Yearly Archives: 2015

One of Each, Please

I can't even.

I can’t even.

I’ve been thinking about it and I’ve decided that I need a miniature designer handbag. Here are my reasons:

  1. I cannot afford a full-size designer handbag.
  2. I love miniature things.

Click on the collage above to check out my round-up of mini bags, which are actually fancy key fobs.  They would be the perfect size for American Girl dolls!

Kate Spade Maise Key Fob in Vivid Snapdragon and Cherry Liquer (KateSpade.com)

Tory Burch Mini York Key Fob in Fairview Blue, 797 Shearling Mini Bag Key Fob in Natural, and Fleming Key Fob in Black (all available at Bloomingdales.com)

Lauren Ralph Lauren Mini Tote Bag Charm (available at Bloomingdales.com)

Michael Kors Cindy Key Fob in Wisteria (available at Bloomingdales.com)

Which one is your favorite? I’m digging the little red Kate Spade bag.

-Angela

Awesome Advent Calendars

YAS!

YAS!  Tarte’s “Petite Treats” Advent calendar from 2014!

I know, I know–it’s not even Halloween yet. I hate rushing the seasons, too. But if I want to buy a fancy beauty/candle/gourmet Advent calendar (and I do), I need to think about getting it soon. They sell out quickly!

Are you familiar with these calendars? You probably know about chocolate Advent calendars–the ones where you open a little cardboard door each day in December and pop out a piece of (poor quality) chocolate.   I’ve gotten one of those every year since I was I child–I love them. But there are fancier Advent calendars available, too, that are filled with little gifts–especially in the UK (lucky ducks). Check out these 2015 round-ups here and here.  (And this link shows last year’s calendars, if you’re interested.)

I totally want a Tarte, Lush, QVC, Yankee Candle, or Charlotte Tilbury calendar!  The only one of these that’s available already is the Yankee Candle calendar:

This one is available now and I might just bite the bullet and get it.

I might just bite the bullet and get this. It would be fun to burn a little tea light each night.

If makeup/skincare isn’t your thing, check the list below for some of the other kinds of Advent calendars I’ve seen online:

– Whiskey
– Beer
– Tea
– Gourmet chocolate (Lindt, etc.)
– Lego (with City, Friends, and Star Wars versions)
– Playmobil (numerous themes!)
– Barbie
– Kinder Surprise (the chocolate eggs with toys inside!)
– Starbucks

Are you going to snag a fancy Advent calendar this year?  I want them all!  I think most of these will hit stores right after Halloween, so I plan to start checking sites daily on November 1st!

-Angela

10/27/15 Edited to add: The 2015 QVC calendar is now available here! The Charlotte Tilbury calendar is now available here…but for $200!  (Nope!)  I recently saw the Tarte “Petite Treats” set on either the Sephora or Ulta website, too, but the goodies were packaged in a makeup bag for 2015, not an Advent calendar.  I can’t find the set online now, though–maybe it already sold out?

Is This Fan Fiction?! OMG

Walk like an Egyptian...

Walk like an Egyptian! (Or ride a camel.)

This is embarrassing, but I had a lot of fun writing it and I’m posting it anyway! 🙂

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Recently found in the social pages of the Happy Street Gazette:

Please welcome the Fennec fox* family and Mr. Tut Mummy to Happy Street!

The Fennec family hails from the Nile River Valley and includes eldest brother Mr. Oupouaout, 29, and younger twin siblings Mr. Fenni Mr. Sen** and Miss Bastet, 25. The family recently relocated to our lovely street with their maternal cousin, Mr. Tutankhamun (Tut) Mummy, 28. Many readers may be familiar with Mr. Tut from his previous visits to Halloween Town, where resides his paternal cousin, Little Skeleton Bear (originally of Transylvania).

The Fennecs have settled on the western side of Happy Street in a handsome suite of sandstone buildings near Jurassic Park. Mr. Tut resides in Haunted House on the east side, but he commutes daily to the Fennec property via a private metro stop disguised as an ornate sarcophagus. The stop was designed and built by none other than Happy Street co-founder Billy the Fox.

