Obsessed: Ear Crawlers and Ear Jackets

I’ve recently become obsessed Ear Crawlers and Ear Jackets. Every few years I get really into jewelry and this seems to be one of those instances.  I’ve recently been into more delicate simple jewelry and have been steering a bit away from bigger statement pieces (though I still love those as well). I think simple jewelry is just easier to wear and kind of chic for everyday.  Anyway I have a small but growing collection, thanks in part to a Bauble Bar sale, so I figured I’d show it.

Most of the earrings above are no longer available online but all were found at Target or on Bauble Bar so those are great places to check for alternatives.

Top 5 Random Videos I obsessively watch on YouTube

1.  Apartment Tours

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.

3. Lookbooks

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.

OOTD Low-key Valentine’s Day

Dress and Leggings: Trifted  |  Boots: Payless
I’ve always had a generally positive view of Valentine’s Day, even when I was single. But man is it hard to love that day when you’re in a relationship. Valentine’s Day, especially if you want to go out to eat, is one hell of a racket. So this year after going out for the past few Valentine’s Days we decided to do take-out and chill. It was very low-key but perfect, and cheap. lol. Even though we didn’t go out I wanted to dress up a little for the day so I wore this thrifted dress I got during the MLK day sales. I tried it on and instantly knew it’d be a perfect V-day dress, it’s sort of on theme but doesn’t scream valentine’s day. I won’t lie i’m pretty obsessed with this dress and will probably wear it out until it’s too warm to wear it. 

OOTD Prince “Piano and a Microphone” Paisley Park Concert

Top & Leggings: Thrift  | Skirt: Dorothy Perkins | Boots: Payless

       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 Instagram Pincestagram.

Paisley Park

         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. 

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is Saturday! Can you believe that? If the holiday snuck up on you like it did me and  your still scrambling to find the perfect costume here are few DIY costume ideas you can put together fairly easily and inexpensively. 
1. Beanie Baby

If you’re a 90’s kid like I was a 90’s kid you may or may not have 63 or more of these bad boys collecting dust in your parents basement. The first thing you’ll need to do is DIY a quick TY tag. A good sized piece of cardboard and some paint (or glue and construction paper) plus a ribbon or string to tie around your neck should do the trick. There are two ways to go about the costume portion. 1. You could buy a cute animal onesie add your TY tag and bam! you’re done. Or  2. you can get the basics of an animal costume, for instance wear a black top/ pant ( or a good jumpsuit) and a pair of animal ears then add the diy TY tag around your neck and you’ve got the perfect 90’s throwback costume.  Since most people have some been some sort of animal for Halloween at least once (or know someone who has) the basic elements of this costume are pretty simple and you may already have some of pieces at home. You can make this costume as “sexy” as you want with whatever you choose to be your main piece of clothing. If you want to  make it scary/ morbid you could be a zombie/ vampire/ pet eaten beanie baby to add a little more personal flare.

2.  Orphan Black Clone

orphan black clone costume

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

Cookie Lyon Costume

Cookie Lyon Costume by cleopatrajonez featuring chain jewelry

I think one of the hottest costumes this year will be Mrs. Cookie Lyon. Her outrageous style is so fun and easily copied that I wouldn’t be surprised if come the 31st Cookie Sightings are everywhere. This costume is super easy to assemble Cookie never met an animal print or fur she didn’t like. If you have any of those in your closet you’re already ahead.  Leopard is probably her most iconic print so bonus points for any leopard pieces. Otherwise a nice bodycon dress, heels, a faux fur jacket (the tackier the better)  and some gold accessories will also give you serious Cookie. 

4. Minion
minion costume

Minions are a big costume for kids this year but it’s also a super easy costume for adults. All you need are overalls, a yellow shirt, black gloves, black shoes and of course minion goggles (which you should be able to find pretty easily or make yourself). You can go traditional overalls or an overall dress if you want to be a little more feminine. Either way this is an easy costume thats super easy and recognizable so you probably won’t have to explain your costume all night.

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.


Junk BoNaNzA 2015!

