Friday, July 14, 2017

Hi there, I am not here anymore.

This blog was once under the domain,, then it was changed to when I started my brand (WeAreWere) and sold vintage clothes, shoes, and accessories on When finally became available, I bought that and continued to post about whatever I felt like (mostly shop updates), but felt less and less into it due to a demanding, yet very fulfilling 9-5 design career.

I have always had jobs as a designer (print design then product design for apps and vehicle UI) to pay the bills, so this was always a fun hobby. At one of my jobs I started ordering weird, rare, vintage enamel pins, patches, and buttons via eBay and had them shipped to that company's address. Other designer co-workers got in on collecting and we noticed there were people starting to make brand new enamel pins (especially emojis and memes). The new pins were hilarious and I bought so much (mostly as gifts for friends). Those early designs are still my favorite. I haven't stopped collecting or wearing all that flair.

My current pin, patch, and button collection is huge, though I'm sure it's not the largest out there. Some are cataloged here: P.I.N. Anyway, I have been threatening to create my own pins since 2014, but I got distracted by meeting and marrying the bestest person ever and moving from Brooklyn to Berlin, and now currently settled in Malta with my husband, Oskar.

WeAreWere is now my small design studio, and Candle of Her Brain is the brand offshoot of that where one can purchase collectable enamel pins, embroidered patches, and other unisex accessories that I designed. ME, my own products!

This blog will stay up, like an old diary one finds in this junk shop corner of the internet. I don't think any of the widgets work anymore, most of the links to YouTube are broken, pics are missing (Photobucket and Flickr), and my sometimes narrow/negative viewpoints have broadened/mellowed as I've become more aware of myself and the world. It's embarrassing to read at times, but it's also funny at times –and only showed a very small fraction of what I was up to at the time (2007-2015). I put this blog out in the world to represent me, and not many took notice, but it didn't matter. It was a lot of fun to be able to express myself at that time.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Shop Update - Bags, Boots, and Bdresses! HUGE SALE ON EVERYTHONG! (typo and it stays)

Adding 100+ items to the shop this week!

$15 for most items until August 21!

Shop relocating from Brooklyn to Berlin with updated all new
vintage and handmade items coming this winter!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Month That Were

Row 1: Dragged my Swedish husband to see Kids in the Hall (after making him sit through some of the best sketches on YouTube, and patiently listen to me going on and on about how often I watched the reruns on Comedy Central throughout high school and college). Also, I wore my Rod Torfulson's ARMADA featuring Herman Menderchuk fan tshirt.
Row 2: Walking around Bryant Park and Times Square really late at night... Still loads of people outside enjoying the summertime and clamoring to view actors leaving the Broadway theaters (quite a few police horses).
Row 3: Bought peonies / Stolen honeysuckle –two of my favorite flowers and smells of summer.

Row 1: Bush Terminal Park in Sunset Park. Still under construction, still worth it to check out. Love it when Brooklyn, New York, doesn't look like Brooklyn (and you can wander in unsafe conditions and no one's around.) NO. ONE.
Row 2: Amy Schumer at The Apollo! First time for both of us to be at this venue, too.
Row 3: Sunset Park and Gowanus brick wall art.

Row 1: The fire escape garden is doing swell so far this year (cos Fisby's keeping the grass mowed).
Row 2: Cool building street stuff across from BAM, and inside the new H&M (which isn't where I shop these days, but the view from the second floor reminds me of those old photos of the view one would have when the 6th Avenue elevated train was still a thing.
Row 3: Fisby about to fall out of her cat tree. And more nature... some of the many swans in Prospect Park.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Week That Were

Found some beautiful ranunculus this season at Food Train (surprisingly). Usually the peonies are the best, but this year I noticed the ranunculus flowers so I got loads in all the colors –and was inspired to break out the floral sneakers.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Last Last Weekend

May 30th and 31st a vintage pop-up marketplace, A Current Affair, happened just down the street from me. I got a weekend pass to check out both days and was really impressed. I still can't believe over 50 vendors dealing specifically with vintage apparel came right to my doorstep in Brooklyn. I live in Sunset Park and it's one of the least gentrified neighborhoods in Brooklyn, so I was surprised such a thing happened here. Also, I was surprised to check out the area now called Industry City. It's kind of exciting, I wish it had started 10 years ago when I first moved to Sunset Park. But then if that were the case, my rent would not be so reasonable (and it was fun back in the mid-00's to sneak up on the roofs of those warehouses and take photos back when the water towers were still attached).

