- Advair. I’m asthmatic, sexy I know, and sometimes I forget to take my preventative medicine so I carry it around with me.
- Jumbled headphones for my iPod.
- iPod. I carry this around more since getting my car, it has an ipod outlet which I use on the regular. Yes that is me singing loudly in the small blue car next to you.
- Small Nalgene Bottle. I go this a couple years ago with a pack of bigger nalgene bottles that I used to pack shampoo and conditioner while I was abroad. Now I use it as a pill case. Currently it’s full of ibuprofen and claritin.
- Ecuadorian Coin Purse. I go this at a small market in Quito where they hawk tourist-y goods. I bought a few scarfs but only had a large bill and the guy didn’t have any change so he told me to add a small item to even it out. Incidently I probably use this more than any other thing I bought while in Ecuador.
- Camera Cord. I don’t usually carry this around, I think I stuffed it into my purse after uploading my last blog post.
- Random Pens. Pens seem to come and go in my bag. Sometimes I have a ton and other times I have none. The purple pen is from our vet and the others were probably taken from around the house/ stolen from my mom.
- Wallet. I got this wallet a couple years ago from Urban Outfitters. I like that it’s slim, looks like a clutch and has a crocodile texture with shiny gold interior.
- Work Badge for my Sometimes Job. Since I’m currently working (until the end of next week) this has made it back into my bag. It lets me get into my job and permits me to traverse the hidden bowels of the mall.
- Rescue Inhalers. I usually carry only one of these but I couldn’t find my inhaler with the lowest number of puffs a couple weeks ago so I opened a new one. Now I have two in my bag. It works better like this because if I take one out to use and leave it around the house I always have one in my bag. Isn’t asthma fun!
- Ice Breakers Mints. I use these occasionally and sometimes they really come in handy. I had a job interview a couple weeks ago and I don’t know if it was stress/anxiety or dormant impending illness ( I actually got sick a couple days later) but I ended up throwing up before the interview. Luckily I had these babies on hand. TMI? I know, I know.
- Bert’s Bee’s Chapstick. You know that awful time when you really need chapstick and you don’t have any? I hate that, so I carry one with me at all times.
- Tweezers. You never know when you catch a glimpse of yourself and your about two hairs away from full on wolfman or woman. I am always prepared for those situations.
- Random business card. I stuffed this in my purse while in a moderately priced Vintage (pop up?) store last Sunday.
- Black Power Pick. Yes I carry around a black power pick, I’m (half) black I can do it. Ironically my (white) mom gave it to me as a christmas present a couple of years ago when I went natural.
- My purple non-iPhone. Last year we downgraded our phone plan from smart phones to just phone and text, this is one of the few phones you can get that requires no data plan. It’s actually kind of refreshing not to have a smart phone. I had a crackberry and was on it all the time, now I’m not constantly checking my phone. It’s actually kind of freeing. The only downside is the camera on my phone really sucks and since I don’t have an iPhone I can’t enjoy some of the cool iPhone apps or join instagram and have vintage-y looking pictures of my cats, shoes, food etc. Not constantly being on your phone also opens your eyes to the sometimes incredibly rude ways people use their phones.
|Image Via AMC|
If you like television like I like television, which is perhaps a bit too much, then you’re probably just as psyched for the return of Mad Men today. I didn’t actually start watching Mad Men until 2010, I’d heard so many good things about it and its style but just hadn’t put in the time to get into it. Anyway I totally got sucked in and quickly caught up on seasons 1-3. So, when I heard last year Mad Men wasn’t returning until 2012 I was bummed. Though I tried to quell my thirst for the Drapers with sub-par 60’s dramas (*cough* Pan Am *cough*) there’s nothing like the real things, and I’m glad It’s finally back! So of course I had to do a Mad Men post in celebration of the 2 hour season premier tonight.
Mad Men is pretty well known for it’s style so what better way to celebrate its return then through a post celebrating the style of it’s leading ladies.
|And of Course what would a Betty Draper post be without disheveled Betty.|
Anyway here’s my take on Betty’s look. This is actually my Halloween costume from 2010 when I went as a 50’s housewife. Betty’s look is very 50’s housewife with pearls, circle skirts, cardigans and heels. She is always dressed to the nines and never skips a beat, even when she’s sad Betty.
