Modern Mercantile

I’ve been driving by Modern Mercantile for over a year on my way to work and have always loved their window displays, but had never stopped in.  I finally had time last month to check out the store and wasn’t disappointed.

For those who don’t follow my route to work (HA!), it’s located on Main Street in Carnegie, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

The first thing that caught my eye was a display of amazing bags made of repurposed tents.  They are so well made and would make fantastic gifts.  (I kind of want to lose my laptop bag to make an excuse to buy one)  Choices ranged from handbags, totes, smaller electronic bags, laptop bags and keychains.  The owner told me they will be restocking through the holidays.

Modern Mercantile

Modern Mercantile had jewelry, dog and cat toys and treats, and décor items spread throughout the space.  I especially loved the initial key chains made from recycled license plates and the collar attachable bow ties for dogs.  They also have their own private label laundry, bath soaps and candles.  All smelled amazing and are locally made!

Modern Mercantile

 

I saw so many things that would be perfect for gifts, I can’t wait to come back and shop some more! After petting shop dog Rufus, we went next door for some ice cream at the Flying Squirrel.

Have you been to Modern Mercantile? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

 

 

 

What is Microblading?

Have you been hearing the term microblading?  It’s the latest beauty craze and all over Instagram (#browsonfleek) and beauty blogs.  I thought you might want to get the 411 on what it is, how it works and does it hurt?

Microblading is a semi permanent form similar to tattooing.  It is mainly used on eyebrows and the technique is able to recreate the look of feathery hair strokes.  It is manually done using a very fine blade to deposit pigment into the upper levels of the epidermis.

Because the color is deposited closer to the surface of your skin, it appears crisper and finer than a traditional tattoo.  Your initial appointment takes about two hours and requires a touch up appointment about 4-6 weeks later.

It won’t last as long as a traditional tattoo and I think that’s a good thing!  Faces change and so do eyebrow trends.  You don’t want to be stuck with the same brows forever!  For most people, it lasts from 1-2 years, with yearly touchups.  It fades out naturally over time.

It truly is an art and involves your practitioner measuring and drawing your brows on prior to beginning the procedure.  You want to make sure your brows look good from every angle, not just straight on and that takes time.  I would recommend taking selfies from different angles after they are drawn on to make sure you love them.

Picking a practitioner is the most important part! You want to look at their work and check how it has healed.  I would advise reaching out to some of their clients to ask them about their experience.  It is your face after all!  Check out their procedure room and hygienic practices.  Ask them questions! Do your research first!  You have to find the most experienced person who delivers the results you want.

My first question was, how bad does it hurt?  I’ve heard differing opinions.  Numbing cream is used and I am sure it just depends on your pain threshold.  Comments ranged from it’s like waxing to I thought I was dying, so I would say it’s probably tolerable to most people.  There is some scabbing, similar to tattooing.

I have to give a caveat here and say I have not personally had this procedure done.  I have been checking out people’s results and they are spectacular, but I don’t think it’s for me just based on my personal healing/scarring record.  My skin tends not to heal well and I wouldn’t want to risk my face.  (that’s just me, don’t let me scare you, make your own conclusions please! I am not a medical professional.)

It is a lifesaver for people who struggle without brows.  They really do change your entire face.  I think it’s an amazing alternative to permanent tattooing since you can change and tweak it as your face and styles change.  It’s also a great option for those with scars or missing parts of their brows.  Many people have bald spots from old brow rings or overplucking in their youth (or the 80’s).  Everyone I’ve talked to who has had it done, said “Why didn’t I do this sooner!”

So how about you? Have your tried it or will you? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Apps – Home Goods App

I don’t have a ton of apps on my phone, but the ones I do have, I use a lot.  I’ve talked before about one of my faves, the Stand Up app and I’m back today with another one.  I am late to the party on this one, but it’s pretty awesome and a lot of people I spoke to hadn’t heard of it either, so I figured, why not let everyone in on the secret.