Anyway, from Rhiannon's Vintage I found the cross stitch fly slip-ons, and a silk Gucci floral scarf in the print I'm currently VERY OBSESSED WITH from Spanish Moss. I saw so many beautiful items both days, and if I weren't on my way out of NYC and on to living in Europe, I would hope A Current Affair returns again and again to my not-so-secretly-secret part of Brooklyn so I could look at (and buy in person) the beautiful well-curated vintage items from some of my favorite shops and sellers.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Best Mail of the Week

Awesome pins (sold-out ghosts - restock soon) from artist, illustrator, weirdo, Sara M. Lyons!

She sells on Etsy, but fuck that sniz cos she now sells new items on her own damn thing now and is on Instagram cos that's all that matters anyway. She also has a tumblr and recent post about businesses stealing artists' work –which is something I think about all the time and makes me incredibly sad, but I have an "important friend"(I have no friends) who says it's actually Ok if a really, really big company like UO or whatevs steals your art cos you can get a copyright lawyer and sue (pity for the underdog! settle out of court!) and win in these cases since it's becoming so common. Soooooooo, I'M CURRENTLY PLANNING ON PUTTING ALL MY IDEAS OUT THERE IN WWW LAND NOW IN HOPES OF BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE*.

*I will never do this, but what I did just do is sneeze where a little bit throat snot came out and landed on my couch.

Cat Daddy and Cat Lady buttons from These Are Things.
Stuntin pins. Inner Decay pin.

I have been ordering patches + pins, as if they were just created and the more I have of each will make me a better person emotionally and logically and LITERALLY. I don't know what it is exactly, but I love maximalism (ugh, that term) and I love supporting these artists and

I also really raelly really raedklkdjlly enjoy seeing the packaging these items are sent with, and These Are Things doesn't disappoint. WOW. Every time I'm so happy. It's a gift experience. And the couple behind TAT are doing the #100dayproject (google it) so every day they're offering a new "gift".

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Etsy Shop Update

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Neglected hobby #48923

I haven't had my shop active in close to a year since I got a fulltime job as a product designer for iHeartRadio. I really like my 10-6 office job, too. I thought I was going to take the shop to "the next level" with the money from the stock I sold when the previous job, a start-up, got acquired. But instead it funded a year of being young and retired. A blissful, relaxing year of taking care of myself physically and mentally went by and I lived off that money instead of getting another job, re-investing the money, or putting it back into the We Are Were shop.

I know there must be a way to balance one's day job and still have time for hobbies (Etsy shop, drawing, growing plants, collecting things, etc.). But for a year, I've been focusing on the corporate career. For 2015, my resolution is to un-vacation the shop and continue on with this other aspect of my life that I really enjoy.

I also plan to update this blog more. I love that people still find it for the Etsy/Chanel post. Most blogs really bug me, and that's why I was ecstatic to find the gomi community (though sometimes it gets a little out of hand and I don't really know a lot of the blogs people really dislike).

I love designing and I love music, so finding a job that has both in NYC is/was my dream (and with really cool co-workers and an easy-to-bike-to-from-Brooklyn location in Tribeca). So, now it's all about getting another part of my life in an ideal place –and I have a 5-day weekend to get. on. this.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


A fun way to learn Spanish. Thanks, YouTube and music from the past!


This month's WEAREMUSIC CD mix for November track listing: