1. My Root Collective Boots. You guys, permit me to gush for a bit. I've wanted these boots forever, but like most fair trade goods, the price kept me from pulling the trigger. After Christmas, I finally treated myself to them, and I don't know what took me so long! They go with everything. Now that I've broken them in, they're super comfortable. They were true to size, and I get compliments on them almost every time I wear them ... which is basically every day.
And the best part - as I mentioned already, since they're fair trade, they directly employ artisans, providing an escape from gangs and a dignified way of providing for families.
Every dollar you spend is a vote for the kind of world you want to live in. These boots are made for change makin'! And good news for you - when I bought my pair, I was given a special link that would allow my friends to get 10% off of their own purchase. Check them out, you won't regret it!
2. DIY Minimalist Videos on YouTube. I think this qualifies as an addiction. The last month was fairly stressful at work, and since I didn't have time to do much creating myself to relieve the stress, I found that watching others create helped, plus it gave me lots of fresh ideas! I'm particularly enjoying the "minimalist" "Tumblr inspired" DIY videos. To show you what I mean, I made a playlist! Yes, there's 45 videos in the playlist. Inspiration for days!
One of my favorites that I can't wait to try:
3. Used Book Sales. I mentioned this on Instagram, but a few weeks ago I went to the VNSA Book Sale for the first time. All of the used books were donated and sold for charity - all half a million.
Yes, you read that right - half a million books, two days, in a warehouse in the middle of Phoenix. People started lining up and camping out the day before. My friend who told me about the sale got up at 4:30 am on a Saturday! I went with two friends at about noon, and still had to wait in line about half an hour to get it, but wow - was it worth it. I literally felt giddy - so many books, so little time, so cheap!
In the back of my mind, I wondered if there was any way I could find my favorite books from childhood - the Childcraft series, and the Junior Classics series. Both sets were old when I was reading them as kid, and when I'd looked for them online in the past, the Childcraft sets went for $100. So when I found BOTH, and the Junior Classics were $1 each, and the complete Childcraft set was $15 total - I about started hyperventilating.
Two boxes of books for $41 is about the best day ever!
4. Mom Made Market Finds. But my day actually got even better, because that same day, I went to the Mom Made Market in downtown Phoenix (shout out to AMP for driving!). We made it in the last few minutes of the market, and we made it worth our while. I brought home three prints, two tees, a romper, and a wooden cut out of of the state of Iowa.
Sadly, I can't remember the name of the shop I bought the cacti print from. The "Low Maintenance" gray tee is from LaLa Threads, the pineapple tee and romper are from A Quiver Full (the company Edison brand reps for!) the wooden Iowa cut out is from The Treasure Hunts, and I can't wait to make something with it.
Have you found anything lately you can't stop recommending? Let us know in the comments!