Monday, August 29, 2016

how I am using my August thirft finds

August wasn't the most amazing month is terms of thrift or vintage finds. I did come home with a mint condition butterprint 503. They are hard to find and it was a steal of a price so no complaints. I pretty much used it as a loaf pan that same day.

This recipe box is the epitome of vintage kitsch. It does not match anything in my house but it was so odd I needed to bring it home. I can't tell if the lady is a nun or a nurse but I just love the face on the bull. These vintage recipe boxes are the perfect size to hold a box of tea, it has found a home in my pantry.

I added two new items to my etsy shop that I picked up while I was out and about.

What did others find in August?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

last week in pictures at the thrift and the forks

On Wednesday it was national thrift store day and many shops offered discount sales. Luckily for me I had the day off work so I went to a few stores. The black dress with the best tag would have fit me but I knew I would never wear it so it got left behind while I did manage to pick up a 1950's chiffon blouse and novelty celluloid & metal crab brooch for my shop.

In the summer on Sunday's the Forks offers a farmers market and the antique mall happens to be open so I went looking for treasures. I would love to find a lid for my delphite dish but sadly everything for sale was sold together. I always enjoy looking around and seeing what is for sale but this time I came home empty handed. 

There was one booth at the market with a familiar item which I found intriguing. I personally bought the "Judy" tooled leather purse for my etsy shop over the winter. Come spring it had not sold so I donated it back into the thrift world and it found its way back into a vintage shop for sale. I had sorta hoped it found a home with a shopper named Judy but it looks like it has yet to find a good home.
This vintage booth is called Debbie's Vintage

from a previous post on my blog

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

nake skincare winnipeg mask review

I re-ordered one of my favorite locally made products (naked skincare's cleansing oil) and decided to ask Amber; the maker if I could have some mask samples to try and review since I am a mask-a-holic. She was too kind and sent me a full size and a mini size of her two newest clay based masks!

I was excited to see these launch since I have just jumped on the activated charcoal band wagon. I have yet to try a mix it yourself version and her pink clay mask has mango enough said! I have used them both and am here to review them for you.

To mix: I first used 1 part mask to 1/2 part liquid, that was too much liquid. These masks mix up beautifully I would say 1/3 part liquid is all that is needed to make an easily spreadable mask.

To use: I used a mask brush (aka an old foundation brush) to mix and apply onto my skin. These masks dry very quickly (between 5 to 10 minutes) and powdery; smiling or eating will leave dust on your shirt. They wash off quite easily and yes both will faintly stain your wash cloth. A designated mask cloth would be recommended.

Pink Clay + Mango: 
Ingredients: Australian Pink Clay, French Pink Clay, Mango Extract.
I used rosewater as my liquid and it made for a beautifully combo. The pink clay mask was not overly drying on the skin but quite refreshing. I really did like this one and can see myself picking up the full size soon. I can't comment on any brightening effects just yet.

Detox Clay Mask:
Ingredients: Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Kaolin Clay, Papaya Extract, Turmeric Powder.
I again used rosewater as my liquid since I wasn't sure how drying the charcoal would be. That being said it was not drying on the skin at all. I liked this mask because it did wash off more easily than other charcoal masks that I have tried. It tightened my pores and calmed blemished areas effectively.
I also enjoy the fact that I can choose which liquid to add making mask combinations endless.

Overall both these masks are a great and I love the fact that they contain simple ingredients and are locally made.

Naked Skincare can be found on etsy, stocked at Brows By G and at various markets if you happen to follow her on instagram.

My review on Naked Skincare's other products that I own can be seen here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

last week in pictures

Nothing at the thrift store fit me last week so I came home empty handed. There were some pretty cute floral patterns, too bad!

I made a banana bread like cake to bring into work. I used my go to recipe which I posted here. This time I made it into a loaf and used all white flour. I don't know why I never thought to use crushed chocolate as a topper before but it looked gorgeous with my gold sprinkles.

I have been trying to display some of my baking pieces. I tend to keep them stored in a dresser until I want to use them. Here is one tiny vignette I came up with. My cabinet is as tall as me so putting a lot of items on there isn't the best plan.

I decided to have a bit of fun with my friend who has a new guy whom I have yet to see. Her final answer was no, my cake couldn't catch a break.

