Cosplay Progress: Ironman!

I started work on a new cosplay! My family (and some friends too!) are doing a massive super cool, super secret cosplay for Dragon Con 2015 later this year. We have a small local con at the beginning of February called Swampcon and I decided to try and get my portion of the group cosplay finished in time for the costume contest at the convention.   I just finished one of the most important parts today...the shoes!! IMG_0618.JPG You might remember these shoes from a thrift store hall a while back. I decided to spruce them up with some red and gold paint (to make it look like the iron suit!). The buttons were perfect for making little tiny arc reactors. IMG_4019 I can't wait to rock these out in public even without the rest of my cosplay. Who wouldn't want their very own Iron Man shoes? IMG_4018

Thrift Finds: hipster toys!

It's become a long running joke at this point that I am definitely a hipster. I'm not quite sure how this happened as neither of my parents are particularly "hipster-y". I think it's just the inevitable blend of having spent most of my teenage formative years in Asheville, NC (a.k.a. land of the hippies) and then my early twenties have been spent in a very densely hipster-populated college town. In any case, while performing a most sacred hipster task (checking out the new Goodwill in town) I found a toy for Natalie! Admittedly she definitely won't be able to play with it for another ohhhhh...year? This is irrelevant.

IMG_0620.JPG It's wood! It's a train! It's educational! A trifecta of toy perfection has been attained. I thought it was pretty nifty to find a wooden alphabet train set thats in incredibly good shape for only $1.99. I snapped it up immediately. I was sad to discover, however, that this new Goodwill has decided to go through all of their house ware items before they are put on the floor and anything that is deemed in any way valuable is pulled to a section at the front of the store and severely marked up. It's disappointing considering everything that Goodwill sells is a donation in the first place, so why charge $50 (not kidding) for a 15 piece tea set that isn't even from a rare or sought after brand? They had a typewriter from the 70s that they had marked at $250, that's not a type. Two-hundred and fifty dollars. At Goodwill. Seriously. I did manage to find a cute canister in the housewares section.

IMG_0619.JPG Its not anything super special, but I thought it was cute and would go nicely to organize some of exploding craft supplies while still somewhat matching our nursery. Apparently it's part of a designer collaboration with Target and originally cost approximately $15, I paid $1. Score. Lastly I snagged something I don't usually pick up at Goodwill.

IMG_0618.JPG SHOES! Usually I ignore the shoes at our Goodwill because they charge a minimum of $5.99 for any pair - considering most of the shoes are in crap condition I think $6 is absurd. However, I was browsing through clothing and these babies were on top of a rack. Upon closer inspection I saw they were real leather, my size, incredibly comfortable and had almost no signs of wear. Done and done. Seriously, have I mentioned how much I adore thrift shopping? I have a friend coming to town Sunday morning and we have pledged to thrift our hearts out this week. Needless to say I'm excited, can't wait to show you all the treasures I find!

Thrift shop find and date night with the hubby!

So I know this isn't a super great photo of it, but I found the coolest dress at our local Goodwill the other day. Generally I don't spend too much time looking through the dresses at Goodwill because, at least around here, they charge $7+ for any dresses. Yikes! Especially considering most of the dresses you find are from Forever21 and similar big box stores where the dresses retail at $15 or so full price. Nah, bro, nah. Anywho, I happened to be walking past the nightgown/pajama area and spotted this gem hiding among the dated 80s polyester night gowns and rejected holiday flannel.

IMG_0613.JPG Again, sorry for the fail photo, the dress is currently in my laundry pile or I would try to take a better one. I can't quite tell how old this dress is, but based on the material, shape and pattern I'm guessing it's from the 60s? I checked for a tag and it appears to have been shredded/lost all it's print a long time ago. BUT! I can just barely make out the upper edge of a circle that I'm pretty sure is the Ladies Garment Worker union logo, which is generally a good sign that a piece is true vintage and not a replica. I completely adore the colors, a beautiful rich blue that almost leans teal that is accented by splashes of white flowers and stripes in burnt orange. There's a couple small gold metallic accents sewn on, as well as a bitchin' oversized diamond zipper pull on the front. It came with a matching belt that you can see in the photo, but when I wore it I paired it with a navy blue patent leather belt instead. The best part? While it's a little bit too big for me, if I belt it appropriately it gives a beautiful shape which means I don't need to alter it at all! Yay! In other news, hubby and I ventured out on our very first date without our baby girl a couple nights ago (thanks Shelly!) IMG_0610.JPG

We had an awesome time, especially because we got to show our support for a friend. IMG_0609.JPG Our friend Andy recently joined a band (The Melting Funk Pot) where he plays the trumpet. This was their first time playing a venue, a local bar called The High Dive. They were incredibly great - their band features an eclectic mash-up of instruments. Viola, keyboard, trumpet, bass, bongos, drums, guitar, and for a couple of songs maracas and a tambourine. They played primarily original songs, but they did grace us with an excellent cover of Michael Jackson's Billy Jean (and our friend even harmonized on some of the vocals, talent!) I finally got my keyboard working on my iPad again, so I'm hopeful this means I may post more lengthy blog posts every now and again. Till next time!

Thirft finds!

I've been getting into thrift shopping a lot the last six months or so. My parents raised me with thrift shopping all the time, and I always hated it! as an adult I haven't really been bitten by the thrifting bug, until about six months ago when I really wanted to redecorate our apartment but we didn't have the budget to do it. Over the last six months, I've been refining my technique and narrowing down what I'm really looking for. I love keeping my eyes peeled for nice brands of clothing (express, banana republic, etc. for me - Gymboree and baby gap for Natalie), anything I like that has no stains, rips, tears or signs of wear that I like comes home with me pretty much. I discovered recently (after my maternity leave started) that we don't have a whole lot in the way of kitchen goods. It's very slim pickings when it comes to making dinner. My love of vintage dishware is definitely getting a work out - it's pretty much impossible to find Pyrex at the thrift store, but there are lots of other crazy awesome goodies to be found. IMG_0574.JPG On one of my recent trips I found these amazing glasses! I wish I had bought all the many styles they had, but I ended up just getting these two sets. Live and learn, huh? IMG_0575.JPG The two sets I found are not true Dorothy Thorpe glasses, they don't have any marks on them and the bands are less than an inch in width. While Thorpe made some of her glasses with thinner or thicker bands than an inch, it was significantly less common. Still, they're pretty cool glasses and both are being gifted to good homes to holiday season - and as an added bonus they were featured on mad men so they're stylishly popular and trendy!

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And who doesn't want to drink something wonderfully alcoholic out of a glass you can imagine the womanizing Don Draper to have held?