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My Favorite Things: Jen Lula

My Favorite Things: Jen Lula

Blogger Jen Lula of Jen Loves Kev has been authoring her personal style blog since 2006. This past September, Lula became a mother to a baby girl, Rowan. Among this stylish new mommy's favorite things: family, her grandmother's fur collar, shoes, succulent plants, art supplies and old letterpresses (she and her husband Kev met in college bookmaking class). Read more, here.

Item I own that gets better with age: A pair of thrifted Dexter shoes. The leather just keeps getting softer—they feel like slippers!
Best vintage buy on eBay: The few pairs of Salvatore Ferragamo pumps I have gotten. They add a special touch to any outfit you wear them with.
Best souvenir I’m glad I brought back home: I love getting pint glasses from places we visit. Its such a cheesy thing to buy as a souvenir, but they are a great conversation starters and I have so many memories I relive every time I drink a beer from one of them.
Iconic fashion designer I most admire: Oscar de la Renta. So ladylike and elegant!
Favorite vintage fashion trend: I don't know if its a trend but I love wearing vintage blouses. I can't stop buying them. They always have the cutest detailing, peter pan collars, scalloped edges, and shoulder pads.
Fave old-school song on my iPod: I love old Jazz music. I have a ton of Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Frank Sinatra on my iPod.
Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: My grandma's perfume. I don't know what it is but, when someone has it on, I instantly think of being a kid. Also the smell of a lake. I grew up spending summers on a sail boat or at my uncles cottage in Northern Ontario. I love the smell of lakes—it makes me think of family and all the great times we had.
Film that I can watch over and over again: The Newsies, Amelie or any Wes Anderson movie, especially The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore.
Favorite bedtime story as a kid: Any Robert Munsch book. Like Thomas' Snowsuit or Something Good.
Favorite family recipe: The favorite in our household is my mom's Rigatoni alla Vodka. So good!
How I like to keep in touch: Email, but there is something so fun about getting things in the actual mail. It's like Christmas!
Blogs I’m currently addicted to: Dear Baby and Bleubird Vintage.
Unofficial home away from home: Oahu, Hawaii. Its where my husband and I spent the first year and a half of our married life together. Plus I love Northern Ontario.
What I’m currently coveting: Beautiful wool capes and tall leather riding boots.
I couldn’t live without: My family.

Photograph: Courtesy of JenLovesKev.