The Fennec family and Mr. Tut share interest in three new public ventures. Mr. Oupouaout designs striking costume masks at Champollion’s Dream, the likes of which discerning citizens will seek for the next fiesta. Mr. Oupouaout draws upon ancient Egyptian myth to inspire and shape his work, and patrons will be dazzled by the gold leaf, inlaid jewels, and delicate hieroglyphics used in his designs. Mr Oupouaout’s fine talent is also on display in two new public pieces, the Anubis Statue and Obelisk, which were recently delivered from his Egyptian studio and installed near the Fennec residence, the Sphynx House.

Mr. Fenni Sen manages the beautiful new Oasis Splash event space, now available for parties. The lush venue is outfitted in a cozy, Bedouin style and features a striking fountain centerpiece. Rumor has it that the highly discerning Miss Sopica Artiste is considering the space for her next exhibition.

Finally, Miss Bastet is the proprietress of Nile Delicacies, an open-air boutique offering exotic fragrances, spices, and cosmetics. All products are organic and directly sourced, and Miss Bastet provides personalized skincare and makeup consultations. Early Happy Street devotees of Miss Bastet’s methods recommend her moisturizing milk bath ritual.

Readers may find it interesting that a certain orange fox was recently spotted treating Miss Bastet to macarons and coffee at Aux Bons Macarons in Paris Town. The meeting is rumored to have been arranged by a mutual friend from Valentine Town, Ms. Lovely Swan. The strikingly beautiful Miss Bastet arrived by perfumed camel. She wore a custom linen dress from Dahlia a la Mode paired with dramatic eye makeup.

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* Maybe the residents are dogs?  They look like foxes to me.

** I haven’t reached Level 3 for my Sphynx House, so I don’t know the name of the third resident right now. 🙂  I used the word “Sen,” which is a version of the ancient Egyptian word for brother.  10/27/15 Edited to add: His name is Fenni.  🙂

Make (or Restock) a Mini “Emergency” Kit

Ack! So cute! (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

Ack! So cute! (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

I love the “Minimergency” kits made by Pinch Provisions. (You know I love a good kit!)  The Minimergency kits are adorable little pouches that contain oodles of “just in case” health, beauty, and fashion items to keep in your purse, backpack, or diaper bag. Each little pouch fits in your palm but contains all of the following:

Image from PinchProvisions.com

Ready for (almost!) anything!  (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

Ready for (almost) anything! (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

Can’t tell what’s what?  Here’s another look.  (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

I own a Minimergency kit and I’ve bought several as gifts, but you could easily make a cute DIY version, too.  The nice thing about buying the Pinch Provisions version is that everything matches and is neatly labeled, but I hesitate to actually use anything because it’s all so cute–and that completely defeats the purpose!

Therefore, this post includes some ideas for building DIY kits or restocking one you already have.  Christmas will be here soon, and “emergency” kits like these would be great gifts or stocking stuffers for the ladies on your list!

Note:  The key to making or restocking your kit is to think tiny–even tinier than “travel size”!  Read on!

Step One.  Find a pouch. Look for a biggish coin purse, a small makeup bag, or a little pencil case.

Step Two.  Fill your pouch with the stuff you probably already own:

Two hair tie(s).
Four bobby pins.
Two neatly folded tissues.
Tweezers (standard tweezers are pretty small to begin with, but there are mini versions available, too).
Nail clippers (the kind with an attached nail file).
Applicator-free or compact tampon.
Two Band-Aids.
Breath freshener. Don’t forget to include a wrapped mint or stick of gum.
Lip balm. You can probably squeeze in a full-sized tube of lip balm. I’ve also seen mini bullets of lip balm sold in vending machines in movie theater restrooms. (I believe the brand is Lip Rageous and the balm comes in all kinds of fruity flavors.)

Step Three.  Get creative and see how many of the following goodies you can find and add, too!

Sewing kit. You just need a needle, lengths of black and white thread, a safety pin or two, and maybe a button. Wind the thread on a small piece of cardstock, and tape the needle to the back.

Individually packaged moist wipe. Snag extras the next time you order hot wings at a restaurant, or check for individually packaged Wet Wipes in the baby department at your favorite store.

Two earring backs. Buy extras in the jewelry section of any store like Target or Walmart, or raid your jewelry box for old earrings you don’t wear. Sterilize the backs by soaking them in rubbing alcohol.

Colgate Wisp mini toothbrush, dental floss, and/or dental pick. My dentist gives me mini spools of dental floss each time I visit her.  You could just snap off a length from your regular spool, too.

