Shop Local. Holiday Wrap-Up In The #Roc .

Sara Silvio Earrings from Trunk Show at Peppermint.
Momsly loves them & they are one-of-a-kind gorgeous!!

Where did I shop this holiday season?? I shopped #Roc . I shopped local, & I shopped the specialty shops, boutiques, & bizarres of Rochester, NY. I found gifts for my brothers, pets, roommate, Aunt, Momsly, & even Da’ Moe. I found gifts that are unique, affordable, memorable, and that support our local Rochester community & economy. I bought 0 gifts from the mall, though–I admit–I did buy Orly nail polish c/o Marshall’s, an Amazon gift card for my Kindle-loving big bro, & American Eagle jeans for my stylish (though he’d never admit it) younger bro. But mall? Nope. Not even at all. Want to know how much I spent?? See below. …

Craft Co. No. 6’s Handcrafted “2nds” Vase.
Flawless to us & seriously discounted by the artists.

#ShopLocal 

#ThinkGlobal
I know it’s tacky to shop & tell. But look how little I spent
for incredibly unique (and thoughtful) gifts from our local #Roc shops.
 
Sara Silvio Jewelry c/o Peppermint                                                                                $65
     *handmade earrings
Peppermint                                                                                                                    $15
     *handmade journal
Craft Co No 6 (all handcrafted American Artisan items)                                               $48
     *3 ornaments
     *doggie treats
     *vase (2nds)
Archimage                                                                                                                     $23
     *men’s wool socks
     *bandana
Abundance Co-Op                                                                                                         $10
     *1 lb. Equal Exchange Fair Trade Organic Coffee
Peter Lazarski Comics                                                                                                   $25
     *”Imaginary Monsters” vol. 1 & 2
     *“Imaginary Monsters: Eat World 2”
Little Bleu Cheese Shop                                                                                                 $38
     *1 lb of VT & NY made gouda & cheddar
     *Finger Lakes pre-packaged cheddar
     *Brooklyn made dill pickles
Heifer International (Feeds & funds families/businesses in developing nations)              $31
     *as-needed donation for in-need-livestock such as chickens, rabbits, goats!
Total: 6 adults & 1 dog at                                                                                                $255

Tips & Tricks
It’s hard to say best deals & even harder to call favorites, 
but if you’re at all worried about finding a diverse array of quality gifts 
at absolutely affordable prices, check out these 
Tips & Tricks.

Full View of Handcrafted “2nds” Vase.
(Cost the same as a pair of wool socks at Archimage!)
Diverse-Array-of-Gifts Tips:
*Archimage: Diverse selection of clothing, jewelry, & home goods. I am in love.
*ParkleighBest of Rochester Gift Shop 2012. From high-end lines, such as the eclectic McKenzie Childs, luxurious Crabtree & Evelyn, and iconic Vera Bradley, to affordable gift cards, home goods, & trinkets: a holiday favorite and year-round mecca for so many of your shopping needs.


Top-Quality-Gifts Tricks:

*Craft Co No 6 2nds: Craft Co. also spans the price range gamut. Best kept secret? Artisans handmade “2nds,” with “imperfections” on pottery pieces like vases and bowls almost invisible to the eye. Frequently marked over 50% off.
*Local Artisans: Go to your local markets like First Friday. Shop at boutiques when they feature artists who have trunk shows. Check out bizarres like Last Minute Market by reading their blogs & following their vendors on Facebook. When you find emerging artists who handcraft items like jewelry or comic books or beads, you find high-quality gifts, brimming with character, at more affordable prices than you’d ever find retail.
Peter Lazarski Original Comics.
www.peterlazarski.com . www.imaginarymonsters.com .
Let’s
#ShopLocal
&
#ThinkGlobal
this
Happy New Year.
#2013 .
♥.

How To. Wrap a Gift: Last Minute. Hipster. Environmentally Friendly. Festively.

You can thank my Momsly for this. Woman knows how to save a bag. And its packaging. Ribbons? Yup. That really thick nice wrapping paper she made you remove from the present ever so delicately as to preserve it for the does-not-yet-exist-present? Uh huh. She taught me all of this. And now I’m going to share it with you. 

Truly, a very Merry Christmas.
Ambience.
(Fired made by Momsly.)

I store my bags smack-dab against the wall in my bedroom. Snug between 2 dilapidated cubbies, which made it through college, and my pop-together bookshelf that I’ve had since jr high (noting a theme?): I save anything–anything–I know I can use with a gift. Here are some of the most useful bobs & ends to keep around:

Left: Huge bags o bags, boxes, ribbons,
tissue papers, wrapping paper, & things. Top: The Red Series.
Bottom: The Metallic-as.

1. Vibrant Tissue Paper:  Always a must-keep. It’s super easy to store & incredibly versatile for all occasions. I’ve found that shades of red & pink (think Holiday Season, Valentine’s Day, 4th Of July) & metallics (trendy neutrals) have the biggest re-use factor.

