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IKEA: Some assembly required

I was just a little bit excited!

I finally took my first trip to Ikea. It was ALL that I could have imagined and more. I know, it’s rather shocking that I’ve never been there but no one has even taken me and I’ve never really need to go, so I’ve never been.

But my neighbor Megan asked me if I wanted to go on friday morning and I jumped at the opportunity. I was so excited and nervous all at the same time!! I mean I’ve heard so much about this promised land of milk and honey, how could I not be nervous? Even though I wasn’t planning on buying anything I was still excited to explore the maze like store.

Well obviously I ended leaving $108 lighter. However I got to take a butt load of AWESOME things home with me! This is what I walked away with:
* Two White Storage Boxes
* One weird accessories hanger thingy
* New bed spread + shams

* One new Japanese style Lamp shade
* One bath mat
* Three new cupcake hand towels

* Two yellow pillows for my roommates futon
* One Cat starter kit

SUCCESS! Then on the way home Megan and I stopped by Unique Vintage so she could find a black dress to wear to our friend’s wedding.

Megan bought this hot little number

And I joked that I was going to wear this classy piece.

Then on the way home we stopped by Mortigan’s Nursery, which is unfortunately going out of business. Megan needed some soil for her succulents. Well I found this funky purplish plant and I bought it!

So I’d say my friday was an overall success!

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TheĀ GlitterĀ Sale

New Year's Eve Outfits

So there is this thing in Seattle that happens every November called The Glitter Sale. The glitter sale is a two-day event held by one of Seattle’s Goodwill stores. Every year they store all of the formal wear that gets donated and then they have a two-day sale. All of the proceeds go to their job training program.

This famous two-day sale features racks, rows and cases of glitzy and glamorous Goodwill bargains, all in one place. Quality merchandise is collected year-round for the big sale, including gowns, men’s formalwear, jewelry, shoes, purses and much more.

I learned about the Glitter Sale during my brief residence in Seattle in the fall of 2006. Now, it has become a tradition for me to visit Seattle every year during the sale. Last year 2009 was my fourth time going. I even brought my neighbors Megan (photographer and managing editor of OBB) and Aaron (sound engineer and shark attack victim!) It is my tradition to buy a sequin dress at the glitter sale every year, to wear on New Year’s Eve of that year.

Some of our fabulous finds:


This blue sequin dress was one of Megan’s finds. It later became her New Year’s Eve dress.


Megan also got a white rabbit fur coat. She said she had one just like it when she was little. Aaron found a brown suede jacket and and an entire three-piece suit!

I found a brown suede jacket featured on the Glitter Sale blog. It has a fur lined collar and sleeves. It is very Penny Lane-esque. I’m not going to lie I kind of feel like a badass in it. A homeless woman even stopped me on the street to tell me how “ill” I looked.

Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket

There is even a great men’s section. One year (2007) Shea got this amazing Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket for something ridiculously cheap like $30.

As previously mentioned, Aaron got an entire suit including a jacket, pants, and a white button down shirt for $60!

This last year Pemco Northwest even wrote about me on their blog!

“Those two weren’t the only Glitter Sale veterans in attendance. Courtney, a California native, has made the Glitter Sale a part of her holiday shopping for four years now. She plans her trips to the Northwest to coincide with the Glitter Sale because there’s no other event that combines shopping and giving in such a fun and stylish way. Courtney was in search of some jewelry and accessories to complement the mink fur coat she found at last year’s sale”.

Pemco Northwest


This is the Mink Fur coat that the Pemco guy speaks about. (I know I’m a vegan who wears fur). It was only $65!! How could I say no? Also, another picture of Shea in his Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket.


I found this dress in 2007. It was a hand-beaded light pink cocktail dress. It even had shoulder pads! I wore it on New Year’s Eve 2007.

This is a hand made, vintage, strapless dress that Megan found. Sure, she doesn’t have an event to wear it to but it fit her like a glove!