May 4, 2013
In a nutshell: moving. Well technically everything was moved over in March, but then came the unpacking and the decorating and more unpacking, and even now we’re still not done
My bed & night stand – the only part of the home that’s close to being done
The other parts of the home are still messy – we have random boxes and items lying around because we’d do some work on one room, move to another the next weekend, and then work on another room the third week. Talk about systematic huh (But wait, there is more! Read on…)
May 1, 2013
Too much clutter can cause stress and tension in our everyday lives. As we hem ourselves in with more and more household goods, we virtually become victimized by the possessions that seem to threaten to overwhelm us.
If you’re ready to start de-cluttering your life, you may not be too thrilled over the prospect of hauling off your goods to a parking lot car trunk sale. The good news is that there are alternatives to spending your weekend standing in the sun or rain while people paw and haggle over your goods.
Instead of a trunk sale, consider these options:
1) Sell on the Internet. People make good money by selling their items on online auction sites. Most dealers would vastly prefer spending an hour or two at home listing their items online, rather than sitting outside in a parking lot waiting for customers who never come. In addition, an online site exposes your goods to millions of potential customers, whereas a parking lot sale may generate a couple of hundred people, or if the weather is bad, a mere handful of brave shoppers.
2) Sell at a consignment store. Consignment stores take your items and put them out for sale. Once a sale is made, the store takes a commission and gives you the rest of the selling price. Items may sit for weeks or even months in a consignment store, but at least you won’t have to do any of the work or worry of handling the item and anything you make will be pure profit.
3) Look for second-hand stores that buy items outright. There are plenty of second-hand shop owners who are actively looking for inventory and if you have some still-usable household goods, accessories or clothing, you can ask if the owner is willing to buy some of them. In addition, if you have some collectibles or vintage items that you’d like to get rid of, you may be able to sell them to dealers who specialize in these items.
4) If you have books and CDs that you’d like to get rid of, look for bookstores and CD shops that purchase used items. Likewise, if you have boxes of old LPs that you no longer have any use for, look for collectible record shops, where the owner may be happy to relieve you of your audio clutter.
By searching online you should be able to find plenty of buyers for those items that are cluttering up your home. Once you’ve listed your items online or sold them to the owner of the local vintage shop, you can sit back, relax and pity all those unfortunate people who are spending a brilliantly sunny weekend trying to sell things from the trunk of their car.
If you want a quick way to sell your old things online quickly and easily then use www.musicmagpie.comas a great alternative to a parking lot or garage sale.
March 28, 2013
So packing + moving + unpacking has been a pain in the butt, as expected, so thank goodness I have my parents to help me out We’re finally getting close to cleaning out the old house, so hopefully we’ll be able to take a break from this and go explore DC a bit – particularly go see the Cherry Blossoms
And of course, one of the first thing that comes to mind when going Cherry Blossom sight seeing is what am I going to wear? Seeing as most of my clothes are still in boxes, I’ve planned one out using Style In View:
When I think of cherry blossoms, the words pink, feminine, and romantic come to mind. But too much pink would be an overkill, so I’ve added black pieces to balance out the girliness, and keep it season appropriate. Hopefully the weather warms up soon enough so that I could actually wear a dress soon!
What plans do you have for the spring? Do share!
March 3, 2013
Ok, so maybe this wasn’t a recent obsession, but I have been finding myself wearing bracelets more often nowadays. In the past I’d only wear one bracelet at a time, but quickly that look got old…and boring It’s always more fun when you layer pieces, no?
Mixing and matching bracelets to create unique styles
The more I started mixing and matching my jewelry, the more I realized, you don’t need a lot of different pieces to create different looks! I switched out one piece from the ensemble above, and now I have something a little less dainty, a little more edgy:
I switched the pink & silver charm bracelet for the flower beaded bracelet
The second thing I learned is when it comes to layering, costume jewelry plays much better with each other than expensive pieces, not to mention they’re much more affordable. One of my favorite places to shop for those pieces is Old Navy – they have some seriously cute jewelry!
Lastly, and probably irrelevant, is that I still prefer silver jewellery to gold jewelry. I’ve definitely been more open to the latter now, and even accumulated a few pieces, but I just find silver jewelry much easier to match with my clothes
What recent accessory obsessions do you have? Are you a fan of mixing and matching jewelry? Do let me know
February 25, 2013
I’m super OCD when it comes to smartphone apps – a beautiful UI without sacrificing functionality is a must for me. Which is why for the longest time I couldn’t find a calendar app on my iPhone that I could be happy with. Things I’m looking for:
- a beautiful and intuitive user interface, no exceptions
- ability to sync with Google and iCloud calendars
- day, week, and monthly views
- ability to integrate a to-do lists/tasks
Seriously, am I asking for too much? D: Apparently not because lately I’ve not found 1, but 3 amazing iPhone calendar apps that will blow the default app out of the water
Tempo Smart Calendar – Free
This app is absolutely gorgeous. It’s clean, minimal, sleek, yet is extremely powerful. I love being able to see my events AND all the related emails and contacts, right from the app. Being able to search for directions and wish my Facebook friends happy birthday on 1 screen is also a plus. Oh and did I mention the ability to add your own photo to customize the agenda view?
The only downside is the terrible wait time. I was lucky and got in before they implemented their waiting list, but I would wait all over again because it’s totally worth it. (But wait, there is more! Read on…)