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claire la faye

January 13, 2011

Posted by in indie fashion

claire la faye
claire la faye
claire la faye
claire la faye
claire la faye
claire la faye
getting married this year? have yet to pick out your dress? claire la faye has described her work as ‘red carpet, feminine frocks’, and to that i certainly agree. with the debut of her latest wedding line, her work resembles old hollywood glamour with a modern day flair of whimsy, sweetness and frill. with each piece handmade, made to order and affordable for the modern-day bride, i can’t help but be in love her entire line. visit her shop to browse, her website to learn more and her flickr to see many-a-more photos.

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Posted by in indie biz

untitled by une**

untitled by une**

hello lovelies! today i want to touch on a subject, and request your feedback. it seems like lately, i’ve been having to unsubscribe from several newsletters every day, none of which i actually signed up for. some are from large corporations, but many are from small independent businesses and blogs. are you being signed up for e-mails without your consent?

it doesn’t make me mad, get me upset or make me have ill feelings towards the businesses that do it, i just find it annoying. bloggers (and most peeps) spend so much time in our e-mail boxes already, that i find dealing with unnecessary e-mails is just an added time waster- and i’m trying to be efficient over here! so, is it out of ignorance that we get signed up for these letters? out of sneaky marketing schemes? or something else?

today i want to put out my dos and don’ts for newsletter sign-ups, and i would love to hear your feedback:


- have a newsletter

- make it easy to sign up for

- have a sign up visible on your website

- have a link to it in your e-mail signature

- promote it occasionally via social networking (twitter, facebook, etc) especially when you’re about to send out a new one


- take it upon yourself to sign someone up without their consent

end of story!

if you think someone would benefit from your newsletters, why don’t you let them know? send them a nice and personalized e-mail with what you are offering and why you think they might enjoy receiving your periodic updates. then let them decide if they would like to receive them or not. it’s not a question of whether businesses or bloggers (like myself) do or don’t like you/your biz, it’s just that with the volume of e-mails we get already, most of us need to be very selective in what we decide to receive in our inboxes. i would assume anyone does, right?

so share with me- am i missing something? what is your opinion? love, bonnie

p.s. if you’ve ever signed me up for something without my consent, no hard feelings! smooches :)

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crocheted sea creatures

January 12, 2011

Posted by in handmade

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

a sampler of bacterial anatomy

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

plush mollusk anatomy

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

mushroom crochet patterns

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

crochet patterns

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

ecosystems of the lower balearic

Wunderkammer croched sea creatures

prawn, seahorse & coral

crocheted protein structures? octopus, algae and bacterial anatomy? oh, yes! this handmade cabinet of curiosity goes there. i love so much that jessica polka crochets the unknown, the fascinating and the scientific. she offers a number of patterns and pendants in her shop, wunderkammer and lots of help, advice and info on her blog as well. what do you think? interesting, beautiful and incredibly talented, to say the least?

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a whole latte love

January 11, 2011

Posted by in bonnie forkner

our new saeco espresso machine
you all know i’m a coffee drinker, but our latest addition has taken it up one giant notch. i gave david an espresso machine for christmas (gotta love gifts that give dual pleasure) and have been sippin’ on coffees, lattes, cappuccinos and little espressos ever since. though i have to admit that i feel badly for our since-put-away french press (i think i’ve watched toy story too many times), i’m receiving this caffeinated goodness with open arms. dave used to work at a coffee shop during college, so he knows all the tricks to making up super frothy and delicious drinks. my favorite so far? i think his specialty chocolate soy latte.

are you enjoying a gift so much, that you’re not sure how you lived without it?

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Posted by in vintage finds

jean jean vintage
emily duffelmeyer- better well known as duff, owns one of my favorite vintage shops, jean jean vintage. she collects and thrifts, then meticulously studies and cleans each of these found pieces, all of which make me nostalgic to a time in which i never lived. with a mission of helping find these past loved pieces a new home, i bet we could all find something that makes us feel pretty in her shop.

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January 11, 2011

Posted by in lifestyle

ok, i seriously just happened to stumble across BOTH of these photos! when i saw the meat love, i of course immediately thought of yesterday’s post. but when i happened across the lentil love, i thought, “ok, this is just weird.” weird enough to share with you!
united steaks of america

united steaks of america by dominic

lentil love

lentil love by geninne

so which one do you fancy? read the post below and join in our conversation!


20 reasons to go vegan

January 10, 2011

Posted by in simple living

why would one choose to be vegan? one of my dear friends posed this exact question on facebook over the weekend, and it really got me thinking. most of you know that my husband and i have been a vegetarian for a long time, and often end up eating a vegan diet as well. their are many reasons why someone would go vegetarian, vegan or choose to eat only local & organic products, but today i want to specifically discuss the reasons why someone would choose to ‘go vegan’.

