Discovery of the Week: Urban Home

Hi again!

I’m back with another discovery this week!

I would like to share with you all my introduction to a new (at least new to me) store: Urban Home.

It’s a furniture and home goods store that I visited last week (when I was also visiting Paris Baguette, which I still have yet to try) at the Santa Anita Mall. My mom had mentioned it a few times but having no clue what it was, I never really understood what she was saying. That has all changed.

Let me tell you. This store is amazing!

They have really cute stuff (furniture, decor, etc.) and it’s all fairly reasonably priced.

It’s like IKEA but cheaper and higher quality. The only sad part is that I don’t have my own home (or the money) to furnish with all these lovely products they have for sale. That is actually probably a good thing now that I think about it because otherwise I would have spent all my money. I seriously considered buying that clock above even though I have no where to put it. That’s how awesome this store is.

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Discovery of the Week: Paris Baguette

Hello again!

I know I missed posting last week but sometimes life gets in the way of the best laid plans. Still, I’m back this week with a new discovery.

I was at the Santa Anita Mall this weekend and while walking along, window shopping, what should I see? A new bakery that has “Paris” in the title. Now, any of you who know me, know that I love French food and adore Paris themed things. I just had to have a peak at what this store had to offer.

Paris Baguette is the name of the bakery (not really creative but at least it’s to the point). They have a wide array of pastries to choose from, including: cakes, cookies, bread, sandwiches, etc. They are a division of a larger Korea-based company which is interesting because there seems to be some Asian-influenced pastries in their line-up as well. They have green tea flavored shaved ice, as well as rice cakes, and mochi desserts. I’m mostly excited about the croissants and macaroons though.

I did not have the chance to actually try anything yet but I will definitely be making a stop here on my next trip to Santa Anita. I have very high hopes. Thanks for coming by!

Discovery of the Week: Polyvore

Hello again!

Welcome back to all two of you reading this 🙂

I have another website to share with you today. I know I promised to branch out more off the web but hey, this is my blog and I’ll do what I want to (seriously though, I am keeping an eye/hear open for any cool discoveries in the real world).

I can tell this new site is going to be very addicting. It’s like Pinterest met InDesign and had a baby they shared with us.

I introduce you to Polyvore!

Okay, so I know it’s been around for a bit (I’ve been seeing Polyvore sets on Pinterest since I joined two years ago) but I’ve only just recently become curious as to what it is exactly. I finally followed that curiosity to the site, where I soon discovered an amazing world of fashion splendor.

So here’s how it works:

Polyvore acts as kind of an interactive shopping experience. You can create “sets” of things (clothes, makeup, furniture, perfume, etc.) that you like. You select each item and then arrange them in a InDesign-esq program (it is simpler than that but hopefully that gives you an idea of how to make a set). For example, here is a set I created:

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I went through a list of tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories to complete this look. Each time you click on something you’re given the option of “liking” the item, viewing more details about it, or adding it to your set. “Liking” it adds it to your profile so you can come back to view it later. “More details” leads to the site where the item is sold (it is all about what makes money, right?), which I absolutely love and loathe. I love it because I can easily find these items if I choose to purchase them and I hate it for the same reason. My bank account is going to suffer greatly with this discovery.

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This is another set I created. There are all kinds of choices when forming one. There are endless colors you can filter by, as well as type of clothing, furniture, etc. and even by brand. I find it all very fascinating from a consumer standpoint. I know I’m being sold to and that I am in part selling to others (other users can follow you and view your items, sets and collections). I personally don’t mind being used for such a purpose (hello, have you seen my username?) and I like that I’m able to see things arranged as outfits before I seriously consider purchasing them. It makes it interesting and doesn’t just give you an idea of how something might look with another piece but actually puts them side by side so you can compare colors and style.

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It really is a dangerous rabbit hole that I have fallen into and I love it!

Thanks again for stopping by and I’ll see you next time!