Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2015 TOAST UK Catalogue

Ah, springtime, and with it, another delightfully styled Toast UK collection. I love the specific feeling each of these catalogues evokes, and Early Spring + Spring/Summer 2015 Toast edition is no different. Can’t you just feel the strong, early morning Mediterranean sunshine pouring in through the windows and smell the percolated coffee wafting across the sleepy air?

Toast UK Early SS15 House and Home Lookbook -- Wooden tray, metal coffee percolator

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook -- Patterned bed linens

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook  -- Grey cushion covers

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook  -- Colorful and unusual bathroom towels

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook  -- Teapot and ceramics

Toast UK SS15 House and Home Lookbook -- Stools with colorful hairpin legs

Toast UK Early SS15 House and Home Lookbook -- Stack of quilts

Toast UK SS15 Women Lookbook  -- Baskets on a donkey

Toast UK SS15 Women Lookbook -- Linen Button-down

Toast UK SS15 Women Lookbook  -- Desert Sunrise

Toast UK Early SS15 Women Lookbook -- Mediterranean Style

Toast UK SS15 Men Lookbook -- Wooden Sunglasses

Can’t get enough of TOAST UK? Me neither! That’s why I’ve been posting these round-ups every year since 2010. You can keep on looking through the TOAST archives, or go directly to a particular season in the list below.

Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2014 TOAST UK Women’s Catalogue

This year so far, I’ve shared more writing and fewer visual inspiration posts. It’s just that, when wrestling with realities like this, posting pretty pictures seemed like the very last thing to do. But the truth is, beauty doesn’t go away in light of life and death’s realities — and indeed, as I’ve learned, just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean we have to stop admiring the brightness of a flower or the color of the sky. In fact, more then ever, it’s exactly in those moments when we most need to see the golden thread present in everything around us. And, when we see all beauty is a reflection of Him, we realize there’s nothing incongruous or out of place about pausing to see beauty in the midst of a wrecked and imperfect world.

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All images above via the April 2014 TOAST UK Women’s Lookbook.

Want to see more TOAST UK round-ups? I’ve been blogging my favorite TOAST images since 2010.

Christmas, Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Christmas 2013 TOAST UK Catalogue

You know how there are some brands you really love one year, but the following season you’re indifferent? TOAST is not one of those brands. With every single catalogue, the mood created by their photography and staging makes me fall in love with them all over again. This December release is just so rustic and lovely.

Christmas images from TOAST UK December/Winter Catalogue

Christmas images from TOAST UK December/Winter Catalogue

Christmas images from TOAST UK December/Winter Catalogue

Christmas images from TOAST UK December/Winter Catalogue

Christmas images from TOAST UK December/Winter Catalogue

Christmas images from TOAST UK December/Winter Catalogue

Christmas images from TOAST UK December/Winter Catalogue

Christmas images from TOAST UK December/Winter Catalogue

Can’t get enough of TOAST? That’s ok! You can keep on looking through the TOAST archives, or go directly to a particular season in the list below.

Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Autumn/Winter 2013 TOAST UK Catalogue

The November 2013 edition of the Autumn/Winter Toast UK catalogue (the House + Home and Women’s sections are all merged into one issue now) is stunning for its frozen lakes, tall pines, and slate mountains. These are all aspects of the natural world distinctly lacking in this corner of the world, and I especially miss them as Christmas approaches. Truthfully, I miss the way they look through windowpanes — with me remaining on the warm side — because I do so like to stay toasty. No pun intended. 

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November 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall Pines

November 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall Pines

November 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall Pines

November 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesNovember 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesNovember 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesNovember 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesWant more pretty pictures? You can keep on looking through the TOAST archives, or go directly to a particular season in the list below.

Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2013 Toast UK Home+Home Catalogue

Thanks to these images from Toast UK’s Spring/Summer 2013 Home+Home Catalogue, I’m dreaming of a nice seaside picnic — one that involves crusty bread and jam. And maybe a nap in a breezy riad, waking up to Moroccan mint tea before a boat ride where I just sit on a heap of cushions and don’t have to row at all.

Hey, there aren’t any rules against dreaming, right? :)

Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn

Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Christmas 2012 Toast UK Catalogue

After seeing these images from Toast UK’s fantastically wonderful Christmas 2012 lookbook, I’m off to spruce up the decorations around here. (Now, does anyone know if you can order a white Christmas and frosted windowpanes through the catalogue?)

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog

Image via TOAST UK's Christmas 2012 Catalogue, as seen on the Oaxacaborn blog


You may also be interested in my Toast UK catalogue round-ups from previous seasons.

Inspiration, Poetry & Words

INSPIRATION :: Winter 2012 Toast UK Women’s Catalogue

I only like icy landscapes in theory. I can say that with some authority, because I’ve tested the, er, frozen waters. In college, I lived across the street from the Lake Superior shoreline, and meh — not my thing! See, it’s not an urban legend or an exaggeration that humans can have icicles hanging from their personage. Oh, no. That really happens.

Here’s a photo of me, standing on Lake Superior when the ice had already started to break up. It was Easter break, so I’d switched to my “spring” snowpants and coat — and was subsequently frozen to the core. (What was I thinking?! DOES THAT LOOK LIKE SPRING TO YOU?! And who in the world has “spring snowpants”?)

Brrrrrrr. It’s true that the air is amazing and clean, there are myriad stars, and the stillness and quietness overnight are like nothing I’ve experienced elsewhere. But you know? It’s cold. Your car’s doors freeze entirely shut. When you do get the car moving finally, the wheels feel square. The worst part of it all is when the sky and the ground fade together into a dusty, dreary gray, swallowing everything in between them. The sun disappears. Weeks pass before it reappears momentarily, only to slip away again. Sometimes, it’s too cold for snow even to fall.

So when I’m oooh and aaahing over the pretty wintery scenes in Toast UK’s most recent lookbook, I try to remind myself what living inside those pictures really was like, and realize that I’m much happier just looking at the photos*.

*I’ll let you decide how much of that is true and how much is an attempt to convince myself I enjoy sweating in Florida-October’s swampy heat.

Image from Toast UK's Women's Winter 2012 Lookbook Catalogue, as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comImage from Toast UK's Women's Winter 2012 Lookbook Catalogue, as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comImage from Toast UK's Women's Winter 2012 Lookbook Catalogue, as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comImage from Toast UK's Women's Winter 2012 Lookbook Catalogue, as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comImage from Toast UK's Women's Winter 2012 Lookbook Catalogue, as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comImage from Toast UK's Women's Winter 2012 Lookbook Catalogue, as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comImage from Toast UK's Women's Winter 2012 Lookbook Catalogue, as seen on Oaxacaborn dot com

You may also be interested in my Toast UK catalogue round-ups from previous seasons. They’re not all wintery. ;)

Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Autumn/Winter 2012 Toast UK House + Home Catalogue

We’re still drinking our coffee iced, so these cozy scenes seem like something out of a movie. Some of my family members elsewhere, though, have already had sprinkles of snow and are busy with all the mundane but necessary outdoor chores which accompany winter’s arrival.

I think I’ll stick with my romanticized perspective. ;) Here are my favorite images from Toast‘s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection for House + Home.

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I’ll have my picks from the Winter 2012 Women’s lookbook up later this week. Meanwhile, feel free to enjoy my favorite images from past Toast UK catalogues, all linked below.