Pair of mini bright flowered fabric notebooksThese fun, bright colourful flowery notebooks come as a pair … one for mummy, one for daughter … sisters who like the same thing …Because of the fabric pattern the flowers differ slightly on each cover … for a twist the ribbon has been stitched inside…one has red… → details
Clutch purse with peacock feathersMy new soft shaped clutch is made from super soft suede and accented with peacock feathers, beads,and a black spiral button. The feathers and beaded arrangement are securely stitched and glued to the front of the purse. The suede is a lovely pale green sage color.The shiny silver… → details
Brown Sugar Shack Luggage TagI hand carve and tool “Sugar Shack” to look like rustic wooden planks; you can see the nail heads and even the knots in the wood. I have always loved “faux bois”, and this is my tribute to the artists who worked in that style. After I carve each… → details
My best friend from high school got engaged this week and I couldn’t be more happy for her and her new fiance. She’ll be the first in my group of friends to tie the knot, making her wedding a momentous occasion for all of us. Despite the busyness and excitement around the engagement, I got a chance to speak with her over the weekend about the proposal, her engagement ring, and, of course, her ideas for the wedding.
My friend has loved the color baby blue ever since I’ve known her (we met in the 1st grade); therefore, it didn’t surprise me that she wanted to have it as one of her wedding colors. When I came across this beautiful baby blue dress by Ananya, I couldn’t help but think of my friend’s wedding. Besides being the perfect shade of blue, I love the elegant simplicity of this dress. The architectural collar adds just the right amount of elegance to this otherwise simple, but timeless piece. And just in case my friend changes her mind, there are plenty of other fabric colors to choose, everything from hot pink to black.
My friend wants to make sure that every girl in the bridal party feels completely comfortable in her dress, no matter what their body type. The Coda wrap dress by nataJane is the perfect solution. It can be worn a dozen different ways, from strapless to sleeveless to kimono style, and will look great on everyone in the bridal party. Oh, and it comes in baby blue as well as 44 other amazing colors.
My friend loves strapless dresses, and I think she would just adore the sweet ruffles and the architectural look of the Kia dress by Nostalgia. Accenting the smallest part of your waist and falling around the knee, this dress is universally flattering and timeless. With a price tag of only $89, it’s affordable as well!
I can’t wait to pass along the links to each of these dresses to my friend. With so many great choices, I have no doubt that her bridal party will look absolutely amazing for her big day!
**The photo featured at the top of this post was taken by CAPow Art & Design.
I had a chance to do some window shopping over the weekend and every store I passed seemed to feature something made of lace. From accessories to dresses to shirts, this feminine fabric has made a big comeback for the fall fashion season and is surely meant to be styled with lots and lots of layers. Leggings, tights, boots, leather jackets and cardigans will all help this light weight fabric transition into the cooler fall and winter weather with style.
This elegant lace mini dress by elbling features beautiful layered, floaty sleeves and a lovely scoop neck. The short length makes it perfect for a night out and would be especially cute paired with opaque tights and boots for the fall season. The wide cinched waist will flatter most body types and the peachy, almost nude color of the the lace is both classic and timeless.
This light pink lace dress by iroshka has a lovely vintage feel to it, with a loose fit throughout the body, sheer ruffled organza bottom and light pink details. It includes a light pink polyester lining and a sweet keyhole back, accented with three pink pearl beads. This dress would be just perfect for a romantic dinner or holiday cocktail party.
Lace doesn’t always have to be fancy. In fact, I adore the casual look of this lace-accented dress by Jennifer Lilly Designs. The white scoop neck top features a strip of lovely vintage lace down the middle and three mismatched buttons, giving it a sweet and decidedly feminine feel. For the skirt, the buyer can choose between three vintage fabric choices, including a brown and orange floral pattern, brown and cream floral pattern, and a light blue and pink floral pattern. This dress is just asking to be paired with a worn in pair of boots!
Kelsey the Scottie Dog in upcycled shaggy chenille – handmade by Leah of Vintage Chenille.
