Friday, January 21, 2011

Mary Frances Vintage Things

So a couple of days ago, I got a package. I love mail. Ever since I was a kid I've always eagerly awaited letters, postcards and trinkets. I even entered sweepstakes to get random things. I also love vintage stores. Since the age of 15, I've enjoyed scowering local shops and supporting small shop owners.

Ever since discovering Holding the World in a Paper Cup about a year ago, I've enjoyed reading Hayley's blog and been inspired to work through my fears and try new things. The blog was enjoyable enough, but imagine my happiness when I learned of her etsy store! My love of getting mail and vintage combined! Once a week I looked at her shop to find something perfect for me, but it was a tough process through no fault of her own. You see, I am almost a elf. At 5ft tall and 95 pounds, and with a size 3 girls shoe (yes you read that right) finding vintage clothing without ever trying it on can be daunting. Finally, I found a shirt that I loved and looked like it would fit me. It was brown with a rainbow colored trim. Artsy and vintage, that was just my style. The model wearing it looked taller then I, (as much as you could tell from a picture anyway) but I went for it.

These were the results:

Wonder what it could be?

I loved (LOVED) the wrapping. Hayley takes great care in her clients items and adds sweet little touches.

Why it's my shirt!

I am not a model, but oh gosh I tried. I took three "modely" pics before I laughed and gave up.

I love, love, love the shirt! Thank you Hayley! :) If you would like to order from Mary Frances Vintage Things, please do so! The seller takes great care in making sure her clients get the items they want and everything is shipped rapidly! (I'll be writing a review on Etsy too!) Here's the address:

Much love and thanks from New Jersey!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I'm on top of the world right now. In spite of my temp position ending and once again searching for work, things have been looking up as of late. I called the second office of the company I worked for, which resides in San Antonio, Texas. (After several weeks of looking again here in the northeast, I decided to take drastic measures.) I gave them my resume, and filled out applications. Literally, the second I got off the phone with the office director in Texas, my best friend Erin called. She and her new husband obtained a rental house 45 minutes from me.

"We're looking for a roommate to help cut some costs, and the only person we thought of is you," she said. "We'd love to have you."

I took a day to think about it, debating on moving down south alone, (oh the adventure!) or having my first moving venture be renting a house with my friends 45 minutes away. "Moving with Erin doesn't have to be forever," my brother advised. "I think this is a great stepping stone and a way to save money. THEN you can have your adventure." He was right. I took up Erin's offer. And so, with no concrete plan in place, I will be moving out in the spring.

I am elated. It's funny how life works out.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well 2010 ended rather uneventfully, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. My two brothers, friends, and three of my cousins went to Times Square last night to watch the ball drop. I decided that I would have rather pulled my own teeth than be crammed in with millions of people unable to move or go to the bathroom for hours. Instead, I put on my Pj's and watched everything from the comfort of my living room with Dad. 2010 was such a strange year of highs and lows. Attending the funeral of a teenage boy one month, and a joyous wedding the next. Meeting new friends. Another friend getting engaged. I wondered what 2011 would bring?

This is the year that our family will be splitting up and embarking on new adventures. Part of me was a little nervous at this realization, but mostly excited at what the year would bring. I've decided 2011 will be the year of trying new things, of joy and wonder.