I love Home Goods and it is one of my go to stores when looking for something for the house.  If you are a Home Goods regular, you may have seen the tags on items saying, I’m on the Goods or see me on the Goods, something like that.  I never really paid much attention to them myself and that was a mistake!

I happened to be stuck waiting at an appointment last week and was looking for something to entertain me when I came across The Goods app.  I downloaded it and wowza! I love it!

You can set up an account to get some additional features, but if you aren’t much of a joiner, you can download and start looking at things without one.

Once you are in the app, you add a zip code or you can let them use your location.  From that info, the app chooses the stores in your area and you can choose specific stores to follow.  You can change the location setting if you go to another area.  You can also access the address and hours of the stores near you.

Each day, Home Goods associates hand select new items to feature on The Goods.  While it doesn’t show you everything in store of course, it does show you some interesting items in your local stores.  I am totally obsessed.

If you choose to set up an account, you can like, comment and save items and share them with friends.  Helpful if you have a shopping pal!

And then lastly, you need to get to the store before the item is gone!  The toughest part for sure!

The app is available for apple and android.  Have you downloaded yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

Before Pittsburgh got their own Nordstrom, I wasn’t very aware of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Now that we do have one, I am super stoked to be counting down the days until the 2016 sale!  If you shopped it before, I know you are counting the days too and if you haven’t, you need to check it out pronto!  It’s like Christmas in July for sure!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a once a year sale where they take Fall merchandise and temporarily mark it down, allowing you to buy your Fall must have’s ahead of time.  Once the sale is over, the prices go back to normal.  Nordstrom selects items they feel are either a staple or a trendy item for Fall.  It’s a great way to get started on school shopping for yourself or your kids and it’s a great time to buy a winter coat, purse, etc.  Or if you are one of those people who start Christmas shopping super early, this is the sale for you.  Stock on each item is limited, so you want to act fast when you see something you want.

If you are a Nordstrom card holder, there is a presale starting July 14th.  If you aren’t a card holder, the sale opens up to the public on July 22nd.  August 7th is the last day to get the sale prices and on August 8th, the prices go back to normal.  No joke, they really do.  This isn’t like a Macy’s one day sale that happens every weekend.

Another tip, if you have a Nordstrom card triple points day you have been saving, arrange to use it on the day you are shopping the sale!

Don’t have a Nordstrom near you?  Nordstrom always offers free shipping.  I tend to purchase a lot online, knowing I can take it back in store or send it back if it doesn’t work.  The only thing I have to go into the store for is shoes. I don’t have the kind of feet that are universally the same size in every brand, so I like to try them out before buying.

What are the best deals?  These are just my opinion based on checking out the sale the last couple years.

Boots-Every kind of boot from booties to over the knee are on sale.  The best boot selection ever at Nordstrom!

Coats-I mentioned before it’s the best time to buy a coat for you or your kids!

Jeans-Plenty of designer jeans on sale

Makeup-Many brands do special items and special gift with purchase deals for the sale.  These I may go in person to check out!

Watches-Plenty of designer watches marked down.

Purses-My kryptonite!  The absolute best prices on purses you are going to want for Fall.  All kinds of designers from my beloved Rebecca Minkoff to Kate Spade and more.

Here’s some of my shoe picks from last year’s Anniversary Sale.  I’m sure they will have similar offerings this year.

Are you excited about the Anniversary Sale? I’d love to hear what you are looking for this year in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

Five Summer Projects for Adults

 

I want to start off by saying thanks for sticking with the blog over the past few weeks.  I’ve had a lot going on and unfortunately, the blog is the first to go when time is short.  I’m back today with five fun summer projects for adults.  I have tons of projects saved on my Pinterest boards and used to go crazy buying the supplies and then not actually doing the project!  I decided awhile ago, to make a list of the projects I wanted to accomplish in a set time period and only concentrate on those.  It seems to help my crafting A.D.D.!

Here’s my five summer projects for this summer.

