This Week on the Interweb: 11/21/14

This week is packed with news, from time capsule homes, to amazing shoe collections being discovered, there’s plenty vintage treasures hidden all around us! Also, I am very much looking forward to the upcoming sales that are coming our way. I know many feel like Black Friday is a huge scam, choosing not to shop. I completely agree, to a point.

When I was in my late teens, I went out shopping on Black Friday a couple of times, each time was disappointing. How crazy the people appear, the grabbing, the messes that staff have to deal with afterwards, its awful! Plus, it’s the day after Thanksgiving, everyone should be digesting their delicious dinners from the night before and relaxing. Then there’s Cyber Monday… I am already getting email about it all. I have a good method of dealing with this: if you are shopping for the holidays or birthdays, and know the items you’re looking for, focus your energies on ONLY those items. Hey, even if they’re for you. For example, I have a giant wishlist on Pinterest, if those items go on amazing sales, maybe I will chose to invest in them at that point, otherwise, don’t fall in to the trap of “saving” and getting the best “deals” in town. You’ll end up spending loads more on stuff you didn’t want/need in the first place.

I do believe in small businesses and putting my spending money toward supporting them. You won’t see me going to H&M on a Black Friday again! I rather buy a small piece of vintage jewelry or a frock from the past or repto vintage from small companies who love what they do!

Anyhow, I’d love to hear about any vintage sales you guys may have heard about or any news that I didn’t include in this post! 🙂 Let’s get to it:

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This Week on the Interweb: 11/14/14

Hi everyone!

I spend a lot (A LOT) of time browsing around various sites, filled with shopping, news, history, etc. I do share sales and things on my Facebook page when I catch them, but don’t share them across the board on all my social media. The solution, blog about it! Until I establish the best day for this, I will try to publish these on Fridays. 🙂 Let’s see what I’ve discovered:

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The Vintage Cat Update: More Purchases!

Hello!

It’s been a busy few weeks for me! A few failed interviews, some organizing of our living space, catching up on laundry and in the midst of everything, having a hair identity crisis (so long it needs a separate post)! I’ve also went shopping crazy and bought a few bits here and there including a gorgeous 1930s silk bell sleeve blouse, a hand brooch and a lovely made in Germany necklace that looks like it is from the 60’s. Hubby got me some Miss L Fire sandals for our 1 year wedding anniversary, they are perfect!

Now before I begin, I wanted to point you to my EBook. I am buying a lot, but I am not breaking the bank. It takes time to get an eye for valuable items, and majority of vintage sellers out there, know what they’re selling. It is becoming more common for people to know what something is worth, thanks to the internet age. With that said, it doesn’t mean you will not find great things for equally great prices, but I always keep in mind that if I think I’m getting a deal, the person I am buying from is still somehow making a profit from the sale, which means, technically its not a deal at all… and you could only imagine what they paid for it! I will definitely do a post on buying for purpose and not because its cute (which you will see below, I have done, I’ll mark those with * and we will come back to that in the end of this hefty post!

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Latest Online Vintage Finds

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on my finds, so I thought I’d share the latest. I had a super successful shopping experience with Ebay and Etsy before moving over to the UK. Since I’ve been here, I’ve had a slightly difficult time switching my search results to UK based shops on Etsy, to get more reasonable shipping, but I like the larger selection of shop options around the world, that ship internationally. For now, I am saving all that I like, and hopefully when I find a job, I can actually buy all these things… I think I’m a shopaholic (more like I know I am a shopaholic). 😉

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Autumn Vintage Finds Part II: Books, Brooches & More

Hello!

Here is part two of my autumn haul! Now remember, it only looks like all I’ve been doing is shopping 😉 It’s only when I began documenting my recent buys that I realized that it might appear like a whole lot of stuff. It will be fun packing all this stuff up in the near future!

I love finding vintage cookbooks and books in general. I love the color of the paper and the old book smell! You will see that hubby and I found a handful of old books!

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Autumn Vintage Finds Part I: Vintage Clothing

Hi everyone!

It’s been some time since I’ve done a post on my vintage finds! I sure have been busy (buying)! 😉 The last post I did was technically my post, “Long Island Flea” way back in August! Since then, my hubby and I have been searching the web and going out to shops, estate sales, flea markets, in order to check out what’s out there, but to also add to my wardrobe.

