Category Archives: inspiration

Graduating+

Hey Folks,

My cat Virgil with Flounder the fish
My cat Virgil with Flounder the fish

So I am so proud of the week that I’ve had. It’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication to finally post this official Armor+Adorn website and finally set forth on my freelancing journey.

It's my cat in a box
It’s my cat in a box

Just a little seed in my head for years, the concept for A+A was always to have a fantastic and visually stimulating website so that people knew what they would be up against when working with me.

Continue reading Graduating+

Tattoo Love+

So how about an alternative take on an art post? ‘Kay ready?
Amanda Wachob Tattoos
More entertaining than bunny-vision?


I am in love with tattoo culture, especially when it has a meaning to it, and it is really well done.
Actually, unless it’s done well I can get kinda snobby about the whole thing because I value it so much as an art.  I decided to do a post on a couple of awesome artists that I discovered recently as I’ve been looking the right artists to do some ideas I have planned.  
Really bad or really awesome?
Backstory: For those who know me, I have one tattoo on my left rib cage, going from my underarm to the top of my hip, it says my mantra from a few years back “While I breathe, I hope” in Latin (“Dum Spiro, Spero).  I’m a big nerd when it comes to meaningful script and I love when tattoos are super feminine and full of whimsy.  I tend to fall for the artists who have a more surrealist approach to tattooing. 

I’ve been wanting to add butterflies coming out of my current tattoo but I have had a hard time visualizing whether I wanted colours, black and grey or what.  

So I discovered THIS picture of a monarch, only to find out it’s by the brilliant Kelly Doty from Easthampton, Massachusetts:

The detail is brilliant, including the shading under the butterfly, the colouring on the body, and the accuracy to an actual butterfly (I’m particularly impressed by the feelers!). Seeing this tattoo made me think of getting colour work since I have an affinity for blue butterflies:
These are also similar in style (not by Doty):
I must say that I would travel from this little town in Southern Ontario to Massachusetts just to get  Kelly to tattoo me because I love her stuff so much. 
Here are a few more of her signature tattoos:
The second tattoo artist I discovered is Amanda Wachob from New York City, who is known for her tattoos created in a painterly style where it appears as if actual brush strokes have been used to create the work. 
I find her work so appealing because it’s art before it’s a tattoo, and she relies very little on outlines and traditional tattoo shading.  I find this approach much softer and the end result much more subtle.  I would love for her to do the cherry blossom branches I would like tattooed on my feet, sort of in vein with what she did here:
Here’s a couple more incredible pieces:
Imitated ink splatter
Inspired by Magritte
I would be honoured to have one or both of these lovely tattoo artists tattoo me in the future!
Kelly tattoos out of Off The Map in Massachusetts and Amanda out of her studio in New York City and can be contacted here
I’d like to leave you all with some awesome tattoos and some ideas I have for future tattoos of mine:
And lastly,
Hot men with tattoos, who could ask for more?

Words of Inspiration+


As a prelude to what will eventually be Tuesday Tips, I wanted to give you all a life tip:

Listen to words that make a difference in your life. Like, really listen.  

I’m always most inspired by words that encourage you to seek what you want in life, and of course your classic case of of “never give up” positivity. Many people sort of look at you like, “are you for real?” when you find yourself attracted to these types of personal sayings. Society has brought it to our attention that some of these mantras are rather idyllic and considered cliche because of that, but, why should that make them any less important? We spend so much time trying to overcome the obstacles and hardships in our lives so then why is it so bad when we find words that have the power for change.


I’d like to show you something that inspired me the other day.  While I was working for BCBG for a short but sweet time in my life, I met an awesome girl.  She touched me with her story of how she had lost her mother a few years back. She was so strong and really making the best of her life, putting a smile on the faces of those around her, and really truly putting her heart into things that she was doing.  Now she’s seeking the world and kicking some serious tail. 


She recently discovered this poem written in her mother’s journal:

Don’t Quit…

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


So to my dear -, thank you for sharing these beautiful words and being able to inspire me with your story.

Whatever your words may be, find those words that make a difference in your life.  It doesn’t matter whether the words are inspired by a loved one, like the ones above, or whether they’re an age old proverb or biblical passage, don’t be embarrassed to find a mantra that is solace to you.


