recent purchases and this month’s obsessions

January 20, 2013 |  Category:   happy purchases


I recently bought this purple shamrock plant, an oxalis, to put in the living room. I hope it does ok (the succulents, by the way, are still doing fine!). I read that oxalis have resting periods where they will drop all their leaves and appear “dead”, but they are actually “resting” and will produce more sprouts after a few months. Good to know.


I mentioned that January is the one time of year when I’m motivated to spruce up our apartment and we finally got our light fixtures for the living room. I bought this Restoration Hardware task lamp when it was $100 off during their lighting sale a few weeks ago. It replaces a lamp with a large 20″ drum shade that didn’t fit our living room anymore once we squeezed the piano in along the same wall. It’s a relief to have the big lamp gone and a smaller one in it’s place, which is at a much better scale for the space. We sold the old lamp too and found a new home for it which makes me happy.
As for the living room ceiling, I bought this simple 3 globe satellite fixture from School House Electric. We haven’t installed it yet, but I’m really excited to finally change the light fixture the apartment came with. I’ve been wanting to do that for 8 years. These 2 small changes really make a huge difference in the living room, much like when we switched out the curtains last year.
Onto more frivolous things, I love these Marc Jacobs demi wedge sandals (I know…MJ again) in rose gold (the yellow is pretty too). It’s nowhere near sandal weather, but I’m already looking forward to warmer temperatures and wearing sandals again. Maybe that’s just the doldrums of winter talking.
In the meantime, I have been wearing this sweatshirt-style pullover from OAK a lot. It was a Black Friday purchase at half off and probably the best thing I bought for the winter because it’s really cozy and warm.
Remember this Uzi feathers kimono top that I was coveting last month? (I knew it would sell out!). I did find it under the Christmas tree thanks to Mark, but sadly it did not fit. Hmmm…one size fits all…really does not fit all. Too bad. The print is gorgeous, but back it went.
One purchase that did end up well are the Hudson Horrigan boots that I’ve written about a few times. I snatched them up when Madewell was having a sitewide 30% off sale and they are the best! Piperlime is having a sale on these boots (slightly different colors than the all black boots I bought, but at the same sale price). I love that it has a little heel and they are so comfortable. It looks great with dresses too. I have been so into ankle boots lately that I haven’t worn any knee boots at all in the last 2 years. Anyone else make the switch?
For the girls, I have these Vans suede sneakers bookmarked in red. What a vibrant color combo. For years I thought their feet grew so slow because we were able to get 2 years of wear out of most shoes, but Mia must be catching up because she has been outgrowing her sneakers really fast, so I’ve been on a sneaker hunt.
If you’re interested in a winter coat recommendation for the kids, I recommend this J Crew long puffer, which is on 30% sale right now. Ok, so the colors in stock are a little bright, but these coats, which are available every year, are one of the best coats I’ve found for the girls, especially when they’re marked down. I bought Mia’s charcoal gray coat in the same style a few years ago on one of these year end 30% off sales and she is finally wearing it this year. We’ll get another year out of it and if it holds up (and it looks like it will), we’ll pass it down to C. The great thing about having 2 girls is that we’ve been able to pass down clothes and get as much as 5 years worth of wear out of most items.
Looks like the NE is headed for a cold spell this week. Hope you stay warm. My friends totally laughed when I told them about these faux fur lined knit leggings I was wearing the last time the temps hit the 20s. It sounds hideous and bulky, I know, but they’re not (they’re exactly like these, but lined with fuax fur, not fleece). You can only wear them if it’s really cold outside because they are almost too warm, but man, are they nice when it’s freezing outside. I think they are a Korean or Asian thing because my mom got them for me at a Korean department store in Queens. While most of my friends cracked jokes about my faux fur lined leggings, my friend Sally, who moved to Korea a year ago knew exactly what I was talking about!

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  • Katie January 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I remember when you worried over including affiliate links. I don’t mind them at all, but I do prefer to see an image and then click a link to find more info or to purchase for myself. For some reason I’m resistant to clicking a link for a product I can’t see when I know there is a kick-back for the author if I purchase it. I know that sounds weird even as I type it!

  • catherine January 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I have had a purple shamrock plant for a year and I love it! I keep it in front of a sheer curtained window and it rests each evening and perks up for the day. It blooms at different times throughout the year. I water it maybe every 2 weeks and it really does love light sun.

    Good luck with yours!

    xx, C

  • Jenna January 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Katie. I appreciate the feedback. I do a mix of some affiliate links with some straight links, so not all are affiliate links. I always wondered if I should do that collage-style thing with the products, but I always feel like it’s so out of place here since all of the images on the blog are taken by me. Since I only do these once a month and always try to link to some products that I have actually bought, I guess I opted not to put images on the site, especially since it is always a mix of things and not of any kind of theme. . But I don’t know. Do most people want images?

  • courtney January 20, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I’m for images! And ankle boots. 🙂

  • vicky January 21, 2013 at 12:34 am

    great suggestions jenna! thanks, i especially love the boots and have them pinned when i go back to the states.

  • vicky January 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

    oh, wanted to add that I hope you really keep up these type of posts. I really relate to your sense of style.

  • Wendy January 21, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I do agree with the last comment from Vicky 🙂
    (and I wish the shipping wasn’t that expensive because Oak store is really awesome !)

  • Anh January 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I really like these posts too! While I don’t mind clicking on the links I would appreciate the collage-type thing…

  • Liz January 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I like these posts too. I’d quite like images – some of the links don’t work for me. (Some companies switch me to their UK or international site and I find myself on a welcome page rather than looking at the item in the link.) But on balance I’m happy for their not to be links as I love the quality of your images and the way they set the tone of the blog.

  • Jenna January 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    @Liz, oh! I wasn’t aware that some of the links do not work for international readers. That is good to know…

  • Ann January 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I don’t mind clinking on the link to see the images.I like the fact that all of the beautiful images on here are yours. It makes it stand out from the many blogs that post outfits/obsessions. The photo of the plant would have been lost among images of light fixtures, coats, boots, tops, sneakers and sandals 🙂

  • ltg January 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I personally wouldn’t like to see images that you didn’t take, because your photos (along with your writing, of course) are why I’m here. I am probably in the minority, but I like the surprise factor in clicking the link.

  • krystal/village January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    there were like…a lot of great links up there. i love that oak pullover and was sad to see it was out of stock!

  • Jenna January 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    @Ann @ltg I appreciate your input on this as well. This was my thinking – it just seems out of place, but I will think about it some more…

  • Jenna January 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    @krystal oh, too bad they are out of stock! You should keep checking back. I’ve seen things come back on their website.

  • lulu February 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Not sure if you know, but your blog is nominated under the kid/family category (Apartment Therapy Homies award 2013) I read alot of blogs but i dont really pay attention to things like that, so maybe its not a big deal. The reason why i even know its going on is one blog i follow is pretty aggressive about linking her page to the award. I dont know why i was surprised to find you under this category…. i guess i see your blog as more of a mix of different stuff than just family.