a new look for mia prima casa

I founded the Mia Prima Casa (which means “my new house” in Italian) blog three years ago as a way to keep family and friends updated on everything I was up to post-college. This usually meant updates on how I was decorating my new (first!) apartment, what I was I was eating (usually plants), and what I was wearing.

Gibbson Girl: Vintage, travel, and style for the adventurous woman.

Today, Mia Prima Casa has a whole new look. I like to think the blog now more closely represents the woman I am today: well traveled, well dressed (or at least trying to be!), and beginning a whole new chapter (business school).

The Gibbson Girl in ActionAntwerp, Belgium Bike Sign #100DaysofMiaPrimaGibbson Girl Vintage Clothing & Accessories

Mia Prima Casa is far from gone, but she goes by a new name now. The Gibbson Girl, which is based off the 1910s fashion icon, evokes a sense of adventure, travel, and boldness. She has a vintage flare. Wears a crazy hat with confidence. Runs marathons. Travels to London. And most of all loves a night in with her cat, watching Downton Abbey and sneaking looks at her old travel diary pages.

Gibbson Girl Vintage Style on EtsyTour de France Utrecht #100DaysofMiaPrima 1European Style Brunch Breakfast Tea #100DaysofMiaPrima

I am so ready for this new chapter. And I hope you all are ready to meet the Gibbson Girl.

Cheers!

Sarah

p.s. The Gibbson Girl has a vintage shop, too!

This post is #85 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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hey, rochester!

Technically I’ve been on Rochester, NY for just over a week now. But only recently have I felt truly moved in (here’s why). It’s a bit overdue, but here is my hello post to Rochester!

University of Rochester New YorkFarmers Market Rochester, New York

Looking forward to getting to know you, Rochester.

Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #84 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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a resolution reached with @uhaul :)

A few days ago, I went on an angry rant about my experience with U-Haul’s portable box U-Box program. Just a quick recap before I get into the good news: When I called in to schedule the drop off of my boxes, a customer service representative accidentally cancelled the shipment of a my boxes. As a result, when I arrived in New York, my boxes were still in Pittsburgh. The worst part? Twelve (12!) different people at U-Haul could only give me one answer: it would take ten days to ship boxes to me. Yikes! That was not going to do…

A friend passed along the phone number of the U-Haul CEO, Joe Shoen. Apparently, the CEO had given out his number during an interview, inviting customers to call with issues. So I called….and he picked up! I told him my problem then sent him a follow up email with more information (I found what I hoped to be his email address online). Over twenty-four hours passed before I received a return email. His son, Sam, emailed me back, apologizing for the issues, offering me a sizable gift certificate and discount on the services, and best of all, he said the boxes would be in Rochester the next day.

And guess what!? They were!

How to Get Help on Your U-Haul Order: Call the CEO! U-box

It was a rough road, but the outcome was good. Now if only U-Haul can empower their associates (below the CEO position) to solve customers issues properly…after all, calling the CEO isn’t the most practical of solutions.

For the record, here’s Joe’s info if you are having a serious U-Haul issue…

Phone number: 602-390-6525

Email address: joe@uhaul.com

Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #83 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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coastal views from berwick upon tweed

As part of our UK road trip, my sister and I chose a small coastal town to spend the night. We were hoping for great seaside views, quality fish and chips, and maybe a glimpse of a wild sea lion. We were not disappointed. Well, not 100%; we didn’t see any sea lions but the sea views made up for that!

Here are some of my favorite photographs from the beaches of Berwick Upon Tweed.

Cheers!
Sarah

This post is #83 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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new arrivals at uncovered artistry nonprofit boutique

I’ve got some excellent news! Uncovered Artistry— the nonprofit I founded with my sister five years ago that sells the work of domestic abuse survivors– has NEW ARRIVALS! They’re a while in the making, but I am so proud of the new styles we have up. Our products– all handmade items– are made by domestic abuse survivors… with the exception of these newest additions.

The new arrivals were actually made by volunteers at various events the Uncovered Artistry Project has hosted throughout the years. Participants made the designs using new and recycled jewelry pieces and graciously donated them to the online boutique. And now, I am very happy to say that many of them are up for sale online.

And keep your eye out…there’s more on the way, too!

UA New Arrivals Spring 2015 (3)Uncovered Artistry: Jewelry Handmade by Domestic Abuse Survivors #100DaysofMiaPrima Uncovered Artistry: Jewelry Handmade by Domestic Abuse Survivors #100DaysofMiaPrima Uncovered Artistry: Jewelry Handmade by Domestic Abuse Survivors #100DaysofMiaPrimaUA New Arrivals Spring 2015

So what is the Uncovered Artistry Project and boutique?

It started with a simple equation. 

Art + Entrepreneurship = Empowerment. Add a couple business-savvy ladies and a serendipitous grant from Projects for Peace, and you’ve got yourself Uncovered Artistry Boutique. We’re a little shop built on the belief that business fosters empowerment in all its flavors (financial, personal, emotional, et al.). Our little piece of this cyber world sells the creative work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors, individuals who, more than most, benefit from the uplifting effects of art and business. Our roots are planted deep in Midwest soil, yet our reach extends to all those with an Internet connection and a penchant for joyful shopping. Shop the boutique today.

Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #82 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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camden passage, london

I’m always on the look out for great vintage finds for my vintage clothing and accessories shop, The Gibbson Girl, so “flea market” is usually one of the first things I Google when I’m planning a trip to a new city. In London, I discovered small but charming Camden Passage.

Despite a slow start to the day (most shops and stalls weren’t open until 11am and noon), my sister and I were able to discover some one-of-a-kind vintage finds, including a tiny Morris Mini Minor charm that I’m crazy about it! We also stopped in for some Kombucha tea at Appesat, and enjoyed the artistic and chic atmosphere. A few block aways, we found Fara Charity shop and Saint Espresso where a cup of filtered coffee provided a back drop for photographs of some of my day’s finds.

 Cheers!

Sarah

This post is #81 of the #The100DayProject. For more updates on my progress, be sure to follow me on Instagram and look for the hashtage, #100DaysofMiaPrima

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u-haul forgot to ship my u-boxes + other moving disasters @uhaul

I’ve never done a rant post before. Usually, I relegate my posts to travel updates or vintage finds.

But I’m just too darn frustrated to write about anything else today.

So here’s a fun little story about my experience with U-Haul U-Box. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about whether you should consider the company for your next move or not. 🙂

Dear U-Haul,

My U-Haul boxes were scheduled to arrive at my new house on Friday July 17th at 2pm. At 3:30pm, I called and was informed that my boxes hadn’t even been shipped. I then was redirected to over six different people. Each one told me the same thing: The mistake was U-Haul’s (a representative cancelled my shipment accidentally), but my boxes would not arrive until Monday July 27th. That is ten days after they were scheduled to arrive.  That is ten days I don’t have to unpack. That’s ten days without a bed, a wardrobe, kitchen supplies, anything.

I’m asking that U-Haul get my boxes to me by Friday July 24th, so that I do not lose yet another weekend I could spend unpacking. And to waive the drop off fee. I paid a good amount of money to have these boxes stored and delivered, I’ve spoken with over six different people in the company, and my issues has still not been resolved. This is absolutely unacceptable and extremely frustrating. U-Haul, can you tell me: What are you going to do to make this right? 

Cheers!

Sarah