thrifted lately

When we first moved, there were two things I looked for right away - the closest thrift store and the best brunch spot. Thankfully, three months in, I've found both. We have a Savers in our neighborhood that has quickly become my favorite, and it's the perfect place to visit on a lazy Sunday after pancakes and mimosas.

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Let me tell you the story of this blazer. First of all, I have no idea where it's from or what size it is - there are absolutely no tags to be found. I took my parents to a swap meet at a local high school and we got there super late. In fact, we were so late that they were practically giving things away. This blazer? 25 cents. Yes, this blazer cost the same price as a gumball.IMG_5445
I'd wanted one of these Anthropologie mugs for a while. I actually found one at a thrift store once before but it was the letter "G" and I didn't know anyone to get it for. When I found this "M" I was over the moon excited. I got it for 99cents rather than whatever ridiculous price Anthro asks.IMG_5432
I have been on a small watch craze and fell in love with this one. I don't always remember to look through the jewelry at thrift stores, but when I do I always go straight to the watches.
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This gingham dress is one of my favorites! It goes with everything and I've had no trouble wearing it whether it's hot or cold out.IMG_5455
This mustard granny chair stole my heart... I found it and immediately fell in love. Mustard/golden yellow is my favorite color, so I knew it needed to come home and live in our office. But when we brought it home I decided I hated it, so we actually loaded it back into the car and tried to return it. They wouldn't accept it because we'd torn the tags off (ugh) so we had to load it back into our car and bring it back home. (By this point Kevin despised the chair). Thankfully I ended up re-falling in love with it. Plus, it's Mango's favorite spot in the office.
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This stationery kit was $2 and brand spankin' new. It's filled with envelopes, cute papers, stickers, address labels and gift bags - all in matching patterns.

What have you thrifted lately?

recipe: chocolate chip + banana bread

I'm not a big fan of bananas, I always feel like I'm eating mushy baby food when I bite into one. But baked with chocolate chips? Yes, please. I found a recipe online and tweaked it a little bit to make this version. It came out super moist and delicious. I will definitely be making this again with our next batch of ignored bananas.

ingredients: 3/4 cup room temp butter, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 5 tsp milk, 3 over-ripe bananas (mashed), 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used mini)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine the butter and sugar and whip until combined/fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and combine. Add the mashed bananas and milk and mix for about 1 minute. Add flour and baking soda and mix until just combined. Mix in the chocolate chips. Grease 2 loaf pans, split batter evenly between them, and bake for 35-45 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Let cool and enjoy!

diy: geometric cement pots

I'm sure you've all seen something similar to these at a garden store or local boutique. If you're like me, you've ran over to it going "I NEED THAT" only to realize that no, you don't need that because you don't have $75 laying around. Well, I'm here to cheer you up because these are easy to make. 

I must admit, working with cement was a little intimidating at first. I had visions of myself getting stuck to something or the project just cracking in half when dry. It turned out to be really simple (when wet, the cement actually acts a lot like clay) and extremely cheap. My kinda project!

what you need: clean/dry carton, scissors, scotch tape, vaseline, quikrete (only $2.50/bag!), water, disposable cup/bowl and utensil (knife or spoon), water, dixie cup *optional: paint
Start with a clean, dry carton (milk/creamer/juice/whatever). Break it down and lay it flat. Trace out the shape(s) you want and then tape it all together. Make sure you tape every corner very well or cement will seep out. You also want to add extra tape for strength.
When your shape is completely taped, rub vaseline on the inside so it's completely coated. This will make removing the carton easier once the cement is dried. Mix cement with water - the package will tell you that you should use one pint per bag, but I used a lot more. Continually stir and get all the chunks out. Once your cement is your desired consistency (mine looked like pancake batter), pour or scoop it into your tapes shape(s). When the cement has dried for a bit and had some time to harden (about 3 hours), stick in your dixie cup to the center and push down. This will be the spot for the plant. Allow to dry for 48 hours. Once dry, remove the carton/tape from the outside. Decorate/paint however you'd like!