my front door. Everything I did was out of self-indulgence. I haven't had a day like that in a long time. And I loved it. I can honestly say it was one of the best days I've ever had. I was able to catch up on all my comments and discover new blogs too. I broke down and made a Twitter account, which I've always considered a convenient way to stalk people. You can follow me on Twitter here or else on my sidebar:

I'll start making actual updates on it once I have followers because if I don't have any followers, it just seems like I'm talking to myself.

I went to Chinatown on Monday, found lots of interesting things, but what do you expect in Chinatown?

Lots of markets:

Lots of stores bursting with little trinkets:

Some people weren't so happy with me taking pictures inside the store:

Let's focus in on that:

I'm sorry, you probably thought I was going to report your illegal shop to the authorities.

I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw a street named Jack Kerouac:

How many times have I been in Chinatown, passed by that street, and not noticed it?

The street I was on:

Cutest little man:

Does anyone know what kind of instrument that is?

Saw the sweetest two girls:

Didn't want to sound like a complete stalker, so I told them the photo was for a street style blog (tee hee). Mildly felt like the Facehunter, which made me happy for the rest of the day. Does anyone know where I can get Doc Martens like that (what color are they because I went to the website and couldn't find it)?

Ran into two segway tours:

Never knew they had segway tours...they look really funny, but kind of fun. I might be a major dork and go on one someday. There were a huge line of 15 or so people riding on the sidewalk.

I have received three lovely awards from Lavelle.

Wow! Three at once! That's pretty exciting!
I'm going to pass this on to a blog I just discovered yesterday while aimlessly surfing the blogosphere.
She has quickly become one of my favorite bloggers and her blog is just absolutely adorable. She's also the first blogger I've known from Estonia.

Two days ago, I received a lovely little package from Michelle:

And in it was the most precious little strawberry cake necklace!
She has the cutest little Etsy shop ever! Makes you feel like you're in a fairy tale land with unicorns frolicking in fields of daisies.
Check it out here.

Also, I've stumbled upon quite a touching little blog. So About What I Said is a quirky blog focused on teaching people that "smart is the new sexy, awkward is the new cool, and flawed is the new beautiful." Written by Melissa, every post has a moral to it, making you see the world a different way and appreciate what you have. Just visit it-it will make you see the world a different way and give you a daily dose of compassion.

Finally, this is the last thing I will say (promise!)
I don't know if you guys have already seen this, but I was mentioned by Jade on Hel Looks when she was asked where she got inspiration. I'm not allowed to post the photo here, as they are copyrighted by Hel Looks, but I'll quote what she said:

"I like girlish and unique clothes. Now I'm wearing a jacket from Ansa vintage store, an Estonian hand-knitted cardigan and second hand hat, shoes and bag. The woollen socks are warm and comfortable.

Fashion blogs like The Drifter and the Gypsy inspire me. I like the blog's dream-like pictures, femininity and sensitiveness."

Jade, I hope you're reading this, because I just wanted to express how grateful I am and how surprised I was after reading your little blurb. Sometimes, blogging gets to seem more like a chore than anything else, but to see that people all around the world are being inspired by me, that's just unimaginable. When I started this blog (less than a year ago), I never in a million years envisioned that this sort of thing would happen.

After I read your shout out, I just couldn't stop smiling.
Thanks Jade!




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