I’ve been to the Junk Bonanza a couple times now (in 2012 and 2013) but had to skip last year since both my mom and I worked during the festivities. This year we both had time to go the first day of the event and were pretty pumped. Though we don’t always come away with things there’s so much cool stuff to see it’s always worth a trip. Plus, the things we have picked up there are pretty awesome and some of our favorites. This year we went on the first day and boy was it busy. The first main room was super crowded and it was a bit hard to make your way into different booths as you were kind of swept forward with the crowd. Luckily the other three rooms were far less crowded. There were a lot of cool pieces but I left empty handed again this year as I had a pretty small budget and didn’t see anything I needed within it. When I go to any sort of antique/vintage event I’m always looking for things that are unique and hard to find at Thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and/or really cheap vintage stores, so I sometimes come away empty handed if I don’t see anything amazing that I can afford. It’s still fun to browse though and you never know what you’ll find. So here are a few of the cool things I saw while walking around the bonanza.

 I’m really into these old organizational and industrial pieces but the majority of them were out of my price range. 
  It’s this guy cute? I have no idea where I’d put him but I like him/her.
This vintage kids ride was really cool. I think It was for sale but I have neither the money nor the space for it. 

Cute yellow chair.

This booth had a lot of cool mid century modern pieces. 

This cute lamp for example. 

My favorite from this booth though was this mod/ MCM birdcage. I’ve never seen one before and I kind of love it.  I Kind of regret not going back for that one. 

Burnt out (I think) Light bulbs! these were super cool and I’m sure some crafty person could make something awesome out of them. 

This booth had some cool Mid Century Modern lamps. These were nice, but i’m at a point where an atomic lamp has to be “can’t live without it” cool for me to pick it up. These I could live without. 


        This vintage horse head mount thing was pretty cool. It would be pretty awesome in a kids room.

                                                  Skeleton keys are just the coolest

     Cool vintage daybed 
I actually really liked this picture and it was only like $22.00 but I didn’t end up coming back for it. 

Pretty sure this lamp is made of an old plant stand and a vintage industrial mixer blade, kind of awesome.

Cool Tripod floor lamp 

How cool is this huge radiator cover? 

Santa and his roller set beard. 
More cool industrial pieces. 

50’s Doctors Cabinet. 
Giant Diaper Safety Pins. 

This beer sign was pretty cool but I see them a fair amount at Estate Sales so I passed.

I love a good vanity and am currently obsessed with a few Mid Century ones I’ve seen on the interwebs. This one was really cute but I’m not big on painted wood and it’s not the vanity of my dreams. I do though love the Mongolian lamb fur they upholstered the seat in. I’m semi-obsessed with some pillows from West Elm made of the same material, but they’re so expensive!

As and avid thrifter I thought this booth was a bit silly. Any thrifter worth their weight knows you can find silver pieces like this for (i’m assuming) much lower prices at literally any thrift store. I was pretty much just baffled at this booth. 

An assortment of cool rotary phones. Back when I was a kid we had a few of these and they always made you feel very fancy, like the number you were calling should be more important because of the dramatic way you dialed. But nowadays these phones would just be catching dust in my house. The only vintage phone I think I’d buy aside from an Ericofone (like the one Roger Sterling had on Mad Men) would be one of those clear plastic 80’s/90’s phones. I was obsessed with those and never had one. Someone needs to make a phone cover for cell phones like that, I’d buy it in a minute. 

Pretty Lampshade. 

Cool vintage Christmas set up and awesome car grille. 

I really loved the lamps in this booth but they were way beyond my price range, very cool though. 

The people at this booth made this old stove into a kitchen island. Isn’t that the coolest idea ever? The great thing about Junk Bonanza is even if you leave empty handed you get to see a ton of cool DIY’s. 

Can you spot the sneak peak of my Junk Bonanza OOTD?

These display cabinets were pretty amazing and reasonably priced, but they were still outside of my price zone. I’m also looking for more closed storage pieces as opposed to these lovely display pieces. That said if I had the money I’d totally have gotten them. 

Isn’t this the cutest bookshelf? It would look awesome in a kids room. The good news is it’s a totally do-able DIY piece if you really like it. 

These hands were pretty cool but I have no need for them. They could make really cool Halloween decorations though. 

That’s it for this year’s Junk Bonanza, even though I walked away empty handed I saw a lot of cool stuff and will definitely be back next year if I can. 

