birthdays are meant for celebrating

Last week was my birthday.  I'm one of those people that believes in buying presents for oneself, because, you know... it's your birthday.  My present to myself this year was pretty spendy, but totally worth it. I got my hair permed and cut and a fancy pants salon in LA.  My sister's friend is an amazing hairstylist and made my hair look awesome. Yay for natural looking curls!  Other than that, I got an awesome brunch with the husband, awesome gifts, and a concert to tune-yards (for next week).  The brunch we just went to was at Lawrence, an amazingly styled restaurant in Montreal.  I sure hope I get to go there again before I move in a few weeks.

I will leave you now with a music video from tune-yards.  I can't wait to see this in concert!!!


vintage books

During my quick trip to LA to shoot a wedding and visit my sister, we stopped by two used bookstores, equally amazing in their own way.  The first was Alias Books East in Atwater Village.  They have a carefully curated selection of used books, and I hit the jackpot there.  The second bookstore was The Iliad Bookshop in Hollywood.  There I was able to find a pretty sweet edition of The Lord of the Rings (although I'm missing The Fellowship of the Ring still) and also Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese. I don't know why, but I absolutely love used bookstores and never leave empty handed...


house of hollin is live!

Hello everyone!  As you may or may not know the husband and I are moving back to California at the end of August.  So... this means that House of Hollin (tumblr) is back online with more items!  We will be posting more items throughout the months.  It does get tricky since we are in Montreal.  So if you're in the states and you want an item shipped to you, we can do that!  Or.. if you don't want to pay the exorbitant shipping costs, we would gladly move the item to California and ship it from there - you would just have to wait until the end of August for that to happen...

Here are some of the items on House of Hollin, and make sure you check back often!


jessa's wedding on girls

I know I am late in posting this, but honestly - I forgot.  After watching the finale of HBO's Girls, a few weeks back, I remembered loving the ceremony altar at Jessa's surprise wedding.  It would make a great decoration for an outdoor wedding, or just an outdoor party.  I may have to try it out this summer when we have a housewarming soiree for our new home in California.
source: HBO


l'epicerie fuschia

One of my favorite cafes in Montreal is L'epicerie Fleur (Fuschia).  It's a beautiful cafe specializing in flower-infused beverages and flower groceries.  Besides food and drink, they also sell cookie mixes (in different floral flavors), candies, and other baked goods.  It's one of my favorite places in the world, and it's going to be one of the places I miss most when we move from Montreal in August.  Here are some photos of the cafe I quickly snapped when we had family visited. (PS. I apologize, but the camera I was using wasn't the one I normally use).
 L'Epicerie Fleur
4050 Avenue Coloniale
Plateau, Montreal

This cat was in a used bookstore window, sleeping peacefully as a street fair was loudly parading in front of him.


wish list: great gatsby sweater

I really love this Great Gatsby sweatshirt by Out of Print Clothing.  Possibly with a collared shirt underneath, it would make a great every day outfit.  Hopefully the company adds more awesome book designs to their clothing collection!  They already have a good amount so far.   I think this particular sweatshirt is going to have to go onto my birthday wish list!


shaker style

While in my 18th and 19th century women's writers course, my professor quickly mentioned the Shaker culture.  While I was familiar with it, I hadn't realized that my one of my favorite furniture styles was actually from the Shaker culture.  I would love to one day have a Shaker style kitchen.  Here's a few photos of some of my favorite inspirations.  Apparently Amazon has quite a collection of Shaker books, if you want to check them out!  I think I might...

                                                                       Source: metmuseum.org via Hollin on Pinterest
                                                                      Source: apartmenttherapy.com via Hollin on Pinterest
                                                                      Source: apartmenttherapy.com via Hollin on Pinterest
                                                                                  Source: furnish.co.uk via Hollin on Pinterest
                                                                         Source: 2.bp.blogspot.com via Hollin on Pinterest


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