I recently acquired a one-of-a-kind jacket in a little boutique in Toronto. I am so pleased, it's my new favourite thing.
It has inspired me to wear brooches and pins more often. I have quite a number of them, including a beautiful tiny amber and sterling violin that Drew gave me for christmas last year. I had admired it for months in a vintage jewelry store called Maskarad, in Montreal, but never bought it. When he gave it to me it was such an awesome surprise. I'm almost afraid to wear it because it seems so delicate, but I know that the purpose of having these things is to wear them. It's just so beautiful (photographed beside a teaspoon for comparative purposes):
[Post-script: Oh, pang of longing! Looking up a business link for Maskarad just caused a deep pain in the centre of my chest, where my love of Montreal swells from when I walk the streets and breathe the city in. I used Google Maps, street view, and instantly flooded myself with memories of all the different seasons, walking through Parc Jeanne Mance to get to Avenue du Mont Royal to walk with my friend Elaine, and of the times when Drew and I were living in Mile End, biking through these intersections to get home to our apartments. Oh ache, oh sad, oh miss.]