Bring autumn into your home

Ah, the sweet smell of autumn! I can almost picture myself sitting on an old wool rug in front of the wood fireplace on a crisp, fall evening and savoring a rich, indulgent cup of cinnamon pumpkin latte (non-fat, of course). How amazing does that sound? … Continue reading

Bring some French to your Kitchen

How adorable are these French canning jars? I mean, I would fill my entire kitchen with these if I could and store all my rice, flour, pasta, quinoa, couscous, and cookies. The big ones can hold up to 2 liters of liquid (that’s about 67.5 US ounces) while … Continue reading

Coffee Done Right

Hmmm coffee. Delicious, aromatic, deeply satisfying, my morning date. That is coffee to me. But what I really wish is that I had more time in the morning to enjoy my coffee the way I dream it; in a beautiful, classy porcelain … Continue reading

The English Know Best

You can drink your tea or coffee from one of those cheap metal teapots you find these days in the store or you can do it the right way, in a vintage English teapot like this one: I came across this beauty in one of my recent … Continue reading

Spice Up Your Kitchen

Just adorable!! This set of mini vintage porcelain salt & pepper shakers and matching tray is simply adorable! Made and hand painted in Japan, this set consists of 4 mini porcelain shakers standing approx. 2 2/8″ tall and one porcelain … Continue reading

Toss the bottle, drink in style!

Vintage Raimond Italy Silverplate Glass Pitcher Decanter

Ah-mazing!!!! New in my store now is this beautiful Italian glass decanter/pitcher with silverplate top and handle from Raimond Italy. It stands approx. 12″ tall, weighs about 2.10 lbs and will hold up to 15oz of liquid. It’s just perfect for entertaining!

This pitcher is perfect for serving wine, sherry, mimosas or just iced tea! It also makes a great wedding gift or house warming gift. It is in great vintage condition! If you want to see more or if you are interested in buying it please visit my store here.

Until next time…

Fragonard Lovers Against Time

How exquisite is this vintage tea set? So elegant and full of class!  Beautifully decorated, this cup and saucer set from JK Decor Carlsbad is a great collector piece and addition to one’s china collection. It is in excellent condition with … Continue reading

Bobby on the beat

How cool is this vintage English constable bobby helmet? It is a 1960s/1970s Leicester and Rutland Constabulary helmet from the English Police.  Cork body with smooth cloth six panel covering, cloth center band with chrome side rosettes, balltop and helmet plate. It … Continue reading

Vintage Moscow Mule Mugs

Enamel Speckled Mugs // Moscow Mule Mugs // Cocktail Mugs // Picnic Mugs These vintage mugs are a great alternative to those pricey copper mugs! Make your own Moscow Mule cocktail at home and serve your friends in these awesome … Continue reading

Standing Tall

You can drink your tea or coffee from a random mug…..or you can savor it from something as beautiful and delicate as this vintage set: Beautiful and unique hand painted cup and saucer tea set! The cup stands 3 1/2 inches tall … Continue reading

Bavaria Strikes Again

Gorgeous round covered vegetable dish from Tirschenreuth Bavaria. This is model #4241 called Florida and the pattern features a blue and white band, a beautiful bird of paradise in the center and on the band, a gold trim and gilded … Continue reading

Bavarian Trio

Beautiful and rare trio china set made in Bavaria, Germany and decorated in the United States by Thomas Jorgensen circa 1920s to 1930s. The lusterware china is painted in a soft baby blue with gold rims and has a floral … Continue reading

Indian Tree From Coalport

Isn’t this the loveliest tea cup? Super pretty! This beautiful cup and saucer tea set is from Coalport, a porcelain factory in England founded in 1795. This particular tea set was manufactured probably sometimes in the 1920s – 1930s in … Continue reading

Oh là là I’m a cute French Vanity Box

While honeymooning in Barcelona last summer I went treasure hunting and this is one of the ones I found. This beautiful Limoges porcelain large vanity box just caught my eye and I had to get it for my Etsy store! … Continue reading

Country Cottage Teapot

This vintage white enamel teapot makes me want to sell my high rise condo in the city and move to the countryside and raise chickens. I mean how lovely is this?  I saw this beautiful teapot at an estate sale, … Continue reading

