I’m nosy, especially when it comes to home decor. There’s a reason I love apartment therapy and that HGTV is the background sound to my home life, I love to see how people style their spaces. So it wasn’t long until I randomly discovered apartment/home tours on YouTube. I’ll admit many of the apartments rely heavily on IKEA for decor, but everyone has different taste so it can be fun to see how people style those pieces. There are some that are more unique, like the ones above, which are always nice to find. But I’ve seriously found myself watching apartment tours on repeat for way longer than I should.
2. Thrift Hauls
I enjoy looking at what people find at thrift stores/ flea markets. Watching thrift hauls really gets my thrifting mojo going and fulfills that thrill for times when I’m not in the mood to thrift or can’t for whatever reason.
Lookbooks are fun simply to see the outfits people put together, but it’s also a good place to find some outfit inspiration. There have been times when I’m unsure how to style an item and have turned to lookbooks for inspiration, they can be very helpful.
4. Thrift / Flea Market shopping videos
These videos are even better than thrift hauls as the people take you with them to thrift stores/ flea markets. It’s fun to see what other people are looking for at the thrifts. I follow some YouTubers that do these videos that search for things I know little or nothing about and don’t collect, but it’s still fun to learn about what they’re into and see what they find. For example Pat from Pat the NES Punk searches for retro video games and toys at Flea Markets around his San Diego home and Lazy Game Reviews thrifts for vintage video games, PC games, old computers, computer accessories, as well as other vintage electronics. Will I collect these things? prolly not, but it’s fun to learn more about them and get a secondhand thrift high.
5. Daily/ weekly Vlogs
I love a good reality show and Vlogs are basically self-made reality shows, with slightly less drama. For some reason even mundane things like grocery shopping or what the person is watching on TV can be interesting in a vlog. I think vlogs can satisfy that voyeur side we all have.
One of the perks of being a Prince fan and living in Prince’s hometown is every so often he hosts random events around the cities and at his Paisley Park compound. Two weeks ago my mom got tickets for one of two “Piano and a Microphone” gala concerts at Paisley Park. Having never been to a prince concert I was super excited. The concert was AMAZING! It was definitely one of the best concerts I’ve been to. There were two shows one at 8 pm and one at 11pm. We got tickets to the 11pm show which was much more hits based than the 8 o’clock show that, from what I gather from reviews, was more of lounge type show where he spoke a little more about why he wanted to do the shows this way and his childhood. Although I would have loved to see the first show too I am not disappointed in the least at the show I did see. The setup was just a small stage with a (purple) piano and two candle sticks at each corner of the stage, It was all kind of … romantic. The 11 o’clock show that I went to was the more hits driven show and featured songs like Raspberry Beret, Purple Rain, Nothing Compares 2 U, How Come you don’t call me anymore, I wanna be Your lover, and Kiss. Toward the end of the night he got the crowd to sing along too, which was so much fun. We got there a little late so we ended up standing behind him and saw the back of his head for most of the concert, but walked around so we still got to see him and we had pretty close view of him. Somewhat unfortunately, but predictably, cell phone photos/ recording and cameras were strictly prohibited. So the only picture I have of the evening is of the outside of Paisley Park, I wasn’t about to get kicked out! The cellphone ban is a definite generational thing. I went to see Bob Dylan with my mom two or so years ago at the Orpheum and he had the same rules, no photos. It sucks a bit since you want photographic brag worthy photos, but on the other hand it is nice to just be in the moment and listen to the music. Sometimes people get way too caught up trying to record everything and they don’t really experience the event! If you were wondering he wore a mauve/ marsala / light purple silk ensemble that resembled a funky Pajama set. He wore flared pants, a matching phases of the moon long sleeved shirt, vest, his hair in a medium afro and light up platform shoes. Needless to say he did not disappoint on the outfit front, you can see it on his
Anyway I wasn’t completely sure what to wear to the concert. I was contemplating buying something new but last Monday I spent way more money then planed at thrift store MLK day sales and didn’t really want to shell out money on a new outfit. I did find some clothes at those sales but the one dress I would have worn I’m saving for Valentine’s Day. So I dug in my closet and remembered this skirt that I bought awhile ago and haven’t worn recently. It wasn’t the outfit I had originally envisioned and looking at these picture I forgot how long the skirt is one me, I still like the outfit but next time I’ll probably go for a shorter skirt.
The concert was amazing and now I’m definitely going to have to go to more Prince concerts!
If you want a better detailing of the two concerts you can read this article from Rolling Stone on the 8pm show and this one from the current of the 11 o’clock show that I saw. Both articles include full set lists if you’re interested.
