Slow Factory

I’ve always had a slight obsession with galaxy prints and images of constellations… Basically anything celestial. It probably has something to do with my early teenage fascination with astrology and the supernatural. And that astronomy class I took in college. And that John Cusack movie where he romantically points out the constellation Cassiopeia.

Whatever it was, it’s not going away anytime soon. Which is why when I first heard of Slow Factory, my mind was blown. Slow Factory is a company based in Brooklyn, which uses open data satellite images from NASA and prints them onto scarves. They have several beautiful nebulas, as well as new collections, which are emblazoned with images of Mars and cities by night from up above. Most recently, they have sweatshirts featuring Le Petit Prince on the Comet.

They use both silk and silk-cotton blends and all scarves are made in Italy. To top it off, they include in their mission to support human rights and partner with NGOs. They’re doing things right every step of the way.

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I received my scarf a few weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier! I wish it weren’t so cold out so that I could wear it already. For now, I’ll just wear it around the house.

The top image is a watercolour illustration that I made inspired by the galaxy scarf I purchased. The photo of the model wearing the scarf is via the company’s website. You can have a look at their collections here.

Winter Skin Saviours

Alright northerners, we’ve reached the homestretch of winter. If you’re like most people I talk to, your skin has taken a beating from the evil tag team known as cold wind and dry indoor air. As someone who’s skin is both sensitive and dry, winter just turns me into one giant pasty flake. Going outside is sometimes so painful on my face that I’m tempted to get one of those full-coverage ski masks, or bank robber masks if you prefer. But after living through so many winters, I’ve finally nailed down a routine formula that keeps things under control: I’ve embraced oils. There’s still a few cold weeks ahead, so here are my top all-natural favourite oils that might help your skin survive the rest of the season:

Rose-hip oil: This one is my new favourite face oil. I love how it quickly absorbs into my skin, plus it helps beat eczema or any type of dermatitis. If my face is feeling particularly dry, I’ll spray some Avene Thermal Water spray first and follow with some rose-hip oil. I like doing this especially before I leave the house (it’s like Chapstick for my face!) and before bed. It is on the pricy side, but a little goes a long way.

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Jojoba oil: this oil is known to have the same PH level as our skin. I prefer in on my legs after shaving. Also helps prevent frostbite and doesn’t get too greasy.

Coconut oil: I know, you’ve heard so much about it. But here’s a trick to avoid drying makeup removers: coconut oil moisturizes while cleaning and removing makeup. I also put it on my eyelashes at night because it’s supposed to strengthen them help them grow. Not sure if this works, but after years of abusing my eyelashes with heavy mascaras and eyelash curlers, I’ll give it a try.

Do you have any tricks to help with dry skin?

Pinning Vs. Doing

I love Pinterest. As a person who works best with visuals, it’s an ideal way to track and categorize my interests.

I took a step away from it awhile ago, because I noticed I was spending much more time looking up things I wanted to do/read/bake/craft rather than actually doing them. The same way I sometimes spend an hour browsing through Netflix and adding films to my list rather than settling on something and watching it. I’m not sure how, but doing things I was supposed to enjoy just added up became another to-do list, and I wasn’t getting excited about it. IMG_0926

So here’s a little step towards the doing. These nails were one of the first things I pinned when I started using pinterest years ago, and this week I decided it was time (also my nail polish collection had time to grow and I finally had similar colours). Kind of superficial, and yes they clash with almost every outfit, but hey, I can’t help but feel happy every time I look at my hands.

Silver band and crown ring from these guys. I love everything they make!

Vintage brass ring and watch. Nail polish (top to bottom): Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver, Etsy Pink About It, Etsy Lilacism, Etsy Tart Deco.

You can follow me on Pinterest here.

Eyes on the Back of my Hands

A few weeks ago during a yoga class, I found myself distracted by this tall bronze goddess practicing next to me. She must have been 5’ 9”, fresh back from a trip down south, with full eyebrows and strong limbs.

When I peeked over at her hands, I noticed she had the coolest manicure: black nails with blue evil eyes drawn on each fingernail. She accentuated her hands with tons of silver rings, many of which were adorned with turquoise gemstones. Her dark tan just made everything pop. I’ve never had nail art done before, since I usually do my nails myself and don’t really have the patience or the skill. But the next time I get a professional manicure, I might just have to try this out.

The above image is a visual rendition I attempted with watercolours (it came out pretty messy, I know). It definitely doesn’t do her justice, but I hope you get the idea.