2. Ribbons & Baggies: All things tiny & sweet. I literally saved the twine-like ties off of (the most delicious) Trader Joe’s cookies, because I knew their their homemade feel would make them a sweet addition a top any gift, be in for Christmas or just because.
#SHOPLOCAL .
Some giftwrap items I do buy.
Such as the candy-striped paper you see here & the
twine from Archimage that you see above. A necessity!
Also, if ever you’re shopping & you buy a pair of earrings for yourself, I’m not telling you to ask the sale’s person for a gift bag. But I am saying that if the sale’s person asks you if they are a gift, then you should probably bite-your-tongue & nod-your-head. You might end up with some adorable purple or pink baggies for items ranging from earrings to sample size make-up.
3. Boxes: Perhaps the most coveted all of re-giftwrap items. The perfect-fit box lends itself squarely for the perfectly wrapped gift. Not featured here, I have saved all of the Birchbox boxes in which my speciality make-up, toiletry, & luxury good items have shipped. In fact, if you’re a Birchbox-er yourself, or just need a project for the various BB-like boxes that you have laying around, please check the website and blog. You can find cool crafts, like making a neat make-up organizer. (I know.)
All gifts (- 2) are from Local Rochester Vendors!
See follow-up Post for Details. For now:
Craft Co No 6., Sara Silvio c/o Peppermint,
ArchimageAbundance Co-Operative Market,
Peter Lazarski Comics
Other great boxes to opt for? Anything pretty & designed. In the top-right corner of the 2nd photo, you can see a floral patterned box. My Aunt Katy this to me with 2 very delicious & very pretty smelling pink candles. A floral, romantic looking box?? That could be Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, Thank You, Congratulations, Christmas. Clearly, I had to keep it. Who can throw away that gem anyhow?
Final Tips
When wrapping for dudes, keep it simple. And always keep a Sharpie (or 10) around. They do some miracles with the lettering.
Merry Christmas

Eve.

 

 

 

♥.

How To. Unique Holiday Gifts & a #ShopLocal Guide.

Shopping Guide 
For Unique Holiday Gifts
 
(Google Images.)
Butternuts Beer & Ale!
at Trader Joe’s
Get’s better the more you read…


Google Images.
Great Jar!
1.    Marshall’s. Let’s just get this out of the way, now. Unique, you ask? Yes. Even      though probably everybody is gifting from Marshall’s (or TJ Maxx, etc), you will still find super unique gifts. Disclaimer: Use only in lieu of items you can only buy commercially. Candles? No. Save those for the Salons & Spas (#3) or, better yet, Fair Trades (#4) or Boutiques! (#5). Large glass jar of Jelly Belly’s for Momsly? Done. It beats retail prices, & she’ll reuse that jar. Another idea is its variety of cute & sexy socks. From over-the-knee wool numbers to thigh-high lace-capades: very few of us buy ourselves nice socks. And that’s why, when luxurious, it presents as a unique gift. As far as beauty goes? I croon for Marshall’s supply of eye creams & serums. Be it a beauty basket or a stocking stuffer, lotions & potions are sure to woo.
 
Google Images.
Moisturizing & Gentle.
2.     Trader Joes. If you’re a Rochesterian, & you haven’t been: go. Whether you’re on a budget or you eat only organic, or both, you will relish in the unique finds & low prices offered by this specialty grocer. For the beer lover, try a European Trader Joe brew or one of its more local offerings, such as a Ithaca Pale Ale or Butternut Brewery creation. A baker? No bounds exist with the boxes of easily prepared confectionaries, such as Chocolate Peppermint Roll, or the wholesome, organic ingredients for the made-from-scratch-mmm-doer. Also, Trader Joe’s also offers bath & beauty varietals. French hand-mill soap, organic oatmeal exfoliates, Vitamin E Oil. (Way less expensive here, than at drug stores.) And, yes, the packaging is pretty. Whether hosting your first (or 500th) holiday shindig or buying-on-the-go, Trader Joe’s is a great stop for your groceries & your gifts.
 
Image From Sephora.
Amazing value for gorgeous make-up.
3.     Salons & Spas. Last year, I found that I bought most of my gifts, from friends to my mom to even my dad, at Sephora. Amazing what bath goods packaged in a masculine box or feminine bag can do. This year, while going for a hair trim in November, I had the same reaction to Rochester’s most renowned salon, Scott Miller. With OPI polishes regularly on-sale for 50% off to sample make-up sets like this  -> from Smashbox, it’s hard not to find something for your lovies & for yourself. Similar to the luxe-socks (mentioned above),  salons & spas often sell the luxury version of everyday items at, of course, a luxury price. Really, who buys a $25 candle for him or herself? No one. And that is exactly the point. No one does, and yet $25 is still affordable. For that candle-burning, under-pampered love in your life, spring for an environmentally friendly, fragrantly soothing $25 candle. I think you’ll both be pleasantly surprised.
 
