Cristha Fuentes and Her Pink Oxfords at UTZ market

One day while scrolling through the #ihavethisthingwithpink community, I came across an Instagram capture of the most magnificent pair of shoes. Not just any pair of shoes mind you, but a pair of leather pink oxfords. Clutch the pearls and be still my heart. Somebody fan me and give me my credit card ASAP!!!!! I need these in suckers my life. I was crushing hard and my little ticker was just a beating. Mission “Must Find These Shoes” was in full effect.

Immediately I tapped the image looking for tags. Nothing. I started Googling pink oxfords. Hmmm, broaden the search for pink shoes…ya no, only heels popped up…I wanted oxfords…pretty pink oxfords. I couldn’t believe it, I was coming up empty handed. Not being one to give up easily, and after a bit more frantic stalking searching, I finally found the designer and maker — Cristha Fuentes. I immediately stalked her on Facebook emailed her and begged her politely asked where I could buy a pair for myself.

Pink Oxfords by Cristha Fuentes and available at UTZ Market. Click to find where to buy. Via House Of Hipsters


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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

I don’t know about you, but my boy is stumped when it comes to buying me gifts. And I’ll be the first to admit, I’m an extremely difficult person to buy for. When I see something I like, I just buy it…it’s a problem. Years ago, I use to share my gift ideas with him on my Pinterest boards, but those have become a become a bit out of hand.

This year I thought I’d make it easy on him and share a few gift giving ideas that I might like…hint, hint, nudge, nudge. Please read…I’ll really, really, really dig these gifts! Then I thought I’d share it with you too! Mainly because I was like man, this are some really amazing Valentine’s Day gift ideas!

Unique Valentine's Gift Giving Ideas for the hard to buy for


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New Headshots Alt Summit

Since my blog photo was a selfie taken in my basement after returning from the gym (eeeek…can we say sweaty and gross…bet you’ll never look at that picture the same, huh?). I decided y’all don’t need to be lookin’ at that anymore. House Of Hipsters needed a little update. Besides, you’ve been looking at this same photo for almost 3 years now. It’s about time.


So here’s a short little post about my new headshot.


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New Year’s Eve Etiquette Guide to Hostess Gifts

When I hosted my very first New Year’s Eve party, I was just past the age of keg stands in a basement. At the time, I was dating a guy who was a bit older than me, and his friends were invited. Friends who had apparently read the etiquette guide to hostess gifts. One by one they walked through the door handing me pretty packages pretty packages containing cheese boards, wine, scented candles, fancy soaps, and champagne! I’m sorry what!?!?! No one had told me about hostess gifts. The only gift I had been bringing to parties was a beer bong. This gift-giving thing had made all the cooking and cleaning and running around nonsense a whole lot more tolerable. Bring. It. On.

The New Year's Eve etiquette guide to hostess gifts. Want a unique gift to bring to your next New Year's Eve party! I have great gift ideas that your host will love!


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Randolph Street Market Festival – Join Me!

Hi guys! I’ve got exciting news to share with you! (And 10 helpful tips on flea market shopping at the very bottom of this post.) I’ve been selected as one of Chicago’s top editors and designers to award blue ribbons for best in show at The Randolph Street Market Festival. Come on out and join me, Saturday, September 26, 2015, at this European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market to shop amazing furnishings, vintage clothing and jewelry, home decor and more. Known as the “mecca of cool” and “the best hot spot for antiquing”, The Randolph Street Market Festival was just named 1 of the 9 Flea Markets You Must Visit Before You Die by Better Homes and Garden Magazine.

So what are the blue ribbons for? Well, I pick my favorite items at the flea and you buy them. Over 40 different charities receive some of the proceeds. My charity of choice is The Jackson Chance Foundation. This charity was founded by my dear friends Carrie and Terry Meghie after they lost their son Jackson Chance. You can read his story here.

The Randolph Street Market Festival and flea market in the West Loop of Chicago, plus 10 helpful tips for shopping a flea market. Canary Lane Booth

MORE AFTER THE JUMP… & don’t forget about my 10 Expert Flea Market Shopping Tips at the bottom of this post.

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