Tag Archives: etsy

gift guide: nichole robertson’s finds for the francophile

{Editor’s Note: This year, I’ve asked a few of the people whose style I spend all year admiring to share their holiday wish lists. Stay tuned – we’ll have a new expert every day for the next two weeks!} french gift guide

I was about to launch into a long story about how much I love Paris. But really, who doesn’t love Paris? Who isn’t fantasizing about jetting off to the City of Lights at the first available opportunity? And therefore, who wouldn’t want a chic Parisian souvenir for the holidays? Nichole Robertson is one-half of the duo behind Obvious State, and the incredibly talented photographer/author of Paris in Color, her gorgeous (and Daisy-approved) series of color-themed snaps of her daily life in the City of Lights. Yes, you heard me. Her daily life. Because you see, besides being a bestselling author, Nichole gets to spend a few months a year living in Paris – eating croissant, drinking café au lait, and imbibing in that quintessentially French je ne sais quois.

Nichole is also seriously committed to supporting the wonderful world of handmade, so brace yourselves for some highly covetable Etsy finds in this lot. And PS: if anyone’s looking for a gift for me? I’ll take those Obvious State black & gold Paris prints, please.

paris gift guide, nichole robertson gift guide, french gift guide, france gift guide, travel gift guide, jetsetter gift guide Read on

Share 'gift guide: nichole robertson’s finds for the francophile' on Facebook Share 'gift guide: nichole robertson’s finds for the francophile' on Google+ Share 'gift guide: nichole robertson’s finds for the francophile' on Pinterest Share 'gift guide: nichole robertson’s finds for the francophile' on Twitter Share 'gift guide: nichole robertson’s finds for the francophile' on Email

friday finds: summer projects

Happy Friday, friends! Well, it’s happened: we’ve come to that time in the summer when the days are long, and my ambition is high. I have so many summer projects brewing in my tired little brain, it will be a real miracle if I can settle down long enough to make one or two of them happen. Specifically? I’m so glad you asked. Read on

Share 'friday finds: summer projects' on Facebook Share 'friday finds: summer projects' on Google+ Share 'friday finds: summer projects' on Pinterest Share 'friday finds: summer projects' on Twitter Share 'friday finds: summer projects' on Email

finds for a holiday weekend

Well, I had plans to be productive this week, but honestly, how much attention are any of us paying when there’s a glorious four-day weekend on the horizon? But, I do have a few fun things to share before I start working on next week’s post about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale head to the pool… Read on

Share 'finds for a holiday weekend' on Facebook Share 'finds for a holiday weekend' on Google+ Share 'finds for a holiday weekend' on Pinterest Share 'finds for a holiday weekend' on Twitter Share 'finds for a holiday weekend' on Email

currently coveting: rachel rose silk tees

My eyes just about popped clean out of my head when I spotted the perfect bright, happy polka-dot top on Joy’s beautiful blog the other day. Then, I clicked over to the designer’s Etsy site, and…well, it was the closest I’ve come to fashion nirvana in a while. Bold, one-of-a-kind, hand-painted, saturated summer color goodness, and under $100 each.

I am absolutely overcome with desire to pair any one of them with these shoes (when, oh when will they go on sale?!) and a pair of black skinny jeans. Can you just imagine?

Many of Rachel’s styles are sold out at present, but that’s the beauty of Etsy…just drop her a message, and I’m sure she’d be happy to make any of these pretties up for you, lickety-split!

Share 'currently coveting: rachel rose silk tees' on Facebook Share 'currently coveting: rachel rose silk tees' on Google+ Share 'currently coveting: rachel rose silk tees' on Pinterest Share 'currently coveting: rachel rose silk tees' on Twitter Share 'currently coveting: rachel rose silk tees' on Email

friday finds

it’s that time, dear readers…happy friday!  of course, the promise of those two blissful weekend days is a bit offset this week by losing an hour to the monster that is daylight savings time.  but it also means spring is on the horizon, and i’m more than ready!  and now…friday finds:

now that i’ve unleashed the beast, it seems there’s no end to my spring bag coveting streak (um, i just typed the word “spreak”: apparently, my brain’s hybrid of spree/streak.  shall we start a trend? perhaps not.).  this cute little crossbody from asos popped up on my worldwide wanders this week, and i’ve had the window open on my browser ever since.  seems like a good stand-in for the kate spade crossbody, especially at 1/4 the price. bags under $100 don’t even count in the budget, right?

