I have to admit, I have a weak spot for retro headphones. You know what? I'm just going to say it: I want to be Zooey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer. When you're done judging me, you can continue reading.
Done? Good. So as I was saying, I've come to the decision that it's time to build my retro headphone collection. I already have a pair of pink Zumreeds that I bought from Urban Outfitters (of course) many moons ago to be my "work headphones." But as my Labor Day beach vacation draws near, I've chosen to purchase a pair of "travel headphones."
After weeks of scrutinizing the aspects of the headphones featured below, I landed on the white Eskuche pair. But not before agonizing on the LSTN headphones, which are made of reclaimed wood and help deaf people hear. Did you catch that? They're the Toms of headphones. But maybe one day I'll have $150 to drop on a "home" pair, and I'll stop hating myself for being so cheap and not helping the deaf people hear. But if you happen to be richer than I am, I recommend you check them out.
I'm really into this long-hair-don't-care-coffee-is-king-typography-is-my-god look lately. I plan on rocking it as soon as my Tattly order arrives. Meanwhile, I'll be watching YouTube videos on how to get my ombre hair lookin' right.
Work has been crazy these past couple weeks. With testing a website redesign, staying on top of my normal day-to-day duties and juggling a bunch of upcoming projects, I haven't been away from my desk much, which is a little (a lot!) depressing. My solution: make use of the empty bottles on my desk by filling them with flowers ... and so began my love of bud vases. But with the discovery of bud vases like these by Jen Kuroki, I'm starting to rethink my recycling of old Starbucks bottles.
Today is the one-year anniversary of The Spendicate! It's hard to believe that I've been sharing my shopping obsession with you good folks for a year now. It feels like just yesterday that I was scribbling around on my laptop when my doppleganger appeared from the ether. So to celebrate, let's look back at my five favorite Spendicate posts, in no particular order:
Thanks for reading -- let's keep spending!
I don't normally write about beauty. I'm not sure why, but I don't really care about makeup and such. Sure, I like a nice lip gloss as much as the next girl, and sure, I geek out upon entering a Sephora. But I've got my makeup routine down pat, and as sparse as it is, I would like to savor my as-little-makeup-as-possible days for as long as I can get away with it.
However, I am confused about a certain trend as of late: nail art. I keep hearing that bare, biege, and muted is where it's at, since a few stars hit the various red carpets with naked nails. (Gasp!) But I just discovered this not-yet-released-but-still-sold-out-somehow chalkboard manicure, and I'm intrigued. Would I look even more like a 12 year old at the office with chalkboard nails? Do I care? Obviously, Zooey Deschanel would approve.
This week, my department moved to a new part of the office, and we got brand new cubicles, which, of course, means one thing: time to decorate! Not that I've been searching for new desk accoutrements or anything, but I did find something that I would like to add to my collection of Instagram magnets...
...and owl paraphernalia...
I found these via Scoutmob, and I instantly fell in love. Handmade by Heather Fields of Coastal Moss, who is based in -- where else -- San Francisco, these planters are shipped with the succulents included, which are handpicked by Heather from around her redwood forest home. So if I am able to put the jealousy of her insanely awesome life aside, and if I can choose just one planter (or two), the number of hipster knick-knack animals that adorn my cube will increase.
Last night, my boyfriend's dad asked, "What is it about Toms, anyway?" Answer: They give a pair of shoes to a shoeless child in a developing country every time you buy your own pair. Duh. But,really, there's something to the feeling that maybe your shopping problem could help others.
So, let's talk about fashionABLE. Their parent nonprofit is the Mocha Club, which holds a special place in my heart since I volunteered for them in college. Through them, I met amazing people and got to see Hanson multiple times. What? Long story.
But as opposed to simply being a "charity," fashionABLE actually empowers the women it helps. Each scarf is handcrafted by a woman in Ethiopia, helping the country's economy. By creating a demand for these scarves, fashionABLE provides impoverished women with a job and perhaps a chance at independence.
I'm all for giving women jobs. And I'm all for scarves in the summer.
This morning, I slipped into my Toms ballet flats, and I realized that I've worn a pair of Toms everyday for the past 2 weeks. I got an inkling that perhaps I need to invest in a few more pairs -- especially when I noticed a hole forming in the toe of my black classics. But then I went searching for this season's ballet flats, and I made a discovery: Toms is revamping their ballet flats! Am I the only one excited about this? Am I the only one who entered their email so I can be notified when they're ready? COME ON! Let's give more free shoes to children!
And don't worry, I'll be updating you when I get that email.