Preloved Love.

I have been coveting this cardigan for a couple of years now. Gone are the days of spending a car payment on an article of clothing. Arguably those days never should’ve existed, but there’s nothing like a well-made garment. Canadian company Preloved creates their clothing from vintage fabrics. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and tailored to a “T”.

One of my favorite Asheville boutiques had an online sale last week and lo and behold:



A Preloved sweater in my size and 50% off! If you missed their one-day online sale, but have also fallen prey to Preloved’s allure, they are having their own 50% off sale right now.

Lindsey Loving: Mustache Mug

I am not a fan of mustaches on men (Tom Selleck being the exception to the rule), but I love the lip foliage on my new mugs!

I bought a pair of these at my new favorite downtown Asheville store, Garage 34. Everything in their store is either handmade, local, and many are both! It’s like walking through the best pages of Etsy (many of the artists and designers have Etsy stores).

Dave took one look at them and said, “So our mugs can have mustaches but I can’t?”

Yup. Pretty much.


Speaking “stylist”.

After months (and months) of growing his hair out, Dave is finally getting it cut this morning. Of course I had to make the appointment. When we got married, I didn’t realize that “wife” also meant “personal assistant” 🙂

He goes to this cool, vintagey place in West Asheville called The Blue Ribbon, where (you guessed it) you get an ice-cold PBR with your haircut.

He wanted me to go with him, but I had to work. He’s always afraid he doesn’t know how to talk to hair stylists… that he doesn’t know how to describe what he wants. Since I couldn’t go with him and hold his hand, I wrote him a note to give to his stylist:

Dear Amber,

Thank you for taking on my husband’s unruly mane. He asked me to write you a note expressing what he wants done to his hair. I may have taken a few liberties:)
1. He wants to keep the length, but doesn’t want it to look like a Jew ‘fro. So if possible, please keep the length, but take out the volume. 
2. If he needs to use a styling product, he will, but he’s low maintenance (if you can’t tell). Choose the best one and he’ll buy it.
3. Make sure it’s not too long in the back (i.e., no mullet).
4. If keeping the length sans volume simply won’t work with his hair type, just do your best to make him look as much like Robert Downey Jr. as possible.
He told me I wasn’t allowed to take before and after pics, but I lifted a “before” pic of him from his blog taken last weekend. He’s the one on the left, with the bushy beard and hair bursting out of his trucker hat:
We will see what he comes back with!

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

The word on Facebook from the wonderful folks at Asheville Grown, is that today is Neighborhood Toy Store Day. The top two things other than food that I like to buy local when I can are books and toys. There’s a certain charm to neighborhood toy and book shops that could never be replicated in a big box, and I find it worth paying any extra mark-ups necessary in order for them to thrive. But today, we’ll focus on the toys:) And just in time for some (early?) holiday shopping. With all the talk of Black Friday turning into Black November, perhaps, it’s not as early as I think to get a jump on my gift list!

According to the NTSD site, participating stores in Asheville include a new store downtown called Curio (tagged “for the cute and curious” — it looks cute and I’m curious!), Once Upon a Time in Biltmore , and Dancing Bear Toys is going to have raffles and refreshments in honor of the day! While they’re not listed on the NTSD site, my favorite local toy store, The Toy Box, is celebrating with an appearance by Santa from 11-1 and a showing of the Top 10 Toys of the Year.

Do you have a favorite local toy store in your area? Share in a comment and spread the local love! And even better, visit them today for some holiday shopping:)


When life gives you lemons… go shopping.

Okay, that statement may not have much merit on the surface, but my favorite Asheville boutique has been given its own share of lemons. Parlour is closing its doors at the end of the week and everything that used to be way out of my price range is now within reach at 50-75% off. Not to mention I’ve been desparately needing a new pair of jeans:

Yes, that’s a big tear you-know-where [insert “easy access” jokes here].

I hate to take advantage of others’ misfortunes, but being that I’ve had my own share of misfortune lately, I rationalized my way out of it with the  “misery loves company” route and decided to treat myself while the gettin’ was good (and in my size):

I got my jeans, a tee and what I like to refer to as an “elevated hoodie” to boot! It’s difficult to capture the details of a black hoodie with an iPhone camera — its wrap belt and buttoning dress it up a notch or two higher than your average loungewear, but it still has the comfy factor of a fleece sweatshirt. Win, win!

I hate dislike fear birds, but love them illustrated, embroidered and screenprinted on everything from shirts and sweaters to bags and paper. I don’t know why. This shirt was only $10! You can’t even buy a “clever” used tee at a vintage store for less than that these days.

Is there any point in showing an angle other than the butt? I tried on the women’s jeans in my size but with my long torso and generous behind, even plumbers can’t compete with my crack factor. On my frame, even women’s jeans that aren’t “low-rise” still seem to be. So rather than pay extra for the boyfriend-style jeans, I just bought men’s jeans. They cost less and fit me perfectly! Why didn’t I think of this before? An “ah-ha” fashion moment.

When I combine my “treat yourself” loot from today with the “I’m sorry you got fired” dress my parents bought for me the other week (also at Parlour at 30% off…thanks Mom and Dad!) I’m sittin’ pretty. And feeling not at all guilty, I tell you.

Like what you see? The hoodie and dress are by one of my fave fashion-forward brands, Skunkfunk. After this week, Parlour is moving that brand along with a few others to their other store, Honeypot. So if you’re in Asheville and want to do some fun shopping, check them out!

Show some local love! What are your favorite locally owned shops in your town? Share and link!