If you don’t watch Orphan Black you totally should, but to put it very simply it’s a show about clones. It follows four main clones Sarah who’s kind of punk, Alison who’s preppy, Cosima kind of alternative and Helena … well she’s just kinda crazy. All of the various clones have super easy DIY costumes, especially Alison and Sarah, and all of these pieces could be found in your wardrobe or a good thrift store.
3. Cookie Lyon
Anyway if you need any more inspiration you can check out my old Halloween costume posts featuring: Mad Men inspired looks , Minnie Mouse, and 70’s mob wife/ Rhoda. If you still can’t think of anything youtube and blogs are full of ideas. Another quick a dirty tip is to just take a trip to your local thrift store, you’re bound to find a piece that will inspire a great costume.
Skeleton keys are just the coolest
3. lil Wishbone
5. Mid Century Modern Library cart
6. Gold Lamp with potential
7. Men’s symbol Mug
8. TACO CATS IN SPACE!!!!!
I carried this around with me a bit, it was only three dollars but in the end I decided it really wasn’t cool enough for me to bring home. Plus I don’t really have a place for it.
10. Big Box Light
I liked the look of this lamp. Obviously it’s very big and bulky but something about it was appealing, I still passed though.
11. Mixed Media lamp
This lamp had a cool look i’d never seen before. But didn’t need it.
12. Sand Dollar Lamps
|Heywood Wakefield dresser, swoon|
|Cathrineholm fondue set that was too expensive for moi.|
|this old pool hall ball rack was pretty cool|
|Cool signs and glove display hands.|
|Barbie and Bakelite|
|This french bulldog statue was super cute|
|Scary or cool? you decide|
|The Rocket shaped candy/toy dispenser was pretty awesome.|
|What up Ronald?|
The best part for me was that the whole upstairs of the shop was a Mid Century Modern wonderland. Ugh I just wanted to take everything in that room. The store was nice but the prices were a bit high. My mom ended up buying a cool Mexican necklace but that was about it.
|Eames chairs and other mid century delights|
|Cool ball chair ( I so want an egg/ball chair you have no idea) and to the left are those cool planter chairs that i’m also obsessed with.|
|Heywood Wakefield table and chairs as well as part of a Barcelona chair|
|If you look on the top right of this photo those orange and yellow sphere things are cool retro pool floats. One is a chair and the other a floating table thing. So cool.|
After the vintage shops we went to the Des Moines botanical garden which was just ok aside from the very cool water lilies they had in their water garden, they were definitely the highlight of the gardens. Our favorites were the big round ones that kind of looked like trays. But it was also cool to see the others as well, some of them had shower head like stigma ( I think that’s the right word) which was kinda freaky but also pretty cool.
|these were our favorites. Someone should totally make a tray that looks like that it would be so awesome.|
After the botanical garden we went to the Robert D. Ray Chinese Gardens. The gardens were built by a Chinese immigrant association to honor a longtime Iowa governor, Robert D. Ray, who did a lot to help bring different immigrant and refugee groups to Iowa. The building and gardens were beautiful as was the skyline and scenery around it.
I also went a bit on a the modern arch bridge you can see in the Chinese garden pictures. It split into two and got wider in the middle and then re-connects on both ends. It was nice bridge with a pretty view.
We checked out some thrift stores later on that day but we didn’t find anything good and the prices there were also pretty high. After two stores we didn’t really have the motivation to check any others out. But if you’re a Des Moines-ian and you are a vintage collector/thrifter let me know where you go, I’m curious.
After the thrifts we were pretty much beat so we had dinner and didn’t do much of anything else that day.
A few weeks back my mom and I played with the idea of going to Des Moines, IA for a few days. Not to see anything in particular or do anything special, it was just a fairly close ( 3ish hour) drive away and might be a fun mini road trip. We didn’t end up going then but a few weeks ago we had the same three days off and decided to give it a go and make our way down to Des Moines.
It turns out Des Moines does have some cool stuff to see and is a pretty cute city. When we first arrived we drove around downtown Des Moines and happened upon the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. So we decided to go and check it out, it turned out to be one of my favorite stops. The art is really cool and if you’re an instagram/snapchat whore like myself, it gives you plenty of cool subjects for photos.
|White Ghost by Yoshitomo Nara|
|Untitled (three dancing figure, version 3) by Keith Haring|
|Nomade by Jaume Plensa|
Next to the capitol were a couple of memorials. The tall one was a memorial to the Iowans who fought in the civil war.
The back here remembers the work of the Iowan women during the war.
When I finally got to the front of the monument I noticed something a bit odd…
Ok so I’m not exactly sure about the pose of this lovely lady, she’s definitely feeling herself if you get my drift. So that was a bit odd but still a very nice memorial.
After exploring downtown Des Moines for a while we were starving and decided to find a place to eat and a good hotel.