Summer Polaroids Collection: #1

Summer Polaroids Collection: #1

This is the first photo out of a collection of 8 summertime photos that I will be blogging about (my post about buying this instant film can be found here).

This photo was taken right before my boyfriend and I parted ways to go back to our respective hometowns for the summer. Unfortunately, this is one of my most unflattering looks ever, but I still think the picture came out kinda cute-ish :P

Thrifting Is Truly Amazing!

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before, but one of my favorite things to do is to go thrift shopping.

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I’m not really sure why I like thrifting so much. I think part of it is that I just really enjoy the thrill of finding something really amazing and unique, with plenty of life left in it, for a really great price! Here are some of the things I’ve found over the years at thrift stores, antique stores, flea markets, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. that were seriously incredible finds:
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Sometimes I find things that are a bit more on the ordinary side, such as clothes, books, and jewelry, which is fine because I save so much more money buying that item at a thrift store than if I had bought it new somewhere else!

ImageSo now, let me talk a bit about the newest addition to my growing list of thrifty finds from last week!

I spent a good part of Wednesday at multiple thrift stores in search of a cheap wooden table with decent legs on it that could be turned into a desk for my new apartment (which I did eventually find and will be posting about that later on! Stay tuned :P ).

After searching a few places, I ended up at a Goodwill store and, once again, did not find the kind of table I was looking for. Discouraged, I decided to waste a little bit of time looking at some other things that were for sale. Just as I was leaving the store, the most glorious and beautiful leather bag caught my eye, and I knew I had to turn around to get a closer look…

ImageI literally could not believe what I was seeing! I had been eying the vintage Dooney & Bourke “All Weather Leather” Essex purses for quite some time now. I even almost bought one off of eBay this past Christmas, but decided against it because it was too expensive for me at the time (The one I was looking at was $75).

I am so glad that I waited, because I found this bag for only $25! I was a bit wary of its authenticity at first, especially since it was priced way under what I thought it was worth. However, after doing some brief research (thanks a bunch to this website and this blog), I quickly realized that I held a truly authentic bag in my hands! WOW!

Here are some more photos of my bag. I was so impressed to find it in such amazing condition at such a low price point! Gotta love Goodwill :)

ImageAll in all, another successful thrifting excursion! The best thrift days are the ones when you initially set out looking for one thing and you end up finding something totally different and unexpected instead! :) Have you ever had a lucky thrifting experience before?

Oh, Hey There, WordPress…

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted last. I never thought that my summer would ever get as busy as it has. At the beginning of May, I came up with a mental checklist of  things that I wanted to accomplish over the summer break, including:

  • become CPR/First Aid certified
  • learn how to ride a bike (finally)
  • begin studying for the GMAT I will most likely be taking next school year
  • pick up my clarinet once again
  • do some thrifty apartment shopping
  • read a bunch of books (fiction, non-fiction, and business topics)
  • complete a few crafts for my new apartment
  • hang out with some friends from high school
  • try out new dinner recipes
  • (and of course) blog more often

Needless to say, I have unfortunately not been able to cross off a single one of those items  off my mental checklist. All I have been doing (and I really do mean ALL that I have been doing) these past 3 or 4 weeks is working endless hours at my job and reading endless stories for my World Literature summer class.

At least I’m being productive (not to mention making mad BANK!), but if it’s at the expense of my summer and my sanity, I’d much rather just work on my little summer checklist.

Thankfully, there are some nice things I can still look forward to this summer. First, my uncle is coming to visit from LA this coming weekend, which is awesome. Also, I’m moving into my new apartment in about three weeks or so, and I am SUPER excited about that! I can’t wait to get out of the apartment I am in now! I am also going on a week-long beach vacation the week after my summer class ends :) AND, I’ve made it so that my last day at work for the summer is July 11th, which leaves me some extra time before class starts up in August to get the things done that I actually WANT to do. :D YAY!

Now that I feel I’ve adequately quenched my thirst for procrastination, I should probably go write this essay that’s due tomorrow before I have to go in to work. Oy vey…

Derailed

I haven’t posted on my blog in over two weeks.

It’s not because I’ve been too busy to sit down and write anything, and it’s not because I haven’t done anything exciting that’s worth blogging about.

The truth is that I actually have been pretty busy these last few days, and I’ve done some pretty fun and exciting things lately that I could have very easily written about. Here is where I think the problem lies:

Whenever I come up with an idea, I have this vision in my head of what the final product of that idea will be like, and that vision is what I set as my goal and what I try so hard to achieve. Somewhere deep down, I know that the initial vision of something is almost never what ends up happening in the end, and a lot of times that can be a great and positive thing. Though for whatever reason, if after some time something doesn’t turn out the way I pictured it, I tend to get distracted by my “failure” to the point where I feel completely unmotivated and uninspired to continue on. When I feel that way, it makes me just want to stop trying or quit completely.

I know I’m not the only person to have ever felt this way… but the feeling is rather awful. It’s like writer’s block but much worse because I’ve also managed to lose my purpose during this phase of being completely uninspired, and so I have no idea where to go from here.