it’s not often i see something that makes me want to call a “do-over” on my completely lovely and wonderful wedding day.  but oh, if only jessie randall had been designing these beautiful bridal shoes back then

i’m starting to feel like it’s all stripes, all the time, everywhere i turn.  but i also can’t deny that they’re everywhere because they’re just that good.  this top from madewell caught my eye this week, mostly because it’s a bit of a change from the traditional breton stripe, but no less versatile (and less scary for those of you that still fear the horizontal stripe).  plus, they’re offering free shipping with no minimum through sunday (code is SHOPAWAY)…and we know that’s always a powerful shopping incentive for me.

in case you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, and haven’t seen all of those other bloggers waxing poetic about the fabulousness that is forestbound, allow me.  i’m not sure i’m a recycled-canvas-tote kind of girl, but i can tell you the newest pieces in their shop (they always sell out lightning fast) have me really wanting to try.

and, speaking of etsy, i went on a little vintage housewares search spree this week, and am suddenly obsessed with these beautiful dansk enamelware pots.  this one’s a little banged up, but that bright orange is just so cheery!

i hope you enjoyed this week’s exceptionally random list, friends.  have a fabulous weekend!  i’m off to seattle for a couple of days to visit a dear friend and hear the amazing dr. angelou speak again (i’m like a groupie, i know).  hope you have something equally lovely planned!

Share 'friday finds' on Facebook Share 'friday finds' on Google+ Share 'friday finds' on Pinterest Share 'friday finds' on Twitter Share 'friday finds' on Email

friday finds: the leftovers edition

i was going to skip ‘friday finds’ this week, if only because this whole week of gift guiding has felt like the most gigantic ‘friday finds’ ever.  but, there were a few little goodies that didn’t quite fit the guides that are still utterly lovely and deserving of your attention.  and so, this week’s guide is for them!

the very sweet melissa of zedena designs sent over this beautiful enamel pendant for me a few weeks ago.  isn’t it just lovely?  i’m a sucker for anything enamel, and i love the vintage wallpaper feel this design has.  i can tell you firsthand it does amazing things for a simple black v-neck.  the medallion is my favorite of her designs, but i’m imagining that beautiful little bird would be a perfect gift for a friend that loves music, and it’s a very affordable gift option.  oh!  and i’m told that code JINGLEBELLS will get you 10% off through 12/20, so that’s good news too.

i’m having a serious case of wanderlust these days, especially whenever i see anything related to paris.  these two prints have been haunting my dreams since i first saw them. i can’t resist much of anything that blanca gomez does, but this may just be my favorite of hers yet. and though clare owen’s beautiful snowglobe looks to be out of stock, these etsy folks are so kind, i’m betting she’d reprint if you asked nicely.

this is another handmade find i just can’t get out of my head.  i’m loathe to spend $40 on a mug, but these pretty poppies catch my eye virtually every single time i’m on etsy.  so, perhaps the universe is trying to tell me something about my personal limitations with regard to coffee mug spending.

i’ve had these little pants bookmarked to show you for months now…but really, how often do we talk baby-friendly goods here?  that said, they’re maybe the cutest baby-related thing i’ve seen all year.  even the name is cute:  crankypants!  you’re dying of cuteness right now, i know.  by the way, i do know that $80 for baby pants is ridiculous.  but if you were going to save one piece of your kid’s clothing for posterity, wouldn’t it be the crankypants?   plus, they’re handmade by a knitting cooperative in peru, so you’re basically supporting a village.  how can you say no?

Picture 20Picture 21

and, lest we get on too much of a ‘handmade’ run today, i’ll wrap up with this amazing vermeil lotus ring from the sundance catalog ($138).  you can find beauty everywhere, people…even in the middle of a hippie-crunchie catalog like sundance.  i’m head over heels for this beauty…and i just know it’s one of those things people would stop you on the street to ask about.

Share 'friday finds:  the leftovers edition' on Facebook Share 'friday finds:  the leftovers edition' on Google+ Share 'friday finds:  the leftovers edition' on Pinterest Share 'friday finds:  the leftovers edition' on Twitter Share 'friday finds:  the leftovers edition' on Email

valentines worth hearting: for him (slightly NSFW)

i have heard from so many of you this year, begging for help with what seems to be the hardest task of all:  finding a valentine’s day gift for the man in your life.  and i fully admit, it is tricky.  after all, a holiday built on pink hearts and flowers doesn’t exactly scream testosterone.  the key, i think, is to let go and admit that valentine’s day is largely a girl holiday.  with that in mind, stop taking your guy’s gift quite so seriously.  he’ll be much happier getting something that’s sweet, funny and somehow involves you being naked.

