A Few Weekend Ramblings & My First Bottle of Vodka


Today I should be out running (mostly walking 🙂 in the park but I’m working on turning my blog into a book using Blurb
So excited to see how it turns out.  I often get letters from people
saying the blog is changing their lives (best thing in the world to hear) but I sometimes turn to Danny and say, “what did I write again?” 
🙂  🙂  haha.  So I’ll be glad to have a record of it and reminder of what I’ve been pouring my heart into this last year.  I really can’t
believe that by some miracle I’m able to get anything out that might
resonate with you.  I’m so grateful that somehow it’s happening. 

So, I normally don’t wear red lipstick with my running clothes.  But I was just testing out what I think I’ll wear to a fancy party this weekend…

 This is a vintage dress I got from D.I. last year on the Alt Summit thrift store tour with one of my favorite bloggers, Liz Stanley.  (In case you didn’t know, Utah has the best selection of vintage clothing I have ever seen!)  The base of the dress has some sparkly beadwork on it that you can’t see (unfortunately the speckles are from the dust on my mirror.  eeks  🙂  But the dress has been in a bag for about a year because let me tell you…it smelled very, very vintage.  BUT, I did some research on-line and discovered that the costume designer of Mad Men says if you spray clothing with vodka, the smell will go away.  So I got myself a bottle and gave it a try.  At first I tried a mixture of water and vodka.  That helped but didn’t seem to solve the problem.  So I tried straight up vodka, and at this point this dress is ready to party.  Surprisingly, the vodka smell disappears completely after it dries.

But, I needed a belt!  A Christmas belt!

So I picked up some of this vintagey looking ribbon from the Brooklyn Flea for $8…yay!

Here are a few more pics from our visit to Brooklyn Flea.  It was SO fun to visit this time of year.  And let me tell you, the food vendors downstairs are amazing.  That beef brisket and the Asian tacos and the pupusas were driving us nuts.  We didn’t have time to grab a bite (our car was running out of it’s meter), but I kind of want to go back there just for the food…

 If you want to pick up some vintage frames, this is your place.

 I loved some of these pillows, woven in Turkey, and filled with buckwheat.
 My Grandmother taught school and raised her kids on the Navajo Indian Reservation.  Her arms and hands were covered in native jewelry.  I have a couple of her rings and oh man, I love this stuff.

These rugs caught my eye.  Though before I ever purchase one, I think I might ask Jenny Komenda if I can tag along with her the next time she goes to the Brooklyn Flea.  🙂  🙂  Um, wouldn’t hurt to have a second opinion, right?  🙂 

[btw, her design ideas these days in that brownstone of her’s are blowing my mind.  Stairs carpeted with small Ikea rugs?  Brilliant.]

 Danny did have time to scarf down one of these artisan doughnuts.  Passion fruit.  He said it was…well…one of the best doughnuts he’d ever had.

 I’m a fan of Mclure’s Pickles.  Love these things.  Even their pickle potato chips 🙂  [Danny won’t have a thing to do with them. 🙂  ]
 I’m always a sucker for these letterpress letters…I guess it’s because of all the amazing graphic designers I know and love that got started here in Brooklyn.  🙂
 Brooklyn Flea has a great selection of vintage Christmas decor!  Love it! 


And here’s Danny later that day on the train.  Dang.  Sometimes when I see him he just stops me in my tracks cause he’s so handsome to me. 
I hope you all have an amazing weekend!  And, just in case anyone wants to go to a wonderful Christmas service in Brooklyn this weekend with lots of Christmas music, consider yourself invited…

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  1. Utah Girl Am I December 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Sometimes, I wish I could just "like" a post, but since I can't, I'll comment. That vodka tip is amaaazing! I'm going to have to try it. I recently thrifted a vintage leather bag to use as a temple bag, but it also smells very… "vintage." 🙂 And I hope some of your NYC readers take you up on your offer to attend the Christmas program! We just had ours in the DC 2nd ward last Sunday, and it. was. amAAAAAzing! Mormons are so dang talented! Happy weekend, and Merry Christmas!

  2. mkipp December 15, 2012 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Mara, I was JUST thinking about how much I wished there was a way I could turn this blog into a book. I even did some google searches on the matter. PLEASE, if you end up doing this and deciding you want to make a little extra cash, I would be more than willing to buy a copy. Actually I would be thrilled to be able to buy a copy. This blog has totally changed my perspective and I often find myself wishing I could just flip to a certain post to re read it. P.S would there be a way to add the comments people have made into the book? Sometimes it's been those that have touched me almost as much as the post!

  3. Rose Jorgensen December 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    CUte, cute, cute! I love the D.I. I miss the D.I., and I have yet to go to the Brooklyn flea Market! I wonder if they have any of that ribbon left!

    I heard Blurb books are the best! I need to soon convert my blog into a book for my posterity! Good Luck! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Heather December 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I went there last weekend, and I must confess…I bought one of those awesome glowing snowmen! He's BIG, and his heart is all aglow in our front yard! I was a little disturbed to find out that he's considered "vintage" because he's from the 80's!!! It was fun walking around the streets of Brooklyn carrying Santa! I saw the ribbon there too, and I love what you did with it, and I also spotted the rugs (which were just opposite the guy selling the Santa). I think they're amazing, and the colors seemed really great. They're traditional, but just slightly more colorful. If you need a second opinion, I'd vote yes!

  5. pleasesubmitawritingsample December 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Lesson learned: Vodka fixes everything.

  6. Kelli Trounce December 18, 2012 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Love the dress and the ribbon…you are darling. Hope your weekend was wonderful.

  7. Kelli Trounce December 18, 2012 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Love the dress and the ribbon…you are darling. Hope your weekend was wonderful.

  8. ganhar curtidas April 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    muito bom!

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