Entries in Because I Love It (5)


Best-Case Scenario

M1 Camera Case in Walnut by Signi Case

People usually react with astonishment when they hear that I don’t have an iPhone. It’s pretty similar to the response I get when I tell them I’ve never watched Friends, Dirty Dancing, or Star Wars. I don’t know what I’ve been missing out on, but I’m about to find out - after years of Blackberries and Androids, I am finally switching to the iPhone this Friday!

I’m really looking forward to having faster Internet access, fun camera apps, and my favorite music on hand at all times. Most of all, I am super excited to explore a whole new world of beautiful iPhone accessories. I am loving these wooden/cork/textured covers and cases. They would beautifully balance the high-tech sleekness of the iPhone.

Chevron Mahogany Cover & Sapele wood Eiffel Tower sketch case on Etsy

Cork Ore cases by iWave

Adorable! Family and Octopuses by Grove

Gorgeous woven cases by Chilewich 


Head Over Heels

Happy October! Autumn is such a delightful time of the year, and this is the month when all my favorite seasonal elements come to life. What are you looking forward to this fall?

{Images via Pinterest}


Love is Blind... as a Bat.

Most gals love receiving flowers, candies, cards, or sparkly things from their guys. I definitely enjoy all of the above, but my husband really knows the way to my nerdy heart. During our most recent date night, Chris surprised me with something really special that I’ve been ogling for quite a while.

A freeze-dried bat! How neat is that?! This is a male Brazilian Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis). I cannot stop looking at it. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I have an insatiable infatuation with taxidermy. While I can certainly appreciate artistic rogue taxidermy, I simply can’t get enough of collecting scientifically preserved specimens. Call me a crazy person, but I am obsessed.

The bat is from one of my absolute favorite shops - The Evolution Store. This place is so incredibly cool. Not only is it brimming with natural curiosities,  it also has a quirky, beautifully curated aesthetic that I adore. The shop is right down the street from my office, and I am constantly swinging by to peruse new offerings. Here are some photos I snapped during a recent visit.

It is like a mini natural history museum, and everything is meticulously labeled. I mean, who wouldn’t want a fossilized cave bear skull? We’ll be bringing the bat (I named him Echo) back to The Evolution Store for custom framing as soon as I figure out which style will best showcase this fine specimen in our home.

BTW - Despite their teeny tiny eyes and nocturnal lifestyles, bats aren’t really blind. Although they rely primarily on echolocation to hunt, avoid predators and navigate dark surroundings, bats can see and are capable of distinguishing colors, shapes, and light levels.