Now before you turn your nose up to the idea of used/old items and the word “flea market” you should learn a little more about this one in particular. The first Sunday of every month, here in the Bay Area, is designated to Alameda’s Antique Market. The naval base is transformed into a fair with over 800 booths all having the most interesting and unique treasures you can find. Over the past few years I’ve spent Sunday mornings waking up at the crack of dawn and spending most of my day at this eclectic spot. Some of my favorite possessions have been collected here; jewellery, signs, art, and furniture, anything you can think of you can find. The fair isn’t just about shopping either; today I came without buying anything-I just came to take photos, people watch, and eat. Tons of food trucks are on the outskirts of the fair and in between aisles, so there’s really no need to pack any food. After coming to Alameda so many times I’ve learned a lot to make my time go smoothly and comfortably. Before setting out on your Sunday adventure make a list of your needs/wants and budget. Wear layers and comfortable shoes, the Bay Area is so moody with weather as you locals know. Mornings are freezing and windy while the afternoon can get grossly hot. Bring a hands free bag, backpack, satchel etc. Some bring carts if they know they’re going to buy big objects. Cash only, this makes everything go faster/easier and you can bargain by saying you only have x amount of money. Know what’s overpriced, I don’t like to buy anything at the original tag price, I always bargain it down to something less than I was expecting. After your first time coming here you’ll figure out what the standout vendors/booths are. Usually the most popular ones stick to the same spot, so you can go about your day skipping certain aisles you know you won’t like. Not everything is a million years old, why I like this fair in particular is that people transform old items and refurbish them into something useful and modern. One of my favorite vendors takes old coins and makes them stamped initial necklaces. Another vendor, House of Cindy, uses vintage fabrics and turns them into awesome pillows & poufs. The artwork here is so unique; old wooden signs, tin letters, massive canvas prints, vintage photography, you name it! And nothing is the same so you will always get something original. I highly suggest to people living in the Bay Area to come to Alameda at least once- you will instantly be hooked and marking your calendars! Or you can mark your calendar for June 7th and maybe I’ll see you there!
One of my fondest memories is the smell of our home during the holidays growing up. The scent was so subtle and delicious and I would feel so warm and cozy coming home from school. I grew up in Toronto, Canada so fires, candles, and anything to make the home feel warm and inviting during the winters were a must. The delicious smell that I grew so fondly of was actually a homemade concoction that my mom would make on the stove to infuse our home with the aroma of love. Sounds so strange but thats really what I feel when I walk into my home and smell this delightful scent.
I called my mom a couple of nights ago to let her know that I was going to blog about this and share the recipe with you guys. She was thrilled and both delighted and surprised to know that I remembered her doing that as a child and have continued to do it myself. It’s the little things that stick with you it seems. My goodness do I LOVE tradition. I hope that this becomes a staple in your home as well during the holidays. If you try it please let me know what you think. Enjoy!
1-2 Cinnamon Sticks
Peels of an Orange
Peels of an Apple
Cloves (a tablespoon or so)
2-3 cups of water
*This recipe is such great way to get the most out of your fruits and use up those unwanted orange peels!
Simply place of the ingredients into a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer on extra low for a long as you want! As the water evaporates add more! Such a natural way to infuse your home with a yummy smell. This recipe is so addicting and will be on my stove all through the holidays.
An amazing online retailer www.swell.com was so nice to send me some amazing clothes recently. I wanted to go ahead and share some of my favorite pieces of theirs with you guys today!
As a mom its really important for me to wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to just throw on. I want to look cute and feel good about myself at the same time. An easy top and great relaxed fit pair of jeans is almost always my go to.
I kid you not these One Teaspoon “Baggies” that I am wearing in the pictures below have quickly become my favorite pair of jeans. I just love them. I can dress them up or down, they don’t shrink when I wash them and the detail on them is just perfect for me. I’ve included a link to the jeans HERE . I promise you won’t regret buying these!
The Top I am wearing is so comfy! As you can see below it can be dressed up or down. It goes great with the jeans, but would look amazing with some denim shorts and knee high socks in the spring or summer as well!
I hope you guys enjoy this look. Let me know what you think about it in the comments below! Thank you SWELL for the amazing threads!
My favorite store to go to for my family is Target! They have a little bit of everything in there and I can always find something for everyone in the family. I find myself in there about 2 times a week! A couple of days ago I went to Target to get an outfit for our family to wear to Stephen’s basketball game that night. I was in and out of the store within 30 mins and picked up everything I needed. Target is a great place to find quality looking pieces at great prices. Nothing I purchased was over $30. The jeans I bought for Stephen fit him true to size and were long enough! They were a better fit than some of the higher priced jeans he has in his closet!!! Riley’s entire outfit cost an outstanding $12.00. I LOVE TARGET.
I hope this inspires some of you to find a great look for less! Enjoy!