I actually don't like garage sales and maybe go to a handful a year. I have pretty good luck at the thrifts finding the items that didn't sell at the sales. I passed a sign saying "antiques" so I decided to see what was up. The lady had a nice assortment of items, mostly larger furniture but sadly they were priced at retail. The 50's table was $75 it was very small almost desk size and the smaller decor items were $25-40. It was a beautiful day out I still enjoyed my first stop of the year even though it was not the best sale to look for a deal.

How was last week for others? 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

new on etsy!

My shop is really small right now (a whooping 8 items) but I did add 3 items last month so I figured I would share my thought process into the few items I picked for my shop!

1950's embroidered baby dress: I don't look in the children's section of the thrift shop but the one day on the end cap was this sweet little dress. The embroidery was too stinkin' cute for it not to come home with me. It has been in my shop for 3 weeks now which is a bit of a shock to me I figured it would have been snapped up quick.

1980's fox and trombone belt buckle: I found this buckle to be quite unique, I would be keeping it for myself if I wore belts as accessories but I haven't been bothered to wear one for months now.... Too bad I have not been able to find a suitable band to make it a full belt yet. If you wear elastic style belts you will be able to switch out this buckle no problem. 

1940's corde purse: I cannot leave 1940's items behind this one is a good size and will fit a cell phone and keys easy (no modern big wallet though you will need to pair down for a night out) It is hand made and has some quirks but overall it is a really lovely example of the era.

Below is my growing pile of items that did not sell in my shop. I have found relisting items doesn't really work for me. I have only sold one items that I relisted so I tend to give items their four months and then put them in a pile for donations/gifts or as freebies with orders.

My questions to others that buy vintage on Esty is;
Do you often get/like "pocket" presents included with your order?
The vintage I have purchased for myself have never included any extras but for about 50% of my orders I have included extras when weight and shipping allows I am not sure if I should keep doing this? I have not really heard feedback on doing this from my customers. I often feel I am sending away items to somebody who might not even like it. My pile is growing so I am just wondering if I should keep at know rambling....

Friday, July 29, 2016

how I am using my July thrift finds

I featured most of my thrift finds this month in posts already so instead of doing a round-up I figured I would show if/how my find are being used around my house.

My Brandon creamery milk bottle has not really found a home, it is on a shelf stuffed behind last months head vase find. I do really love that little bottle and hope to find a good use for it soon.
On my dresser I am using my blue mason jar to hold larger make-up brushes. Half pint jars are the perfect height for this I have more scattered around my room.

I have a wood cabinet that I keep my baking items in and decided my little hazel atlas creamer would be good to hold my measuring spoons. I like that is has a handle so pulling them all out of my cupboard to use will be a breeze. I thrifted a yellow mixing bowl the same day that I have not used it is currently hidden away in a cupboard until I can sort out a good way to display my bowls.

I thrifted two jewellery pieces this month they just so happened to be brass and have a bird motif because well I love birds... I made sure to try and wear my new to me thrifted top. I do like it but have to figure out how to not get make-up on the collar I was quickly reminded why I tend to wear black a lot.

How as last month for others in the thrift dept?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

last week in pictures

My week started out with a delivery from Therma Winnipeg. They contacted me to see if I was interested in a "summer care package" I had no idea that that meant I just knew my sister had been and enjoyed herself so I said yes. It turned out to be a beach bag, magazine and one of Thermea's fruit infusion water bottles, all items that are recommended you bring to experience Thermea. Thermea is a place I would not mind checking out myself I just need to align schedules with a friend!

No thrift finds came home with me this week. The value village I went to was a bit pricey. They wanted $12 for the two beat up primary fridgies and $14.99 for the gold beaded purse. Neither was worth that imo.

