Spring Thrifting Haul

Between the wedding and house, there hasn’t been much time for thrifting, which makes me sad.  I remedied that today because I had to run an errand on the other side of town, and I hit every thrift store on the way back.  I’m so happy I did.

Isaac Mizrahi brown heels for $8

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Plaid shirt in gray and green for $4

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Gray and purple pattern tunic shirt, $4

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A fun, really bright Merona top for $2

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Perhaps my favorite, a novelty cat inspired Gap button down for $4

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The happiest finds were pants!  I have trouble finding pants that are long enough.  I seem to be just a little too tall for most regular cuts.  One of the Goodwills had an insane amount of tall pants in my size.  It was like Christmas!  All of the brands were good quality, too, which added an extra happy to my finds.  I bought two khakis for $6, one pair of white pants for $4, and one pair of gray pants for $4.  I’m all stocked up on work pants for a while!

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I also found a pair of Rock & Republic jeans for $8, and a pair of long shorts for $4.

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Six pairs of bottoms is pretty much unprecedented in my thrift finds, so I’m really happy I went today.

The one downside was finding a pair of dark brown riding boots that looked great.  Except when they wouldn’t zip up around my calf.  Boo.  Oh well, can’t win them all.

All told, about $50 spent and now I have a big pile of laundry to do before I can show off my finds.  Happy thrifting out there!

Little Free Library

When we lived in our old apartment on the east side, there was a cute little park and someone had put up a Little Free Library.  I think these are just about the coolest things ever!  There are quite a few in Madison and I always take a moment to look and see what’s inside.  I’ve put a few books in there, too.  It ties community, literacy and fun together in a nice package.  There is an especially cute one on Lakeland Avenue that I’ve always admired whenever I’ve run by it.

Here’s one a snapped a photo of the other day when I was taking a walk on my lunch hour at work:

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The kits and more information can be found at the Little Free Library website.  They start at around $175.  I love that you register your library and give some background.  Maybe I can talk my librarian into starting one…



We have been slavishly working on our new house for the past week.  We cleaned.  We scrubbed.  We removed wall paper border (in.every.goddamn.room.).  We packed.  We unpacked.  We powerwashed.  We tricked our parents into coming to see the house this weekend and put them to work, too.  We swore a lot.  We went to Menards.  We went to Home Depot.  We entered the realm of home ownership and are winding down the weekend very happy with our progress and very thankful that our parents are so generous and willing to help us out.

A quick before and after of part of the living room.  Keep in mind a 78 year-old with an angel collection and hoarder tendencies lived here before us:


Like the chain hanging down from the fan that you can pull from sitting on the couch?  Yeah….



A little less wall paper border in our ‘after’.  

Anyway, more to come!  


Turning the Ugly into a Pretty

Here is the ugly, a $4 thrift store necklace:




Here are the secret weapons:



Here are the transformations:









Easy peasy.  

Around the World

A while back, when Kris and I were in Seattle, we stopped at an awesome map store called Meekster’s.  We wanted to buy everything.


I’ve always played around with home decor “themes”, but not always for the better (my black cat phase, for example).  So, when we were in the map store, I had an ah-ha moment and we became instant globe and map collectors.

I didn’t want to invest a ton of money into our collection because we have bigger things to buy (like a house and a wedding where we can serve something to eat other than popcorn and water) but we still wanted interesting maps and globes and wanted a variety of fun items.  I turned to my trusty friend:  Goodwill.  Goodwill has an online auction website that occasionally has some globes and maps.  We were off!


The kitschy license plate map.  I got this for $12 on the auction site, which was kind of a score.  I saw the same thing at a thrift store on the west side of Madison for $20 about three months before I bought this one.


This map of North America looked way better in person than on the auction site.  I initially wasn’t that excited about it, but when I got my mitts on it, I was a happy camper.


This map is my current favorite.  Kris bought this one online.  So fun.


Moving on to the globes…we stole one of these from Kris’ childhood bedroom, and bought the other two (including Kris’ globe’s twin) on the Goodwill auction.


The small blue one was my dad’s globe when he was growing up.  I like the color variety here.

I also “made” some maps by cutting up an old atlas and gluing the pages on to small canvases.  Right now, they’re above our couch.


