Crafturday’s New Way to Accessorize..


In such a time of economic uncertainty comes the overwhelming need for re-invention. That is, one must find a way to express ones self and take on the burden of independent creation. In lamens terms – you must adapt to survive by creating for the masses something new and exciting which will be sought in high demand and thus spoil you with riches OR in the very least, help you pay you rent.  The latter is what my endeavors usually lean more towards! BUT, with this talk about re-invention and discovery, comes my main purpose with sharing my voice with you today.  That purpose would be an advantageous and imaginative Vanessa of Crafturday.
Re-purposing and creating jewelry since college, Vanessa has taken her craft in a new direction combining her love of vintage aesthetic with modern details such as fringe and studs. While this may sound familiar to you, Vanessa’s jewelry, unlike many other retailers, is not crafted for the usual limbs such as your ear, finger or neck, but for a more unlikely culprit – your arm.  Yep, that’s right, your soon to be tanned bicep is getting a makeover.  And why not? You accessorize every other part of your body! And Vanessa’s fringed armlets are the PERFECT summer accessory.  How stellar would you look sporting your crop top and high waisted cut off vintage Levi’s with one of Crafturday’s studded fringed armlets?  Or perhaps strutting on the sand with your new ruffle top bikini with a dyed fringe armlet? I mean, who wouldn’t shoot you a look and ask you where you got that fabulous piece of jewelry on your arm? I know I would!
I know I have you interested now or at least curious enough to keep scrolling down to view some of Vanessa’s creations and my interview with her! Enjoy!

Crafturday

When did you get the idea for Crafturday?
I came up with the idea for Crafturday while in college at UC Santa Barbara. My favorite days were always the ones spent making things with my hands. In the beautiful and always sunny Santa Barbara, I’d spend hours outside on the lawn with my friends letting my creativity run wild. My boyfriend and I dubbed my Saturdays spent crafting as “Crafturday”.

How long have you been making jewelry?
I’ve been making jewelry since junior year of college. It started out as something just for fun, and then by senior year I was doing consignment at a local boutique. I love taking trendy elements and twisting it into something new. It makes it unique, different, and have a one-of-a-kind feel.

How did you come to the idea of armlets?
I’ve always felt that armlets are very bold and powerful looking. They draw attention to a woman in a good way when wearing a tank top!

What materials inspire you the most?
Right now I’m feeling fringe. I love using recycled materials as well—old chains, stones and shells. I really am getting into dying as well. It’s been so fun thus far mixing different colors together and dip-dying the ends of the fringe for an ombre look.

Do you have a “creative process” or do you prefer to just begin creating and see what your project turns into?
I usually start with a basic idea, but it often transforms. I think it’s important to set a couple hours aside to just create and try out a bunch of different concepts.

What do you want your jewelry to say to your customers?
I want it to say above all FUN, whimsical, and light-hearted. I’ve never been a believer in fashion being super serious. The best part about fashion, to me, is the creative and handmade aspects involved. I love figuring out different ways to pair accessories and knowing that an individual made it with their own hands is a huge plus.

Who do you see wearing your armlets?
These armlets are best for girls who are fashion-forward and fearless! They are also a great look for festivals because they’re bold and bright. Look for me at Sasquatch at the end of May!

 Where do you see Crafturday going as a company?
I would like it to evolve. Armlets are a style I’m digging right now, but in the future I’d like to incorporate different materials and expand my accessories line to jewelry as well.

 

Warby Parker Introduces New 1922 Collection


If you’re anything like me, you tend to live in your contacts 24/7. Unfortunately that means sometimes accidentally falling asleep in them at night as you are watching a marathon of Law and Order SVU! Now, if you had a pair of high quality, fashionably eclectic glasses to slip on before you slipped into your comfy footy pajamas (you know you have a pair!) and cozy up to the devilishly handsome Elliot Stabler, it would be a different story. I know what you’re thinking, “Sure, that would be a good idea, but what about the money?” Problem solved, my friends. You can finally have your cake and eat it too!

Introducing the fabulously fashionable and AFFORDABLE Warby Parker and their new vintage inspired 1922 Collection!  Founded by four close friends, Warby Parker holds fast to the idea that quality crafted eyeglasses and sunglasses don’t have to cost the consumer an arm and a leg.  With glasses, both prescription and non-prescription, starting at $95, Warby Parker offers both men and women contemporary frames fitted with high-end, anti-reflective polycarbonate lenses and best-in-class polarized lenses.  Both of which are included in the cost of the frame.  Why is it so inexpensive, you ask? Because Warby Parker takes on the design process themselves and sells directly to you, cutting out the middleman. And of course, quality is NEVER sacrificed.

Now that I have you hooked, perhaps it’s time to take a minute and check out their new vintage inspired 1922 Collection.  The 20’s of course was a time of re-discovery and individualism.  A time cloaked heavily in rebellion and internal turmoil.  A decade of artistic revolution that defined an era and helped shape art as we know it today.  What better an era than this to craft a piece of iconography from? Dramatic and glamorous, Warby Parker’s new collection for men and women includes three new styles crafted from lightweight stainless steel and custom acetate.  Each style includes both an eyeglass and sunglasses version and comes in a variety of colors. With fashion ever changing and evolving, Warby Parker’s 1922 collection serves as a constant for your wardrobe, promising never to go out of style and to always serve as a form of self expression.

