December 10, 2012

Simply Adorable Little Girls Ruby Red Jacket


OMG I can't wait until my little princess can fit into this adorable jacket from Little Gray & Co.

This fully lined (in cheetah print) coat has a bow enclosure, is made from red felted wool and works well with your little miss' jeans or party dress. Sizing starts at 12 months and goes up to a girls size 7/8.

I just can't get over the detailing and the adorable red bow, wish they made it in my size!

Check out the listing to learn more information about this fabulous coat.


December 8, 2012

{Weekly Roundup Series} Holiday Fashion

For those not as in love with Etsy.com as I am, here are a few things I saw online that are worth a spot on your Christmas list:

So there you have it my Weekly Roundup!

Jen

December 6, 2012

Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper *Swoon*

I usually really hate wrapping presents but at Christmas time, I the sight of all the pretty wrapping paper prints, ribbons, bows and of course, handmade gift tags keep me motivated to takeover the wrapping process from my husband!

The problem is that I'm a hoarder. I buy and covet all of these pretty little wrapping pleasures, and then I'm too afraid to "waste" them by using them. It's a sickness I know.

Here are few Christmas gift tags and other pretty holiday paper items I found on Etsy.com. I won't be indulging this year but perhaps some of you may find a pretty little handmade gift tag or two!

Downloadable Christmas Wrapping Paper in Shabby Chic White Snowflakes from MemoriesPictures

Assorted Holiday Gift Tags from LaceGrl130
Personalized Christmas Rubber Stamp For Cards, Tags or Gifts by AproposRoasters
Christmas Ribbon from PressGangSupplies

November 28, 2012

{Etsy Shop Feature} SuzyShoppe


I first gave you all a glimpse of SuzyShoppe in August, when I posted a few ideas for wedding and other special event guest book alternatives (see post here).  I really loved the one-of-a-kind 3D guest book designs and was intrigued. Just who is behind this fabulous shop and what makes them tick? Well for starters, SuzyShoppe is headed by a three person team consisting of sisters Jessica and Emily and Jessica's husband Hakeem. Jessica and Hakeem manage the business from their Chicago digs which they share with their little man, 22-month old Ben. So cute - I love a good family ran business and a successful Mompreneur!

Read more about this fabulous Etsy shop and check out my favourite designs below.

Wedding Gift, Personalized 1,001 3D Hearts

Name: Jessica, Emily and Hakeem
Etsy Shop: SuzyShoppe
City and Country: Chicago, USA
Website: www.SuzyShoppe.etsy.com and www.SuzyShoppe.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/suzyshoppe

Tell me a bit about your shop. How was it born and what’s with the name?
Hi! We are Jessica, Emily and Hakeem. We design and make 3D wedding guest books and personalized gifts. SuzyShoppe grew gradually when Emily and I (Jessica), and our sister Karen were all married within a span of 2.5 years. With each wedding, we sought to make a personal and unique keepsake that would remind us of the friends and family that helped to make our day so special. The pieces were so well received that we decided that we wanted to share our creations and thus SuzyShoppe was born. Suzy is the name of Emily’s ornery cat, who, at that time, was an energetic kitten.

Hakeem and I currently live in Chicago with our 22-month-old son Ben. I hand make all the pieces while Hakeem serves as the operations and marketing manager. Emily, who lives in California, helps with the creative process and media-related support.

What inspired you to start creating a line of personalized guest books?
I’ve always loved to draw and make things with my hands. There is a certain satisfaction of sitting down and making a functional piece of art using simple tools. After drawing a fingerprint tree for my own wedding, we thought up a similar piece but with a creative twist for Emily’s wedding. What finally emerged was an art piece we were very proud of – an innovation that we hoped would be a novel wedding guest book alternative for other couples.


Personalized Baby Shower Gift: Personalized Twinkle Twinkle Little 3D Star

Take us into your world: What does a typical work day look like for a designer like yourself?
Mornings typically start at 7:00 a.m. for us. We have breakfast and a mini-dance session and then Hakeem and Ben head off to the university and daycare and I get started answering emails and inquiries. Then, while NPR is streaming, I get to work creating the pieces that have been scheduled for the day. Once the pieces are completed, I head to the post office to drop off packages. After dinner, playtime, bath time and bedtime for Ben, I begin to prepare materials for orders I have lined up for the next day. Evenings are also a time to hang out as husband and wife, talk business and watch TV shows we are ashamedly hooked on. Our days are pretty standard and unexciting but we love doing what we do. =)

What inspires you when you’re designing?
We love timeless and unique art forms so we aspire to design quality pieces for the home that serve not only as a conversation piece but a lasting reminder of a happy day. Emily and I are also a bit obsessed with wedding blogs and so draw some inspiration from there. Hakeem adds practical business perspective as needed.

What is new for the winter season? Any new designs you're working on?
We always have some ideas brewing but, as perfectionists, we often need to make several prototypes before being satisfied enough to put a piece in our shop. We are currently in the process of refining some new designs and are hoping to be able to share them in our shop soon so check back with us often!

If you were stranded on a deserted Island, what is one item you couldn’t live without?
Jessica: iPhone videos of my family and friends that crack me up.
Emily: Either my husband or our dog. =)
Hakeem: It depends where the island is but most likely a tool of some sort!

SuzyShoppe

November 27, 2012

My New Boots

Besides shopping for Fall clothes, Summer, my other favourite time of year for shopping is Christmas (for the amazing deals).

So excited to show you the boots I just bought from Sears.... Check them out, what do you think?

November 23, 2012

My Weekly Pinterest Picks

This week's pins from Pinterest were all about fashion and hair styles I'm currently obsessed with. I've never been a fan of braids, but now that my kids are little and some days I have little time to devote to myself, braids have added some spice to my otherwise super dull ponytail.

Check out the fabulous baby pink sweater below tied with black ribbon. Think it's cute? Well guess what...it's a fashion DIY project that's super easy to do. ALRIGHT I haven't tried it yet but I'm going to!

Also, love the bright pink blazer paired with black leather pants and the huge black and gold chunky ring below. As Giuliana Rancic would say "Soooo amazeballs!"

Don't forget to share your favourite pins in the comments below and check out my Pinterest profile for more fabulous finds.

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November 22, 2012

{Etsy Shop Feature} Charm Design


Charmdesign was founded by Ranja Lee, a stay-at-home mom with two children. She was born in Japan. She started to sew in high school and studied at the Vantan Design Institute in Tokyo. After working at a children's clothing company as a clothing designer for several years in Tokyo, she moved to Los Angels in 1994, and studied Graphic Design at the California State of University Fullerton.

Ever since I stumbled on Charm Design's Etsy shop, I have loved loved loved her handmade pouches and clutches. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ranja about her successful accessory shop. Here's what she had to say about where she gets her inspiration from and what new designs she's currently working on.

 
Name: Ranja Lee
Etsy Shop Name: Charm Design
City and Country:Walnut, CA U.S.A
Website: www.charmdesign.etsy.com 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/charmdesign


How was your shop born?
I love handmade crafts and enjoy making bags and pouches too. So I decided one day that I should make my own shop. Why not? After all, I have studied graphic design and know how to make my own website!

How long have you been designing for?
I've been designing since I was in high school and my shop opened in 2006.

What inspires you when you're designing?
When I'm designing, the beautiful fabrics inspire me.

How would you describe your own personal style?
I would describe my style as colorful.

Any new designs you're working on for the holiday season?
The new designs I'm working on are the iPhone cases, tote bags, and some pouches.

What's your favourite fashion label?
My favorite fashion label is Anthropologie.

What are 5 things we don't know about you?
1. I am a Christian.
2. My favorite colors are green, yellow, blue, and purple.
3. I am half Korean and half Japanese.
4. I love traveling.
5. I love visiting cafe`s

Don't forget to visit Charm Design's Etsy shop and check out my favourite bags from her shop below.


November 4, 2012

My Weekly Pinterest Picks: DIY Projects, Office Decor and Gift Ideas

I was so busy on Pinterest this past week that I totally neglected my blogs. Between Pinterest and Instagram I barely had time to blog, or take care of this kids (just kidding).

The one cool thing I love about Pinterest is that I'm free to pin anything from mommy related finds, to fashion, to home decor and even wedding inspiration (even though I'm already married and don't plan on doing it again anytime soon).

So, here's a taste of a few things that tickled my fancy last week, I think you'll be pleased to see a little something for everyone.
DIY: How To Make Your T-Shirts Feel Vintage Soft
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DIY "Love" Book Ends
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Homemade Bath Salts
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No Sew Pillow Covers - Another Great DIY Project
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November 3, 2012

Fabulous Finds Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up? A Saturday post? Yup that's right, I have a few minutes to spare (kids are sleeping woohoo) so I thought I'd share some of the items I had planned on blogging about this week, but didn't get to.

  • LOVE these shoes from Aldo. The description says "These pumps are made for hot evenings out in the city!" I must get me a pair.
  • This Ballerina Bakery Party theme for a baby shower is so cute, but would do for a little girls birthday party or maybe even just a fun girls night in sleepover (hey, you're never to old for some party time in your PJ's with some besties).
  • I'm obsessed with accessories for my desk at home - check out this beautiful floral arrangement from Arianna Belle Organized Interiors.
  • Currently drooling over these four inch Leopard Women's Platform Pump Heels


So there you have it my first weekend post and my first ever Weekly Roundup!

Jen
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