Hairspray. Ask for an extra perfume sample spray vial the next time you’re at Sephora and you can fill it with (non-aerosol) hairspray. If you already have a few perfume sample vials that you’d like to use, try flushing them out with rubbing alcohol before adding hairspray.

New, sealed packet of two ibuprofen tablets. You can find these at convenience stores and in restroom vending machines. (Note: I do not recommend carrying or giving unmarked and unpackaged pills!)

Deodorant towelette. These can be tricky to find, but I bought some made by LA Fresh and sold from Birchbox.

Nail polish remover towelette. These are also tricky to find, but Birchbox sells some!

Fashion tape. Buy a pack of double-sided “fashion tape” for your kit(s). Try the Hollywood brand sold at Bed Bath and Beyond. (I tried a cheap version from Dollar Tree and it left adhesive on my clothes!)

Stain remover towelette.  I found a three-pack of Shout wipes in the dollar section at Target.

Clear nail polish. Clear nail polish is great for stopping runs in your tights or adding a little shine to your nails on the go. Finding a tiny bottle of clear nail polish is kinda tough, though. OPI and Essie often sell sets of mini polishes, but they’re colored.  Walmart sells tiny bottles of Bon Bons nail polish, but I’ve never seen one in clear.  Maybe you could buy a bottle of Bon Bon polish (a light color?), empty it, clean it out (fill with nail polish remover, close, and shake?), and then refill it with clear polish…but that sounds messy and tedious.  Thoughts?

Other ideas for your kit: Blotting paper, lotion, allergy medicine, eye drops, spare contact lens, comb, perfume sample, mirror, tiny Swiss Army knife

Yay for preparedness!  🙂

– Angela

A Very Happy Meal

So cute!

So cute!

I needed a quick, easy, small, cheap meal yesterday before I ran errands and something about McDonald’s just sounded good. It’s that magical combination of hot salty fries and cold sweet Coke, I think. Anyway, I got a Mighty Kids Happy Meal and I was pretty much blown away. Everything was on point–the food, the toy, and the packaging/marketing (yes, I’m a nerd for good packaging and marketing/branding).

First, the box: My meal came in the classic Happy Meal box, made from brightly printed cardboard with a little curved handle made to look like the famous golden arches. Didn’t McDonald’s stop making the cardboard boxes for a while? It seems like they used printed paper bags for a few years, but I could be wrong (or maybe they use the bags when the boxes run out?). Anyway, I got a box this time and it was adorable.

Then, the food: I got six chicken nuggets, a small fry, a drink (I upgraded to a medium Coke), dipping sauce, and ketchup. For a dessert/side, you could choose a tube of GoGurt or pack of apple slices. The apple slices have been around for a while, but the GoGurt was new to me. Maybe I was hungry, but something about this little meal was so good and fun–all the different flavors and textures and temperatures!

Finally, the toy: This is always the best part of a Happy Meal, right? I visited McDonald’s at just the right time, too–it was Hello Kitty time! (If you’re not into Hello Kitty, you could have chosen Monster Jam mini trucks. I have no idea what Monster Jam is.) I was so excited to see the Hello Kitty theme that I opened my toy before I started eating, even though everyone knows you’re supposed to wait until you’re finished eating (right, parents?). Anyway, I unwrapped an adorable little Hello Kitty bobble head doll! She’s wearing a pink dress and matching pink bow and–here’s the kicker–little black MARY JANES! Gah!  Here’s a close-up of the shoes:

Eek!  Little Mary Janes!

Eek! Little Mary Janes!

The bobble-head would have been enough to satisfy me (as a kid or an adult), but the package also included an HK colored pencil and three sheets of mini stationery–it turns out that bobble-head doubles as a (heavy, clunky) pencil topper. But we’re not done yet!

McDonald’s now produces mobile app content to accompany each toy release! I downloaded the free McPlay app and scanned my Hello Kitty doll to unlock a cute little digital coloring book. (You know the type–you tap on the color and then tap on the area you want to color.) I’ve included a couple of my creations below:

Carrots or radishes? I went with carrots.

Carrots or radishes? I went with carrots.

I missed a few spots on this one...

