Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

My, oh my, it’s a wonderful day today in my part of the world – sun shining, birds chirping, crispness in the air, the kind of day that begs to be lived outside!  It’s the kind of day that gets me thinking about Kinfolk, small gatherings with people I love, simple gestures, the balance of work, play, quiet.  As I set out to watch one of Kinfolk’s much loved videos, I tripped upon the fun news of Kinfolk launching an apparel company.  Fancy that!  No more wondering what to wear to your Kinfolk inspired Small Gatherings.  Then my eyes slipped to the bottom of the page for more fall inspired fashion and I saw this from Portland Monthly online magazine:

Ummm, is that girl wearing a sleeping bag?!?!?

Ummm, is that girl wearing a sleeping bag?!?!?

 

Move over Snuggie, zip on up in The Napsack by Poler Stuff.  This thing looks brilliant to me, but I also spend a lot of time figuring out how to wrap blankets around myself and go about my day, something like The Napsack would make perfect sense around a campsite.  Can’t you almost feel that fire warming your fingers and toes?

For more outside fun check out these:

photo via Poler Stuff blog

photo via Poler Stuff blog

Poler Stuff Tumblir

 

photo via Camp Brand Goods blog

photo via Camp Brand Goods blog

 

The blog from Camp Brand Goods, their Happy Camper sweatshirt makes me smile.

 

photo via Darling, Be Daring

photo via Darling, Be Daring

Lastly, for an urban jungle mash up, Darling, Be Daring.

 

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Daaaaa    Zip-A-Dee-A!


How do you New Year?

When I was newly pregnant for the first time, I had the New Year’s Eve of my dreams.  Close friends eloped to Palm Beach, got married on the beach and then treated us to their “reception” at a swanky hotel’s New Year’s Party.  The entire crowd was decked out, ball gowns, big band music, glitter fell from the ceiling, champagne flowed nonstop, 8 course meal with seamless service.  It was the kind of party I always thought about attending once I saw “When Harry Met Sally” and Billy Crystal runs to find Meg Ryan right at midnight.

As soon as I had my “dream” New Year’s Eve experience it was like this huge weigh was lifted off my shoulders.  I no longer felt like I had to do something extraordinarily special to usher in the new year.  My parents have a tradition to “pray in” the new year.  They go to church at night and pray.  Simple.  Thoughtful.  I like it.

This is what I think my new New Year’s Eve will look like in the coming years.

image via Kinfolk

image via Kinfolk

image via Kinfolk

image via Kinfolk

image via Kinfolk

image via Kinfolk

image via Shelter and Co.

image via Shelter and Co.

image via Shelter and Company

image via Shelter and Company

image via Kaufmann Mercantile

image via Kaufmann Mercantile

Happy New Year to ALL!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cool Kids

My husband and I recently had dinner with two new friends, they are both about 10 years younger than myself.  Creative types, one’s an actress, the other a writer, both “involved” in the world.  Far from “kids”, these two are squarely in the adult realm of their 20’s; still their views on troubling topics like education, health care, the fiscal impasse all had a ring of hope to them.  I suppose I attribute hope to youth….not in a naive way, more like a “young at heart” sentiment.  This hope says you still have the courage to face down our world’s conundrums and happily go in search of the ways you can make a positive difference you believe in.

It got me thinking about some other cool kids, the ones that started and work on Kinfolk.

image via Kinfolk

image via Kinfolk

It’s an online (and print) publication, but far from your typical magazine.  I’m not sure anything is even for sale in their pages, you don’t find oodles of recipes, it’s more like a cookbook for a life well lived.  Sharing meals with good people, short stories on baking bread, poetry about chicks hatching in a well loved coop.  Basically it’s a lot about what life was like a hundred or so years ago, accept now we long to embrace the simplicity rather than run from it.  The videos are also super cool.  Happy Friday.