10 reasons to go vegan

{the cooks}

1. you’ll live longer. studies show that on average vegans live 6 years longer than meat eaters.

2. avoid toxins. (non-organic) meat contains antibiotics, hormones & toxins produced by stress & pesticide residues that become concentrated from all the crops they have eaten.
3. less land consumption. an astounding 20 vegans can live off the same amount of land required by one meat eater.
4. less water consumption. it only takes 25 gallons of water to produce 1lb of wheat whereas it takes 2500 gallons to produce 1lb of meat.

5. reduce potential for food poison. 80% of food poisoning is due to infected meat.
6. reduced risk of heart disease. vegans have a 57% reduced risk of getting heart disease (the #1 killer in america today!).
7. proper protein. the average american eats twice as much protein as necessary for a healthy diet and much of that is from red meat. getting protein from beans and grains is much healthier and reduces the risk for osteoporosis.
8. healthy hormones. eating animals that have been given hormones to speed growth (a widely accepted practice in the meat industry) means those hormones go into your body. not only can this disrupt the natural balance of your hormones, but some of the hormones given to animals have shown to cause tumor growth in humans.
9. avoid antibiotics. antibiotics are almost always given to (non-organic) feed animals, which can lead to bacterial resistance in humans. many of the antibiotics used to treat human infections are also used in feed animals. this means by consuming this, we are causing ourselves to be less resistant to antibiotics.
10. increased weight loss. a healthy weight loss is a typical result of a smart vegan diet. eating vegan eliminates most of the unhealthy foods that tend to cause weight issues. 33% percent of americans are obese, while only 2% of vegans are.
11. prevent osteoporosis. bone health depends on a balance of neither too much or too little protein, adequate calcium intake, high potassium, and low sodium. with a healthy vegan diet, all four of these points set a perfect scenario for preventing osteoporosis.
12. appropriate puberty. since 1950, girls are hitting puberty on average 4-7 years earlier and boy’s sperm counts have decreased by 25-50% due to the hormones present in non-organic meat and dairy products.
13. reduced risk of alzheimers. meat eaters have double the rate of alzheimers disease as vegans.
14. support heathy ecosystems. nitrates & pesticides used on crops grown to feed livestock end up in our rivers and vastly effect the health of micro environments and ecosystems.
15. reduce global warming. the 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tons of methane per year (methane is a greenhouse gas which leads to global warming).
16. reduce animal cruelty. the animals involved in mass industry farming are exposed to the most cruel, unsanitary and horrific conditions. if you can handle watching it, the meet your meat‘ movie will give you a glance into the common practices of present day industry farming.
17. reduce your risk for cancer. vegans have a 40% reduced level of cancer than the general population thought to be because they have a higher intake of vitamins A,C & E.
18. eliminate bad cholesterol. eliminating any food that comes from an animal and you will eliminate all of the ‘bad’ dietary cholesterol from your diet (heart disease is the leading cause of death in america today).
19. save rain forests. if they continue to clear american forests to raise cattle at the present rate, in 50 years there will be none left.
20. increase your energy. when following a healthy vegan diet, you will find your energy is much higher.

so many people get hung up on the idea that eating vegan or vegetarian is just too difficult. or they may find themselves emotionally attached to just how tasty meat can be. what they often don’t know, is that it is ever increasingly easy to eat a vegan/vegetarian diet, and enjoy much of the same things you do now. with meat substitutes, you can enjoy healthy vegan bacon, burgers and even barbecue! it’s a great way to ease into the lifestyle. today, even eating out is no problem. with most american restaurants offering vegan friendly dishes, you can also head to a mexican, thai, chinese, or indian restaurant for a sure bet of vegan/vegetarian options.

what do you think? is it worth the health of your body and your planet to skip the meat? i think i could have stopped after reason #1 and been convinced, but i would love to know what you think. i’ll meet you in the comments section!

resources & further recommended reading: veggie revolution, 101 reasons to go vegetarian, 57 health benefits of going vegan, dr. oz

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homemade hummus

January 10, 2011

happy monday! how was your weekend? between running errands with the hub and cleaning up the house, i managed to squeeze in time to make some homemade hummus. it went together so quickly and is absolutely scrumptious!

homemade hummus


  • - 2 15-oz cans of garbanzo beans; drained
  • - 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • - 2/3 cup of tahini
  • - 1/3 cup lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • - 1/4 cup olive oil
  • - 2 tsp minced ginger
  • - 1 tsp salt
  • - 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • - 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • - 1/4 tsp cumin
  • - 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

homemade hummus


combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth (if you don’t have a food processor, you can use a hand held mixer for a chunkier consistence). adjust seasonings to taste and spoon into a serving bowl. serve with veggies, pita bread or crackers. makes about 3 cups.

i love hummus because the possibilities are endless!  you can add an array of spices, add some heat or just make it plain and simple. it’s delicious as a dip or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. enjoy!

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