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My Recent Shopping Finds


It’s show and tell time because why buy something new if you can’t tell hundreds of thousands of people about it? I recently went to both Spain and Oregon and while their cultures are wildly different, I can certainly navigate shopping both of them with ease and speed. Maybe even grace.

First off that wood vase in the above photo was a pretty solid purchase, what with that skinny little neck – I love it so much. That bad boy is from Oregon and wasn’t cheap for a thrift store ($22) but I’m keeping it, so don’t go rushing to The Flea to find that sucker. It’s mine. Also please note the book that it is so comfortably resting on. It’s called Styled written by ME, Emily Henderson. You can buy it here on pre-sale (which would mean the world to me). It’s a FANTASTIC, THRILLING, ROLLICKING, RIVETING READ that I poured 2 years into. More on that next week (with lots of sneek peaks inside the book). Hell, more on that over the next 3 months. By holiday time I will somehow have manipulated you into buying it for your blind, 3rd cousin by marriage because it’s a very great gift. And a great paperweight. And looks fabulous just sitting there on your coffee table, minding it’s own business. It might save your life in case of an emergency or even save your marriage. You can read it to your children to sleep or use it as fuel at your annual bonfire. You need it, for it’s magic is endless. Again, purchasable link is here.


All the above I purchased in Spain at the flea market – which was half cell-phone-case-bonanza and half decent-old-world-antiques. Those two frames are solid brass (or bronze, not sure) which are so simple and so pretty. The hair combs were my first purchase, mostly because I hadn’t bought anything vintage yet and was DESPERATE to bring home something old. The letter opener and magnifying glass are “maybe I’ll keep, maybe I’ll sell’s.” That painting is a keeper unless I go broke some day, then I’ll sell it for a lot because it’s beautiful and it’s from Spain, so therefore it’s kinda priceless to me.


The Oregon coast represented it’s inner 70’s hippie well, what with these two wall macrame hangings. You don’t want to know how much I bought them for (soooooo little). But just know they were a score, and that I love them and that they will be on sale on The Flea very soon.

Pillows (from left to right): Nickey Kehoe | Rebecca Atwood | Target (available mid-September) | Jillian Rene Decor | Custom by me, but stay tuned as I am making a bunch for the flea (out of brushed denim and super soft).


Oh that dude? Slightly racially ambiguous Abe Lincoln? Yah, he was probably something I DIDN’T need to try to get back in my suitcase from Oregon but I did, with my 26 siblings just staring at me outwardly saying, “ooh, fun, we trust you” and inwardly thinking “that girl? She is the one that people trust?” And he wasn’t cheap, by the way, which is why he is going to be not cheap on The Flea. He’s a really old, handcarved, puppet. Perfect for your US president inspired den, bachelor pad or if you are fancy, your kids room.

Pillow: Jillian Rene Decor


Lastly,  while in Europe one must buy vintage leather driving gloves with some sort of crazy soft animal fur inside. Not sure what I’m going to do with these. They are just pretty and I have a hoarding problem. And then there is a new hat. I clearly have a thing for hats and picked this one (and 2 more) up whilst in Spain. My hats have become controversial, well, not exactly controversial, just a lot of people are over them and don’t think they look good on me. For those of you who agree with Kate the commenter who said, “Enough with the hat. It is not as cute or fashionable as you seem to think it is. You mainly look like you didn’t wash your hair and want to hide it. If that’s the case, please, just rock a top knot like the rest of us.” I would like to say YES, Kate, you are correct – I often don’t want to style my freshly washed hair, and hats are a great cover up for that, which can usually fool people into thinking that you are pulled together when maybe you don’t have time to do said hair (a side effect of having a non-sleeping toddler, a full time job, and being 32 weeks pregnant).

And besides. I will not just rock a top-knot. Have you seen my roots these days? They ain’t pretty. Plus I like how these particular hats look, and I can pull them over my ears when I want to ignore, say, people who make comments about my hats. This hat is strangely good for $54, which I should have just bought here but I dragged back from Spain because I’m insane. But maybe the hats are just going to my brain and infecting my decision making. Either way I WILL NOT BE STOPPED FROM WEARING HATS. Although knowing me I’ll look back on this pregnancy and just die laughing so hard at what I thought I was “pulling off”…Listen, we all just do our best and keep moving forward, right?

Anyway, that’s what I bought in Spain and Oregon. In case you are like “what’s up with the blog these days? Where are all the original design posts?” The answer is that the last two weeks in August are notoriously non-internet weeks, as so many people are out of the office, so I have all these really juicy/meaty design posts that would fly under the radar if I posted them now. It’s like having a big sit-down dinner party with 10 courses but only having 4 of the 30 people show up. Sure, I’m still doing passed apps and maybe a cheese station but the real tasting menu starts next week and goes through all of September/October. So stay tuned (WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MY BRAIN?).

