Thursday, February 24, 2011

My very own La Plate and antique oil lamp

Before I get into my La Plate and "Benjamin Franklin" lamp, I have to tell you excited I am that today has finally arrived.  Today is my PAY DAY.  This blonde took broke to a new level this month.  On Tuesday I charged a value-sized bottle of Barefoot Riesling and a loaf of bread to my credit card.  Necessary?  Absolutely.  
My dinner for the last two nights has consisted of wine and a PB&J and I wouldn't have it any other way.  This is a luxury only a single girl living alone can enjoy with no judgment.  I get to watch the latest ep of "Teen Mom 2" while laying on my couch, adorned in my Snuggie I swore I would never own but wear every night, one hand in a bag of White Cheddar Natural Cheetos (mine & my neph's new fave) with the other grasped around a glass of cheap wine. Y'all ... this is my life and I make no excuses.
As perfect Emily told Brad at the beginning of this season's Bachelor, "It's better to be home alone than home wishing you were alone."  Amen sister.  I get to watch whatever trash TV I want when I want, I can eat cereal for dinner and polish off a bottle of wine with absolutely no (OK, maybe a little) shame.  I don't have to forgo Desperate Housewives or Brothers and Sisters when the NFL takes over every man's Sunday night (been there, no thanks).  I mean, don't get me wrong, relationships can be fabulous, but so can being single.  Yes, I'll throw myself a pity party from time to time, but I've learned to embrace the single life.  This is the last time in my life I don't have to worry about anyone else's needs but my own, and I plan on enjoying every second of it.  I refuse to waste my twenties living in the future worrying about what is going to happen down the road.  My life is what is happening now, not worrying about when I am going to get married, buy a house, have kids, etc.  Ya heard???

Wow.   I don't know where all that came from, but I'm glad that's off my chest. Now to the topic at hand.

So you may remember I had a La Plate on my Christmas wish list, and guess what?  Santa (aka my Grandma) came through!  My bedroom is chocolate brown, light green, some bronze and a little bit of white.  So I decided on brown on brown.  You likey?

Isn't she a beaut? 
My Grandma also has quite the collection of antique oil lamps, and she surprised me by bringing me my very own when she came to Dallas for Christmas.  This was bought from an antique dealer in the late 1970s by my Grandpa in Ohio and my Grandma estimates its about 100 years old.   I absolutely love it and I think it looks perfecto on my dresser turned "second night stand".  In this pic you can see the lamp plus how I use my La Plate as a trey/catch all. 

And a closer look:

Notice my Lafco House and Home Collection candle? This candle was featured as one of Oprah's Ultimate Fave Things this season.  I haven't really disclosed this yet, but I'm obsessed with her.  Every night I watch her show that I DVR during the day and now, I also DVR almost every single show on her OWN network.  Is she trying to ruin me?  I don't have any more room in my TV line-up.  UGH! 

And for inquiring minds, that is Aldi's Lacura - Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream and it's only $3.99, smells heavenly and I lather it around my eyes every night.  Just check out the rave reviews of it on Make-Up Alley.  It's now a staple in my skin care routine.
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  1. Loving the setup and the plate and that you refer to your nephew as "The Neph!"

  2. Love your new La Plate! I always buy these as wedding gifts! I even did a blog post about them!

  3. Well . . . your evenings sound exactly like mine! Trashy tv, wine, and a snuggie. haha! I've totally been watching both Teen Mom 2 (here's my analysis: Adam is an ass, Chelsea's cute, Jenelle has some PROBLEMS, I like Leah and Corey, Kailyn's a crybaby, and Kailyn's baby Isaac is fugly) AND Jersey Shore. What can I say?

    And amen to "it's better to be home alone than home wishing you were alone." I do wish I could will the perfect guy to fall into my lap, though!

  4. Ok, so I'm JEALOUS of your single girl evenings. I love my nights and all, but sometimes I miss the days of SATC, cheap wine and whatever's in the fridge.

    And Um. Yah. CC doesn't have Aldi. Ugh.

    Love the plate! It so needs an easil though! Show her off!

    And the lamp is awesome! Grandma's have good stashes ... for sure!

  5. AMEN to the first few paragraphs of this post. When else can I eat Greek yogurt for dinner (or a cream cheese pastry, like the other night) with no complaints, schedule brunches or Girls Night's without consulting anyone, or spend hours at the gym without anyone wondering where I am? I do wish someone was there sometimes, but I am also learning to love my independence and my 'me' time. Glad someone else is enjoying ti with me!

  6. love your nightstand! I have been wanting to "spruce" mine up a bit!

  7. I just looked up the night cream online and those stores aren't on the West Coast. Boooooo!

  8. umm, so your night sounds like heaven! can i come over for some wine and pb&j?? mmmkay! on my way!