My weekly sephora promotion email got me. It has been almost two months since I fell for gift with purchases. I am on the hunt for a new concealer and the new kat von d offering had me intrigued. I used them this weekend so here are my first impressions.

kat von d lock it concealer creme: I didn't have much choice of a shade so I received L3 warm. That being said it is fair enough for my skin and I don't think it being warm toned on my cool skin makes much of a difference. This is a very unique concealer it is not one that you will swipe the wand under your eyes, just one dot gives you enough products to spread under your eyes EASY. It is the most spreadable concealer I have ever used. It blended out so easy with a make-up sponge and did not crease or cake on me. I have not tried it on any blemishes just yet. Overall I am very impressed and will be happy to use up my sample and I can already see myself purchasing this in the full size.
For reference I have tried the nars creamy concealer, the urban decay naked skin and returned them both since they did not live up to the hype for me.

sephora collection bronzer powder in anguilla: After watching many you-tube videos and this post by cupcakes and cashmere I have been on the hunt for a matte bronzer to give me cheek bones. I bought a cheap drugstore version that was orange which I had to throw out since more than one person commented on my orange cheeks... the shade pictured in anguilla it is a nice golden brown without being orange. I exchanged it for Los Cabos the next shade up as it did turn ornage on me but it smells like cocoa and blends very easily.

bite beauty perfect pair in rhubarb and chablis (not online yet) I pretty much only own and use sample/travel size lip products. I like to have variety without spending much money. I was pleased to find this at the check out in two shades I have been wanting to try. The "nude" set includes chablis (a coral pink) and rhubarb (a neutral berry). Chablis is a really happy colour bright but not obnoxious, it is my favorite out of the two. Rhubarb is a really pretty colour and in a shade I am not used to seeing on myself. Both lasted for hours (as long as you don't eat) and did not feather whoop whoop!  

How was last week for others? 

Monday, July 18, 2016

last week in vintage

Last week I worked different shifts than I usually do and switched up my thrifting day, it worked out well! I managed to find quite a few older pieces for me, and a few for my shop. I never usually find much when Value Village offers their mid week 30% sale but this time I found a great 70's pointelle knit top and a tooled leather make-up pouch?? for myself. I decided to "pick" the 1940's corde purse for my shop along with the coloured rhinestone scatter pins.

I cannot leave old glass behind...I am already using the blue mason jar to hold extra make-up brushes while I have not found a good spot for my milk bottle. It has the cutest graphics I have ever seen on the back including a coffee cup and a bowl of cereal ahh I just love it.

Now I did think of listing this purse in my shop but more often than not when I start to photograph items I am never sure if they are worth listing...hence why my little shop has 10 items I do believe I am just too picky. The purse has a little vintage quirk where the person making it ran out of material and used a different but slightly obvious shade. This mixed it with the awkward packing shape has given me second thoughts. The scatter pins also photographed weird so nothing new has actually been listed this week.

My question to vintage loving gals would you pay $15 shipping on an item that isn't really near mint aka quirky? The shipping costs for certain items always make me second guess listing them...

I mailed off this lovely tooled purse to a lucky gal. Sorta funny how I bought myself some new leather and sold off a piece in the same day. I washed and wore my new to me shirt right away, it proved to be nice and light to wear on a summers day.

How was last week for others?

Monday, July 11, 2016

recent beauty hits, mehs and misses

bite beauty matte creme lip crayon in glace (100 point perk from sephora, pictured below)
I will pretty much take any free to me item from bite beauty. I was happy to give this shade a go since it is unlike anything I already own. It is described as a dusty mauve and I had a bit of a love hate relationship when I first got it, it can have a grey cast to the lips. But after wearing it for a month I can say that I love it. The matte formula is not drying and does not make your lips look like crepe paper.

caudalie vinosource moisturizing mattifying fluid (sephora)
I saw this in a youtube video and pretty much drove right down to sephora to get a sample. I fell instantly in love and have not looked back. I have oily skin and usually avoid all moisture or lotion based products. This one is very light and dries down matte-like. It does not keep my oily skin from getting "dewy" during the day but it does not make my skin produce more oil which most products tend to do. It is a hit since it wears as a primer under make-up perfectly and I have no desire to look for anything else for my skin.

lancer the method polish (deluxe sample via sephora)
The full size of this product is a whopping $95 I just thought I would warn you before you click on the link but oh is it wonderful! I don't have sensitive skin and if I am going to use a physical scrub I want it to be "scrubby" This is a microdermabrasion type scrub with a very fine but very gritty sand like texture. It does not irritate the skin but buffs away dry skin amazingly. I have been using it sparingly and hope I can pick up another sample size in the future. 

