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Friday, March 30

It's been a little over 8 years since I participated in BUNAC's work abroad for a year program. 
I worked in North London and it had to be one of the best experiences of my life.
Me and 6 housemates.

There's just some things you have to do when you're younger.
I could barely take one roommate these days, much less 6.
A house full of young and rowdy people. There were 2 London gals, 2 brazilian guys (they didn't last long and surprisingly were not as much fun as the rest of us had hoped, 1 Aussie and 1 Kiwi (NZ).

This is a really long way to get to my point, basically- I was checking the exchange rate and realized how little I could afford if I took my US dollars to the UK.
I almost wish I were doing my work year there now, 
cos then I would return to the US with the mighty POUND.

And making me even more pissed is that with finally affordable international shipping, there's so much you can get from UK shops, too bad the exchange rate is killer.

Case in point:  
Fashion Conscience which carries cool brand Fair & True and their African inspired collection.

Priced from $63 (USD) and up. 
Not bad, but ummm yeah. 
Anyone spare a quid?

Simple everyday pretty

Tuesday, March 27

See more at her


Monday, March 26

Thanks to all for READING and FOLLOWING.

Bad blogger- didn't include any deets
Dress- H&M $20 (sale)
Trench - Zara $59 (sale)
Purse- ASOS $19 (sale)
Booties- Steve madden

Friday, March 23

In the past year, a lot of my fave Etsy sellers have moved to BigCartel and seem to be flourishing there.
I think its always good to have options and if that's working better for them, 
then thats where they should be. 

There's a pretty big debate going on about which one is better and with the rise of other competitors such as Cargoh, Storeenvy, Artfire, it's not going away any time soon.  Just cos I'm addicted to Etsy, doesn't mean you won't find me on all these other amazing marketplaces... and I'll be sharing any cool finds as always.

CARGOH Screen Cap:

STOREENVY Screen Cap: 

Spring Blazers

Thursday, March 22

As seen on Facehunter

As seen on Etsy: brightly colored, lightweight print blazers.


And Last but not least 
I've been feeling really blessed lately with all the LOVE.
a Massive ShoutOut to Godsfavoriteshoes
She did such a fun and amazing profile of me on her blog.
You need to check her out.
She's fun, cool, a total sweetheart and worth knowing.

Peek into my space

Wednesday, March 21

Sometimes because you live in a rental, you decide not to invest too much time or money into a space that really isn't yours.  Since for the most part I'm a homebody, I had to find little tricks to make the most of my NYC cube rental without shelling beaucoup bucks. After-all, this is temporary.

First and most useful resource- Craigslist
70% of our apartment was furnished with used furniture from Craigslist and we saved so much.
West elm Moroccan side stools, got the pair for $50 and they were still in their boxes, owner was in hurry to move.

West elm dining table with T chairs- Got the table and 3 dining chairs for $125, savings $375
West elm parsons desk normally $349, paid $120
CB2 acrylic coffee table: paid $100, normally $279.

I could go on and on.
I only purchase used items that can be wiped down clean. 
So tables, chairs, desks, frames etc, never pillows, couches or anything with fabric. 
I get pillowcases from Etsy of course and switch them out quite often when in the mood for a change.

I do also visit the clearance or As is section of Ikea, West elm etc, 
so I got over 50% off the armchair you see there, by grabbing it from the As Is section.
And at West Elm, I got the cada table lamp 40% off by purchasing floor model.

If you notice blue tape on the legs of the gold chairs, it's because they were originally blue and I spray painted them gold. I didn't take tape off yet, because I want to add a layer of sealant. 
Who knows when that will happen.

Really liked the way the stencil job came out. Might switch up the colors and design as its not an especially difficult project and really adds a lot of POW.
There's still so much I don't like and want to change.  
I'll update you guys if I make those changes- hopefully by Summertime.

Anyhoo- more of a peek below.

Pretty little things

From Anne in Australia who loves to make things.
How cute are these little clutches- just the right size to fit in all your necessities.

