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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Housewarming Wishlist

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a design kit, poppyseeder housewarming wishlist

In case you missed the announcement or the title didn't give it away, we recently bought a house. I mentioned that this house is kiiiinda big for us, especially since I'm in the habit of keeping my belongings at a minimum in order to make moving easier. Now that we're done moving every couple of years I can finally start making myself at home. Right now our house is practically empty so here's some things I'd like to fill my house with. 
housewarming wishlist. mid-century modern style. the land of nod, target, urban outfitters, blue q, ikea, le creuset
  1. SINNERLIG Pendant Lamp- At first I hated this lamp, I thought it was a bit too Golden Girls for my house, but I've seen it styled in other people's homes and I've definitely come around to it. It stands out without being obnoxious, it's simple, it adds texture, and it's affordable. 
  2. Invisible House Wall Shelf- Though this shelf is marketed to go in a child's room, I absolutely love it and think it would look so cool in my old house. I would love to load it up with kitschy knick knacks. 
  3. Rainbow Sideboard- This is just such a darn cool piece of furniture and would look great against my white walls. 
  4. Penny Floral Faux Fur Throw Pillow- I think these pillows would look great on the grey sectional that we just ordered (more on that soon). I love bringing different textures into rooms using throw pillows and these are a cool alternative to the natural looking faux fur pillows that are trendy right now. Did I mention that there's a matching throw blanket
  5. Tilden Ii Vintage Metal Bed- I love this style of bed but before finding this one, I was only able to find the frame in white, pewter, bronze, etc. This blue color is so sweet, and it also comes in green!
  6. Headmaster's Office Scented Soy Candle- I usually stick to the same candle scents, but when I move into a new house I like to find a new go-to scent, and I think this one may be it. 
  7. Le Creuset Flower Cocotte-  I love Le Creuset, I love flowers, and soon I'm painting my kitchen lavender. It's meant to be. 
  8. Seno Walnut Dining Table-  Although we love our IKEA PS 2014 dining table, this house accentuates how small it is and now that we own a house, we need to be more prepared for entertaining family. This table is big, but not bulky, and versatile. 
  9. Rainbow Axicon Window Suncatcher- You may have seen this on my Instagram stories, so yes, obviously I already have one-- but I want more! This suncatcher produces such pretty rainbow rays, I want one in each room. 
  10. Tosca Magnetic Spice Rack-  We have very limited space in our kitchen and our pantry is an old staircase that was converted into a closet, so the space is limited in there, too. Having a little magnetic spice rack on the side of the fridge would be great to keep our more frequently used spices and would be very convenient. 
  11. Chiavari Chair with Embroidered Tiger- The price tag for this single chair kinda makes my heart hurt and I know I'll never get this exact one, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a much cheaper alternative. I just want a darn tiger chair. 
  12. Cute Little Fuckers Dish Towel- The brand that makes this, Blue Q, has been one of my favorites for about a decade. Lately they've been putting out some great new designs, and this is one of them. I just want to stuff my kitchen with Blue Q's dish towels and oven mitts. 
  13. Three-Tier Hanging Basket- Again, having a hanging fruit basket would free up some space in the kitchen. This is a pretty basic thing, but so functional.  
  14. Bentwood Square Mirror- When the previous owners moved out of this house, they took one of the bathroom mirrors-- which seemed a bit odd to me, but whatever. Anyway, that leaves us in need of a new mirror. This walnut framed mirror is simple and stylish, and definitely a step above the standard bathroom mirror. 
  15. Wild Flower Bouquet 12" Drum Shade- We've been relying on overhead lighting for the past few years and we definitely need to start picking up some more lamps for the house. This lampshade is cute, bright, and I dig it.

What would be on your wishlist? 
Thursday, January 18, 2018

We Bought a House!

belfast maine victorian house

Y'all. We finally did it. We bought a house.

We had been scouring real estate websites for probably a year, and even though I knew we could buy a house, I didn't think we actually would. I guess that was because I was trying to not to get my hopes up so that I wouldn't be disappointed if/when something went wrong. Even when I e-mailed the realtor to schedule a tour, I didn't feel excited because I didn't think anything would come of it. We toured the house in late October, then again in early December. The day after the second tour, we put in an offer and it was accepted by the next morning.