Hmm. I missed a few spots on this one…

How cool is all of this? I’m especially jazzed because I’ve loved Hello Kitty since I was a kid, but I thought all of this was really fun and well done. I looked online and the other Hello Kitty items in this promotion are super cute, too–it seems to be a back-to-school supplies theme. There’s a paper punch, an embosser, a folding ruler, stickers, etc. I kinda want them all. 🙂

I know that Happy Meals are wasteful and cluttery, but I really enjoyed this whole experience. “Experience” sounds like a strong word for a Happy Meal, but that’s really what McDonald’s created here (that sounds cheesy and “business-y,” but it’s true). There was a lot of choice and customization, too. You could choose your entrée (four or six nuggets, hamburger, cheeseburger), your side (yogurt or apple slices), your drink (milk, juice, soda), and your toy (Hello Kitty or Monster Jam). The entertainment value was good, too, with the coloring app, the doll, and the stationery–and the box had punch-out Hello Kitty drawing stencils to boot!

It’s a good time to be a kid–or a kid-at-heart. 🙂

– Angela

P.S. I’m not being paid by McDonald’s or Hello Kitty–I’m just lame and actually chose to write about this for fun.

Minimalist Cube Dweller

I had one more bag, too. Not bad!

I had one more bag, too. Not bad!

After writing recently about minimalist living in college, I realized that I actually do live lightly in one area of my life: at work!

I realized this last week because I had to move to another desk. I cleaned out and packed up in no time at all, and I was able to move ALL of my stuff in three cloth grocery bags that I could carry at ONE time! #goals

My work happens on the computer, so it’s easy for me to stay fairly “paperless.” I keep a few working copies of current projects and some reference materials in hard copy, but everything else resides on the network. As for personal stuff, I only keep a few items around: a small electric fan, a cup of favorite pens, a mug/tumbler, a cardigan, paper towels, Kleenex, and a few small decorative doo-dads. I bring in a small space heater in the winter, too.

I don’t display any photos, certificates, potted plants, etc., so my cubicle always looks kinda bare, but it doesn’t bother me.  Other people occasionally comment on it, and at one of my previous jobs, a friend actually printed a picture of a cross-stitch sampler that read “Home Sweet Home” and pinned it in my cube–hah!

I’ve know people who have jungles of plants in their cubicles or who bring in entire personal reference libraries, but that just doesn’t appeal to me.  I understand, though, why some people would want to “nest” in the space where they spend most of their waking hours.  I guess I just don’t think of my workspace as truly mine–after all, desk assignments change and jobs change.  I don’t want my cubicle to be too comfortable or welcoming, either, because I want this space to be temporary and transient.  I want always to be heading AWAY from my work cubicle and TOWARD home or my personal projects or my next (and presumably better) job.  (Don’t get me wrong–I really like my current job, but I also really like the idea of working from home or starting my own business!)

It wouldn’t be so bad, though, to bring in a few more things to jazz up my new desk.  I’ll think on it…

– Angela

More Locket Madness

Please excuse the faux leather backdrop. #classy

Please excuse the faux leather backdrop. #classy

Eek! I’m so excited. Per my latest (rekindled) interest, I recently ordered a glass locket and some charms for my mother’s birthday. Everything finally trickled in and it’s all so cute. Here are the charms I got for her (and why):

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A “Love my cat” charm. Mama’s favorite cat passed away a few months ago. Squealy was an all-gray and all-sass cat, and she and Mama would share night-time snacks of cheese and ice cream. I know that Mama misses her.

Sewing machine charm. This 1980’s-style sewing machine looks exactly like the machine my mom uses for all her sewing projects. The sewing machine was a gift from her father/my grandfather, too.

A “Country Girl” charm. Mama grew up in a rural area, and she and Daddy raised my sisters and me in a rural area, too. The country is the best place to grow up–lots of outdoor adventures!

A Nativity scene charm. My mom loves Nativity sets and has several. She always makes sure that her sets are kid-friendly, because it’s important to her that children can play with the pieces and learn the Christmas story.

“FAITH” charm. Mama’s faith is central to her life.

A letter “K” charm. This is Mama’s initial. 🙂

Diet Coke charm. Mama LOVES Diet Coke. Loves it. She’s probably drinking one right now.

Red & clear crystal hearts. Mama has a very big heart. She’s always helping someone, and she’s very generous with her time and energy. She’s not afraid of hard work or getting dirty, and she’ll wear herself out helping others before she thinks of herself.  She’s especially good at befriending and caring for the elderly, too. She senses their needs and concerns and provides such good care and company.

