Happy Friday Purchase!
Red Shoes by Askey Ilustration on Etsy.com
Today I went to the Princeton Day Bryn-Mawr used book sale. Sounds pretty uppity for a room full of books, eh? Well, that’s how they do in Princeton! The proceeds actually go towards scholarships to Bryn Mawr and Wellesley. I’ve heard of the famed sale several years ago but finally got around to it. With my friend Kyu, fellow bibliophile, we went to what ended up being box/bag day- where you can fill a box they give you for $10.00 or a bag for $5. She went for the bag option, I went for the box (and I could have stood to fill it up more, if my poor arms could take any more weight!), and I got a pretty decent haul. At first, I didn’t think I was going to fill a bag, not even considering the box option. I browsed through the travel books, then some hardcover fiction, putting some books in my recyclable tote I brought along, but once we got to the literary classic table, my bag filled up until I went out into the lobby for a box. So it happens!
My favorite finds were of a bunch of vintage Penguin paperbacks. I got a lot, so I’m putting a small stack of them together for a gift for another Penguin fan friend.
Notice how they all don’t really line up exactly? Funny! Anyway, these are probably going to be saved for a project or display of sorts, as opposed to actually reading.
As for the rest of my haul, I ended up getting several books that Nick and I own already, but I couldn’t pass up their way-cooler vintage covers (All Quiet on the Western Front and Animal Farm are examples of this). I’m really pleased about the Nancy Mitford bio of Zelda Fitzgerald and the Joyce Carol Oats novel (that cover is so hot!). The James Bond is for the boy, but I love the hot pink cover!
I also managed to score some more books, included really old copies of The Forsyte Saga and Woman in White as well as a biography for Martha Gellhorn, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections (without an Oprah sticker thankyouverymuch), and a copy of What to Expect when You’re Expecting (for a friend!). It was a fun time with my friend to just go nuts on all these books. We’re looking forward to next year’s sale, as well as any other used book sales that come our way. Now it’s time to go through the library and see if I can prune a bit to accommodate our new books!
To chase this feeling, I just purchased a set of Ford Maddox Ford vintage Penguins on Ebay. Woohoo!
I guess it’s not that late-night, but skipped out on a BNO (Boy’s Night Out) with Nick and his buddies to lay in my bed and rest up to work the floor of Coffee Fest day 2. I forgot how it is being on your feet all day, talking to people about tea.
As I try to rest the extra caffeine in my system (had some frozen espresso beans covered in chocolate syrup, among other things), I did cave and bought myself something (the shopping ban goes back into effect NOW…oh and I rescheduled my GREs…again), this print by Youngna Park.
I spied it first on Designismine and fell in love with it. Something about the bright bunting (Designismine’s love of bunting has rubbed off on me) and the dreariness of the naked trees. Tonight, I finally saw a way to purchase it off of 20×200. Now it is mine, awaiting a frame to be placed on the desk to cheer me up when feeling down, which I have to admit, is what I’m feeling today.
I’m just hoping that Target has a HUGE stock of Liberty of London, because going by this video, it’s going to be insane. I think I might buy every I see in this video and that I can justify the purchase of it all. There will be some online exclusives (like a teapot and a beach cruiser!). I’m really hoping the dresses and accessories are well made, it’s so hard to find lovely floral print dresses. And I plan to wear many dresses once the warmer weather hits.
Visit Liberty of London’s page on Target.com to check out four of the prints. You can also take a FB quiz to see what pattern you are and download wallpaper for your iPhone, Droid, or desktop. Fun! I’m in love with the ultra-feminine Garla print above. I might have to get the quilt, much to Nick’s chagrin.
Wow! What a productive Sunday so far. Every Sunday, Em and I attend free yoga at the Princeton Lulumon (purveyor of pricey but GOOD workout gear). We get our power vinyasa on for an hour, and this Sunday we decided to breakfast at Small World Coffee (steel-cut oats with bananas) and then catch the Central NJ Slow Food Winter Farmer’s Market over at Forrestral Village. Stocked up on some oyster and shiitake mushrooms, almond and mushroom pate, eggplant spread, salsa fresca, and sampled some delicious BBQ sauce from Funni Bonz. After that, there was a quick pit stop at Target for things (I broke my rule and bought bedsheets. My bad), spied on the awesome promotional stuff for Liberty of London for Target.
Did I tell you that we got some pinwheels too? Our buddy Meghan (aforementioned in the dress post), works for Kate Spade, and their Princeton store is covered with cute pinwheels in yellow, green, pink, and blue in time for spring. Adorable! Wish I had gotten a picture of it, but unfortunately did not. The best part? You can take them! I think people looked at us a little crazy, but I ended up taking two since the first one (had a speck of dirt on it) did not go back so easily into its holder, and in fear of setting off a store alarm, I ‘got one for Nick’.
Anyway, the rest of the day is filled with studying, laundry, and a trip to the movies later this evening. In between turing the pages of my GRE book, I will be catching up with My Milk Toof– the cutest thing on the Internet, possibly thus far. It is a series of adorable pictures featuring a long lost baby tooth (and his friend) and the adventures they get into. Check them out and be prepared to squeal from the cuteness.
I’m limiting myself to a very strict shopping budget until post GRE’s (my treat will be summer clothes at the JCrew outlet and a all out crazy-lady spree at Target on March 14 when Liberty for London debuts. That will be a post on its own, I’m sure). Food, gas, beer, and maybe that pretty paisley scarf from Anthropologie (maybe) will be allowed for the next three weeks. Wish me luck.
But of course, this post I caught on My Love for You is like a Stampede of Horses a VERY awesome art blog teased me with these Jill Bliss iPhone covers from Uncommon. You choose the print you wish and you can resize the picture to fit your case. My choice below:
Wants! So bad!! I love Jill Bliss’ vintage-y floral prints and how cute would that be sheltering my iPhone from unfortunate drops and nicks? I thought I was pretty rad with my hot magenta iCase, but now I’ve seen something even better.
At $39.95 they are a bit pricey, but perhaps on part of this crazy spree in three weeks, I can treat myself to one. Uncommon has a crazy slew of other artists too. Pretty!