Archive for April, 2012
Hey girl…heeeeeey. I almost forgot how to type, since it’s been about 4 thousand days since I last posted. In my defense, I’ve been feverishly gatherin’ up sticks to fancify my new love nest. It’s exhausting, but SO cool to be living in our very own home.
Home ownership hasn’t changed us too much. Except that we’ve become obsessive about saving the floor from scratches and the walls from scuffs. Oh, and we watch HGTV /misc. home shows exclusively and spend our weekends building stuff, like ladders and kitchen islands. We’ve become totally racist against TV shows that don’t involve remodeling, house hunting, and/or interior design. Basically, we are the equivalent of a marriage between the male/female version of Bob Villa and Jeff Lewis – both of whom sit around thinking of stuff they could demo, rebuild and then show off. We are both awesome and weird now.
In any event..I’m back and super excited to get back into writing and bragging about really cool stuff I find. Which brings me to my newest love. Chickity, check yourself before you wreck yourself, because this place is legit:
There’s not much I can say about Nesta other than they are A-W-E-S-O-M-E (I said that in my wanna-be cheerleader voice, fyi). If you have a flair for industrial-esque, artsy, urban/vintage screen and hand-stamped housewares add this place to your fave list and get yer’ shoppin’ on. Once my husband Bob Villa gives the a-okay, I plan on snaggin all of the following:
I’m totally lovin’ on these antique block, hand-stamped, beer-themed towels available here for around $24 bucks (set of 4 – “IPA”, “Stout”, “Pilsner” and “Porter”). And, now I want to start drinking in the afternoon again. Shoot.
SUPER COOL THROW PILLOW:
I love a room that has statement pieces. They don’t have to be super big or super small. Any piece that strikes up a conversation is cool in my book. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these kick-bootie “Style no.23 – Milwaukee Pabst Brewery” pillow available here for $28 bucks. I mean, I’ve never been to Milwaukee or anything, but this design is much fun and I really wanna lay may head on it. Aaaaaaaaaand, I still wanna drink. I forgot to mention that signing the deed instantly made me an alcoholic.
A numbered pillow gives a vintage feel without, having to rest your noggin on an old, ratty-real-life vintage pillow. I like this Magenta “Numbers Collection” one available here for $28 buck-aroons.
Oh, and P.S: Right now they are having a Mother’s Day sale. Just enter code mom2012 for 15% off your order through 5/13. Yeah boy!
Ok. I have to go build something now. Happy home accessory shopping!
I’ll catch up with ya once we are all moved in to our new digs. In the meantime, please feel free to browse around and get comfy
Love, forever, and ever, and always,
ohhhhhhhhhh, yeah. This is gonna be a good one. First, I must wish you a hip-hoppity Good Friday. Hopefully, you are off from work like moi. Although I wish I was layin’ around all day being a total sloth, I must finish packing up my abode for the big move of twenty-12 which is just 7 days away.
The day started off a little shaky – the only thing I wanted to do was sleep in, but the fluff-child had different plans for me. We spent from 7am-9am laying in bed. Me, trying to sleep, while she obsessively licked my eyelid and “touched” my face. If you’re a cat person, you’ll get exactly what I mean. If you hate cats, well, this will just make you hate them more. Finally, I decided that sleep was NOT on the agenda for the a.m. so I turned on the Tube and was accosted by another heart breaking SPCA video, that made me pretty much want to slit my wrists.
But, not to worry – the day is lookin’ good now: I got the movie Selena bumpin’ in the background and I’m sippin on some coffee in my jam-jams. Even better (as if it could get better than the movie Selena), I’m about to blow your freaking mind with a SUPER Sized list of awesomes. I mean, it’s a holiday. It’s the least I can do. Enjoy.
Number 1: Art in a Box
Whatcha’ Get: Kick-butt, high-qual works of art (you pick the medium) from Bay Area artists. Um, how fun is this? And, how perfect is this for (a) yourself; or (b) you’re art-lovin’ soul-friend who is so hard to buy for. Frankly, I think this is freaking awesome.
Find it: here
Number 2: Beauty Army
Whatcha’ Get: 6 beauty samples, hand-picked by YOU each month. Woazers! These guys are claiming to be “the only subscription service that gives you the option to choose“. LOVE it. Will maybe send them a love note. Find it: here
Number 3: Turntable Kitchen
Whatcha’ Get: “A curated food and music discovery experience, delivered to your door.” I’m crushin’ on this box. Totally genius idea to pair food & music. If I had one of these boxes, I’d probably dance with it. Then, maybe eat it. Find it: here (photo via theKitchn)
Number 4: Umba Box
Whatcha’ Get: “A monthly delivery of curated handmade product(s) that is sure to please.” I like that whatcha’ get each month is a surprise – one month you might get something for your house and the next, something
for your mouse to jazz up your outfit. Just throwin’ it out there, but if anyone is thinkin’ about getting me something “just because”, this would probably suffice. Find it: here (photo via Subcriptionboxes.com)
Number Five: Manpacks
Whatcha’ Get: This service is a bit different then your average “of-the-month”, as it’s designed so that guys don’t have to shop for the basics. Apparently, someone caught on to the fact that a guy will wear holy socks & skivvies until they basically fall off. This service, sends them the package (with option to change up) every 3-months. What does this do? It gives them “More time to slay dragons” (that’s Manpack’s tagline by the way). Genius.
