Literary Inspirations - The Count of Monte Cristo

Friday, April 30, 2010

I'm way overdue for one of these but I've been a little busy lately! Anyway, this week's literary inspiration is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (yes, I also did The Three Musketeers by him)

Years spent locked away in a dungeon only to find riches beyond measure. Wealth in Parisian society, Italian masquerade celebrations, incriminating letters, runaway carriages, and lethal poison - all part of the plan of ultimate revenge. 

It's finally here!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

After months of planning and prepping, I am so excited to introduce the grand opening of

I hope to see you there!

3, 2, 1...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

We have a launch date! For real this time! (I hope) The boutique is going live Monday, April 26th! Hope to see you there!

The Great Bed Linen Debate

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'm usually pretty good about living within my means. I'm not a designer purse person, and although I love shoes I tend to look at it more "I could have 1 pair of designer shoes, or 7 pairs of cheaper shoes for the same price. Hmm, quantity it is!" So when I'm shopping and this purse tempts me:

because it's pink! And looks like cotton candy! And Easter eggs! And unicorns! I simply look down at the purse I'm currently carrying. The leather is water stained and spot marked from all the times I carried it out in the rain or snow. The bottom is scuffed from setting it on the floor. The hardware is chipped from hitting hard surfaces, and the handles are dingy from all the hands grabbing it. And that pretty much cures my urge to spend hundreds of dollars on a piece of leather that will look like that after I'm done with it. Also, this is why we can't have nice things.

But this post isn't about purses. (Haha tricked you, didn't I?) It's about sheets.

Because while I hesitate to spend money on purses or shoes or things most people normally splurge on, I will search to the ends of the earth to find the perfect bed linens. I figure that if I'm going to be spending approximately 8 hours every day on something, it might as well be the most luxurious material I can afford. Now before you start thinking "Wow Sarah, this is a really random post" let me explain.

First of all, I'm moving into my new place in less than 2 weeks and I'm really excited to start decorating. It'll be more fun this time around, since the first time I moved into a solo apartment in California I spent about 80% of each paycheck on rent, and the rest went to necessary things like a couch, mattress, and table because I really didn't want to sit/sleep/eat on the floor. And since I was broke, my apartment was furnished almost 100% by Ikea, Target, a bit of Walmart, and flea market/garage sale finds. Needless to say, some of that stuff didn't survive the move to the Midwest, so now I get to replenish my apartment with fun stuff that I actually want and like."Well great Sarah, but what does this have to do with your apparent obsession with sheets?" (That is what the imaginary you in my head is saying) I'll tell you, but first, more backstory! "Oh joy" (The you in my head is also sarcastic.)

I once had the same sheets for about 10 years. They were given to me as a gift and they were the most amazing bed linens I'd ever slept on. They also lasted the entire time without getting any holes in them. Before I went to college I completely redecorated my room at my parents' house and bought new bedding to match. I wanted to keep my amazing sheets, but they didn't go at all, so I had to buy new linens. However, I did find a fabulous alternative and have been sleeping happily on them whenever I am at my parents house. When I moved into my apartment in California and needed sheets, instead of buying new ones I simply used my trusty old faded blue sheets of amazingness. But sadly, the material is finally showing wear. After many years of use it's starting to fray and that means holes are not far off. I must start my search once again for bedding that can meet my high standards. 

Secondly, and the reason I'm even writing about sheets, is because Joanna at A Cup of Jo posted about these adorable sheets from West Elm and that reminded me that I need to start looking for bedding.

I think those are fantastic but personally, the thread count isn't high enough, meaning I won't find them soft enough. The current sheets I have are from Lands' End bought back in the day when I used to work there. They don't have the exact ones anymore, but an equivalent would be the 400-Count No Iron Supima Sateen Bedding which I am in love with and may end up buying a set if I can't find anything else. Or, I may splurge and go for the 600-count Ultimate Bedding, just because they're "ultimate". But that one isn't sateen, and sateen adds a degree of softness. However, while those are nice, I kind of want fun patterned sheets, which apparently are more difficult to find in super high thread counts.

These striped sheets from Pottery Barn might do, and I also really  like these from Anthropologie, but again with the 300 count. I guess I must continue my search for the perfect bedding, although the lack of fun high thread count sheets is a dilemma. I would just get plain sheets and a fun duvet, but I just bought a new one last year and I really like it, so that's out. That's ok, I will not be discouraged in my search!

Sitting and Waiting

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Remember over a week ago when I naively said that the website was going up last Monday? Yeah, it didn't. The designer and I had a little mix up with the days we thought is was going to launch and it didn't go up. I haven't heard when the new launch date will be, so right now I'm sitting and waiting. I'm almost done with everything on my end - I received a few more products so I have to add those - otherwise I'm just waiting for the formatting and testing of the site to be done. I've asked when the new date will be, but I haven't heard back yet. I'll keep you updated as I know things. Thanks so much for your patience!

Neroli Blossoms Boutique Sneak Peak

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Normally I'm not that good at blog promises because I either forget or am too lazy, but this time is different!   Here's a little sneak peak at what will be for sale this week:

Also, check out my ghetto photo studio set up, because why spend over $200 on a backdrop stand set when you can make one yourself with $20 worth of PVC pipe? And use magazines to hold the backdrop down? And to even out the dress form because apparently our floor is crooked?

Hopefully we are going live tomorrow, although I haven't been able to contact my web designer for the past few days so I'm not sure what's going on. If it's not tomorrow it will be sometime this week. I'll keep you posted!

Things I Love Thursday

Thursday, April 8, 2010

It's been a while since I've posted (and done a TILT) but I have a good excuse! I've been working like crazy to get everything ready for the launch next Monday! Ah, it's so close! But in the meantime, Things I Love Thursday!
Epic Tripod Shot. Source
  • Neroli Blossoms Boutique is launching Monday!
  • Being in Arizona for Easter weekend and seeing my amazing boyfriend
  • $4 Prickly Pear Margaritas
  • Buying Prickly Pear Cactus syrup so I can make my own yummy drinks at home
  • Getting all sorts of goodies for the store in the mail that I will show you soon!
  • I move into my new apartment in less than a month!
  • Finding all sorts of inspiration online for my new office
That's all for now, but I'll post soon with various lovelies that I am super excited to have in the store!
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