Saturday, October 10, 2015

Wishlist - Fall Dresses

4. Black Isabel dress - $59.95 
5. Polka Dot Amelia dress - $99.95  

I've been trying to be frugal as of late -- doing my best to tone down the clothing buying habit I've developed over the last few years. I've done quite well for the last few months, if I do say so myself, but I finally broke down last night and snapped up two of the above dresses from eshakti (the Isabel and the Amelia, in particular).

I had a few coupons & giftcards and when paired with the 30% off sale they're currently having, I was able to snatch up two dresses for less than the cost of one. Boom, sold. I'm a sucker and that was just too good of a deal to pass up.

And although I only bought two, I would have loved to bring home all five of these dresses... even if I'd never hear the end to comments like, "Don't you already own something that looks just like that?" from the husband.

I can't help it if I love plaid, polka dots, and black. They're timeless, dammit.

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*If you're a sucker for retro inspired pieces (and a good deal) like me, use this link to receive $40 off your first purchase*

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Labor Day Sale

Retro Reproduction Brooches - grimmricksen

Remember how I said that working with resin was a little addicting? Well, it's true -- as evidenced by my now massive personal collection (20+), my messy kitchen work station, my depleted bank account, and my large stash of resin pieces in various states of completion.

My etsy shop (and my own personal collection) is bursting at the seams with my handmade retro reproduction (fakelite, if you will) brooches and earrings -- with a handful that are perfect for the Autumn/Halloween season we all love.

If you're looking to expand your collection of novelty brooches (or start one), head over to the shop and use the code 'LABORDAY10' for 10% off your order.

*Coupon code details:  Expires midnight September 7th. Good for 10% off your total order with a $10 minimum purchase

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Vanity - The Ella Dress

Purple is not one of my colors. The truth of this statement can be seen quite clearly in my color coordinated closet, where you will find it half filled with black, but only two purple items: a cardigan and a sleeveless button-up, both a deep plum.

Oddly enough (for a person who doesn't typically like overly girly stuff), I love vintage looking floral patterns. So when Pinup Girl Clothing had a 30% off flash sale on floral prints earlier this week, I was torn between the purple/red Maria dress (of which I already own the blue/green version) and the Mary Blair Ella dresses -- and all around surprised that I was considering two different dresses that were primarily purple.

After much back and forth,I decided to go with the Lavender colorway because it gave me the ability to pair it with a wider range of colors that I hoped when tone down the lavender (red, green, pink, purple, white, and black) -- and it was slightly farther out of my comfort zone than I usually venture. I also decided to go with the 2XL instead of my usual XL, even though I knew it would be too big, with the intention of altering it myself once it arrived. For some background: I had snagged the yellow rose print Ella a few months ago when it was an online yard sale item, but alas, the XL was just a hair too snug (cue some tiny violins). It's still taunting me every time I look at my closet -- awaiting a swap for a 2XL or for me to loose a little weight -- neither scenario is particularly likely.

Pinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair Ella Dress - grimmricksen Pinup Girl Clothing Ella Dress - grimmricksenPinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair Ella Dress - grimmricksen

Monday, June 15, 2015

Insta Recap

Instagram Collage - March 2015
1.My kid is cooler than I am  //  2. Family time  //  3. Stained glass at a local studio. So beautiful!  //  4. Bringin' the turban back  //  5. Feminist propaganda hanging in my office  //  6. My kid is still cooler than I am  //  7. I did an inventory of my zippers because I'm dorky like that  //  8. Marriage and stuff  //  9. The beautiful PUG Maria dress  //  10. I chopped off over 8 inches of my hair  //  11. Tackling the mending pile  //  12. Planting all the pretty things

If you want to stay up to date (and not be months behind in my shenanigans -- these are all from March!) or are simply interested in seeing me at the height of my vanity, pop on over and follow me on Instagram.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

DIY - How To Make (Retro Style) Resin Jewelry

How To Make Retro Style Resin Jewelry by grimmricksen

I'm by no means an expert (novice comes to mind), but I thought I'd write a little about my experience making resin jewelry for myself. I wont be able to tell you how to get all of those little bubbles out of your pieces (because I fill mine with glitter & pigment, so I don't need mine to be crystal clear), or which resin is best (I've only used EasyCast), or a million other questions, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. And if you're interested in making your own resin jewelry, there are a ton of resources out there on the web, so start researching (Resin Obsession is a great place to start)!

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