1922_WB
*Duke in Gold for Men, Women : $95 | Duke in Silver for Men, Women: $95
*Joplin in Silver for Men, Women : $95 | Joplin in Gold Men, Women: $95
*Porter in Whiskey Tortoise for Men, Women: $95 | Porter in Gimlet Tortoise for Men, Women: $95
Porter and Joplin available in additional colors…

Find out more about Warby Parker and their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program!

Killer Closet Via Tobi…


Scouring Facebook as I burned time before work, I happened to stumble onto an ad for a fun, urban clothing company, Tobi.  Curious by nature, I decided to follow the ad to Tobi’s homepage and what I found made me happier than a kid in a candy shop!  Not only are Tobi’s clothing and accessories current and eclectic, but amazingly well priced. With constant sales, a girl can always find a great deal without sacrificing style! And being that trends seem to change overnight, Tobi gives a girl a chance to keep up.  Honestly, who wouldn’t love the chance to refresh their closet with trendy new clothes? I’ll be the first to admit that I would! Which is exactly what I did! Well, virtually that is! Check out some of the fabulous items from Tobi I added to my virtual closet….
Tobi

 Southwestern Vibe Muscle TankI don’t know what it is about Southwestern prints, but I gravitate towards them like a fish to water! Maybe it’s the Native American in me calling out to the robust tribal prints or it could just be that their unique, eclectic nature adds personality to any plain tee. Which is exactly what this black and white skeletal  image does for this basic muscle tank!  Can’t you see yourself sporting Tobi’s  Southwestern Vibe Muscle Tank with tattered cutoff shorts or skinny jeans complete with black moto boots and feathered hair clips? You know you love it…

 Striped Envy SweaterTrendy or not, oversized sweaters are my thing.  I can’t give it up! It’s the one style that sticks with me through each season.  They’re perfect both in winter when all you want to do is cuddle up with your love and sit by a warm fire or in spring when all you need is a light cover up over your cut-off Levis.  They’re versatile, comfortable and I highly doubt that you don’t have atleast ONE in you wardrobe.  And if you don’t, maybe you should give it a try with Tobi’s Striped Envy Sweater. Light and easy, this stylish sweater with colorful arm stripes can be dressed up with pumps and skinny jeans or even used as a cover up for your new bikini. However you use it, I guarantee your friends will want to know where you got this trendy top from!

 Acid Washed Skinny JeansLet me be the first to say that I am just as surprised as you are that I am posting about acid wash jeans. But, the more I see them store after store, the more I find that they have a certain mysterious appeal. However, it is important to mention that shopping for the perfect acid wash jeans comes with some extremely important rules.  NEVER buy acid wash in any cut but skinny otherwise it will look like you borrowed your mom’s jeans from when she was in high school.  NEVER buy a light acid wash jean unless you want to look like someone from the boondocks.  And lastly, NEVER go vintage when it comes to acid wash. I know, I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean to bust your vintage bubble. Adventurous enough to try them? Check out this pair from Tobi.

 Twist to Open DressI am in love with Tobi’s Twist Open Dress in mint! Available also in red and white, this dress appears simple from the front, but flip it over and it is a completely different dress.  Slit down the back and the twisted to the side this dress is not only practical on a hot day, but emits from its unassuming shape a sexy confidence. With open arm holes, this dress pairs perfect with a simple accessory such as a thick bracelet or a single pendant long chain necklace.

Thunderbird NecklaceThe Thunderbird; a symbol of strength, grace and resilience. A perfect charm to adorn your neck as you take on the challenges of the day.  Available in antique silver and gold this lovely pendant will add a little pepper to your sizzling outfit! Check it out here!

tobi5So, I’m thinking there is a reoccurring theme here! I honestly am not trying to go Southwestern on you here, I guess it’s just my style.  Which is why I am probably doting on these Etch Pick Earrings from Tobi.  This arrowhead shaped earring features geometric engravings and comes both in antique silver and gold.  A powerful design, these earrings are for those ladies who aren’t afraid to show their more brazen side!

 Chinese Laundry Strawberry Fields BootiesWhile I am usually more into moto boots, I have to say that these Chinese Laundry Booties  are absolutely adorable! What I like most about them is that you can sport them with anything in your closet.  Whether dress, skirt or jean, these lilac suede boots will match perfectly.  Lighthearted, whimsical and really, just plain fun, these booties might be your next perfect accessory! And lets be serious, the accessories are what make the outfit.