Pass The Mustard, Please

Who says this barbecuing has to be classless? Pffft not me! Which is why I think this old school stoneware condiment set is awesome and I curated it for my store! Not too casual, not too fancy schmancy, just middle … Continue reading

Teapot + Music Box All In One

How beautiful and cool is this vintage musical teapot from Lefton China? I think it’s divine! As you pick it up it plays a soft, piano melody and it stops as you put it back down. Just dreamy, I tell … Continue reading

1970s Corning Ware Le Persil + L’Echalote

These vintage 1970s Corning Ware menu-ette and casserole dish in the Spice of Life pattern with the French lettering are simply dreamy! If you are anything like me and enjoy cooking and like having good quality but also pretty cookware these are … Continue reading

Japanese Noritake Footed Bowl

You know when you’re setting up the dinner table to entertain and realize you don’t have a nice little dish to out the salad dressing or the hummus in? Uh um, this is the dish for that! It is really … Continue reading

Green Paisley by Royal Tuscan

Morning coffee never looked better.

Royal Tuscan Tea Cup

Made in England sometime in the 1970s. Both cup and saucer are in excellent condition and are available in my store right now.

Antique Haviland Cups And Saucers Set

This is by far one of the most exquisite tea/coffee cups and saucers set I have seen in a long time. They are so incredibly delicate and simply perfect. Now available at Kill An Hour With Andaluza on Etsy. These are perfect … Continue reading

Vintage Nordstrom Pumps

Glamour. Old Hollywood. Class. Nordstrom. Need I say more? Now available at Kill An Hour.

1970s Gemco Oil & Vinegar Cruets

Beautiful retro 1970s set of Oil and Vinegar Cruets from Gemco, made in the United States, now for sale in my store. This set is Country Life 8602 Serving Ware Matchables which is a brand name that GEMCO put on … Continue reading

Retro Gemco Salt And Pepper Shakers

La Saliere & Le Poivrier How adorable are these? I just love them! This super cute pair of Gemco salt and pepper shakers with the Spice Of Life/ Spice Excitement design pattern just hit my store and is now for sale for … Continue reading

the past + the present = harmony

I am a Romanian-born, American-adopted, and newly discovered free spirit with a huge appetite for everything that’s new. I am a woman of many interests but with no particular hobbies which allows my mind to stay constantly excited. My next adventure is my next thrill!

My husband and I live by our own rules

My husband and I live by our own rules

A few years ago I decided to leave the monstrous law firm days behind me and now I’m all about finding and maintaining a healthy and happy balance in my life. Best decision ever – now I’m as happy as a clam! I have a new love on my arm, two beautiful dogs named Mushu and Wally, a custom neckwear fashion line Lord Wallington together with my husband and I’m ready to conquer the world while creating and enjoying moments of simple joy and happiness. And by simple I mean getting married in Paris and gallivanting the South of France and Spain for rare and amazing finds. Yes, yes, you can take the girl out of Europe but you can’t take the Parisian nights away form the girl.

I created Kill An Hour With Andaluza as a place where I bring your distant memories to life. Remember that old blue decanter your grandfather used to have when you were a child? And do you remember your mother’s perfume when she used to get all dressed up and take you to the fair? If you close your eyes you can almost touch that decanter and smell its intoxicating scent. The romance of those times is something that we all try to recreate in our daily lives and here we created a world that can help you re-live those times.

So thank you to those of you who often visit my store and encourage me to continue to build Kill An Hour With Andaluza.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! It makes me beyond happy when a customer finds a place for one of my treasures in their home.  

Wedding in Paris

Snapshot of my fairy tale wedding in Paris…..

Paris wedding

Knock Knock, Who’s There? It’s Vintage Ceramic Door Knobs

I don’t have much to say about these as they seem to speak for themselves. They are perfection and I currently have them for sale on my Etsy store for $30! These beautiful large ceramic door knobs have gold tone hardware … Continue reading

Spanish Porcelana De Rey Soup Tureen

I was just telling you I got married in Paris about a month ago. Yaaayyy:) While in Paris and then honeymooning in Southern France and Spain I shopped for vintage and antique treasures for my store here in the US. And I … Continue reading

Vintage White Cabachon Clip On Earrings

Vintage pair of Accessocraft NYC white cabachon clip on earrings in gold tone setting with tension screws for sale now in my Etsy store! These are gorge!! The white shade of the stone is exquisite – it’s milk white at its … Continue reading

