Sunday, October 19, 2014

The French General

Back in July, I took a business trip to Los Angeles.  Before all the work started I found myself with a free afternoon to explore the city.  Guess where I went....?
From the moment my trip was scheduled, back in the winter, I knew that if I found myself with any free time I wanted to make the trip to French General! 
It was well worth the Uber cab charges for 45 minutes of LA traffic to see this amazing store in person!  The cozy little pink shop is jam-packed with fabulous antique treasures and notions.  If you've seen any of the AMAZING French General books, then you can imagine all of the beautiful products I was seeing.  
As fate would have it, my phone had limited battery power when I arrived, so I tried to snap all the pics I could before it died. Womp womp womp....

These photos don't even start to scratch the surface of this fabulous store.  But, they are better than nothing...
The products, the staff (hi Molly!), and the atmosphere were all wonderful. Not only did I find the vintage sewing and beading notions that French General is known for, but I also found several antique french treasures. I didn't expect to be antiquing while in L.A., and it was a happy surprise:)
Perfect vignettes are set up everywhere you look and I felt myself inspired to create.

If you ever find yourself in the Los Angeles be sure to stop in and explore... you won't be disappointed!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Market Scores 10-17-14

I'm back with a new blog series! Not only a blog series, but a VLOG series, too!

Take peek inside my home and shopping bag as I share with you all of the the goodies I got the last time I went antiquing.

I explain what the "Market Scores" feature will include in the video, but just to recap; I'll show you what I purchased and what I paid in the video, and on the blog I will share what inspired me to make the purchase (if anything beside pure awesome-ness!),  and I'll help you find where you can get something similar!


(filming and watching this video has been a valuable lesson in makeup application! I promise I won't have an orange face in the next video! I hope you can look past it ;) )

To view this video larger, visit my youTube page.

As promised here a few more details of the pieces I scored:

As promised, here are a few links to site offering similar items. Simply click on the image to be directed to the online stores. Happy Shopping!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

San Franciso

Joe and I started our Honeymoon in the fabulous city of San Francisco. We spent three days exploring, and these are just a few of the highlights!

We absolutely loved San Francisco- every single thing about it! I know we'll visit again sometime because we feel that we only got a very small glimpse of the city.

SF has made it's way into the "if we ever drop everything and move to a new place" list. Actually, it's probably one of the top 5 cities!

Throughout our entire honeymoon we made efforts to get away from the tourist traps, and we found that's when we really enjoyed ourselves.  San Francisco was no exception- picking up dinner and a bottle of champs from Whole Foods, or a pizza from Goat Hill made for the best nights in. We explored the Mission; popping into little boutiques and a few bars. We hit one (so-so) antique shop,  and strolled around the city hand in hand. It was amazing!
We booked our Bed and Breakfast through AirBnB. We chose this A M A Z I N G private garden cabana in Potrero Hill. The cabana opened up into this sanctuary/oasis/garden where we ended every night with beers/wine on the patio. 

We spent time exploring the old victorians in quiet neighborhoods.
Hazel's Kitchen in Potrero Hill. I wish we'd discovered this place sooner and eatten more meals here. If you're even in SF. Seek this place out- you won't be disappointed.

Our private garden cabana.  

We took the night tour of Alcatraz, which ended up being so much cooler than I expected. We'd highly recommend it. I think it's one of Joe's top 10 honeymoon stops. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mercury Glass Window Pane Mirror

I spent a large part of the weekend working on a few lingering home decor projects I've been excited to tackle. It felt great to get to this one in particular; a new mercury glass mirror for the top of the stairs. 

I'd found the window pane last weekend on a buying trip with my mom in Pennsylvania.  And while I had planned to buy a pane at the beginning of the day (they are plentiful in our area!), as soon as I saw this pane, with extra long sections, I knew this was the piece for my project. 
Since I've had so much practice with "mercury-glassing" from our wedding, this was a fairly easy project to complete. The most time consuming part- applying all the painters tape and waiting for the varnish sealant to dry overnight. 

Budget Breakdown:
Window Pane: $12
Can of "looking Glass" spray paint: $8
Painters tape, hanging supplies, vanish: on hand
Not too bad! 

As the holidays get closer I look forward to hanging garland at the top of the mirror!

A few progress shots:

There are plenty of tutorial on Pinterest explaining how to make your own mercury glass. It's really easy and provides instant gratification. Don't be afraid and give it a try!