What I Hunt For At Goodwill + Haul♥

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Happy Almost New Year!

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I trust Everyone had a joyous holiday full of sugar family and cocktails friends!

Even though Christmas just ended literally minuets ago, I decided I needed to hunt for more junk, (hello American consumerism!)

All joking aside, I really had not gone thrifting in a while, (a month is a while). I had a few DIY’s mulling around in my head, and I was getting the itch to act on my impulses!

I sometimes get asked by my friends who are not of the hoarding thrifting breed:

“What do you look for? How do you find cool stuff?”

It does take a a little skill and loads of patience to find things while thrifting. You must bring your creative A game and see potential in ugly things that may need some love. However, you must also be able to distinguish what is not for you and what you must stash in your cart immediately. I say go in with an open mind, creativity, and a lot of hand sanitizer, (yeah, things can get messy/dusty).

The top 3 things I personally hunt for when I thrift are:

1.Old Books 

I have a serious love for old, worn books. I use them in my home to add depth and character to spaces.  The pictures above are from my home decor. I collected all of these books from thrifting and various garage sales. I have a lot of weathered books, but the massive, Leonardo Davinci one is my favorite!

2.Milk Glass (Hobnail) 

These pictures were taken from inside my butter yellow kitchen. I have collected all this milk glass from Goodwill and garage sales! I think my most expensive piece was $5.

I am  partial to the hobnail design, but there are a lot of beautiful, milky stemware and vases to be explored at the local Goodwill. Look at these!

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3.Antique or Weathered Frames

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I just HAD to have this one! Isn’t it beautiful!? Most of the frames inside my home are thrifted, they are mostly weathered wood or faux- antique like this one, it fits perfectly!

Awesome Stuff!

I thought those pink and white floral teacups were just darling, but they were on the “pricey” side at 3.99 each, so I let them go. I was trying to stick to a $25 budget today.

I was dying over that vintage cookbook, look at that detail! I will never find that again, I needed it. For $1.99, it was a huge score!

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Dahlia’s eyes plead,”Mom, can we go now?”

Getting home with all my treasures is so fun, I love un-bagging them and rediscovering my treasures all over again!

I think my favorite find was this vintage inspired, botanical stationary set. It is in pristine condition and so, so pretty!

For $3.99, I would have fought someone for it!

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I’m a sucker for a pretty .99 scarf!

“Quick, Dahlia! Blink twice if mommy needs this scarf!”

We needed it. No arguments.

I would have taken a better photo of the cream, woven throw rug, but it is not very photogenic and looks pretty “blah” on camera. However, it has a nice home in my laundry room now and for $2.99 I was not about to pass it up! It was in great condition except for a small brown patch which I spot treated and now it’s good as new!

Get ready to see a fun, spring, DIY project I am doing with my Sunflower Basket Tin! I am working on it, and will post the project soon!

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Are you inspired to hit up your local thrift store now?

Happy Treasure Hunting!

♥Shelby

Fabulous 5 Under $5♥

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Are you ready for spring?!

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It is my absolute favorite season. Around this time of year I get an itch to try bunch of new things and reinvent myself. Maybe it’s because I can feel the renewing of the earth, a bunch of flowers blooming, blades of green grass peeking through sheets of ice and dew, and every creature slowly coming out of their cozy homes to say hello once more.

I also get the urge to shop.

…and I mean shop.

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Alas, I do not have Blair Waldorf cash disposable income, so a few cheap thrills are perfect for me!

1.Wet and Wild Blush in Pearlescent Pink $2.99

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Love, Love, Love this color!

I was able to swipe the very last one at my local drug store! Score!

This blush is very similar to NARS “Orgasm” but for 90% less.

It is very nicely milled, very smooth application, very bendable, highly pigmented, and I have had no issues with it fading or patching throughout day. It is a pinky-coral with subtle shimmer, and it gives a very nice glow to the cheeks.

Here is a swatch:

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This was just a quick swipe with my finger over the blush, and as you can see, the color is very pigmented!

For only $2.99?! It’s a keeper!

2.e.l.f Zit Zapper $2.00

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This product is the definition of “bang for your buck,” (two bucks to be exact!)

I think this may actually be one of my best holy grail products of all time.

I have used it without fail when one of those evil “time of the month” flair up’s erupt onto my face. The blend of  salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and witch hazel kicks out the unwanted blemishes overnight. The roller ball gives super easy, no fuss application and is perfect for travel.

A total steal for only $2!

3.NYX Lip Pencil in Rose $3.49

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This was a recent purchase for me while I was on the market for a fun, springy, pink lip pencil.

It is a really complimentary shade for me, and I can definitely see this shade working for an array of skin colors, (which may make for a great universal gift option!)

I am quite fair skinned, and this is how I have been rocking this color recently:

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Loving it!

