Get ready East coast! This year Spring will welcome 1 TRILLION cicadas emerging from underground, to take to the skies.
It’s been 17 years since their last appearance – I remember seeing them for the first time when walking to the tennis courts one afternoon in Brooklyn as a kid. A massive tennis-ball sized black fly was sitting still on the ground, and when my father went to tap it with the net of his racket, the lazy thing rose sluggishly into the air with about the same sound and enthusiasm of a helicopter! #neverforget
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Steadily, the summer creeps. It started with the sun flares and bouts of heat in March, now comes the humidity, and before long every air particle will be radiating with that all-too-familiar apocalyptic burn. Oh, I can’t wait till it gets so hot that the rats in the city’s subways start scampering greedily onto the platforms during rush hour.
The summer also means going to the beach, barely wearing clothes, and feeling the breeze roll over fresh sweat on one’s body. I really am excited for it! That is one of my favorite feelings.
On the topic of summer, new items have hit the ol’ etsy shop! I’m trying out working with cotton voile, and the result are these awesome beach bags. The prints are AMAZING! They’re semi-transparent and completely authentic in color palette to that instagram/vintage feeling of old photos.
There are currently 3 styles available: Night Owl, Woodland Fox, and Polar Bear. I plan on working on more artwork in the near future so that I can offer sets for those who can’t decide on just one. The best part about these totes is that the fabric is super light but still very sturdy so it can hold anything from an umbrella, to shoes, to the very dense 1st draft of your diligently hand-written autobiographical account of vampiric teenage angst *cough*.
From this point on, I will definitely be sporting either the owls or the foxes on any and every possible occasion.
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I’m proud to share Torynova Couture‘s new line of silk spring scarves! Long, beautiful, airy, and easy to wear during the warm days that are soon to come.
Check out Torynova Couture’s Etsy shop for placing a purchase!
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Really excited about entering a new phase for Torynova Couture. After a long period of searching, I was finally able to connect with a new great printer based in the USA. We are looking to expand Torynova Couture into smaller accessories, which will include silk scarves, flowy tees, and hopefully other items that will be fun for Spring and Summer! Here is a sneak peak of a scarf sample for Swan Lake, available for purchase in our Etsy shop.
I’m completely thrilled about this! The fabric quality is fantastic and the artwork is beautiful, if I do say so myself. Join Torynova Couture’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and let me know what you think!
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