I never really caught on to the subscription box train…until now. When I heard of Frankie and Albert I knew this was one I kind of needed to get. So I splurged a little and bought myself a curated box of vintage goodness.
Even though i’m a heavy thrifter I know it often takes a lot of time to find really high quality vintage items for your home. Alternatively, buying vintage from a store can be very expensive. Frankie and Albert seemed like the perfect treat & solution.
Everything came packaged gorgeously, including little pieces of paper with the name of each item. I stupidly read the items first before unwrapping them. Next time I will not spoil the surprise for myself! I got “China Clipper Photograph”, “Clear and Amber Champagne Glasses”, and “Brown & Gold Ceramic Leaf Bowl.”
Before ordering, you just fill out a couple questions so they can get an idea of your decor style. I have to say that my box was spot on — I honestly love each item and would have purchased them if I spotted them somewhere.
The photo fit in nicely on my dresser, and the leaf dish now lives in an empty space on the bottom of my plant stand. The champagne glasses are there for now, too.
I’m one of those people who tend to shy away from buying too much from IKEA/Target/etc to fill my space and instead hold out for things I make or naturally find. Because of this, I have a few spaces that look unfinished so it was super nice to be able skip the hunting and have pretty things that fit my personality.
This is not a sponsored post — I just wanted to share my good experience :)
Artwork I purchased on a thrifting adventure, frame and all. It has pretty much become my favorite piece of art in the house. Looked it up and found it was made by Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont. I’ve never heard of the place, and the boyfriend is really into theater, so now I want to go and check out what sounds like a great unique time.
I love having this hanging up as a constant reminder of my values. It’s good to check up on yourself and make sure you’re doing what’s right for you & to be always changing and growing, like the flowers. Be extraordinary in your actions & resist what you don’t believe in.
A more lengthy post soon– took an impromptu blogging break for the summer!
Let’s just pretend it hasn’t been almost a month since I posted okay? OK!
I’ve been working on a re-design of this space and my personal identity in general, and the ah-ha! moment has yet to happen. Frankly that has left me feeling less than inspired to post. Although, I DID re-design My Portfolio site— I always have an easier time with that than the blog. Anyone else have that problem?
I’m going to try the opposite approach now of pushing through and creating content instead of waiting for the design lightbulb to turn on!
I don’t think i’ve mentioned this but I have been unemployed of a normal full time job since the end of February. Since then, I’ve been luckily up to my eyeballs in freelance work, traveling, playing in roller derby games almost every weekend, and last but not least..thrifting during the day!
One of my favorite shops is a bike ride-able distance from where I live, and is only open early during the day from Tuesdays-Saturday. (I just realized they’re open Saturdays mornings instead of just during the week like I thought!) Now that i’ve been around during the day I get overly excited for ample thrifting time.
I tweeted about the fact that I broke my rule about not buying anymore house ware stuff until I moved–Oops. I just couldn’t say no to a Powerpuff girls plate and vintage mushrooms :)
Here’s the haul I got from the Bellport Methodist Thrift Shop and the local Savers to kick off May. (Long Island, NY)
Honestly I just bought the first book because it had ‘vegan’ in the title.
I will forever love the Powerpuff girls. Buttercup for the win! Sweater shirt is from Forever21.
Okay this is REALLY cool. Vintage mushroom patterned adhesive backing– daydreaming about putting this on top of some stools. Or ya know, everything.
Coffee tin was kind of a splurge since it didn’t come in a set. Awesome set of ceramic mugs from the 60s.
I pretty much dislike every pair of eyeglasses i’ve had. Each time I get a new pair i’ll think…this is it, these are the ones! But really i’m just settling on whatever Costco or Zenni Optical has as a selection. During my last glasses adventure, I was excited to find a pair by Betsey Johnson. Even though I adore her I don’t adore the glasses as much as I should and despite my prescription I don’t end up wearing them much.
Every time I see a vintage pair of specs on the internet though, I fall in love. I imagine myself with a retro pair that will complete my ‘look’ and I know i’ll want to wear them all the time.
We all know how hard it is to find something you’re particularly hunting for, though. Every once in a while i’ll check out Etsy, and I happened to find these babies I was specifically looking for. Pretty neat, huh? Shuron Nulady glasses.
So I took a gamble and got them, and crossed my fingers multiple times hoping they’d look good on me. As you can see, not so much! They do need some bending/adjusting so they look a little overly wonky. Back on the hunt!
I’ll keep searching, and now I have an idea of what my face can’t rock. No cat eyes or Wayfarers. Next time i’m going to look in person so I can try them on. I will find the perfect pair of retro specs and feel fashionably awesome. One day!
I recently finally did a much needed organization overhaul…& I wanted to share what my current space looks like! Here’s my desk area, my favorite spot in the room.
» Stop waiting for things to happen: Daily inspiration smack dab in the middle. Found somewhere on the internet-if anyone knows the source, please let me know.
» You destroy what you think is difference: Art by Barbara Kruger. Fell in love with her work during my time in a Women’s art class.
» Pantone mug: now used as a pen holder because it got a crack in it. Booo.
» Handmade embroidery hoop cork board: Usually holds my sewing sketches, measurements, and random doodles.
» Obnoxious pink sheet of paper: May goal list. [that obviously needs to be updated]
» Hand painted canvas art: Found in a thrift store in Florida. The boy and I were kind of fighting over this, heh.
» Don’t blend in: One of my favorite cards. Given to me by my aunt & uncle a few birthdays ago.
I tried to avoid purchasing anything new while making this space my own. The wooden chair was rescued from the depths of my basement, and was painted with a sample can of paint that was under $3. Thrifted & gifted mason jars + a handmade pillow. Luckily I have a carpenter father who built my desk, complete with a little arm for my sewing machine and serger.
The big purchase was my newly acquired Ikea shelves. I couldn’t take the mess anymore and wanted some real-people shelves, not cheap plastic cubes that kept falling apart. Piles of fabric were taking over. Here’s the before!
Yes, what a mess.
P.S. Thanks everyone for the comments on my last post wishing me luck! I brought my camera with me to the city last Friday so I could take some photos for an update. I’ve had a lot to share lately but not much time at all to blog! In addition to my long weekdays, the last two weekends have been jam packed busy. It’s been a blast, but i’m also missing my time to just relax. This post has been half finished in my drafts since the last day of May, oh boy. I’m getting back into the swing of things and also catching up on my blog reading :]