In My Mind I’m Free

In my mind I’m free. In my mind I don’t belong in the corporate world, stuck in an office behind a desk. In my mind I look like this right now, somewhere in the Southern France, riding my white bicycle … Continue reading

Not yet Xmas – Part I – Porcelain Place Cards & Napkin Ring Set

What do you mean it’s not Christmas yet? I promise you that here in Southern California we went from summer to winter literally overnight. Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny, 80 degrees day to a low 60s gloomy, rainy day. Blah. … Continue reading

King Size Egg Coddler Royal Worcester In The Strawberry Fair Pattern

Kill An Hour With Andaluza just got classier! We are now offering this gorgeous King Size Royal Worcester, England porcelain egg coddler in the Strawberry Fair pattern which features berries, leaves, and a butterfly. How beautiful is this? The King … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

I don’t often drink tea in the morning but when I do I use this vintage Chinese Millefleur Famille Noire Tea Set Beautiful enamel Millefleur Famille Noire and floral pattern vintage Chinese porcelain teapot with cover and three tea cups. … Continue reading

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

Ah the great Oz!! I came across this really cool edition of the classic “The Wizard Of Oz” and just had to get it for my store. Printed in Italy in 1986 this is a hardcover edition in excellent condition. … Continue reading

Shave And Shine, Gentlemen!

Today we have an awesome find for men in our store. It is a rare Gillette safety razor shaving kit in leather case with chromium plated containers made in England. The kit includes a brush, two shaving cream/powder holders (empty), a … Continue reading

Vintage Tennis Rackets: Spaulding – Lakeside and Slazengers Coronation

Why should you never fall in love with a tennis player? To them, “Love” means nothing. ~ a little tennis humor for you  ~ I just added these two really cool wooden tennis rackets to my store. They are the perfect gift for … Continue reading

1950s Elizabeth Arden “Ardena Invisible Veil” Powder Box

While honeymooning in Barcelona a couple of weeks ago I went to Mercat Del Encants, one of Barcelona’s largest and best loved flea markets to look for treasures for my Kill An Hour store. And I found a few! Among … Continue reading

Noritake Handpainted Demitasse Set

Demitasse (/ˈdɛmɨtæs/) = small cup used to serve Turkish coffee or espresso.  This is perfection. Exquisite Noritake M Handpainted Demitasse Set Made in Japan pattern no. 37532 – circa 1921. Now for sale on my Esty store.  Set consists of: coffee pot … Continue reading

Resist The Fall Colors, Fight For The Bright

Woke up to a very gloomy morning here in San Diego. Ugh. I.Hate.Gloom.  Which is why I am fighting it. As I started getting dressed I put on this cute new sweater I got from Zara recently (totally obsessed with … Continue reading

The Perfect Vintage Clip On Earrings – So Dreamy!

Simply exquisite! Now for sale from Kill An Hour for only $22. A total dream!  These earrings are incredibly elegant and they will definitely set you apart. The clear blue glass button stones are set in a delicate gold tone setting. … Continue reading

Les Marches aux Puces in Paris

Two more weeks until I get to go treasure hunting in Paris’ famous marches aux puces!! And then off to Nice, Cannes, Aix-en-Provence and Barcelona for more treasure hunting!! Ahhh I get allergies just thinking about all the dusty old … Continue reading

Vintage Price & Kensington Gold Lustre Teapot

I always had a thing for shiny, bright, in-your-face things! The shinnier the better! Not that everyone always agreed with me 🙂  So anyways, when I came across this shinny, vibrant gold tea pot this weekend I just HAD to get … Continue reading

Vintage Godinger Silver Plated Powder Box

This jewel is one of the very first  Kill An Hour With Andaluza pieces I ever acquired and today it got sold. When it comes to vanity collection pieces the Victorian Bouquets from Godinger are a great choice! They are magnificent in … Continue reading

Chinese Porcelain Tea Set Dragon & Phoenix

Ahhh I die when I think of this tea set!! It sold already and I miss it! I found this beautiful Chinese tea set while visiting family up in Northern California. My soon to be beautiful sister-in-law Christina took us … Continue reading

Old World – The Beginning

Recently I have found a new love – the love of old things. I could try to figure out how this came about but honestly I don’t know. One day I just woke up wanting to go shopping for something … Continue reading