Thursday, March 27, 2014

Antique Plaza :: Downtown Mesa

Earlier this week, Jayare and I took a trip around the Antique Plaza in Downtown Mesa. It's our go-to place when searching for something unique to add to our house. Let's get real though, Jayare and I just like stopping in every few months to look around and see what's new. We almost always leave with a few things that we just couldn't live without! 

We were so close to purchasing this coffee table. We decided to pass on it so it's sill there and it's on sale, listed at $125! What a steal!

I came across this gorgeous pop-up book, Paper Blossoms: A Book of Beautiful Bouquets for the Table by Ray Marshall. I regretted not buying it so I did a little searching around and found it on Amazon

We headed downstairs (this place is HUGE!) and I found lots of cute vintage! Unfortunately, my favorite pieces weren't in my size so I had to pass on the clothing. 

I'm not a huge jewelry person, but I've been super attracted to southwest jewelry lately. I love all the turquoise and the bolo ties in this booth! 

At the front door, they've got these gorgeous rugs (above). Now, if I could only convince Jayare that we need these for our house! He doesn't appreciate southwest art as much as I do!

And last, but not least: this light fixture. This was our treasure from our latest trip to the Antique Plaza. Isn't it amazing?? We're planning on painting it a new color, maybe red. We're not set yet, but I'll be sure to share pictures of the finished look, hanging in my dining room. 

Like I said, Jayare and I just love this place! We stopped in just a few weeks ago during their Grand Re-Opening Party. You can find a photo of Jayare and I with two antique mirrors we purchased for our house. We've got them hanging up so I'll share some photos of that as well!

The Antique Plaza is located at 114 W Main Street in Mesa, Arizona. Stop in and check them out!
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given a gift card to use towards my purchase. All opinions are my own. I truly love shopping at the Antique Plaza! I've been coming here for years!! Check out my last post to the Antique Plaza!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Now I know

Photo by: Jayare
Denim Jacket: thrifted
Pants: hand-me-down
Shoes: payless

Here's a pretty casual outfit that I wore to work a couple of weeks ago. It was cold enough to wear a sweater and jacket then, but it's warmed up quite a bit since last week . I'm not complaining! 

I thrifted this jean jacket a few months ago. I've been searching thrift stores for a denim jacket for over a year now and I'm so happy that I found this one! It's originally from GAP and super soft. I think I paid maybe $5 for it. Another super exciting thrift find was this thing that I also found a couple of months ago!! Jayare and I have been using it daily. I didn't know what all the hype was about it, but now I know and I love it. Do you guys have any amazing thrift finds lately? I love hearing about everyone's treasures!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Little Pink

Dress: thrifted
Cardigan: hand-me-down
Scarf: gift
Belt: thrifted
Tights: I can't remember
Shoes: Payless

I thought it'd be good to share an outfit with a little pink in it, since it's Valentine's Day and all. Tonight, Jayare and I have plans to take Damien to his first concert. We're taking him to see Panic! at the Disco. Damien asked for concert tickets for Christmas, and they just so happened to be touring through Phoenix, so we lucked out! This will be my third time seeing them and Jayare's second. I was a huge fan years ago, but I'm not really that into their latest album. I'm still looking forward to the show tonight, especially since this will be Damien's first concert. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lazy Days Ahead

Photo by: Jayare
Blouse: thrifted
Skirt: thrifted
Cardigan: H&M
Shoes: Payless

Here's an outfit I wore to work a few weeks ago. I had a hard time styling this skirt, but I really like the way it looks with the mustard blouse. You can't really tell from the photo, but the skirt is actually hi-low. I didn't really jump on that trend right away, mostly because the majority of my clothing shopping is done at thrift stores and items that are in trend are not as easy to come by at thrift shops. So, when I found this baby, I snagged it up. Even though it might be a size too big. 

I hope everyone's enjoying their week! This week has flown by for me. This and last week, actually. Work has been a little busier lately and I'm enjoying it! I've been trying to not add anything extra on my calendar, other than doing yoga and crossfit, so that I can be lazy and relax during my free time. And it's working! Lazy days ahead!

Friday, January 31, 2014

On This Kick

Photo By: Jayare
Blouse (under sweater): Urban Outfitters
Sweater: vintage/thrifted
Pants: Target
Shoes: Payless
Bolo Tie: thrifted

I'm usually not much of a pants girl, but I've been wearing pants a lot more lately. Maybe it's because I've finally found a pair of comfy pants that are actually cute (in my opinion, anyway). I found this awesome bolo tie at a garage sale last month for $2! My first bolo tie, but hopefully not my last!