Slowly but surely, I am finding lovely pieces that are versatile and great quality! If you haven’t already, consider signing up to my Stunning Vintage Finds Newsletter. I search for cool stuff, and you get it right in your inbox, oh and did I mention my FREE Ebook? It has all a vintage loving gal needs to know, check out my previous post, “I Wrote An EBook” & sign up!

I have a few new clothing items including a gorgeous velvet pencil skirt, as you’ll see in the photo below:

the vintage cat in fromt of Tea and Sympathy

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October Vintage Outfit

Happy (early) Saturday!

Really exciting day ahead! My hubby and I are heading off to our second Estate Sale in our neighborhood. This one sounds really appealing (50 years of stuff). I’m not looking for anything in particular, but it’s always great to find some interesting bits. 🙂 Speaking of finds, I’ve put together the outfit of the month. I’ve mentioned how much I love Halloween and the month of October altogether in my October Update post, the colors of the leaves, the cooler weather! This outfit is inspired by the most glorious fall color: ORANGE! I have recently purchased my first orange lipstick from Lime Crime, which I adore, as well as eye liner. I wouldn’t wear the two together, but it’s great to add the two to my collection.

The dress I selected here is a gorgeous maxi dress from the 60’s, which surprised me, since many of the dresses I come across from this era, are above the knee. I love the gold button details and bow. I wouldn’t wear too much jewelry with it, except for a bracelet, so I chose a carved Bakelite one. Shoes wise, I did want to throw in a pair of moderate platform shoes, I could just imagine them, but my imagination didn’t translate in to a find, but, these lovely 60s pumps by “Suburbans, the Inside Story Shoe” are season appropriate, and look very comfy. To finish it off, a striped clutch from the 40s rounds up the lovely color palette of Autumn.

october vintage outfit

To find these lovely picks, head over to my Etsy Treasury!

Your Vintage Home: Hallway

vintage hallway

Hello all!

When you enter someone’s home, whether they are renting a flat or they own their own house or flat, you first impression of their living space is created by this small space, the hallway. Other hallways exist, such as ones which lead you from room to room or floor to floor, etc. Either way, these spaces, however big or small, are fun to fill with some vintage items which will make the space your own. Here are some of my favourite picks:

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Your Vintage Home: The Bathroom

bathroomHello all!

Now on to the third installment of the series, the least pleasant place to clean in the house: the bathroom. I definitely like to keep our bathroom as minimal as possible. If we had a better ventilation system and an actual window in our bathroom (we have a small one that goes in to an exhaust like/chimney vent up to the roof), which does absolutely nothing, and no natural light. I would love to get some plants in the bathroom.

Otherwise, in terms of storage and help keep the bathroom clean, I found that less is more, we do get some things in bulk, such as shaving cream or q tips, so I put those on top of the little bathroom cupboard of in to the pantry closet. I do have a few beauty products, mainly face and hair, I organize them neatly on the shelve unit, which was the only thing we could really fit in the bathroom for additional storage. Also I have a giant lidded jar, which I put cotton balls in to.

The less items you have out, the less items you will have to dust! I kept that in mind when I found these lovely items. I definitely focused on lighting and wall decor, since it brings a little personality to a typically boring place! Check them out:

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Your Vintage Home: The Living Room

Happy Wednesday!

retro living room photo

Second part in the series of “Your Vintage Home” is the living room. I found this space a bit harder to fill, since everyone has their own style and tastes. While one person is in to photography, another person might prefer paintings or plates, etc. The beauty of incorporating vintage in your living space is the fact that there is something for everyone. You can always include a little bit of vintage and some modern touches or vice versa. Our living room has just that. Our couch, bookcase, and tv stand/tv are modern, while the coffee table and plant shelf thingie is from the mid-century. On the walls, we have some modern prints as well as a lovely poster. We went for a slight beachy theme with prints of the ocean side, boats. While our book case is a mix of old books, new books, trinket boxes, shells, Russian statuettes, dolls, etc. Of course since we are making a huge move in the near future, we wanted to keep buying little bits to a minimum. I would really be sad to find something broken. I’ll do a separate post on what’s in our living room some other time, since I am battling yet another ear infection.

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