strangely enough, they're to rent. but aren't they pretty?
bella umbrella, (prices vary)
thank you, ladies of coveiter for including me in your game of tag. am i the only one who greatly misses those "polls" from the aol days? yes, probably.
i'm not going to tag anyone because it's too late for me to think and try narrow it down to five bloggers, but please play along! and leave a comment to let me know when you do so i can learn more about you, as well!
What did you do 10 years ago?
it was the summer after my freshman year and i had just moved to a new state. i had approximately zero friends.
Five items on your to-do list:
+ go through all my books and choose which should be resold and which should be donated.
+ shop for july 4 party stuff.
+ prepare my okie goodies for vacation in a box swap. i really am pretty pumped about this.
+ book a mexican getaway.
+ buy a lottery ticket.
Snacks I enjoy:
dry cheerios, grapes, cheese.
What would you do if you were a billionaire?
you would never hear from me again, for starters. i'd start some kind of worldwide (or, nationwide, to be more realistic) spay/neuter program. i'd buy a huge ranch and let sad and sick animals live there. i'd give a shitload to charity (animal, cancer, women's, children's). i'd pay off my bills (hallelujah). i'd make sure my family was comfortable. enough of that responsible, adult stuff though: i'd have the closet in satc the movie. it'd be filled with louboutin and manolos. i'd probably have six or eight homes across the world. yeah. i hope a billion dollars stretches far, because i've got plans.
Places I would live:
i'd give anything a shot once. maine. manhattan. philadelphia. montana. portland. vancouver. prague. madrid. tokyo. india. give me a place to stay, and i'll be there.
Jobs I have had:
file clerk at my mom's office. baby gap sales girl. reporter and editor, in college and in real life.
by caroline duke on Thursday, June 26, 2008
i am absolutely in love with these frames and wish, wish, wish they could be mine. unfortunately, my insurance won't cover a new prescription (just got one before the new year) and they'd end up being hella expensive.
if i could find a super-cheap clear frame, i'd go for those though. any suggestions?
p.s. i'm sorry i've been absent. work has drained me all week but hopefully in the next couple days, i'll make a comeback.
by caroline duke on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
congratulations, quitecontrary1977! you are the winner of the yradier giveaway. please e-mail me your details, and we'll get the ball rolling on your lovely prizes.
and, thank you, paloma for this very sweet offer!
for those of you who weren't as lucky (this time!), you still have through friday to get 10 percent off any of the lovelies at yradier (just enter 'avarice' at checkout).
thank you again, paloma, and all of you who participated!
by caroline duke on Monday, June 23, 2008
just a reminder that today is the last day to enter to win about $75 worth of super-fun stuff from yradier, a brisbane-based shop started by photographer & entrepreneur extraordinaire, paloma.
above, a delicious array of takeaway brooches by cat davison (the hot dog's my favorite).
also, remember you still have a week to get 10 percent off your order by entering 'avarice' at checkout. you're greedy – just admit it!
by caroline duke on Friday, June 20, 2008
lately i've really been missing having a backyard, or even just a patio space. then, once i put together this crazy little mix of stuff, i decided it's probably a good idea i don't have one, or i'd end up like those crazy old ladies with all that backyard shit that doesn't match.
umbrella, santa barbara designs (they sent me a price list, but i can't decipher it. let's just say it's really expensive)
croquet set, joe's sports ($140)
jute picnic cushion, toast (£120)
luxembourg bar, american country home store ($436)
folding chair, ikea ($15)
acorn-sweet-acorn birdhouse, anthropologie ($38)
by caroline duke on Thursday, June 19, 2008
it'd been such a long time since i last looked for some calling cards, so i thought it was time to revisit the subject.
here are a few picks from etsy, which i've decided is the way to go. the ones below are extremely inexpensive.
these are nice & simple, plus you can scrawl a little message with your number. and i love the little swirly deal.
letterpressed card set
fourteensisters, $3 (for four)
i'm thinking i may go with this design for a while. they are hella cheap. 48 cards for $12.50, or 96 for $25. you get two designs. not bad, eh? oh and free shipping, too.
leaves calling cards
these are so fancy and stunning. they've made the blog rounds before, but i don't think i've ever posted them.
art deco peacock calling card
enfinlavoila, $10 (for 20!)
this isn't so much a calling card but it's pretty adorable, and i love postcards.
better than a phone call postcard set
paperthindesign, $10 (for 10)
by caroline duke on Thursday, June 19, 2008
just wanted to remind everybody you still have three (and a half) days to enter to win $75 or so worth of independent artists' goodies from australian shop yradier. i'll take entries through 11:59 p.m. cst. then will randomly choose one lucky winner.
also, you have just one week longer than that to get 10 percent off at the store. just enter 'avarice' at checkout by june 30*!
go. go now!
