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recent purchases, what I’m wearing, and this month’s obsessions

recent purchases, what I’m wearing, and this month’s obsessions

December 20, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases

Adorable, yes? I bought a woodland creature from this Union Square Holiday Market vendor, Hazel Village, for my little niece. It wasn’t just the handmade dolls that were adorable, it was also the tiny clothes and accessories hanging on tiny little hangers that made the Hazel Village booth an enchanting space. Go visit if you can while the market’s still open.   I haven’t quite finished my holiday shopping yet, but almost. So close. And like every holiday season, you just can’t help but be tempted by purchasing a thing or two (or three) for yourself. I just call it holiday stress retail therapy, the one time of year where I ignore any concerns about household budgets.   I’m obsessed… CONTINUE READING

this month’s obsessions + I didn’t have anything to wear. really.

this month’s obsessions + I didn’t have anything to wear. really.

November 15, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases

I attended this event last month which had me scrambling at the last minute with a wardrobe “crises” when I realized that it might be a dressier affair than what I had first thought. My friend Nichole and I traded emails throughout the day, throwing out outfit possibilities and changing our minds multiple times, down to the last few hours before the event. It was like being back in high school.   I know everyone goes through this experience where you think you “have nothing to wear”, but I quickly realized during that moment of panic that I’m so not prepared to attend anything that requires me to dress up in formal clothing. I can manage business casual if I… CONTINUE READING

this month’s obsessions + a fall shoe conundrum

this month’s obsessions + a fall shoe conundrum

October 5, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases

It’s October. Which means that I am feeling the PRESSURE of the holidays and all of a sudden I’m scrambling to get our holidays stuff ready and supplies ordered (new calendar! new products!). Um, I’m a leeeetle stressed.   But on to this month’s totally material obsessions!   So last month I obsessed over boots, and really, what girl doesn’t as soon as Labor Day hits? But the reality is, September and even early October can still be really warm (it’s 80 degrees today, people!) so I call these transition months the months where I have no idea what shoes I’m supposed to wear.   I’ve decided that I don’t like the way I look in ballet flats anymore. I… CONTINUE READING

give me all your succulent growing tips

give me all your succulent growing tips

September 27, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases life

Don’t know why, but succulents never do well in our apartment. I like to think that I have a reasonably green thumb and I feel like I follow all the rules, but inevitably over time the leaves will start dropping one by one. I’ve tried watering less/watering more, moving the plants closer to direct sunlight on a south window, but the average lifespan of succulents in our apartment seem to be a few months and that is all. Why? Aren’t they supposed to be easy to care for?   These 3 plants might be my 6th or 7th attempt at growing succulents. My last attempt was a failure back in May and I can already see a few leaf drops… CONTINUE READING

Recent purchases and this month’s boot obsessions

Recent purchases and this month’s boot obsessions

September 7, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases

I finally bought a few things last month from a few independent artists who I admire and had been wanting to buy from for awhile. Up top is Shanna Murray’s hand drawn, illustrated wall decals. Isn’t the packaging charming? I bought 2 decals. I haven’t applied them yet to our walls, but I know exactly where I want them. You can check out what they look like on a wall at Shanna’s website.   The bag is from bookhou. I haven’t bought a new bag in years and I’ve been wanting a more lightweight summery bag than the leather black bag that I usually carry every day. This one is perfect. It even has a zippered top which is what… CONTINUE READING

