“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
― Ellen Goodman
I was surfing the net this week and came across this quote above. I realized I do not enjoy my house as much as I could for the daily time and effort I put into it. I asked myself:
How many rooms do I really use? Why don’t I use the other rooms? I cannot tell you how many times I have walked into someone’s house to find a bunch of rooms that make no sense…
The lonely living room that has never been touched, the spare bedroom that is kept for when guests come over (once a year) and the home office that ends up being used once because for some reason the laptop made its way to the kitchen table, permanently.
I am guilty myself, so took a long hard look at my house this weekend and made it my mission to give each room a real purpose. Here’s how I changed things for the better:
I fixed the “feng shui” in each room to create only positive vibes + good energy. Essentially anything that was pissing me off, I fixed. I made the design of each room work for its purpose.
After, I decided what I wanted to use the room for, I added a bunch of practical items that I really love to make each space, a place that invokes a feeling of joy. The kitchen has some vintage nifty kitchen gadgets on display and a replica crosley radio tuned into CBC 103.3.
I made it effortless! Books were added near each reading chair for easy grab, the laptop power-cord was put where I always use the laptop, nuts for snacking on were added in the bowl on the dining table etc.
The changes to the rooms are already making me feel happier and like some weight has been lifted. Perhaps surrounding yourself with positive things, just makes you more positive.
I forgot to mention I bought myself a $6 bouquet of flowers which I put right inside the front door on the counter. The beauty and smell is such a nice thing to come home to.
To me a house is not a home until it feels comfortable and lived in.
I challenge you to look at your house tonight and make sure it feels like a home. Sometimes it’s the small things that make the biggest difference.
Shows upon shows and not enough time in one day. This afternoon, looking and touching was the name of the game.
I unfortunately spent so much time at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show that I didn’t get the opportunity to get out to the Antique Nostalgia & Bottle Show. Funny enough I met someone at the vintage show by the name of Richard Jacobs (a.k.a the ultimate pack rack) who had made it out to the bottle event and said it was great. He and his wife are collectors and sellers of many things. I always look forward to those informative aisle convos.
My initial scan of the giant room today was a bit overwhelming, I had some issues with knowing which vendor to visit first. I have some take-a-way tips to share they are:
1. Have cash on you to avoid line-ups and not being able to buy something on the spot. It’s never enjoyable to wait in a line or have to sprint in order to secure that one-of-a-kind piece.
2. If you are questioning a piece don’t leave in alone for long. I heard a girl return to a spot and say, “I will buy the dress” and it was sold moments earlier on her. She was contemplating price or second guessed and it was gone.
3. If you can try it on – TRY IT ON! Vintage clothing shapes and sizes vary quite a bit from the clothing of this period -these days.
There was a massive selection of female and male clothing and stunning accessories on-site today. I must say that there is nothing better than a creative pair of cufflinks – guys should always consider these understated accessories and make more of the 9 to 5 monkey suit.
What did I bag? I snagged a feminine Sandra Angelozzi tank top for $15 at Walentyna’s booth. Sandra Angelozzi is an internationally known fashion designer who has been designing since the early 80’s (late 70’s).
My heart was stolen by a stunning black and white strapless dress at Le Walkin boutiques space. I did not leave with with the tantalizing dress but I left with a Produits Symbol Products funky short vintage shirt that’s looks straight from the jazzy show In Living Color. It put a big smile on my face for $20 [see photo below].
Before leaving the event I came across four adorable vintage pins (picture at bottom of post] which I am going to pair with four different outfits. I walked over to pay the VintageSoulGeek rep when I saw this rare Vintage 1970’s Cherie Paris Numero 3 Magazine Clutch Bag [picture a top of post]. I was drawn to it and its dainty white vinyl strap which has a cute snap clasp. It is lined with a plain black material but the exterior it so elaborate. This item takes the cake as my deal of the day. I got it for $30 and found only a few others for sale online between $50-$125. My last and final find was from at the same booth – practical and pretty black glass earrings.
I had a blast running around the show today. Before I depart this post I want to mention Emma Paige. I really liked her unique stuff, it reminds me of Sex & the City style. This designer specializes in high-end designs and has a fantastic website and look-book. If you like vintage and contemporary you should visit this online retailer.
“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.”
― Karl Lagerfeld
Have a lovely clothing [I mean closing] to the weekend.