Meanwhile I’ll be just sitting here, wearing my hats over my clean (I promise) hair, googling ‘Toddler Sleep Regression’. Again.

*Photos by Jessica Isaac for EHD.

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Stop being so charming and adorable and hilarious all at once. I haven’t even had my morning coffee yet (or washed my hair and yes i’m at work) so i’m starting to feel inferior 😉


Screw Kate, do you.






Just wanted to give you some encouragement on the toddler sleep regression. I am totally a sleep nazi with my toddler and sticking to his sleep schedule/routine is crucial to me. However vacation and illness are sure to undo any hard work you have done and there is really not much you can do about it. I have also found that every few months my son goes through a bit of a rebellion period. My advice is just to continue to enforce to your previous routine and schedule from before your trip and he will eventually relearn your expectations. Good luck and hang in there!

I’m really confused as to why Kate the Commenter had to be so mean. Like, do you really care that much that Emily wears ADORABLE hats? Do your bills somehow go unpaid when she forgoes a trite top knot to rock a hat? I don’t understand…

My mom has macrame hangings just like those all over her house. It’s only now that I’m older that I understand how much of my taste is really not my taste– it came from growing up in a house with my mother, who loves bright colors and plants and copper and brass everything and macrame and woven seagrass rugs on the walls. Plus really ornate antique chairs and weird kitschy figurines. I don’t know who I am.


as someone who recently broke my 20-year online taboo of no personal appearance remarks because lady gaga’s hairdresser made your hair look like bagel-crumb-filled payot on a 94 year old hasidic rabbi, i urge you not to take that hat commenter’s remarks seriously. seriously, you look pretty all the time and some people, with me at the top of the list, really should stfu.

you are completely adorable in your hats and you have inspired me to start wearing more of my hats.


Done. Book ordered.


HILARIOUS!! Isn’t it amazing what some people feel entitled to say/write? You go, gurl! Especially with the hats! Hell, I even bought one, (I’ve been a hat fan for years) but mine is seriously rock & roll ’cause it’s a black, felt fedora and I LOVE it. Know what else? I just turned 50!! HA! So Kate, stick that in your pipe and smoke it…… 🙂


No one likes Kate. We like you. Therefore, do what you want with your hats.

Also, love the black vase next to Abe. Very spooky and modern/victorian looking, and kind of timely considering all the Halloween items are going for sale everywhere now (*makes disgusted face- why must retail be so seasonal!?*)


You know, I’m gonna stick up for Kate. Maybe she was having a bad day. Maybe she thought it sounded funny, but the funny didn’t translate. Maybe (fill in your own reason to choose compassion rather than outrage, indignation or snark).

Emily has created a place where people feel free to express an opinion. That’s good. And if someone expresses an opinion, even if that expression is closer to rude than to tactful, that’s no call for everyone else to pile on. Because, as we can see above, it’s a fast jump to “screw you,” which makes this blog less nice.


YES YES YES. This x 1,000,000,000


I’ll stick up for Kate as well, as I don’t think she wanted to be rude. Also suporting Emily. I think her hats look good.


Pfft to Kate. A hat and cute booties make a dress look like a Planned Outfit, instead of “one step above a nightgown and also I haven’t showered today and haven’t washed my hair and oh god SLEEP”, which is a common state for people like us (non-sleeping toddlers, full-time demanding jobs, etc – there are more of us than it seems there should be!) A topknot is weekend wear!

If it helps at all: my 16-month-old recently had the WORST week of nights (like, waking up every 45 minutes, all night, every night), and then started walking AND talking, and promptly started sleeping again. Sometimes these things just… happen. And then pass. And you’ll survive (even if it feels like you might not in the meantime). Hold strong: he’ll get there, and so will you.


Book Pre-order – CHECK!


wow emily, I can’t believe someone actually said that. yikes

That wooden abe lincoln is pretty much the best!



I laughed like ten times during this post, thank you. Of course your book is gold!! I pre-ordered it back in April on Amazon so you can imagine how excited I am.

Hang in there with the charlie sleep thing I swear it will pass. Its hard when you’re a first time mom because you don’t know if something is normal or wrong or your causing it but all kids go through this and its terrible but it passes… probably just a couple weeks. I would make sure his daytime nap goes no longer than 1 hour.