Buy new experiences, not things

Buy new experiences, not things

August 7, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases life travels

We’re gearing up for a few weeks of travel and the girls are excitedly counting down the days. I love how both of them have already been on airplanes more times than I have all throughout my childhood and early college years. But I really believe in the philosophy, “Buy new experiences, not things”. Think about it, it’s true. What will the girls remember years from now when they’re adults? That new American Girl Doll? Or a family vacation? So I did something quite uncharacteristic for us a few weeks ago. I booked a vacation that I’ve been wanting to do for years that was quite impulsive, but a deal and an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. It also… CONTINUE READING

this month’s obsessions

this month’s obsessions

July 20, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases

It’s time for my once-a-month frivolous post on material wants, yay! (it can’t all be serious all the time around here. Guys, all 3 of you who read the blog, you can skip this post as usual).   So you may recall that last month I put myself on a spending freeze, and I did it. I didn’t spend any money outside of what we absolutely needed, but as soon as July 1st rolled around, the floodgates opened. Yeah, I got sucked into the summer sales. I didn’t go crazy or anything, but the girls needed new sneakers! And backpacks and lunchboxes to replace the ones that they’ve been carrying around for 3 years. And then I saw all these… CONTINUE READING

ring and this month’s obsessions. Plus a june challenge.

ring and this month’s obsessions. Plus a june challenge.

June 13, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases life

If you follow me on Instagram (you can find me under whimsyandspice), then you know that Mark gave me a Satomi Kawakita ring for our 20/10 anniversary. He told me that when he went to pick it up from the store, the shop person yelled out “congratulations!” as he was leaving. Congratulations, as in, good luck with the proposal, haaaaa.   Anyway, the ring…yes, so it sort of amuses me to look down at my hand because it reminds me how tastes change sometimes as you get older. I really love this ring, but when we were looking at rings 10 years ago, I didn’t want anything that looked like a diamond engagement ring. It just wasn’t me, but I… CONTINUE READING

little things

little things

May 25, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases home life

I’ve been sprucing up the house this week in little ways like replacing our curtains, changing our duvet for summer, adding a pillow here and there, simplifying the clutter on shelves and dresser tops and finally framing some prints from my friend Sandra Juto that I bought a few months ago. I also got around to planting our balcony garden. It feels good around here. There are lots of things that I’d love to change about our apartment (namely the bathroom and kitchen!) but that isn’t going to happen unless we find ourselves with a whole lot of extra money, so these small changes will have to do. I’m currently waiting on a small, colorful vintage kilim rug that I… CONTINUE READING

Paris in color, a friendship, and a little guy named Digger

Paris in color, a friendship, and a little guy named Digger

May 23, 2012 |  Category:   friends happy purchases

Do you know about my friend Nichole‘s book, Paris in Color yet? Yes, her Paris photos from her blog and Etsy shop have culminated into this beautiful book. You can find it at various places including your local Anthropologie or Amazon, but this post isn’t really about the book, though you most certainly should check it out. This post is about a friendship (apparently it’s friends week on the blog!)   Nichole was one of the very first people I met online in 2008 through our respective new Etsy shops and on Twitter, who became my friend in real life. Since then, she has become one of my closest friends. It’s common for us to send short emails to each… CONTINUE READING

recent purchases and thoughts on money

recent purchases and thoughts on money

March 7, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases life rambling

I don’t often talk about shopping or things I buy on the blog. Other than the fact that I don’t want to focus on “stuff” here, the last time I talked money and shopping, the comments took on a life of its own and quickly veered toward the ridiculous till I had to shut the comments down. Long time readers may know this incident as “Paralegal-gate”. Truth is, bloggers often get judged on things they buy, the money they spend, the price point of products they post, or the perceived priorities that they place on their spending. I see it all the time. Even if it’s not said outright, you can bet somebody out there is thinking something. But we’re… CONTINUE READING

things that make you feel grown up

things that make you feel grown up

January 20, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases home

There are a few benchmarks in your life that are like markers of adulthood. I remember when we first bought that round dining room table 7 years ago. We were still living on the top floor of the brownstone apartment we lived in when we first moved to this neighborhood. We lived without a table for years. We couldn’t fit one in the studio apartment we lived in on 12th Street in the East Village and even when we moved to that Brooklyn apartment with a dining room 12 years ago, we always opted to eat on the couch.   We bought this table when Mia was a few months old and immediately felt like grown ups. A baby AND… CONTINUE READING

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