Saturday, March 10, 2012

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm Sorry

But I need a little break.
This blog has been a wonderful experience so far, but with school and everything, I just have too much on my plate right now.
I have no idea when I will be back, but hopefully soon.
Please bear with me.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How to Flea Market Vol. IV

Now we have gone over the basics of taking your stuff to the flea market and making themost of it. Today, we are going to take a look at the other side of the story: Buying things, hopefully finding unique treasures. This is a lot like thrifting. Thrifting guides have been posted on numerous blogs, for example here, here, and here. And as I am a thrifting newbie, I will not repeat this great advice. However, there are a few things relatively unique to flea markets, so here is my list of things I found helpful:

  • Haggle. Always haggle. Even if you are perfectly fine paying the price they are asking for. You could be paying less.
  • Break out that poker face. Don’t show how much you love something. Some sellers might adjust the price if you seem like you’d be willing to more for it.
  • Again, beware of “professionals” (I wrote about this two weeks ago). They will ask for a higher price as amateurs would, so again, haggle. And if they don’t budge, only buy what you truly love and need. If not, say “Fine!” and walk away.
  • Look for quality. Do not be afraid to dig deep. Not everyone makes use of great presenting strategies (also see two weeks ago)…
  • Make sure you don’t buy anything damaged, or worse. It is called “flea” market for a reason.
  • Don’t go crazy buying just because it is so much cheaper than in stores. Keep in mind what you need and remember that even small amounts of money add up.
  • Towards the end of  the flea market, people might get anxious to get rid of more stuff, especially big things they do not want to take home again. Here’s where you come in and hopefully get a bargain. This is also a good time to go back to an item that was too expensive in the beginning.
  • And again, the most important point: HAVE A LOT OF FUN!!!  
What would you add to this list? I'd love to take your advice!

Monday, September 19, 2011

How Reading Minimalist Blogs Changed My Life

I’m not a hoarder. At least not in the worst possible way. I have always found satisfaction and even joy in decluttering, and have always done it on a regular basis.

But then I started reading minimalist blogs, mainly The Everyday Minimalist, BecomingMinimalist, and The Minimalists. And The Unclutterer, which is not necessarily minimalist, but about organization and decluttering. I have realized how clutter can be constricting and got rid of a lot more. I took pictures off walls and put random boxes in closets to let more light in. I declutter more often and my ability to identify clutter has improved; I’m more realistic about what I will actually use and what I really don’t need to keep. I even tackled sentimental clutter (notes we passed around in middle school, anyone?).
My drawing skills are a serious problem...
I buy less, and if I do, I want to invest in better quality from now on. The Everyday Minimalist really inspired me here. Her motto is “Living with less, but only the best.” It made me realize that it is ok to spend a lot of money on something you will use a lot, and that it may even save money in the long run (cost-per-wear/use, etc). Plus, it will make me consider purchases longer, thus resulting in less money spent.
Reading these blogs also made me decide to spend my money on non-things: travel, donations, experiences, my dream of having my own café
However, I am not a minimalist. I don’t know if I ever will be, but I’m getting closer, and I definitely want to go further down that road. It is one of my goals to declutter whenever I am home from school. I will have survived a semester without these things, so why keep everything?
Still, there are some things I cannot part with. Letters I have received, my diaries, photographs. But to me, they are more symbols than things. Maybe I will change my mind about that one day. It has happened before. Years ago, I decided to never get rid of a book ever again, and since then many, many got kicked out of my overflowing bookshelves.
But then again, diaries are not just books.

Have you ever considered minimalism? I’d love to hear about your journey!

Friday, September 16, 2011

I'm Finally Taking You to New York...

I told you here that I still did not have prints of the pictures I took in New York City in JUNE. Well. I've had prints for a while now, I even scanned them. Why the heck I didn't post them until now is beyond me. If you have an idea, please do say so.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Things I Love Thursday and Lovely Links

  • Running a 10k. Good to know I can do it...
  • Making the Independent Fashion Bloggers Weekly Roundup: Links à la Mode
  • Some sunny days
  • The craziest thunderstorm ever
  • A letter in the mail. I must have been sending out some good mail karma...
  • Some productivity, some hanging out with nice people
  • Lots and lots of tea
  • Movie night and pizza
  • Finding the first chestnut of the year. Someone told me when I was a kid that you have to keep it for good luck and then get rid of it in the spring, do any of you do that?
What made your week better?

On to some links:
This is why we need to protect the environment (and incredibly funny...)
How about Minsumerism?
Thoughts about never becoming a famous blogger

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

14 Ways To Make Your Day More Chic

Fiona ofHow To Be Chic has proclaimed this month to be “Chic September”: Thirty days of leading a life as chic, elegant and healthy as possible. This inspired me to think of the little things that can increase the chic factor of every given day.
Here’s what I came up with:

  • Use your favorite perfume. Savor the smell.
  • Try not to rush in the morning.
  • Wear a piece of jewelry that you forgot you had.
  • Smile at everyone.
  • Read something that makes you feel smart.
  • Have a cup of tea.
  • Do your nails.
  • Buy fresh flowers.
  • Wear heels (that you can walk in).
  • Try to find a way to make your surroundings more clean and chic.
  • Light a candle.
  • Attend a cultural event, or go to a museum.
  • Spend time with your loved ones.
  • Use your “nice” things. The stuff you save for special occasions. Guess what, life IS a special occasion. 
What makes YOU feel chic?