When I first read that hat comment when it ‘aired’, I felt awful for you, Emily. I had a feeling that it would bother you. And obviously it has. The silly thing is, why do negative comments of people who don’t matter bother us the most???? Keep wearing what you want to wear, and hopefully the negative people will just keep their hateful comments to themselves, where they belong.


Why take things personally? It’s just a comment that was obviously laughed off by both 🙂


I’m not taking it personally. I was replying to the judgment Emiky is receiving for her “mom body.” Would you ever say that to someone? I can’t imagine! Shut your face equals the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say…”


You rock the hat Emily! I beg you, Keep having fun with them so that I may live vicariously from your photos! My best look in a hat has always been a baseball hat and really? My poor head has always longed for more fabulousness!


You look adorable. Can I ask where the shirt is from (in the glove photo)?


Just preordered the book through Amazon Smile!

(If you don’t use Amazon Smile, I encourage you to check it out. It works just like Amazon, but you can designate a charity to get a small donation every time you shop. I picked Modest Needs, but there are tons from which you can choose!)


Love you, love the hats, but feeling kinda sorry for Kate…maybe her toddler hasn’t been sleeping and she’s a bit grumpy?

Just pre-ordered the book and plan to by many for Xmas gifts.


Good for you! Don’t listen to the haters, the hats look great! I was trying to decide on a sun hat the other day and thought “This one looks like something Emily would wear,” so I bought that one and have had so many complements on it! My uncle even teasingly accused me of being a California girl (big stretch in the backwoods of North Ontario!). Can’t wait for the glorious posts in Sept/Oct!

Jennifer W

You are adorable, funny, smart and wickedly talented! You can pull off anything you decide to, lady!! Haters gonna hate…..

Such cool finds, Emily! And…I pre-ordered your book eons ago and can’t wait!!! XO


How do you carry hats home from Europe? Putting them in a suitcase would squash them, right? Maybe each of you wore one home.


Pre-Ordered & purchased! Sooo happy and excited that its almost here-can’t wait. And, you look amazing/adorable/fashionable/clean hair/young in hats! You look great in everything. #hatgoals

Hats are awesome and truly under-appreciated. Thank you for your efforts to show their wondrousness to the masses.

Your hat loving friend.


Love this post. Love your blog. Can’t wait to read your book!!!!


I really like the round shape of this new hat! I remember reading Kate’s comment after she posted it and thinking it was harsh and unnecessary, but also thinking it is a little funny how you wear a hat in EVERY single picture now, even though you are indoors. But I don’t think I said anything, because why should I care? If the hat(s) make you happy, that is all that matters.

It DOES, however, make me a little uncomfortable that you felt the need to so publically call her out, instead of just ignoring it or responding within the comments section. Now today’s comments are filled with people bashing Kate, which isn’t any better than what she did.


Well said! I understand how the original comment was offensive and that free speech goes both ways, but mob mentality bashing definitely makes me uncomfortable.


I really had to think about this….I think you make a fair point….
But I also think you reap what you sow…f there’s some fear of getting treated as you treat others on the Internet, comments may be more civil.


I feel you, but I also think that since the comment was essentially anonymous no one is going to be sending Kate mean emails or finding personal info, etc. Yeah, people are totally saying rude things right back – but this isn’t Kate’s space. Plus does Emily have to just sit there and pretend people aren’t shitty sometimes? I’m sure Kate is a fine person, people just get so gross on the internet. When that’s not called out I think it gets worse.

And that mob mentality is on us I think…Emily took a rude comment and showed how it was rude with humor and honestly, with Kate’s own words. I thought her commentary had more to do with giving us a glimpse of her own life and laughing about the situation versus saying, “This person was mean – burn her down!”


Um seriously, when did sticking up for yourself become harsh? Should we just walk away quietly from a bully? bullies need to be kept in check and held accountable for their words.
And emily was nice about it…but that’s why we all love her.
Btw, emily had nothing to do with all our comments about kate. And I guarantee kate has read all of these and hopefully learned a little about herself today.


My thoughts exactly.


That is, what Emma said. And Teresa. And, later in the comments, Laura.


I pre-ordered your book MONTHS ago as soon as I found out I could! My new kid-friendly coffee table is coming in soon, and there will be a spot waiting for the book 🙂


First of all, buy the book, “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Dr. Mark Weissbluth. It has saved our (sleeping) lives. I promise you will learn SO much from it and wonder why the info isn’t part of health care!! Secondly, screw mean people. You are awesome.

Eeep… Our hand-stitched pillow is in such great company! Thanks for the love, Emily!


Emily….I hate hats, probably because I look terrible in them so it might be more hat envy………..BUT you look so darn adorable in your hats, I love your hats and how you look in them. Add in a cutie toddler (with an occasional hubby/dad) and your week day blog makes the start of my work days so much nicer.


