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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Little Mermaid Compact, Way Too Late

I apologize and acknowledge in advance that this compact is no longer available, so I'm being a bit mean by showing it to you, but it's just so pretty and I'm so excited to have it that I really could not help myself. I hope you'll forgive me. This is one of those things that I thought I had missed out on and was very sad... until magical, wonderful luck happened. Isn't that just the best kind of luck? 

Ariel Set The mood compact Disney Sephora Collection

I'll start with the backstory of telling you all that as a kid, I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid. I had a tape (yes, I'm that old!) of the movie soundtrack that I listened to every single day and memorized, and I would put on Little Mermaid concerts for friends and family. I had Ariel and Eric Barbies, and... my entire bedroom was Little Mermaid themed. And not just little knick knacks and posters. This was a serious room theme. My walls were covered in an "Under The Sea" mural, featuring life-size likenesses of Ariel, Sebastian, and Flounder. My ceiling was covered in tulle to mimic ocean waves. In my mind, I was Ariel. So when I found out about this Disney Collection, there was no question. I had to get something, and that something was this compact!

Ariel Set The mood compact Disney Sephora Collection

The tides were against me though, since I missed out on this the first go around, as the compacts are always the first to go and it sold out in a matter of hours (i.e. while I was still sleeping!). This was the case with the two previous collections too - I just could not get a hold of them! I was very disappointed, especially after seeing more detailed photos of the compact online. Then in mid-October, I was casually perusing Sephora online and... there it was, in all its glory!

I must say I pondered for a few hours on whether I should get it, which sounds absolutely ridiculous now. The real deal-maker was that I have VIB Rouge free shipping, and I certainly would have bought this had I seen it in store. So, into my cart it went! And good thing, too, since it was sold out by the next day! I would say my only complaint, if you can even call it one, is the quote used on the inside of the mirror. It doesn't grab me as an iconic quote from The Little Mermaid at all. In fact, it's rather obscure. If I remember correctly, it's from the TV series, and not the movie. Weird, right? Not a deal breaker obviously, but I think that could have been thought through a bit more. 

Ariel Set The mood compact Disney Sephora Collection

Other than that little quibble, I think this compact is absolutely stunning. The detail on the case and the simplicity of the colours make it so special. And it features one of my favourite scenes, Kiss The Girl, so there's no going wrong there! I love it so much, I'm honestly a little bit afraid to use it in the way it's intended. I can't even bear to think about tossing this into my purse! I think it's going to have to be a "stay at home" compact instead of an actual portable mirror. Oh well, that way I'll be able to look at it every morning and smile :)

Did you manage to get your hands on this compact? Have you ever had a second chance to get something you thought you had missed out on? 

xo Chloë


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Home Decor Haul from Third World Bazaar

Every fall, I choose a weekend day (or two!) and pile myself into my car and trek out to Manotick Station to check out Third World Bazaar. Okay, so driving out to Manotick Station is hardly a trek, but it's kind of in the middle of nowhere and it's usually very chilly at this time of year, so it feels like quite the journey. But, I managed to make it out twice this year. I've been going for years, and I always manage to find some unique and interesting things to bring home with me. This year was no different; I got my hands on some really cool stuff!

Third World Bazaar is a family-run business that purchases goods directly from producers in developing countries, ships them back to Canada, and sells them in a drafty barn in Manotick Station. The fact that they do all the buying, importing, and selling themselves makes their prices incredibly reasonable, which is the main reason I keep going back! Everything is displayed in a really interesting way, sorted by country and style, and there's a huge variety in terms of items; you can buy enormous pieces of furniture, persian rugs, dishes, drums, clothing, and jewelry, just to name a few things off the top of my head. 

On my first of two trips, my theme was "bowls" in a big way. I'm very clutter-messy, so I'm always drawn to things I can put other things in. I also have a serious thing for hammered metal, so the bowl on the left, from India, was a no-brainer. It's currently on my vanity, home to my "everyday essentials". The two smaller bowls are absolutely fascinating - they are from Vietnam, and are an iridescent eggshell lacquer on brown bamboo. They are completely round on the bottom, like one half of a coconut, and add a really interesting element to my room and closet decor. The bigger bowl in the back is from Bali, and I purchased a small dish in the same pattern in red last year, so it's almost like a little set. 

On my next trip, I was on a bit of a mission - I had been looking for something unique I could use to hold makeup brushes, as my vanity had become a little bit overtaken by mason jars. I found something very interesting from Mexico that fits the bill pretty well. It's technically labelled as a candle holder, but it works very well with brushes too! I wouldn't mind getting a small lazy-susan for easier access to all of the holes, but I've been managing fine without one! It doesn't fit all of my brushes, but my most-used all fit perfectly. I continued my clutter-messy trend and bought a small metal dish from India. I have yet to decide what to do with this one, but it's a lovely shape and has a nice weight to it, so I doubt I'll have much trouble finding a spot for it! I also bought a super cozy alpaca blanket from Ecuador. The pinkish red goes well with my bedspread and it's SO warm I just want to hibernate in it!  

So, that's this year's Third World Bazaar haul. I did incredibly well, if I do say so myself. I can't wait to incorporate all of these goodies into my decor. My room is already packed with purchases from previous years, but there's always space for more! 

xo Chloë
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