I've been in this weird mood lately where I would like to shop, but I would rather not spend money. I want things, and yet I can't pull the trigger. Maybe this is adulthood. Maybe I'm growing up. Does spending wisely equal maturity? Regardless, when I get in these rather depressing moods, I can still appreciate that there are crazy things in this consumer world that could be fun to own for about a ... half-second. And I'm pretty sure I've been put on this earth to point them out to you.
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.
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!
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.
I'm trying to resist joining one of these new-fangled subscription services where I could get a whole box filled with amazing things delievered to my doorstep on the regular. Question is: do I want healthy snacks? New beauty finds? Or a plethora of hipster home goodness? I think we all know the answer to this. Stay tuned for further developments on my mailbox.