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Black & White Purchases

I’ve been keeping an eye out for bargains lately and it paid off. I got 3 dresses + 1 pair of ankle booties for less than 50€ total! How crazy is that? I’d never find such good deals at local stores. My new favorite web store is New Look; that’s where I got 3 out of the 4 items I bought. Now, I was looking over my orders and realized that they are all black and white … This was definitely not intentional. I guess I happened to be in a black & white kind of mood! In any case, I’ve vowed myself that any future purchase will include more color, before my wardrobe turns into a black & white fest. But I have to admit there’s something about this contrasting combination that I love. Now, I’m almost 8 months pregnant so there’s obviously no chance in Hell I could fit into these right now, but I can’t wait!!! The floral dress will be my main motivation to get that belly flat again! The model is shorter than me, so the dress should actually hit right above my knees, which is the perfect length.

black and white contrast clothing fashion purchases newlook new look asos dress striped floral pattern knit knee length ankle booties
-1- New Look Black Grid Check Pleated Dress- Was 29.99€ / Bought for 9€
-2- ASOS Club L Wrap Front Midi Dress in Bold Mono Floral- Was 16.90€ / Bought for 14.08€
-3- New Look Black Quilted Panel Ankle Boots- Was 29.99€ / Bought for 15€
-4- New Look Black Textured Stripe Cap Sleeve Shift Dress- Was 34.99€ / Bought for 10.50€

Here’s a useful tip if you find an awesome sale on New Look but then realize that it’s out of stock: bookmark that page! Sometimes those items do sporadically get back in stock for a brief moment at the same discounted price that they were before they sold out. This is how I managed to get dress #4. My size was no longer available and within one day all sizes were completely sold out. I kept an eye on it, and less than one week later, my size was suddenly back in stock. I’m guessing this happens when a customer returns an item back to them, because as soon as I completed my order, the dress was listed out of stock again. So I’m assuming the available quantity was just one lol I’ve seen this happen with other items that I didn’t end up buying but had kept an eye on as well. It pays off to refresh that page several times a day for a week or more. Sounds slightly obsessive, but hey, if I can get a pretty dress for 10 euros or less, I don’t mind! 😛

By the way, if you don’t follow me on Pinterest yet, please do: https://www.pinterest.com/lisakristie/ I pin a ton of items all the time and some of them are great finds that I end up buying myself.

Block Heels – Yay or Nay?

I’ve been meaning to update my wardrobe for quite a while now. It’s been idle for far too long. I got pregnant soon after we married in 2013, so shopping wasn’t really an option anymore with a growing belly. Plus, maternity wear never interested me one bit. Then Sam passed away and that’s when began the lamest year of my life, which was spent grieving and trying to get through this thick fog. And then right when I was starting to emotionally get better, I got pregnant with this little one … So, again … a growing belly and swollen feet meant no shopping for fun stuff.

I’m nearing the end of this pregnancy and for the first time in years, I am now looking forward to completely update my clothes. I’ve done a major cleanup a while ago (which I will post about later). And I basically freed up a ton of room so I could start filling it with new stuff.

One area that needs a major update is: my shoes. While browsing many web shops, I noticed an increased presence of block heels. I’m not quite sure what to think of them. I’ve always preferred slimmer heels, as they look more delicate and feminine – in my opinion anyway. And block heels still scream both “granny” and “90’s” to me. However, I can imagine they might be easier to walk in. I looked through a zillion different models on ASOS and found a few that I might consider giving a chance …

block heels asos spring 2016 selection sandals summer

-1- Carvela Sadie Block Heeled Sandals for 84.50€ | -2- Head over Heels By Dune Nadie Nude Mid Heel Sandals for 49.29€ | -3- New Look Premium Real Leather Faux Snakeskin Block Heel for 84.49€ | -4- River Island Studded Block Heel Sandal for 56.34€ | -5- ALDO Cicci Gold Block Mid Heel Sandals for 77.46€

ASOS has been offering free shipping for ages now, but I noticed recently that they also started offering free returns. This could be a great way to try on some shoes and then decide whether I’d keep them or not. Because if I hesitate too much, I noticed that I generally end up not buying at all. Maybe this will prompt me to give block heels a try! I’m still not convinced though … Hmmm?

My inner child just broke loose

These past few weeks, I’ve been sorting through all the boxes that contain my childhood toys. And boy, I think I just added a little fun in my life! First, here are the treasures I’ve found. Who remembers these?

Polly Pocket bluebird toys plc boxes vintage 1990 90's original closed daycare house home first edition school restaurant pistachio blue shell pink purple flower

Polly Pocket bluebird toys plc boxes vintage 1990 90's original nursery daycare house home first edition school restaurant pistachio blue shell pink purple flower inside open
Polly Pocket: school, restaurant, house, and day care.

