I spent most of the day sewing, packing, making lists and stressing out in my house which is a bit like a sauna now. I wore no make-up, didn't do my hair and in my lowest moment even walked to the corner store with visible panty lines because I was so desperate for a Diet Coke. So there was no fabulousness happening over here. I'm letting Stella have this outfit post. He wore his favourite outfit for this photo, even spent the morning cleaning it. But then it got too hot and so he just posed it out for me. Poor guy, he's probably boiling but he still looks handsome.
I've collected these over the last two years at The Ex. The Ex is kind of a big carnival in Toronto with gross amounts of food, live acts, booths, rides... you know the deal. Like a local fair but way bigger.... In the craft barn there was a stand with handmade jewelry and I think the name was The Painted Lady. I googled it and I found some randomness and obviously, a burlesque club. Not quite what I was looking for... Anyways, the lady who run the booth and makes the jewelry is slightly eccentric but really passionate about her creations (which she should be, eat your heart out Forever 21). Her story is that she inherited a factory full of all the jewelry components and then she makes all kinds of stuff, which she sells at a few boutiques and at The Ex. The paste stones are vintage and they are excellent quality and so pretty.
I asked if she would sell me some stones. She said no. Her daughters or grand-daughters were going to inherit them. I asked if she would adopt me. She said no. Bummer, I think I'm totally adoptable.
The first year I paid $20 per bracelet but a friend who went a few days later got hers for $10. Last year I went back for some more and I told her I was building a collection and she immediately gave them to me for $10. My favourite bracelet is the horse one. Unfortunately, one horse head has fallen off. The lady told me she would bring an extra horse head to The Ex this year but I can't make it, as an ocean will separate us. Soooo... local readers, I have a very far-fetched request... If one of you lovelies happens to go and gorge yourselves on cotton candy at The Ex and stumble upon the booth of awesomeness, please ask if she has any extra horse heads and if you would also buy me a bracelet to add to my collection, I would be thrilled and pay you back in cold, hard cash and warm, fuzzy karma. Holy run on sentence... Please! Have I told you lately that I love you? xo yen