All the Colors of the Rainbow…


Call it intuition, call it dumb luck, whatever it is, I have stumbled upon a recycled fashion trend for your summer in the sun!  The ever psychedelic TIE-DYE.  I bet you didn’t expect that one!  Truthfully, I was wearing a tie dye t-shirt when I came to this conclusion, but hey, I’d like to think that I came up with it all my own! Not only is Tie-Dye by nature unrestricted and free, but it’s just plain fun! With so many possibilities of color combinations and designs, no one Tie-Dye  item is the same. Check out the goodies I found:

Ductasche
Onewkirk
EllisandDraen

Duct Tape Rose Ring- Tiedye (Blue)

Duct Tape
Rose Ring

What the Seller Says:

This listing is for a tie dye print duct tape rose ring on an adjustable band! This is one of my favorite rings, mainly because every one will turn out different! I love the way it looks and it is also super comfortable!
Ring measures a little over an inch.
Perfect for small gifts or just for fun!
Feel free to message me with any questions or business inquiries 🙂

Grateful Dead Steal Your Face Tie-Dye Earrings
Greatful Dead
Tie-Dye Earrings

What the Seller Says:

Handmade Grateful Dead pick earrings.

Fabric Bangle Set-Blue Green Tie-dye

Fabric Bangle Set
Blue Green Tie-dye

What the Seller Says:

Fabric jewelry is everywhere this season. Get the look with this set of 5 fabric wrapped bangles that can be worn together, mixed with other bangles or individually.
Created from vintage t-shirt shreds and thin metal bangles.
The bangles are 2 1/2 inches (6.5 cm) across.

DaniCalve
Joint
Collaborations
Acried

Fabric Rosette Headband - Purple, Tyedye Purple and Blue and Lime Green

Fabric Tie-Dye
Rosette Headband

     What the Seller Says:

This simple fabric rosette headband has a black cloth band and three charming rolled rosettes that are made from reclaimed cotton in purple, tyedyed purple and blue and lime green and have a felt backing. This item is one of a kind, OOAK.
Easy to wear and great for day or night.
This headband is perfect size for kids, teens and adults.

Tiedye Blue Green and Orange Feather Headband

Tiedye Feather
Headband

What the Seller Says:

please include the measurement of your head in the comment so i can make sure it fits, it slips on to sit on the head

Tie-Dye Scarf Necklace

Tie-Dye Scarf
Necklace

What the Seller Says:

This great addition to any wardrobe is a tie-dyed braided scarf necklace. It can be paired with a cute tank or a long sleeve in the winter to add a little wow to a cold day! It has a 14 inch opening and is 32 inches in circumference.

Classicby
Nature
iCase
SeraSera
Mermaid
SoupVintage

Unique IPad case

Unique Ipod
Case

What the Seller Says:

Protect your iPad with an original and urban cover. You’ll feel better knowing you carry securely your new gadget everywhere with you either in backpack, messenger bag, briefcase and ideal when you are not using it.

This is a modern iPad sleeve with a black water tank print hand screen printed. The sleeve is made of pale tie-dye style bleached denim. The transformation of the fabric is handmade by us so each piece is unique. It also has a piping detail all around and it closes with a tab and velcro.

The cream lining is a soft material that protects the iPad from scratches and makes easy handling. The poly foam padding is adequate to protect the device from modest drops and bumps.

Vintage Tie-Dye Iphone Case

Tie-Dye Iphone Case

What the Seller Says:

Designed and printed in my home studio. Each design features my own photography or graphic designs…

PROCESS:
Each iPhone case is embellished with my original designs one at a time using a unique printing technique that allows me to permanently instill an image into a thin aluminum insert on the back of the molded plastic case. The insert is heated to over 400 degrees, cooled, and then permanently adhered to the phone case. The result is a vibrant, permanent imprint.

This custom made snap-on case is designed to fit all of the iPhone 4 and 4S models. With ample openings for all the buttons and the camera lens, this lightweight case is the perfect phone accessory – instantly customizing any iPhone with color and style.

COLORS:
All of my cases are available with BLACK, WHITE, or CLEAR sides. Unless you ask for one of these specific colors in your order, the default BLACK. So if you want one of the other options just leave a note in the “message to seller” section.

SHIPPING:
My products are shipped from my Massachusetts studio within 3 to 5 business days and sent via first class mail, so it’s at your door fast! I am also happy to ship international!

high waist dip DYED denim

High Waist Dip
Dyed Vintage Shorts

What the Seller Says:

From a new collection of vintage cut offs, i have hand bleached/dyed/distressed/studded.

these are a vintage pair of high waist Guess jeans. i dip bleached them, then dyed them yellow , leaving a a green top half and yellow lower.. distressing through out and finished with gold studded detail on rear pocket and hip. pre-washed and ready to wear!

Label Mermaid Soup
size:
waist 27″
hip 36″
inseam 1 1/2″
rise 12″

One Dress, Two Dress


Usually when I find the base inspiration for my vintage outfit creations I know exactly what I want to do with them.  But, when I stumbled across this amazing 1950/60’s wiggle dress I was completely stumped. One side of my brain was screaming PUNK! while the other CLASSY! This dress is so versatile (as you will come to find out!) and to state it plainly, presents to many styling options! Which is great when you think about it.  Buy one dress, get multiple outfits! So, going with that, I decided not to torture myself any longer and do both Punk and Classy.  And, as you can see, I had so much fun! Check out what I came up with:

(What would you do with this dress?)

I am absolutely in LOVE with this 50’s/60’s Vintage Peach Cocktail Dress from RococoVintage!  It’s so amazingly unusual!  Clean, simple lines with an adorable cap sleeve in front and then in back, a dramatic plunging back with dramatic waterfall ruffles. This dress will elicit stares of lust and longing wherever you tread! Perfect for upscale cocktail parties, for weddings, for romantic (and sultry) evenings out, or for any other especially special event. Unique, daring, and truly darling all at once!

I am ALWAYS on the search for a pair of good Roper Boots.  Especially ones that are actually in my size! Which, is extremely hard.  There are plenty of 9’s, 10’s, even 8’s, but when it comes to 7/7.5 FORGET IT! It’s like finding a needle in a haystack! HOWEVER, last night I got lucky when I stumbled on these 7 1/2 Classic Vintage Black Roper Boots from GrannysBootery (Love that shop name!). It’s the small things that make my heart flutter! These no fuss, straight up plain old roper boots are what I consider a “wardrobe essential.” Tim Gunn would probably argue with me, but these would be my staple and I would wear them with EVERYTHING. In great condition, you’re search (or mine if you’re not quick!) is over if you’re on the look for one of these beauties!

Favorite feature on this Vintage Elastic Belt from LarkVintage? The butterfly clasp! It’s so adorable and unique. Usually when I am looking for belts on Etsy, especially black ones, I get a lot of studded leather belts or woven belts, which I love, but I was looking for a belt that was different and not indicative of the accessories I usually feature with outfits.  And that’s exactly what I thought when I saw this vintage beauty. It’s charming, eclectic and actually puts a smile on your face when you see it.  It could go punk or classy and you don’t have to worry about it wearing down because it is elastic! Now that I think about it, I have a friend who LOVES butterflies and she would be head over heels over this!

Besides my love of owls, antique keys and Polaroids, I adore long chain necklaces with wing pendants.  I know, it sounds odd and I can’t explain, I just know I love it.  Although, now that I think about it, it might have something to do with the fact that I loved studying Ancient Roman/Greek history and their mythology in school and when I see wings I always associate it with Pegasus….. Ok, that was probably more information than you ever needed to know about me and why I love wing necklaces! More about the actual necklace: It is a Silver Angel Wing Long Chain Pendant by ZaraTaylor, a jewelry maker on Etsy (who I will be doing an interview with and posting soon!).  It comes with no clasp as it is long enough to go over your head, which I prefer! It just makes it easier when you’re getting dressed! Perfect for any boho or rocker outfit!

1940s + Suede + Pumps = Vintage Treasure.  That would be the best word to describe these leather soled Vintage 1940s Pumps in buttery soft chocolate brown suede from RococoVintage. An absolute Treasure.  The seller describes them better than I can! Here’s what she says: This classic pair of pumps from the 1940s are just breathtaking — they are some of the most perfect shoes from this era that I have ever seen! In a deliciously rich shade of chocolate brown, these shoes will provide the finishing touch to a whole variety of outfits, while the metal taps on the heels will create the most satisfyingly audible sound as you walk and dance! Absolutely wonderful, and in just shy of pristine condition! This beautiful designer shoes were made over 60 years ago and are in phenomenal condition — they are truly a treasure and very rare!!

So, I had to go Handmade on this belt.  I was looking for something super specific because I knew I wanted a bow belt to tie together an adorable outfit perfect for work or a classy night out.  This Soft Leather Bow by ManoBello fit that bill.  It’s simple, easy and versatile.  It’s not to “kidish” and won’t make your perfectly pink ensemble match your 5 year old niece’s favorite dress! And it’s not so obnoxious that it takes away from the outfit.  It’s just right.

This Freshwater Pearl Necklace by VirginiaGeigerJewels is labeled as a “Wedding Necklace,” BUT I think they can be worn with either your new “Pretty in Pink” outfit or any one of your fun, girly ensembles.  I appreciate the spaces between the pearls, giving it a lighter, more romantic appearance rather than the heavy or bulky look that sometimes full pearl necklaces can have.  And the small gold leaf just adds to the charm of the handmade necklace.  Here’s what the seller says: This lovely golden flower pendant is wire wrapped off center with large freshwater pearls and is completed with a delicate gold fill chain. Also available is silver!

Because Even Your Phone Should Have Style…


Before you step out for what I am sure is a busy day during your work week, you remember key accessories to go with your outfit. Am I right?  You take your scarf, your hat, your gloves and if need be, your umbrella.  And before throwing on your vintage wool pea coat you study your ensemble one last time in your full length mirror (which for some reason is still leaning against the wall) to double check your stylistic choices.  Earrings? Check.  Favorite long necklace? Check.  Strategically placed vintage rings? Check.  Vintage Brooch? Check.  And last but not least, your mom’s Navajo bracelet that she passed down to you? Check, check.  All is in place and you’re ready, finally.  And it only took you nearly an hour. Or in some cases, two. (I have had those two hour days, my friends.  I admit it.)

