Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gift Guide: Your 9-Year-Old Cousin

I have a cousin. Well, I have more than one, but this particular cousin has a birthday coming up in May. She's going to be nine and I have to be honest, I don't spend a lot of time with kids that age. I was kind of thinking about the stuff I liked back then and put together a trail map of sorts for the next third grader birthday in your life:

I was 9 or 10 when I got my room redecorated. Even if you don't want to do some big overhaul, putting a chic accessory in there can't hurt. Fancy-framed chalkboard: $15.

Third grade was also the age when I decided I needed to be "cool," and I started rejecting clothing that didn't help my cause.

Instant street cred: $24.

Finally, a good book goes a long way.

I can't remember if I actually read this when I was a kid or just flipped through it when I was older, but it's awesome. The style is fun and doodle-y, so it'll appeal to kids who may not dig reading, but there's enough content to satisfy to those who do. Amelia's Notebook: $9.95.

Do you have any go-to gift items for a kid?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Shop Update: Baby Blue

There's a dirty spot on my left contact and it's ANNOYING THE CRAP out of me. I'm at work now (on the weekend, lame), which means I'm looking at a computer, and the backlit screen is just making everything a blurry mess. I used to carry contact solution around in my purse but then my contacts were never dirty at stupid times for, like, a year, so I took it out. Of course.

Anyway, I've been working on some new goodies for my shop and I wanted to share.

I went hog wild at the antique mall a few days ago, so I'll have even more up in a few days. Let's say Wednesday. Maybe Thursday, if my day job continues to be ridiculous. Some minor inventory changes might be in the works, too, like adding a few decor items. But I still have to buy the materials and make them, so it's at least a week off.

If you have an Etsy shop, how's it going?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Miscellaneous: Earth Day!

It's Earth Day. I don't normally like to blog about the same stuff as everybody else, but I'm willing to jump ship for a few minutes for the sake of the planet.

Everybody knows buzz words like eco-friendly, green, and recycle. I learned a new one a few months ago: upcycle (which your word processor will tell you isn't a word, because of that bothersome red squiggle, but it's legit). Upcycling is re-working old stuff to make it functional/awesome/cute again.

Granted, I have no idea how this shirt looked before, but it's pretty ferocious at the moment. I'm especially impressed with this person's stuff because none of it LOOKS like it was re-made. Recycled/upcycled clothing tends to be really patchwork-y, or shabby-chic, or I-can-tell-that-sweater-is-made-out-of-socks. This shop, Brightstreet, does it right.

Would you wear re-worked clothing? Do you now?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wedding$: Assorted Accessories

I've mentioned before how I occasionally mis-read things. Today's example is from Etsy. I have a case of the Mondays, so I was looking at sparkly wedding stuff until the urge to be productive kicked in. I came across a be-dazzled... something... with the word "bridesmaid" on it. But I thought it said "bridezilla," and I was like, "Why would you want to brag about that?" (And then I had another incident where I thought "leftovers" was "lolcats.")

So my brain is clearly not awake yet. Thankfully, I can still recognize pretty accessories in my impaired state.

The coolest hairpins I've seen in a long time are $35 (and I think I'd just wear them around, forget being a bride), the rhinestone clasp clutch is $22.99, the flower clutch is $48, and the paper boutonniere is $9.50. I'm especially on board with the boutonniere because my husband still has his from our wedding, except we used real flowers so it's all dried up and gross. Too bad I didn't find this first.

When I was getting stuff for the wedding, I had a hard time paying for it unless I knew it was something I could a) keep forever, or b) use again. Are you the same way? What have you/will you re-use from the big day?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On the Cheap: You're making me blush...

The other day, I saw some cute new stuff at Express. Well, I guess "at" is the wrong word because it was definitely the website, but either way, I checked out the goods. They're doing a dramatic blush and black color combination for spring. One dress was especially nice: it was all blush, strapless, and with a gently flowing skirt. It also looked kind of short, which isn't gonna work for somebody who's 5'9" because that's when all of your crotchery business gets out of control.

So what's a girl to do?!

Not buy it, that's what. There are oodles of other blush-y things to be had right now that won't get me arrested for indecent exposure.

Starting top left, the blush-n-black vintage dress is $84, the rose earrings are $15.50, the quartz necklace is $25, and the pink clutch chimes in at $42.

(And can I just say that some peoples' interpretation of a color is hilarious? Like this, this, and THESE are all considered "blush.")

So how do you feel about this color? Do you wear it? Does it (sadly) wash you out so people think you're suffering from a very tragic, yet glamorous plague? Share with me.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Go Retro: Color Me Sparkly

Some days a girl just needs to look at somethin' pretty:

Vintage earrings turned into hairpins. Yes, please!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Miscellaneous: Vote for me!

Good golly! An item from my Etsy shop has been selected for the Etsy Wedding Voter! I didn't even realize it was in there until I read about another selection on another blog.

Here's what's featured:

If you have a minute to spare, I'd really appreciate some votes. I put a lot of time and energy into my shop and it's exciting to be recognized for it.

Thanks in advance for the support!

Monday, April 5, 2010

On the Cheap: Movie Magic

My husband, it seems, is actually a 9-year-old girl trapped inside a man's body. Here's a rundown of the movies he's watched lately: The Princess Diaries 2, The Parent Trap (Lindsay Lohan's version), Enchanted, Up, and New Moon. He did fall asleep during New Moon, but it still counts because he actually asked me if we could watch it.

Now, I can't really judge because I like some pretty terrible movies myself (Shanghai Knights, for example), but I CAN put together a collection of cute based on somebody's inner girl:

Starting top left, the print of twin owls is $15. Silver crown studs (which Queen Clarisse would say are NOT APPROPRIATE for the coronation, Mia!) are $20. The trio of balloon expedition magnets will set you back $7.50. Finally, we have the creepy, life-sized shadow decal of Edward Cullen for you to place on your bedroom wall. This is... alarming. In the Twilight books, Edward broke into Bella's house and watched her sleep for months. And months. And months. He called it "protecting" but I say it's "stalking." And now Eddie can creep on you, too! But you'll have to find the decal yourself because I'm too weirded out to link it here.

Does your spousal equivalent like strange movies, too?