2010-07-06

Taking Chances on the Information Super Highway

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Denim shirt? Gap
Tank? Majestic, Winners
Shorts? French Connection, Winners
Belt? Michael Kors, Winners
Hat? h&m
Necklace? Gifted


I rarely shop online. My thrifting already accounts for a large part of our country's stimulus spending package and if I were to get hooked to the ease of online shopping, I could do a lot of damage. I can't afford that addiction... Besides, I like to feel the fabrics, try on different sizes and do the math of extra discounts on red stickers in my head before I walk up to the cash register in triumph. I want to touch it before I buy it.
The problem with finding things online is that you never know 100% what you are getting yourself into until it may be too late. That awesome guy whose profile reads that he loves the environment and volunteers by cleaning up litter, may just be doing community service hours... And that's why, when my family was looking for a cottage rental, I was a little nervous about finding something online. But we booked something that seemed to fit all our needs. We arrived this week (don't worry, the homestead and the herd of cats are being supervised diligently) and I was pleasantly surprised with the cottage. It's pretty awesome! The location is just off a huge beach (and we've had great weather!) but the cottage itself is so charming... Apparently, the owners have an antique shop and live here most of the year, so it's very well maintained and decorated with quaint items that I will resist stealing. There's an old sewing machine randomly placed in the yard, old portraits of chubby, sombre children on the wall and a tree stump side table ... love that. But best of all, when we were choosing bedrooms, we got the one with the mountain landscape wallpapered unto the wall. Because it's so bad that it's good. I can have a nap on the beach or in the Rocky Mountains. Life is good!

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PS. Yeah! Holland is in the World Cup finals! I have diligently been wearing my orange wig but some piranhas ate it while I was swimming at the beach. Crazy...

24 comments :

Liz said...

"It's so bad, it's good" is right! Lol!
I think Holland has a pretty decent chance...

Julia said...

The photo wallpaper room has always been one of my personal favorites. A best friend had a mother whose sewing room was done up in alpine trees. I never forget how it made me feel: which was simultaneously creeped out and enthralled. Great photos!

xo

Ce qui m'inspire said...

Heheh, I love that cheesy mural, course maybe I'm a little biased since I grew up so close to the Rockies.

Cute outfit! It's so summery and fun! I love the stripes and the hat! Very casual, and very cottage appropriate!

Ce qui m'inspire

Nadine said...

Those photos are INSANE! Love that wallpaper!

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

Oh man! That place looks super cool! Those first 2 pics are just amazing. Enjoy your trip :)

raindrops on roses said...

Love love LOVE that hat!! I get intimidated by hats, my bangs always do odd things when I wear them. :)

And congrats on Holland in the finals! Maybe Germany and I will face off with you and Holland...?

Alex said...

Haha, that wallpaper is glorious. What a lovely backdrop for your photos.

The necklace is so pretty and unusual as well.

Linda said...

The mountains weren't stuck on very well, but the first shot is SEXEE!

The Daily Fashionista said...

Cute room and the outfit is adorable for a summer lounging at a cottage. You've given me a good idea for next summer:)

Rachel said...

Great outfit again - but I mostly wanted to say HUP HOLLAND HUP!!!!!!Wooooooohooooooo!!!!

briannelee said...

These pictures are so cute. I am glad you are having a nice vacation!!!! Save some vacation time to take a trip to Boston, though ;)

Academichic said...

I love these pictures! The cottage sounds amazing, I hope you have a wonderful time! Looking forward to more sneak peaks of it...


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iamronel said...

so cute..love these

ronelmarin.net said...

love the shots..its amazing

Robin said...

That wall mural is just too damn cool.

And online shopping? Run. Run away. I have a full blown addiction and you're right, a good chunk of the time it's not what I expected and then I get to pay return shipping. Boo.

(though I am wearing a pair of Nine West heels that I just got for $4.99 + $10 shipping...)

Emily Kennedy said...

YAAAAYYYYY HOLLAND! I'm SO freakin' excited!!!

That's great that your family found a cute cottage. When you leave, maybe you could post the location so that the rest of us can get good ideas for vacations.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

whoa these pictures are ridiculously cool, the first one almost make me yelp with delight.
every time the netherlands win, i say to myself "yay! jentine will be happy!"

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Cute outfit and great backdrop.

Not sure I entirely believe you about that wig. Hmmm.

rlutz said...

That wallpaper is so cool!
Love your hat.

theanthropologieconnoisseur said...

Those are some cool pictures! And so true about shopping online...funny examples too!

Jammer said...

Wooo! Go Holland! Very cool pictures :)

http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

joelle van dyne said...

hahah, i love the last photo! hilarious. and i also love your striped shirt and hat here. and your room! that wallpaper is amazing. ~joelle

Kyla said...

I love these photos! Enjoy your vacation!

tomorrowneverknowsfashion said...

AMAZING. I need that wall asap.
How sweet would my bedroom be with a freakin wall like that? Too cool for school.