This NYX pencil has given me no trouble so far. I sipped coffee while wearing it and didn’t see much transfer onto the cup. I do think this pencil formula is a smidge on the dry side (This pencil favors a matte finish), without a little chapstick underneath, so a swipe or two of some hydrating lip product will probably keep your lips less pruney more comfortable. I also like a little bit of pale pink gloss over this color for some shine. Super pretty!

4.Wet&Wild Setting Spray $4.99

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It holds up your makeup even in the rain, steam, sweat, inevitable meltdowns, zombie apocalypse , and other makeup hazard zones.

I have been wanting to try this since it came out onto the market, and it did not disappoint!

I knew it was going to be good because I drove to two drug stores and both were sold out!

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I really enjoyed using this setting spray on one of my most recent cleaning days when I was coming in and out of the rain, accidentally splashing myself with water, was working around steam, and was working up a sweat!  I did have a little dewiness in my T-zone, but other than that, I would say this setting spray works better than almost any high-end type I have ever used. For less than half the price of a department store brand, I would choose this every time. I have heard a couple complaints about some people saying this gave them a few zit flair up’s, but I have not had that experience. If you use it, one good spray on the face in a “Z” formation is all you need. I went a little crazy the first day and spritzed four times before coming to the realization that one spray was plenty.

5.St. Ives Body Wash Oatmeal and Shea Butter $3.97

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I have always really enjoyed St. Ives body wash. In fact, I have reviewed their body wash in the past. Here is another review of their Tripple Butters Creamy Coconut formula here if you are interested.  I just have not found very many other body washes that leave me feeling as moisturized as these St. Ives formulas. I LOVE to use this oat and shea scent in the bathtub, It creates pretty good bubbles as It should since I pour half the bottle into the tub and feels wonderfully silky! I also love how it is hypoallergenic, sodium lauryl sulfate-free, and has no parabens. I have been using this since November and am on my third bottle of this particular scent. I had the option to pick up one of the others scents, but I keep being drawn to this scent and formula. Hey, if it works, it works!

So there you have it! A list of 5 truly great beauty products all under $5!

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Until we meet again, stay your beautiful self!

♥ Shelby

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Fabulous & Budget Friendly Home Decor Stores♥

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This is an exciting day!

I just found out that H&M has an AMAZING collection of home decor goods for close to nothing! Why have I not known about this!?
I was so excited about this discovery, that I wanted to share with you some more awesome, inexpensive home decor stores that I frequent:
1. H&M
H&MLike I said, I just found out about their home decor products, but I am very excited about the products that I have seen so far!
I have about fifty ten items in my shopping bag already!  This hand towel is only $4.95! Some of the throw blankets get a little pricey at $79.95, but that was the only item I saw that was truly expensive. I was shopping for kitchen items and the most expensive item I saw in that category was $14.95, not too shabby! Check it out!

2.Ebay Stores Instyleestore & Litvogues
EBAYIf I don’t buy something at Goodwill, I buy it from Ebay. I am on ebay 24/7.
This Ebay store is called instyleestore and they have GORGEOUS linen and cotton blend pillow covers for under $10.00. Does this excite anyone else?!
I have bought one pillow cover from them. The store is in China, so I am still waiting for my package (two whole days), but I should be getting it any day! All the reviews are between four to five stars, so I have high expectations!  I will let you know how it all works out!

6/29/14*UPDATE* The pillows are gorgeous and GREAT quality. I will be buying more!
ebay2Litvogues is another overseas Ebay store that has great reviews and really pretty pillow covers!
I have not purchased from them yet, but my Ebay watch list is overflowing with their products. They have great reviews and a very reasonable shipping time estimate!

This pillow is $5.99 with FREE shipping!

3. Flea Market Chics
fleamarketchicsI live in Washington, so this may be an unfair advantage, but I know that this boutique sell items over the phone and through Paypal, so shop away!
This store carries a variety of vintage finds and handmade goods, (they sell handmade soap that is WONDERFUL)! Everything is priced to sell and the people who work there are incredibly nice! Win, Win!
I bought a beautiful, white, super old, large, shabby window for $20.00 from this store and it has been the star of my bedroom since! (I will take a photo of it when we move into the new house!)

4. World Market
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It is a dangerous, dangerous place. I love their sales, and if you become a World Market Explorer you get 20% off coupons all the time in your email!
My favorite items to buy are clocks and wall decor items. This “Gone to the Beach” sign is on sale for $9.74!