too cool for school dinoplatz dear brachiosaurus blotting papers (sephora)
I picked these up since I knew the caulalie lotion didn't completely stop my skin from getting oily. I personally don't carry make-up in my purse so going back to my teens and using blotting papers seemed like the best bet. These come in a really handy plastic case that does have a mirror and the cutest little puff that is sticky. It is really quite ingenious and makes forehead touch up a breeze.

jurlique balancing rose water mist (deluxe sample via sephora)
I love rose water so getting to test this out was a treat. It is really nice my only gripe is it is not as natural as it could be. It does have some really nice ingredients like marshmallow and lactic acid but also has alcohol listed as the second unnecessary ingredient. I tend to forget about toners in my skin care regime and after a month I have been forgetting to use this so for me it is not something I would repurchase.

caudalie micellar water (deluxe sample via sephora)
I wanted to try this out and see if I should repurchase my cleansing oil or try out a micellar water. This was a generous 50ml sample and I was able to use it for a month to really make up my mind. In comparison to a cleansing oil there was none in terms of removing foundation. This was really gentle and did not break down my make up as much as I had hoped.

essence silky touch blush in babydoll (superstore)
It is very rare that I want to throw away something the first time I use it but this blush made me want to do this! I thought by the name it would be easy to blend and yes it is a soft blush but it was way more pigmented than I was expecting with a lot more shimmery that I thought as well. I made poor choices all around and am just not a fan.

What have others been loving lately?
There was no sun the day I felt like taking selfies...sorry for the graininess

Friday, July 8, 2016

thrift snapshots

I snagged the above butterprint off the rolling cart as items were being put away and I will admit I
was just going to walk right up to the cash register with out paying too much attention to the condition. It was shiny, turquoise and would be a great piece for my etsy shop. But then I noticed a chip on the spout, darn it so this little beauty got left behind. I practiced good thrift karma and left this for another thrifter who hopefully will be super happy to find it. I personally don't collect this pattern (shocking I know, it seems I hoard all the glassware but I don't)

I put my etsy shop on vacation while the Canada Post strike/lock out (make up your minds soon please) will happen. Yay! There will be a 30 day truce, my shop is back open! I received a new review this week and I am so glad this little bowl found a good home, reviews like this keep me chugging along with my tiny shop.

Yep, glassware came home with me this week at the thrift. I love to find harder to find makers like glasbake and hazel atlas. They tend to offer more unique shapes and colours than pyrex. I will admit I tend to block out condition issues with harder to find pieces I didn't notice my little green hazel atlas creamer was missing paint until after I paid for it and my blinders fell off. I bought it for my personal collection and I will love it as is.
The yellow bowl is by glasbake and was made for the sunbeam stand mixer. It is the most wonderful shade of yellow, I don't own a true batter bowl with a spout so it was a win, win situation.

How was this week for others at the thrift?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

june thrift finds

Crisp pictures are my kryptonite. 
June ended quite well in the thrift dept. I managed to knock off two holy grail items from my wishlist!

I have mentioned many times before I have been on the hunt for a black based needlepoint handbag for what seems like close to 12 years, no joke. I managed to find an oversized one that will be perfect for fall and winter this year! I added a cozy knit top from joe fresh to my sleeping/house attire wardrobe.

A found two brooches that I know I will be keeping for myself and not making their way into my etsy shop. The below deer or doe brooch is a great addition as I personally tend to stick to birds for my novelty brooches. I wore it out thrifting today and had some really good luck. I will make sure to wear it again to see what happens.

While out today I managed to find a head vase. I have been wanting one for literally ages but could never justify the retail price tag. It may have taken me 10 years but I found one for a beyond reasonable price.

The green mixer I will admit was an impulse but it is so darn cute and it was cheap. I do want a hand mixer as it would be practical for my baking. A stand one however I am not sure if I would get the hang of using it...urgh it didn't come with beaters and after looking online it may take me awhile to find a good fit for it.

What did others find this month? 

Friday, June 24, 2016

thrift snap shots

This week while thrifting I had lots of vintage to look at! My needlepoint loving self had three purses to ogle and I am not going to lie I had all three in my hands while wearing one myself.... This one was very similar in tone to one I already own, the clasp with finicky so no guilt leaving it behind.

