Happy Sunday everyone! It’s been a mellow weekend, but I was pretty distraught last night when I noticed my oldest kitty’s tongue has turned partially black, a symptom that her kidney disease is progressing. She’s only 14 and has been with me throughout my entire grown up life so I went on a mad googling spiral last night trying to figure out how to slow down her eventual kidney failure. If anyone has any experience with this I’d love to hear your comments; I’d like Jules to be with me as long as possible.

Kitty sadness aside, it was another great week for me-mades. Check out all this goodness.


Any coat that can accommodate bottles of wine in the pockets is an automatic winner. This vintage leopard coat from DIY Couture is fabulous.

This avant garde dress from Katy & Lany made we want to tie sleeves, any sleeves, around my waist.

Had to wipe the drool off my keyboard after seeing Dixie DIY’s homage to the film Breathless.

I’ve tried on a lot of jackets at Army Surplus stores but the proportions are always off. Clearly I just need to make my own like Very Purple Person.

A few more Gingers were posted this week. Admire the booties of Ebony H. and Sallie Oh.

A minimalist, colour blocked coat from Honig Designs.


I was completely fascinated by this post from A Challenging Sew on her lesson with a couturier who designed for Madame Gres (and heartbroken to hear about the fashion history that was destroyed when they were evicted from their atelier).

An infographic on the history of the sewing machine.


Loved this post on dressing like a feminist from Crab & Bee.


I’m totally obsessed with Serial, a new podcast from This American Life. It’s a fascinating true crime story told over an entire season. I listened to the entire thing in one day and can’t wait for the next episode.

I was running errands on Thursday while listening to the college radio station and they played a song called Kate by Chandra, who was 12 years old in 1980 when she started a post-punk new-wave band with friends of her artist parents. It’s a great, weird song and reminded me of first moving to Montreal and being young, carefree and a little wild. Ah, youth nostalgia.


Things cats do that would be creepy if you did them.


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