These are random places.  I took pages that I thought would look cool.  Everyone always asks us if those are places we’ve been.  Should’ve planned that better!

I also made a keepsake of our first apartment and glued the key to an old map.  I painted the key with matching nail polish because I’m fancy like that.  Sorry, kinda blurry.


Last weekend, we received these globe bookends from my aunt.  It’s pretty funny because I’m 99% sure that last fall we placed a bid on the auction site for the same thing and we lost!  What goes around comes around, at least in the thrifting world.


Last, but not least, we “borrowed” this book from Kris’ parents.


It’s from 1935, and very politically uncorrect and a little horrifying.  Right now, there’s a copy of it for sale on Etsy for $450!  We like to call this book our retirement fund.



I’ve never been, but I’m not sure what’s going on in Manua.




Anyway, that’s some of our collection!  I’m really excited about what we’ve found in less than a year alone and I can’t wait to keep finding new things.  It’s fun to see how much has changed on maps.  And is still changing.  Crimea, for example.

Calm Before the Storm

Kris and I keep remarking how calm things seem right now.  We’re 2.5 months from the wedding and about 3 weeks from closing on the house.  We’re busy but we’re really just doing all the prep work to make things go as smoothly as possible.  Boring things, like getting movers and figuring out the internet at the new place and finding subletters for our apartment.

So what else have we been up to?

Kris went to his bachelor party in Chicago last weekend and I went to Wausau with my college friends where we had my bridal shower and later a surprise party.  Yes, that’s a book page banner above us that my friend Nicole made. So cool.  I think I might try my hand at crafting something like that for the wedding.  My good friend, Stef, is getting married in September (her wedding is music themed), so double the fun!


Tuesday I saw The Naked and Famous in concert at The Majestic. The show sold out so the crowd was a little annoying, but they were great live.  I couldn’t believe how good the lead singer sounded.  She was so cute and tiny but has this clear, strong voice.  Loved it!  Here’s some of their videos:

Young Blood

Girls Like You

The Sun  (my favorite song…careful, I think there’s a naked lady in the video)

This past Friday, we officially decided the buffet food that we’ll be serving at the wedding.  I will take a moment to say that it’s complete bullshit that we were charged $50 by our venue to sample (sample, not even get two plates) the food that, oh, you know, we’ll be spending thousands to serve, but I guess that’s part of the racket that is the wedding industry.  Anyway.  We’ll be serving chicken and beef and we both thought it was tasty.  We also got the cake (marble, chocolate, and yellow) ordered.  The cake place we’re using has an interesting reputation and the baker is known as the “Cake Nazi” of Pewaukee.  I will say they haven’t been very nice to us but their cake is very good.  They did perk up a little bit when we paid in full.

Saturday we went to an interior painting and drywall repair class at Home Depot.  It was free, so we thought why not?  Unfortunately, it was railroaded by one woman who insisted on asking a million questions about painting her bathroom that had a strange stain on the ceiling.  Ugh.  Reminds me why I’m glad I’m not still in school.  There’s always one person, right?  Someone else brought their 10 year-old son who was bored to death.  I actually think dragging a kid to a class like that would be a good punishment.

Today, I drove back to Brookfield (starting to feel lately that I live in the Milwaukee area) and we tried on some bridesmaid dresses for Stef’s wedding.  Just for kicks, we tried on some prom dresses.


Is it just me or are today’s prom dresses a little…brightly colored?  Sparkly?

And now…I’m gearing up for a busy work week and hopefully we’ll hear some good news this week and our apartment will be sublet.  Fingers crossed!

Happy Sunday!


MØ is dropping her debut album next week and I made sure to pre-order it on iTunes.  She’s been a random obsession of mine since last fall.  She was listed as the opening act for the MSMR concert that I went to, but they replaced her with a different opening act, so I never saw her.  Some people say she sounds like Lana del Ray, but I think she sounds more like a Lorde for grown-ups.  She’s got an interesting look and style and I really, REALLY hope she tours in the U.S. soon, although it looks like she’s booked through fall 2014 with no plans to swing by Wisconsin.  Imagine that!  

Anyway, this is my bet on the NEXT BIG THING.  



Waste of Time

MSMR is pretty great, too, if you like melancholy pop.  They were really cute together and great live.