BLEUBIRD VINTAGE: 9 Things I Liked-A Year in Review

Thursday, December 31, 2009
Bleubird Vintage--A Year in Review
With today being the last day of 2009, we have our final "A Year in Review" list from Miss James of BLEUBIRD VINTAGE.

  • Saddle shoes: best shoes ever in my opinion. Glad they came back. I did a DIY earlier this year on how to make your own saddle shoes.
  • Olivia Bee: The beautiful photography of this young lady is so captivating. I am simply smitten.
  • Records: I expanded my record collection more than ever! I have acquired so many great ones.
  • Seeing Jenny Lewis: Jenny Lewis was and will always be one of my favorite live performances. Her voice is beautiful and her lyrics are magic.
  • Flea markets and thrift stores: This year has seriously been my year when it comes to vintage treasures for my little bird house. I hope 2010 is the same.
  • Pandas: They seem to have been everywhere this year and I couldn't be happier. The panda was my favorite animal as a child and I had the largest panda collection ever! In 2010 I may have to have my mom dig through her storage and send me all of them!
  • BOWS!!! I am so happy that bows came back and channeled my inner child.
  • Fifi Lapin: I love her simple bunny art work dresses to the nines in brands like Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Zac Posen. Brilliant.
  • Making pom poms: I was obsessed this year and created several projects using them, including a wreath and necklace/scarf. So fun!

  • Image credits: saddle shoes picture: unknown, Olivia Bee picture from here, flea market picture: unknown, panda picture from here, bow picture: unknown, and Fifi Lapin picture from here. (Please comment if you know the sources)

    A warm thank you to everyone who participated in this little series! If you missed a few, you can check out all the "A Year in Review" lists here. I hope you enjoyed reading these lovely ladies 9 favorite things of 2009!

    What were YOUR favorite things of 2009?

    SEE YOU ALL IN 2010!

    Things that make me want to go aww...

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009
    Blogged 12/30/09
    Blogged 12/30/09
    Blogged 12/30/09
    ^^The lovely notebookdoodles doodled that quote for me. Isn't that sweet? It's probably in my top 10 favorite quotes ever.

    Click on photos for source.

    P.S. Just came across this amazing blog post: How to pick yourself up off the floor. Timeless advice for us all.

    THE NEVERENDING STORY: 9 Things I Liked-A Year in Review

    Today's "A Year in Review" list comes from Icelandic lady Saga of THE NEVERENDING STORY.

  • John William Waterhouse: I went to the exhibition this summer in London and I got tears in my eyes. So romantic and pretty!
  • London: I moved to London this year to study photography and I have been getting my work published all around the world, like in Dazed & Confused, Dealer de luxe, etc. So exciting!
  • Kron by Kronkron heels: They are def the obsession of the year! Every girl needs to have a pair! I got two pairs already :) They are comfy and very detailed and...just amazing...! :)
  • Having amazing adventures with my friends: something I love. Me and my best friends in Iceland sometimes drive out in the country and take photos in beautiful clothes. Sometimes I feel like Peter Pan, I never want to grow up!
  • Pretty underwear: How adorable are these knickers?
  • Cameras: I take most of my photos with my film cameras, but my boyfriend gave me a new digital camera Canon 5D.
  • Fever Ray: One of my fav albums this year was this album. The song When I Grow Old has been on repeat since I first heard it!
  • Man Ray: I really like his work. I came across this beautiful video he made here. I love it! So beautiful!
  • Iceland: My home country. Since moving to London, I miss it a bit, miss the fresh air and the beautiful nature. I recommend you guys visit Iceland one day, you'll be amazed :)

  • Image credits: John William Waterhouse picture from here, present picture from here, Man Ray picture from here, knicker picture from here, the rest are either from her blog or flickr.

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    Do you follow runway fashion?

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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    Poor Luella.

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    I used to, but I've sort of drifted away. I don't pay much attention to the fashion world these days.