The house is a Victorian style and was built in 1890. It definitely needs some work, though overall it's pretty solid. Minus the questionable, outdated cosmetic choices that the previous owners made, this house is beautiful and I can't wait to turn it into my dream house. Speaking of, does anyone know how to install a revolving bookshelf that leads to a secret passageway? Juuust kidding. Kind of.

maine victorian homeThe house is pretty big for just the two of us, but we'll definitely grow into it. No, I'm not talking about kids. It's just that I've been renting for so long that I'm constantly getting rid of things so that moving is easier for me and I have very few pieces of furniture-- most of it is from IKEA. I'm really looking forward to buying end tables that aren't from the LACK collection. Not to mention, a good portion of my belongings have been boxed up for years because I didn't have room for them in my rental home.

One of my favorite things about this house is the location. It's on one of my favorite streets and it's only a 10 minute walk to heart of downtown. I've been living in the middle of nowhere for the past few years which has made me very dependent on my car and I've missed being close to stores and restaurants. It's going to be so nice to live in such a walkable area.

I meant to be take more "before" pictures but I didn't really have time. We drove straight from the closing back to the house and immediately started ripping wallpaper down. I didn't want to look at it for another second. The striped wallpaper practically fell off, amazingly, but the floral wallpaper took days to steam and peel off. We used a Wagner wallpaper steamer, which was great because it didn't require any chemicals. Then we used Zinsser primer and sometime this week we're going to paint the previously wallpapered rooms.

I also already painted the downstairs bathroom "Rooftop Garden" by Behr and our bedroom "Ethereal White," also by Behr. However, with all of our paint we used Behr colors but Benjamin Moore Scruff-X satin formulas. There's no real reason behind that other than that I didn't want to drive nearly an hour to the place that sells Behr paint when I could get Benjamin Moore paint right down the street.

maine victorian house

We have been working non-stop since we bought the house and to say that I'm exhausted would be an understatement. Pretty much everything needs to be painted, we have some flooring to rip out and replace, we're replacing pretty much every appliance...and the list goes on. The stress from all of that seems like nothing compared to the peace of mind that I have now that I own a house and don't have to deal with renting anymore.

So what's going to change on Poppyseeder? I'm glad you asked! You bet your buns I'm going to be documenting any and all home renovations and improvements, you may have already seen some on my Instagram stories. I really can't wait to post more in-depth updates here, but I am just so darn tired so this is it for now. I'm off to go paint or sand something!

Do you live in an older home? Is there anything you wish you had known before moving in? Any home renovation tips for me? 
Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: Manic Panic Amplified Eyeshadow Palette

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hot topic manic panic amplified eyeshadow palette

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Manic Panic collaborated with Hot Topic to release an eyeshadow palette with 12 shades inspired by their iconic range of hair dye. I love Manic Panic, I love Hot Topic, and I love eyeshadow palettes-- I was doomed from the second that I heard about this. Okay, "doomed" is a bit dramatic since this palette only costs $11.90 at Hot Topic, plus they are pretty much always running some sort of promotion, so I got it for only $8.92.

manic panic amplified eyeshadow palette review

Manic Panic has been selling cosmetics other than hair dye for quite a while, but I've never tried them. I wasn't sure what to except from this collaboration. I trust Manic Panic's hair dye and I've never been let down by my clothing purchases from Hot Topic, but I've heard very mixed opinions on Hot Topic's cosmetics, so I've avoided them. Until now.

It wasn't until after I had purchased it that I saw these videos on Manic Panic's Instagram and I started getting a little more excited for it. It's bigger than I thought it would be and it reminds me of Urban Decay's Full Spectrum palette, but smaller.

Like all of Manic Panic's products, this palette is vegan and cruelty free. The packaging is cardboard and the front has an image of the bathroom wall inside the famous but now-defunct New York City rock club, CBGB. There is a mirror inside and it comes with a double-ended smudge brush and sponge applicator, which isn't great but I wouldn't expect anything more from a $12 palette.

