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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

what to wear :: garden wedding

June means wedding season, and if you're anything like me you probably have a few invitations stuck to your fridge. And of course, so many summer weddings take place outside in gardens or other grassy areas. So, what to wear to stay cool, look appropriate and not sink into the grass? (Hint: not stilettos.)

what to wear to a garden wedding, orchid grey dress, handmade, indie

Orchid Grey Dress, ModCloth | Roaming Frills Cardigan, Anthropologie | Gold and Vintage Crystal Earrings by Happy Max Designs | Taupe Snakeprint Pochette Clutch by Morelle | Vintage Charms Bracelet by Marie Fly fly | Seychelles "Liz" Wedges, Piperlime

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy National Flip Flop Day!

It's National Flip Flop Day! And every year in honor of the day, Tropical Smoothie Cafe (a franchise with locations owned by local business people*) joins with Camp Sunshine, a camp that supports children with life-threatening illnesses, to raise money to send families to the camp. To help raise awareness, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is giving away free smoothies today to customers who wear flip flops to the restaurant.

And of course, there are a lots of Etsy and indie finds featuring this beloved summer footwear:
handmade items featuring flip flops, national flip flop day

1- Summer Flip Flops on a Clothes Line by Studio Lara
2 - Agency sandals from Ruche
3 - Tropical Flip Flops Pendant by Tiny Shinys
4 - Flip Flops bracelet by Angela Moore
5 - Outdoor pillows by This Little Home
6 - Summertime Fun Patchwork Tote by Quilting Diva

*Lancaster, Pa., peeps, we've got our very own Tropical Smoothie Cafe right downtown. It's located at 15 East King Street, right down from Penn Square. For those of you outside of the city, there's one on the Lititz Pike in Bloomfield Square Shopping Center.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Target + The Yumi Yumi Shop

I've always been a fan of The Yumi Yumi Shop, so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon a Target (yes, Target!) t-shirt with licensed art from this shop! And no worries, everyone, Target didn't rip off this artist - her name is printed on the inside of the t-shirt and she posted about it on her blog. It's nice to see a big box helping out an indie gal, don't you think?

target t-shirt with yumi yumi art, floral burnout t-shirt
Target t-shirt | Little Sparrows by The Yumi Yumi Shop

(PS - See how I styled the t-shirt (yes, I bought it) here, my new(est) fashion and style blog, Moxie Grace. I'll save the explanation for that for another day.)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My jewelry shop :: the shape of things to come

Since I mentioned earlier that I'm closing up shop in my current store, I thought I'd give you a sneak peak of what's coming sometime in the future.

I may have discussed my obsession with artisan lampwork beads once or twice around here. And I've been busy hatching a new line where these little works of art are the star of the show. The only problem is I've ended up keeping everything I've made so far for myself (or I've given it away as a gift). So for now, I can only offer you the pictures below, but hopefully soon, I'll actually be selling these babies (or something similar).

handmade artisan lampwork jewelry, necklace, bracelets, earrings by Moxie Grace

PS- Did any Lost fans catch my episode title reference in the blog post title? I'm a geek, and I'm okay with that.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Color love :: pink and brown

I'll admit, I haven't given much thought to this color combo in quite a while. It was my favorite about six or seven years ago until it became all the rage, and then it just seemed like too much. Too much sugary pink. Too much syrupy brown. Kind of like how the first chocolate covered strawberry is a divine slice of heaven but the 10th one makes you regret consuming six through nine. Yeah. It's exactly like that.

But anyway, right now I'm designing bridesmaid jewelry for a pink and brown wedding, and that's sort of forced me to look at this sweet combination with fresh eyes. And you know what? If you want to feel like a girlie-girl, even if it's not your usual style and even if it's for just one evening, there is no better color combination than pink and brown to make you feel oh, so pretty.

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Left side, top to bottom: Vintage Pink Carnations Necklace by Bethtastic | Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Dress from ModCloth
Right side, top to bottom: Singing Bird Gift Tags by Seasonal Delights | Embroidered Silk Blooms Luxury Clutch Purse by Red Ruby Rose | Soft Skies Fine Art Photograph Print by Monko Photography

Monday, June 7, 2010

freshly picked :: JooJoo Land

One click into this shop and you'll feel like you've entered...well, JooJoo Land - a magical fantasy land filled with jewelry in soft pastel shades and nature-meets-Wonderland shapes, all photographed in a serene, and sometimes nearly surreal, photography style.

freshly picked find, joojoo land handmade jewelry
Top row, left to right: I Love Paris Earrings | Butterfly Garden Necklace
Bottom row, left to right: Water Lily Pond Locket | Golden Garden Earrings

All layouts and designs by J. Christine Kissinger, author of Blooming Wildflowers.