I found mine years ago when I was at a very low point in my life: Dum Spiro, Spero. It means While I breathe, I hope in Latin. For me it was a matter of never stopping to believe that things will get better.  When you’re in a negative mindset, it’s hard to find that one little sliver of light that keeps you going.  It was important to think: as long as I live, I will hope, and as long as I hope, I will live.  Hope isn’t just a naive sense of being, it exists because it contributes to the wellness of people’s lives. Sometimes it’s all you need.


“By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life.”

– Jean Baptiste Girard 


Share your words, share your life.

Inspiration of the Week+

Hey Y’all! 
(I don’t know how I adopted a southern accent there, it is completely arbitrary)
For this week’s random awesomeness I’d like to present you with a man I encountered via YouTube a few years back.  I’m not sure if it’s the music, the joy behind the dances, the group camaraderie, the epic nature of the destinations (dude dances with crabs! on a beach! full of crabs!), or whether it’s just an amalgamation of all that greatness. 
Here is just ONE of his awesome videos:
Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)
See more of his videos after the cut!

I don’t know if I’m biased to that first one because he dances with children, dances in Poland, AND dances in Canada but his others are also amazing:
Where the Hell is Matt? (2006)

If you liked the first one, you will love this one too (among the cool things: massive turtles, a kangaroo, monks, elephants, seals, and yes PYRAMIDS too Mikayla :p). First and every time I watch it I legitimately get chills. For some reason I missed it, but in one of the videos he is dancing in the ocean near a MASSIVE whale.  The sight is truly astonishing and awe-inspiring. 

Dude has seriously had some amazing experiences making these videos and I commend him for taking the literal “trip around the world” that many of us only dream about. 

Here’s his original video (pre-Stride sponsorship):

Where the Hell is Matt? (2005)

So…
I mean, Matt Harding?
Check out his site here: http://www.wherethehellismatt.com/
Although he’s gotten a bit commercial since he first began, he’s still pretty awesome in my books!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go first?
P.S. Don’t be afraid to dream big.

Inspiration of the Week+

Many moons ago, I discovered the incredible work of photographer Nick Brandt who takes incredibly moving and beautiful shots of wildlife.  
I wanted to take advantage of this blogging opportunity to give him a much deserved shout out. He’s one of many artists who will be featured as Inspiration of the Week!
See more of his work:

I would love to hear recommendations on anyone or anything that should be featured as Inspiration of the Week!

Modern Day Armor+

We each keep our strength by putting up our own sense of armor, whether it be literal or figurative, physical, emotional, or even, fashionable. ย For light fare, I find it’s always inspirational to look at the latter.ย  Sometimes it may be that representation of armor that helps us feel protected and safe.
So without further ado, here’s some of the fashionable:

Lily Cole for Vogue
Arm armor at its absolute finest
“Armure” by Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano
Natalia Vodianova in the same Dior suiting as above
Jessica Stam in sequins
Knitwear by Sandra Backlund
Evidence of brilliant modern day styling
Lily Cole in Vogue (again)
What images make you feel safe?
P.S. More on Lily Cole, Jessica Stam, Natalia Vodianova, and designer Sandra Backlund to come.

Hiatus+

Hello people!
This cute baby thanks you for your time.
My apologies, for the road to bloghood has been a long time coming but also something that has taken me longer to get into than I would like.  The goal is to create something that can be something to not only me but to the many readers who could relate with me.
For those who don’t know me, I am currently on a job search and that has taken up a great deal of my time and energy. I have always wanted to begin a blog and be completely dedicated to it, and not allow myself to fall behind; however, with the latest stressors of my life, unfortunately it is taking a bit longer than anticipated to begin!
Please bear with me for I promise, it will be worth the wait ๐Ÿ™‚ 
For now here are some random awesome things:

The Tardis from Doctor Who fame

A rainbow cake
A female cyborg
An amazing pavilion in Poland
A cool mesh and gemstone necklace
What are some random things that inspire you?
I hope to see you all soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Inspire+

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Marina Dias in Vogue Italia 2005 by Richard Burbridge
I consider inspiration the impetus for creativity. It’s not hard to see something beautiful and be inspired to create something beautiful yourself. From art, to food, to fitness, to life – there are beautiful things to inspire us everywhere we look.  I created Armor+Adorn to share not only the beauty that inspires me, but also the creativity that stems from that inspiration!

Thank you for stopping by and I can’t wait to share with you!