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Moving Sale // Part 1

Posted on: Friday, September 30, 2011

Yes, it starts! I have tons of stuff to sell in preparation for my Chicago move at the end of October. There are clothes, electronics, and other miscellany that is going to be available to you over the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye out! Alright, here goes...

Update: All items have sold. Thanks everyone!

Back to Black

Posted on: Thursday, September 29, 2011


When these pants came into work, I made fun of them. A lot. And in the midst of making fun of them, I actually put them on for a giggle. Well, joke's on me, cause once they were on my body, I thought they were majorly cute.

Fancy Footwork + Big Announcement!

Posted on: Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Before I get to the big exciting news of the day, I thought I'd share yesterday's outfit. As mentioned, we have been waiting years to see Chromeo — and after a few missed Chicago shows and festivals falling through, they finally played Columbus last night. Their manager was awesome enough to get me a photo pass. The Newport didn't end up even setting up the photo pit (why not?!?), but I got a couple of good shots nonetheless.

Oktoberfest

Posted on: Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Geoff and I both came to the realization today that we had never been to an Oktoberfest. This is slightly signification, we supposed, considering that both of us has partial German heritage. I was never really raised knowing a lot about German culture and seemingly identify much more with 90s American culture than most anything else. Is that weird? I'm not sure. Perhaps more of a generational thing.

Giveaway // Pinhole Cameras DIY Guide


As many of my readers know, there are two things I adore: DIY projects and cameras. This book, Pinhole Cameras: A Do-It-Yourself Guide by Chris Keeney is right up my alley — and hopefully yours as well! It's filled with lots of great projects and tips for creating your very own pinhole cameras and creating wonderful dream-like images.

Pride Rock

Posted on: Saturday, September 24, 2011

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Happy Caturday! Today, in attempts to avoid all that is Ohio State football, we went to the movies. I have been begging Geoff for us to go see The Lion King 3D and today we finally went!

Beloved Weekly #9


This photo from rbateson of an Athens Bicycle Shop.

Earning My Stripes

Posted on: Friday, September 23, 2011

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TGIF! Today it was rainy in Ohio with a chill — and for once I didn't really mind so much. After my shift at work, I was feeling extremely tired and took a mid-day nap. The cool weather and grey sky made the apartment feel so cozy and wonderful. It was a nice break from the busy schedule I've been experiencing as of late.

Star Power

Posted on: Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Today was extra-exciting. It was nice weather, I was off work early, and met up with Tish (from Grace & Gold Beauty) to hit up ULTA. I'm admitting that before today, I was an ULTA virgin. Tish rants and raves about it — I had never gotten the chance to go.

Chicago Haul

Posted on: Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I picked up so many goodies this weekend in Chicago that I just have to share! There were lots of great finds and touch choices, but I'm pretty convinced that I made out fairly well. See the full haul after the jump.

Don't Call It a Comeback

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Oh boy, it feels good to get back to outfit posts! After one hundred and eleven days in a row, I have missed the past five due to my Chicago trip. Although I wish I would have been able to keep the trend going, it was impossible for me to get the photos this weekend with all of the events that happened (and didn't happen). The breather was, in some ways, nice. No fear — I'm back!

Review // September Birchbox

Posted on: Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Hello Minis! I'm finally home and all settled from this weekend's Chicago trip. It turned out to be amazing and I'm sure I'll be sharing more on that with you later. When I arrived home last night, my September Birchbox was patiently waiting at my doorstop. I already knew what I was getting in this box, so I was excited to try out the products.

Pangea Organics Facial Cream — This all-natural moisturizer is really smooth. It has a great texture, but I'm honestly not fond of the scent. It's too natural for me, personally. Aside from that, I think it's a great moisturizer and I'd consider it if it smelled differently. More info here.

LIVGRN Earth Eau de Parfum — I definitely dig this. I'm a huge fan of sandalwood. Plus 10% of the sales goes to an environment non-profit. More info here.

Jouer Lip Enhancer — I really love the texture of this stuff. It's thick but not sticky. I wore it to work today and it made me lips very soft and glossed. It claims to also plump, but I did not have that result. This is a product that I'm considering purchasing. More info here.

Incoco Nail Polish Appliqué — Everyone already knows that I use the Sally Hansen nail decals a lot. I was excited about these. I ended up receiving the light blue glitter set and put them on last night. So far, they're staying just as well as the Sally Hansen kind. I have used the SH glitter sets before and didn't care for them as much since they are textured and abrasive. The Incoco glitter decals are really smooth and don't get caught on my hair. Of course I still applied a clear coat just to be safe. These are the same price as the Sally Hansen decals but offer far fewer design choices. I'll stick with my drugstore kind for now! More info here.

Birchbox Friendship Bracelet —  Not really stoked on this. I'm not really a fan of bracelets that are thin and corded - especially hot pink (sorry!).