    Monday Mosaics

    Monday, December 28, 2009
    Monday Mosaics

    All photos by Lara Alegre.

    notebookdoodles: 9 Things I Liked-A Year in Review

    Notebookdoodles: 9 Things I Liked-A Year in Review
    Hello everyone! I hope you all are well.

    I'm back from my short blogging break with another "A Year in Review" list by notebookdoodles. If you haven't been on her blog, do check it out and be prepared to swoon.

  • New York: I was there for a month and was completely blown away by it!! The Jay Z and Alicia Keys song "Empire State of Mind" was also blasting everywhere while I was there. It was the perfect soundtrack for the trip.
  • Handmade Mini Books: I started making these recently and I have a feeling it will be my new hobby.
  • Fuji Instax: Event though it's not the real Polaroid, it still is instant. And even though it's not square, it still is pretty awesome!
  • Alexa Chung's Style: I love the way she dresses, so effortless and basic but with a twist.
  • Doodling Quotes: I have been doing this for a while but I think it was only this year that I started to mix it with my photos. It turned out pretty well.
  • Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag: To die for. That's all I can say. I want it and I need it!!
  • Frankie Photo Album: I was lucky enough to contribute to this very first volume. It is such a beautiful book.
  • Making lists: It helps you get uncluttered. It also helps when you're bored. There's so many lists that you can do, not just the one that helps remind you on what "to-do".
  • Chanel Nail Polish: Absolute love. They can do no wrong.

  • Image credits: Alexa Chung pictures via Google images and Proenza Schouler bag via Barneys.

    SoBinique: 9 Things I Liked-A Year in Review

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009
    SoBinique: 9 Things I Liked--A Year in Review

    Today's "A Year in Review" list comes from SoBinique.

  • Started a blog: I started blogging last October and I'm so glad I did! It's really addictive though...
  • Paris: The city of my dreams. I visited Paris two times this year and still can't get enough of it! How I would love to live there...
  • Analogue photography: Though I really like my digital SLR I still prefer to work with my analogue cameras. I'm planning to make a little darkroom to develop my own pictures.
  • Flowers: I love flowers so much that I recently decided to buy myself flowers weekly.
  • Books: I've always been reading a lot, but awhile ago when my TV didn't work for a few weeks, I started reading even more. I love to get absorbed in a good book.
  • My publications: I started this year with a publication of some of my styling work in Dutch Elle. It's really cool to see your own work in a magazine.
  • Macarons: I think 2009 was the year of the macarons. :) I've seen so many (pretty) pictures of them everywhere and I still can't get enough of them!
  • Flow: A new Dutch feel-good magazine with pretty little gifts in it like wrapping paper and pretty little postcards. It's a gorgeous magazine! They have a Dutch website where you can download some cute stuff.
  • Tim Walker: His work is perfect and such an inspiration for me. I buy every magazine his work is in. His book 'Pictures' was my christmas present last year and it inspired me lots of times in 2009 and will definitely inspire me again in 2010!

  • Image credits: Flow Magazine picture from here. All other pictures from her blog.

    This is my last post for a few days. I'll be back on Monday with my Monday Mosaics and another "A Year in Review" list.

    Last Day!


    I haven't received an address from:

    Caitlin from San Ramon, California, USA
    Melody from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Annie from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Melonie from Santa Barbara, California, USA
    Audrey from Yuba City, California, USA
    Christine from Arizona, USA
    Angie from Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Raina from Mansfield, Texas, USA
    Carolina from Dallas, Texas, USA
    Jamie from Houston, Texas, USA
    Reyna from Montana, USA
    Carina Olaez from Lakeland, Florida, USA
    Ashley from Florida, USA
    Krisy from Huntersville, North Carolina, USA
    Jennifer from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
    Claire from Wenonah, New Jersey, USA
    Shari from New York, USA
    Sofia from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Natalia from Toledo, Spain
    Katherine from Cornwall, UK
    Lyzi from Devon, England, UK
    Kat from North east of England, UK
    Lucy from Liverpool, England, UK
    Victoria from Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    Sorcha from France
    Leilani from Dijon, France
    Violhaine from Limoges, France
    Jessica Kelly from Lille, France
    Suzanne from Paris, France
    Cinzia from Fermo, Italy
    Annis from The Netherlands
    Merle from Helsinki, Finland
    Chymecinday from the Philippines
    Gn from Cainta Rizal, Philippines
    Erra from Malaysia
    Natalie from Singapore
    Megan from Canberra, Australia
    Kit from Sydney, Australia
    Laura from Sydney, Australia
    Jane from Sydney, Australia
    Mike from Melbourne, Australia
    Kylie from Halls Creek, Australia if you're on that list, please email me promptly!