From Noonday Collection.
Handmade Stationary.
4.     Fair Trade. Ideally, everyone would shop fair trade for all of their holiday gifts. With local and mail-order vendors like One World Goods (potentially 10,000 Villages in your area), Noonday Collection, and Heifer International, the idea of every gift, every voice is possible. The former 2 offer hand crafted gifts the likes of jewelry & home goods. The latter, animals and live stock as food and farm for families. All 3, an investment in the livelihood of international artisans. In the past few years, Momsly and I have developed a tradition of me buying her livestock through Heifer. Two years ago, bunnies. Last year, chickens.
 
Menu for Brick & Motor.
Changes Daily.
5.   Boutiques, Restaurants, Shops. #ShopLocal #ShopLocal #ShopLocal . I guarantee you that anything you buy at the mall—children’s toys, lotions & potions, blouses & bags, gourmet food items, trinkets & knick-knacks, hats, mittens, & socks, anything—you can buy in and around your local communities. Sure, the mall, or even Target, is considered a one-stop-shop. But you still have to traipse. Navigate the unending isles. Fish for a spot. Get shoulder-shoulder with the crowds. So how is this any different than walking a few short blocks to navigate the neighborhood goods? The difference is supporting your local economy. The difference is finding truly unique gifts. Gifts that have a story and are frequently made locally and/or within the United States.
Quick & Dirty #ShopLocal Holiday Guide
to Rochester, NY
Southwedge.com
Use neighborhood websites as your guide
for Holiday Shopping!

University Ave

Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) gift shop, Starry Nites, Craft Co. No. 6, Chocolate & Vines (gift card)

East Ave

The Little Theatre Tickets, Victoire (gift card), Java’s Cafe

Park Ave

PeppermintParkleighSugarMountain Bake ShoppeStever’s Candie’s

Monroe Ave

Archimage, Aaron’s Alley

 South Wedge

Magix, Thread, South Wedge Spirits & Wine, Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, Equal Grounds, Tap & Mallet (gift card), Brock & Motor (food cart gift card)

Irondequoit, NY

Encore Chocolates, Guido’s Pasta Villa, Sips Cafe

Pittsford, NY

Scott Miller Salon, Village of Pittsford (so many shops!!)

Rochester, NY

Every Tuesday & Saturday Morning

#ShopLocal
#MerryMerry
xo. 

Editorial. Why Don’t We Talk About Suicide? Mental Health as a Buzz Word.

Mental Health as a Buzz Word.

I wrote this article earlier this week in response to the media swell in the aftermath of Jacintha Sladanha, the nurse who committed suicide following the now infamous prank phone call. It was published by Technorati yesterday evening where you can read it by clicking on the link. The only part I will publish on this blog is the Post Script, which comes at the article’s end.

At Eternity’s Gate. Vincent Van Gogh.
(From Google Images.)

Post Script: This article was written prior to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT and therefore does not seek to comment upon the themes of suicide, gun control, and mental health in relation to this tragedy even as they may relate. The author does not feel comfortable publishing analysis upon this event at this time and seeks only to mourn the young lives and beautiful families of those lost and involved.


♥ .

How To. Make BarbaraEllen’s (Superficial) Holiday Wishes Come True!

BarbaraEllen’s 2012 Holiday Wish List.
Forever21
(Or #7.)

Kinda of tradition in The Wilcox Household to scrawl a meticulously ranked list–color-key & all, via price range & store set–for all of your DefinitesSo-Sos, & Maybes. And when I say, tradition in the Wilcox Household, I mean: Tradition for me & not for my brothers because no one still makes lists & no one ever made lists that meticulous to begin with. (Except for me.) Well, lucky you, I’ve scaled-down the complexity of this year’s.

Let’s Begin:

1. Flannel Shirt. Classic. Button-up. Soft. Fitted. Comfortable. Thrifted? Red. That’s all I ask.
2. Over-The-Knee-Boot. Leather. Chocolate Brown or Black. Sleek. Sexy. Wearable. Durable.
3. Facial. Scott Miller Salon. Therapeutic. Even when you have a migraine. Rejuvenating.
4. Brow Wax. Scott Miller Salon. Feels so good. So, incredibly necessary. Looks even better.
5. Minimalist Running Shoes. Cute. Support. Neon. Can wear when I walk. Go!
6. Oversized Envelope Purse. Flat. Floppy. Canvas. Or Leather. Classic. And Hip. #ShopPeppermint .
7. Sheer Button-Up Blouses. Yes, Plural. Candy Pastels. Neutrals, Too. Fitted with Flow.
8. Rochester Subway Poster. #Roc had a subway! I love maps. Those posters are bomb. #ShopLocal .
9. Water Bottle. I need the perfect one! Preferably glass. Easy to sip & swig & carry.
10. Tattoo. Black & Grey & White. Ribs, I think. Not totally sure what. …I’ll let you know.
#1.
#2.
#8.
#5.
 
 
 
 
#6.







 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merry Merry.
xo.