Overall, I don't think this month's Birchbox was great. I'm curious to see what happens next month. If it's another dud, I might cancel my subscription. I'm just not sure yet! When I first heard about Birchbox, people were getting awesome samples. Now it seems as thought I'm not the only person who isn't totally satisfied. Oh well, we'll see what happens!

The Weekend So Far...

Posted on: Sunday, September 18, 2011


Hello, Minis! No worries, I'm still alive and kicking — I just headed up to Chicago for the weekend and have totally been unable to blog yet. If you follow my Twitter/Instagram, you probably noticed that my trip has not gone as smoothly as I had liked. But I'm here and with friends, so I'm happy regardless of whatever other circumstances have come about.

Bueller? ...Bueller?

Posted on: Thursday, September 15, 2011

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If there happens to be a little fly on the wall watching me today, it's probably giggling at my hectic-ness. I've been trying to tie up what feels like a hundred ends today and running lots of errands. It's been a little crazy around here!

Stanley Nickels

Posted on: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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Today was awesome! My friend Stan is in town from Santa Monica and after work I made some jewelry and then met up with him for lunch and hangouts. We had great fun and he was so sweet and took my outfit photos for me! He did a great job, don't you think?

Sale Extended!


Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I decided to extend my free shipping code through today! I just listed a lot of necklaces, along with some previous listings that had expired. Head over and check them out and pick yourself up something.

Enter AUTUMNSALE at checkout for free shipping — worldwide!

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Posted on: Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Today's going to be a short post, Minis! Today I dropped Geoffrey off at the airport. He's going to be at Penn State for a whole week working at a new store opening of the company in which we both work. We snapped my outfit just before leaving the apartment, so it was quick!

I'm going to be working short morning shifts for the rest of the week, so my afternoons and evenings are probably going to be filled with projects, cleaning, and friend hang-outs! Kind of excited to catch up with some friends — including Stanley who's in town from LA!

And as Ms. Daina reminded me on Tumblr, it's only three days until I leave for Chicago! I'm get more and more excited as it gets closer. I haven't been to Chicago since January (brrrrr!) and even then didn't get to visit my friends — we spent our week exploring the city on our own.

But I'm taking my bicycle and camera, so we'll see what comes out of it!

I want to remind everyone that today is the last day for free shipping at the Mini Penny shop! And yes, it's free for international orders as well. Don't miss it! Enter AUTUMNSALE at checkout to get the deal. Hurry!

Today is also the last day for Lime Crime's 1950s contest! I'm not even sure if they're taking 'likes' into consideration, but it's worth a shot. Go 'like' my photo and tell Lime Crime that you want me to win! (All feedback is of course, as always, great appreciated!)

Today's outfit was about comfort. It ended up being warmer than I expected, but not terrible. I'm spending the rest of the evening inside with the Kitty and Wheel of Fortune (of course). I'm looking forward to some fun posts this week — including (hopefully) the September Birchbox and a drugstore lipstick review!

Metal round sunnies, thrift store
Safari tapestry bag, thrift store
Corduroy vest, thrift store
Converse blue tank, Target
Found objects necklace, DIY
Faux suede leggings, Forever 21
Kimchi Blue canvas and leather boots, UO

Just in Thyme

Posted on: Monday, September 12, 2011

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Happy Monday, everyone! I know that most don't look forward to the beginning of the work week, but I filled my day off with HOURS of apartment deep cleaning, decorating, and sorting. Sometimes it's nice to take a big chunk of time and just throw stuff away, you know?

Mallrats

Posted on: Sunday, September 11, 2011

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Today we did the unthinkable — we went to the mall! This is something that we rarely ever do. In fact, I don't really like the mall that much. I've work in a few malls and just being in them gives me the feeling of 30-minute lunch breaks in the food court. But every once in a while, it's nice to go window shopping with little to no intention to buy.

Free Shipping // Three Days Only!


Starting right now you can get FREE SHIPPING on every order (even international!) placed at my Etsy Shop, Mini Penny Vintage. Use the code AUTUMNSALE at checkout. Don't miss out on this sale — it ends Tuesday evening!

That's a Wrap

Posted on: Saturday, September 10, 2011


I'm totally loving our weather right now. I'm getting so excited to fill my closet (and Etsy shop!) with lots of cozy goodies. I'm so excited about many things right now — often I find myself in little giddy moments  and sort of stumble over myself. I'm somewhat like a very optimistic and curious teenager is a 24-year-old's body. Whoops!

Beloved Weekly #8

I can't believe it's Saturday already!


We got the Fuji Instax Mini 50S (Piano Black) in at work this week and it's seriously all I've been able to think about! It's a great shape and color — not to mention it has a tripod mount, a self timer, and a close up attachment. The best price of camera + film combo I could find is from Photojojo — 40 shots and the camera all for $149. Anyone want to get me an early birthday gift? ;) No, but really, I was going to buy it this week, but have decided to save my money for this weekend's Chicago trip.

C'est La Vie

Posted on: Friday, September 9, 2011


Yuck, today's the second day in a row that I haven't been feeling great! No time for that, though — there's work to be finished!

Citrine

Posted on: Thursday, September 8, 2011


I'll preface this post with an apology. I haven't been feeling well today, therefore I don't really feel on my toes! Sorry, Minis. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things tomorrow.

Happy Days

Posted on: Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Today I worked a short shift and found myself with a few hours of extra time. I should have been photographing the new awesome housewares for the Etsy shop, but instead decided to shower and give myself a 50s-inspired makeover.

Urban Safari

Posted on: Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Another cool day today! I'm totally loving the fact that this entire outfit (with the exception of the tights and shoes) is from the thrift store. I got most of it yesterday when I was out with my mom! Bonus!

Review // Lime Crime Lip Noir in Glamour 101

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I must say that I am yet again pleased by the service and products of Lime Crime Makeup. After ordering from the brand new Lip Noir series that was released on September 1st, I had a pretty pink package waiting at my door for me today. You've probably noticed in the past that I've posted about the other Lime Crime lippies I love: Coquette and D'Lilac.

Come On, Skinny Love

Posted on: Monday, September 5, 2011


Happy Labor Day, Minis! What did all of you get into? I hung out with my momma, did some shopping, and ate some lunchies. She also got a birthday present for Kitty (whose first birthday is just in a couple of days!) and we wiggled around with her on the floor for a bit.

The First Hundred Days

Posted on: Sunday, September 4, 2011


I can't believe it, Minis! Today is my 100th Daily Outfit post! That's right, I haven't missed a single day since I started this project. I've been having so much fun with putting these ensembles together that I almost let this milestone pass me by. Okay, okay, enough of my gibberish. I'm just going to keep going with this and see how long it goes. Excited? Me, too!

Hop To It

Posted on: Saturday, September 3, 2011


Happy Saturday, everyone! Here in Columbus it is boiling hot — bummer! We wanted to visit the Sweet Corn Festival, but decided not to go. It's September and we didn't want to sweat the whole day.

Meet the Sponsors


Meet Ashley Woods // Black Crystals Shop + Blog
Ashley is a lovely lady who loves archeology (so stinking cool!), kitties, and making kick ass jewelry. Her shop, Black Crystals, is full of handmade goodies — and I'm particularly in love with her necklaces (of course!). Ashley is also a full time student majoring in anthropology. In her free time, she enjoys thrift shopping, creating art & jewelry, traveling, hanging out with my crazy cats, eating sushi, watching strange documentaries, and doodling on notebooks. My favorite piece by her is the Sea Urchin Spine necklace. What's yours? Bonus! Get 10% off in the Black Crystals shop when you use the code BlogFriends!



Meet Hannah // She Could Be a Pharmer in Those Clothes Blog
How could we not love the throwback Clueless reference? Hannah is ultra-adorable and has some great style! I love reading her progress on the 21 Day Challenge (something that I think I may have to try out!) and how she interprets each prompt. Hannah is also a grad student in the sciences, so you can expect some awesome information and craftiness mixed in with her personal style posts.



Meet Meanz // Koi Story Shop + Blog
I love Meanz's shop and blog! There's so much inspiration oozing from her pages that it's hard for me to focus! Not only does she amazing refashioning abilities (I'm series lusting after some of the shorties!), but I've also found out about other amazing blogs from her great linkage. I swear, she must be magic, 'cause she's managing DIY projects, a great blog, AND going to school all at the same time!



Meet Jen // Top Tier Social Media Website
And last (but certainly not least!), we have Jen from Top Tier Social Media. You may recognize her as the Editor-in-Cheif of My Beauty Bunny, a great award-winning and cruelty-free beauty blog. Top Tier Social Media is a social media marketing agency for beauty, fashion, health, and lifestyle brands. Jen claims that she spends "way too much time" on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp, and LinkedIn — but heck, being the social media guru she is, can you blame her? :)

Remember that if you'd like to purchase advertising on Mini Penny Blog, you can check out the rates here. I do offer prorating for mid-month inquiries!

Beloved Weekly #7

Because of last weekend's Pennsylvania adventure, I neglected to post last Saturday's Beloved Weekly roundup. So here goes this week's favorite finds!

True Blue

Posted on: Friday, September 2, 2011


I'm more excited about this dress and hair combo than I've been about my outfits in a while. I've been waiting patiently for my hair to get long enough to try some sort of mini-beehive undo and when I woke up from a spur-of-the-moment after-work nap, I started braiding. I made a nice thick braid just above my bangs and then pulled the rest of my hair up by sections, teasing and making a small beehive. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

Party On

Posted on: Thursday, September 1, 2011


I have felt as if I've had a million things to do today. And to top it all off, tonight we're heading just north of the campus area to our boss's going away party. Unfortunately it's almost 100° (happy September, right?!), so I wanted to just be simple and wear something breathable.

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