I found nine VC Andrews books in a charity thrift shop and brought them home for $5. Two series' worth, the Casteel and the Dollanganger (the best ones -- although I'm missing Garden of Shadows). I know it's trash, fluff. I can't get enough.
I burned through these books when I was in the 7th grade and often wonder what they did to my psyche. I didn't talk about my love of VC Andrews, my secret shame, for years. When I would find another girl who had loved the books, I would feel a frisson of excitement and a sense of understanding -- there is just something about these books. I wonder if it's important to have snuck them under the covers with you at a tender age.
I was up until 3AM reading Heaven. I noticed a few holes this time around, sure, of course. But oh, what a thrill.
Mallory, Candy Pop, hellojenuine, Andrea, marissa (stylebook), Fabi and Cybelle, Chau, Arlie, in dreams, kater, Ella, Madeline, Katie, HomeCollection., classiq, sunkentreasure, ♔Reyna♔, Ms. P: Thank you all so much for the sweet birthday wishes! I had a wonderful day.
Anonymous: The journal is by O-Check, a Korean stationery company. I got it at the Drake General Store here in Toronto. It's a beautiful journal!
bigfea: Oh, nice! It's not a very good birthdate, I think. Happy birthday to you!
Anonymous: Do I ever stop to consider the materialism? That's a vague question that is open to interpretation. Yes, I found happiness in these things, and I was so excited to get them, but the overall feeling was one of gratitude that I have PEOPLE in my life who are willing to give me pretty things because they know I will like them and not because I asked for them. I don't consider myself to be an excessively materialistic person. I don't believe that I own vast quantities of things that I don't need, but that's relative; some might think that I do, and that's fine. I feel lucky to have what I do have. The items in the post are secondhand or handmade, or non-handmade of very high quality, and none of these things will find their way to landfill any time soon. I will take responsibility for encouraging a modicum of "materialism" through my blog, but the people who read my blog are intelligent enough to make their own decisions about what they want and need, what they can afford, and where they find fulfillment and satisfaction. As long as we have an economy based on capitalism in place, and as long as I have a very tiny voice here on the internet, I will continue to support local shops, independent designers, handmade products, etc. I work for a not-for-profit project but I do have an online shop as well. Since I know many people who support themselves through making, buying, and selling, I have to be okay with some level of "materialism." So sure, I have considered it!
Verhext: Thank you, lady.
heleen: Thank you! I really appreciate that sentiment. I try! Sometimes I'm not really sure why I bother, but I do try.
sarah: Oh, another birthday twin! Happy birthday to you!
ilovesasek: Thank you so much! Oh, I hope you can make it in the spring! 1978 was a good year.
hila: Thanks so much, Hila. There will always be the holier-than-thou contingent, I suppose. It doesn't bother me; the good usually outweighs the bad. When the bad starts winning, I'll just have to bow out!
Stephanie: Thank you! Oh, the peach... those are lovely. I've only worn mine a bit (total walking time of about one hour, I think), but they're really quite comfortable so far! I think they'll last forever. Plus for 50% off, I couldn't resist!
Celine: Thank you, Celine! I know, I was so happy when she showed me! It looks so nice! I had a really lovely day.
de la Cruz, Cathy: Aw, babe! Thank you!
taste area: Yes! I love Capricorns!
EvaForeva: Oh! I should clarify that she designed them herself! She just used one of my pictures. But yeah, she did an amazing job! Thank you!
erin jane / atlantic treefox: I know, I am lucky!
sunshine by sara: Yes! They are!
Tracey: Hehe, which one? The stuffed one or the real one?
bigBANG studio: Thanks, babe! Oh yes, they sure are creepy! In the best way possible!
teacup adventure: Thank you! I appreciate that.
Jane Flanagan: I agree! Although I have to admit the Steiff was a huge, unexpected surprise.
If Jane: Oh, it's not that far!
Sarah: I only wish I had the means to treat my wonderful friends to all the wonderful things that they deserve!
Hello Lindello: Isn't that necklace amazing?! Thank you!
Kate: Thank you, it was! I really wanted a nice blanket and then I found this one and got another from a friend! I guess they're easier to find at antiques markets. Soooo warm!
Megan: Thanks, lady! I know, I feel really lucky!
april: I am SO HAPPY to hear from you! You disappeared!
danica: Thank you, Danica! It's funny to read your comment in light of a blog post I just browsed elsewhere that included a Chloe-branded camera, a Karl Lagerfeld iPod case (?), a Miu Miu purse, etc., behind the innocent premise of "what's in my bag," ha!
Coriander Girl: Yay! Happy new year to you as well! xo
Jenny Morris: Oh, wonderful! I hope you enjoyed your visit to 69 Vintage!
Grace: Thank you, Grace! Yup, 1978! Your words are too kind, thank you. The cats aren't friends yet but they tolerate each other, which is enough for me!