Thursday, June 30, 2011


I was just looking at Caitlin's painting again and thinking over why-oh-why I'm so drawn in by it.  Not to over-simplify her intentions or the meaning behind the piece (which I also dig, by the way), but my first reaction is always to color.  And when it comes to color... turquoises, watery blues and minty greens always draw me in.  The rest of the image or details of an item or artwork are what keep my interest - initially though, it's the hue and texture that capture me.  The antique cabinet on my back porch is a perfect example of this: Color - Check, Patina - CHECK + CHECK... then I take in the shape, details (check out that cutesy handle), etc.  Hmm, makes me wonder what makes ya'll fall in love with something... 
Any takers?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Sunglasses - Wet Seal
Lace Cardigan - Wet Seal
Floral Tank - Urban Behavior
Belt - Forever 21
Beaded Bracelets - Forever 21
Leather Bracelet - Dove Tree
Jeans - American Eagle Outfitters
Sandals - Mossimo

The duds for a day out and about... with a few changes along the way.  Pants were swapped for shorts, the cardi was definitely ditched, and the entire ensemble became a bathing suit at some point because it was a HOT one today.  Hip Hip!  The day was good: coffee with friends from far away places, down-time in the sunshine, a bit of work here and there, and topped 'er off with an evening spent with friends out in the country, soaking up all of the goodness of warm weather amongst the horses and other farm critters...
Summer is here.
*happy sigh*

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I just HAD to share this painting from the Lady Hue shop on Etsy.  The talent behind this piece is the ever witty Caitlin of Hue & Hum blog.  I'm definitely going to order the "Learning" print for myself... I've got just the home for it!
  For my readers, with love, from Lady Hue: a 15% DISCOUNT from June 28 - July 10.    
(Just enter the coupon code: "dovetree" at checkout).
So off you go to check out her musings on the blog and visit her brand new Etsy shop.  A BIG thanks to Caitlin for letting me share her work!

Steel Grey & Tulle Dress

What's going on with me and the whole black & white photo scene these days?!  I dunno.  Maybe it's the setting that inspires the non-color photos... Anyway.  This is another from the shoot with Jenna.  I really will share some full length photos yet - I just don't want to give too much away before we have a chance to shoot there one more time with TWO REALLY AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHERS.  Soon.
This week is going to be a wee bit on the crazy side.  The good kind of crazy.  There are a couple of items still needing to be stitched together, friends visiting from far far away, outfits to coordinate and locations to scout for the shoot with the aforementioned awesome photographers,  haircuts, meetings with academic advisors, and on and on.
At the end of it all - Friday marks the beginning of a long weekend around here and I plan on having a very fun and festive little Canada Day to kick it all off!
So, until then.  Coffee.  And. Go.

Monday, June 27, 2011


You'll notice a lovely new LINK in the left sidebar... Uh huh, just like the images above (By Kal Barteski, for Link With Love).  To find out what it's all about, well, click it people!
Not convinced? ...
Link With Love is all about making change: helping artists receive credit for their work, protecting said work from being misused and looking out for one another in general - all in the scope of a kind and loving manner.  Sounds pretty awesome to me!  
Now you're convinced.
Find more info and grab a link for yourself HERE.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wardrobe: 7 Days of Summer

Throw a bathing suit underneath and this get-up is pretty similar to what I wore for my Saturday adventures - which included:
- A morning at the spray park with my girl friends and their lil cutie pie kiddos
- A trip to the greenhouse (aka heaven on earth)
- Catching sunshine and iced lattes in the backyard with Miss Jenna
- Supper on my porch
- A visit with friends and snuggles with both their brand new baby and her sweet pea of a big sister
- A good run and a good workout
- Um.  Ice.  Cream.
I'm not sure tomorrow can even compare, but you can bet that I'm gonna try : ) 
G'night ya'll!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wardrobe: 7 Days of Summer

Well HELLO Friday!  Where have you been all my life?!
I started the day off by taking some grad pics for a friend's family - followed by copious amounts of Saturday-style chores (washing the car, cleaning, groceries, etc)... SO, now that the weekend is here there's only (fun) work and play to think about.  The last couple of skirts and dresses are cut and ready to be stitched together - hurray!  Otherwise, my inner gardener is lookin' for some serious sunshine this weekend. 
Happy Friday ya'll!


