(I promise to do a post soon regarding my trip once I get the photos sorted! For now, here's this post about home decor.)
Well, beautiful for a lamp. It was called Lourdes. And I loved it and wanted it. Badly.
I'm worried these might be the first of many.
But the tragedy? It was out of stock! Every time I went back to the store, I'd check to see if it was in stock. I even considered asking if I could buy the display lamp, but had yet to get that desperate. Clearly I wasn't the only one in love with this lamp.
Which brings us to tonight. And can you guess? The lamp was in stock. And so I put one in my cart. I then proceeded to take 25 minutes to find the light bulb it needed. Seriously, how are there so many lightbulb options? Someone needs to do a stand-up routine on that. A funny one, of course.
Anyway, I brought it home and put it together and here it is:
It's base is a large, clear, glass jar, and the lamp shade and electrical stuff connects to a big cork that sits in the jar. That's pretty cool looking on its own, but guess what that design means? YOU CAN PUT STUFF IN IT.
I just put one of my small frames in there as an example. I'm not sure yet what will end up inside. Some cool action figures? Fake plants to make it look like a terrarium? Marbles? Beads? We'll see.
And then there's Hilda. This week I was scrolling through tumblr and I came upon a post about the best kept secret in pin-up girls: a plus-size pin-up named Hilda. Not only was she adorable (her hair!) I loved the active, self-care-esque things most of the prints showed her doing. So I hopped on to Ebay and decided to buy a few prints for my bedroom.
You might be asking, "Why do you want pin-up prints in your bedroom?"
And my answer is, why not? I think I was initially scared to tell people I was buying pictures of a pin-up girl, but that quickly faded (remnants of my adolescent legalism). Hilda is fat and adorable and sexy. And I think seeing her on my wall every day will do me and my self-image a world of good. She's not like other pin-ups, with their inhuman, Barbie-doll proportions. And I tried to pick prints in which she wasn't lifting up a skirt or had her butt hanging out of some bikini bottoms. Instead, I tried to pick prints where she was doing something fun or good for herself, not necessarily for the Male Gaze, even if that was her creator, Duane Bryer's, original intent.
First one (that's a butterfly on her nose):
Second, which I find HILARIOUS:
And third, my very favorite (Duane drew her in these long-johns a LOT):
And here they all are on my wall: