It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to troll the internet for excellent things, but luckily I’m stuck in bed right now, unable to move left or right for fear of upsetting what little food I could eat, all because my adorable niece, Kiley, wanted to share her stomach flu with me. Thanks, sweet potato! Now I’m looking for beautiful things, handmade or not, that remind me of November.
#5. Angela Adams, “Emma” wallet in Earth
Let’s be honest, really. When a neighbor like Angela Adams has such an acute sense of style and a clear vision from inspiration you can’t help but try and justify spending a third of your paycheck (wait, that’s just me? damn it!) on a beautiful leather wallet. I chose the longer version because I think in November it’s the perfect time to carry a long, skinny purse with a long, skinny wallet in it. You should probably also be wearing a long, camel’s hair peacoat and some kind of felt or wool cloche.
Speaking of cloche…
#4. Queen of Hats – Ivana Cloche by Diva
Have you seen Boardwalk Empire, the new HBO series with Steve Buscemi? If not you should do everything in your power to sweet talk a friend with cable so you can. It will single-handedly bring back the good parts of 1920s style like cloches and rich fabrics falling off-the-shoulder while leaving things like tan stockings behind. Thanks again, HBO. All I want in this world is a cloche, which must be French for ‘the most perfect head adornment that makes everyone look flirtatious.‘ Queen of Hats is one of my favorite stores on Congress St. with probably my most favorite shop owner in town. She drinks her coffee black and always has a remarkable hat on her head. I oh-so-badly want to shoot their product sometime, someday, it is so unique and inspiring.
#3. Ivory-Colored Pearl Necklace from Dutch Pearl on Etsy
Whenever I’m staring down the barrel of the winter months in Maine I have a tendency to simplify. Where I might have combined hot pink tights with a navy blue tunic a couple months ago, it’s now time conserve energy and go with what’s always been right. Pearls are just one of these things. Dutch Pearl is consistently one of the most prolific posters of items in the Portland area on Etsy. Her pieces are simple and striking. And, luckily, at $75 this means I may be able to pay my electric bill and look wonderful all in the same week.
#2. Straight Curves Mug by Agru on Etsy
You can be head-to-toe together in November but without a place to put your coffee, you’ll be lost. I like this mug because it’s simple and it doesn’t look like it would be too heavy. Mugs really are the best branch of the cup family tree. Their sole purpose is to carry beverages that usually have caffeine in them or, for a change, soup. These are two great things to put in your feed hole. Now I have this picture in my head of a lady, clad in camel hair coat and cloche, a strand of pearls around her neck with a sweet little wallet. She’s having a cup of coffee at a local cafe…but oh, what is she missing?
#1. OBVIOUSLY, a vintage Mamiya C330
The perfect accessory. All 1.7kgs dangling from your neck, passers-by can not help but stare, trip over their feet or ask plenty of questions. It seems everyone I meet has a father who ‘had one of these when I was a kid!’ so it’s heartwarming every time someone stops to talk. But more importantly, it takes images that look like this:
Everything looks older and wiser. You have to use your noggin to use this camera and I like that very much. You have to be an enterprising risk-taker to pop a roll of film in a medium format FILM camera these days. I like that, too. I suggest searches on Etsy, Ebay and a visit to B&H (either in Manhattan or online) to try and find your own.