Number 6: Conscious Box
Whatcha’ Pay:$12 per month (plus $7/month for shipping); or $33 bucks (plus shipping) for 3 months; or $54 bucks (plush shipping) for 6 months.
Whatcha’ Get: With a focus on “sustainability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility”, you’ll get 1 themed box per month filled with anything from vegan food to organic beauty and more. From what I hear (yeah, I’m kind of a big deal), these boxes come pretty packed with stuff, and so therefore they are awesome.
Find it: here
Number 7: Bark Box
Whatcha’ Get: First of all, if you have a dog to buy this for, I’m jealous and I hate you. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s the skinny: Each box comes with 4+ awesomes for your pup (treats, shampoos, bones, new cool dog-stuff, etc). BONUS: A portion of the proceeds for each box go to help “doggies-in-need.” Holla! Woof. Find it: here
(photo via Style It: Where the Fashion Nerd meets the Pop Culture Obsessed)
Number 7: Best Friend Box
Whatcha’ Get: Yeah, yeah. I know. Two pet boxes in a row. And, by the way, I still hate you if you have a dog, but I’m slowing warming up to the idear. Anyway, I’m bananas over this box because you can get it for your kitty-cat or your pup. Boxes are personalized and 10% of the proceeds are donated to help animals in need. Done and done.
Find it: here
Number 8: Paleo Pax
Whatcha’ Get: K. I’m not gonna lie. I had NO CLUE what “Paleo” meant, until I read all about this “real” food diet here. But, if YOU know all about it, you are going to LOVE this tasting box subscription, because it was made just for you (and a whole bunch of other Paleo-peeps, but whose counting). Enjoy 5 or so snacks each month – all of which will help you stay on track while on the go, or at home. Sounds nifty!
Find it: here
Number 9: Babesta Tee of the Month
Whatcha’ Get: Each month, your love-child will get a new snap button snaptee, or regular tee (depending upon his/her size and age). I mean, if you want a trend-setting babe, this is where it’s at. I’m getting the “party at my crib” one for my cat. She’s bound to love it.
Find it: here
Number 10: Lovely Box
Whatcha’ Get: I’m sorry, but I HAD to save this one for last. Once I found it, I absolutely could not keep this off the list. Gentle-dudes, take a back seat. This one is for the ladies only (unless you also suffer from PMS and monthly visits from Aunt Flo-rence). This box. These guys provide a “little sunshine, at a time that is normally gray and blah”. You’ll get anything from aromatherapy, tea and chocolate. All the things that help to ease your inner-bitch (you, know the one that ONLY visits once a month).
Find it: here
And, that’s all I have to say about that. Happy monthly-gift recievin’ and or givin’!
I won’t lie. I’d love to throw 3,000 pillows at the lottery dudes for getting my so amped up for a big win and then crushing my dreams, in like 2 seconds flat. BUT, since I’m much more poised and professional than that, I will instead brag about an awesome company I found in my search to deck out my new pad (which, I will be officially moving into in 8 days and around 5 hours or so, FYI). Ladies and gentle men folk, put your hands together for:
Ha ha. LOVE THIS and love the throw pillow designs from Pillow Flight. In the search for awesome accents for our new living room I have come to realize that I have MAJOR style A.D.D.
Alright, let’s be honest. I’m A.D.D., period. But, it has really reared its ugly head recently as I attempt to come up with a design/look/style for our new digs. Cue, Pillow Flight.
I’m in love with this lil’ Etsy shop for a couple reasons:
#1 – Selection. They have a huge selection of stuff to pick from, most of which includes interchangeable styles & patterns. This is particularly handy for a weird like me, because I don’t have to hop from site to site to get a variety. It’s all in one place. Boom.
#2 – Price. Although they are certainly not the cheapest place I’ve come across, the pricing is pretty reasonable for custom pillows (especially if purchasing “pairs”). I mean, have you ever searched for throw pillows online? I’m sorry, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to sell my soul to the devil any time soon, and I’m certainly not going to sell my soul for a $300 throw pillow either. I have morals, people. I’d rather spend the extra dough on a new outfit or a case of cupcakes or somethin’ like that.
What was I talking about again? Oh, yeah..Pillow Flight, duh. Here’s some of my faves.
This 18×18 decorative pillow cover has a coordinating natural woven backing. It’s double stitched (yey for durability!) and overlocked to prevent the fray. Zip close. This is great for covering a ratty old pillow that you hate.
Find it: here
This guy looks like linen via it’s designer cotton slub fabric by Dwell Studio.
Find it: here
Coordinating Black & White Lattice Pillow available here for $26 bucks.
These 18 x 18 babies are made from Robert Allen Designer home decor fabric. I dig em’.
Find em’: here
Happy Pillow Shopping!