The curve in this case is not for grades, but for fashion. The fashion curve. Always months ahead. I know its cold, the new year's here, and you're trying to take a breather. Here is one more thing to think about. Helping to wipe the slate clean for 2009.
I usually do this before Christmas, so I have a clean, neat space for my new treasures.
1. Take a look through your house at your furniture, small appliances, dishes, lamps, and other decor. Ask yourself "would I buy this again?" if the answer is "no" then donate, sell, or trash it.
2. Closet time. Ask yourself the same thing as the first, then try to remember the last time you wore it. Last season? Last decade? if its a summer top but you haven't worn it for the past 3 summers (you make the time deadline, I recommend that if you haven't worn it for the entire season, then its time) then tailor, donate, sell (works best on designer pieces of course), or trash it.
3. Cleaning the slate, house, or apartment, whatever you have. Do the usual cleaning, then the shower, vacuum the awkward corners, dust the tipy-tops of the shelves, behind the microwave, you get it. I'll make a post later on all the quirky places to clean... stay tuned!
Once you do these three, your home will be gutted, and clean. its like a full body cleanse. And no this is not the same as Spring Cleaning. That comes in February...
yes, perhaps a little flashback to Madona, but rock glam has always been here in one way or another. I stumbled upon in sectus on Etsy, full of gothy accessories, but some are a perfect balance to add a little rock with your glam, add a little tough-but-girly.
cool memento mori necklace, it has two small jawbones mirroring the collar bones
The Tiny Tock which has an original soviet pin incorporated into the design.
Great gifts on a budget, for the entire family. Everything is $50 or under.
For the gals in college: Tea light tree - Available at cb2.com
For mom: Vintage frame with a chalkboard - available at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5034485
For dad: the art of shaving - available at nordstrom.com
For the girly girls: ballerina in a bag - Available at target.com For the little boys: Nerf - Available at target.com For the guys in college: bar kit - Available at crateandbarrel.com For the babies: animal pillows - available at swayandcake.com
For the rough and tough teen boys: Hogg hover remote control - available at target.com
For the too cool-for-school teen girls: Spa set - Available at target.com For the young adults' home: perla anne pictures - available at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5120972
Walking through the city I notice just about every store is having a sale. Not a half-yearly, or a floor model, or a promo, but a “SALE!”. As I have seen from my years of experience in retail sales are planned and scheduled. When a customer comes in and asks you are able to say “between May and June” and “November and December” this is the norm. But now a days with everyone “buckling down” they’re afraid to shop, so the stores are suffering. If they don’t sell enough, then they can’t buy enough and the designers are left with tons of product that they in turn have to try to shove out the door. That’s another story all together.
I have told customers “we’re having a special sale this weekend, make sure to check it out!” and they respond one of a few ways, “are you going out of business?”, “what’s wrong with it?”, “oh ok.”, or “great!”, the first three are usually accompanied by a “eeeeeeew” look. When did a sale become a 4-letter-word?
All these sales happening right now are good for you. Same clothes that you want, just cheaper, nothing wrong, just a lack of people wanting to shop. Retailers want customers so bad right now that if you just keep your eyes and ears open you’ll find some amazing deals on new merchandise.
Go to your favorite shops, if they’re not having a sale then ask, I’m sure something will come up soon. Don’t be afraid, go and spend some money!
Seattle. Its known for a lot of things, music, computers, rain... I'm always interested in seeing what its up to. Today I stumbled upon Kate Greiner, an Etsy shop located in Seattle. Mostly paper goods but there are some other great pieces on the site. She also has a store NANCY 1930 2nd Ave Seattle WA 98101 open wed-sat 11 to 6pm
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Of course I love decorating, so when there is an excuse to decorate, I'm all over it. Halloween is coming up, which brings pumpkin patches, changing leaves, cooler days, and spooks! My costume is ready, pumpkins are carved, and I have been thoroughly enjoying the crisp weather.
Here are some pictures of my fall here in Seattle.
A spooky little wreath I made for the entry way
walking around Belltown - I love the brick
so pretty - the orange building, neon, and leaves are very urban-festive-fall
the pumpkins were inspired by Martha Stewart's pumpkin ideas (with little twists of my own of course!)