Out with the old

Out with the old and in with the new! I showed you my ‘old’ desk and I’m surprised at how many people were saying that they liked that desk and I shouldn’t get rid of it. I bought it in 2006 from good ol’ Canadian Tire when I moved to Ontario that summer. I didn’t intend to keep for long term usage. Plus, I photoshopped the hey out of that photo to make it look brighter and crisp. Because it truly is an ugly desk. What I have now is a much better upgrade.

Just to remind you, here are a few photos of the old desk.desk-clutter

Ouch. What an eye sore. clean-desk

Looks much better, de-cluttered and photoshopped doesn’t it? ;) desk breakfast-on-my-desk

So I upgraded to a new sleek, white IKEA desk. I’ve had this desk set up for a few weeks and I’ve managed to keep it clutter-free, so hopefully it stays that way. I have a ton of drawers so that should keep it nice and tidy. I have more IKEA items that I purchased so I’ll be doing a separate blog post and what the names of the items are.

Just so you don’t have to keep scrolling, a before and after:


Good golly miss molly, what an upgrade.ikea-desk

Notice how the top two drawers are the smallest and the last 3 are a bit deeper? I just noticed that as I was photographing.

You can’t just buy this desk in one box and put it together like you can other IKEA furniture. You get to actually pick out and choose which parts you want for your desk in this one section of IKEA. It was great. I had planned on getting a smaller table top but I really wanted high gloss. Since the smallest size didn’t come in that finish I got then next size up. You could also choose from a variety of table legs. But the best part was using the set of drawers for the other half of my table. You could choose from shelves, a book case, cabinets, or drawers, or regular ol’ legs. Man, IKEA is great. I think the entire table cost me no more than $130.

ikea-desk2I’ve accessorized the desk quite simply. I plan to keep it that way because clutter makes me annoyed to be quite honest.

white-keyboard-and-mouseThe wireless white keyboard/mouse combo was just $22 on eBay. desk-accessoriesInside the pineapple jar I store my pens! I picked it up from Bowring last Fall. The soap dish is from Anthropologie just a few weeks ago.


I purchased everything when the Boyf was away on a triathlon trip in the States, but I didn’t assemble any of it. In fact, when the Boyf arrived back home, it was then my turn to go on vacation and I flew to Newfoundland for 10 days. When I came back, he had put together the desk and surprised me with a new (massive) monitor. It was so sweet of him! The one I was using prior, was 17″ and a hand-me-down from my Mom. The middle part of the screen was going blurry and it was difficult to use.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more in depth post of what’s inside the pink bags on my shelves, and what are stored in the Ikea drawers in my desk!

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eBay purchases rated

See my previous eBay/Etsy purchases here, here, here and here. Wow, didn’t realize this was my 5th time showing you all what I’ve purchased online. Quite the shopper I am. But since you guys seem to really like it, I’ve kept it up :)

linksSeller: yy_boutique on eBay
ItemWEIGHTY Multilink Bracelet fits Links of London Charms
Paid: $8.92 + $6.09 shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: United Kingdom
Delivery: 5 business days
My opinion: It looks to me like an authentic Links Of London bracelet. I’m pretty happy with it!
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

watchSeller: fawy2068 on eBay
Item: NEW(green)Unisex Geneva Silicone Jelly Gel Quartz Analog Sports Wrist Watch
Paid: $2.87 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: China
Delivery: 7 business days
My opinion: One thing I noticed when I received it was that there’s both rose gold (on the face) and silver hardware (on the back where the clasp is). So that’s pretty odd. But for three bucks, I don’t mind it at all. It’s a larger make I’m on the smallest setting of fitting it on my wrist, but then again I have a 5.75″ (very tiny) wrist.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

purse-16-bus-daysSeller: 2010mary6668 on eBay
Item: Leather Clutch Evening Mobile Phone Wristlet Bag Wallet Purse Key Chain
Paid: $5.92 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: China
Delivery: 16 business days
My opinion: I bought the rosey pink color and received the hot pink. The seller refunded me.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

nail-polish-4-bus-daysSeller: cassiecosmetics on eBay
Item: Sally Hansen SALON Nail Lacquer – Sweet Creams
Paid: $1.99 + $9.00 shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: USA
Delivery: 5 business days
My opinion: This is a discontinued color by Sally Hansen nail polish that I’ve been on the hunt for, for a few years. So glad to have finally found a fresh bottle of it again!
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

silicone-10-bus-daysSeller: homesale_estore on eBay
Item: 5 Styles Silicone Cake Muffin Chocolate Cupcake Case Liner Baking Cup Mould DIY
Paid: $5.58 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: China
Delivery: 10 business days
My opinion: Not sure whether or not to keep using these silicone molds from China. I’ve heard bad and good things about it. Anyone know? I just love them because they’re non-stick… for real. None of that fake non-stick stuff.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

cuticle-oil-10-bus-daysSeller: gogo_newlife123 on eBay
Item: Nail Art Cuticle Revitalise Oil Treatment Soften Tool Nutritional Pen
Paid: $1.39 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: China
Delivery: 10 business days
My opinion: I bought both the orange and pineapple scented oil pens and received lemon, and pineapple. I was told I was going to be sent another oil but it never showed. The cuticle oil is very liquid-like instead of an thicker consistency. I won’t be buying from the seller again.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Ring-Sizer-5-bus-daysSeller: Autumn Leaves Jewelry on Etsy
Item: Plastic ring sizer
Paid: $2.92 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: United States
Delivery: 5 business days
My opinion: Good little thing to have in case you’re buying rings online like I do, and unsure of the size you wear.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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eBay purchases: rated

This is becoming a reoccurring trend! My fourth eBay purchase “review” post.

View the rest here, here and here.  Well, let’s get started! Just to note, the item that was for sale is displayed on the left and the right image is a photo I took of my purchase.


Seller: wangdecheng9898 on eBay
ItemTwo Hollow Ball Crystal Pendants Long Necklace
Paid: $1.29 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: China
Delivery: 24 business days
My opinion: It broke the first few hours of wearing, but it was easily fixable with pliers and some patience. It’s a nice little necklace, and wearing it a lot lately. Gotten a few compliments. It’s worth the buck twenty nine!
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Seller: panda-blossom on eBay
Item: Glossy Frosting bangle&bracelet Lovers Stainless Steel bangle
Paid: $10.75 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: China
Delivery: 14 business days
My opinion: It’s a pretty cute bracelet. It’s difficult finding bracelets small enough to fit me, which is annoying. So this fits about average sized wrists.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Seller: china.seller16888 on eBay
Item: Fashion Charm Style Friendship Bangle Contractile Bracelet
Paid: $6.99 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: China
Delivery: 12 business days
My opinion: It ended up being so much larger in person that I had imagined. I love the way it looks on my arm, but I can definitely see the silver “chipping off” with time.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Seller: shopdashingdaisy on eBay
ItemDesigner Style Silver Cable Turquoise Stone Thin Cuff Bracelet
Paid: $16.99 + $7.00 shipping. Worth the price? No
Location: United States
Delivery: 9 business days
My opinion: Apparently this is a knock-off David Yurman bracelet. I only noticed after I had purchased it. So that’s pretty decent, for $25. However, since I have tiny wrists this isn’t the most ideal bracelet. While it’s great looking on the arm, it “flips” over making the turquoise on the bottom of the wrist. I’d rather it stay in place. I don’t think I’d pay the price again if I had the time back.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Seller: topitem.hsl on eBay
Item: Retro Style Punk Eagle Bird Claw Talon Ring
Paid: $0.99 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: United States
Delivery: 13 business days
My opinion: I have pretty narrow fingers and this ring fit on my pinky. Thankfully with a little work, I ended up bending it to fit my middle finger or pointer. It’s cute, but it’s hard to style, I find!
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Seller: WhiteBear-2008 on eBay
Item: 2 Pump Dispenser Nail Art Acetone Polsh Makeup Remover
Paid: $3.19 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: Hong Kong
Delivery: 10 business days
My opinion: Been waiting for one of these for ages! Love the convenience of a pump dispenser. Just wanted it to close a little more tightly in case it tipped over. But other than that, it was a good buy.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Seller: Bigkeyboard on eBay
Item: Basic women’s solid tank top racer back
Paid: $3.69 + free shipping. Worth the price?Yes
Location: China
Delivery: 9 business days
My opinion: The reason I got this was because I’m in need of a few cami’s, and I only like to buy mine from Forever 21, since they’re so inexpensive at $3.80 a pop.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Seller: Bigkeyboard on eBay
Item: Hair bun ring donut
Paid: $1.39 + free shipping. Worth the price? Yes
Location: China
Delivery:9 business days 
My opinion: Upon opening the donut looked like there were a few droplets of oil on it. I soaked it all up for a few days in tissues and used it in my hair. Works just as well as a sock, but this comes in 3 different sizes for whatever your preference may be.
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

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