Joan Holloway aka Joan Harris
MARGARET ‘PEGGY’ OLSON
|excuse the floors that need to be sanded|
So I had kind of an epic thrifting day last Thursday. Even though the Savers I visited has been open since like October I hadn’t visited until last Thursday. It wasn’t for a lack of want, just that it’s a bit far away from my usual thrift haunts and my house. Anyway after reading positive reviews on yelp I knew I had to go and give it a shot. Since both my mom and I were off last Thursday it seemed the perfect day to check it out. I wasn’t really expecting to find anything and spent most of my time looking through the clothes. Towards the end of my visit I was browsing quickly through housewares to see if there were any cool Pyrex dishes or something and there they were, two Cathrineholm pots! I had seen the pattern before, most recently on Rachel from Smile and Wave’s post about her thrifting trip to the Ozarks, and knew they were cool and vintage. So I giddily took the biggest one and rushed to my mom to show her my bounty. Surprisingly she had no idea about Cathrineholm enamel ware, but I knew I was going to get it so I made her guard it while I tried on the small pile of clothes I was hanging onto. Later that night I went on ebay to look up the dish and found it selling online for $50-75.00, I paid $8.00. I had no idea they were so expensive. Immediately I lamented leaving the other pot. Sometimes I think too practically, ” I don’t really need two” etc. I knew I had to go back Friday and see if the smaller pot was still there, and it was! Anyway it was a pretty epic find in my book and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna start collecting Cathrineholm from now on. I’ve seen a ton of cool ways people decorate with them on pinterest and I’m sold.
Anyway aside from the Cathrineholm I also found this large Pyrex mixing bowl. I’ve kind of started collecting Pyrex but I’m trying to limit it only to patterns and colors I like. I don’t want to become a crazy pyrex hoarder, I don’t have room/money for that.
And this cute made in Japan ceramic deer.
This haul was a bit out of the ordinary for me because I’m usually thrifting clothes and accessories, I rarely if ever get home accessories. I’ve been making a more concerted effort though to look through the home goods aisles more frequently and with a more discerning eye. I read some thrift blogs and people find amazing stuff in the home goods sections so I knew I needed to browse those more and branch out from just clothing. Guess all that “hard work” has finally paid off. In any case I’ll definitely be paying the cathrineholm Savers another visit soon, on the list it goes.
Sorry for the lack of outfit posts. I did wear clothes last week but nothing especially interesting. It’s been unseasonably warm around here (yay) but I hadn’t really put together any good warm weather outfits and couldn’t for the life of me think of any good outfits before I went thrifting. It seems in a pinch I’m not especially creative with outfits, but making lists of outfits and having them at my disposal when I just can’t think of a good outfit seems to help. So a couple days ago I made a list of a some good warm weather outfits so I should have more outfits to post soon.
Shop your home is a phrase I first heard on the Nate Berkus show a few year ago. It refers to changing up your interiors by moving furniture and home decor items from their current locations to different areas of your home. It also refers to re-discovering things packed away in basements and storage. I’ve done this a few time in my house. I found a few bedside tables to put in my room a few years ago and dug up some of my mom’s vintage clothes. Anyway, we recently had another shop your home moment when my mom brought up the above planter from the basement.
After my our mini road trip to Red Wing Sunday my mom dug up this little gem. A few weeks ago we went to an estate sale that had this planter (though a bit bigger) as a lamp. While at the estate sale my mom exclaimed she had a very similar planter at home. We didn’t end up getting the lamp. They wanted around $250.00 for it and that’s just out of my price range. So, the next day I tried to find it but had no luck. Thus, I was super happy when my mom brought it up from the basement Sunday. I’m kind of obsessed with it. I just have to figure out where to put it!
|Tang also likes the planter.|
Shoes: Gifted Earrings: PLNDR
|image via google|
Three years ago I was introduced to International Women’s Day while abroad. Oddly before then I wasn’t really aware of the day. It wasn’t until interning in Ecuador with a battered women’s shelter, La Casa Matilde, that I even knew people celebrated it. The first time I celebrated it La Casa Matilde and other women’s organizations put together a march to raise awareness of women’s issues. That day was so inspiring as women, children, and organizations that fight for women’s issues all marched to raise awareness of women’s issues and celebrate women. At the end of the march all the organizations met up and they had different presentations for the audience of mostly children, about hard issues like domestic violence. I and some of the other volunteers got up and took a “Domestic Violence Vaccine” after pledging not to commit domestic violence. They also had domestic violence clowns, which was a bit odd, but obviously a way to teach the kids about these issues. Since then international women’s day has become a day that I remember and celebrate with enthusiasm. So today think about the women in your life who have made a difference to you and also think about women less fortunate. If you can, think about donating to a women’s organization or volunteering with one. Either way just take some time to remember and celebrate the women in your life and around the world.