Nothing New: Furniture

Hey everyone, I hope you all had an amazing week and a Happy Easter 🙂 I know a lot of my friends and readers in Europe will be celebrating later this spring, so get ready for the Easter Bunny to hop overseas!

Today’s blog post is about furniture, and since some of you know my minor (*COUGH* yeah, right) obsession with Freecycle.org, the post is going to be about “not so new”, but beautiful, vintage and FREE furniture!

I finally got tired of not having a coffee table in our living room, and wrote a Wanted post on Freecycle, and here is what I got:

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The lady who gave it to me was so nice, she even delivered it to my apartment building! I am serious! I was shocked too! Trust me! Most of the time it’s your responsibility to go and pick something up off of freecycle, but this time I guess I got lucky! It’s a wooden table, definitely vintage! I looked under it, and it said Massachusets! I am such a sucker for vintage furniture! It’s so beautiful and elegant, that Ikea and Target simply become a blasphemy!

I’ve acquired another piece of furniture this week – a night stand/end table, thanks to my mother-in-law! Since our bed is so high, very few nightstands work with it! I have been looking for a tall nightstand for months, because that corner between the bed and wall started to feel more and more empty with every day that went by. So Sandra, dropped off this beauty last Tuesday, and it fit right in!

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I love it, don’t you? I immediately took Sam’s old green lamp out of storage, and placed it on the table:

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Now it reminds me of a short story by a Russian writer Alexander Green, called the Green Lamp, which I am planning on translating and posting on here this week! I love Russian literature, makes me feel nostalgic, but at the same time appreciate my background and culture!

An oldie, but a definitely goodie is my console table, which has been recently featured in my “Early Stages of Hoarding” post, and is another great freecycle find, that I got from a woman, who said her husband was a hoarder (Oh-oh!)

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Some other items that I have freecycled include (but are not limited to 😉 )

– books

– clothes

– vintage

– kitchen appliances

– arts and crafts supplies,

and the list goes on!

It really is a great source, but don’t forget that it’s not all about getting, it’s all about GIVING!

Xo,

Z

Influenster Summer Beauty VoxBox 2012

I know I promised some of you a thrifted vintage dress refashion – that’s been moved to tomorrow and I will actually have pictures of me in the dress this time, because I am wearing it tomorrow to go to a ____with my friend 🙂 I will fill in that blank tomorrow too!

Today’s post as you may have guessed by the title is dedicated to Influenster Summer Beauty VoxBox. Well what’s Influenster? It’s a website for people who love to try new products, and leave their feedback in different social networks. The products are sent to qualifying members a few times a year, and this summer I got to be one of the chosen ones!

So when my husband picked me up from work today and said that I got a box, I knew exactly what he was talking about! And I couldn’t wait to get home to open it!

Now to qualify for a box you need to earn a good number of badges on Influenster, and then fill out the prequalification survey, that they email you a link to! Once you’ve been chosen – you’ll get a list of products, that will be sent to you. But it’s not going to say – 1 Neutrogena hand lotion, it’ll just say – a hand lotion, a shampoo, a conditioner, etc. I hope you get the idea.

So here it is – my Summer 2012 Beauty VoxBox:

Super excited for this nail polish, I actually had a coupon I was going to use to purchase it, and then it came in the box – how cool is that! Good news is I can always use this coupon to get a different color! 😉

I love those – Sam and I buy them all the time – he likes the cinnamon kind, but I like the banana nut the best!

And finally some feminine products! Apparently these are from some new collection and are scented! We’ll see!

Can’t wait to try these products! Stay tuned for the reviews!

Xo,

Z

Disclaimer: I received each product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster

Shampoo of the Month: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine

There is a story behind this shampoo. I won it in an on-line magazine giveaway. Right around Christmas. I honestly would’ve never bought it for myself. I’ve been kind of an organic shampoo freak for the past few years. But I didn’t want the product to go to waste, so I started using it. And I loved it! I’ve only been using it for a few weeks now, but it works better than some of the organic ones that I’ve tried. Here is what the packaging looks like:

And the back

I do have frizzy hair, and it is dry on the ends, so this shampoo/conditioner combo works well for my fine hair. It adds shine to it. Doesn’t make it look greasy. The only thing is – Why do all Fructis products smell the same? – I mean I can get over it, it’s their signature smell and all, but still…

So here is what my hair looks like today, after morning shower, and then running around all day :

I usually put some Organix morocan argan oil in my hair as well, and all of these products seem to be working super well together! I still use my Aveda treatment, the gloss by Fekkai, and whatever is left over from that 3 minute miracle by Aussie.

I also want to encourage you to participate in giveaways and sign up for samples, because it’s good to try out new things!

What hair care products are you currently using?

Cheers,

Z

PS. Oh and I hate the little dark green tops, the one on the conditioner is hard to open, and it always gets stuck under my nail 🙁 OUCH