Dem Booties tho

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It may come as no surprise that this fall I’m still head over heels for the 70’s trend. And thusly have a serious craving to cover those heels in a fine pair of booties.  I do have a pair of black fringe booties I got from Target a few years ago that I am still very much in love with. They are part of the reason I’m so into this trend, they’re very cute but also super easy to walk in. As a non-heel wearer, for the most part, that’s key to me actually wearing a heeled shoe.  Since I already have a lovely black pair, this season I’m looking for the perfect camel bootie with a stacked wood heel. This would seem easy as booties are everywhere this season, but many of the booties I’ve found I like are pretty pricey. So I’m searching the thrifts hoping to get lucky and if all else fails waiting for a good coupon code to snatch  up a pair.  

What I didn’t buy at the thrift store

1. A Fox

I found this Illustrated fox/ cardboard cutout at Savers a few weeks back. The fox is very handsome and would be a fun piece in any room really, especially a kids room, but I didn’t really have a need for it and lately have been trying to not bring in unnecessary things. Hopefully this got a home on some adorable child’s wall.
2. Brass and Marble side table 
I really liked this side table, but wanna know what I have a lot of? side tables. I’m not even kidding I have five in one room. This was cute but I need closed storage more than side tables, so I passed.

3. lil Wishbone

I used to have a dog named Wishbone (before the TV show started thank you very much) and she was the sweetest dog. I also was a fan of the PBS show and even went to meet wishbone once at the Mall with my best friend and her mom, but the line was so long we got fed up and left. Anyway I spotted this mini Wishy at an estate sale and had instant nostalgia, but stuffed animals I need not.
4. Rich n’ Creamy Nestle Cup
I loved the typography on this mug and the cool 70’s vibes. I was going to get it if I ended up finding anything else, but I didn’t find anything else that day and forgot about the mug. 

5. Mid Century Modern Library cart

I’ve seen these before on craigslist and such but have honestly never really got them. I’m sure there is someone somewhere who styles these bad boys amazingly and would make me regret not buying it. But, I’d rather have cleaner looking closed storage or storage with non-slanted shelves. I thought about this for a while (it was super cheap) but I decided to pass and let it go to someone who’d be really excited for it.

6. Gold Lamp with potential

Something about the clean lines of this gold lamp drew me to it. With the right lampshade and/or a coat of spraypaint it could be really cool. But for the most part unless it’s an amazing Mid Century lamp that I just cannot live without I generally pass on lamps, like side table I already have too many. 

7. Men’s symbol Mug

This was another piece I told myself I’d go back for if I found anything else, but I didn’t. It’s very Austin Powers and I love that about it. The only thing with vintage mugs is they are often pretty small. That is obviously coming from the land of huge portions and giant mugs but I’ve become so accustomed to bigger mugs I find it hard buy cute smaller ones at the thrift store. I feel like I’d opt for the bigger ones and they’d be used mostly for decoration, which is kind of silly.

8. Backpack

I was given an old real leather coach mini backpack a few weeks before I saw this one. When I first spotted it I was hopping it was a bucket bag, so when I found out it was a backpack I was a little bummed. It’s super cute but I don’t really need two small backpacks, so I left it.


I saw this shirt hanging on a dressing room and loved it. But I wasn’t really in the mood to check the tag or try it on.  I love it though, had I been in a different mood ( and it been in my size) I may have bought it. 
9. Small Mid Century Lamp

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

There were two of these lamps and I actually think they’re really cool. I love the texture on them and think they have a really interesting shape. But I really have no place to put them, so I passed.

Wanderings: Des Moines, Iowa |Day 2|

The second day of our trip the first thing we did was check out some vintage stores near our hotel. We went into a vintage costume rental store that was kinda fun to look at and then checked out a vintage/antique store across the street. The vintage/antique store had a lot of cool stuff from a variety of eras.

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.

Mod/Atomic chair
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.

Wanderings: Des Moines, Iowa |Day 1|

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

We then headed towards the state capitol building that we had passed on the way in to town. The building was pretty cool and has a killer view of the Des Moines skyline.

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.

Next to that monument was another smaller memorial for a senator that served Iowa for a long time.

After exploring downtown Des Moines for a while we were starving and decided to find a place to eat and a good hotel.