Sunglasses - American Eagle Outfitters
Scarf - Forever 21
Bandeau - Wet Seal
Tank - Target
Jacket - Urban Outfitters
Shorts - American Eagle Outfitters
Mocassins - Minnetonka

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wardrobe: 7 Days of Summer

This is one MINTY ensemble. 
The sun came out and the day was gorgeous... so of course after working extra-much on those icky rainy days earlier in the week I just had to enjoy the outdoors this afternoon.  Sewing can happen after dark.  In fact, it's much easier to focus when I'm not distracted by sunshine, warm weather and friendly friends.  Working after the rest of the neighbourhood is in bed is just fine with me : )
G'night Moon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Peonies & Pretty

I couldn't resist sharing a little of what I've been working on... I love peonies and I love Jenna - combine the two and the result is an oh-so-lovely vintage looking photo.  It reminds me of a flowery perfume ad.

Wardrobe: 7 Days of Summer

Gah-lee, it is SOGGY outside - rainfall warning sorta soggy.  Yick, enough with the water already.  I guess it makes for a good sewing day... or fabric cutting day anyway.
Be back later with a another peek from last week's photo shoot (see HERE and HERE)!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Passion Pit

Now here's a grrreat tune for the summer playlist!  I LOVE the video for "The Reeling."  I'm also adding "Little Secrets" and "Moth's Wings" by Passion Pit to my warm weather music mix.  Check 'em out and love 'em  along with me.
This is the day I wait for ALL year - Happy First Day of Summer ya'll!

Wardrobe: 7 Days of Summer

Just the boho-with-a-western-twist sort of outfit I'd like to be wearing today.  To be perfectly honest, I'm still working in my pyjamas right now (a BIG no-no at 9:28am).  Promise I'm getting to the shower and real clothes immediately... bribing myself with a fresh pot of coffee brewing while I get ready for the day and hey!  Maybe I'll be looking human within the hour : )
Another cloudy day out there, perfect for tackling the to-do list and getting a couple of designs sketched!

Monday, June 20, 2011


Sunglasses - Wet Seal
Dress - Forever 21
Bracelets - Forever 21
Sandals - Old Navy

Warm weather duds... these pics are from Saturday night, on my way to a girl friend's place for supper.  This dress is the perfect comfy-yet-cute summer wear AND it's even 'maxi' dress enough for all 5'10" + of me.
* Yup, lovely bathing suit tan lines are already making a showing.  Please excuse. *

Wardrobe: 7 Days of Summer

1. Fetching Femme Bra in Creme - ModCloth
2. Arcs and Recreation Top - ModCloth
3. Don't Forget Ring - ModCloth
4. Zaya round-frame acetate sunglasses - Oliver Peoples
5. Taupe of the Mornin' Shorts - ModCloth
6. Easy Strider Wedge - ModCloth
7. Vintage Tapestry Carpet Purse - ModCloth

A little somethin' femme and floral for Monday - bralettes, braids and brochade pair perfectly with the carpet bag prints of the wedge shoes and the clutch.
There's lots of planning, emailing and photo editing on the docket for this gal today... and I'm perfectly content to be at my desk on this cloudy day after a weekend of PERFECT weather and lots and lots and lots of outdoor time...
I'm going to start this Monday afternoon the right way - latte in-hand ma left hand, mouse in my right!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wardrobe: 7 Days of Summer

1. Botanical Garden Bubble Hem Dress - Ruche
2. Knot and Stone Bracelet - Urban Outfitters
3. Bows to go Clutch - ModCloth
4. Chain Post Earring - Urban Outfitters
5. Make Me Blush Ruched Blazer - Ruche
6. Baker Beach Wedge - ModCloth

Hey Hey!  In celebration of the first official week of summer, I'm going to be doing a lil' something called "7 Days of Summer."  I'll be posting seven great summer outfits this week - in addition to the usual blah-blah-blah ya'll get around here.  
Let's kick 'er off with a little get-up that I see as doubling as office/day wear - ditch the blazer at the close of the work day, and you're good to go for happy hour!
Hope everyone had a great weekend and if there's any Papa Bears reading (hmm?! maybe) - Happy Father's Day!
G'night world!

