Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Vancouver Weekend in Pictures… (A guest post from the lovely Emily)

Over the past little while we have asked a few of our lovely friends if they would do some guest posts for us. So we are looking forward to introducing some of the clever and talented people we have the good fortune of coming into contact with. Before Christmas we had Jonny do a crafty christmas wreath Make, Do, Mend. Now for our second guest post we have a Vancouverian Weekend in Pictures from a most lovely lady called Emily!

Hello, Foxes!

Emily here, writing to you from the far wilds of Western Canada. I have been following this lovely blog for many a month, and am super pleased to have been asked to post. (Thanks, ladies!)

I met Celeste ten years ago (ten years, Lesty!!) when we lived together in Watford. As evidence, here is a pic of the two of us from 2006, when I popped back to the UK for a visit.

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I dunno what’s up with my face. Moving on.

These days, I work as a receptionist for an animation studio, and live in a little studio apartment in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. I’ve got a masters degree in Creative Writing, so I’m hard at work on a couple manuscripts. I like words. My favourite food is chocolate.

But what about your weekend, you say? Quite right!

January is a tough month for Vancouverites – it’s dark and rains pretty much constantly. That said, there are definitely ways to escape the winter funk.

For example, on Friday night you could go see your writer friends read tribute poetry, riffing off of the classic No Doubt album Tragic Kingdom. This is my beautiful pal Leah, laying down some Stefani-worthy stanzas.

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The next day, you could do a touch of shopping at The Archetype. I walk past this gem every morning on my way to the bus. And I’m wearing my new cardigan – thanks, January sales!

The Archetype

I would recommend a wander down Main Street, where there are nifty things to eat and wear.

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This is one of my favourite Vancouver buildings.

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If you’re anything like me, getting to a good concert every once in a while can really make you feel like a person again. Head downtown for this part of your weekend.

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I would strongly recommend Whitehorse – they’re a Canadian husband/wife duo, and they sound like Johnny Cash and The Civil Wars had a baby. A glorious sound baby.

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Be sure to take a sweet gal named Michelle with you.

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Since you still have a whole day of your weekend left, you could check out Chinatown.

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Where there might be a cheery VW van.

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And then you should most certainly meet up at someone’s house to eat hot pot. I’d never had this Asian dish before, but it involves sitting around a (you guessed it) hot pot of water and cooking cut up vegetables, meat, and tofu in little basket-scoops. It was amazing. I think I’m still full.

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If you take your friend Stephen…

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…there will also be a pretty fantastic dessert…

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…that will be gone in three seconds.

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So there you have it, folks. A fabulous Vancouver weekend, perfect for chasing away the blues.

Thanks again to the Foxes girls for having me along!

– Emily

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Friday Finds: First anniversary Finds

ImageWell, this week marked our first anniversary as Tracks of foxes, we have really enjoyed sharing our thoughts, finds & attempts and making and doing over this last year and we hope you have enjoyed reading them.  Next week we will be reposting some our our favourite and most loved posts.  Tradition would have it, that the gift for a first year anniversary is paper.  Much as we are super grateful for technology there is nothing so lovely as pen, pencils, paper and print, so this little finds is a round up of some of our favourite paper related finds:

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1. Paper to read: Kinfolk

My all time favourite magazine is the beautiful kinfolk magazine, i discovered it a year ago, through some beautiful ‘go to’ blogs I read by some lovely peeps in Portland and Nashville.  It is a celebration of small gatherings, comes out seasonally, documenting, traditions and rhythms, simple food, and places to visit.  It is indeed a thing of beauty, the prose reads like poetry and the photography has a little bit of magic that awakes emotion.  Pop along to watch their delightful videos, and get yourself a copy.  For is UK based fans, you can get a copy on amazon.

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2. Paper to scibble and doodle on: Field Notes

There is nothing quite like the scratching of a pencil or pen onto some paper. Although moleskin create beautiful notebooks, I recently discovered and quickly bought a selection of these beautiful Field notes – the come in Kraft card or in a variety of seasonal colours ( I am really fond of the crop edition) and are little enough to fit into a back pocket – you can get them lined squared or black.

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3. Something to scribble with: Blackwing pencils

We love these beautiful blackwing pencils, whose led rarely seems to break but who have a warm dark line, and are super comfy to hold.  You can get them at the rather lovely Pedlars.

4. Beautiful printed products: Rifle paper company

For all you romantics preparing for valentines day, or any other clecbration that calls for some special paperware, you must pop over to the rifle paper company and coo and the gorgeous paperware and illustrations by the brilliant Anna Bond.  I am especially fond of this little card for any one you think is super special.

Have a tip top weekend, whatever you are upto,

Hanna, Sarah & Celeste

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Dress Up: Blitz Party

 It looks as though I’ll be heading to the Blitz Party on Saturday in Shorditch which I’ve heard is absolutely amazing. Check out the pictures and video! So FUN! Here is hoping that I don’t get forced to dance because pretty much my dancing ability is limited to the ‘Chicken Dance’ … I do do a mean ‘Chicken Dance’. Memories of ‘The Cat’s Meow’ clearly still haunt me!

