For fall I need a bright yellow umbrella and royal blue scarf. What's on your 'need' (want) list for fall?
Can you tell I'm done with summer?
I have no other way to describe the weather here on the north part of the east coast for the last few weeks. It just totally sucks. I am going into an early summer depression (instead of a late winter one) probably from the lack of sunlight and all the rain. I could really use a pair of these right now.
So, yea. Uh. I was doing a second spending hiatus. Really. I am. Really.
Week one: Was just ok. I did buy a Drika B bag after literally drooling all over myself about it for like a year. I put the money I made on ebay towards it but still had to put out some cash. I have not received it yet and doubt very much that I will feel at all guilty about it when it arrives. These things are like that.
And I am awaiting the arrival of two books that I purchased just before the SH#2, Nourishing Traditions and Healing Our Children. But I have been using our public library A LOT. I was there twice last week and am planning on going tomorrow to pick up another book. I have a healthy stack of books next to my bed. Remember, you can see what I am reading on Goodreads.com.
Week two: Yesterday I was MIA from the world in general. It was just one of those days. I ended up driving and an hour north-east of West Chester to pick up two end tables that I decided to buy that morning off of craigslist. We have been planning on making this purchase for awhile, I have just been waiting to find the right tables at the right price.
The thought of not using the tray tables as end tables anymore makes want to cry with joy. Seriously. But now it is really down to business. We are in the middle of refinancing the house we live in, trying to rent the house we used to live in but still own and are getting ready to start a rehab project at a 5-unit building in the city that my husband owns and that we hope to rent out, plus planning for a baby hopefully sometime in the not-so-distant future. To say we have some financial planning and plotting to do would be an understatement. During my last spending hiatus my goals were being more thoughtful about purchases, bringing less into the house and purging some of the unused items we already had. Those are still important things to me but this time around SAVING COLD HARD CASH (and keeping it in the bank) is my main priority.
So that's where I'm at. :)
Lollycrisp Vintage has been on of my favorite etsy shops for awhile now. And they have opened a new brick and mortar store in Northern Liberties in Philly called Oma Vintage. I love the clean, simple website and I can't wait to visit the actual store. They sell clothes and accessories for men, women and children.
These are just the most beautiful pieces of clothing I have seen. Of course I'd love to have one of each in my closet, but even just looking at them as pieces of art and the photography I find really inspiring.
wow. Treehouse28 also makes pants, skirts and accessories.
from this past weekend...
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::Thom Mayne's (Morphosis) new building going up at my alma mater, Cooper Union
::Times Square at night
::Soho in the early morning (8:30 ish)
::Upper East Side on Sunday morning
::Rockefeller Center/Saint Patrick's
::Cynthia Nixon in Bryant Park (great place to people watch)
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::Dallas BBQ for dinner (Times Square)
::Balthazar for continental breakfast (Soho)
::John's Pizza for lunch (West Village)
::The Parlour for dinner (Upper West Side)
::Sarabeth's for breakfast (Upper East Side)
::multiple stops at Starbucks, Aroma coffee shop and Dean & Deluca for pick-me-ups
I probably won't post a whole lot about fashion in this blog. I follow fashion trends from a distance and tend to stick with more classic pieces, probably due to budget issues, so I am not constantly buying new stuff. But I just feel compelled to write about my shopping experience yesterday.
I was looking for new T-shirts for spring and summer (since it was 75 degrees outside) and made it through the mall in less than an hour and came out with nothing because of any number of reasons: bad fit, scratchy material, bad color, bad price. So I went to Old Navy in Main Street at Exton. And I think I may have found the perfect T-shirt. They were 2 for $20 so I bought four: black, white, orange (like poppies) and petal pink. They are not heavy weight cotton, so a good T-shirt undergarment is recommended. They seem to be a great weight for summer and layering. And when they say 'Perfect Fit' they actually meant it. The cotton is not only soft but also forgiving enough to fit many body types, I think. (photo at left from oldnavy.com)
I also picked up two long rib knit tanks (black and pink). Also great.
When I think of 'Old Navy', quality and longevity don't always come to mind. But I actually still have tanks that I bought a few years ago and they still look great. I would rather spend my money on other things than a $35 T-shirt (you know who you are, retail store!).
Thanks to Trinny and Susannah from the original BBC What Not to Wear who told me that for my body type I should wear v-necks instead of crew necks.
wife, mama, architect, designer, blogger, real estate agent, list maker...in west chester (PA) via philly and nyc