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Tuesday, November 30

"Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things"
"The Sound of Music"

Love the song, have watched the movie more than 20 times for sure. The things above aren't exactly my favorite things. When I think of my fav things, here's what comes to mind. Unfortunately unlike Oprah- I don't think anyone's getting a free anything.

List Favs subject to change, of course

Longing for earrings

Really like this feature from WhoWhatWear.

I generally stay away from earrings this long cos I wear alot of scarves and they tend to get tangled up in everything.  I was also worried that they might just be a little too much. However, on second look, I'm really liking these and set out to find some cascading earrings of my own.

1- garnet, jade and dyed chalcedony by $89 ; 2 - Ivory Cream Swarovski perl Gold Earrings by $55; 3 - Grapes of Wrath silver salvaged bullet earring by $24; 4 - Cherry Quartz Earrings by $32; 5 - Antique Silver Fan Earrings by $24; 6- Arshia by $172; 7- Godiva Earrings by $25; 8 - gold plated herringbone chain drapes from vintage French coin by $68; 9 - Deep Blue Vintage Jewel brass leaf earrings by $19.95.


Monday, November 29

All Black everything. It's a closet staple for most women and it's easy to see why. Black IS always IN.

1- Sheer harem pants by $69; 2-Vintage Blazer by $30; 3- Patent Leather shoulder bag by $230; 4- Black satin and chiffon pencil skirt by $60; 5- winter jet black leather coat by $98; 6- Big bold oversized cocktail ring by $27; 7- Vintage inspired Black leather frame bag by $143

1- Pumps with Green Lady Amherst feathers by $65; 2- Simple black mini dress by $75; 3- Black Muse by $59; 4- Oversized Leather Hobo by $130; 5- Open back maxi dress by $189; 6- Empress lace dress by $70; 7- vintage leather cut out pumps by $34

Today's Crave

Dresses by $280


Sunday, November 28

Just in case you missed our Wedding Dress GIVEAWAY, here's your shot at another cool giveaway.


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Winners will be announced Friday, December 3 @9:30am.

First number picked will win:

ONE item of your choice or STORE CREDIT at :

2nd number picked will win:

Cool Discount code at :


To all Addicted2Etsy readers, this week's discount code is courtesy of Etsy seller . I just love these handcrafted cake stands and especially love the tree slice chalkboard table numbers. Use them for either formal or casual affairs. Very unique and beautiful.

See our previous feature here.
Now, you can get 20% off!

Visit www.roxyheartvintage.com
Enter code: ADDICTED. 

Note this code is only valid if used through sellers website and not on the Etsy Store Page. 
So visit www.roxyheartvintage.com and feast your eyes on all they have to offer.



Today's crave

Opelle Lotus Bag Soft Italian Lamskin Leather by   $238

POKER? Yes really

A few years ago, my girlfriends and I were totally and completely obsessed with all things Poker, specifically Texas Hold 'Em.  It probably started with Bravo's Celebrity Poker show. Then we started watching professionals playing, we got poker sets, held poker nights and then at some point I guess we got too busy or too broke to keep up.
Last night, after perhaps too much eating, I found myself up at the weird hour of let's say 3am-ish. And that's when I realized there were over 3 channels running poker games at the same time. 1 of them featuring my all time fav:  Phil Ivey.  Even for the newest poker fan, this guy needs no introduction. Not gonna run down his ridiculously impressive resume or earnings. Just google him.

Phil Ivey (currently holds 8 World series of Poker bracelets)

So, where am I going with all this. Nowhere really, except- I saw these and thought they would look amazing somewhere in my box of an apartment. But where? and why? It surey does remind me of when I fancied myself a poker player.

SALE - 2 BIG Posters, Playing Cards - 50x70 cm
2 Big Poster Playing cards by , on SALE $65

Been getting way more style inspiration from these ladies than I have been from mags lately. I am not necessarily as daring to try of all, but I am taking notes. Here's a sampler of who I've been checking out these past few.

Let's Cozy Up Vintage Sweater Pencil Skirt in Cobalt Blue
Antique 1950's Vintage Rainbow Clutch
Kit Kittredge Depression-Chic Fall Vintage Plaid Skirt in Shades of Red and Pink
Denim Diva Vintage Blouse
Reindeer Romance Slouch Geometric Cardigan Sweater
My Winter Fur Faux Belt Harness
BLACK FRIDAY SALE 25% off Vintage Mahogany Assymetrical Cropped Leather Bomber Jacket
BLACK FRIDAY SALE 25% off Vintage Brown Leather Travel Satchel

...And don't forget to check out their pages if interested in purchasing some of these pieces.