There were about six dresses from the late 60's and early 70's in the store. I will admit the value villages I frequent have gotten a little crazy on their dress pricing every dress was $14.99 no matter the condition, the above one was the most wearable imo.

I do have a thing for 1970's sheer polyester dresses so I had to try this one on. It was my size but sadly the thread and elastic had gone rotten I could hear tearing and um holes showing as I was trying it on and getting it off. I left it behind since my sewing skills are not up to the challenge. But dang polka dots on top of flowers....

Below is what my change room looked like as I was trying to decide what to buy. The black needlepoint point purse was a NO BRAINER  I look for one every time I go to a thrift store I almost thought it was a mirage. I did leave the feather purse behind. I was going to pick it up for my etsy shop but the cost and shipping hassle made my leave it behind for another gal. It was so unique but the colour would not work me personally....that's what I have to tell myself. Lastly I did pick up another novelty brooch for myself because I can't get enough.

My monthly thrift round up will be next week with a better close up of my finds.
I can't seem to quit thrifing when I have fun affordable days like this one.

Monday, June 20, 2016

beauty items I have used up (aka hit pan)

This month I have emptied my shampoo, cleanser, foundation as well as some beauty items that have got me thinking about new to me products! I don't seem to "hit pan" on beauty items often so here are my thoughts on them and if I am going to repurchase or not.

tarte amazonian clay blush in celebrated: I bought this with a gift card in January and hoped being spendy work out for me. I made poor choices and sadly never really got on with this blush. It is very sheer as in almost invisible I have been pilling it on and am kinda happy it is on its last legs. The color if it would have been more pigmented would have been ideal I am now on the lookout for a cool toned pink blush. Suggestions welcome!

annabelle eye shadow in gleam: This is my go to all over lid color. I only own one eye shadow and this is it. I found a new one on sale for $3.99 so I started to use it already since mine was looking pretty grubby. If you want a subtle lid color I would 100% recommend this one.

milani baked blush in luminoso: I have owned this for more than a year it is very soft and easy to apply and blend. It is also very sheer and quite possibly better off being a blush topper adding depth to blush rather than a full on blush by itself. I have oily skin and I am just not sure how I feel about glimmery blushes... I will keep using this until it is gone but don't think I will repurchase...

bite beauty luminous cream (discontinued) lipstick in fig: I bought this in September and it has easily become my everyday lipstick. The only reason it is not 100% gone yet is because I bought a new one this the new year when bite beauty rolled out their new amuse bouche version of this shade. The new version of this lipstick is really wonderful and I can see myself using up that tube fast as well.

What beauty products have other used up recently?

Monday, June 13, 2016

last week in pictures

Last week I decided to "take back" a shirt of mine that I had put up for sale in my etsy shop. My attempts at ootd and selfies in general are pretty dreadful. At the thrifts old habits don't die hard and I ended up coming home with jewels. I prefer to buy my items cheap since you never really know how well they will work into your wardrobe. Case in point the above bird pin is a beauty but in real life it is way too heavy to be worn! It needs to be placed a wool coat or else it will flop over, not exactly an everyday pieces. I was happy to add a duette brooch to my collection, the pins can be used as shoe/collar clips or as a brooch!
On Sunday with the @ladyledcollective spring bazaar. The venue is definitely one of my favorites in the city. They usually host a spring and winter sale so be on the lookout this holiday season for their next sale. Rachael of @nettieandmin was able to capture the ambiance perfectly. I also ran into Sybil at the sale who was able to get another good shot on her insta account. 

Pictured below is Urban Eatin' Gardeners they offered some really tempting plants. I should have bought some kale and no that cute polka dot planter with the pansy was not $4 or else I would have bought it! Also pictured in Nettie and Min's rack.

After patiently stalking my peony bush to make sure it did not get hammered by a rain storm. I was able to bring in some blooms! I don't know why but free flowers are just better. I will pretty much have flowers in every little jar I can find for the week or so, whoop whoop.

How was last week for others?

Friday, June 3, 2016

current ins"peg"ration

I never grow tired of discovering new Winnipeg Instagram accounts or local shops. This past month I stumbled upon a few more ogle worthy accounts and one old favorite that posted the most most amazing photo.

