If you know me you know that I love Etsy. It is my go-to place when I am looking for fun, quirky, interesting, and one of a kind gifts for any holiday. I mentioned that for Tom’s birthday I bought him a Kiss t-shirt from there of a print that Gene Simmons used to wear during Tom’s favourite Kiss era. He loved it.
I went on this past weekend and pursued the gifts and pulled a few that I thought were notable and original. The thing with Etsy though is you have to pay attention to shipping times because many items are handmade and not already in stock, so if you need it for a certain date you have to make sure to order on time. I was worried that Tom’s shirt wasn’t going to show up because it had a 2-3 week time frame for which they would make the shirt before shipping , but thankfully it arrived on Thursday so just in time.
As for the pieces above, they are all awesome and many of them come with different options so make sure that you check out the sellers store in case you like a different print and/or colour.
Mr. Tea Teapot via Lennymud – I always include products by Lennymud because she is fabulous. I love her quirky sense of humour that she incorporates in to her pieces. I have the Mr. Tea mug, as well as the Lionel Hello is it Tea you are Looking for (which is my favourite ever). They have so many pieces to choose from that you can easily find the perfect design for anyone on your list like the vintage monsters or Tardis Teapot.
Golden Girls wine glasses via LoveGoodThings – Do you love The Golden girls as much as I do? I want this set to have at home and would alternate between each glass each time I drank. Today I feel like a Dorothy.
Hobbit Purse via KrukruStudioBooks – These purses are fantastic. I honestly don’t even know which one I would choose (I really like the cover they chose for Watership Down though). They are made from leather and look just like you are carrying a book on a strap. The green of the Hobbit is one of my favourite colours and since I am currently reading it to Merle it was my pick.
Vintage movie Plaque via Woodprintz – I have a thing for vintage movie posters, especially the “horror” ones like this. If we had more wall space I would have more because they work with our vibe. This posters are printed on a wooden plaque taking away the need to frame them. Ready to hang and beautiful wall pieces. The Great Gatsby is a beautiful one too.
The Zoologist Perfumes made it in to my list as well but their store is currently closed until December 1st, so I could not include them outright. These are supposed to be very earthy scents and I am so intrigued to see what the different animals smell like. I think I would order the sample kit to check them all out.
I usually call autumn, fall but autumn sounds so much nicer. Is fall North American? I rarely hear autumn in real life, but I think I remember it more from when I was younger. But whatever you call it, it arrived in the northern hemisphere on Friday. And while I don’t usually post on weekends I thought it would be a good idea to get out some fall jacket round-ups even though the weather here is more like summer. So much so that we have hibernated and are keeping the curtains drawn trying to cut down on the heat in here.
I have a thing for faux fur. I always have, so I was super excited to see it in trend this year…or maybe not since now everyone and their dog is going wearing it, and what goes on trend must come off trend. I just want to wear fur without worrying about being off trend or on. I am obviously over thinking this. Nevertheless it is nice to see so many faux fur options this year. I have eyeballed so many jackets that I can’t figure out which one I actually want. The leopard one from last week? A muppet one? Masculine style? Military is always a good choice. A Biker Jacket with fur collar (totally my style)? Or do I want to look like Fozzy Bear? Maybe.
I went through and pulled some of my favourites that I have seen in my favourite places to shop. The prices vary, but none should truly break the bank….or maybe they will because my bank is feeling awfully broke at the moment :( I’m just thankful that both girls will fit into their jackets I bought them last year. Boots maybe another story. I may give Roo my Sorels that I found at Value Village (because they are a smidge tight. Completely wearable but they will fit her better and she kept stealing them from me). Then possibly find myself another pair because as weather forecasts go they are warning us that this is going to be a cold and extremely snowy winter unlike last year’s warmer than usual and dry. So a winter boot round-up may be around the corner.
It’s the long weekend In the U.S. (last weekend here in Canada) which has always been the “official” start of summer and my inbox has been bombarded with notifications of upcoming sales. As weird as it is because it isn’t technically summer yet stores across the country are having their sales to clear out merchandise to make room for the incoming “back to school” (my favourite shopping time) and autumn/winter stuff. What does this mean? It means that you can find your summer wardrobe pieces you have had your eye on for a significant price cut.
Nordstrom is having its Half Yearly Sale which means that you will find deals up to 40% off across all departments. We only have one Nordstrom in Toronto but it’s in the Eaton’s Centre and that mall scares me a little ;) so I have never been to the Nordstrom. They are also building one in Yorkdale which is much more accessible to me.
