Loves & Desires of the Week: Collectors Disney Plates!

If anything is obvious about who I am, it’s that I have a…..ahem……..problem….with getting sucked into collecting items – particularly Disney items. My most recent obsession was spurred on when I visited a friend’s house in New York for the first time at the beginning of the year. I immediately fell in love with the look of her family’s Disney plates lining the walls and knew I wanted to do something similar in the future. Since my apartment was tiny, this idea was shoved to the back of my mind and only resurfaced again once my roomie and I moved to our new apartment with the high, vaulted ceilings. I quickly started perusing Ebay and Etsy to start saving everything I could find (cheap and expensive alike) and purchased two for myself. I plan to get another (affordable – aka $15 and under) plate to have a trio of plates to display above my vanity for now, but over time will grow this collection as much as possible.

So far my collection is made up of this amazing 101 Dalmatians plate entitled “A Happy Reunion:”

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…and this Cinderella plate entitled “O Sing Sweet Nightingale.”

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The majority of affordable plates seem to be by the company Bradford Exchange and Knowles, and most can be found on eBay from around $5-$50. If you dig around a bit, you’ll see that the same plate will be offered at a wide variety of price points. The Cinderella one, I originally found on Etsy for about $40, but loved it so much that I specifically looked for it on eBay and BOOM! Found it for $5.

I’ve been having some trouble deciding on a third plate to fill my collection out for the time being and thought you all could chime in and help me choose! Here are the top contenders:

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I’m personally quite fond of the idea of keeping my plate collection limited to “classics” for these first three, but feel like I can’t truly have any sort of Disney collection without representing Belle….Plus, there’s a Beauty & the Beast plate with Beast in human form! And we all know what a sucker I am for Beast in human form. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

I’ve been trying to work on convincing my roomie to let us hang Brandford’s commemorative Disneyland-themed collection of plates featuring the characters in costume in various Disneyland landmarks.

But she seems hesitant, so my primary focus has been on finding plates to add to my collection in the future. Here are others I will hopefully acquire over time!

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Anyone else have a collection of these plates going? Show me what you’ve got!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Loves & Desires of the Week: Besame Cosmetics’ Decades of Fragrances

If anything’s obvious about my cosmetic tastes, it’s that Besame Cosmetics’ lipsticks and blushes are my go-to items. When I first tried one of their lipstick colors, the gorgeous 1946 Red Velvet, I was astounded by how smoothly the lipstick went on and how long it lasted! Didn’t budge in the least after a long days’ work. And the rouge? Well, their Crimson Rouge is not only the only blush I use now, but has changed the way I do my make-up completely!

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While I’ve been dying to try their brightening powders and their various mascaras, as well as branching out into their pink shades of lip color, on the top of my Besame Cosmetics wishlist is their perfumes.

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As someone who’s incredibly picky with fragrances, but is always on the look-out for the more masculine, musky scents with a decadent feel, as soon as Besame began releasing their era-appropriate perfumes, and even included a set with samples from all decades, I became extremely excited!

No longer did I have to choose between 6 $68 fragrances that all sounded gorgeous, but I could get all of them for only $45! Sadly, the rollerball set sold out (twice!) before I had a chance to order it, so I have yet to try any of them. While many are also sold out as individual perfume bottles, I hope that Besame will restock all of them soon! Take a peek at the fragrances and their inspirations:

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While the 1940s one sounds the most immediately appealing to me, I hesitate to make such a costly purchase without being able to try it when all of the other scents sound just as wonderful. Do you have a favorite Besame Cosmetics perfume? Help me choose!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Loves & Desires of the Week: Hungry Designs Jewelry and Art

Hello everyone!

This week’s post is devoted to an artist and illustrator I’ve recently discovered in my constant search for new Disney brooches. Perhaps one of the most interesting Disney accessory designers out there, Hungry Designs features an array of Disney-themed artwork as well as other pop culture loves (X-Files, Harry Potter, Twin Peaks, Sailor Moon, you name it).

Aside from offering her artwork for sale on her Etsy, she also sells mounted headpieces of mythical creatures and dinosaurs, stickers, postcards, hair bows, earrings, and my personal favorite, brooches!

Although I’m sure it’s obvious, I have QUITE the soft spot for Disney brooches, and her laser-cut wood brooches might possibly have my favorite range of characters and styles that I’ve come across so far. Not only does she feature my favorite princess in her peasant gown (another soft spot of mine – the princesses in their peasant gowns) lounging with a book above a pile of teacups that include Chip…

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…but she features rarer characters – and many secondary characters that would all be great accessories for Disneybounding! I already have outfits in mind for Chip, Flotsam & Jetsam, and Flounder.

Take a look at her shop and check her out on Instagram for more amazing items! Belle on the teacups, the X-Files “I want to believe”, the Blue Worm from Labyrinth, the Flounder and Chip brooches and earrings, and the Bambi are definitely on my must-haves list! And although she’s an Australian artist, her shipping is only about ten dollars – not so bad if you buy multiple items.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Loves & Desires of the Week: Deer Arrow Brooches

Hello everyone!

This is the space where I’ll be sharing any range of items, styles, brands, etc. that I’ve fallen in love with that I would love to see in my own wardrobe.

Today’s Love & Desire is Deer Arrow brooches!  They began with a simple set of retro wooden brooches and it seemed like everyone was touting their iconic milkshake brooches. I’ve watched as they’ve expanded and grown, and now their line of wooden and acrylic brooches feature designs ranging from their original classic retro designs to Disney-inspired brooches. There’s something for all brooch wearers and they’re constantly adding new pieces – but hurry! They sell out fast.

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These past few days, Deer Arrow’s dropped a line of brooches inspired by vintage Barbie dolls and classic actresses that’s immediately bumped Deer Arrow brooches to the top of my want list. The brunette-inspired Barbie brooch, called Eve, particularly caught my eye as – aside from the porcelain complexion – she could be my twin! Eye color, hair color and style, mole, and everything. And in a cinch, she could double as a Liz Taylor.

I mean look at that…thrown on a diamond necklace, and we’re twinzies, right?

While the Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn brooches seem to have sold out as quickly as they were put on the site (a common occurrence on Deer Arrow since their items are so lust-worthy), the brunette and blonde Barbie brooches are still available for AU$35.00.

I’ve been lusting after their pieces for ages now and hope to one day take the plunge to add a few Deer Arrow brooches to my collection. Although Deer Arrow is an Australian company, they have a list of stockists on their site that include companies like Pinup Girl Clothing and Vintage Pip.

Here’s a selection of my personal favorites that I would love to one day add to my collection!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar