Surprise, you get to PEEK!!

Okay so maybe you are like me, have absolutely no patience and little self control when it comes to mystery. I get it, that’s how I roll too!! We have been racking our brain trying to figure out how to give all y’all lovely subscribers sneak peeks into boxes that you are ABOUT to order. I know you will, so just get to it already! So here is the low down on the next THREE boxes! Yay!!

We can plan themes and the modern pieces of the boxes months out, however we LITERALLY hunt down each individual vintage piece for each subscriber. We start shopping for those on the first of every month.

I hope you love the upcoming themes! So subscribe, support and of course share that love my luvs!

 

April: Bubble & Baubles

Okay so it has been a long winter for all of us. The snow is hopefully disappearing and the sun is shining so why don’t we focus on a little relaxation. The April Heirloom Box is all about the luxury, check below for a list of items that will be included!

Birchrose Co. Luxury Bath Products MSRP $22

Feat. Glamour, Refinery29, New Beauty, Nylon, Prevention Mag, Allure, Teen Vogue

Bathroom Decor Sign Sign MSRP $17.00

Dry Body Brush MSRP $9.50

GoodJuJuHerbal

Vintage Perfume & Miniture Bottles

 

 

 

May: Fete Des Mere (French & Mothers Day Theme)

Pinky Up Peach Ceramic Tea Infuser MSRP: $26.99

French Themed Print MSRP $15.99

RainCityDesignCo.

French themed antique books & Decor <3

June: But First Coffee

Parcel Island Print MSRP $18.99

One of my favorite artisan makers! Check out her etsy at Parcel Island

 

Pantry Textured Canister MSRP $21.99

Vintage Coffee Ads & Sacks

 

Spring Theme Table Setting with Napkin Fold How-To!

Okay I think y’all know that I am more than excited about Spring! Finally my home and table setting fits the changing season too! I wanted to make a setting that was a little more unqiue and has a vintage flair to it! I love to mix it up! Also I had to say goodbye to the little vintage bunny in the picture, who ever gets him in their March box…his name is Fred. Take good care of him! Ha!

What you need:

  1. Traditional napkin
  2. Decorative carrot (I got my at my local Homegoods, the whole package was $14.99)
  3. Vintage books — These can vary in cost but these are two that I had on hand – extra vintage brownie points if they are Spring themed or children’s books
  4. Round straw style placemat
  5. Farmhouse Style napkin or in my case I used tea towels
  6. Plate

Get the look:

  1. Place the placemat at the bottle
  2. On top of placement place an attractive plate
  3. Place the vintage book open on the plate
  4. Top with napkin with carrot tucked inside (Steps to the napkin fold I used below!)

How to tucked carrot fold:

Fold your napkin in half

And half again

Take the top corner and fold diagonally. Do this two more times, tucking the triangles in as you go. Make sure you leave a little showing each time.

Fold the right side of the square behind

Flip the napkin and fold the left side in

And wa-la! Gorgeous! Now just tuck that carrot in and enjoy this setting!

Blood Clot Awareness Month!

If you have happened to peruse my about the owner page, then you probably know that I am a blood clot survivor. Because of this I am a HUGE advocate for blood clot awareness. So, today I wanted to write this post to illuminate some very important statistics related to blood clots!

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Did you Know?

  • On average, 1 person dies in the United States due to a blood clot every 6 minutes.
  • Pregnancy increases a women’s risk for a blood clot four fold
  • The first symptom in 25% of those who suffer from a Pulmonary Embolism (PE), which is blood clots found in the lungs, is sudden death. DEATH!!
  • 10% to 30% of people affected by DVT/PE will die within one month of diagnosis.

Symptoms

SYMPTOMS OF A BLOOD CLOT IN THE ARM OR LEG MAY INCLUDE.

  • Swelling
  • Pain or tenderness not caused by injury
  • Skin that is warm to the touch
  • Redness or discoloration of the skin

SYMPTOMS OF A BLOOD CLOT IN THE LUNG MAY INCLUDE.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain that worsens with a deep breath 
  • Coughing, or coughing up blood 
  • Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat

Who is at risk?

  • May Thurner Syndrome (Illiac Compression Syndrome) –> This is me!!
  • Hospitalization for illness or surgery
  • Major surgery, particularly of the pelvis, abdomen, hip, knee
  • Severe physical trauma, such as a car accident
  • Injury to a vein that may have been caused by a broken bone or severe muscle injury
  • Hip or knee replacement surgery
  • Cancer and cancer treatments
  • Use of birth control methods that contain estrogen, such as the pill, patch or ring
  • Pregnancy, which includes the six weeks after the baby is born
  • The use of hormone therapy with estrogen
  • A family history of blood clots
  • Overweight
  • Confinement to bed or wheelchair
  • Sitting too long, especially with legs crossed
  • Smoking
  • Age 55 or older
  • Long-term diseases such as heart and lung conditions, or diabetes

My Story

My blood clot came out of no where. I was completely unaware that I have a non-sensical, structural anomaly in my left hip. I have May Thurner Syndrome, also known as Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome. What does this mean? It just means that unlike most of population my iliac artery runs over, rather than under the iliac vein. Why does this pose a problem? Well it typically doesn’t unless you gain weight in your abdomen, like when you are pregnant. I personally made it 40 weeks before my condition reared its ugly head.

On December 4, 2016 my left leg ballooned up to larger then my pre-pregnancy waist size. The doctors didn’t believe that I had a clot at first, testing came back negative and they believed that my daughter was just compressing the vein causing the swelling, so they induced me on December 5th and Cordelia Joy was born. My doctors continued to believe that this was the case, that birth was the solution and released me home. I called the doctor multiple times but I was told that it was normal to have swelling post part and was offered tips on how to reduce the swelling with diuretics and elevation.

I went 10 days assuming my doctors were correct. It wasn’t until I lost the ability to walk completely that I sought the second opinion of a vein specialist. At this point merely standing would cause a massive burning sensation and immense pain. On December 15th I was diagnosed with a massive DVT (Deep vein Thrombosis) that stretched from my hip to my calf. Unknown to me I also had micro clots in my lungs that were affecting my heart causing tachycardia. In a weeks time I underwent thrombolysis and a thrombolectmy to completely remove the clot from my leg. I spent a total of 4 days in the ICU, away from my newborn daughter, being pumped full of clot busting medication.

It took months of recovery to walk normally and recoup a semblance of my prior lifestyle. I am incredibly lucky to have survived, many with similar symptoms would not have. Because of this experience I reassessed my life. I chose to leave my Wealth Management career to pursue my love of design & home decor. In 2017 I started Refined Relics Designs and never looked back.

It is so important that people are aware of the seriousness of blood clots, the impact they have and how many people are really affected by them. So please know the symptoms and be your own advocate.

Yes, count em. 2 IVs in one arm. One for pain meds one for iron.
My leg was pretty rough!
Ick catheters run through my leg for 4 days straight, thinned blood so much I needed 2 blood transfusions

 

Thanks for reading loves! <3

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