Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: Homeland 2.12 - The Choice

The final episode of season 2 for me to geek out and review. So, let's get to it!

 Homeland Episode 2.12- The Choice

A little pre-terror attack make-out sesh.

Spoiler Free Synopsis: Carrie and Brody contemplate a real life together, but she also contemplates staying at the CIA and dropping him. Quinn is sent to kill Brody, while Saul is still trying to get Estes back for throwing him under the bus.

STOP READING IF YOU PLAN ON WATCHING THIS EPISODE AT A LATER TIME (the caps make it official and serious, yo.)

What I liked: 

  • 2nd week in a row...Quinn. That guy is the fucking man. He grew a conscience, because he legit cares about Carrie and how she would be ruined if Brody were killed. The scene between he and Estes in the dark bedroom was some of the best television I've seen in ages. I don't know if he will be, but please, Homeland writers, bring that guy back. I would accept a love story on this show if it were between he and Carrie. Sorry, Brody. 
  • "You're the smartest and dumbest fucking person I've ever known." Preach it, Saul.
  • The relatively slow pace of the first half, mixed with the what-the-what of the second. It was like ugh, ohh, gosh, ohh, what?! for the last 15 minutes and I loved it.
  • The end when the man was asking Dana how she knew that Brody wasn't saying goodbye for good and the audience knows that she has seen what that looks like from season one, but couldn't say. Wonderfully written/acted and I'm no Dana fan. 
  • Check ya later, Estes. Never liked you.
  • Saul's bizarre looks at various points along with the call with his wife. Is it just me or were they trying to make you think he knows a little something-something about the bombing? He probably doesn't, but he's the new Galvez-is-the-mole of the show.
  • Even though Brody had nothing to do with the bombing (we think!) you have to love the writers' decision to still make you wonder if he knows what's up. The subtle question that Carrie has for him about why he looks sad twenty seconds before he happens to realize his car isn't where it was parked? Delicious. 
  • Similarly and maybe why we know Brody didn't do it, Brody's look at the screen when he realizes he is screwed with the release of the old suicide vest tape was awesome. Of course, he still could be a terrorist and is just upset he didn't get away with it this time, but let's assume Brody is innocent for once.

What I loathed:
  • Not a ton to loathe, but the declaration of love in the forest was more funny than romantic for me, but I'm a hater of the Brody/Carrie L-O-V-E, so I'm biased.
  • The fact that Brody and Carrie both left the memorial seconds before the bomb was a bit gimmicky, but hell, the episode was so righteous that I can overlook that.

Dana's annoyance level:
I actually liked Dana. I know! It is bizarro world. She was understated and not overly mopey and you have to love the fact that she put together to whole bombing thing long before her mother. Her scene with Brody was similar to some of the great scenes in season one. Also, the scene where she says he didn't do the bombing was perfectly done and you can read above for a further explanation on that.

The Brody/Carrie Chemistry Factor:
They had a bizarrely normal relationship for the first part. Then she thought about killing him after the bomb. Then she helped him escape into the Canadian forests.

Max and Virgil-ness(easily the best two characters on the show):
ZERO. Two weeks in a row. For shame.

Overall grade:
It was a solid A. It gave me faith in the series and for season 3. Looking at Brody and Carrie in a domestic lifestyle was so incredibly awkward and exactly why they should never be a couple. Saul was awesome and I'm sorry, but can someone recognize Rupert Friend (Quinn) as the shining spot of season two? I read a lot about the show and rarely see this being discussed. The guy is a revelation. In a season full of ups and downs, he never wavered and was always pretty while doing so. Win, win. 

The one major disappointment for me was the fact that Brody escaped into the Canadian wilderness. I cannot be the only one who thought when they kissed in the forest that Carrie was going to shoot him or even post the blast. For a minute when he said you gave yourself over to me or something, I thought he was going to kill her. Is it bad that I assume one will always kill the other? I'm nervous about how they will work him into Season 3 without getting over the top and if he is only going to be in some of the episodes, then I think a poetic send off from Carrie would have been the ticket. I suppose there are too many Brody fans out there for the folks at Showtime to even entertain that idea, but it would have elevated a great finale to a level of excellence.

Big questions for next season:
Where to begin? Obviously, how will Brody figure into season 3? He can't be in every episode can he? Where are the writers going with Saul's wife? Bringing her back for a few seconds felt like the subtle mention of Brody's favorite tea in season one. She has to figure into some larger plot, no? I'm so skeptical of everyone on the show. The biggest question is how will I go 9+ months without this wonderful show? Even with its weakest efforts, it is miles above 99% of the other shows on TV.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Review: Homeland 2.11 - In Memoriam

Only a week late! Started this on Monday and posting the day before the finale. I rule.

 Homeland Episode 2.11 - In Memoriam

Spoiler Free Synopsis: Carrie is close to getting her target, while Brody is close to biting the dust at the hands of Quinn.

STOP READING IF YOU PLAN ON WATCHING THIS EPISODE AT A LATER TIME (the caps make it official and serious, yo.)

What I liked: 

  • Quinn. Is he going to be on this show long term? I like the development of the character and the fact that he legit seems to be questioning his mission, which involves killing Carrie's man. Because I have grown to thoroughly enjoy his character, he will likely be killed next week.

  • Brody and Jess laying it all out there in the driveway. SO. MUCH. EMOTIONAL. IMPACT.

  • Loved Saul being a prick during the lie detector. Dude rocks.

What I loathed:
  • Carrie for a majority of the episode. It is becoming almost laughable when a superior gives her an order, because she never listens and I find it to be highly annoying.

  • The culmination of the TWO SEASON Galvez-possible-mole storyline is that he isn't a mole and he blew out some stitches. A bit weak.

  • Dana's screaming in the condo. Read more below.

Dana's annoyance level:
HA! Being a nerd about this show, I do read reviews after the show to see what other people think and I love how polarizing this chick is. I have to say, I don't get the defenders. She yelled a bit about being pretty much a shut in and then dropped her obligatory f-bomb and shouted a lot about Mike being a better father than Brody. Hilariously inappropriate since to your knowledge, your Dad was being tortured for 8 years, but I guess we are supposed to forgive her because she's a teenie bopper. Her shouting was a bit reminiscent of Carrie shouting all the time, which is great! (Heavy on the sarcasm). 

The Brody/Carrie Chemistry Factor:
Brody loves Carrie. Jess called him out on it and it was almost like a light bulb went off in his head that said, "Yes, actually I do." Still not into it, but I guess it is where the storyline is headed (til one of them is killed). That being said, the scene at the end was pretty decent.

One point: remember a few episodes back when I'm pretty sure Brody NEVER told anyone, even Carrie, the full story of what happened with Nazir? Was that just the idea of killing the VP or was it more? Is this love for real or is Brody still playing Carrie? I don't think we will ever know, but for the love of God, please do let these two have a happily ever after ending. I love Brody as a character, but good lord, Carrie, this guy made you a joke to your colleagues and put you through shock treatments that weren't necessary, because you were right all along. Even if you can look past the whole HE IS A TERRORIST thing, have some self respect. 

Max and Virgil-ness(easily the best two characters on the show):
ZERO. I can't take it.

Overall grade:
It was just ok for me. I would say a B-. The death of Nazir was pretty lame, as was the Galvez plotline. I did enjoy Brody and Jess finally putting it all out there and Quinn's new layer of becoming a legit friend to Carrie. He is like the younger, prettier Saul these days.

Big questions for next week:
Will Quinn kill Brody? Or the other way around? Or no one kills no one? How will Saul factor into it all with Estes wanting him out? So much to learn!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Homeland Episode Recap - 2.10 Broken Hearts

So, in my time away from the blog, I found pretty much the most amazing TV show ever. Everyone had been hyping Homeland for so long that I wrote it off. I generally hate when a show is overhyped, because it never lives up to the standards that other people have made it out to be. Case in point: Mad Men. Sorry, but I just don't get it. It is a decent show, but is it THAT great? Not for me.

Homeland, on the other hand: SO WORTH THE HYPE. It is seriously the best show I can think of in recent memory. I don't watch many new shows, as I often find myself watching old re-runs of woefully canceled too soon shows a la Freaks and Geeks or the Black Donnelly's. I digress. Homeland=so good. So, I think that from now on I will be recapping episodes. There are only 2 left in this season, but maybe I will start with last night's and then revisit the old ones? Who knows?

Let's get to it. In case you're living under a rock, the show concerns a former POW who comes home and one specific female CIA agent who believes he may have been "turned" and is now working for the enemy. Also, they have a bunch of sexual chemistry, he has an annoying family, and she is bipolar. Anyways, the show is much farther on than that, but that's the premise, so assuming you know what has happened since the beginning, let's continue. Amazing. Seriously, amazing show. Did I mention it is AMAZING?

Episode 2.10- Broken Hearts

Just playing some cards, yo. Keepin' it cas'.

Spoiler Free Synopsis: Brody comes "home" to the safe house condo and is contacted by Nazir who has caused a car accident and kidnapped Carrie. Brody flips his shit (a trend) and Nazir says he will trade Carrie for access to the serial number on VP Walden's pacemaker (sneaky!).

STOP READING IF YOU PLAN ON WATCHING THIS EPISODE AT A LATER TIME (the caps make it official and serious, yo.)

What I liked: 
  • I guess Brody does love Carrie. It has been a recurring theme in the series on just how much he actually loved her vs. how much he was just using her for information. The guy was legit concerned about her well being and even though he hated Walden, I still think his actions were controlled by his feelings for Carrie. Trust me, while I will admit they have insane chemistry, I'm not into the love story that the writers seem obsessed with between these two, but it was refreshing to see Brody showing some signs of love for another human being, even if it was followed by letting the VP die right in front of him. 

  • And to that scene, how amazing was the delivery of the line, "I'm killing you"? It gave me the chills. Brody flips his switch from concerned lover of Carrie to evil hater of Walden so seamlessly and believably that I have to say he is the most compelling character on television.  He is never one thing, which I guess is the point of the show, in that no one person is all of one thing, but rather the gray area that so many fans of the show discuss.

  • "The New York Times, believe it or not." Awesome Nazir quote. Also, kinda hilarious with the face timing rather than just calling. That Nazir. Too bad he is an evil terrorist, because his scenes are generally aces.

What I loathed:
  • Wow, there were some sloppy plot lines in this episode. I generally can look past small things and allow for creative license, but some of them were so HUGE that I couldn't stop thinking about them. After Carrie's accident, are we really supposed to believe that they would just leave Brody out in the world without either bringing him in or at the very least tapping his phone? Saul standing around asking where she was and why hadn't they heard from Nazir was laughable. Umm, you should probably be checking in on oh I don't know, THE GUY WHO WAS WORKING FOR HIM. Seriously, last week Quinn secretly had a gun pointed at him and no one is following his every move when his lady friend goes missing and Nazir is still on the loose in America?? HOMELAND, YOU ARE BETTER THAN THIS. Shape up.

  • Similarly to that point above, could Brody really just wander about the VP's place undetected? Could he shout the name Nazir any louder? 

  • Also, what is up with Galvez? That guy should be dead. Sorry, but was peppered with a machine gun and he just waltzes in slight banged up with a sling? Nope. Not buying it. Writers, we get it that you want us to think he is the mole, but give it a rest. Unless he is the mole and you want us to think there's no way he's the mole because you're shoving it down our throats only to be like, hey, he actually is the mole at some point. My brain hurts.

  • How about Carrie running back to the warehouse? So Carrie of her. Also, so ridiculous. I guess she is such a great CIA agent (is she actually working there again?) because she never listens to her superiors and 100% of the time does her own thing. Oh, wait, I think that makes her terrible.

Dana's annoyance level:
She wasn't in it a lot, but when she was, yep, she had the full on pout and monotone in full force. So many fans want her written out of the show and while I appreciated her character and connection with Brody in the first season, this season has just been too.much.Dana.  What was the point of Finn coming to see her? If they need some filler for episodes how about the drunk old soldier buddy. He is always infinitely more interesting than a Dana story.

The Brody/Carrie Chemistry Factor:
They had some sappy talk on the phone prior to accident where Carrie said it was great to hear Brody's voice. Didn't they say the same thing last week? Something similarly sappy. Sweet soap opera style mush. Slightly redeemed by the fact that I guess Brody loves Carrie. Or something? 

Max and Virgil-ness(easily the best two characters on the show):
Sadly only a couple of small appearances by Virgil. No Max. Siiiigh.

Overall grade:
I give it a solid B+. I have to say I didn't think that the VP would bite it (he is dead, right?) like he did and Brody's spine tingling portrayal in that scene redeemed some utterly ridiculous plot lines that still have me shaking my head. It was pretty decent for shock value and emotional value, but again, how are they not tracking Brody's calls? No,

Big questions for next week:
What the eff is up with Saul and being whisked away for questioning? Will they believe that Carrie was really with Nazir? She certainly can't tell them about Brody's involvement, so what's her deal? WHAT IS IN THAT TRUNK? Or should I say who?

