Shopping Addiction

Hi.

My name is Jenn, and I have an addiction to shopping.

A few times a year I have to admit this to myself, but in true addict fashion, there’s always an excuse. The current excuse? After Christmas sales! Stores are practically begging me to come in and shop and do I really want to deny them my services?

HEMNES Glass-door cabinet IKEA Solid wood has a natural feel.Hemnes Glass- door Cabinet, normally $249, now $169

I mean, Dean would definitely appreciate a new place for me to put my yarn for my Etsy shop, and this guy is on sale at Ikea. Can’t you just see beautiful skeins of yarn piled high behind the glass door?

 Thumbnail Image of Color Swatch 4393 Image of Swing Sweater

Loft Swing Sweater, originally $54.50, now $49.99 with an additional 60% off!

I just bought this sweater in navy and I love it. Like, LOVE. I can’t figure out if I would wear this color, and I’m having trouble finding it in person, but I’m so tempted to pull the trigger online.

 CASALEEYA Pour Over Coffee Kettle, normally $42.97, now $29.95

I’m not usually a big tea drinker, but as soon as the sun starts dipping at 4pm something inside me changes and I crave tea. When we lived in Florida it was always so warm that I never used my kettle so when we moved I decided to donate it, but now that I’m back in NY I’m feeling a little lost without it. I love a kettle with a fun design or color, so I actually almost bought this one before Christmas (because isn’t it so pretty!), but then I read that it’s not actually stainless steel throughout and started my search again. Enter the kettle above and I love that this one looks like a cute beehive for my stove! (plus the thermometer is clutch if I ever decide to upgrade my coffee pot to a chemex on my next shopping spree)

Belgian Flax Linen Duvet Cover + Shams – Platinum

Belgian Flax Linen Duvet, $169-204

So this isn’t exactly on sale.. but it is considered an “everyday value”? We need a new duvet desperately, I just need an excuse to spend a little more to upgrade to a cozy linen (my ultimate goal!).

Dotted Bullet Journal, normally $25, now $15.49

I’ve been on and off bullet journaling since 2014, but I’ve really gotten into it over the last few months. My old journal still has some room, but it’s a cheap book and the spine is breaking. A new year and a sale sounds like a good excuse for a new one, right?

That’s not so bad is it? Okay, it’s kind of bad… and that’s why I haven’t purchased anything yet. I bet a few nice comments about a product or two could change that, but no pressure.  Happy 2017!

Doing Good with Uncommon Goods

uncommon goods

I’m constantly on the hunt for fun and quirky little things for around the house. This is probably why my home is cluttered and I regularly spend too much money at Marshalls. But it’s just so easy to do! Every time  I stop in I find new kitchen gadgets, decor options, and fun gifts to hold onto for special occasions. So when I realized that Uncommongoods.com is basically a great company with strong do-good values that sells the kind of items I regularly buy, I knew my wallet stood no chance.

uncommon goods giraffe bud vases

Tom from Uncommon Goods sent over some details describing the organization as a “small company focusing on big ideas”. They are a sustainable, privately own business that focuses on helping and supporting people. In fact, the more I read about the company, the more impressed I am. Their mission empowers everyone they work with by promising fair wages (the lowest paid seasonal worker is making 50% more than minimum wage!) and reaching out to work with various artists and designers (50% of their goods are handmade!).

 

I just about fell over when I started searching through their products. I mean, who wouldn’t want to buy something for the men in their life from this list? And when my friend Amy’s birthday came up, I actually got us little giraffe bud vases I found here. Tom was also nice enough to send over a little bit of home for Dean and I through this PA shaped cheese plate, but I also love all of the personal art options I found on this gift page.

uncommon goods

After reading more about the company values, I reached back out to Tom to let him know about how strongly I also feel about doing good  and sustainability and he said that their CEO even rides his bike to work every day! This company truly strives to make the world a better place, and this is something I’m always excited to share. Now just try not to spend all of your money in one sitting.

 

PS- see that picture of Dean and I up on top of the bookcase? That frame is from this post from all the way back in 2012!

Building a Gift Closet

keep an eye out for good sales and keep extra gifts on hand for emergencies

Confession: I spend way too much money on gifts. Finding great gifts and making people feel good is one of my favorite things to do, but it’s just not always financially practical. So I started a gift closet! Okay, it’s not a full closet, but it is a space where I put all the cute stuff that I randomly find and buy when I’m  not supposed to be shopping for myself. It makes me feel better about my casual shopping habits and it’s made me a more productive human being– so it’s totally a win-win!