She even makes custom orders.
Purses and clutches from $45
Only at Anne's Shop

For all your studded needs

Tuesday, March 20

Check out Juliana Santos from NY, NY and all her studded Glory.

Studding from $15 and up.

Flats kinda girl

Ann Taylor  $158  $119

I'm a flats girl
Don't let my pics fool you. 
Running up and down this city is no joke and for the women who do it flawlessly in 6 inch heels
Bless their hearts.

I'm not going to be doing that.  
Not now, not ever. 
I'm only in platforms/wedges on weekends, when I know I can take my time.
And I stuff my work heels in my bag, or better yet keep them in that office drawer.

So Mon- Friday, I'm rocking flats
  mostly I'm in a pair of converse. 
When I want to class it up a bit, I throw on the uber comfy, always stylish ballet flats.

And for now, I'm eye-ing these, including the aforementioned above.

  1. Aldo    $70
  2. Modcloth  $60
  3. Zara   $50
  4. Aldo   $40
  5. DSW    $225  $99
  6. Rebecca Minkoff at Piperlime  $165
  7. River Island   $40
  8. River Island   $44
H&M, F21 and the Gap are also great for cheapie flats.


Monday, March 19

Took an impromptu blog hiatus last week, but I'm back. Sorry about that.
This was a pretty relaxed weekend, especially as we had the best weather.
Shoulda  rocked a lil green for St. Patty's
but lets just say we count the $10 in my back pocket as my bit of green.

Zara shirt  $15 (on sale)
relaxed fit Joe's Jeans  $49 (sale)
Zara bag  $39 (sale)
totally worn down H&M flats  $14.99
sunglasses: Tripleoptic Amazon  $9.99
Earrings  F21  

Young lady on the train...

Friday, March 16

Just in case you're reading
Thanks for making my week.

burlap thank you banner by

At home with Rachel

Friday, March 9

I need more pics of Rachel Roy's home.
Very much my kinda pad.

As seen in March 2012 Issue of InStyle mag.

Did you...

make it to Marni at H&M?
Did you stand on line?
Pray tell.

I'm on my annual spending freeze and not allowed anywhere near H&M or any establishment like it.

what did you get?

Making a Difference


from on .

Spring 2012 Fleabags

Tuesday, March 6

Well, I guess you guys know how my weekend went.
For the record, this week has been quite good and we're supposed to get beautiful weather tomorrow. 

Anyways, moving on... 
my new but not really new Obsession with fleabags.

 Now I really wished I did.  but these are so much nicer anyways.


and a great massive Shout-Out and Thank you to MuseOrigins 

for doing super cool and flattering profile of me on her blog.
So very nice of her.

A very different kind of beat

Saturday, March 3

This is definitely unlike any post I have ever written on here or ever intended to write.

However, something happened last night that has me surprisingly so worked up and doesn't sit right with me and I felt compelled to share.

To many it might seem small, silly even- my sister even found it slightly humourous. I know there are so much worse things that happen, but that doesn't make the smaller things any less important. So here goes:

Last night, my husband and I for a change went to bed quite early. Very long week and all.  I wasn't completely asleep just drifting into sleep, when I heard a massive bang on our apartment door (close to 11pm at this point), and someone yelling "OPEN THE DOOR". Completely frightened and startled, I jumped out of bed and tried to get my husband to wake up as well. He was in such a deep sleep, it took him a moment to figure out what was going on. I  ran to door to see who it was and could barely make it out through my almost useless peephole. I recognized a male person in what appeared to be a uniform. My husband from the bedroom yelled that I not open the door- he of course wanted to be the one to do so and to make sure I was safe.

At this point, I realized that there were 2 people banging and they now identify themselves as the Police and yell that we open the door. One of them yells out- "YEAH YEAH, GO AHEAD HIDE ALL THE STUFF".

My husband at this point has made it to the door and he's looking for his phone- he says we'll open the door, but asked to see their badges and he wanted to call to confirm that they were indeed who they said they were. I'm sorry but too many unfortunate incidents have happened and too many stories of people dressing in uniform who aren't, so we told the cops at the door to give us a minute, we were ringing 911 to confirm that they were who they said they were. 