    The inspiration project is set to start January 11th, so be prepared!


    Tuesday, December 22, 2009
    Blogged 12/22/09
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    Leanne Surfleet

    Monday, December 21, 2009
    Leanne Surfleet
    Leanne Surfleet
    Leanne Surfleet
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    Check out the post below for the latest list of '9 Things I Liked in 2009' by Katherine of Oh, French!.

    And just a reminder to all I HEART participants, you need to send me your postal addresses by Wednesday, December 23rd. If you missed the update last week, check it out here.

    Oh, French!: 9 Things I Liked-A Year in Review

    Sunday, December 20, 2009
    Oh, French:  A Year in Review

    This "A Year in Review" list comes from Katherine over at Oh, French!. Check out her blog if you haven't already, it's filled with many many pretty things.

  • Friends: I've made so many friends, via Flickr & Blogger. I've also really and honestly 'found' my self-confidence this year. Friends are the greatest
  • The seasons: Okay, yes, they happen every year, but every year they never fail to awe and astound me! They're always so beautiful and perfect.
  • Knitting: I learned how to knit this year. It's so fun and so much less of a hassle than sewing
  • TOAST: I just discovered this lovely brand for myself this past autumn. All their pieces and the brand itself have such a beautiful feel and atmosphere. If only they weren't so expensive (and across the ocean)!
  • Parc Jean-Drapeau: Gosh, I love that park. It's a little hill-ish forest, but it's so charming! I haven't gone yet this winter, it must look so pretty, all blanketed with snow. The park people even wrap some of the trees with fairy lights that turn on after dark!
  • Braids: Everyone loves braids, right? They're the best things on bad hair days-and good hair days. And formal occasions. And just anytime, really.
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett: I read The Secret Garden & A Little Princess for the first time last spring, and they literally, instantly became my favourites.
  • Flickr: It feels like I've been taking photos forever! It's so fun and, after a bit, you start to see everything from a photographic point of view, and I often think: 'That would make a great photo.'
  • My blog: Oh, French! isn't even a year old! I love it, just having a place to write and collect things that I love. I've met so many amazing & sweet people though it, and it's such fun to feel like you're a part of a community, even if it's not a real, physical sort of community.

  • Image credits: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.

    Much Love: 9 Things I Liked-A Year in Review

    Saturday, December 19, 2009
    Much Love--A Year in Review

    With 2009 coming to an end, I saw it fitting to do "A Year in Review" series. The first "A Year in Review" comes from Anna of Much Love. Over the next few days, I'll post some more lists from a few lovely ladies featuring 9 things they liked in 2009.

  • Chocolate brownies: One of the things I learnt how to bake this year were chocolate brownies. Yum!
  • 1920s style: I find myself being drawn to a lot of 1920s fashion this year. Perhaps watching Coco Avant Chanel had something to do with it.
  • Bright tights: It takes a little extra courage for me to wear them, but I love fun bright tights.
  • Photography: Any of my regular blog readers would know that I have a fast-growing obsession with cameras and photography, especially film photography
  • Polaroid camera: After thrifting a pack of polaroid film in June, I just had to get a polaroid camera too!
  • Lula: My favourite magazine of '09. I got issue #8 for my birthday.
  • Cocoon: I saw the French band, Cocoon at a concert and thought they were simply adorable.
  • Library: These are some books I got from my local library. My new year's resolution was to read more (I did!).
  • Postcard swaps: I did some postcard swaps with some fellow bloggers this year. Receiving mail is so much fun!

