Animal Instinct – bling, baubles + more

I absolutely loved seeing some of the animal-inspired bling from the 2010 haute joaillerie collections. There’s nothing I love more than the effect a nice statement piece can add to any outfit, and from the Bollywood-inspired creations at Dior to the clean yet always elegant pieces at Chanel, I’m quite enamored. Some of my favorites:

Diamond-laden brooch from Chanel

Love the serpent at the top of these Bollywood Dior earrings

Elephants are a personal favorite – heart what the elephant is holding in his trunk too! Van Cleef & Arpels

I saved the best for last!! This is heaven. Dior’s Rose Bagatelle ring

A girl can dream, right? Besides, just looking at those gems just makes the day seem brighter. I really am loving the whole animal vibe though, so in search for a more budget-friendly (or realistic!) price, I scoped out what Etsy had to offer, and found a few fab Etsy store with some animal bling. (I swear one of my new favorite things is to go on Etsy and just search through everything they have. Their offerings make Ebay look likes childs play – and I’m not a huge fan of the whole bidding thing anyways.) Dirty Rice is a great shop for unique pieces, with a dash of Southern fair. For an even lower price point, Forever21 never fails to deliver and with their most of their jewelry at ten dollars and under, it’s practically a steal. You do get what you pay for (in my experience at least) but it’s perfect for those specific pieces that will make a certain outfit go far for the night.

Dirty Rice crab claw earrings + necklace

Etsy alligator earrings + crab ring from here.

Forever21 insect ring, sparrow necklace, feather connector ring + owl necklace


Love of the Moment: Emerson Made’s fabulous flowers

So a few weeks ago, I re-blogged this lovely style picture on the left from The Farmer’s Trophy Wife at her fabulous blog. I mean, who doesn’t love cardigans + flowers?! I wanted to know where her fabulous flower cardigan could be purchased from badly, and thankfully my friend of a friend Dyan helped me out with that discovery – Emerson Made is the company that makes these gorgeous flowers that you can pin/use/wear on literally everything (cardigans, clutches, shirts, shifts, heels, jackets…you name it). Actually, the lady with the fab flower cardigan is one half of Emerson Made (her hubby is the other!) and their website is really something to check out…. All of the photographs on there they take themselves, and they are opening a clothing line very soon (like this stunning lilac shift right below). They offer a few different kinds of flowers, such as the aptly-named Dahlia, Dandy, and Rose. I love their photographs, and it’s amazing how many ways you can use their flowers for that Emerson Made seems to come up with. Some favorites: small flowers for mens wear, flower ropes for decor, and even flowers made for that special occasion. Yes, Emerson Made makes one of a kind flowers for Will You Marry Me? and Happy Anniversary… pretty romantic/creative if you ask me. Below are some of my favorite (I have a lot of favorites, if you can’t tell) flowers that Emerson Made sells on their website. I can’t wait to see the rest of their clothing line that they have coming out! I’m beyond happy that Dyan told me about E Made – Even just one flower that can be used for every cardigan would give it that much more flair.

All photographs from Emerson Made.


I love going into a stationary shop. I actually get really excited about sending Christmas cards. Some of my favorite paper goods are from the fabulous kate spade paper collection, which are also easily found at Crane & Co (they have their own line of great paper, I especially like their fashion thank you notes). I came across the Smock paper collection earlier this summer and I’m in love with their designs, use of typography and their vivid color use. I know I’ll have to get my Christmas cards + thank you notes from them for this year… What makes you feel even better about buying from Smock is that their paper is made from Bamboo. Basically, it’s better in every direction to have Bamboo paper than regular cotton paper – it uses a lot less water to grow, with no fertilizer or pesticides, the plant itself grow much, much faster than what’s used for regular paper and essentially, require less oxygen. Even better, it is a prettier paper than what cotton provides anyways. Smock (located in upstate NY, just outside of Syracuse) is the only paper company in the US that uses bamboo paper to date (apparently Europeans love it). I also really like their own customization. You can pick you own font, colors, patterns, even the envelop lining and outside pattern. They cover every kind of occasion you would need paper for – thank yous, holiday, weddings, social invitations, baby showers, and more.

Hidden Treasures: vintage + handmade everything from Etsy

A few weeks ago while looking around online I found my new favorite shopping site – Etsy. It’s basically a cooler version of Ebay (minus all the overload of stuff on there and the annoying bidding feature) or Craigslist (minus the creepy missed connections/looking for sections!), in my opinion. At Etsy you can buy or sell vintage or handmade items – there’s literally thousands of different kinds of items it seems like. The general categories include art, furniture, vintage, weddings, housewares, glass, bath, patterns, paper goods, lighting…. there has to be around 50, so I’m stopping short. I love this mirror and the handmade ship will be perfect with all of the nautical themed decor I have in my living/dining room. Found a nice tall entertainment center for $8.00 (I’m not joking) the only catch is that you need to get the wood and cut it out yourself (like with a jig saw) and then put it together. Hmm.. I’m determined to make it work when it comes in, though (obviously with the help of a few people.. I’m a better supervisor when it comes to these types of projects) I’m going to then paint/distress it a bit, can’t wait to see how that project turns out. I need new doorknobs for my tall all black dresser, and with my all black and white bedroom, I love these two different zebra knobs I found. Except now I don’t know which one to pick at all….


OMG…. (via The Farmer’s Trophy Wife)

I want this cardigan, badly… Now I might spend the better part of my day searching for it or at least something very similar to it! And I love the hippie Woodstock tie-dye in the background, kind of makes this outfit stand out all the more at the farmer’s market.

OMG....   There is nothing about this outfit I do not like…other than I wish my hair was that long… … Read More

via The Farmer's Trophy Wife