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Check out Katie's blog for a Dove Tree sponsor giveaway - Katie has come up with lots of ways for you to enter and earn extra entries as well, so visit her blog for details and play along : )

Saturday and the sun is SHINING!  A bit more work for me then hittin' the outdoors for all sorts of warm and sunny adventures...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Black & White and All Sorts of Grey

Just another quick lil' peek from the photo shoot as I'm editing away over here...  I'm loving the light and shadows in this particular photo.
Back later - hope ya'll are having a most Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

In This Shirt

While I must say that this video touches on at least a few of my phobias, this song by The Irrepressibles is just beautiful - kind of haunting (even without the imagery to help it along). 
HINT * Close your eyes if you need : )

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I was PUMPED to head back to my new (but really VERY old) favorite setting for a photo shoot last night!   I also had my very favorite model-y friend Jenna in-tow to sweeten the deal - we had so much fun, because we just always do.  It was a wild and stormy night out in the world, but we packed up the car, grabbed a couple of coffees and hit the road anyway.  We barely made it out of there before it started just POURING rain.  
The mission was successful:
*The first pic is just a test shot... Wow. 
*The second photo is an actual crack in an actual wall with an actual heart-shaped water spot next to it.  Perfect, hey?!  Yip, I'm tellin' ya, this wall and I are pretty much meant to be together (TRUE.LOVE, obviously).
It's super humid and um, with a 90% chance of rain I'm thinking I'll be perfectly content to grab a latte and photo edit the day away!
--- Thank you to J for lending me your good looks for an evening - beautiful as always, Dolly! ---

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Well, what I wore on Friday anyway...

Sunglasses - Wet Seal
Blazer - Forever 21
Bracelets - Forever 21
Jeans - H & M
Sandals - Old Navy

The blazer and bracelets were finds from my shopping excursion with my sissy-poo last Thursday.  I wanna wear these bracelets everyday... think anyone would catch on?  Hmm.
More sooooon!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Last week I mentioned that I spent alllll of my waking hours outdoors on the weekend, and that I had done a wee makeover on the back porch... Well folks, here it is.  I used a lot of my existing decorative goodies, added some wood tile flooring, a new door mat and moved some of my indoor tropicals out to green things up a little.  It's kinda incredible how much the flooring changes the whole porch - it just looks sooo much cleaner than that ratty old 'carpet' ever could.  Mmm, I do love the outdoor months.  
Today is gonna be a crazy-busy office day... SO much time will be spent at the computer.  My incentive to pound through it all - a lovely couple of sewing days to follow (er, and nights if the weather allows for some photo shoots during daylight hours).
Clearly coffee will be happening.  Um, NOW : )
--- Please excuse the 'me' in the "before" shot... Seems the only pics I have of this part of the house are for "what.i.wore" posts ---

Sunday, June 12, 2011


The Cotton Candy Pink Dress and Top are now posted in the shop - Yip yip to Sunday night progress!
Off to dream land...

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Now THAT was a GOOD Saturday.  
Nothin' all that unusual...
-photos of gardening
-a long run
... and freshly painted toe nails to top 'er off  : )
Hope yours was just as sweet!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Moi Je Joue

Feelin' a wee bit inspired by Brigitte Bardot and this Sofia Coppoloa directed Dior commercial today.  It's just the cutest.  And geez, we should all have so much fun flitting around Paris in a pastel hued whirlwind!  
C'est vendredi! Et moi? Moi je joue!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Sunglasses - Wet Seal
Silk printed top - Urban Behavior
Striped top - Urban Behavior
Seahorse necklace - ModCloth
Jeans - Wet Seal
Striped tote - Ardenes
Striped canvas sneakers - Forever 21

A casual lil' get-up for a day of shopping with the long-lost sister... I guess she's not so lost any more.  From now on, I'll call her the 'recently found sister.'  We were both exhausted from two verrrry long hours of shuffling through Forever 21... the mission was successful, and the exhaustion was quickly cured by copious amounts of caffeine - A big thank you to the lovely baristas at both the Polo Park and Kenaston Starbucks locations : )
Off for a walk and then it's supps with the extended family tonight.  Sometimes a spontaneous day off is just the best RE.FRESH you can get!  (Although, the contents of the email inbox is haunting the corners of my brain a little - if I'm being perfectly honest).
Right on, Thursday down!
-- Haha, and yes, the 'Whitney Port' bauble struck again this morning!  What else do ya do with a mop of soggy hair? --