Here’s my point: If we spend all this time on accessorizing ourselves, why not take a little more time out and accessorize our accessories? Confused? I know, I used “accessories” way to many times in once sentence.  What I mean to say is that our devices, our “stuff” (phones, cameras, books…etc) deserves just as much attention as our outfits acquire.  Are they not an extension of our personality?  You see it with school kids all the time.  You know what interest them in one glace.  Harry Potter, Disney, Dora.  They wear it not only head to toe, but their book bags, pencils, shoelaces and trapper keepers are covered in their favorite characters.  So, why should we not daine to do the same? We should have just as much fun and put just as much personality into the extensions of ourselves as possible.

Take your cell phone for example.  How much fun would it be to find a cover that expressed who you were as a person? Are you quirky, spontaneous or a little dangerous even?  Do you like animals, bikes or butterflies?  You’ll be amazed how much fun you will have searching one out. Not to mention you’ll have the cutest phone in town! Check out some adorable options I found to dressing up my favorite digital accessory…my Iphone4!

Talk about adorable! I love the color and print on this Handmade Phone/Ipod/Whatever Case from Luminaceous.  Such a childlike pattern that reminds me of running through fields whilst picking dandelions and sunflowers.  Ah, those summer days when we were once young…..REALITY CHECK…..Lets bring it back to the NOW! Check out what the seller says: This case is hand made of an amazing, all natural cotton/linen fabric by designer Heather Ross, lined with soft soft fleece, which also CLEANS your screen, and reinforced with interfacing. The linen is strong and wears beautifully, getting even softer to the touch with use.  Yes, even when it comes to my phone case, I want quality!

If you haven’t already figured this out about me, next to my owl obsession is my overwhelming affinity with the Sock Monkey! Yes, the Sock Monkey.  Literally a sock with a monkey on it! It’s just so adorable! And lately I’ve been finding my little friend being made into my favorite accessories.  Just last post he was made into a pair of mittens and lord knows that I’m going to be going after that one! So, you can imagine how ridiculously giddy I was when I stumbled across this Handmade Sock Monkey CELL PHONE holder from LoopedWithLove4U.  It’s beyond my friends.  Just look at those cute little ears, those beady eyes staring at you, a slight smile apparent in their gleam and the adorable purse like red handle.  What’s not to love about this hand stitched monkey? I’m sold!

Ummmm….who doesn’t love a good PopTart every once in a while?  I actually had one this morning! Cinnamon bun if I’m not mistaken.  But, unfortunately I can’t eat this delicious looking PopTart Phone Case from PurlTarts.  Hand knit to resemble your favorite tart don’t be surprised if someone tries to grab it out of your hand for a bite!  Multiple favors available.

I’m sure you can guess why I picked this adorable Owl Cell Phone Cover from KylieB.  If you guessed it’s because owls are one of my favorite animal accessories, then you’ve earned yourself a gold star!! But, I also happen to adore this particular owl accessory because of its bright color combos.  I am a purple enthusiast and if I didn’t have a rational Fiance I would have painted every wall in my house purple; along with assuring that every fork, spoon and knife were shades of my fave color! Plus. those wide white eyes are enough to melt my little ole’ heart.

Monsters! Run! Hehe….Just kidding! It’s only a Monster Cell Phone Case from GSpotDesign! The only scary about this little guy is how scary cute he is! Big sparkling eyes, funny little mouth and those arms, oh those arms! Their just reaching out to you! They’re saying, “Buy me! Love me!”  How could you deny this little monster’s wish to help shelter that Droid of yours?  You know his little hand knit wool body would keep your social plug nice and warm while ensuring optimal comfortability. Doesn’t your Iphone deserve the best?

I LOVE photography and am always on the search for beautiful pictures.  I try to take them if I can, but sometimes it’s hit or miss! Then again, I am still learning.  But, as a camera lover you can see why I would be taken with this Retro Camera Phone Case from CrankCases.  It actually reminds me of an old school point and shoot that your mom would take out at every single family event.  Or when you and your friends would have sleepovers and take silly pictures of each other.  So I guess that my adoration of this case comes from an emotional bond, but  I have to say that I just think it’s really cute too! What the seller says: Made from very durable, long-lasting and scratch-free felt with a thin fade-resistant coating on top it has a unique style and will last a lot longer than an ordinary felt case. Good to know, huh?

Bring on the Mits!


What are the first things you grab for when you start to feel that chill of Winter?  For me, it’s my beanie, scarf and mits.  My three absolute do not walk out of the house without winter essentials.  Because if I do, I WILL regret it.  Now, granted it may not be such a horrible occurrence if I happen to forget one of these items now since I have a car and that wonderful thing called heat.  But, when I used to live in NYC, it was like forgetting to put on your pants.  That first gust of icy air would be enough to make you run all the way back up the five flights of stairs you just barreled down because, as usual, you are running late.  Trust me though, the prospect of being chilled to the bone the whole day far outweighs the probability of being late.  Needless to say I learned that lesson QUICK!