*oh my god june's nearly over, and i haven't even touched water. i miss being a kid when summer went on for-ev-er.
by caroline duke on Tuesday, June 17, 2008
it should be known right away that i'm only advertising this giveaway in an effort to get on winona's good side.
with that said, head over to daddy likey for your chance at this prada wallet.
p.s. overshadow my efforts, and i'll hunt you down. i'm not even joking.
by caroline duke on Monday, June 16, 2008
somehow, in my young and stupid days*, i managed to avoid the ubiquitous star-on-wrist or butterfly-on-ass tattoo.
i won't say i never commissioned my best friend to design a hibiscus for my shoulder (HA! i KNOW! the WORST idea ever.) or i never heavily considered a four-leaf clover on my foot, but, thankfully, i just never got that far.
despite all that, i still really like the look of sailor-esque tats (ha, i said tats) like this swallow (i like these) or pretty pinup girls.
i'm doubting i could pull off the pinup girl considering she'd have to be thistiny (the smaller, the better for me), but i definitely could rock this necklace.
what do you think?
also, let's discuss the swallow tattoo. now i've got my mind a'whirlin'.
*i hope those aren't over?!
by caroline duke on Sunday, June 15, 2008
click for big! click for big!
i just received an e-mail about the launch of catherine's animals, a print site from photographer catherine ledner, who is now officially my girl crush of the week.
beautiful wallpaper + amazing animals = one hell of a plus in my book.
sorry i didn't really come up with a way to present these gems in a way that would do them justice. i was just way too excited.
i would love to have a ginormous one (32"x40") but, alas, poor little ol' me can't even afford the smallest (11"x14").
catherine's animals, from $250 to $1,700
p.s. i'm dumb! there's a book, too. i can afford that!
by caroline duke on Thursday, June 12, 2008
just wanted to remind you of the giveaway from the sweet paloma of yradier.
ten percent off through the end of the month. just enter 'avarice' at checkout!
visit the original post to enter the drawing for $75 (australian dollars, that is) worth of lovelies!
not bad, eh? just enter by june 20! (
aren't the felt mustaches up there just about too cute? check it out here.
a couple months ago, i faced the reality that my calves weren't shrinking and decided to ebay my beloved, but never worn hunter wellies.
everytime i slipped (*slipped is a huge understatement) a foot in, a vacuum sealed my calves up like the international space station. not comfortable.
but on rainy days like today, i really miss the idea of having them. so until i decide to shell out some cash for another pair of hunters (i'll try the huntress next time – more leg room for the ladies), i'm probably going to have to have these green skimmers to tide me over.
i'm certain they'll fit my calves.
j. crew, $30
so, i was completely willing to shell out the $300 or so for this bathing beauty from abaete (because it is that fantastic), but after hours upon hours of trying to find it (or any of those others from the spring or resort collections), i gave up. really. i could not find a single one.
(note to ms. poretzky: should you run across one somewhere in your atelier, i'll take it. any size. i'll lose weight, gain weight. whatever's needed. thank you in advance.)
but, my faith has been restored.
movie star and swimmer extraordinaire esther williams is here to fix all my problems! she now has her own line of swimwear (i KNOW! she's like 86!) ... AND for cheap (and all the way up to size 26)!
so, yes, god bless her, but, i've come upon an entirely new dilemma: white, black or gold?
i'll even add a fun, big flower pin.
tell me what color you'd go with! i'm sort of leaning toward the white, even though it's completely wrong for me.
yum. summer is fun.
esther williams swimwear, $79
p.s. speaking of retro, this is my all-time favorite swim find. got it at ross for something like $25 about three years ago. oh how i loved it. one day it will love me again.
by caroline duke on Sunday, June 08, 2008
thanks to the luck we've all had recently with the nippies and 'ecodog' giveaways and the project 8256 promo (not to mention the luck i had, myself, with the shoe pod giveaway at coveiter. click to see mine in action!), i thought it might be time for another treat for you lovely readers.
and, so! i bring you yradier!
prounouced irre-dear, yradier is the brainchild of paloma, a photography student at queensland college of art, who started the shop to support fellow emerging creators of lovely things.
from now through the end of the month (i know! it's like a whole month!), you'll get 10 percent off any purchase from the brisbane-based shop. there's plenty of fun and quirk, including these fun 3d cards (complete with 3d glasses) and many a pretty photograph brooch by jen hall, like the one above. the catch? just admit your inner greed and enter 'avarice' as the discount code.
AND, there will be a giveaway as well! leave a comment by june 20 letting me know what your favorite yradier offering is, you'll be entered and we'll randomly choose a winner.
what are the winnings, you ask? kind paloma is generous enough to offer this great set of soaps (you know i love these), a felt mustache brooch (ha! these are so fun) AND a rectangular tokyo brooch. i'm not kidding. she's just that nice. i kind of wish i was a reader of my blog.
thank you, paloma, and i look forward to this!
remember, june 20 for the giveaway (i'll e-mail you for your details later), and june 30 for 10 percent off (don't forget! enter 'avarice' at checkout). lots of time! and don't worry, i'll remind you, too.
good luck, lucky ducks!
by caroline duke on Wednesday, June 04, 2008
i spied these yesterday in that martha stewart crafts section at michaels. thought they were just about too cute and would look pretty right framed and in a child's bedroom.
i'd like to have a 'c' framed for myself, but the animal was a cow, and i wasn't sure how i felt about that.
they'd also be cute to give to friends, i suppose.
maybe i've talked myself back into it ...
martha stewart crafts, $9.99
by caroline duke on Monday, June 02, 2008