How to set up a working princess phone

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite movies, and if I’m being honest, Holly Golightly inspires many aspects of my self-care and leisure routine. Eye masks for naps (I have 3). Random trips to my favorite store to center myself (Target). Wistfully strumming away at a ukulele (I can play Moon River among other songs). Casually sipping all drinks from a champagne coupe (like my homemade almond milk).

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One thing I have always wanted to recreate is how she languidly reaches over to answer her phone, a black rotary phone. Recently I figured it out.

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There are many old-fashioned phones out there, I decided on this pink Crosley princess phone. I could have purchased the phone and had it sitting on a shelf somewhere in my apartment, but I wanted to go the extra mile and have it fully-functional.

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I didn’t want to spring for the extra monthly payment of a landline, so my task became even harder. Not one to be easily discouraged, I set out to find a way to connect my cell phone to my Crossley. The answer: Bluetooth. It turns out, there are other people who prefer the weight and sound quality of a corded phone to a cell phone when in the house. I found this Bluetooth gateway. I plug the princess phone into the device and pair to my iPhone through Bluetooth. Whenever I pick up the phone I hear a dial tone and can make calls.

The setup is not only fashionable but functional. Now I get a nice loud traditional ring whenever the phone rings, it encourages me to put my iPhone down and do other tasks, and I can hang up on people in a satisfying and dramatic fashion. It is also a reminder to stay connected to my family. I’m not sure why, but whenever I look at it I get the desire to call my grandma.

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