Now, as all fashion lovers know, these pieces of cloth not only play an important part in keeping are bodies toasty, but also contribute to our overall style.  To me, these three essentials should be an extension of my wardrobe, showcasing my personality as much as my vintage leather handbag and moto boots.  And why not?  Are these not items that I have to live with; items that I have to be seen in public with?  And I say to the population who have to wear suits to work, why not have fun with these items? Take the serious out of your day and dare to add a touch of humor.  I’m not saying that you have to go out and buy the most outlandish pair of mittens or even the most expensive, but just that you should purchase something that puts a smile on your face. Trust me, you’ll need that smile when you’re standing in 18 degree weather!

So, since I already took on the challenge of the scarf in one of my earlier posts this month, I thought I’d go on a search next for some unique and cheerful mittens!  Check out some of the ones I found:

Hot tea, fingerless mittens and the smell of snow; the perfect combination for a joyous winter season.  At least that’s what is conjured up when I look at this picture of Hand Knit Fingerless Gloves from Annerstreet!  Very wise marketing my fellow handmade enthusiast.  Who wouldn’t want to buy a pair of comfy tweed gloves after seeing them pictured with a hot cup of coffee? Not to mention that these gloves also have Angora running through its threads, guaranteeing  a layer of toasty warmness.  Another fun fact? You can choose from a list of 25 additional colors other than the pictured neutral beige.  Ummmm…check please!

I have always had an affinity for this type of glove! I don’t know what it is, but I think it has something to do with the fact that its multifaceted.  I can wear it either fingerless and if my hands get a bit nippy (which definitely happens more times than not!) then I have the option of covering them up!  It’s like a 2-for-1 deal and it’s great for that gal who loves both types of gloves!  A relief, huh?  One less decision that you have to make in the world! And lets face it, the less the better now-a-days.  Check out these Hand Knit Wool Gloves from MarineBi0Chic! (Comes is a range of colors)

I know, I know, more owls! But, come on, how do you not want to stick your freezing hands into these ADORABLE Knitted Wool Mittens from LaurasVeikals? Being referred to cutely as Mr. and Mrs. Owl, this pair of inseparable hooters would be a dash of extra originality on your winter outfits.  I wouldn’t be surprised if someone tried to snatch them right off your hands!  (Watch out! It might even be me!)  Favorite part about these mits?  Their unique triangular shaped finger tips and those big yellow eyes! Disgustingly cute.

Lets just get it out on the table.  The first thing I thought about when I saw these gloves was the movie Hannah.  Why, you ask?  What would make me think of such a grisly movie as Hannah? Well, just the fact that these Vintage Inspired Hand Knit Gloves from BirdaKnits are called Hannah.  And they TOTALLY look like something she would wear.  Especially since they have a stellar Swedish print (since the movie took place in some European county…right?).  I mean, just the fact that Hannah was a kick butt action-ista makes me want to buy these! Makes me feel like I can put them on and I would be endowed with all of her killer (no pun intended!) jiu jitsu, kung-fu or other crazy karate martial art!  I know, it sounds ridiculous but that’s what I think of.  Normal people would probably just be in love with the print and the fact they are 100% wool and would keep their hands warm in the middle of an arctic blizzard.  But, lets face it, I’m not exactly normal!

Yes! More Owls! You know you love it! And you’re especially going to love the fact that these Owl Mittens from SweaterScrapYard are made from recycled material.  I wouldn’t be able to explain these better than the seller could, so here’s what they say about these unique mittens: Felted wool mittens made from a brown/black wool/acrylic blend sweater and are embellished with a pair of cute little owls perched on a branch which have been hand embroidered with a running stitch around the edge and tiny black button eyes. These mittens are lined with a cotton knit lining (cozy & warm). The only thing that is “NEW” in our mittens is the thread. We recycle acrylic sweaters, fleece and cotton knit tops for the lining of our mittens. Sometimes we use buttons and, if so, they are either vintage or recycled from old clothing. Each design is unique.

Whose heart doesn’t melt when they seen accessories in animal shapes! Seriously, if these Crocheted Fox Gloves from WarmYourself came with matching hat and scarf, I wouldn’t think twice about buying them.  It’s just to adorable and really, just fun.  As adults, sometimes we take things a little too seriously.  So, it’s nice every once in a while to wear something that is lighthearted and almost childlike.  It’s almost therapeutic to tap back into that innocence; helps level you in this crazy world and reminds you that not everything has to be do or die.  Imagine the smiles you’ll get from your co-workers when you walk in with your business attire sporting these bad boys!

I know that these Upcycled Wool Sweater Mittens are very similar to the previous gloves from seller BirdaKnits, BUT I thought these were noteworthy because of their winter friendly striped pattern.  What the seller says: Felted wool mittens made from a grey/black/cream/blue striped wool/ramie blend sweater and are embellished with a pair of cute little owls perched on a branch which have been hand embroidered with a running stitch around the edge and tiny black button eyes. These mittens are lined with a soft, thick cotton knit lining (cozy & warm).