Saturday, November 27

Packaging - Peppermint set
seasonal packaging by ; contact seller
Finally, the follow-up to previous post: .  Please check that out if you haven't already. I already covered
  1. For the fashionista's in your life
  2. For the self proclaimed interior decorator/designer
  3. For the sweet tooth
Today I'm continuing with
  • For the kids in your life: yours or someone else's
  • For the men in your life
  • For the product junkies

The Kid's in your life
Each row, L-R: Little People girl $104 by ; simple felt numbers $18 by ; Elliot the Elephant $15 by ; Organic white ruffle dress by ; cow chair $85 by ; Owl Earflap hat $26.95 by ; wee wooden skittles play set $49.95 by ; penguin plushies $15 by ; custom fancie heroes and villains $40 by .

    For the guys

    Numbers 1-9: Ecofriendly shaving kit with beer soap by $35; Mahagony stitch cuff by $55; Wanderlust stainless steel flask by $18; Film v Bullet Messenger bag by $39; Ride Me bicycle t-shirt by $19.99;  Men's foaming shower scrub by $10;  Personalized handstamped money clip by $20.99;  Macbook Air Sleeve case by $65;  Coffee Cup tower your choice by $30.

    The Product Junkies

    Numbers 1-9: Organic facial care 6 step regimen for acne prone skin by   $53; Apple Spice lip balm by $3.95; Creme brulee for kinks, coils and curls by 16oz. $24.50;  Gift set peaches & honey soap by $13; Moroccan Creme Fraiche moisturizer by $26; Water floral frsh tea perfume by $18.50; Organic Moisturizer for acne prone by $16.65; Organic Raw Shea Butter by $8.50; Spa Day in Box by $38.

    P.S.: You may have noticed I finally figured out how to number my images. Will try to do so moving forward. Sorry about past posts. Just don't currently have time to go back and change all of them.

    ALSO, look out for for final Portion of Gift guide. Again, your suggestions are welcome and I would love to create a reader suggested guide.


    Thursday, November 25

    Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Still watching the game and getting over all the food I had.

    I know its kinda sad, but I for the first time ever made a really successful Mac & Cheese.  I kept feeling guilty about all the butter and cheese and wanted to cut back on bacon etc, but the hubby won't let me. I guess if you're gonna go there, then you might as well take it all the way there. Peep the recipe down below:

    Bacon, Gruyere and Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese
    Serve 4-6
    1 teaspoon olive oil
    1 pound Cavatappi or elbow pasta (or whatever you like)
    ½ pound sliced smoked bacon
    1 ½ cups fresh white breadcrumbs (pulse bread in food processor)
    ½ cup grated Parmesan
    8 tablespoons butter
    1 tsp rosemary, diced-optional
    1 tsp thyme, diced-optional
    ¼ cup minced shallots
    ½ cup flour
    1 quart whole milk
    6 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
    8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
    ½ teaspoon pepper
    1 teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    ¼ tsp smoked paprika-optional

    Cook pasta according to directions. Cook bacon and drain on paper towels. Keep bacon fat in pan. Crumble bacon when cool.
    Topping: Combine breadcrumbs, crumbled bacon, Parmesan, rosemary, thyme and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Set aside.
    Preheat oven to 375. Sauté shallots over low heat in bacon fat for one minute. Add remaining 6 tablespoons of butter and continue to sauté shallots until translucent. Add flour and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes. Increase heat to medium while stirring constantly with a whisk and add milk. Cook until sauce is thickened and remove from heat then add salt, pepper, nutmeg, smoked paprika, Gruyere and cheddar. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary. Stir in pasta and pour into baking dish. Sprinkle topping and cover with foil, bake 15 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until sauce is bubbly and topping is brown. I believe that it tastes even better the next day. If you have time, prepare it a day ahead (minus breadcrumbs) and bake before serving.

    Yup, its all kinds of bad and tastes all kinds of good.  Recipe courtesy of The Dabble.
    We should shortly be back to our regularly scheduled program. Wonder why I'm feeling sleepy.

    Heading out for Thanksgiving visits

    Maxi Dress worn as skirt, Hubby's Banana Sweater

    Indecision- Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

    Rose Pillows by from $18

    Totally can't make up my mind. Help me choose. And, yup- all of them could work. 10% off sale currently.

    One Look, 2 ways

    Wednesday, November 24

    Remember this look?


    Sarah Jessica Parker rocked this look in first Sex and City movie. I liked it, but wasn't in love with it. I think the look below is more me, I find it a little more muted and classic.  It's actually a vintage 1960's 2 piece dress but still manages to look like a more NOW than the one above. Oh.... and it's only $42.

    by Scottleinacanoe   $42

    To make it more season/weather appropriate, I'll add a well fitting black turtleneck underneath.

    This is about YOU, I'm looking at YOU

    Tuesday, November 23


    I'm really loving what I've been able to do on here so far. But, this blog is not just about me but about you as well. If you've bought anything from Etsy that you would love to share, please let me know. Send me pics of how YOU ROCKED IT.  The dress, the jewelry, the home accessories, housewares, the toys for your kids or for your pets...just about anything.