Cardinal charm. Red cardinals always remind Mama of her own mother. I’ve gotten a few other cardinal items for Mama in the past and she always seems to enjoy them.

It was a bit of a lucky break that almost everything fell into a red, black, white, and silver color scheme!  I just tried to think of charms that represented some of Mama’s favorite things and some of the biggest and best aspects of her personality.  I can’t wait to give this necklace to her! I’m going to package the locket and all the little charms separately (in tiny origami boxes!) so Mama can have the fun of discovering each little piece and putting it all together. I hope she likes it.

– Angela

Yay!

Everything fits! Yay!

Back In My Day…

Maybe a plant would help? (Image from www.usnews.com)

Maybe a plant would help? (Image from www.usnews.com)

My girl crush Light By Coco recently posted a video about maintaining a minimalist lifestyle while in college. I’ve been thinking about the video a lot lately because I love the idea of jetting off for an extended period of time with just the essentials…while also keeping a home base with everything else!

I believe I would be better at “living light” at this point in my life–ahem, in my thirties–than I would have been when I was in college. When I was young and starting over fresh in a brand-new place, I depended so much on my clothes, posters, photos, and other “stuff” to introduce myself to others (and to feel more comfortable in an alien place!). The stuff functioned as a kind of shorthand to quickly define myself to classmates and find some “safe,” like-minded people to hang out with (at least initially).

One of the reasons for going to college, though, is getting to know different kinds of people and trying new things, so maybe it would be good if everyone started with a fairly blank slate. In her video, Coco said that she could probably go off to college today with a only a carry-on bag! Can you imagine? That sounds so light and free. Like most college students, I moved at least once every year, and it was a royal pain to drag around all my books, clothes, and decorative stuff each time.

Coco’s video made me think about all the ways it would seem easier to “live light” if I were going to college today. I know myself better and am more confident, for starters, so I don’t think I would feel so dependent on certain clothes and decorations and whatnot to impress other people. Plus, there are so many ways that the internet would make minimalist college living easier. This makes me sound so old, but the internet is way different today than it was when I was in college, and it provides a kind of reach-back support that my peers and I didn’t have. Consider, for example:

Books. All of my college textbooks were expensive, bulky, and heavy. I bought used textbooks whenever I could, but they were still insanely expensive. You could sell your books at the end of the semester, but the bookstore only paid you like 10 to 20% of your original purchase price. It was (and is) a total racket. I usually kept my books, too, because I thought I might need to refer back to them. Today, though, the internet makes the textbook market much bigger and more competitive, and there are options for cheaply renting books or buying electronic books–options that I didn’t have when I was in college. Plus, the internet has all the information you could possibly need to refer back to, so there’s no need to maintain your own personal library.

Shopping. If you needed anything special when I was in school, you had to line up a ride to a store (freshmen couldn’t have cars) or ask your parents to send it. Today, you can order anything online and have it sent directly to you–often with free shipping! This didn’t really exist when I was in college. I remember, for example, having to scramble around town with my aunt one night to get a formal dress and shoes for some event. It was insane. Today, you could just order a few dresses and return the ones that don’t fit…OR rent formal dresses from sites like Rent the Runway…OR call up a cheap Uber ride!

Identity. Today, people define and identify themselves by their online presence in a way that hadn’t really taken root yet when I was college. Instead of looking at someone’s dorm room decorations or CD rack (yep!) to get an idea of their personality and interests, today you would just look them up on Instagram or YouTube.

There are tons of other ways that computers make it easier to live a minimal lifestyle in college today, too–just think about banking, record keeping, and entertainment, for example. Hmm. Looking over this post makes me realize, though, that many of these points don’t only apply to college life…so why am I still hanging onto so many books and files and stuff?! 🙂

– Angela

A Fancy Lady

Only the finest Band-Aids for me, you see...

Only the finest adhesive bandages for me, you see…

I have a few quirks.  (Shocking, I know.)  I’m particularly weird about stockpiling an excessive amount of household paper goods and personal care products–stuff like toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, and Q-tips.

I also like to hoard Band-Aids. I can’t remember the last time I actually used a Band-Aid, but I like to keep several boxes on hand. And not just any Band-Aids–designer Band-Aids!

I can’t afford luxury clothes, fine leather goods, or fancy housewares, dammit, but I WILL have brand-name Band-Aids commissioned by REAL designers! (Hey, remember this post?)

I’ve been thinking about my Band-Aid obsession lately because I’ve been trying to get my hands on a box of Oh Joy! Band-Aids for months–that is, bandages created by the designer/blogger Joy Cho. They’re only available at Target and my local store was always sold out, but I finally snagged a box this past weekend. Huzzah!

This recent acquisiton brings my stable of designers to three:

Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids

Cynthia Rowley – my picks for fall

Cynthia Rowley — The CR Band-Aids are the best. They’re printed with sequins, lace, gold chains, jewels, and mini photos of runway models. Squee!

Isaac Mizrahi Band-Aids

Affordable Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi — These are cute, too–with hearts and flowers and graphic text and even girly camouflage.

Joy Cho (Oh Joy!) Band-Aids

Compromised epidermis has never been more Oh Joy!-ful…

Oh Joy! — Yay! Cute and colorful! Like abstract watercolor prints!
J. Crew has also designed a set of Band-Aids, so those are next on my list. There’s a kid version (meh) and this adult version:

The only thing at J. Crew that will(might?) fit me...

The only thing at J. Crew that might fit me…

Now I just have to remember to USE some of these cute Band-Aids!

— Angela

P.S. I hoard paper and personal care products, yet I don’t keep a supply of food or water stocked for a rainy day. I’m screwed in the event of a zombie apocalypse. I don’t think there will be much of a bartering market for makeup sponges and organic hair conditioner.

CHOMP!

This is a blurry pictures but you get the idea.

This is a blurry picture but you get the idea.

I’m back on the glass locket trend!

I know, I know–I’m way behind on charm bracelet trends. And yes, there ARE “charm bracelet trends.” For example, the Alex & Ani charm bracelets are still going fairly strong right now, but I never got into those. And remember Italian charm bracelets? And how those were followed by Pandora bracelets? I feel like the glass locket trend came after the Pandora trend but before the Alex & Ani trend…

Anyway, I wore my “favorite things” Origami Owl locket a few times this past winter before setting it aside for a while. I picked it back up recently and found that the back window had completely fallen off the locket and my charms were floating loose in my jewelry box. Boo! I looked online and it seems that this is a common problem for Origami Owl lockets–the lockets are expensive and notorious for breaking, but they’re only covered by a short-fuse warranty. I’m lucky that my locket broke in my jewelry box rather than when wearing it. It would be a bummer to possibly lose all my charms.

Anyway, looking at the locket stuff got me excited again about all the cute little charms out in the world. I also own a generic locket bracelet from a local gift store (which was cheaper than an Origami Owl bracelet and probably much sturdier), so I ordered myself a new set of charms to celebrate the upcoming…

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON!

Whoo-hoo! Go Gators! 🙂

I found a ready-made set of University of Florida charms on Etsy that included:

  • An Albert mascot
  • An oval Gators logo
  • A rectangular Gators logo
  • An orange “Gators” script logo
  • A blue letter “F”
  • An orange crystal heart
  • A blue crystal heart
  • And a football!

The set also came with three more charms: a “2015” text charm, a “best” text charm, and a letter “U” charm. Meh. These didn’t excite me, so I didn’t add them to my (already full) locket. Plus, having the “F” and “U” together looked more like “Eff You” than “UF”…

I kinda want to make an autumn-themed locket now, too–maybe leaves and crystals in red, orange, and yellow mixed with a pumpkin or two. Squee! I also plan to order a locket for my mom’s birthday. Somebody stop me!

Here’s the thing, though–you can find great and very inexpensive charms and lockets on eBay, Etsy, and Amazon. Many of the charms can be purchased individually and shipped for around $2 or less, or purchased and shipped in various sets or configurations for less than $1 each. I got ELEVEN great (albeit bootleg) UF charms on Etsy for about $7, which is what I expect Origami Owl will charge for ONE of its officially licensed college charms when they’re released in the fall. Granted, the coloring and detail on the Origami Owl charms will probably be better than mine, but that’s not worth the price difference to me for a trendy little thing that will fade away sooner rather than later.

My #1 tip when shopping for glass lockets and charms: If you find a locket or charm that you like, search for it at all three major retail sites (eBay, Etsy, and Amazon) to find the best price. Also, complete a general search for “floating charms” at each site, which will often lead you to sellers who allow you to pick and choose a certain number of charms from an extensive menu for one low fixed price.

Go Gators!

– Angela