Wreaths, I hate them

Fun fact: I hate wreaths. I’m not sure what it is about them but I usually just feel like they’re tacky… Tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way? Anyways, imagine my surprise when I saw this collection of wreaths from Sur La Table and fell in LOVE. My favorite is the rosemary and bay wreath (its edible!) but all of these are just gorgeous. If I was allowed to hang things on my door I’d pick one of these up ASAP.

These kind of have me in a holiday mood. I’ll admit that I’m dying to set up my Christmas decorations but I’m holding out until after Thanksgiving…or at least trying to!!

You can see the rest of the wreaths here.

xoxo
Mal

Birthday Wishlist

My birthday is in one week. I am so excited and cannot wait to share the details of my celebration with all of you. Until then, I thought it would be fun to post my birthday wishlist. Let’s call this my “if everyone in my life was rich and generous” wishlist :). In reality, I’d be pretty content with hugs. So here we go…

Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

Gift Certificate to Amazon so I can buy books :)

Modern Family on DVD. I freaking love that show and I need more of it in my life.

Gift Certificate to American Apparel (so I can buy this skirt!) (source)

This pan from Le Creuset

This bullet ring that’s been on my wishlist forever.

Annnd a remote control timer for my camera (for more fashion posts!)

Ahhh birthdays. A time for dreaming :)

xoxo
Mal

Renegade Swag

Last weekend I quickly stopped by the Renegade Craft Fair. This is my third time hitting up Renegade Chicago and every year I’ve found something awesome. I didn’t have much money this year and wasn’t planning on buying anything at all (it’s just as fun to look as it is to make purchases) but when I stopped by the Yee Haw Industries booth my plans changed immediately.

A quick side story… My friend Kristina once told me she didn’t want to visit my house when I get older because I have really creepy taste. I think that sentiment perfectly sums up my affection for this AWESOME print I bought…

You can get your own on Yee Haw’s etsy site, here.

I can’t even begin to describe all of the reasons I love this. I don’t even like steak so it’s not because of that. I just think it’s hilarious. I love the typography and, it’s freaking letterpress. Are you kidding me? My obsession with letterpress is undying. As soon as I saw it I turned to my friend and said, “I’m buying that. Let’s go find an ATM”. Poor guy, he had to listen to me talk about it the rest of the day. Oh well, I’m sure he loved it just as much as me ;).

Have any of you ever been to one of the Renegade Craft Fairs? I know they have them all over. If so, did you pick up any sweet stuff at them!? Renegade is the best!!

xoxo
Mal

P.S.
I already found a home for my print. You’ll see it in all of its glory when I start posting images from my apartment tour!!

Winner!!

So a while back I entered a giveaway over on Bridget’s blog for some great vintage swag. To my surprise, I WON. I love winning giveaways. It doesn’t happen too often and always seems like such a treat when it does :). I won a great gift certificate from Jean Jean Vintage and got to pick out what I wanted with my gift certificate!!
Giveaway Swag
Giveaway Swag
Giveaway Swag
I ended up choosing this vintage czech glass necklace and it is completely gorgeous. I haven’t worn it yet (slacker, I know) because it seems too special to just wear with anything.
Giveaway Swag
Giveaway Swag
Plus, how great is that packaging? I loved opening it!!

The owner of the shop is a doll and gave me free shipping and everything. If you’re jonesin’ for some great vintage jewelry, I would highly recommend checking out Jean Jean Vintage. For realll! Have any of you scored some great vintage swag recently?

xoxo
Mal

Great Day in Ikea

So I mentioned in my weekend update that I went to Ikea. I had such a fun day and I wanted to share pictures :).

I love going to Ikea because it’s sort of like testing out a bunch of different lifestyles…

We tested out beds in comfy, city-like apartments.
Testing Beds
And tried out the lifestyle of people who own fainting couches.
Fainting Chair
We tried out some pretty sweet bath accessories.
Eric & Jason
And took obligatory mirror pictures in a pretend bathroom that looks like it belongs in a swanky bachelor pad.
Ikea Bathroom Pictures ;)
Then we decided that the style that fit us best was the style we already had :). Feeling confident in ourselves, we finished our trip with a delicious snack and lots of shared smiles.
My "Selling Smile"
Eric and Me
Ikea treats
Needless to say, Ikea makes me a happy girl.
Big Smile
Do you enjoy shopping with friends? I truly do and then when I got home, I was met with this gorgeous view out my living room window.
Pretty View from my Apartment
My life can be pretty great. I’m really thankful for everything that I have :)

xoxo
Mal