  • Image credits: Coco Avant Chanel, Cocoon, and postcards. The rest are all pictures of Anna's.

    Yay it's Friday and we all know what that means

    Friday, December 18, 2009
    Collages by SoBinique.

    Kron by KronKon

    Thursday, December 17, 2009
    Kron by KronKon
    Kron by Kronkon
    Kron by Kronkon
    Kron by Kronkon
    Kron by Kronkon

    Pretty Lights

    The Cherry Blossom Girl

    Fly away

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009
    Fly away
    Fly away
    Fly away
    Fly away
    Click on photos for source.

    P.S. Congrats to April, the winner of the BetaBoutique giveaway!

    Well is looks like it's going to be a cold, cold winter

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009
    Blogged 12/15/09
    Blogged 12/15/09
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    Blogged 12/15/09

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    And the I HEART project is finally updated. Check post below for details and full list of participants!

    Also, today is the last day to enter the BetaBoutique giveaway!

    I HEART Participants

    Here is a full list of everyone who has signed up to participate in the I HEART: An Inspiration Project:

    Isabel Morgan: Berkeley, California, USA
    Caitlin: San Ramon, California, USA
    Brianne Sheppard: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
    Audrey: Yuba City, California, USA
    Raina Shannon: Mansfield, Texas, USA
    Reyna: Montana, USA
    Annika: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
    Amanda: Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Carina Olaez: Lakeland, Florida, USA
    Nicole Hirschler: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Lucy Higgins: Liverpool, England, UK
    Riley: Edinburg, Scotland, UK
    Violet: North Somerset, UK
    Suzanne: Paris, France
    Rahel: Basel, Switzerland
    Merle Karp: Helsinki, Finland
    Katie C: Albury, Australia
    Cat: Sydney, Australia
    Mike Mauri: Melbourne, Australia
    Sharon: Adelaide, Australia

  • Everyone participating needs to email me the mailing address they would like to use for the project by Wednesday, December 23th:
  • After I have received everyone's address, I will then send out 2 pieces of paper for you to complete your double page spread.
  • After you have completed your double page spread, please email me so that I can give you my address and you can mail the package back to me.
  • In the end, I will compile all the work of the participants into a huge inspiration notebook.
  • I will be opening a Flickr group up as well so that you can share your work with everyone else before you send it back.
  • The project is scheduled to take place after the holidays. Exact date to be determined, so stay tuned :)

  • P.S. If any of the information here is incorrect/if I've accidently left anyone out, please comment (or email) and I will correct it as soon as possible.

    P.P.S. For those of you who didn't provide a link to your blog/online store, etc. and would like it linked, please comment (or email) me.

    Lainie Sanders

    Monday, December 14, 2009
    Lainie Sanders
    Lainie Sanders
    Click on photos for source.

    Blue accents

    Friday, December 11, 2009
    Blue Accents
    Blue Accents
    Blue Accents
    Blue Accents
    Photos by Jessica Claire.
    Flowers by Lauryl Lane.

    GIVEAWAY: BetaBoutique

    Wednesday, December 9, 2009
    Giveaway: BetaBoutique

    Leave a comment on this post.

    I will use the random number generator to pick a winner Tuesday, December 15th.

    As always, have fun!

    P.S. Check out BetaBoutique and BetaAccessories for tons of vintage finds.

    Congrats to April, the winner!

    Reverie-Daydream Discount

    Melissa of Reverie-Daydream has been kind enough to offer a 15% discount to all The Drifter and the Gypsy readers with coupon code: DRIFTERANDGYPSY.
    Code valid through December 20th.
    Plus, all US orders get free shipping.
    Please check it out, and be prepared to swoon!

    Bottle Bell Photography

    Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Bottle Bell Photography
    Bottle Bell Photography
    Bottle Bell Photography
    Bottle Bell Photography by Ashley Lebedev.
    Check out her blog also.

    All that glitters

    All that glitters
    All that glitters
    Click on photos for source.

    Monday Mosaics

    Monday, December 7, 2009
    Monday Mosaics
    Some blue inspiration
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16



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