Friday, February 12, 2016

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. One of my Favorite GIFS of All Time-


2. New Music-

3. This Adorable Stamp Cat-


4. I Have a Thing for Bold, Velvet Chairs-

(Similar Items)

5. Imma Need This Mug-


More Links to Love:

- I know this is meant for children, but I definitely want to print my own to play with! 
-This is a great phone case
- This rendition of 'Bad Romance' is superb! 
- Illustrator Chuck Groenink has a great Tumblr

Happy Friday, Friends!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thrift Challenge 2016: Thrifted Handbag Inspiration

I'm going to be honest with you; I've never paid more than $20 for a purse in my life, new or thrifted. I've just never been able to reconcile paying for a brand name on an article of clothing that has such a high likelihood of having a ball point pen explode in the bottom of it, or maybe that's just clumsy, old me. I've found some of my most favorite handbags at thrift stores, garage sales & clothing exchanges, so I can tell you first-hand that it can be done!

In addition, when you shop second-hand, you can afford to experiment with the latest trends without breaking the bank. You might have a trusty old fancy bag in a classic shape sitting in your closet right now, but you've been eyeing the latest satchel bag or fold-over clutch trend. Check out your local thrift shop to see if you can find something that echoes those trendy shapes! Trends tend to come full circle, so you just might be able to find something vintage or from a few seasons ago that fits the bill.

You might just strike gold & get a brand new purse at second hand prices! Places like Goodwill get brand new items from Target that don't sell or are overstock, so if you've seen a bag at Target recently that you didn't want to pay full price for, be sure to check the shelves of your local Goodwill.

I've collected a few shapes & styles that I'll be scouring my local thrift shops for this month. See anything you like?

Handbag Inspiration

Tip Time:

  • Be sure to check the lining, zippers, hardware & straps. Beware of stains, cracking, broken zippers &scuffs. Be on the look out for why someone might have donated it in the first place.
  • If you're not morally opposed to it, look for real leather. Leather will last longer & keep looking better as it ages. 
  • Check for sale days. Some stores really jack-up the price on purses, so it's really only worth your while to pick up a bag on 50% off day or with a coupon. 
  • Even if you're shopping for something trendy, think about what you'll wear with your purchase. Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it will go with your wardrobe & you don't want to regret a purchase, no matter how small. 
  • Try something new. Think through your purchase, but don't play it too safe. You're going to be bummed if you get your bag home & it looks like all of your other purses. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. January Playlist-

2. These Beautifully Decorated Envelopes- 


3. I Really Love This-

4. It's Always the Right Time for Pushing Daisies- 

Especially during Valentine's Day! 


5. I Just Love Weird Cacti- 


More Links to Love:

-This is beautiful
-One of the best comments on internet hate I've ever seen
- I took the new Pottermore quiz this week. Proud Hufflepuff in the house! 
- Carol Burnett is the Queen of Comedy. No contest. 
-Rusty Clanton is the tops. You've seen him here before. This is nothing new. 
-This is one of my favorite science YouTube channels. So informative! So gross! 
-If you live in my area, take a minute to vote for one of my favorite breweries! You can vote once a day! 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. New Music-

2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak- 

Last weekend I finished one of the best books I've read in my entire life. In fact, almost a week later, I'm still processing the story & what it has meant to me. If you haven't read it yet, I HIGHLY recommend. Period. 

If you'd like to keep up with what I'm reading, check me out over on Goodreads


3. Consider This-

4. My Precious...-

And at $498 it will stay out of my grasp, much like the one ring. Just call me Gollum! 

*sigh & swoon*

(The one lamp to rule them)

5. I am Loving me Some Accent Wall-Paper-

I can definitely see something like these beautiful wall-paper choices in my decoration future. Now to learn how to hang wallpaper.....



More links to love:
- I love this list of ways to kickstart your week.
- This comic. This comic is REALLY important. 
- This beautiful cactus blouse is a dream! Totally swoon worthy! 
- More inspirational comics for your enjoyment. 
- One of my favorite bloggers is looking for pen pals! 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thrift Challenge 2016: January

I spent the majority of my thrifting month looking for the perfect cardigan to complete the January thrifting challenge. Now, don't get me wrong! I found some great cardigans this month! But every time I would come across a sweater that caught my eye, I would ask myself, "Do I have anything else in my wardrobe that looks like this?" And the answer was usually yes. 

I created this challenge as a way to build/round out my wardrobe, but also to diversify it. When if comes to cardigans, I generally steer towards a long length. I like longer sweaters that cover my butt & hips when I'm wearing skinny jeans & I guess you could say it's a bit of a security blanket for me. 

So, for this month's challenge I tasked myself with picking a cardigan unlike any other in my closet. And this, my friends, is it! 

Cardigan- GapBody (thrifted) $1
Tank- Target (thrifted) $1
Skirt- Old Navy $10
Tights- Merona (thrifted) $2
Boots- Merona $25
Necklace- Target (gifted)

Earlier this week, I picked up this super soft GapBody cardigan off the $1.00 rack at my local Salvation Army. I generally really like color, but I did try to find a more neutral choice. I originally picked a long navy option with a bright yellow trim, but ultimately put it back on the rack. I wanted something that would work this winter but could transition into spring & the weight of this sweater is perfect for that! I can layer over it, button it up or leave it open, so it's versatile. It's also much shorter which made me kind of nervous, but that's part of the challenge, right? I want to encourage you to try something new when you set out to buy these monthly items. Since the prices are so much lower at the thrift store you can afford to really experiment with your style & try something you wouldn't even think about splurging on.

Friend Finds:

Natalie found a lovely cardigan that will transition perfectly from winter to spring! Natalie says, "I found my cardigan in January, but forgot to post it! I love how warm & chunky it is!"

If you've found the perfect cardigan this month, I would love to see it! Don't forget to share with #thriftchallenge2016! 

Tip Time:

  • When buying knit wear, pay special attention to the state of the garment. Is it pilling? Are there any holes? Check under the arms & in the arm pits where the fabric rubs together. Are there pit stains? If a piece is already worn out by the time you get it, it's generally not going to get better the more you wear it. If something has stains, you should be 100% confident you have a plan to remove them before you buy it. 
  • Note the care instructions. What is the sweater made of? If you don't think you're going to remember that a sweater is made of wool when it comes time clean it, you probably won't. Believe me; I've ruined enough clothes to know my patterns. I don't dry clean things on a regular basis, so if something needs special attention, I really need to think about it before I fork over my hard-earned money. It might not be worth my time. 

Thrift Challenge 2016 Running Total


Friday, January 22, 2016

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. I Recently Purchased This Chair-

It now resides in my office & I'm kind of in love. I described it as the chair version of me & I think that's actually pretty accurate!

2. Emily Carroll is Such the Best- 

Her newest comic just might convince you! 


3. Words to Live Your Life By-

Judge John Hodgman is a man of wisdom. Period. 

4. Space Flowers- 


5. This Gorgeous Antique Reproduction Toothbrush Caddy-


More links to love:

-This is the coat of my dreams! 
-You know you're a sad, old grown-up when switch-plates get you excited! 
- Death before decaf
-Felicita Sala's illustrations are my new favorite.
-This Justin Bieber cover is the cat's pajama's! So is this one

Happy Friday, Friends! 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. "At the Sound of His Roar..."


2. This Amazing Let's Draw from Frannerd:

3. These Mid Century Pieces-




4. The Illustrations of Rebecca Green-



5. Maybe the Best Phone Case Ever-

Happy Friday, Friends!

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