Happy Halloween (and adorable baby photos!)

Baby Yoda Halloween

Yoda DIY Costume
I hope you all had a fantastic Halloween! My adorable nephew Emerson sure did! It was his first one, and my sister and I worked on his costume together :) I whipped up his hat the other day and she crafted the rest out of stuff she already had. I mean, come on, how freaking cute is he??? So cute. She also sent along some photos of Emerson in the very first thing I made for him, this adorable little bear hat! (here's a link to the pattern) Look at those cheeks!!
Emerson James

Baby Bear Hat
I worked a little shorty shift today, and then headed home to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. I wasn't going to dress up, but last night I decided to try to throw something together! I tweeted about needing some ideas, and I got some awesome ones, but a "cowgirl" was the easiest for me to do! I threw on a plaid shirtdress, a vintage scarf as a bandana, and did some fishtail braid pigtails.
Susannahbean Halloween
I had a good time passing out candy, although I was all alone since Chris was at work. The kids were adorable, and super polite (which is a surprise, last year didn't go quite so well!). All in all, it was a nice-- if uneventful-- Halloween!

How was yours?? Did you dress up? I'd love to see your costume! If you blogged about it leave me a link in the comments!!
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Confessions of a Thrift Store Junkie.

Vintage Jacket
It's no secret that I love to go thrifting. I'm not as serious about it as some people I know, but over the last year it's become one of my favorite things to do. I love the thrill of finding something fantastic, and knowing that I got it for a fraction of what I'd spend on something new. But one thing that I've noticed is that I'm sort of competitive with thrifting. Not that I have a specific person I'm competing against, but if I find something awesome I have to have it. Even if it doesn't fit, even if I'll probably never wear it.
I've been collecting these vintage pieces that I know I have no use for. I honestly sound like a hoarder when I say that! It's not like I have bags and boxes full of vintage stuff I don't need, but a handful of things that I buy even though I know I don't need it. This jacket is the latest purchase that I probably should have skipped over. It's so perfectly 70s, red and white polka dot polyester with huge lapels, but it's way too small for me. I can get it on and button it, but it just looks silly. I knew it was too small when I tried it on, but I bought it anyway. Part of me justifies that maybe one day I'll sell some of my vintage stuff, and part of me says that maybe someday it'll fit/I'll have a use for it. But these are tendencies I'm going to really try to nip in the bud! I'd love to have a huge vintage collection someday, but what good is it to me if it doesn't fit?

Do you have any bad shopping habits you'd like to confess to? I'm sure we all have little things we do that we aren't especially proud of. Feel free to share in the comments!
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Sponsor Love! - October

I can't believe October is almost over already! This month seriously flew by. With the end of the month approaching, I'd like to introduce you to my lovely sponsors! Each one of these ladies has been a source of inspiration for me, and I really think you'll love them! Check them out, they're all amazing!


Stop on by their blogs, shops, or twitters to leave them a little love! Thanks so much, ladies! If you're interested in sponsoring susannahbean.com for the month of November, email me at susannahbean@gmail.com and I'll set you up!
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A cute dress and a thank you!

susannahbean vintage
Dress: vintage [eBay]
Cardigan/boots: Target
Belt: thrifted
vintage aqua dress
Thank you all so much for your love and support in my last blog post, on Twitter, and through my Etsy shop! We're doing much better, this kind of thing is impossible to prevent and happens to everyone. It's a bummer to deal with, and it's gonna be tough on our wallets for quite some time, but we'll get through it! 

I've been looking on eBay for vintage dresses for a while now, but I never came across anything worthwhile. There are tons of dresses labeled vintage, but they aren't anything spectacular, and if they are they're super expensive. This little gem popped up for around $6 and I had to have it! It's interesting, because on the inside it looks handmade, you can see that pinking shears were used and the sewing looks less-than-professional, but it has a company label on it. You never know with vintage dresses! The colors are fantastic, and the price was perfect, so I knew it had to be mine :)

Tonight we're gonna have some wine, catch up on some of our favorite TV shows, and cuddle on the couch. We need it! I hope you had a great day, and thank you all again for being so kind.
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Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

This morning Chris left early to go to his second day of training for his new job. He was headed downtown for the day, and I was planning on sleeping in and getting a bunch of stuff done. I had today off, which is a really rare occurrence, and I really wanted to take advantage of it. I heard Chris leave and fell back asleep.

It felt like a second later that I heard my phone ring. Chris was calling me, pretty freaked out, because his car broke down on the highway. Yep, the car he's had just a few months that replaced the one that drunk guy ruined... I told him no big deal, he wasn't too far from our house so I'd head out and pick him up. He was able to get his car dropped off at a dealership, and I met him there. We made really amazing time getting into the city, it looked like he might only be ten or fifteen minutes late to his training. We exited off I-90 onto Ohio, and the hotel we needed was just a few blocks away.

I don't often venture into downtown Chicago, I usually make the trek to my sister's house in the Ukrainian Village and we stick to her neighborhood. I get stressed driving in the city anyway, but downtown is just so much busier and more crowded that I usually steer clear. So little did I know that Ohio was completely ripped to shreds. There was one little sign that noted the terrible condition of the road, but for a good six or so blocks there was no indication that the roads were pretty much undriveable. Except, of course, for the manhole covers that were poking up out of the road. They were impossible to swerve around because they were everywhere. I tried to get into the left lane because it was the only one that was paved, but no one would let me in. I was getting ready to merge left to make my turn when BOOM! I hit something. I hit a really high manhole. I drive a VW Bug, it sits about four inches off the ground. This was loud, and I knew it was bad. I made it about forty feet before my oil warning light came on and started beeping. I was so close to the hotel we needed, I just had to get through one intersection and make it to the parking garage.

I pulled into the first spot I saw, got out and looked at the thick trail of oil leading up to my car, and bent down to see the giant puddle that had formed under my car in the seven seconds since we'd parked. I instantly started crying, because that's what I do. Chris went in to tell his boss everything that had happened, and came back to help me figure it out.

We called a tow truck and got it taken into a repair shop a few blocks away. My sister picked me up so Chris could go to his training, and we waited for the call. And then it came: $600. It was gonna take $600 for two hours of labor and a replacement oil pan.

I was just thinking to myself last night that we went through a rough patch a few months back, but that things seemed to be back on track. I guess I got too cocky and the universe needed to put me in check, so it tossed two broken cars into my lap. Chris's car is over double what my repairs cost. We just aren't prepared for something like this, not all in one day. On a day that I was gonna get stuff done, feel accomplished. Nope, that wasn't gonna happen.

So, as you can imagine, this has been an extremely frustrating (and tear-filled) day. We're trying to come up with a game plan for handling these repairs, and part of what I came up with is my Etsy shop. I don't want to beg, and I'm not asking for charity, but if you're interested please take a look at my store and see if you find something you like, and know that it'd really help a girl out. I've listed a few new headbands (including a new color, Georgia Peach!), and I finally got some scarves up! So check it out and feel free to message me with any questions!
susannahbean handmade
Thanks for listening, and to everyone who kept up with me on Twitter this morning, you were so helpful and kind. Thank you.
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WIWT: Sky Blue and Sailboats


Susannahbean Sailboats 
Dress: H&M
Tights: We Love Colors
Cardigan/Flats: Target
Scarf: vintage/thrifted

Kaelah and I thought it'd be fun to wear one of the many dresses we both own and see how each other styled it up! We picked this little H&M number, which reminds us both of sailboats, and this is how I wore it. This is the first time I've worn these aqua tights from We Love Colors, mostly because I've been a little timid about how bright they are, but I really loved them with this outfit!
Kaelah and I had a similar color scheme in mind! She wore it with a mustard yellow jacket, a sky blue bag, and the same color shoes as I did! Great minds think a like, huh?? Pop on over to her blog to check out more pictures of how she wore this dress! 
Chris and I have started watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix, and I am so so in love with it! I finished Felicity it record time, and needed a new show to get emotionally wrapped up in, and BONUS! Chris likes FNL too! I've been busily working on headbands, and I'm *thisclose* to getting my jewelry line up and running. Don't forget you can still get 15% off of everything in my Etsy shop,  but hurry because the code expires tomorrow!
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Jewelry Susannahbean
Hi guys! I've been busy working on my jewelry line the last few weeks, and I thought I'd share a little peek! I'm really excited about it, and I can't wait to get the shop up and running! What do you think?
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DIY: Lace and Fabric Coasters

Lace and Fabric Coaster DIY

Cork coasters, lace, Mod Podge, fabric (I used a vintage bedsheet), paintbrush, scissors
Steps 1-4
[1.] Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than your coaster. [2.] Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge. [3.] Smooth out any bubbles. Let it dry for a few minutes. [4.] Carefully trim the excess fabric.
Steps 5-8
[5.] Cut a piece of lace slightly larger than your coaster. [6.] Apply a thicker layer of Mod Podge. Let it dry for a bit, then apply another coat. [7.] You can do some of your coasters with just fabric, or just lace. I used two layers of lace for these ones. Make sure your Mod Podge seeps through all the little holes in the lace. [8.] Apply some Mod Podge to the edge of your coasters, then set them on something plastic to dry.
Coaster DIY
There you have it! There's so many combinations for these quick little coasters, the possibilities are endless! I'd love to see how yours turn out, so leave me a link if you give it a shot!!!
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Susannahbean Handmade Coupon!

Susannahbean Coupon
It finally rained today, and it really felt like fall, so in honor of it actually feeling like my favorite season, I decided to have a little Etsy sale! From now through Thursday October 20th you can use the code RAINYDAY15 to get 15% off of anything in my shop!! Spread the word, and happy shopping!!
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What I wore.

dress: Modcloth (sale)
tights: WeLoveColors
cardigan/socks: Target
boots: Rocketdog
It's not feeling very fall here. We had a couple weeks where the temperature was in the 60s, it was perfect jacket weather and just felt like fall. But now it's back up in the high 70s and low 80s, and it's hard to comprehend the summery weather when the leaves on the trees have all changed color. I've been trying to make it feel a little more like fall with the colors I've been wearing, and this one really worked for me. I got the dress from Modcloth's Last Hurrah sale, along with a couple others. I've been wearing so much vintage stuff lately that when I go back to new dresses like this one, I get really self conscious about how short they are! I wear shorts under everything anyway, but it's especially helpful with outfits like this so I don't flash my booty all over town. 

Yesterday Chris and I went grocery shopping, and of course bought way more than we planned. We snagged some wine from Trader Joe's and planned a movie night at home. We've been having more and more nights in like that, and I really love it. It's nice to cuddle on the couch and hang out, but it's different than our normal hanging out... I guess the wine makes it more special?? Who knows, all I know is I had a blast, and it was nice to relax and just be.

What's your favorite way to unwind? And don't say bubble bath, because that's my all time favorite and I don't have a bath here, and I'm still upset about it a year and a half later! :)
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Jewel Tones and Baby Love.

Jewel Tones
Yesterday I went into the city to visit my sister and nephew. It's been a couple weeks since I visited, and since then Emerson turned one month old! It's funny, I'm not normally afraid or nervous with babies, but when they're brand new it can be a little nerve-wracking. Now that he's officially one month old, though, it was a lot less pressure interacting with him. I was snatchin' him up and snuggling on him as much as I could!
Jewel Tones Susannah Bean
Skirt, Cardigan, Belt: Thrifted
Tee: Target clearance
Scarf: Gift from my momma

Lauren and I took Emerson out by ourselves (my sister's first time out sans hubby!) and had a nice little lunch at Caffe DeLuca in Bucktown. Emerson was a teeny bit fussy, so while Lauren dealt with him I ate, and then we switched! It was a great little venture out, and I loved being out with my sister again :)
Emerson James
We came home and addressed a hundred or so birth announcements to send out, I held the baby as much as I could before he went down, and then I headed home, tired but so so happy. I feel so lucky to live close enough to my sister and brother-in-law that I can pop by on my free days to hang out. I don't want to miss anything in this little bug's life!! 
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The time I almost lost $160.

The other day Chris and I were out grocery shopping when I got a phone call from my dad. He told me about a letter he got from the state about toll violations made in my car. The letter said I owed $83 for going through the toll without paying. I have an I-Pass (which is Illinois' version of the EZ-Pass), and I knew I had recently gotten an email saying my balance was low, but I hadn't actually looked at the balance on it. I told him I'd look into it when I got home, he gave me a number to call and that was that.

I went home, found the email, spent ten minutes trying to remember my login id and password, and finally saw that my balance was $0.29. I was able to see the violation notice, and the other violation notice that they hadn't even had time to send yet. $167. That's how much the state said I owed. I was freaking out. I'm broke, I don't have $167 to spend on stupid toll violations. I tried calling the number from the letter, but I was on hold for too long and I was getting really bummed out. I came really close to paying online, but it's a good thing I didn't!

I called the number, got through to a very nice man named Justin, who told me that since I had a valid I-Pass my fee was only $7. I was honestly ready to jump up and down out of pure happiness. I came so close to just paying the $167, because I hate talking on the phone, but I put on my big girl pants and called, and that's how I saved myself $160. Best phone call EVER!

PS: The Bamboo Tablet Giveaway winner has been contacted, congratulations comment #273, Brandy!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!
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Chris's birthday!

Yesterday was Chris's birthday! We spent it hanging out with his family, and it was such a good time. I even convinced Chris to take some photos with me :)
Chris and Me
I made one of his birthday cakes at work. It's Early Cuyler from Squidbillies!
Squidbillies cake
It's one of our favorite shows, and we think Early's rotation of ridiculous trucker hats is one of the best parts, so I wrote "Happy Birfday Chris" on Early's hat (with a couple backwards letters for fun!). If you haven't seen the show, well, it's hilarious and weird, let's just leave it at that!

I'll be picking a winner of the Bamboo giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned to see if you're the lucky one!! 
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