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♥Shelby

*All photos are from the designated websites I reviewed!*

Thrifty Spring Wreath DIY♥

IMAG1305-1Happy New Year!
I just got done taking down all my festive Christmas decor, which left me feeling a little woeful, since my 2013 holidays were all fabulous!
However, I do love bringing out all of my normal decor and setting it up in a fun, fresh way for the new year.
I am crazy about wreaths, and thought I would make a new spring wreath that would cheerfully greet the warming weather. My husband and I are trying very hard to save up for our first house quickly, so my penny pinching has recently put a bit of a damper on my Joann Fabrics shopping sprees  excursions.  It will all be worth it one day soon!  I am very excited to be a home owner!
Since every available dollar goes right into the savings account, I had to use my super thrifting skills to make this wreath for under $10.
…and I totally accomplished it!

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It was  a bumpy ride at first.
I went to Joanns to first buy the grapevine wreath for $3, but they were all out due to the holiday, (I think that was the reason, the lady who “helped” me didn’t seem to enjoy conversing with other people).
After that awkwardness I ventured down the street to Michael’s Crafts to see if they also had grapevine wreaths… and they were wiped out as well!

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In my frustration and momentary homicidal rage disappointment, I was about ready to give up and just call it quits on this daily project.
At that moment, I remembered that my favorite store was only mere blocks away! No, not you Victoria’s Secret, (not this time).
Goodwill!
What I really needed was the grapevine wreath. Even if the stuff on the existing wreath was ugly, I knew I could strip all the flowers off of it and replace them with silk flowers that I could buy somewhere else.
I found an 18″ wreath with a bunch of dusty old pansy’s on it for $3.99. Not bad. The wreath skeleton still looked perfect.
What was even more exciting, was that I found a bunch of silk flowers that looked recently donated that were in great shape! I found little spray roses, regular roses, peonies and great, big hydrangea! Most of the flowers were .99 or $1.99 for the pair. I decided to do an all pink wreath, since it is my favorite color, it’s fresh and it will work well with Valentines Day without being too in your face.
I was a little naughty and also bought a hobnail milk glass vase that I found tucked away in the home decor section. I couldn’t resist, I never find milk glass at Goodwill! My collection needed it! Once in a lifetime opportunity! Don’t tattle on me!
Once I was home, I went straight to work dusting off the wreath and stripping it of all the yucky pansies I didn’t like.

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Once I stripped them all off I started to add my new flowers to the mix in a random, yet neat fashion. I like my wreaths to look a little wild and unruly.
I talk about wreath making more in this tutorial here as well if you need a little more guidance.
I used hot glue to secure all my flowers and leaves into place. Make sure that the stems of the flowers are anchored well in the wreath.

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Once there is a plan of execution the process goes very fast, and before you know it, It’s finished!

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I hope you make a wreath for spring as well! The possibilities are endless, it is cost effective when you know where to look, and if you have a little patience!
Have fun with it and create something beautiful!
♥Shelby

DIY Autumn Wreath ♥

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Fall is just around the corner! As we wait impatiently for Starbucks to bring back the Pumpkin Spice Latte, we can create a beautiful autumn wreath for our front door! Or, if you’re apartments have rules like mine, the side of your door.
As usual, I went to Joanne Fabrics and raided their 50% off floral section! I bought white flowers (dahlias and ranunculus -like flowers), because I wanted my wreath to look creamy, dreamy and fresh! The browning green leaves gave the wreath a subtle seasonal, autumn look.
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I bought a grapevine wreath as well, these are normally pretty inexpensive ($4-$6 for 18″) so I try to stalk up on them when I can. They work for all seasons!
I started cutting the flowers off their stems, but leaving an inch or so of stem so I could insert them into the wreath and anchor the flower stem with hot glue. Start by placing the leaves around the wreath to get a sense of what you would like it to look like.  As soon as you have a plan of action, start gluing!
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Don’t mess with it too much and go with your gut! Wreaths are a process, so don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t look amazing right away. When it looks full and lush you will be happy with it!
When you’re all done, you can add a finishing touch like a beautiful ribbon or big burlap bow like I did.  In the beginning, I wanted to add a bird nest, but in the end I decided that it already looked finished and I liked the simplicity.  All I need now are albino pumpkins next to my welcome mat to make Autumn official!

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Are you excited for autumn leaves, crisp air and apple cider?! I know I am!
♥Shelby

Thrift Shop Wing-Back Chair Makeover!♥

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Anyone who knows me, well actually they don’t even have to know me, they just have to talk to me for about 20 seconds before they are aware of my uncontrollable obsession   deep love for thrift stores and antiques.

Since grammar school, my mother was dragging me to every Goodwill and Value Village in the city. Since I am lucky enough to live in Tacoma, Washington, there is a thrift shop about every block. So thanks to my mother, to this day I can’t pass up antique stores, or any store, that may have some hidden treasures among the junk. I get a rush and a fabulous feeling of pride when I find something that fits my personality at bottom dollar!  Today, I stumbled upon this chair that needed a good deal of TLC. As always, I looked past the coffee stains and other *ahem* questionable blemishes, all I saw was potential for this chair to be cleaned back into its former glory! I bought it for $10, even though the seller wanted $15, but after flashing him batting my eyelashes, and smiling real big,  he gave it to me for my asking price and even carried it to my car for me!

