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I like to keep little things that I use on a regular basis close at hand. This is especially true when I’m half awake putting myself together for work weekday mornings. In order to keep my bathroom counter, or dresser top, from looking too cluttered I find it useful to place things in little inexpensive dishes. Only I usually won’t pay the extra cash for the actual labeled “jewelry dish” in a store. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives to be had. Places like HomeGoods, and of course Goodwill, are always overflowing with housewares (just be sure to check for cracks/chips/etc.). The trick is not to limit yourself to just one area, but still have a clear idea of what to look for. The examples below are small dishes I found on sale at Target (each were less than $5 on sale). I wanted either white or clear glass, simple shapes, no patterns and not plastic. The little square dish will be just right for holding rings or lip balm on my nightstand, and I have the longer small dish in mind for eye and lip pencils.
Aside from reading a good book, I love spend a rainy day with a cup of tea and browsing the web. A couple of years ago I came across this online mecca of Asian fashion yesstyle.com. Seeing what styles are offered in other countries interests me, even more so if I can try some things out myself! Yesstyle is certainly not lacking in the amount of products they offer, and it can be overwhelming at times. I have ordered from the site once, and the quality vs. price of the clothing was what I would expect. None of the fabric felt too thin, but their sizing does run rather small across the board. Petite persons will benefit from this, but limited sizing options might make buying anything other than accessories hit-and-miss for others. My delivery arrived via DHL, which was frustrating as they would not leave the package at my apartment office. (I can not say how they are with returns since I kept all the items I purchased.) One final note – they apparently have a retail store in San Francisco, CA. If anyone has visited there, how was it?
Truth be told I don’t have large makeup collection, but I do enjoy experimenting with my fair share of products. One thing I am picky about are lipsticks. I have a couple of more expensive lipsticks in my bag because, to me, they feel better on my lips and have a better color payoff. (I budget in other areas so I can splurge on a few luxuries without breaking the bank.) That being said, I am certainly not above trying drugstore products. Awhile back I used up my NARS Dolce Vita lipstick and have been looking for a cheaper day-to-day alternative. Lasting Finish by Kate for Rimmel London in Rossetto (08) is what I picked up. At Target it costs about $5. I was pleasantly surprised by the neutral pink color, and it does not dry out my lips. For less than ten dollars I definitely feel as though I got my moneys worth.
I have had this shower curtain for some time, but a lot of people I know get a kick out of it. That being said I think it deserves a shout out. I was looking for an interesting way to update my bathroom decor when I came across the “Pin up Girl” shower curtain from Sin in Linen.
What drew me to it obviously was the fun print, and also that it was black/white/gray. This way I could pick any accent color for my bath accessories. The fabric is soft 100% cotton, meaning when I get tired of it in my bath it will be easy to re-purpose for other decorating ideas (should I ever be brave enough to try the sewing machine sitting in my closet). I bought the curtain rings at Target, though I’m not sure they are in stock any longer. The collage is what I made for decoration from pages of a pin-up book found at Barnes & Noble on clearance.
I’ve been inspired by seeing the many blogs sharing tips, tricks and interesting lifestyle topics on the internet. So this is my little space for sharing what I think is relevant, or perhaps what someone happens upon while surfing the web at 3 a.m. Welcome!