This and That

posted on: 3.11.2015

We are all collectors. We hoard this and that no matter how restricted or open our collections may be. I come from a line of antiquarians so I guess you can say it is in my blood to gather things. You might be into shoes, belts, work-out gear, tea cups, or just stuff in general, but whether or not you are ready to admit collect.

I have decided to launch a new series (titled, 'This and That') where I showcase items that I have acquired over the years. Whether the item was an impulse buy, a gift from someone who knows me oh so well, or a planned purchase, these items are special to me. Alright alright, this new series is influenced by Emily's 'Five Things', HOWEVER these posts are to feature what I own, not what I stumble upon. Lord knows I hate lugging that DSLR around and rarely visit flea markets despite the gene I previous described.

Okay onto today's post:

-The first is not precious for its value but for the sentiment it provides. I bought this bundle of dried lavender at the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market. Such a classic impulse buy. I wanted this batch of flowers as it reminded me of my experience studying abroad in the South of France. There I had hand picked lavender with my French family and let it dry out over the summer, unfortunately when it was time to pack my bags I accidentally left those flowers in France. Point being- these fill the void.

-My newest art purchase! A Studio Arhoj "Ghost". This ceramicist and his team are so talented, I want 10 more!

-I am often asked to reveal my favorite wedding gift. Easy. That would be this beautiful Oscar de la Renta coral wine topper from my mother-in-law who knew I loved it so.

Happy Wednesday! xx


  1. I'm really looking forward to this series and I love the story behind these items. That wine topper is stunning!

  2. Loving the lavender!! So pretty! I want some!! And how cute is that ghost?!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  3. I like the concept of your new series!

    I just love the way lavender smells!

  4. These are gorgeous photos...I love all these items! I'm looking forward to seeing more from this new series!

  5. Great new series! I have a similar one with five photos :)

  6. I will be looking forward to more posts from this series, I think it's brilliant! And gosh, I don't blame you for choosing that wine topper as your favourite gift, that is gorgeous!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  7. Great post Michaela!! X

  8. I am loving the concept to your new series :). I can' wait to see more girl.

    Kay of Pure & Complex

  9. That lavender looks beautiful!

    xx, Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

  10. I love this! We all have these tendencies, just not everyone acknowledges them. I don't really know where mine lie exactly. I probably don't have a specific area that I hone in on but I do know I have separation issues from my things. I don't like to toss things out. I feel remorseful afterwards. Sometimes even during and I end up keeping it lol. I do draw the line though and get rid of stuff when I have to, I'm just worried as I get much older that this may develop into a problem :o|

    God, I can not believe I'm even thinking that far ahead!

  11. Oh i love the lavender.
    Its nice that even though it's dried, it's still look great.

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  12. lavender and the south of France. I'll be heading there in a few weeks. too early to see it fresh I'm afraid. but I know how the smell can transport you in time. lovely series :)

  13. Really interesting and lovely post! The pictures are great indeed. I love the smell of lavender :)

  14. Love this series already. Also-- dried lavender is the best. I hope to make it to the santa barbara farmers market sometime too-- it sounds amazing!

  15. That wine topper is amazing- and I love this series, Michaela! Can't wait to see it unfold. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  16. I love the story behind the lavender! And that wine stopper is GORGEOUS!

    xo Kylie

  17. First time in your blog and I’m impressed! Everything is so beautiful!
    Great job!

    Diana Cloudlet

  18. I love collecting little mix-matched things. It makes for an interesting collection.

  19. These pictures are so beautiful, you're a talented photographer! Absolutely love the wine stopper!

    Bella Pummarola

  20. These are such gorgeous photos, loving the lavender!


  21. Very cool post idea! I love what the dried lavender means to you and that coral wine topper is so beautiful, I never knew I could be so hooked on an item like that. Thank you for sharing these items and the story behind them, look forward to more of these posts. :)

  22. Ahh lavenders. They're my favorite scent. They remind me of New York; I bought the L'Occitane hand creme while I was there and ever since then, I've associated the two together. Although your story sounds way more romantic. I mean France?! What a wonderful scent to associate it with.