Well it sure has taken me several weeks to write this! As you remember, my mom and I went to Brimfield back on May 15th. We lucked out with decent weather, dry and not too hot. Surprisingly, I restrained myself and didn't go crazy buying a bunch of unnecessary, overpriced goods. Here are some photos from this year's show:
As I said, I definitely restrained myself more this year, however I did buy the most beautiful quilt, something that I've been coveting for months! You've probably seen them at Anthropologie selling for double their original price. I stumbled upon the kantha quilts first somewhere near Mays - they were selling for $65, and I thought, "well, I don't really need this..." And walked away. You know, I'm on this quality-versus-quantity kick right now! So fast forward to strolling down further to a different area, stumbling upon a nest of hundreds of kantha quilts, selling for $75 and up..."I actually sell these to Anthropologie and they inflate the price by at least double, so this is a steal." Mhmm, ok guy. I immediately panicked and said to my mom, "I have to go back and buy one from that other vendor, it's a good deal!" In the interest of time, my mom and I split up (and it was like going back to the age before cell phones, lemme tell you, T-Mobile has NO service out in Brimfield!) and I set out on my quest. I couldn't find the vendor! I frantically tracked down my mom, who has wonderful sense of direction, and she flawlessly found the vendor where we originally found the blankets. This chick negotiated too! I mean, yes my mom helped, but I offered $50, he asked for $55, I stared at my mom realizing I only had $20's left in my wallet, and then decided..."Ok!" I would say it was a great deal, and the kantha quilt is beautiful. A work of art. I want to hang it on a wall, to be honest!
It was a great day after a rough start (we hit more traffic than normal and it took us an extra hour to get there!), and we finished the day strong with a trip into Worcester. We had to of course stop at my beloved antique mall Crompton Collective, where I bought adorable clear plastic salt and pepper shakers, the letters S and P (my mom has them because I totally forgot them in her car!). We also had an amazing delicious dinner at Volturno Pizza - one of these better open in Cambridge soon!! I had the asparagi pizza with prosciutto, and my mom had the margherita dop. Both were insanely good! I highly recommend this resto if you're ever exploring the awesome town of Worcester. It's also next to Wormtown Brewery - über win-win.
I love perfume. I love smells. Maybe I tend to buy the same scent over and over without realizing it, in its different manifestations in designer perfumes. but whatever - I know what I like.
I was at the gym last week, drying my hair and getting ready for the day, when a girl behind me spritzed on the most wonderful perfume. I actually had to stop blow drying my hair and turn around and ask her what she was wearing. It was gorgeous and intoxicating and smelled so different! Although, I will admit at first I thought it was my beloved Frederic Malle perfume...more on that another day. The girl was so sweet and totally told me the name and showed me the bottle: "Straight to Heaven" by Kilian...which, I think it potentially could be by By Kilian, but whatever you get it.
Turns out this Kilian is actually Kilian Hennessy...think, cognac heir. This scent has rum notes in it, which I thought was very unique, and different from scents I typically gravitate toward. (Oddly enough, I just discovered last year that I like rum in cocktails!) It's a warm, woodsy, smoky, sensual scent that is honestly something I want to wear every day.
This past weekend I dragged my husband into Saks Fifth Ave so that I could spritz some of this on again (you know, to make sure I reeeally like it...), and we ended up smelling different creations in the line. We even learned more about the products themselves, and how one of his perfumes smells like peach rings, no lie. My husband really liked one that turned out to be Straight to Heaven - Splash of Lemon, part of the Sophie Matisse Art Edition, so of course I was trying to justify the purchase by saying we could share the scent! It totally smells different on us, too, you know, all those body chemicals and hormones and whatnot.
Truth be told, I'm watching a couple on eBay as we speak.
When my husband and I were on our honeymoon, I stumbled upon these sandals in a shop on Rue de Rennes in Paris. We waited in the shop for a good ten minutes and then left because the shop owner never appeared, and I was too shy to be all like "helloooooooo??" in French. I kicked myself daily (figuratively, of course) after we left because I didn't buy these, nor did I remember the name of the brand. Fast-forward to almost a year later and I just came upon these on Design Lovefest - yes!! Resolution!
Now to decide whether or not to purchase...
You may remember I'm trying really hard to practice whole wellness. Eating better and more whole foods, exercising regularly, practicing mindfulness when I can... I've also started curating a more healthy skincare routine. I recently stopped into Urban Outfitters (and felt sooooo old) and purchased this little gem:
It's a blue clay spot treatment mask made with Cambrian Blue Clay from Siberia. Oooh, ahh! So fancy! It only has 3 ingredients, the blue clay, white kaolin clay (which has many uses), and rose geranium essential oil. It claims to clarify "pores to draw out impurities while also helping your skin maintain moisture." Sign me up! I'm also a sucker for their packaging and design.
Sadly I have major blackheads around my T-zone and haven't found anything yet that really helps with this issue due to my sensitive skin. I tried this mask for the first time last night, and my skin definitely didn't feel dry or tight/stripped of moisture. It felt soft and velvety, and I definitely thought my pores looked cleaner. The only downside was that the mask because dusty and powdery once dried, which was a little much for me already dry eyes and sinuses (thanks, spring allergies). Side note, I'd post the photo I took of myself with the mask on, but I worry I'd scare all of you off.
After I rinsed the mask off with warm water, I massaged in some SW Basics Cream mixed with 2 drops of lavender oil. A little goes a long way! I purchased the cream recently at Follain, since after meeting her and using her other products I'm now a die-hard SW Basics/Adina Grigore fan girl.
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