Catch you dudes next week for another sweet recap.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

30% off sale over at the good ol' etsy shop!

Hey, kids! It has been a while. I have been quite busy with Etsy and The Bay (cool kid talk for eBay). Just wanted to drop a post about the awesome 30% off sale I have going on over at Etsy right meow.  Check out some sweet items below:

Also, hope to be blogging more again. It has been a solid five month off, so it is about time to kick start the bloggy boo again.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

chobani rules.

Let me start by saying that this is not a sponsored post. Ok, whew.

Before Chobani was introduced to my life, I hated eating yogurt. I don't know why, but I never liked it. My mom would always pack it in my school lunch and I would always throw it away (sorry, Mom!). A while back my pal told me to try Greek yogurt and I gave in one day. 

Oh my, it is a whole new world. I especially love Chobani and their blood orange flavor. It seriously tastes like eating a dessert, but it is a healthy snack. Love!

So, that brings me to this tweet and RESPONSE that Chobani sent me:

Yep, that happened. Ha! I love them even more now. Thanks, Chobani, for being delicious and having a humorous social media person tweeting back to happy customers like me:)

Friday, June 8, 2012

customer appreciation time!

Shorts are a big seller over at BBV and here are pics that were sent in by a lovely customer, who created the destroyed look herself:

 So awesome, right?

I have another buyer who sent pics of shorts, but I can't find the email, so if that was you and you read this, shoot that email on over again:)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

mega sale over at the etsy shop

Huge sale over at BBV with a ton of items marked down to between 10 and 20 dollars. Even new listings! Three excellent finds below, but more here:




new giveaway: candelabra necklace (ends June 17th)

New giveaway, yeah?

What You Can Win: 

This necklace featuring a candelabra and rose beads combo. I made it, so it is pretty awesome by default. I would value it at priceless, but on a more realistic note, probably around 14 dollars.

How to enter: 

Four ways to enter. Do one, do two, do three, or do four. Obviously if you do four you have a better chance of securing a sweet new jewelry piece for your collection. Just sayin'. 

1. Follow me on Twitter
2. Become a fan of BBV on Facebook
3. Follow me on Instagram. My username is bluebttrflyvtg
4. Follow this blog via GFC.

Leave one separate comment below this post for EACH entry you complete. In each post, be sure to leave a way to contact you and if it is the entry for Twitter or Instagram, leave your username.

This contest is open worldwide.You can enter until June 17th at midnight Eastern.

Winner will be chosen at random. You will have 2 days to reply with mailing info. If you do not reply, I will choose another winner, with no exceptions.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

shop update: hey, sailor!

Several lovely nautical items are hanging out in the shop right now. Check them out below and click on the picture to be taken directly to the listing.

Brass Ships Wheel Cigarette Dispenser

 Navy Pillbox Hat

Nautical Knot Purse

Seashell Dress

Conch Necklace

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Well, I'm officially 27 today. No real story here, but just an excuse to post the pictures that I will probably post every year on my birthday. A look into where my love of cake began:

Check out the crazed look in my eyes. I'm like a cake junkie.

The weather is beautiful, so I lucked out. Check back this week for some cupcake pics!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

how about the new #CoronaRita?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chili’s Grill & Bar. All opinions are 100% mine.

Cinco de Mayo is almost here and that means one thing: margaritas. Actually, for my family it means margaritas and my mom's birthday. This year we might just head out to Chili's for some delicious food and drink. It is a great place to enjoy a meal with the family and try new things such as the CoronaRita.

CoronaRita sm.jpg

Have you heard about the new CoronaRita at Chili's? If not, it is a new drink that is made with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila and Coronita. You know, because sometimes you just can't deicide between the beer or the margarita, so why not both? For someone like me, who has a terrible time trying to decide between two amazing drinks, this is rather perfect.

I can see this being an amazing drink to try on hot summer days. I can definitely see a day of fun in the sun followed by some fajitas and margaritas in a nice, cool Chili's.

The restaurant would be a great place to celebrate summer, graduations, birthdays, girls' night out, or just a casual dinner date with your mister or miss. The family atmosphere is great, so you can bring the entire family along for a fun night.

I love Chili's because their menu is so diverse and the CoronaRita sounds like it would go with so many of their great options. A couple of my favorites include their Chicken Fajitas and their Monterey Chicken. They also have great burgers, pasta dishes, and mouth watering appetizers. Be sure to go there hungry, because with so many options, you will definitely need to leave room for a large meal.

And I didn''t even mention that they also have great desserts. Be sure to stop in at Chili's this summer to try the CoronaRita and if that's not your thing, you will surely find another great option for that perfect, summer drink.


Are you excited for summer? Do you think you might try the CoronaRita? What's your favorite thing to get at Chili's? Let me know below!


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Monday, April 30, 2012

an alternate history: typo style

It's a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite movies for a number of reasons, one being my minor obsession with thinking about alternate history.

Do you ever think about alternate history? Does the idea that the smallest variation in your daily schedule can result in life changing events? I definitely do. 

One thing that I think about was the summer post graduation from college back in 2007. I was ready to take on the world, but had no idea what to do about it. I saw an ad in the newspaper about the local paper hiring a copywriter, which was perfect. I had just completed four year degree in literature/writing at what is touted as the top college in NY by several publications. I surely should have been able to attain this position at small town, mediocre newspaper, right? Wrong. Even though I aced the editing test they give out, apparently my amazing personality didn't mesh well, because the job went to someone else. 

Would I have been selling vintage full time had I been hired back then? Probably not. Would I be happier? Not as happy? Indifferent? Who knows?

What I do know is that finding mistakes in the local paper has become a bit of a guilty pleasure for me in the years since I lost out on that job. Don't get me wrong, my grammar is far from perfect, but it is certainly close when compared to the copywriters that actually work for the paper. Check out this gem that was in the area police reports today:

Not only did someone spell the word fight as "fite", but also they spelled the person's last name two completely different ways. 

It's the little things, really. And now back to pondering what might have been...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

easter cupcakes and instagram fun.

To celebrate Easter, my Mom, twin 5-yr-old nieces, and I went to my grandma's senior apartments and decorated 120+ cupcakes to take to the rescue mission. It was nuts. One of the women who helped was 101! Always a good time when the age differential in a group of cupcake decorators is 96 years. 

Here are a couple pics I snapped:

I love them.

Gypsy cupcakes!

Have a great Easter everyone!

PS-Here is a sneak peek of some summer shoes hitting the shop this week:

Can you tell I've been rocking Instagram this week? I used to have an account and forgot about it (I think it was JennfromBBV). Now, I have a new one, so if you are on it, you can catch me at jenneseo07(that's a zero and seven at the end). Get it? Jenneseo? Because my name is Jenn and I went to Geneseo? Yeah, pretty sweet. Follow me and let me know so I can follow you!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

ebay hates you, unless you're a mega established company. then they're all, 'hey, let's be besties!'

Catchy post title, yeah?

So, as you know I have a pretty sweet vintage store on Etsy, but you may not know I have rocked a pretty sick (in a good way, silly) store over at Ebay for even longer. I never talk about it, because over the past few years Ebay has become a bit of an ugly step sister in comparison to Etsy. This is not in the sense that the traffic is smaller, because sadly it is much higher. I'm talking in the sense that they do next to nothing to help smaller sellers and do everything to cater to large volume stores that are generally already well established businesses with websites of their own (ie. the debacle). 

Even with that, I have still been pro-Ebay. I was even juiced several months ago, when Ebay's official Twitter account started following me on Twitter. FYI-They only follow 779 people and have over 88,000 followers. My ego felt pretty sweet that day. Oh, how times have changed.  

Ebay followed Kim K, Timmy Hilfiger, and A natural progression, really.

I forgot to mention that I am a top-rated seller over there, which is something that I have taken pride in over the past couple of years. Even though the program is highly flawed, in that if in one year three people out of the several hundred gave me a one for any ridiculous reason (trust me, I make mistakes, but sometimes buyers are ridiculous in their reasoning) then my top-rated status would disappear, along with the 20% discount that is applied to final value fees. This is because people don't realize how important it is to leave five stars, so many leave four stars, bringing the value down. Confusing, I know.

Moving on. The other day I got to read a SUPER exciting email about all the GREAT changes Ebay is implementing beginning June 1st.

So, the email read:

Starting in June, Top-rated sellers will need to have tracking information uploaded to eBay within their stated handling time on 90% or more of their transactions with US buyers. As of June 1, the 20% final value fee discount and greatest on average boost in Best Match will go to those listings from Top-rated sellers that include 1-day handling and a minimum 14-day return policy with a money-back refund option. Listings without these two services will still have the Top-rated seller badge and some boost in Best Match but will not earn the discounts or the highest average boost in Best Match. 

Ok, so let me break it down for you. I don't have a problem with the 90% tracking information. That makes sense. I get delivery confirmation on everything I send, so that's covered. The other two stipulations is where things get shady for me. 

I have to go from having a non return policy to 14 days? Doesn't Ebay realize that some people may be tempted to pull the classic leave the tags on the item for the event and return after(modified for the internet age)? I had one person recently ask if they could return an item that I know they bought to wear on Valentine's day. Conveniently they asked on February 15th. So, yes, it may sound paranoid, but it happens. Probably more than you think. Couldn't they say a three or five day policy? Why two weeks? That's ridiculous. 

And now to the biggest problem I have: one day handling time. Are you kidding me Ebay? You say you want sellers to act more like the stores they buy from online. Here's some news for you: most stores that I buy from don't send out my items for at least 2 days, if not three or more. As a seller who has always been quick with shipping, I probably shouldn't mind this, but there are situations when one day handling is just not an option. It also makes the buyers even more critical than they already are, if I were to wait a whole TWO days to ship something. 

I'm glad that I can work hard to maintain a top-rated status, but lose any monetary benefits that I get from this. Sounds so worth the time and effort. 

So, as if all this weren't enough, I was directed to a town hall meeting transcript and this one quote really stood out to me. It was in response to a seller's complaint about the new policy and said, "We're moving ahead with the program because we heard from sellers that this was the way they thought we should go."

Are you serious?

Ebay is trying to say that they are implementing ridiculous changes that are difficult for a majority of sellers to follow because they heard other sellers wanted it? THAT IS RIDICULOUS. It isn't just a little ridiculous, either. It is "I am about to have an aneurysm, because I hate when corporations make up lies" levels of ridiculous. 

There is also this terrible exchange between an irate seller and Ebay/the Guru (wtf?) concerning expectations buyers have if they were to buy something from SERIOUSLY. Read it here. Another note to Ebay: Walmart doesn't send out things I buy from them online in one day. Just saying. 

I just hate the fact that Ebay caters to large stores and not to mid-level stores like mine. If there has ever been a micro/macrocosm for the plight of the middle classes, this is it. If you don't have a store, you can list many items per month for free. If you have a large store, Ebay wants you to continue putting smaller stores out of business, presumably because smaller stores don't make them as much money and take up space/resources. If you have a mid-level store...well, no one cares. 

I want to say that I rarely complain when everyone else does about Ebay. Even with their higher fees, I've stuck with them and *gulp* even defended them from fee increases to their slightly criminal change to charging final value fees on SHIPPING. Never again. It is so depressing that this is my full time job. I guess I will be moving a majority of my vintage stuff back to Etsy, but what about the new stuff I sell? 

I long for the day when there is a viable alternative to selling things on Ebay, but where is it? Regardless of your choices, there just isn't a site that brings as much traffic and so I continue to sell on Ebay(at least until they blackball me), every day losing a little more self respect.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

lisa frank: my idol.

Yesterday, I had a humorous exchange on Twitter with Amanda, one of the lovely ladies behind Miskabelle Vintage, which is a pretty clutch store on Etsy and a killer blog you can check out here. It read as follows:

It got me thinking about Lisa Frank. Yes, sometimes Chanel takes a backseat to mass market stationary. Naturally I had to turn to Wikipedia (where everything is true!) for some info on the best artist that any 10 year old girl (and some boys) can name. 

I learned that she started her company when she was only 24! Also, her success and ability to venture into everything from notebooks to lunch boxes came as a result of her successful sticker line. When she divorced her husband, who was CEO of the company, she was assigned control of the company. I never knew it (or maybe I knew it along deep down in my heart), but I think Lisa Frank is my idol. 

Here are some classic pics from her stuff, as if anyone out there doesn't know who she is:

Righteous underwater love between interracial dolphins. The world can learn from Lisa Frank.
Puffins can hang out with polar bears without the fear of being eaten. Also, check out how happy they are even in the face of global warming which has caused most of their ice to crack. That's harmony.
If this is heaven, count me in.

