It’s that time of year…

September 8, 2009

It’s that time of year again… back to school shopping! Parents everywhere are rushing around to buy the correct size binder and protractor, and the latest kicks and backpacks. Kicks… did I spell that right? Is that what kids are still calling them (shoes, for those who are still scratching their heads at my outdated slang).

I still remember back to school shopping (from the kid perspective). But for me, it was usually school clothing/birthday present. My most distinct memory was fifth grade (ok maybe fourth-I don’t know.  It’s been a while). I remember it like yesterday. I went to Caldor (remember them?) with my mother. I convinced her that I REALLY wanted that plaid skirt and matching top with the scottie-dog on it. I SWORE I would wear the knee socks and those shoes. SO WHAT if I had not worn anything but stretch pants and over-sized t-shirts with dirty blue canvas shoes over ankle socks for the past two years. I was SO gonna wear those, I insisted, as I blew the hair that eternally hid my left eye briefly from my face – just to make my point. Right. That skirt was COOL (rad? awesome? what did we say in the late 80’s?). As I’m sure you may have guessed, this outfit probably never faded from too many washes. And I was NOT too cool for school.

Thankfully, those days have started to fade from my memory. And as I’m not yet school shopping for my own children, this season and it’s sales are a bit lost on me. But the good news is that since I’m not shopping for #2 pencils and 2″ three ring binders, I get to shop for much more interesting things! Like the grown-up version of the backpack. And as it turns out, I’m currently in the market for a new bag. My old “work” bag has had a few too many lunches spilled into it, and is about to graduate (or perhaps, retire). I’m looking for one that holds a legal pad, and all those other items that I drag to work with me every day. Ohhhh – look at this one! Handmade Jaquard Bag from Ten Thousand Villages – $48. Pretty! 

Jaquard Bag

Maybe with this one,  I’ll get to sit with the cool kids at lunchtime!


Green, meet green.

May 28, 2009

Found this at a street fair in my neighborhood. MIGHT have purchased it…


I think it’s the perfect bag to carry to a Saturday morning/afternoon brunch in the summer. I bought one in brown/green, but this one is pretty too! I tried 9unsuccessfully) to find a screen shot of the green one. Too bad, since then the little play on words would have made more sense…

The bag is made by a little company called Engage Green. I found them at a street fair in my neighborhood, and the woman who sells (and designs!) them was super nice. My love for this company is threefold: 1) they are locally based, 2) their products are made from woven recycled paper, plastic, cork, cotton, and hemp, and 3) they are pretty colors!

Moral of the story: when green meets green, I am more than willing to shell out a bit of green.

I can’t begin to tell you how glad I am that spring is here! Even if spring in the city means rain, rain, rain, and more rain. All this dreary weather makes me just want spring to end and summer to get here!

So after almost two straight weeks of rain, I needed a little pick me up. So of course, I did a little “windows shopping.”  Are you Mac users jealous you can’t use that pun? …No? Well I thought it was funny…

Anyways. I found these!

laidback elegance

Laidback Elegance Filagree Tumbler set. Available for $40  for thes set on UncommonGoods. Made from recycled glass. And so very pretty!

If I had these, all I’d need is a pitcher of something cold and delicious and three good friends. Oh yes – and a little sunshine!

Rainy Mondays… need I say more? Like most people within a three-state radius of me, I found myself dragging on this rainy Monday morning. Around noon, I was excited at the prospect of a break from the monotony – lunch time! Nothing like getting up, walking to the refrigerator, and walking back to the cubicle to brighten the day!
Except, then I remembered that I brought salad for lunch. Today I brought a spinach salad with mango, broccoli sprouts, red onion, and leftover salmon from last night’s dinner. Not the worst meal ever, but not exactly the soul food I was looking for to combat the Monday blues. But I’ve been trying to do this whole “saving money” thing and bring lunch to work.
And then I made the big mistake. I decided that instead of sitting at my desk for an hour (where I’d been sitting all morning, and would be inevitably be chained to all afternoon), I decided to go for a walk before it started REALLY raining. Unfortunately, that meant walking by Sephora. Of course I HAD to step in to get out of the rain. One hour, one small bag, and one hundred (plus) dollars later, I emerged with some fantastic new colors to brighten my spring. Too bad it was still raining…
But while we wait for the gloom to clear and warmer weather to arrive, let’s look at a few of the other pretty things that I saw that made me think of summer! I love the Moroccan Sunrise products, all Sephora brand:
Check out the rest on I can almost hear the waves and feel the sand between my toes. I’m feeling warmer already! Bring on the sun!
moroccon palltte
pick me up:

love and spring

April 5, 2009

It’s that time of the year again… Spring is in the air! And we all know what happens in the spring time…

Well, that too.

Today was the first day where I felt like it was really spring. I even went out without a coat! For the first time since moving to Manhattan I felt like I was finally able to enjoy walking down the street, instead of speed walking home so that my nose doesn’t freeze and fall off. What made today even better was the street fair I stopped at on my way home. Sun + street food + shopping = an amazing Sunday afternoon! And you thought I was bad at math.

My favorite vendor of the afternoon: avalove. She is a poet who prints lithographs on clothing. You can purchase her amazing wearable art on etsy. Her work is unique, and each print is made in limited quantities.


It was love at first sight! I didn’t want to spend the money to buy one, but I just couldn’t help it. I was twitterpated!

It’s that time of year again… Tax Season! In true form, I have yet to start on my tax forms yet. So I decided that the best use of my pre-April 15 time would be to go out shop with the refund money that I am hoping to receive.  Good idea, yes? Right.

As you may remember, I have been on the prowl for a fabulous dress to wear to a few summer weddings. Specifically, my little brother will be getting married. An as his older, (mysteriously) single sister from Manhattan, I feel the need to find something fabulous. I’ve been eyeing one at Anthropologie for some time, and decided today to take the plunge.

I went. I shopped. I purchased.

Finely Furrowed Dress

The winner is the Finely Furrowed Dress, available from Anthropologie for $168. So in love. Now I’m off to do my taxes so that I can justify this lovely little purchase. Then maybe I’ll browse the net for shoes, a bag, and a”plus 1″ to match the dress!

In other news…

March 25, 2009

And now for something completely different.

Normally, my lust for material possessions is more focused on pretty and shiny things. As for the more everyday items: these I have (and can generally I can afford). Today I started my daily post-work, tea-and-internet time on the Onion. I (shamefully) admit, I ended up there today by following a link on a friends Facebook page. Judge if you will, but statistically I’d venture to guess that you checked your FB page at least twice today since lunch today…

Anyways, back to the shopping at hand. After browsing through a few breaking news stories, I ventured into the online store for some windows-shopping (Ha Ha. Play on words cuz I use windows. See it’s funny becuase I use windows… Nevermind.). Found a few mugs that I’d love to drink my morning coffee out of! Like this one!


This one is fun too! Especially considering my current level of caffiene consumption, which seems to be slowly working its way back up to it’s college-days level. Both mugs are  sold for $7.99.


Apparently the Onion is good for more than just hard-hitting, serious journalism. Fun for shopping, too!