CLOSED Let’s Celebrate With a Giveaway!

House of Hipsters is a year old! Okay, don’t freak out, but to celebrate, I decided to give one of my lucky readers my favorite item from the Erica Weiner Collection to say thank you for visiting this site. You’ve helped HOH grow to where it is today, and I would not be here without you. If you haven’t heard of Erica, you need to check out her site. Erica self taught herself the craft of making jewelry. It began as a way to relieve stress after work, but before long, it turned into a full-fledged cult following! And I am one of those devout followers.

So, what’s up for grabs? It’s my all time favorite Heartbeats Necklace. It’s a 3/4″ wide, gold heart charm with the R. Kelly quote, “AND AFTER THE PARTY IT’S THE HOTEL LOBBY”. (Also, Lena Dunham seems to dig this one as well.) From far away it kinda says, hey look at me, I’m a pretty and I’m a sweet heart necklace…so innocent. But get a little closer and it says, and I likes ta shake it. Okay, now you can freak out.

Erica Weiner Heartbeats Necklace

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10 Perfect Coffee Table Books

If you’ve been reading House of Hipsters, you know I love to style with a stack of books (usually topped with a small object or vase). As of late, I’ve been styling the house like a mad woman, and I’m running low on reading material. Good heavens, what’s a girl to do? Ummmmmm, ya, go shop for books, duh! And that is exactly what I’ve been doing. I have a few interior design books I’ve been yearning for, but I also like to shake things up. I like topics that reflect the house’s personality (and the people that live there).

10 perfect coffee table books

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Tech Tuesday – epson xp-810

If you are like me, you take a lot of photos on your phone. But one day out of the blue, it that little handheld device starts to beep, buzz and yell…you are almost out of memory. Whomp. Whomp. This happens to me all the time. About once every couple weeks, I have to plug it into my computer and remove tons and tons of photos. I archive them knowing I may never see them again. Sad face. But there’s always a handful after each sync that I can’t bear to part with, which takes up more space on that phone. I just know that these little memories will be buried on my computer, and maybe I’ll run across them in a few months or a year.

Epson-XP810 Prints

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thank you & friday fun links!

It's A Small World

Well you guys have made my heart go pitter patter. Yesterday’s post was not easy for me, and I sat there for a long time before I pressed publish. Thank you for your kindness. My inbox has been overflowing with sweet messages. It means the world to me that you read my story and just bringing her top of mind makes me smile. I know she’ll never be forgotten. So for that, I will be forever indebted to you. And how about that picture up there! That is me with some jazzy high waisted denim and suspenders…because apparently they weren’t high enough…along with my mom and sister standing in front of the It’s a Small World ride.

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my sister died

So I’ve known for a long time that I was going to write this post. In fact, I’ve tried to write it more than once and it ends up sitting in my drafts folder, and sooner or later it gets deleted or lost in the shuffle. Not because it is not important, but rather I’ve been trying to figure out how to share my story with you. After you read this, please don’t feel sorry for me. Ya, it was the suckiest event of my life, but I’ve also have some really awesome things happen as well. Because my sister died I became stronger. It’s made me appreciate life a whole lot more. It’s made me appreciate the people in my life. It’s made me act nicer towards others. It’s reminded me to stay in the moment because tomorrow it may be gone. This is my story.

my sister died suddenly

My sister and I were just like normal sisters. Some days we hated each other and some days we loved each other. We grew up in a really small town in Wisconsin and went to parochial school. It was a very simple childhood. Even though she never wanted to follow in my footsteps, she kinda did. She went to the same college as I, and shortly after graduation she too moved to Chicago. This is about the time we became friends again. We didn’t care for each other much during high school.

She majored in drama and shortly after moving to the city, she and some college buddies started at theatre company. See, it was difficult for unknown actors in a big city. This company was to be a place where college grads from her alma mater could get their feet wet while figuring out the city’s theatre scene. I saw many a play where I wanted to stick hot pokers in my eyes…but there were a few cute ones in the bunch as well. Besides, I didn’t go because I loved theatre, I attended because it supported her. I remember driving her home after one particularly awful play in which she turned to me and said, “Ya, I didn’t expect you to like this one. I’ll have to agree, it was really awful.” I pretty much berated her all the way home and told her she owed me 2 hours of life back for what she just put me through. It was painful.

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