i asked my hubs what the perfect gift for a guy was for valentine’s day, and well, his response can’t safely be printed.  but, his point is well taken.  find a cheeky valentine’s day card (my absolute favorites this year are these pun-ny versions from etsy seller westmama, who also happens to be a dear friend!), tie it to a can of whipped cream or a box containing the lacy negligee of your choice (since lingerie gifts really are for him anyway), and make sure you include an explicit proposition or two.  trust me, he’ll never notice (or care) that his gift cost you less than $5.

when in doubt, i tend to err on the side of corny when it comes to men’s valentines – pink champagne and scented candles just aren’t going to cut it.  urban outfitters has some fabulous guy-friendly ideas, but this box of candy hearts from urban outfitters ($8) is my absolute favorite.  it’s funny, just a little sentimental, and guaranteed to make you the coolest girlfriend/wife around.  especially if you pair it with a set of furry handcuffs.  (no, seriously.)

if you’re looking for something a little higher end, another favorite gift of mine for v-day is a really excellent bottle of his favorite liquor.  no, this does not mean champagne.  pick something he loves, and drinks when he’s celebrating.  a great single malt scotch, perhaps, or a fabulous tequila.  this works with nearly any price point – just get the best you can afford.

last but not least, i think guys sometimes get the short end of the stick when it comes to delivered gifts.  how much do you love seeing the florist show up at your office?  sending flowers isn’t the answer,  but try sending a batch of baked goods straight to his desk.  it’s creative, shows you care, and in almost every case, the way to your man’s heart really is through his stomach.  my absolute favorite for gifting are the round brownies from sugardaddy’s bakery in columbus…the flavor options are unbelievable, they’re gorgeous to look at, and they can be on his desk within 24 hours!

Share 'valentines worth hearting: for him (slightly NSFW)' on Facebook Share 'valentines worth hearting: for him (slightly NSFW)' on Google+ Share 'valentines worth hearting: for him (slightly NSFW)' on Pinterest Share 'valentines worth hearting: for him (slightly NSFW)' on Twitter Share 'valentines worth hearting: for him (slightly NSFW)' on Email

calling the trends: a one (wo)man band

warning: this is going to be one of those experimental, round-about posts i warned you about.

i’m calling it right now:  musical pendants are going to be this year’s bird/feather/owl necklace of years past.  mark my words.

over the last couple of months, i’ve found myself repeatedly bookmarking necklaces made with whistles.  can’t really explain why, but i’ve just been loving the look.  it started with a link i came across somewhere for a non-profit called falling whistles.  they sell these beautiful whistle necklaces:

and all of the proceeds go to help kids in the congo learn how to work against war instead of becoming part of the ongoing conflict there (ie, be whistle-blowers, get it?).  good, right?  so maybe now i’m associating whistles with happy, good-doing types of things.

anyway. other whistle necklaces followed.  (this one from mothhouse is especially good🙂

then, i was browsing shopbop’s latest lookbook the other day (one of my personal favorites, incidentally – take a peek), and they were featuring this harmonica necklace:

so fun, right?  in the whistle family, but more fun at parties (ahem, and better to annoy office-mates).  like the whistles, i love that it’s a little bit whimsical, but still just looks like a cool long pendant until you get up close and squint.

plus, it happens that i have a soft spot for harmonicas.  when i was just a wee shopper-to-be, my grandpa gave me a harmonica for christmas one year.  he’s in the hospital this week, and since my sweet grandmother passed just four months ago, i’m feeling a pretty heavy nostalgia pull here. so, you can imagine how hard i fell for this little pendant.

right. but sadly, it instantly sold out in the color i liked (you can still grab gold or black, though).

now, this is where the obsession kicks in.  something i like sells out in milliseconds, and suddenly i can’t live without it.  add on the sentimental-ness, and it got ugly.  so, i started scouring the web, and may have come up with something i like nearly as well from a lovely little etsy store called sora design.

what this one lacks in sleek, streamlined hipness (the shopbop version has that in spades), it more than makes up for in old-school girliness.  it even says “little lady” on it!  and it’s only $38.  i do think i may ask for a slightly longer chain length, but etsy peeps are usually super accommodating.

since i missed out on the shopbop version, i’m going to do my best not to make that mistake twice.

so, what do you think?  musical necklaces for spring?  here’s hoping they stay at least a bit original, and don’t end up becoming this year’s version of the ubiquitous bird, leaf and feather necklaces from years past.

Share 'calling the trends: a one (wo)man band' on Facebook Share 'calling the trends: a one (wo)man band' on Google+ Share 'calling the trends: a one (wo)man band' on Pinterest Share 'calling the trends: a one (wo)man band' on Twitter Share 'calling the trends: a one (wo)man band' on Email