Polly Pocket figures figurines bride girl black cat restaurant table ring yellow pink purple blonde tiny miniature original vintage bluebird toys plc 1990 90's

Polly Pocket figure figurine character black hair principal school teacher costume formal kim jong-un north korea korean leader dictator lookalike funny meme 1990 90's vintage original

^^ I just realized I’ve been owning a Polly Pocket sized Kim Jong-un for all these years. He runs a pistachio colored school. With discipline!

I have also rediscovered my Littlest Pet Shop collection. Wow, the memories!

kenner parker hasbro littlest pet shop toys vintage 1992 90's original genuine with packaging chimp turtles tortoise cats kittens complete full set mint tonka corporation mes tout petits amis animals pets

I’m amazed I still own the original packagings. I remember wanting the whole series so badly!

And then I found this little guy …

tamagotchi bandai pink green european euro version neon p1 gen1 generation 1 first mint condition working tamatchi

And that’s when my enthusiasm got a bit out of hand, because I declared I will never be too old to play with electronic pets. So I went ahead and purchased 2 brand new Tamagotchis at my local toy store:

Tamagotchi Friends bandai european version wave 1 white red pink orange leopard blue dalmatian black spots original packaging brand new

tamagotchi friends european euro edition version white leopard red orange blue spots dots pattern shell design brand new

And you know what? I love it! I should seriously do this more often because this is the best remedy to a boring adult day! Going through all my old childhood stuff was a ton of fun. They’d been in boxes for almost 15 years, so I’ve organized them better, and also cleaned and washed most of it. My initial plan was to store them all in the attic. But … I’ve now decided to leave some out. My Tamagotchi being one of them, as I’m currently running it. Seriously. Can you believe it’s still in perfect working condition? That thing is almost 20 years old. I just popped new batteries in, and bam, it works.

I can’t wait to start using the two new ones I got, as soon as I’m done with the vintage one. This will – from now on – be my sweet little break from adulthood every once in a while. And every so often, I’m going to treat myself and buy either a vintage version or a newer version. Just like that. Because what a boring world this would be if every single one of us fully grew up, right? 😝

♥︎ Lisa

 

Celestial Seasonings Tea

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celestial seasonings tea sandwich lunch
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Typical Monday here. Bad weather, bad luck, bad mail. Just bad all around. The power went out in the whole house around 11am, and I cut my finger trying to open the electric case on the wall. That was right after I got a bill in the mail … Lovely!

Anyway, I wanted to share this awesome new tea I discovered last week:”Celestial Seasonings“. The pretty box caught my eye at the store, and now I’m hooked! I know the box here says “sleepy time” but I drink it any time of the day. Such a rebel.

A quick peek at Celestial’s website made it clear that only a fraction of their products are available at my local store. Just look how many herbal teas they have: http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/herbal-teas And that’s only one section. I think our supermarket only has about 5 flavors total. Boohoo :-( I wish I could test them all. Although it’s an American based company, their products seem to be available worldwide. I know some of my readers are from the UK and Germany, so maybe you guys will have a little more luck where you live.

I know I totally sound like an advert now lol I promise I’m not getting paid for this (I wish though).

♥︎ Lisa

Wolf’s first bath

It went so well! He’s such a well behaved little dog. Didn’t even flinch at the hairdryer :-)

chihuahua bath time bathroom shampoo cleaning shower adult male smooth coat short haired tan cream brown white black cute small dog tiny adorable home washing
chihuahua bath time bathroom shampoo cleaning shower adult male smooth coat short haired tan cream brown white black cute small dog tiny adorable home washing
^^ Gert keeps taking pictures of us with my hair on his head; he says we’re color matched :-/

chihuahua bath time bathroom shampoo cleaning shower adult male smooth coat short haired tan cream brown white black cute small dog tiny adorable home washing
chihuahua bath time bathroom shampoo cleaning shower adult male smooth coat short haired tan cream brown white black cute small dog tiny adorable home washing
chihuahua bath time bathroom shampoo cleaning shower adult male smooth coat short haired tan cream brown white black cute small dog tiny adorable home washing
chihuahua bath time bathroom shampoo cleaning shower adult male smooth coat short haired tan cream brown white black cute small dog tiny adorable home washing
chihuahua bath time bathroom shampoo cleaning shower adult male smooth coat short haired tan cream brown white black cute small dog tiny adorable home washing
chihuahua bath time bathroom shampoo cleaning shower adult male smooth coat short haired tan cream brown white black cute small dog tiny adorable home washing

We used this 2 in 1 shampoo / conditioner by Beaphar, made in Belgium, of course:
beaphar dog pet shampoo conditioner 2in1 2 in 1 made in belgium europe european shampoo

His hair is definitely softer to the touch now. Tomorrow I will brush his teeth!

♥︎ Lisa