I love department stores and the mall near me has The Bay, Simons, and Holt Renfrew. Holt Renfrew is a luxury department store and the one and only time I went through it to check it out I was with Merle. At this point I didn’t realize is was super expensive so when I saw a Cardigan that caught my eye I checked the price and had to struggle really hard to maintain a calm look because it was almost $2000. I turned to Merle and hissed through my teeth to not touch anything and please stop Moonwalking through the Prada. Then I grabbed her hand and we slowly walked through the store while trying to keep the “I can afford to shop here” façade and trying to avoid having a Pretty Woman moment. Now when I walk by and see people coming out with bags of stuff I always wonder how wealthy you have to be to spend that much money and still be smiling and laughing when you leave because I sure as hell would be crying.
So while I love department stores, I only shop in 2/3 that are near mean (I mean can you blame me, I’m scared to breathe on anything) but I can’t wait to visit Yorkdale when the store is open. As for the sale, since most of my readers are U.S. based I thought I would pick some pieces that I like from the sale for me, my kids, my home and post them below.
Have a great weekend everybody, whether is it a long one or regular!
Check out some other notable sales that are going on this weekend too.
Ann Taylor 40% off Full-price styles + Extra 50% off Sale Styles Code: SUMMER
I have mentioned many times that the four of us live in a 650 Square foot condo. This means they we are all constantly in each other’s business. If you are watching Youtube videos on Minecraft tips, I feel like I am watching Youtube videos on Minecraft tips. For this very reason we have all started wearing headphones when we are watching something that others don’t want to. Since we do not have cable our tv viewing is through Netflix, Youtube, and online. The girls each got a set of headphones for Christmas to use with their iPads last year, Tom has a set that he uses from his music, and I had none. Any that I did have, someone took because they couldn’t find theirs. I don’t even have the ear buds that came with my iPhone anymore.
This is where Sudio Sweden comes in. They offered to send me a pair of their Sudio Vasa Blå wireless earphones to try out in one of their four colours: White and Rose Gold, Black and Rose Gold, Pink and Gold, or Blue and Gold. This was perfect because my desktop (which is my main computer) has a broken headphone jack (I think a kid poked something in it that they shouldn’t have), which makes both my blogging, and French lessons hard to do with all the noise disruptions that surround me. They allow me to be able to put my iPhone off to the side while working out at home so I no longer have to keep it on my body, (which is something that struggle with for some reason). I have also been carrying them in my purse when we leave the house because you never know when you are going to need headphones, and their lightness and carrying case makes sliding them in to any purse a simple task.
These headphones offer:
Up to 8 hours of continuous playtime
Compatible with all bluetooth devices
Built-in microphone & 3-button remote
Exclusive leather carrying case
Sudio Sweden always offers tax-free purchases and fast and free worldwide delivery.
The model shown above is the Vasa Blå, black and rose gold. They come with 4 pairs of extra sleeves, owner’s manual + Quality Assurance Card, leather carrying case, a metal clip, and a charging cable. The earphones easily fit into the carrying case which is small enough to slide into any regular bag or travel bag that you might have.
For someone who usually uses inexpensive dollar store earbuds, these opened my eyes to the huge difference in quality. I am so pleased by these earphones that I am looking at getting their Regent over the ear model next for a variety.
You can use the code livelovesara to get 15% off earphones from Sudio Sweden.
Light Up Marquee Letter – VintageMarqueeLights – I have wanted this and have wanted one for a long time. I also want the large arrow one. I would love to get an initial for every person in the house but let’s be realistic. A 650 sq ft apartment doesn’t really have room for that many so I would settle for one.
Extra Long Yoga Leggings – AlinamalinaShop – I have wanted these yoga leggings for a while. I like how they cover your foot with a heel cut out. seeing all my yoga pants have holes, it may be time for some new ones.
Childs Luxe Lion Coat b- littlegoodall – Merle has this coat. We bought it for her 3 years ago and it is the most awesome thing she has ever got. I am sad because it has just reached almost too small point but I really want to buy her another one. I swear this coat was made for her. It is one of the heirloom items that I plan on keeping forever.
Etsy is to me today what Ebay was to me a million years ago before it got flooded with cheap knock offs and mass produced items. It was a place were I could find those one of a kind pieces that I had been searching for and stay up in until all hours trying to bid on it. It was exciting. Now that those treasures on Ebay are few and far between I turn to Etsy when I am looking for something unique and special. I am constantly searching on there and adding things to my favourites list, so I thought I would go through it and pick out some of my favourite items that have been on my want list for a while now.