This is another favorite of mine; The Sock Monkey! I don’t know what it is, but I am drawn to it and when I see anything even remotely resembling Mr. Monkey, I jump on it.  So, I was super excited when I came across these Fingerless Sock Monkey Gloves by Tomdsue.  What a fun way to keep your hands nice and warm.  Just look at those big ears and pop out nose.  Those cute beady little eyes staring back at you as you go about your day.  It almost makes you feel guilty for not putting them on!  A definite must for the Sock Monkey lover!

What drew me to these Crochet Fingerless Gloves from TheHotchPotchShop was not just the impeccable knitting, but the rustic addition of the vintage buttons.  You know me, anything handmade and vintage have a direct line to my heart.  Put them together and I’m in heaven.  Made of 100% New Zealand Wool, these handmade gloves serve as insulation for your chilly hands.  And being that once you buy a pair of quality gloves  you want to be able to keep them for a long time, these gloves come with specific care instruction to guarantee just that.

Still In Love With: Chunky Rings


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I don’t care if the Fashion Gods tell me that this trend is dead and gone forever, I will ALWAYS love my chunky rings!  There will NEVER be a day when I walk into a store and turn my back on a huge stoned beauty!  It would be impossible! The minute I spy rings, the game is over.  Even if I’m supposed to be shopping for a specific item, I loose all concentration when I see stoned or over sized rings.  My boyfriend always laughs at me about this.  What can I say, it’s like Kryptonite to Superman; they’re my total weakness.

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So what’s the infatuation with these jewels?  I don’t know really.  I’ve always been drawn to them ever since I played in my mother’s jewelry box.  Which, a hippie by nature, she had a lot of!  So, maybe that has something to do with it.  But, in my opinion, when it comes to an accessory of this nature, especially if it has a stone center, I feel the bigger the better.  Why not appreciate the beauty of amber or turquoise and wear a piece that actually does the stone justice?  That says, “Hey! Look at me! I’m fabulous!”  These stones are unique, like you, and like you should be held in awe.  You should walk down the street and feel powerful and in control and for me, this is by definition what a chunky ring is all about.  It’s about ferocity, vigor and confidence.

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Hard to think an accessory can mean so much right?  Yeah, these rings are beautiful.  Yes, they go well with your boho or punk rock ensemble.  But, they also help define who you are.  So, next time you’re picking out a ring at your favorite shop, stop and think about what ring best represents you. You might be surprised at the company you attract. 🙂

Check out some chunky rings I found at some of my favorite online retailers below! And, of course, in true vintage nature, also some amazing vintage rings! Click on the picture to shop!


From the Stores
Free People
Urban ModCloth
Ruche NastyGal SpanishMoss


From You!
English
Antiquities
JeanJean
Vintage
LarkinAnd
Larkin

“Deco Sterling Agate
& Marcasite Ring”

Vintage

What the Seller Says:

A stunning silver 1930s art deco ring set with a rich brown agate and marcasites. The silver is unstamped but has tested positive as sterling. The agate is in superb unchipped condition. Unfortunately two of the marcasites are missing and one is chipped but this in quite hard to notice and could easily be replaced. We have of course reduced the price to reflect this.

Probably the most iconic Art Deco design we have seen on a ring so far!


“1940s Shell Ring”

Vintage

What the Seller Says:

A lovely blister pearl pinkie ring set in sterling silver. The band of the ring widens near the shoulders and is cast with seven dots as it approaches the feature stone. The abalone blister pearl is set in an elegant frame with crimped accents. It has an iridescent glow and a peach-tinted tip. The ring is in excellent condition!

“Wood Cocktail Ring”
Vintage & Handmade

What the Seller Says:

I found these killer wood components at my favorite jewelry haunt here in the most charming of cities, Providence, RI. I strongly affixed it to an adjustable brass ring base and the result is stunning! A real head turner, this earthy cocktail ring is sure to be a new favorite!

AGVintage
Jewelry
AdobeHouse
Vintage
LemonDrop
Knits

“1960s Art Glass Ring”
Vintage

What the Seller Says:

A fabulous ring from the 1960s! The large pressed glass stone is opaque red and it has an elaborate design that is highlighted in blue and green. Set into a heavy gold tone setting it makes a really impressive ring!

“Navajo Ring”
Vintage
What the Seller Says:

Become enveloped in beauty like this oval sliver of turquoise in this authentic vintage Navajo ring. A remarkably beautiful border of sterling silver embraces this bright oval of turquoise and wraps the finger in a beautiful whisp of silvery light.

“Vintage Sterling Ring”
Vintage

What the Seller Says:

This Indian vintage ring is a size 8.25 and features a stunning blue green natural turquoise stone that measures 1 1/4″. It is very sturdy at 9.2 grams and is solid 925 sterling silver. The tannish lines running through the stone show its natural matrix and look gorgeous within the teal stone. It is in good vintage condition and is sure to be noticed!

Smalland
Mousey
MadisonStreet
Vintage
VioletVille
Vintage

“Amber Ring”
Vintage

What the Seller Says:

This pretty silver tone metal ring is in good vintage condition with minimal wear.

