Sunday, September 26, 2010

Snow and Vintage

Hmmmm...as some of you have probably heard me say, the thing that I am looking forward to the LEAST in Pittsburgh is the winter weather.  Today, a coworker thought that it would be funny to bless me with this little gem: "You won't see the sun from November to May."  Wow, thanks.  Um, definitely not looking forward to Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Ok, so whatever, it gets cold here...I get it.  As long as the winter isn't like it was last year in Pittsburgh, which was a full-fledged, hellish, 10 ft. snowstorm.  Farmers Almanac says that it won't be, (and they were right about last year- so here's hoping.)

After I've discussed something I'm not so fond of, ie: snow (except if I'm snowboarding) I wanna talk about something that I DO love: vintage and retro fashions and style.  Pittsburgh is actually an awesome place for finding vintage/retro fashions and furniture.  Maybe even a haven!  Who knew?  I was pleasantly surprised to say the least.  Van and I were theorizing that maybe because Pittsburgh was such a comparatively larger city when this stuff was made (current pop. is about half of the peak), that excess supply has built up as people move away but don't take their furniture.

A few furniture pieces I wanted to share: Check out this gorgeous 60's Oak chest with brocade top, fits nicely in our window nook.  Perfect for storage too.  So cute, we got this from a local second-hand store and were expecting the price to be $250+.  We were beyond ecstatic to find that it was less than $100. Totally amazing!


Next up, we found the cutest couch and side table at a local thrift store!  The couch is amazing, and perfect for two people.  Van and I LOVE it.  Both pieces (together) were less than $100- yep you read that right. Love them! The couch is 60's brocade fabric with wooden legs, and actually super comfy.  Do you like the flair I added to our side table?


Finally, for our all my fashionistas out there...check out what I found at the same local thrift shop.  Brand new, vintage, Italian leather and canvas Tashkent by Cheyenne booties.  OMG, I almost died.  And strangely enough, they were the right size! SO cute, and in perfect condition- I felt so blessed,  I seriously had a moment.  LOVE these so much, words can't even describe, and for under $10- no brainer.  So amazing!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

How it all began...

So, I've decided to give this whole "blogging" thing a try.  I've come to this decision based on a couple of different reasons:
1. I love to write
2. Most of my family/friends are on the west coast, so I would like to give them a way to keep up with my life here
3. I've never blogged and I want to try it, ok? And I have recently moved from one coast to another- which I think warrants some creative output.

Regardless...here goes.  My fiance Van and I recently moved to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles.  This was a fairly sudden move, basically Van was accepted to Carnegie Mellon, Tepper School of Business in June 2010 and we moved in late July, because school started early August.  Yeah, pretty life-changing and quick. 

To make a long story short, we signed a lease in Pittsburgh sight unseen,  pretty much sold most of our possessions, including all of our furniture and my car, shipped 6 boxes via UPS and packed up the Mazda 3 and uprooted our lives to move 2,600 miles away.  We made the cross country road trip in 5 days, taking our time (kinda) and stopping to eat in several cities across the US, it was dubbed "Foodie Roadtrip 2010 across America."

Now, we have been living here for a little over a month and Van is loving school- he definitely made the right choice.  I recently got a job, doing business development for an organic food and lifestyle company; which is right up my alley. 

I would like this blog to help me share my Pittsburgh finds, experiences, theories and thoughts...Here goes my attempt at living with the yinz and the yang.