Here is the before photo:

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And here are only some the stains in question:

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Certainty, we can do much, much better!

So I started by gathering my supplies and going to town! First, I vacuumed it really well with the hose and the brush tool to get any dust/crumbs out. After that step, I poured rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and give it a good, damp spritz all over, try to concentrate on the stains and other “less than awesome” areas. Grab a dry sponge and soak it in the rubbing alcohol and then wring out. Start scrubbin! I had to use a butter knife and soak it in alcohol to get the yellow line of paint out. Be gentle though, especially if it is an antique. The butter knife was just abrasive enough to remove the paint but not damage the fabric.
Rubbing alcohol is a great way to clean microfiber, never use soap and water to clean it, it will destroy the fabric.  Microfiber is made with polyester and needs to be cleaned with a type of alcohol, you can even use vodka! Woohoo!
I didn’t want to keep the dark wood legs, they were a little beat up, and not in the gorgeous shabby chic way…

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I gave the legs two coats of the “Valspar Paint and Primer in One”, does the trick every time! I used a flat white, (try to control your excitement over the color choice).
I also bought new nail head trim since half of the original trim was missing as you can see in the first picture.  Removing the old nail heads was not as tedious as I had anticipated, (thank god). I used pliers and the kind of nail heads that they used were in strip form, so once one of the staples that held the strip came off they all followed. I chose a brassy, gold color. For 25 nail heads it only set me back $1.75. I bought 4 packages for this project.

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Start nailing those suckers in! I chose to do about an inch width between each nail. I used about 75 altogether. Sometimes the nail head part pops off if you hammer it in too hard and fast (that’s what she said),  so be careful not to be too aggressive.  No need to waste supplies!

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After:

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All clean, painted, and trimmed up! Former glory indeed!

♥Shelby

E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal Review♥

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A short and sweet E.L.F. review for today♥

Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal ($1) is wonderful for highlighting under the brow bone, the inner corners of your eyes, the cupids bow on your luscious lips, and of course, your cheek bones.  I bought this yesterday and really love it! I used it as a brow highlighter and eye shadow since I was into the dewy, natural look yesterday.  There is a fair amount of gleam and shimmer in this highlighter, so if you don’t like lots of shimmer, (and if that’s the case, you will hate my bog because i’m all about the glitter and shimmer!) this product isn’t for you. Just like the primer I reviewed a few days ago, this product only requires a tiny amount of product and it lasts all day. Since I work in a florist shop, I deal with the elements outside as well as air conditioning and floral freezers inside, and this product stayed dewy and glamorous all day! 

♥Shelby

 

E.L.F Mineral Infused Face Primer Review♥

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So sorry it has been  an eternity so long since I have had a new post! Did you miss me?! I have been very occupied with wonderful vacations and working at my brand new job!

However, I’m here with something new to share! *throws confetti* *dances*

ELF mineral primer

I have been using VS Airbrush FX Perfecting Primer (with SPF 20) for about a year or so and I love it! Its $18 at Victoria’s Secret and even though that is a very fair and reasonable price, this primer is only $6 and almost feels like the exact same thing! I am no stranger to the E.L.F products, they are a fantastic brand with quality products that anyone can afford even if you are a broke collage student  a homeless person on a shoe string budget! Most of their brushes are only $1 and most eye shadows will only set you back $3 or less. Great for when you want to try something new, but don’t want to sink $20 at Sephora when you don’t even know if you will like the outcome. So during one of my weekly trips to Target, I wandered into the alluring lair of the makeup isle (even though I only went there to pick up spaghetti sauce, I can’t resist)! I had been hearing about how amazing this primer was, and even though I was feeling just a little skeptical,(I mean $6? Really?) I decided I would give it a shot.  My hand to God, this stuff is better than most primers I have ever used, (Victoria’s Secret, calm down, I still love you). Seriously, all you need is a very, VERY tiny amount for complete coverage. It is a non-greasy, silky, gel-like consistency. I love how it makes my mineral foundation glide on with ease and it makes your makeup look fresh all day. I mean it when I say all day, not just until lunch, not just before cocktails, I mean 24 hours, all day. I have read some reviews saying that if you have skin that is more on the oily side, you may want to skip it. I personally have dry to normal skin, and have had zero problems. If I were you, I would try it anyway, everyone’s skin is complex and different and you never know until you try!  The only real con is that there is no SPF, so remember to wear some moisturizer with added sun protection under your makeup to protect your delicate skin! With that being said, run to Target, or click http://www.eyeslipsface.com/ and get yourself some of this stuff of legends magical primer!

Cheers!

♥Shelby