Thursday, January 12, 2017

Etsy Favorites #57

I love all things Futurama, but none more than this cartoon Fry pin from Bobby Pins Co.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Let's Chat With: Breezebot Punch

When I first found Breezebot Punch on Etsy, it happened to be right when I was moving into my new apartment. Naturally, I couldn't stop scrolling through Breezy's gorgeous selection of embroidered hoops, each one unique and lovely in its own way. Breezy and I bonded over our shared love of Parks and Rec, and when she offered to make me the custom hoop above, I knew that no other item I could put in my apartment would ever be nearly as cute. In addition to having great taste in TV, Breezy also makes other gorgeous custom hoops (which are perfect gifts), necklaces, and ornaments. Below, get to know Breezy and fall in love with her items as much as I have.

When did you first start getting interested in embroidery?
About 5 years ago! I taught myself how to embroider because I wanted to make some homemade Christmas gifts. At that time there wasn't a lot of modern embroidery so I just free handed my own designs.

How and when did your shop start?I opened my shop a little over 3 years ago. I took a huge leap of faith and quit my job and focused all of my efforts on embroidery. I had no idea if it would work, but it did


How do you come up with the ideas for your designs?I get ideas from just about everything! Books, music, shows, nature... you name it! I keep a little journal on me and whenever I get an idea I jot it down. If only I had time to actually stitch them all!

As a massive Parks & Rec fan, I first found your shop through one of your Parks items. Are there any other pieces of pop culture that influence your work?Well, Parks & Rec is my favorite show ever, so it influences me the most. But I have lots of plans for other pop culture pieces! Specifically 30 Rock, Arrested Development, and Game of Thrones.

What are you favorite pieces in your store currently?The ones that my customers can customize. I always love to see what colors / quotes people choose, and it switches things up so I'm not making the same things all the time.

Do you have any exciting plans or items coming up that people can look forward to?Yes! Starting in 2017 I'm going to be making a lot more new designs that will be ready to ship. Up until now, I've been mostly running my shop as made to order, but I'd like to change that so that people don't have to wait so long for their pieces. I have also been in the process of making patterns!! I've had so many people want to try embroidery for themselves, and I'm really excited to be sharing my designs with everyone.

Follow Breezbot Punch on Etsy and Instagram

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Gray Sweater + Gingham Collar

Happy New Year! My first post of 2017 is a short one, of course. Lately, I've been taking outfit photos more for Instagram than for blogging, but I can't quite bring myself to completely let go of this medium. I end up taking more photos than necessary on most occasions anyway, so it's nice to be able to dump them all in one spot so I don't feel like a total narcissist for taking so many.

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays! The past couple of weeks have been crazy busy, what with Christmas and my brother and his family coming into town from Illinois. It's been crazy in a good way, though, as it's been, well, joyous getting to spend so much time with loved ones. Jon and I had a bit of struggle trying to make time for both of our families, but it ended up working out great.

I also got loads of baking/cooking stuff, which I mean, definitely isn't the most important part of Christmas, but doesn't hurt. I'm still getting to used to the whole getting excited about bowls and pans rather than shoes and purses thing. It's strange growing up.

I did get excited about this sweater I just got though. I've been searching high and low for the right weight crew neck sweater that wasn't cheap looking or too expensive and I finally found this one on Amazon. It's so comfy and perfect for layering, and I never want to take it off.

Sweater: Meters/Bonwe via Amazon
Skirt: Buffalo Exchange
Gingham top: Thrifted
Boots: American Eagle

Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 Recap

Well, 2016 was...a year. As we're all pretty tired of hearing by now, a lot of things seriously sucked this year. However, I have to be honest. Despite all of the awfulness, I have to be honest. This year was pretty amazing for me personally. Just a few highlights:

  • Quit my job in customer service and starting working for an e-commerce consultancy doing project management, digital marketing, social media, and more. I absolutely love my job and get to work a flexible schedule.
  • Moved out of the room I was renting and into an adorable apartment with my boyfriend. Living with him has been nothing short of perfect.
  • Celebrated our one-year anniversary with Jon (and now almost at two years!)
  • Visited New York and Connecticut
  • Turned 24
  • Watched my brother propose to his longtime girlfriend
  • Welcomed another new baby niece into the world
  • Worked with some of my favorite small businesses and makers
  • Was mentioned on Buzzfeed
  • Made weekend trips to San Diego, Oceanside, and Vegas
  • Collaborated with Priya on a fun remix series
  • Hung out with some of my favorite Internet friends, including Jen, Erica, and Meghan
  • Saw Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, and Nice As Fuck in concert
  • Watched more amazing TV shows than is healthy
  • Voted for a woman for president
I posted pretty sporadically last year, but this year I actually became much happier with my personal style and enjoyed getting back into the habit of posting. Looking back, I still liked so many of outfits that I (obviously) had trouble narrowing down my favorites for this post. Oh well.

