Digging In the Garden

Digging In the Garden

By Tarleton Walmsley

Collage featuring a clamshell hat, cats, and a film still from the cult classic Suspiria

Maybe it's a book, perhaps it's a tv show or a favorite song. It could be an activity, a special product we carry at the shop, or even a state of mind. These are the things living rent-free in our minds. Whatever it is, we're digging it in the garden this month:)

1. Nature Branding Agency

You might have noticed me teasing a few new design elements around here. That's because we just finished working on a rebrand with the fine people at Nature. Nature is a Branding Studio that is run by Michelle and Ellen, two incredibly talented people that really know what they're doing when it comes to graphic design and branding. All will be fully revealed soon, but for now I've been enjoying the backend updates, doing small teases like this one, and envisioning Garden Party's next iteration!

2. Suspiria, 1977 

I can't remember the last time I was super into fall. Somewhere in my mid-30s I became a summer girly and never looked back. But this year feels a bit different. I feel much more invested in consuming pumpkin spice lattes, watching scary movies, and I'm even planning a costume for the Greenhouse party on Sunday. So that's why I've been revisiting some of my all-time favorite Spooky Season movies. Dario Argento's original version of Suspiria is visually stunning, just the right amount of spooky, and there's plenty of witch-aesthetic to go around. Other suggestions: the 2018 remake of Suspiria, Rosemary's Baby, The Craft, The Love Witch, and of course..Practical Magic.

3. Doobie & Etta

Ok. If you know me at all, you know I love my cats. When we lost Little Man this past March, I was devastated to lose my best friend. When it felt time to find a new feline family member, I wasn't even sure that I could vibe with a new cat, much less find one that would vibe with Etta Bird. But now that Doobie is here, he's stolen our hearts (even Etta's!). And as the days grow shorter, I'm loving coming home to these little pets of ours and snuggling up with them to read another Throne of Glass novel.

4. Bill Cunningham's Hats

Before becoming a photographer and long-time New York Times columnist, Bill Cunningham made hats. Really cool, sculptural, weird hats like this clamshell version, which sold for $25-35 when he ran his millinery business in the 40s and 50s. My favorite part about this clamshell hat is the lady's head peeping out from the shell, a perfect little pearl. 


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