Wednesday, October 30, 2013

crafty bastards

On September 28th (yes I do realize that is over a month ago, you can thank college for kicking my ass) my good friend Brooke and I went to the arts and crafts fair, Crafty Bastards located in Union Market in Washington DC. Its a huge fair, over three tents, that features artists (or craftsmen?) from all around the United States who are selling their work. The variety was unbelievable- jewelry, ceramics, illustrations, and apparel- just to name a few. Besides the enormous amount of business cards I collected from just about every stand I visited, I also became completely inspired. 

My favorite artist was Nate Duval. He's an illustrator who has done incredible work for a variety of clients including posters for Dave Matthews Band and The Lumineers. You can check him out here:

Its also a great place to buy holiday presents!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

same pieces, new outfit

One of my favorite things to do with my wardrobe is to utilize specific pieces for both casual days and "going out" nights. In an earlier post, I had worn my FP Vegan Leather Jacket with a pair of high waisted cutoff shorts and converse for a casual night with my friends hanging out in a backyard. In this post, I am wearing the same jacket and glasses but have an entirely different look. By throwing on a lacy bodycon and a pair of heeled booties, your laid back outfit can be instantly transformed. 

Shoes- Jeffrey Campbell Exclusively sold at Free People

Sunday, September 1, 2013

a day at free people paramus

 This past Tuesday was my last day working and I figured I'd share what a typical day is like at Free People Paramus. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

so long sweet summer

This past Sunday I did something that I wanted to do all summer. I went to the beach. Although that seems like really common thing to do throughout the summer months, I had been so busy working that I did not have the chance to see the Jersey Shore. I made it my absolute mission this past Sunday to finally make the trip to Pier Village in Long Branch, my absolute favorite shore spot.

I wore my Free People crochet tunic, which actually wasn't made to be a beach coverup. I have worn this piece with pants and shorts before, and have even layered it over other slips to style it as a dress. I think the delicate crochet detail of my white cover up contrasts perfectly with my boho black bathing suit. And of course, a big floppy sunhat is necessary to complete any beach outfit. Since it is the end of summer, you can get really lucky finding some great sun hats on clearance. Macy's had a bunch on sale when I went just a few days ago! 

It was a perfect way to say goodbye to the last few days of summer.

Mason Jar- Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

DIY: dreamcatchers

After working at Free People this past summer, being around anything and everything bohemian, I really wanted to buy a few dreamcatchers for my new room at school. I had looked in a bunch of different places: western stores, flea markets, Etsy, Ebay- but I never found one that was just right. After realizing I had a bunch of left over materials from my DIY fabric garland project, I was inspired to make my own. I think dreamcatchers have such a particular whimsical beauty about them and I love the story that they hold. 

I picked up the materials from a bunch of different places. The fabric strings and ribbons were leftover, but you can buy similar material from a fabric or craft store. The vintage crotchet doilies were bought off of ebay, but you could definitely get lucky finding some at a flea market or an antique store. The lucky rabbits feet and metal rings were purchased at a store nearby that sells Native American and Western wear (but you can also find these guys on the internet). The rest of the supplies, including the thread, leather string, and feathers can be found at your local craft store such as Michaels or AC Moore

My favorite part about doing this project was that no two catchers are alike. You can get really creative with them. I saw some on Etsy that incorporated colored fabrics, feathers, beads, etc. They are absolutely gorgeous but quite pricey if you want to buy them online. Making your own is such a great alternative. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

finders keepers: brooklyn junk & the williamsburg flea market

This was my second time exploring through Brooklyn Junk this summer, and after digging through the old glassware, silverware, photographs, chandeliers, artwork, and furniture, I can truthfully say I don't think I have spent enough time within both of the warehouses. You could spend the whole day just in one and still not have covered the whole store. Not to mention they receive shipments three times a week. Residents of Williamsburg are so lucky that they have the convenience of being so close to such an amazing spot. 

We did happen to find one beauty at warehouse number one. My sister has been on the hunt for an antique trunk for her new room for awhile now. After a summer long search, we finally found one that we both fell in love with. From the 1870s, it is a beautiful light wood with rustic metal embellishments and it is absolutely huge. I'm thinking about lining the inside with a printed fabric. Perhaps it will be my final DIY project for the summer before I go back to school. 

Just a few blocks away is the Williamsburg Flea Market. It is located right on the water and offers a breathtaking view of the city skyline. The market itself is incredible. What I loved about this particular flea market was the amount of vendors who were selling their own handmade products. There were a number of stands with people selling their own hand crafted jewelry, food, furniture, and home goods. 

My favorite stand in the market was "The Door Shelf Factory". The seller, Britney, recycles old vintage doors and creates bookshelves from them. I had previously seen the idea on Pinterest, but my mouth dropped when I saw the shelves in person. She is a very talented craftsmen and was such a pleasure to do business with! My sister, being the book and vintage lover she is, purchased one in a heart beat. They price around $300-$400.

You can check out her website here!

Monday, August 12, 2013

brooklyn style

My sister and I have a new favorite place, Williamsburg. 

Both of us have recently sparked an interest in vintage shopping. We heard about a place in Brooklyn called "Brooklyn Junk"which are two warehouses covered in head to toe with antiques, vintage stuff, and frankly- just some really cool old stuff. We also checked out the Williamsburg Flea Market just a couple blocks away. It is the cutest most intimate market located right on the water and it may be one of the best flea markets I have been to yet. 

For our trip into the city I wore a new chambray denim dress that I purchased at H&M for only $15. I had been searching for this style shirt-dress all summer and finally found one at an unbeatable price. I paired it with my white high tops and gold pharaoh cuff to add some spunk to the ensemble. But I think the highlight of my outfit is my new tan leather fringe bag. Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about this purchase. Every fall, I create a list of must-haves. This bag, as well as a pair of boyfriend jeans, FP black tall lace-up boots, and a new pair of JBrand black super skinny jeans, are just a few of the essential items I will be purchasing (and showing you all how I style them) this Fall. I hope you're as excited as I am.

Look out for a post later this week about our finds at Brooklyn Junk & The Williamsburg Flea Market!

Shirt Dress- H&M