Of course, they are still yelling and banging- even saying that they would get someone to break door down. I'm now concerned and want to open the door, but my husband says NO, not until confirmed.

It may seem like we had stalled too much but all this couldn't have taken more than 2 minutes. I called 911, confirmed that they had sent cops to my apartment and then we opened the door.

The first thing one of them says to me:"ARE YOU GUYS HIGH ON LSD OR CRACK?"
I responded that I didn't appreciate the comment.

His response was that we were acting paranoid and it could have been handled in 2 seconds. I told him I prefer to be cautious. And then he starts asking me WHERE AM I FROM? where am I from??? I guess REAL NY-ers are never cautious. I don't even know what that question meant.

Ultimately, they had just come to find out if we had any problems with our neighbors as they had received a call. Yeah, kind of silly right?

Let me rewind for a second. I live in a pre-War building with surprisingly horrendous thin walls. I clearly hear every conversation that takes place in the lobby and even some that takes place in peoples apartment. I know that in light of all the noise, banging, yelling and ruckus that just went down, everyone has very well heard everything that had happened and everything that was being said in the hallway.

I am not trying to brag about my PRUDENESS, or claim to be the biggest SAINT on earth but when I tell you I have never done anything criminal, just not in my nature- never touched a drug, don't even drink alcohol- (never have and don't care), never got a ticket, never anything (unless you want to count my CANAL street knockoff sunglasses :-) - it's not to win some Holier than thou Award, it's the plain boring truth. It's not even to say that I deserve special treatment for that, but it is the way I have chosen to live my life and for anyone to come in and unnecessarily stereotype me in my home, basically slander me, talk to me as if I were some sort of criminal. To embarrass me where I live, to imply that I had to hide the stuff away, to ask if we were high on crack- was unnecessary and uncalled for.

I have worked really hard to always treat people how I want to be treated and I was polite, explained why we delayed opening the door, in fact I called 911 on speaker while standing by door so they could hear what I was doing. They unfortunately couldn't extend me a similar courtesy.

Don't get me wrong, I still think the highest of Police officers inspite of the bad stories you hear eveyrday about them, because I believe for the most part, they work hard, they do an INCREDIBLY tough job, they put their lives in danger and I know whenever there's a problem or fear of danger- I'll be calling them.

But I also think its unfortunate that because in their line of work they come across a lot of not very nice people, they sometimes end up treating everyone poorly.

I've been called Overly Sensitive many times, but I do wear my heart on my sleeve. I look for the best in people, I treat people the best I can and I expect the same in return. Me and my overly simplistic world view of be nice at all times and why can't we all just get along. I don't care if people think it childish- I'll be Kumbaya-ing all day long.

It's a little embarrassing that I care what people think, that I care that the Police officers didnt give us credit for being good people, but assumed and felt the need to Imply otherwise, I feel embarrassed that I want to go tell my neighbors that ... I'm an upstanding person, don't think less of me because you may now think that we are small time drug pushers."

Mostly, I think a little part of the STING  has to do with the fact that there's probably less than 4 black people in my building and I just don't want to be the black people who had cops come over yelling, banging talking about drugs when we haven't done anything to earn such a reputation. I realize how much I value my reputation and how important Character is to me. I know it shouldn't, but its funny how quickly someone can make you feel so little.

ALL in all, I'm learning lessons and growing. I know I have lived in many ways a sheltered life. I am not and I repeat NOT in any way calling this the BIGGEST DEAL EVER, I don't feel ABUSED, or VICTIMIZED or anything.

I'm just saying Tiny, small or Big--- WRONG is WRONG.
And it sucks.

UPDATE: All your comments have made me feel so much better and validated how I felt.  All's well on my end- they are now out of my mind, don't want them raining on my parade. I will however keep you guys updated as to any final decisions I make on how to proceed. But for now, I'm good, blessed and grateful for you guys.

note: forgive the typos, but I just typed and don't really care if this post is typo-ridden. I'll probably take this down soon anyways. 

Statement necklaces

Friday, March 2

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