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Spoooooooky Interiors

October 31, 2017


bliss

on this spookiest day of the year, i thought it only seem right that i veer from the white/white and celebrate the dark walls i have contemplating for my own home as late.

spooky beautiful right?


no glitter no glory


desire to inspire


country living


domino


trendland


bliss


daniella witte

happy halloween dear friends…be safe.

xo mrs. french

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Beklina’s Angelina Rennell

October 30, 2017

-angelina rennell

as many of you know…i am a ridiculous fan of beklina. beklina is a shop that specializes in all of my favorite clothing, homeware, and accessories and i am thrilled to have had beklina sponsor my blog for quite some time. i had mentioned in a previous post that this shop specializes in story-telling. the beautifully curated items and photographs create a world that i instantly want to be a part of.

angelina rennell started beklina and 2006 and i had to know more about the magical person behind one of my all-time favorite shops…

-reality studio iris knit jacket

me: Please take a moment to introduced yourself.

angelina: I’m Angelina, founder of Beklina. I also design the shop line of clogs, knits, custom prints and other objects.

me: What prompted you to open your shop?

angelina: I started Beklina over 10 years ago as a hobby. To be honest I never thought it was going to be my work.

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me: Lay out a typical day for you.

angelina: I run every morning, drink tea, drop my kids to school, then start in with emails, and then work down my task list. Mondays are more business and later in the week is more art and design.

me: Where do you find inspiration?

angelina: Oh everything really. These days it’s a lot about color, hues, and combinations. Other artists, books, nature… once a week I like to just play with paint or some other medium and not have an agenda, really just be in the moment.

me: Do you have favorite blogs/websites that you visit often?

angelina: I think that has become Instagram. But I do follow a lot of blogs still including.. http://www.anyonegirl.com and http://www.saladforpresident.com/

me: How would you describe your style/aesthetic?

angelina: Creative, emotional, casual. I live in jeans, clogs and sweaters. My hair is always in a ponytail. I prefer to have less, but what I have to really love it.

-hand loomed wool pillow

me: Who are your favorite clothing/shoe designers?

angelina: Mari, Rachel Comey and vintage

me: What is your favorite thing in the shop right now?

angelina: Our new Picasso Platforms in clay. I wear them all day and love love love them.

a détacher clark cardigan

me: Are there shops you frequent?

angelina: Addicted to checking Chairish!

me: Where do you see Beklina in 5 years? What are your next steps?

angelina: Expanding our line more and more videos, art and experimentation.

me: What is the most important thing you have learned along the way?

angelina: You don’t have to know what is at the end of the path to follow one.

beklina ribbed lego clog

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beklina cashmere ballet wrap sweater

thank you angelina for being a loyal sponsor to bliss and creating endless amounts of inspiration!

xo mrs. french

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We’ve got this…

October 3, 2017

beautiful illustration by merrilee liddiard

it seems as if only yesterday i was asking for a brief pause…a pause from my daily such and such to get my head around the terrible hurricane damage that had recently affected so many. today, i must pause yet again. my heart is broken, my eyes are teary and my head is racing. i spoke with my children today about the las vegas tragedy and i choked on my words. why am i having to fill their smallish minds with such awful things? of course, i need to discuss…however, why do we live in a world where i am forced to have these conversations? why, only weeks ago did i have to speak to my beloved b and lu about the sickening occurrence in charlottesville? when i truly stop and think, i can barely catch my breath. also, please do not get me started on the fact that i find absolutely no comfort in the words and actions of the man who’s name i can barely say aloud…the man who holds the office that is supposed to bring us together in times like this, not rip us apart (goodness, i could go on and on and on).

i hear signs of hopelessness in the voices of friends and family members that used to join me in the message of “we’ve got this.” sadly, my thoughts and words are having an awfully hard time finding the light through all of this as well. this post, dear ones, is as much for me, as i am hoping it is for you. we really do have this.

i started bliss back in a time when i found myself so surrounded by beauty that i had to share the thoughts, moments and things that i blissfully found myself inspired by on a daily basis…those bits are still there. more importantly, i will not let hate win. i will begin by conveying this message in my home, with my family and my friends. i will do my best to start a tiny wave of hope. i will talk to my children in a real way, but also give them hope for the next day or even minute. i will show and feel the deepest compassion for all of those all over the world who are hurting so deeply at this moment…i will never pretend to understand, but i want them to know that i cry for them, i think of them, hope and pray for them.

we have got this because we have to. perhaps the main reason for this post, is that i needed a reminder today.

i also understand that words can be empty. i am going to try and find ways to make a positive impact in my community and by “community” i mean the whole darn world. daunting yes? but i will do it over and over again…i encourage you to do the same. do not give hate your time and energy. obliterate it with love: through words and actions.

i am even going to get this little blog of mine involved…stay tuned.

“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” -Fred Rogers

xo mrs. french

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