Oooh…I’ve got it bad. The “it” is puppy-lust and this particular case was brought on by my mom’s brand-new miniature schnauzer, Axel. All it took was one introductory snuggle in the parking lot of a local stir-fry joint and I was hooked. I spent the next half-hour trying to figure out how I could fit him into my purse and get him home without anyone being the wiser. Sadly, though, all of the puppy-lust in the world doesn’t change the fact that my busy-busy life simply won’t allow for a pet. Not even a cute little bearded fella with the softest fur and the sweetest puppy breath and the nicest kisses…oh, here I go again. Let’s just take a peek at some awesome, canine-friendly, handmade goods while I dream of ways to make that tiny, four-legged dreamboat my own.
“If I had a puppy, I would walk him every day.” The collars pictured above by The Black Lantern Studios have been re-purposed from thrifted leather belts. These handsome upcycled collars will keep your prized-pooch secure and stylish in the dog park or on the street. Vintage belts are cut to size, and then d-rings and heavy duty copper rivets are added to fasten. Black Lantern Studios can even make your dog’s collar to order and offer custom hot-stamping, if you would like your piece personalized with Fido’s name.
“If I had a puppy, I would take him with me wherever I go.” These Snuggy Luggage pet beds by The Pop Stops Here have been cleverly upcycled from vintage suitcases and are ready for travel, both around the world or around the town. Each suitcase is transformed into a portable piece of furniture with the addition of a removable, machine washable pillow (made from a durable vintage fabric), painted bun feet and a safety hook. The original inner pockets are left intact to provide toy and leash storage. All of the details are thoughtfully provided; Erica even includes the original key as well as a matching toy for your pooch (or kitty). When you’re ready to hit the road, just close up the suitcase and go!
“If I had a puppy, I would dress him in style.” Ladybug’s fashionable jacket from the Bugduds shop (pictured above, left) was lovingly sewn from a vintage apron. It is fully lined, with an added layer of flannel for warmth. Dorothy, the jacket’s designer (and Ladybug’s owner), makes lovely coats and accessories for dogs of all sizes, like the diminutive but dapper Dilly (above, right); emphasizing the use of recycled/re-purposed fabrics and notions. As a member of Etsy for Animals (EFA), Dorothy donates 5% of her sales to animal welfare organizations.
“If I had a puppy, I would play fetch with him in the park.” I’ve always wondered, though…do dogs call it “throw”? Made from recycled jeans and polyester fill, these fun squeaky balls by The Smiling Frog (above) will keep you and your dog busy for hours while you ponder that question. You’ll also feel great about your purchase because The Smiling Frog donates 25% of the sales from their line of denim dog toys to The Knox County Humane Society in Maine. That’s definitely something to wag your tail about!
“If I had a puppy, I would give him the tastiest treats.” The aptly named Dog Cookie Shop bakes all of their healthy treats to order from the finest natural ingredients. Many of their offerings, like the Peanut Butter and Oatmeal cookies pictured above, are wheat-free, making them suitable for dogs with (and without) wheat allergies. Check out the Dog Cookie Shop, as well, for their new line of gourmet, hand-dipped cookies.
So, mom…can I keep him?
Bold floral patterns got a grown up look this summer, and it appears that the trend will continue to gain popularity as we enter into fall. The versatility of the floral look definitely lends to its popularity–dress it up or down, style it with feminine accessories or add a punk twist. All you need is one piece to mix and match with items that you already have in your closet, and you’re a sure trend setter.
This strapless dress from Chariots Afire features a flattering sweetheart neckline and princess seams for a crisp, tailored look. The shape of the dress accents the smallest part of your waist, and is the perfect length for work or a night out on the town. And my favorite part–pockets–so practical!
To transition your floral dress into fall, layer it with a fitted boyfriend blazer. This gray hemp linen option from Pretty Birdie won’t compete with the bright color of your dress. Keep the jacket buttoned and add heels during work hours for a more professional look or wear it open with a simple pair of flats on the weekend when you want something more casual.
If you want to add a punk twist to your sweet floral dress, try a leather jacket. This white option from Anna Burns features an asymmetrical zipper and large collar to keep you warm as the temperature starts to drop. Add bright colored tights and a pair of leather boots, and you’re ready to a crisp fall afternoon walk around the city.
Add a little interest to your outfit by wearing geometric accessories. These brass matchstick earrings by Metalista can be either feminine or edgy, depending on what you wear with them.
Flower patterns aren’t just for little girls anymore, and I, for one, am glad! Whether you style it bold or feminine, add a bold floral patterned dress to your closet this summer and be a trend setter well into fall.
The featured picture at the top of this post is a beautiful abstract oil painting by Luiza Vizoli.