The initial finger swatching was disappointing. The shades came out a bit chunky and chalky. Some of the shades, especially Virgin Snow (white, the only matte shade), were very difficult to even get on my finger.

hot topic manic panic amplified eyeshadow palette
Lots of fallout in the pan

The first time that I used this palette on my eyes I used an e.l.f. smudge brush and an e.l.f. eyeshadow brush to apply the shadows, they're my favorite brushes for packing on color and they only cost $1 each. I put Virgin Snow all over my lids without primer or any sort of base and it was actually pretty pigmented. Not the most pigmented, but pretty good and better than I was expecting after the unsuccessful finger swatch. I layered Atomic Turquoise and Enchanted Forest over it and I was impressed. They were so pigmented and blended pretty well, except they had a lot of fallout. But overall, the shadows looked very pretty and vibrant. After the first use, I was so excited to use this palette again.

I continued using this palette over a couple weeks and always got the same results as I did the first time I used it. This palette really is quite pigmented and the colors blend well, but the fallout situation is a bit much. I would prefer there to be more matte shades in this palette, but hey, Manic Panic isn't about being subtle. It also feels a bit incomplete without a Rockabilly Blue (cobalt) and Electric Lizard (lime green)-- but I may feel that way since those are two of my absolute favorite Manic Panic shades.

I would recommend the use of an eyelid primer or bright white cream base with these shadows to help keep them in place and appear more vibrant. NYX's Eyeshadow Base and NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk are affordable options that I love. Also, be sure to use whatever method you prefer for dealing with fallout-- I keep it simple and just hold a piece of tissue under my eye.

If you're on a tight budget and you want to incorporate some bright colors into your look, this could be a great palette for you. 12 shadows for $12 (or less) isn't bad at all! Despite the fallout, it really is a great palette, especially for the price.

manic panic amplified eyeshadow palette

You can get this palette from Hot Topic or Manic Panic.
Monday, January 1, 2018

Favorite Albums of 2017

Happy New Year and happy first Music Monday of 2018! Honestly I'm pretty pleased that my first post of 2018 has to do with music. Today I'm rounding up my 10 favorite full length albums of 2017 plus a couple EPs. Last year I had a difficult time narrowing down this list, but this year was even more challenging. I hope you check out at least one of these albums and find something that you like!

best albums of 2017 poppyseeder

Top row:

Favorite track: My House
TPC has been one of my favorite bands for a loooong time. One of my first unofficial (yet kinda official) dates with Spencer was to one of their shows. Their music is just so upbeat and catchy. 

Favorite track: Obligatory Drugs
I've been waiting for this band's comeback for so long. Their debut album, Partie Traumatic, came out in 2008 and I loved it, then they didn't put out any more music till this year. 

Favorite track: Brass Ring
Tigers Jaw is forever one of my favorite bands to chill out to when I don't want to be put to sleep and they only keep getting better, if ya ask me. 

Favorite track: A Headache With Pictures
If you like shout-singing along to songs while you drive, definitely give this a try.

Second row:

Favorite track: Tellin' Lies
Upbeat punk music about getting old. I'm into it. 

Favorite track: Renato Dall'Ara (2008)
I've played this album to death this year, I'm pretty sure Spencer would be okay if he never heard it again. 

Favorite track: Phonics Failed Me
I've always liked Cayetana, but this album made me love them.

Favorite track: Colosseums
The New Pornos specialize in putting out indie jams that will get stuck in your head forever. 

Bottom row:

Favorite track: Stuck Like A...
Does anyone remember VersaEmerge, or Versa? This is the vocalist Sierra's new project and I am 1000% here for it. 

Favorite track: Brightest Fire
If I had to pick one favorite album for 2017, this would be it. I think that's all I need to say.

Favorite track: Call Me
New music from Kate Nash! For the first time since 2013! This EP has me so excited for her next LP that is set to come out in February 2018. 

Favorite track: Comfort
I hadn't listened to Petal much before, but this is just too darn good to not include. But also the least upbeat music on this list. 

And of course, I've already made a playlist for you. Actually, two playlists! I've embedded the playlist of my 12 favorite tracks, but if you want to listen to all 7 hours of all the albums that made this year's list (which you totally should), click here.

You can find more of my playlists here or just follow me on Spotify. Please tell me your favorite albums from this year, I'm always looking for music recommendations!