“Gold Cocktail Ring”
Vintage

What the Seller Says:

Vintage Cocktail Ring, 10K Gold Filled, inside of ring reads “ESPO 10K G.F” Excellent condition. Circa 1970’s

“Black Onyx Ring”
Vintage

What the Seller Says:

Antique Edwardian ladies tested 10K white gold ring with an oval onyx cabochon. The polished onyx stone is set with a center diamond chip which is open at the back. The cabochon is set with floral motif claws. In excellent condition.




Turbans: My New Summer Must Have


As I was surfing the web earlier today looking for inspiration, I stumbled upon a old fashion trend come anew that I had nearly forgotten about.  The Turban, a 70s inspired hair accessory.  The updated, more mature version of the juvenile headband.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved headbands when they were in trend, but as I grow older, my fashion sense is growing too.  While I can get away with wearing a floral, hippie styled, wear it across you’re forehead headband (I’m only 26! Still young!), I find that I want to update that style to the thicker, more stylish Turban.  (I used to be a Store Manager at Free People, so I got over the headband phase really quick! Plus, when you’re fashionable 19 year old employee is wearing them all the time, you want to update your style real quick so to not be compared to a teen!)

The Turban, to me, is versatile.  It can be sophisticated and elegant, as many stars such as Selma Hayek and Sarah Jessica Parker have been seen sporting them to Award Shows. Or it can be Downtown, relaxed and hip, as our star hippie twins, the Olsens, love to wear them.  Now, I much prefer the later, but if I was in need of something to add a bit of eclecticism to my dressed up self, I would totally grab for a bright colored turban. I always love to be able to mix things up and catch people off their guard.

With its mysterious, middle eastern structure, turbans are my new accessory! (They’ve probably been yours for a while, but I’m a little of a late bloomer!) I have to say though, that I don’t think that I could pull off the taller or more voluminous turbans (such as the gold one to my right). My turban of choice would most likely have to be similar to that of the first photo from designer Vena Cava or the more subdued, conformed black one from Jason Wu.  I love the open effect of the former, as it is just a modified version of a headband (so sleek) and Wu’s reminds me of a uber-fabulous sister of the beanie, which I wear in the winter at all times! Speaking of which, you could wear Turbans no matter the weather! Oh, I love it! I swear, this discovery just keeps getting better and better!  Check out some of the Turbans I happened to stumble upon:

*Click on the item to shop it!

From the Stores
Nasty Gal Urban ModCloth
Spanish Moss Asos Anthropologie
Heavy Metal Stud Turban


From You!
EllecRevolution Just Liv BlueBirdsFly
Boutique

“Summer Love Turban”
Handmade

What the Seller Says:

Amazing for bad hair days, the very trendy and bold, this turban head band is a one size fits all! has an elastic band in the back allowing a snug but comfortable fit whether your hair is up or down!

“Knit Turban”
Handmade

What the Seller Says:

Turbans are the perfect accessory for Summer!
Comfy, trendy and oh so cool! One Size fits most!

 

“Betty”
Handmade

What the Seller Says:

Gotta love polka dots. This turban headband is super soft and stretchy. Wear it around town or to the beach. Perfect on bad hair days. Wear the knot in the centre for a more urban look, or slightly to the side for the “rockabilly” retro look. Adorable.

MademoiselleMermaid LeilanniLand ThiefandBandit
 “Velvet Lover’s Turban”
Handmade

What the Seller Says:

One part exotic, one part glam…this handmade fashion turban is all parts show-stopping style!!Keep your locks in fabulous condition and under wraps, in a gorgeous aqua blue tie-dye…A luxurious, silky smooth fabric that is as fun to touch as it is to wear!

“Turban Headband”
Handmade

What the Seller Says:

The perfect addition to any outfit!
Easy to wear, stretchy turban headband. Wear it with the knot in the front or the back.
It fits all sizes!

“Hand Printed Turban”
HandmadeWhat the Seller Says:

We are super excited about these
Turban Headbands! This particular headband
is hand printed with white non-toxic/water based ink on organic medium weight black jersey.
It is perfect for that exotic gypsy look or just to hide a bad hair day! Elastic is sewn strongly into the back…super secure and wont budge!

BetaBoutique RemainsoftheDay VioletVille
Vintage

“40s Style Turban”
Vintage

What the Seller Says:

~ High quality modern looking vintage piece
~ Has firm shape with lining
~ Would fit medium size
Condition: very good vintage
Materials: polyester

“Vintage 60’s Turban Wrap”
Vintage
What the Seller Says:

This little hat is made of navy and white shiny synthetic fabric strips draped and wrapped over a medium weight(but not stiff) mesh. the bottom edge has a light gauge wire for moderate shaping.

“Glam 60s/70s Knit Turban”
Vintage

What the Seller Says:

Glamorous vintage 60s-70s green wool knit turban hat!
Fabulous green wool knit
Wrap design
Hand made of exceptional quality
So gorgeous!
Flapper chic!



 

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