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2014/05/21 / Shanan

FLOWER GIRL

I will admit to being continually blown away by the level of imagination and care taken by my daughter when she’s milling around outside on her own.  She floats in a near-constant state of flower-picking, followed by some artful arranging, the gentle stowing away of leaves and blooms into pockets to save for friends, and the dreaming up of ‘edible’ concoctions (dandelion tea, pinecone ice cream).  Such a beauty in her focus and quiet excitement…  Yeah, I’m feeling sentimental today.  Let’s blame it on hormones and move right along, shall we?

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(hope you don’t mind the onslaught of personal/home photos on the blog lately… now that we’re spending more time outside, I’ve been motivated to pick up my camera again)  xx Shanan

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2014/05/15 / Shanan

THE SYMMETRIC’S ‘SISTER STYLE’

I’m popping in today to let you know that a northern style icon has officially been born.  Just kidding.  But, Portland-based fashion blog Votre Grande Soeur did so kindly ask me to be a part of her ‘Sister Style’ series and the post is up today!

See me get dressed up and go about my regular everyday activities, like cutting watermelon and swanning around the apple trees.  And posing next to oversized teddy bears (somehow I just noticed that big guy sneaking into the photo above).

Photos by Sarah Tacoma.  Thanks again!  Here’s the link to the post.

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2014/01/20 / Shanan

CAN’T SEEM TO GET MY MIND OFF OF YOU

This morning Chris, Theo and I are escaping the big chill and heading to Barbados for a little sun, surf, and family time with my parents (who we’ll be meeting down there). I’m looking forward to tearing into some novels, and my dad can’t stop talking about taking Theo for walks on the beach to pick shells.  CANNOT. WAIT.

I’ve still got blog posts scheduled and Gillian will be here to keep the homestead safe (and take care of our dog). I see lots of duty-free rum in her future. You can keep up with us on Instagram where I’ll undoubtedly be posting a ton of bikini selfless (ha, no). See you soon! xx Shanan

Image above: Theo in Barbados last year, standing at the beach gate in the early morning. Photo by Shanan Kurtz/The Symmetric.

ps. How to travel on an airplane with a toddler.

pps. Total classic.

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2013/10/16 / Shanan

BREAKING NEWS

(Let’s just get this out of the way – nope, not pregnant)

But there are changes afoot here at Symmetric HQ.  When I started the blog last spring, I had no agenda other than to write, share, and fumble my way through a bit of a creative dry-spell.  And it’s really felt great to put something, however small, out into the world.  It’s forced a certain amount of vulnerability on my part, which is terrifying good.

Blogging (still hate that word) can be a lonely pursuit, though, and I’ve been craving connection as well as secretly needing a push to take things further.  Enter — Gillian, my new partner-in-crime.

It is with affection and excitement that, starting next month, she and I will be collaborating here on the site and on a new venture, an online shop featuring vintage clothing, really special jewelry, and signature hand-crafted goods. The Symmetric empire is under way!  Ha.  No, really.

I will properly introduce Gillian in a few weeks time, as the subject of the next Natural Habitat installment (see the first two in the series here and here).  In the meantime, the blog will remain the same with myself at the helm, and then we will start shared posting duties as well as updating some links around the site to reflect the new partnership.  Change can be a weird thing, but this is going to be rad — I promise.  Looking forward to telling you more… soon, soon.

Image above: Michele Varian ‘Eudossia’ juxtaposed porcelain side plate.

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2013/09/11 / Shanan

THE APPLE OF MY EVENING

Tonight at about 5:30 PM, I emerged from a kitchen stupor and stepped outside into the most beautiful early evening ever.  The light was just so; everything was bathed in a warm glow and a sense of ease. Chris and our friend Matty were picking apples while Theo sat in her ‘magic chair,’ snacking and watching the girls ride horses next door.  I brought out beers for the guys and then climbed the huge ladder; I got right up in a tree, looked down from above, and sighed.  I just felt like sharing some of the pictures we took, which already feel sun-drenched and hazy and too perfect to believe.

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