One of the first things I wanted to do after moving in to my new apartment was get a nice keychain for my keys. I kind of stumbled upon this one on Etsy recently after checking out some vintage inspired Votes For Women Tees. It is bright, fun, playful and absolutely perfect for the summer season. Besides looking very stylish in my purse and backpack, it has helped ensure that I won’t forget my keys. When I first moved into Bed-Stuy I removed all of the old keys from my ring (I truly believe one key was from lock diary from 7th grade) and started leaving the ring behind locking me out more than once since I was not used to how small and lightweight they had become. Now I have no excuse to leave them behind on accident.
While my mother was visiting me in April I took her to a store where I knew we would both get in trouble, PaperSource. While there I found a gorgeous recipe book that enabled one to fill in their favorite recipes. Unlike traditional books where you write on recipe cards and then insert them into clear enclosures, this book offered two full pages dedicated to archiving just one recipe. The nail was driven further home only when I found out the little book with the gorgeous design that reminded me of Italian Limonchello was Kate Spade. It will not be a chore for me to transfer my favorite Blue Apron Recipes into this book as well as some tried-and-true family favorites. To accompany the recipe book, I bought a complimentary colored Moleskine that I could write and paste cooking techniques in.
One thing that I have been constantly looking for since moving to New York this past August was a sturdy, functional and stylish market tote. I did not want an oversized basket, but I was also afraid a freebie cotton one would not last for long. I fell in love with the two-tone neutral blocking of this Cotton and Jute bag I saw on amazon. I took a risk on it and it paid off. To my surprise in the mail came two totes! I should really read the labels better, but in my defense at the time the title did not start with “Pack of 2”. I ended up sending one to my mother since she often is in need of another catch-all bag. I am very pleased with how this is holding up. Even cleaning it following leakage from a lunch pail has been breeze. Perfect shades for my spring, summer and fall wardrobes, and for winter I might keep it out against the black for some color. I am disappointed and pleased to say others in my area have found the same find worthwhile. Every Saturday at the farmer’s market I see 2-5 moms lugging one around full of fresh finds.
The last time I had bought a worthy laptop cover was in 2011 when Apple was still making laptop covers for their laptops. When I bought my new macbook this past fall I also bought a gorgeous cover from Amazon to keep it safe. It was a white, grey, and gold marble design and it was beyond perfect. I also learned the lesson that I get what I paid for; the corners were chipped away by this spring and there was a huge crack down the back. It was only twelve dollars so I was not horribly broken hearted. I saw this cover on Amazon for about $25 and decided to splurge on it hoping that it would last a lot longer while continuing to protect my laptop in style. I was initially drawn to the beautiful the watercolor floral and opaque design. I feel like this cover can easily transition between the seasons while showing off my personality.
This is by far probably one of the more ‘real’ finds of the week that are not based around fashion and looks. I needed a pair of shoes to wear inside as my house shoes and took the recommendation of my cousin to splurge on some closed-toed Birkenstocks since “they transition to cold weather well if you just put on fuzzy socks.” I own a pair of Arizona Birkenstocks that I wear often in the summer to yoga and when my feet feel like they are ready to fall off, but I never thought I would get a pair for just mozying about in my PJs. After ruining yet another pair of Amazon special slippers I decided I might as well try it . This has been one of the best pieces of advice I have had in a long time.
I remember my mother having these same pens in the 90s as part of her pleasant memories scrapbooking kit, and I could not pass them up when I stumbled upon them at Paper Source recently. It was definitely a spur of the moment buy even if they were really reasonably price. Once I got home I remembered that when I was young I had no idea how to use the pens and would often fail at my ‘calligraphy’ attempts. Twenty Four year old me also continues to fail at these attempts.
Over the next couple weeks you will probably see me practicing my handwriting and typography on Instagram, but these pens also inspired me to take one step further and sign up for Paper Source’s Five Part Creative Hand Lettering Workshop Series. I cannot wait to share my new skills with my readers, and hopefully I will be able to make some gorgeous letters and cards in the near future.