Basically when I’m rummaging through Marshalls/Homegoods/Target/Anywhere-I’m-Not-Supposed-To-Be, I use this as a great excuse to buy all of the cute things that I just can’t walk away from. I typically keep my purchases pretty general, but every so often I see things that I just have to buy for someone specific.  Sometimes you just need to give a little gift, you know? Bewteen holidays, birthdays, dinner parties, new homes, engagements, and “miss you’s” a good gift never goes to waste. Dean thinks it’s silly, but he never complains when we get invited somewhere and I have a gift ready in under 2 seconds.

Since I feel like I’m always looking for ideas like this, maybe  you are too. Here are a few of my favorite little gifts to have on hand:

  • Stationary
  • Frames
  • Tea Towels
  • Cards
  • Jewelry
  • Soaps/Lotions
  • Books
  • Candles
  • Ring Holders/Jewelry Bowls

 

The possibilities are endless! Does anyone else do this or am I the only one looking for extra ways to spend my money?

 

PS- Give a homemade body scrub!

PPS-The perfect gift basket for your friend who just bought a home.

 

 

Original photo via

In my shopping cart

I’m pretty broke. Between figuring out jobs and a place to live and visiting PA and yada, yada, yada, all my extra funds are gone. But if I had extra funds, I have a few things in my metaphorical shopping cart that I would be buying… it’s just so hard to stay away!

currently craving

1-  Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers Set

A few of my knitting projects require being re-shaped when completed and blocking is what that re-shaping is called in the knitting world. Currently I’m using a towel and straight pins and needles to block- super cheapo and unprofessional. It’s probably a little dangerous too. I have to be careful to lock the dog out and inform Dean so nobody steps on a pin or something. This little set is a really simple version of a blocking set, but it has everything I need. I might even cave after my next Knitting Ain’t Easy sale  (I hear scarves make great valentine’s day gifts….)

 

2- Dior Lip Glow

This is something I’m dying to try. I’ve been reading great review after great review for a longggg time via the blog world, but I’ve yet to take the plunge. It’s supposed to be a wonderful way to add just the right amount of color and moisture bringing you your most perfect lip.

 

3- Bar Cart

If I play my cards right, this is something I’m really hoping to DIY in the relatively near future. Pinterest has a ton of great tutorial links (like this or like this one that you can see in the picture above) that makes this seem doable and cost effective- especially since our new apartment has little to no kitchen storage.

4- Leather Jacket

This has been on my “to buy” list for years. Literally! But I can’t seem to find the perfect version for me. I feel like they’re either too big, too small, to bulky, or too expensive. It reminds me of my original hunt for a jean jacket, except more expensive. When you’re dropping a good amount of money on a solid product that will stay with you for years, I just feel like it needs to be perfect. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.  (photo via)

 

5- These Awesome Nikes

Guys, THESE SHOES! I’m not a sneakerhead. In fact, Dean is often talking about sneakers and I just don’t get it. I wear them for big walking days or when I’m working out and that’s the end. But these? I think I can get on board with these. The only issue is that I can’t find them in stores! (and again, I have no money… but that doesn’t matter because I can’t find the shoes.)

 

6- An Adult Lunchbox

My new job requires a new, long commute. So long that I’m actually thining about taking a train (boo!). Since I’m always trying to get my diet and my wallet back on track, I figure packing my lunches makes sense. The only issue is that my new commute means that I can’t just brown-paper-bag it and hope that my food stays cold. So while I don’t really want to spend money on a lunchbox, I think I’m going to have to cave on this one. I’m leaning towards this smaller thermal bag from 31. I saw one recently and it’s just big enough for a sandwich and a yogurt, which is exactly what I want to stay cold!

 

What have you been eyeing lately?

Doing Good: The Home T

the home t

So we’ve all seen these shirts before, yes? I feel like they’ve been all over the internet for a while now. I actually forgot about them, but then I saw someone in Costco with one this weekend and became more interested. Maybe it’s because of the move, but I suddenly found myself wanting a T-Shirt repping my relationship with the great state of NY. Well I found The Home T and I’m so glad I did. Did you know that they’re another company doing good?! I didn’t, but I’m very excited to hear about the fact that they donate a percentage of every purchase to MS research. Woohoo!

You can buy tons of different things, T-shirts, hoodies, pillow cases, decals, baby shirts, tote bags and more! I can think of a few holiday gifts that will be coming from this site, what about you?

 

 

Other companies doing good:

Small Can Be Big (connecting you with local donation oportunities), DamFine Designs (knitted scarves & pillow covers), Roma Boots (rainboots),   Falling Whistles (whistle necklaces), Love with Food – (a yummy subscription box- use the clode JENNVIP to get $5 off your first box!), Warby Parker (eyeglasses & sunglasses),  FashionABLE (scarves),  Punjammies  (PJs and tshirts),  147 Million Orphans (jewelry), Better Life Bags  (bags and purses of all kinds!) Freewaters (sandals and flipflops), Unicef Tap Project (clean water for time off of your phone) Figs (one-for-one scrubs), One Million Lights (Donations for light)