I hope this post brought some nostalgic awesomeness to your day and that we all take some time and reflect on the greatness of Lisa Frank. She may not be the best artist that ever lived, but I am pretty sure she easily captured what life would be like if you were a ten year old who dropped acid. And who doesn't love that?

roswell recap - season 1 - episode 2

Season1, Episode 2 - The Morning After (scandalous title!)

I am actually following through with my promise (to myself, who else would care?) to re-cap every episode of the show Roswell, a little gem I found on Netflix. To learn more about my ridiculous love of teen soaps and now, Roswell, read this post. Also, this site is where I snaked the screenshots from. Big ups to them.

Liz ponders the idea of Max staying up all night thinking of her as she does with him. Cue scene of Max snoring. Then someone tries to break in Max’s room, but it is just Michael. Why don’t the bedrooms of TV characters ever have screens on their windows? Michael is too juiced to sleep. Crazy alien stuff is brewing. 

Maria starts calling aliens Czechoslovakians. Makes sense. A new teacher wonders where Michael is and why he isn’t in class, which Liz finds weird. No, liz. That’s her job. She’s supposed to ask where students are when they aren’t in class. Anyways, it is the lady who played Dexter’s wife before she was murdered on Dexter. Not pertinent to the storyline, but I thought you might be interested.

Maria wants to tell Alex. OMFG. Never trust teenage girls with your life shattering secrets, aliens. Also, I still hate Maria’s hair. Kyle is still way into Liz, but Liz not so much. She has caught alien fever. Alien LOVE fever. Liz blows him off in favor of seeing what the new teacher has in her hands, which ends up being Michael’s school file. 

Liz freaks a bit and goes to Michael’s house. It isn’t a house, so much as it is a trailer, where his foster dad sits about in his boxers. Super classy digs. If I were a foster parent, I think I would get pissed about every foster child in every tv show ever. They always live in trailers and drink beer for breakfast. Michael thanks Liz for her keen observational skills. And for not vomiting at the sight of his foster dad in boxers. That second part was inferred.

Monday, February 27, 2012

has it really been two years?

Just noticed that today was my 2 year Etsy-versary. Maybe a nice reflective post is in order for some time this week, but until then, there's a pretty huge 50% off section you can check out here

Also, listing a ton of new inventory this week such as these three lovely items available, right now:

So, stop on by and here's to another year of vintage sales:)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

stayin classy at home depot

My nieces are gross. In a hilarious way.

Happy Monday/Presidents Day, folks!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

roswell recap - season 1 - pilot

I am actually following through with my promise (to myself, who else would care?) to re-cap every episode of the show Roswell, a little gem I found on Netflix. To learn more about my ridiculous love of teen soaps and now, Roswell, read this post. Also, this site is where I snaked the screenshots from. So, big ups to them.

Season 1, Episode 1 – Pilot (super clever title!)

So, the show starts with a cute brunette writing a journal entry about how 5 days ago she died and then things “got really weird.” Oh, teens!


Then we see the same girl, Liz, working in a ridiculous alien waitress uniform, messing with the head of some tourists concerning a fake alien photo. The tourists look like cartoon characters from the cartoon Doug.  Another waitress tells her that a hot guy named Max is checking her out again and she’s all NO WAY, but he totally is. Max is the Luke Perry of the show as he looks like a 30 year old playing a 16 year old. Thanks to Wikipedia I see that he was around 26 when this show was on, so not too far off there. I digress. The other waitress is Maria. Based on her name and the fact that she suddenly starts speaking Spanish, my guess is that she’s going to be the wacky Latina best friend on the show. Nice of the WB not to play into stereotypes. One other thing: she has really terrible hair. 

Two burly dudes argue over something(probably who had more fries) and they have a gun! People in Roswell are serious about their diner food, yo. The gun goes off and Liz goes down, so I guess she got shot. Hot Max runs to her, much to the chagrin of his spikey haired friend. He rips her uniform open and at first I’m like what the whaaat, but then he puts his hand over her gun shot and heals her, while seeing flashes of each other when they were kids. I guess he’s pretty much been stalking her since they were 5. Seriously, though, the wound is gone, so that's pretty nuts. He breaks a ketchup bottle and tells her she broke it when she fell. Then to be real cool and secretive, he and his friend run out of the crowded restaurant IN FRONT OF EVERYONE and peel out in a jeep. Yup, non-suspect and playing it real cool.

Can I digress for a moment about the sheriff?