ONE

Eugenia Kim Sun HatEugenia Kim Sun Hat

You probably have seen these blogger fave Eugenia Kim hats everywhere.  They are in my opinion, crazily priced.  Apparently, I am not the only one who thinks that, because there are DIYs all over the net.  I like this tutorial from Me and Mr Jones the best.

I am all ready to go on this craft, I just need to pull the trigger.  I found the sun hat at Forever XVI for $14 and bought the sequin trim ribbon at Joann’s.   The only thing holding me up is getting the writing right.  I am overthinking it and just need to do it!  Let me know if you make one too!  It’s adorable for vacation shots!

TWO

Boho Flower Hoops

Boho Flower Hoops

I love these boho flower hoops and they look really easy.  A grouping of them on a wall would be gorge!

Full tutorial on A Little Inspiration here.

THREE

Face Planter

Face Planter

These little face planters have been all over Instagram lately.  They are super easy to diy.  And I love all them face planters, heh!

This tutorial isn’t in English, but it’s fairly easy to figure out.

FOUR

Cape DIY

Cape DIY

I saw a woman with a cape at a Steeler game a couple years ago, she told me her grandmother made it for her, which was amazing!  I think I finally found a tutorial for a cape I can make myself and am so excited!  Full tutorial is here.

FIVE

Tea Towel Totes

Tea Towel Tote

I have a couple Cat Studio state dishtowels I bought for souvenirs.  I planned to make pillows out of them for my home office, but looking at these adorable tea towel totes, I may make one of those instead!  Full tutorial is here.

Do you have any summer projects planned? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! And if you try any of these, please tag me on Instagram!  @saltyblondeblog

Friday Finds

It’s been quite awhile since my last Friday Finds post, but I’m back with some randomness.  Friday Finds are things that caught my eye during the week, that I thought others would find interesting too!

Strawberry Roses by Ash and Craft

Strawberry Roses by Ash and Crafts

This tutorial by Ash and Crafts on how to make Strawberry Roses is so well done, I think I can even do it!  How beautiful would these be on a cake?  Full tutorial via the link under the photo.

Pin Earrings

Idea via TJ Maxx

I love this idea of using post earrings as accents for your button down shirts.  The idea originated on TJ Maxx’s website, but doesn’t really require any explanation, just pin a pair of posts to your collar.  Easy and different!

Make Grocery Store Flowers Amazing

Make Grocery Store Flowers Look Amazing

It’s so hard to resist those grocery store bunches of flowers, but when you get them home, it can be hard to make them look decent.  This post talks about using a tape grid to help you arrange them and make them look amazing.  It’s super easy once you learn the tape trick! I promise.

How to Tie a Barrel Knot

I love Sperry boat shoes and tend to wear them all the time.  This diagram from Sperry shoes you how to tie a barrel tassel knot, so you can just slip your shoes on without having to tie them.  Key to their appeal!   You can also use this little trick to barrel knot your LLBean duck boots.

Kate Spade Hula Girl Key Chain

Kate Spade Hula Girl Key Chain

I am so in love with this Hula Girl key chain, but the price tag prohibits me from justifying buying it.  I will however be watching for sales!  PS, the phone case is super cute too!

Have you discovered anything that struck your fancy this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Killer Shark Week Nail Art

I’m following up my Celebrate Shark week post from earlier in the week with some Killer Shark Week Nail Art.  There are so many cute shark themed nails out there on Instagram, it was hard to narrow them down!

Killer Shark Week Nail Art

Via Nail Artiste

I think these might be my favorite! The cartoon aspect, the swimmer, cracks me up!

Killer Shark Week Nail Art

Via ChantalsCorner

This shark is pretty vicious looking! I love the fins on the other fingers.

Killer Shark Week Nail Art

Via Dahlia’s Nails

If two species are too much for you, you could always have one shark and paint the rest gray.

Killer Shark Week Nail Art

Via Miriam Hussam

Love the use of blue on this one, plus the fun kawaii sharks!

Killer Shark Week Nail Art

Via Polished Yogi

I love the middle finger repeating shark pattern of this version, plus the ombre blue.

To see more Shark Week ideas, check out my Pinterest board here!