Such a fun post! I’m headed to Portland today for the first time. Any great must see store recommendations? Thank you!

Rachel S

I think people who hate on hats are just jealous that they don’t feel like they can pull them off. I am super jelly of your unabashed hat-wearing-ness b/c I think my husband would make fun of me if I wore any of the ones you’ve shown us, despite the fact that I love them all! I can’t imagine posting such a rude comment on a blog that I LOVE criticizing a person (who granted I’ve never met) who I LOOVVEEE.


Book ordered! Also, I like the hats on you. Part of your charm is that you aren’t afraid to be quirky, so ignore everyone about everything and just keep doing your thing.

Two things: I’m obsessed with hats but have the hardest time finding ones that look good on my head. Love the round shape of this one and the colors. Have you seen this one- it’s adorable and I love the coral fabric around the base (there’s one with blue, too, that might be more your speed):

also- love all the pillows. We just bought a white slipcoverable couch from crate and barrel and think these would add just the right beachy-ish feel without going full beach-house. (which there is nothing wrong with and maybe I should just embrace.)


That hat is really cute! Thanks for the link! 🙂


I agree with the other pro-hat commenters. The hats are cute on you, and if you like them then you should keep on wearing them. Also, I think I may have to order your book as a early birthday present to myself. Looking forward to the upcoming design posts!


HA! You just keeping doin’ you and wear those hats! People who comment on blogs are all crazy anyway.


You are adorable and if I looked that good in a vintage hat I would TOTALLY wear one all the time.

Your style is awesome, don’t let anyone get you down!!! 🙂

Oh. my. goodness. I love your flip-out regarding hats. I will not just rock a top knot. I WILL NOT BE STOPPED FROM WEARING HATS. Keep rockin’ those hats. And Kate….blah, blah, blah. Haters be haters! Stay classy and cool, Em!


Haha, Kate got schooled. Take note, mean-spirited internet trolls.

Great post!


Oh, that Abe puppet comment is too funny..I would’ve definitely brought him home too!
And, what a weird & rude comment from that person about your wearing hats..I think you look really good in them & the hats are cute & stylish. Don’t listen to that person or the others.


I love your hats!! You look adorable in them. I feel like they’ve become part of your signature “look” and you should wear what makes you feel good 🙂


Hi Emily: I just read this reassuring post about sleep issues for kids. Thought you might like to take a look! Good luck – this, too, shall pass!


I really like you wearing the different hats. They’re quirky. Keep on if the feeling strikes you.

On another topic, I recall in a past post you mentioned that you styled your living room differently with no blue. When can we see? Can you give us a hint in the meantime?


I think in a year you will look back at your “hat phase” and agree with Kate. 🙂

Kristin C

Whether you like the hat or not, Emily, what I find totally admirable is that you make an effort. I’m just a couple of weeks ahead of you and now wear my husbands underwear and cutoff sweats every day. #whotheeffiskateanyway

LOL. This post was hilarious. Love your finds and hope I can visit Spain AND Oregon someday. Jealous.

Also, I WISH I could pull off hats like you can. Love them. Don’t stop, won’t stop.

xo, Sarah

Sarah W

I am totally pre-ordering your book! My birthday is tomorrow and I think it would be the perfect gift to myself! Also, I just cannot believe the nerve of some people posting things on people’s blogs, like what they say, does or should, matter one iota to the person. You look adorable in hats, and even if you didn’t who cares. At any point in one’s life, but especially while you are pregnant, it is important to wear what you feel good in, even if other’s think it looks like crap. Plus, “just rock a top knot like everyone else”? You are not everyone else, you are Emily Henderson. And you didn’t get where you are just by doing what everyone does. You do your own thing, and then people copy you because you’re awesome! (I’m getting strangely fired up about this). Also, not everyone looks good in a top knot. I feel like I have the perfect hair for top knots, but when I try to do them they look like crap. It’s really depressing actually. Anyway, all this to say that you’re awesome!

Carrie Hughes

I love, love, LOVE the hat. Sometimes when people are ahead of trends like you…others don’t understand. I learned that lesson from skinny jeans. I remember how baffled I was when they first came out, but of course I adapted and now they make up most of my wardrobe. I admire and envy your style confidence.


yes, i can imagine trend setting is like swimming up stream!

ok i’m totally glad you said that, because i wasn’t going to say anything but i have been thinking whats up with the blog lately haha.

i pre ordered your book 🙂

btw, you might want to consider making your ‘post comment’ look more like a button or larger or something, i don’t comment often but when i do i’m always looking for a minute! so very excited for your book to arrive!!!!!

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