Yeah, so the thirty five post got me thinking. Here we are, on this internet, and yeah, it can be homogenous. But we like tea parties. We like rosy glows. We like old things with history, we like new shiny golden things. Our hearts resonate & vibrate to these things, we are not always just ‘being trendy’ – we are tugging on heart strings that need nourishment in a world too often filled with traffic jams and cubicles and bills. We want stripes and pink cake, damn you, to soothe our little souls.
But sites like Pinterest and Polyvore can really be calming and stressful all at once. They’re super handy because I’m all over the place with my style and decor, and sometimes I want to feel more discerning and directed. It really hones my aesthetic and is fascinating from a magpie point of view – what am I picking up and saying “ohhh! shiny!!” about? On the other hand, I can’t afford all that stuff, and some people can. It hurts my head to be exposed too much to people whom before-blogs I maybe wouldn’t have crossed paths with, people who think nothing of having many pairs of $900 shoes. Haves and Have nots, blown up 23719872342-fold with the internet.
So, I do not like to read many blogs that have a lot of Stuff and Desire. I adore ladies like Jen at Honey Kennedy and Ginny Branch who are picky and choosy in all the right ways & find unique new designers and shops, but I have to be careful. I think about consumption a lot, and I can’t have All The Nice Things I Want and I don’t need to be making myself want stuff I don’t need and can’t afford and don’t want to fill landfills with.
And oh, I will want stuff. Against logic I will decide I need some crazy thing I saw, especially makeup products (see last post) or shoes. I’m usually pretty strict on myself about buying new, plus, there ain’t no money, honey. Luckily, I’m good at finding bargains and wrangling free stuff. Like that locket. Cute, no?
I also fall into the “Wow, I am really not blonde and young and tall and thin and there really is a lot of that and maybe it would be nice if I was but you know that’s not really possible so um maybe I’ll just buy this lipstick instead, ok?” thought process (advertising psychology for the win!) more than I should admit. And I definitely fall off the buying wagon more than I’d like to admit, too. You can’t thrift lipstick.
Never-the-less, there are some things I want right now, for reals. That sounds crazy after all that, right? But it’s true. We’re complex people with complex needs. I can know I need to be frugal and still want a new dress. But instead of running out and buying it all I’m making thrift lists for Palm Springs & keeping eyes peeled.
1. Cameo rings. Though, this is one spot where the internet is working against itself because something I read said “cameos used to be dumpy and now they totally hot.” What does that even MEAN? I still want one. My mom has a couple lovely Victorian family cameo lockets with tiny photos of my great great great grandmother. It’s also really really hard to find nice cameos, and I want rose gold, so we shall see.
2. Vintage hankies. It’s allergy/cold season. I’ve had a stack I saved because they were pretty but now i’m using them as they were meant to be used. Delicious.
3. Babies. Sean saw me adding baby things to Pinterest and said “You do know that’s not how you make babies, right?” The internet is probably 75% responsible for my baby wanting right now. I will probably not find one in Palm Springs. Though you never know. Wink wink.
4. A striped blazer. This one might be a buy-new investment, something really nice, if I can’t find it thrifting.
5. Champagne coupes. I know they’re not as good for the champagne as flutes, but I don’t care. Also doesn’t really go with the babies. Whoops.
6. Plain porcelain vases. Yep.
How about you? Are you as prone to falling into desire-fits from blogs?