I've been following Jessie of Creating Happy on her journey through simplifying her life and it's been so inspiring to me. Now I'm on this kick of getting rid of "stuff" that I don't need and letting go of things that don't make me happy. What's the use of holding on to something that you don't even like?

Something I recently let go of was my (second) job at the College Times. As much as loved having the opportunity to share my photography in a printed publication, it just wasn't bringing me joy like it used to. I even found myself dreading some assignments. Ultimately, I wanted to free up some time to focus on Superstition Vintage and my personal photo business.

Up until about six months ago I would fill my schedule so that I had something going on each and everyday, but now that just sounds awful to me! I think that I was too focused on being productive instead of actually enjoying what I was doing. And now I feel burnt out. Do you ever feel like you're on autopilot, running from one thing to the next, but not actually living and experiencing your life to the fullest? Well, that's kind of how it's been for me and I don't want to live like that anymore!

I want to love everything that I do or at least try to make everything I do a little more enjoyable. So, my goal for 2014 is to learn to relax and really experience (and enjoy) life a little more. I want to focus on maintaining a healthy diet and exercise more. I want to love my life instead of just live it. I don't know if that makes any sense, but it does to me.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward art-making project for 2014:

I promise to make a small work of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say "YES, I want in". A 'like' alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking PIF is a great idea.

You must in turn post this as your status update (on Facebook) or post this on your blog and make something for the first five who comment.

The rules are simple: it has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends. It can be anything art-based: a drawing or a conceptual work of art and anything in between. See how easy that is? SIMPLE. Yes, you can be on each other's pay it forward lists.

First five, GO!

*the photo above is a transfer to wood that I made a couple of years ago. Click HERE to learn about the process.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The BIG Squeeze

Hey all you local friends! GROWop is having a huge sale this Saturday to make room for more inventory. You can expect to see up to 75% off select items! There's no way I could pass up a sale like that! I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Little Weird

Photos by: Jayare
Blouse: vintage/thrifted
Dress (worn as a skirt): thrifted
Tights: Target
Shoes: Payless

I thought about not posting these photos, because I felt like my outfit was kind of weird. But you know what? Sometimes I dress a little weird and I'm fine with that. I love thrifting, especially when I find vintage pieces, because it's unlikely that someone else is going to have anything like it. I don't have this huge need to stand out or anything, but I definitely don't want to just blend in with everyone else. 

Sometimes I catch myself thinking what the hell is that lady wearing? and then I realize that other people probably think the same thing about me! But really, who cares what other people think? As long as what you're wearing makes you happy and you're comfortable, then that's all that matters. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Another Year

Blouse: thrifted
Pants: Target
Shoes: won on giveaway

Today is my second blogversary! It's kind of hard to believe that it's already been two years. When I first started this blog, I would share outfit posts almost daily (I had a lot more free time back then). I started the blog off by doing a photo-a-day challenge and I think I may try to do another one this year. I want to get into sharing more photography on the blog so you can expect to see more photography related posts this year. If you care to do so, you can check out my first blog post.

Today, I'm sharing an outfit that I wore to work last week. I've been wearing this sweater like crazy. I love the design and the knit is super thick so it keeps me warm, without needing a coat. Not here in Phoenix at least! The friendly folks over at send me this sweater to style and I am so thankful. I will be getting as much use out of it as I can before it starts warming up in the valley!

Today just so happens to also be my mom's birthday. Happy Birthday, Mama! I hope you have a great day!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Letting Go

Photo by: Jayare
Cardigan: thrifted
Dress: Wet Seal

I've been working really hard at simplifying things in my life. Getting rid of clutter around the house and donating clothes that I haven't worn in a long time has been a huge part of this process. Allowing myself to let go of things that I don't need has been very therapeutic for me. I've also been working at simplifying my online presence. Instead of sharing a bunch of photos of the same outfit, I'm just going to share one or two. I'm also going to be sharing all updates on Superstition Vintage here instead of worrying about updating the Superstition Vintage blog. 

Sometimes it just gets to be too much with two blogs, an online shop, setting up pop-up shops, running my photo business, working a full time (and a second part time) job and spending time with my family. I'm allowing myself to let go of some things so that I can really focus on the things that matter most. It's hard to juggle all of this and the last thing I want is to be overwhelmed and stressed out, especially this time of year! 

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