Boys are fine, they’re set, all they need is a bow tie, hat and suspenders … sorted! Unless they go for a uniform.. which is never a let down!  For the ladies it is not so simple, hence mad pinterest, google and tutorial searches have ensued.

 For some seriously sweet hair tutorials from Sunnie Brook. Now if only I could get my face to look like hers too! Serious hottie!

Make up Bake up has heaps of ideas for vintage makeup and dressing.

Now all I have to do is figure out what dress! In dream land I would get this little Bettie Page number but I am broke as back mountain so looking for lovely things I already have!

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 I will have to choose one of these beauties! They will more than do.

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Now I am ready to be blitzed … wait, that sounds weird.

x Celeste

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Come Home To Me: The Taylors

Us foxes have the good fortune of knowing some incredibly stylish, lovely and clever people. Though most of us don’t  own our own place we like to make the best of what we’ve got! Here are a few ideas of things you could do to turn your humble abode into a cosy sanctuary that feels just like you!

On my little jaunt to Australia I got meet up with a good bunch of lovely people who had been a part of my formative years. Liz Taylor is one of them and what a babe she is. We’d spent countless hours talking about life, boys, food and clothes.

12 years later we’re a little older and perhaps a little wiser but this lady has a weapon of a little boy, a brilliant husband, a new little Taylor on the way and a talent for making a house feel like a home!

We started with ham, cheese, tomato and avocado croissants… SWOOOOON!

 

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Pottered down to the beach …

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That little boy of hers called Sid showed me how to skateboard…

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My little room for the night…

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Fully equipped with a vintage fridge for storage and shelving! 

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Frames and pictures …

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Sticky blackboard circles…

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Kitchen … the most important room in the house.

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Some anthropologie detail …

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Canadian maple syrup … so yummy and pretty.

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Post cards and posters from where they love…

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Everyone needs a giant clothes peg …

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Big and comfy sofas are my favourite… And LOVE the mix of patterns.

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Liz is one of the best ladies at finding beautiful, quirky things!

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All you need is love… Doo doo doo doo doo.

 

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No home is complete without man’s best friend!

 

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Here’s to this lovely lady, beaut mum and great friend … and also to our next reunion being not too far in the future!

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In the meantime I am on the lookout for a vintage fridge to use for a bookshelf!

x

Celeste

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Weekend in Pictures …

So we all got a little snowed in which was good excuse for lots of nice food and LOTS of viewing!

image-2The great Danish political drama Borgen kept Sarah and Celeste company while Hanna and her Jon settled in for a marathon of Harry Potter!

imageSuitable snackage for sustinance..

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Some fox tracks…

photo 1Hampstead Heath was chockas with every man and their dog attempting to sled… SO MUCH FUN!

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Then we thought it wise to stay in the warmth for a bit and keep updating ourselves with Danish Parliament..

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Celeste got to catch up with one of her besties from growing up in Vancouver. Nothing like a beer with an old friend!

photoIt’s probably always a good idea to finish your weekend with a little pork taco… or three.

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Here’s to a bit of spring soon!

x

Tracks of Foxes

 

 

 

 

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Found: Chemex Coffee Maker

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… The title for this post should really be GOT instead of Found as it was one of my Christmas presents. And it just keeps on giving – every morning! It’s no secret that I love my coffee and my mornings just wouldn’t be the same without a big mugful of this fine nectar. So outbursts of pure joy were witnessed when I unraveled a shiny Chemex Coffee Maker on Christmas day!

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It really is a simple pot where you pour hot water over your coffee, but the secret (if I have my info right) is in the triple filters that give you a smooth scum-free cuppa. It was designed by a scientist on a search for a way to make a good cup of coffee and Chemex is what he came up with.

It’s good design and function all in one! And I’m a big fan of good design.

-Hanna

Ps. Top tip! If you’re thinking of purchasing a Chemex, make sure to shop around the interweb as the prices seem to range from £30 to £100 on different sites.. crazy.

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Weekend in Pictures…

This weekend …

Saturday morning french toast cooking away! MMmm..

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One of our favourite little pubs that serves the BEST THAI IN THE LAND had an unfortunate signage failure. The Nascot Ars?

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The Natural History Museum in London is beautiful this time of year!

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Super excited to find out a friend has a pretty spiffy collection of lovely cigars and I managed to leave his house with one to take home.

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Planning a little communal veggie patch with the help of River Cottage!

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A weekend away toasting marshmallows

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With a few little visitors

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Happy Snow Day!

Stay warm if you’re in chilly parts of the world, cool if you’re in sweltering parts of the world and happy, safe and lovely everywhere!

– Tracks of Foxes

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