@sustainlux /
I can across this site thanks to a Winnipeg Free Press article about sustainable fashion. Sustainlux is not a physical store but an online one based out of Winnipeg that specializes in eco or humanely sourced goods.  The prices are quite reasonable for what they offer, I cannot wait for fall to see what kind of sweaters they carry, the above grey one is perfection.

I don't dress in full on vintage (I always wear jeans) but that does not mean I don't appreciate girls who can pull off vintage skirts and dresses. I like her feed because she highlights local vintage finds and she has some really amazing pieces in her collection. I must wear yellow with aqua stat!
I have followed lune vintage for ages I used to love her blog back in the day (when it was more about vintage, now it is about travel, it is still good but I am a home-girl) This photo is so creative and fun! She will be selling her goods in person this Saturday at the @wildwoodrosevintage market in Old Market Square. I sadly work and am going to miss seeing what she has!

If you are from Winnipeg what are your favorite insta accounts?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

may thrift finds

May turned out to be a bit more exciting at the thrifts than April. I did not manage to find any clothing (modern or vintage) for me so that wasn't the best. I did however find some really great deals for under $20 I managed to pick up everything shown which is pretty great considering most stores are upping their prices lately.

I found the above 1970's leather purse and hair scarf at the Sargent Ave MCC. Both items are now listed for sale in my shop, if they don't sell I have no problem keeping them for myself!

I came home with some wonderful 1940's fired on glass pieces. The jadeite green bowl I have no clue who makes it while the delphite blue refrigerator dishes are federal glass. I used to own one which I sold, so yes I came home with two more. These dishes have added to my list of lids I need to keep an eye out for.

At the Goodwill I found a wonderful Vera silk scarf which I placed in my shop as well as a few leather belts. I bought the tooled one for me but it needed a new buckle so I bought the above one to steal the buckle. None of that happened I kept the top one for myself and placed the other belt in my shop as well.

On the last thrifting day of the month I managed to find myself a pair of 1950's sunnies. I have always wanted a pair of these, needless to say I was super excited about this find. Only a slight adjustment to the tension and these are good to go!

Next month I do hope to get back at being excited to try and find clothes for myself. I like accessories just a bit too much.
How was May for others in terms of vintage finds?

Monday, May 23, 2016

recent beauty buys

Here is a look at some hits and missed from the beauty buys I have been trying recently! I didn't link the items but put the store where I bought them since you may have your favorite place to shop for items.

essence sun club lighter skin bronzer (real canadian super store) this was a mere $2.99, it is really big and made for pale skin so I gave it a go. It smells like coconut and blends very well! It does sadly turn a bit orange during the day. I am using this to get in the hang of doing a cheek bone contour. I do like it and once I get good I may upgrade to a more pricey option or learn to use a lighter hand with this one...but I like it!

joe fresh highlighter in champagne (real canadian super store) I bought this since it was $6 and much cheaper compared to the expensive ones at sephora. Sadly I do not love this one, it is a bit chalky and is more of a glitter highlighter than a glowy shimmer. I have been using it for day time wear since it is pretty subtle and good for pale skin. It just doesn't compare to the champagne highlighters put out by thebalm or becca.

maybelline better skin concealer in ivory (walmart) First of all this is the first drug store concealer I have ever bought that was too pale for my skin! I was using the maybelline age rewind concealer but it was just too dark. That being said this would be a good option for pale skin girls. It is lightweight and blends really nice it does remind me of the urban decay naked skin concealer but I just don't find that it covers under eye circles all that good. I bought it so I will use it. 

tata harper resurfacing mask (sample, sephora) I love enzyme masks, this is an all natural product so it was worth a try. I got three full masks out of this and well I didn't really love it. It is $80 for an ounce and I expected more. It does spread and wash off easily I just didn't have any tingling aka its working with it. My skin did feel tight and cleaned out after use but not enough to justify the price.

boscia charcoal pore pudding (sephora) I have tried a few charcoal masks in the past and found them to be too drying. I took a sample of this and completely fell in love. This mask doesn't "dry" down but stays like a "pudding" on the skin it is so easy to spread and wash off. ( I mean it still stain your face cloth but you don't have to scrub your face to remove it ) My skin feels soft and cleaned out and it is really good for those days when your skin just feels blah.

What have others been trying out recently?