Movies I watched (and enjoyed) this year - although this will change shortly once I see all of the Oscar bait films now coming out: The Lobster, Don't Think Twice, Kubo and the Two Strings, Other People, Arrival, Zootopia, Hail Ceasar!, The Nice Guys

TV shows I watched (and enjoyed) this year. Yes, there are far too many: Better Call Saul, Westworld, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Lady Dynamite, Stranger Things, Seinfeld, Chopped, Catastrophe, Fleabag, Transparent, Game of Thrones, Cheers, Frasier, (rewatched) Gilmore Girls,  Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin, (rewatched) The Office, Silicon Valley, Veep....and probably a lot more that I'm forgetting about.

Podcasts I listened to (and enjoyed) this year: Startup, Being Honest With My Ex, Unqualified, The Nerdist, WTF, Doug Loves Movies, Millenial, Comedy Bang Bang, Mystery Show, Homecoming, The Vulture TV Podcast, This Feels Terrible, Harmontown, Happy Sad Confused

Thank you so much for following along and caring about my outfits, pop culture ramblings, and personal vanity! I will never get enough of the friendships I've made through blogging and Instagram. It's the biggest thing that gives me motivation to keep this little old blog up and running.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Teal Dress + Gray Cardigan

Excuse me while I cough all over this keyboard as I write this post. Yes, it is true. Like practically everyone else you know at the moment, I am sick. It would be a bit more bearable if it didn't happen right before I left for Vegas though. I lost my voice from coughing the day we got there and I had to stay in and go to bed on Saturday night while my brother, his fiance, and my boyfriend all went out. I'm usually pretty lame when it comes to these kind of things, but never this lame. Still, I managed to have a really good time, despite barely being able to talk. I still drank what I could without overdoing it and walked the strip with them. We also saw Love before I passed out on Saturday, and it was one of the most enjoyable shows I've ever seen. Mostly though, it was nice to get to spend time with my favorite people and to see Jon bond with my brother. Oh yes, I'm that kind of sap.

Needless to say, these photos were taken about a week ago when I was healthy and able to speak. Ah, those were the days. I got this dress from Schoola recently, and while it's a little on the short side, it's the perfect layering piece with tights. It was of course made for putting a collared shirt underneath it. Well, at least that's what I tell myself.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Let's Chat With: Copious Fashions + A Giveaway

With each Q&A I do with a maker, I get more and more excited. Today, I'm excited to introduce to Carissa from Copious Fashions. I couldn't help but drool over the perfect fall styles, plaid skirts, and floral details when I first discovered her line. Copious Fashions is a gorgeous mix of textures and flattering pieces, all of which I need to get my hands on. Fortunately for you, you have the chance to beat me to it. Carissa was kind enough to answer a few of my questions and to give away one of her lovely items. Read her answers and see what you can win at the bottom of this post! 

How and when did Copious Fashions start?
I started with my own designs about 5 years ago, but became really serious 2 years ago. I had worked for other companies first and realized quickly I wanted to put all my energy into my own designs and build my own brand. 

I was drawn to your store because of the feminine, flattering styles. What is it about this style of clothing that interests you?
So much clothing that is in stores right now is oversized and very unflattering, and many pieces don't even have zipper anymore. I really wanted to bring back the fitted and tailored dress and show women how good they can look in this style again. 

What are your favorite pieces in your store currently?
The Alice Sweater always! It is casual and comfy but with the elbow patches it adds a special touch. The clare poncho in the lumberjack plaid poncho is always one of my all time favs! 

How would you describe the Copious Fashions customer?
The Copious woman is someone who loves classic lines with a touch of vintage vibe. I often get asked if they are vintage dresses, I am just drawn to vintage styles and prints! 

What/who are some other independent makers and stores that you think people should support?
Hattitude Jewelry, Lips by Danilea, Daub + Design, and Encircled are all favourites of mine!

Do you have any exciting plans or items coming up that people can look forward to?
Yes I recently took a trip to California for an incredible music festival and was very inspired by the culture and vibe there. So definitely a 60's Cali vibe for spring 2017! 

Copious Fashions is giving away this gorgeous Alice Fitted Sweatshirt with floral elbow pads. Just enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. You have until midnight on 12/21. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. Good luck! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Red Top + Ballerina Skirt

Short post (as has often been the case lately) today, as I forgot to write this when I meant to. I've been busy working, doing holiday things, and most importantly, gearing up to go to Vegas this weekend. I am definitely not a Vegas kind of person, my parents offered their fancy time share right off the strip to me, my brother, and our significant others. While it's usually not my thing, it was hard to pass up a free room and a weekend away with some of my favorite people. They're the perfect group for me to go with, as none of us are into clubbing and all just want to drink, eat, people watch, and maybe see a show. I actually used to go to Vegas a lot as a kid when my parents would take me, but I haven't been back since I was 14, meaning that I've never actually been there while of drinking age. Wish me luck. 

Like most people, I definitely get caught up wearing darker colors once winter hits, but I'm trying to brighten it up every so often. Obviously a bright red top and a skirt covered in ballerinas is the way to go. I sure think so.