In theory I really enjoy sifting through yard sales, flea markets and antiques fairs, but in reality it is hot, dusty and tiring work. But no more! Vicky's Yard Sale, a site run by, unsurprisingly, Vicky, an artist based out of Los Angeles, takes the work out of it. She posts items on her blog, you either email her with your best offer or pay the posted price (see? just like a yard sale), and the item is shipped to you. Her collection tends towards art deco, but not exclusively. I personally have got my eye on this set of Edelstein plates, this brass creamer set, and this hungry bird Lenox vase. Items are updated weekly.
I love to complain vociferously about the lack of social grace I encounter. Not that I am the next coming of Emily Post, but I do feel quite strongly about the frequent and unabashed use of please, thank you and excuse me. Luckily, Social Primer cares even more than I do about manners, so he can rant for me, thus sparing my friends and family. From what to do with your silverware to how to be a good houseguest to how to double-book successfully, Social Primer has you covered.
As a food lover I read a ton of food blogs. I have a short list that I find to be consistently appealing both visually and gustatorially and I make a point to check them on a regular basis. I've recently added Lottie + Doof to that list. The blog is written by a Chicagoan who delights in food and food fueled social gatherings. His photos are gorgeous and quite cutting edge considering the subject, and I find his recipes delightful.
And, at long last, I've unpacked my teacups that my mother passed along to me last time I was in California.
Let the tea parties begin!