    Any pieces you believe deserve a feature? Your very own CRAVE, well then, let me know- I may have missed them, and we all know how fast the good ones can come and go.

    Need help finding something? I don't mind giving it a go. Send all emails to

    • PART 2 of the ETSY GIFT GUIDE, including special for all my pet lover friends
    • NEW GIVEAWAYS and Discount Codes
    • SPOTLIGHT on some fab shops
    • HOPEFULLY, a HOW I ROCKED IT feature- I placed Etsy order, hoping to receive soon... and much more.
    Thanks to all of you out there for reading, commenting and following- gonna make this ride worth your while.

    and a tad early HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you.

      Today's crave

      Vintage Shirt Rock on Golden Era by   $35

      Gimme a ring

      In the fall and winter season, you sometimes find yourself wearing mostly dark, drab and dreary colors. Something as small as a bright colored ring can really add that extra pop of color needed to lift an outfit.
       L-R, by: $70; double ring by $65; gold birds nest by  $16.50; dual plated brass ring $26.70; triple ring by $33.89; $30.90; romantic drop turquoise by $32.90; 3 turquoise stone bezel set 14K gold ring by $100

      Gotta luv "Grey"

      Monday, November 22

      Grey has to be one of my fav colors. This has not been by choice, I just realized when I looked at my closet and apartment, that somehow for a while now, I have been liking grey. A Grey couch, Grey armchair, Grey sheets on bed, Grey accent wall,  2 new grey pants and I've been wearing grey handbag.  More grey I would like to add:

        Clockwise from top L-R, then center:
        • New by lovejune  $465
        • by natalielow   $38
        • by HedonismsCloset  $50
        • by Babooshkaboutique  $73.50
        • by metrode  $39
        • with oversized cowl by tangente  $90
        • by lamixx  $42
        • by artoncrafts   $170
        Not as harsh as white, not as dark as black. I mean what's there to hate about grey.  U've got Grey Gardens, Grey's Anatomy, Jennifer Grey ....

        and the WINNER...

        of our very first GIVEAWAY, the WEDDING DRESS GIVEAWAY is

        luvaneverymoment said...
        omg your dress is my dream dress....ive always wanted a wedding dress just like that...whoever wins is a very lucky girl...thanx for giving away this amazing wedding dress :)
        My Apologies for the delay in posting.

        You have 48hours to contact me at

        Looking forward to hearing from you so we can discuss shipping etc.

        To everyone else thanks for participating and one (1) of you will get a very cool discount code to .

        Will announce tomorrow evening.

        In addition, we'll be having another quick giveaway. One Item of your choice or a store credit at :



        Details to follow shortly.

        Bad hair day

        Sunday, November 21

        So, I decided to stop geting relaxers over 6months ago now. This basically means that i have had to relearn how to treat and take care of my hair. While for the most part, its been a fun and interesting journey, I have had those days where I seriously have no clue as to what to do.  Those are the days when I need to simply cover my head and wait for the storm to pass. And of course, a baseball cap just won't do.

        I've not been a big fan of these despite seeing them on tons of celebs lately, but for some reason its slowly growing on me. Still a little torn, but these I like: THE TURBAN

        Clockwise, L-R: velvet green turban $40 by ; gold studded turban $13 by ; winter grey turban $15 by ; faux leather turban $15 by

        Today's crave

        Personalized gift bags by ; $24 for set of 12

        Saving $$$ on that special day

        This goes out to all the ladies who entered the WEDDING DRESS GIVEAWAY. That giveaway is now over and we'll find out tomorrow who gets the dress. But I thought I should share some things I learned last year. Weddings can so easily get out of hand not just emotionally or physically but mostly financially. I realized early that I had to make some concessions if I was going to have any chance of avoiding utter brokedom.  At the same time, I didn't want to sacrifice style for a day that was that important.
        Here's a few things I was able to do and some of the resources Etsy provided me.

        Sometimes you can make the biggest impact with smallest details.

        We filled mason jars with candy the color of our wedding colors, and got handcrafted soaps wrapped in fabric of our choice with little personalized thank you tags.

        trio blue mason jars $19 by , Ball Mason jar $3 by , 3 vintage Kerr Mason jars $25 by

        fabric wrapped soaps by the (contact seller for custom fabric choices etc)

        Not enough in your budget for flowers or centerpieces, try these moneysavers:

        We actually purchased the pdf design of table numbers and printed them ourselves. Saved us a lot of money, not necessarily time. If you can't be bothered with printing and cutting, you can get a custom one made for you from a multitude of vendors.

        Contact sellers for custom orders on all above: ; ; ;

        Personalize everything, even your drink stirrers

        Personalized cocktail stirrers from  

        Even little touches on the groom

        Other cool personalization options
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