It’s been awhile….

Wow!

The holiday season came and went, and took my computer’s hard drive along with it! So sorry for my lack of postage as of late. But I am back! Still not as strong as before, but slowly but surely. (aka, as soon as I get my computer fixed)

I hope you all enjoyed your lovely holidays and the time with your families and friends. Mine were just grand. ūüôā

In celebration of a new year… here are some new ¬†fun discoveries on Etsy!

Photo: Rodion Creative

Vintage Bronze cocktail dress with jacket- Dotto- $179

(although I have featured this shop before, could NOT stay away! Love!)

Such an AWESOME Succulent Wreath- Rooted in Succulents- $139

Vintage Art Deco Bib necklace- My So Called Vintage- $26

Little Black Dress- Naftul- $120 

Fun little adventure calendars- Little Low- $14

See you all soon!

I am still working on the details of our news so stay tuned.

‚̧ Amy

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Just A Little Girly

On This lovely Sunday, filled with friends and relaxing, i felt the need to discover some Etsy amazingness. Who knew I would find an AMAZING handmade leather shoe shop from Italy!? I am in love with the Oxfords below, and to go along with their romantic edge….some¬†feminine¬†inspired Etsy finds. Enjoy!

//1>Strapless sweetheart dress-Jennafer Grace-$44 // 2>Sofia Oxfords- Ele Handmade- $172 (love all the amazing shoes!!) // 3>Desert Star Turban Headband-Rum Rasina-$12.50 // 4>Abstractions Aside illustration print-Leigh Viner-$28 // 5>Bike Bracelet-Fabulous Time-$2.89//

‚̧ Amy

Inspiration for the Day

Just here to share a few inspiring and lovely pieces I spotted today!

First off this adorable white cocktail dress from Naftul on Etsy

White Chiffon Cocktail Dress- $120

This amazing bag sporting one of my favorite colors right now from Modcloth¬†– $112.99 (but it’s out of stock! ūüė¶ )

And some wordage I found on Pinterest just for fun ūüėČ

 

Goodnight lovelies!

‚̧ Amy

You’re probably wondering who won…..

So after going through and tallying all of the entries and entering them into a number¬†randomizing system… ladies and gents, we have our winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered!

I actually looked at the winner’s profile , and found that she has quite a beautiful jewelry shop on Etsy! Here are two of our favorites!

Kayce Earrings- $25

Victoria necklace- $54

  Congrats Beth and thank you to all who entered!

‚̧ Amy

Paranorman: Get in the Spooky Spirit

So my sister,her husband Jonce and their two little boys and myself went and saw Paranorman tonight. Although it is a bit too scary and intense for the kids… at least I think, I thought it was AWESOME! I loved the animation, I loved the story, I thought it was so cute!

Anyway, I recommend it for all of you! Also tomorrow at 11:59 pm is the deadline to enter to win a lace shift dress! You can find the deets HERE.

Have a zombie-free night!

‚̧ Amy

Going on a Vintage Hunt: Etsy Obsession

Who doesn’t love some great vintage finds? ¬†I could spend all day at thrift shop or vintage stores even just looking at everything! Today I¬†stumbled¬†upon something amazing! ¬†Aiseirigh Vintage¬†is this great collection of some adorable vintage pieces. I’m talking 22 pages of vintage wonderfulness….I couldn’t even make it through them all!

What I love most about this shop is that she took the time and care to do some beautifully styled shoots with some of her pieces. Sometimes shots of pieces on dress forms are just great and all you need (and she does have a lot of those, and they are wonderfully done!), but these romantic shots take it above and beyond, drawing me in that much quicker. Take a look at these breath taking photos by Purple Tree Wedding Photography.

1960s Crocheted Mod Wedding Dress-$325

1970s Prairie Strapless Dress- $202

Vintage grunge floral 90s babydoll dress- $225

Vintage 1970s Mini Buttercream Dress- $202

Now check out some of these other awesome finds in her shop! Only a small sample of my loves in this shop!

1960s Mod Nautical Dress- $88

Nautical Vintage 1950s Anne Fogarty of Sakfifth Avenue Dress- $202 

1960s Mod Cocktail Dress-$145

1950s Vintage Wedding Dress- $888

Vintage 1950s Coral Novelty Circle Skirt- $1557

And in the spirit of me yearning for fall and winter……

Vintage 1950s  Wool Saks Fifth Avenue Tan Peacoat- $485

Don’t forget! Friday is the deadline for the Lace Shift Dress giveaway! Enter HERE!

‚̧ Amy

100th Post: A Sparkle Affair + a Giveaway!

So it’s finally here! Number 100 has arrived and it’s bigger and ¬†more awesome than I had imagined!

You might remember our post a few weeks back giving you a glimpse at the new Katie Jean photoshoot that we did along with our friend Kym Ventola of Ventola Photography. She did such an AMAZING job with these photos and we just love her and her work! A great thanks to Kym, Rachel Wegehaupt (our model, actually featured on one of the very first posts) and Paige Ashcroft (hair and makeup) for making this shoot so fun and great!

We also have some brand new designs that we are introducing for the first time! So exciting!

So not only are we here to showcase the new photos and new designs, but also to introduce a very special Katie Jean Giveaway! One of our most popular styles, the Lace Shift Dress , (example pictured below) is up for grabs!

How to Enter 

1) Like ktjean designs on Facebook HERE

¬† ¬†2)Follow this blog with WordPress or Bloglovin’ ¬† or even via email

There are many ways you can enter and chances for multiple entries as well!

Additional Entries: (post each entry in a comment below so we can keep track)

– Follow ktjean designs on Pinterest HERE

– Follow me on Pinterest HERE

– Follow ktjeandesigns on Twitter HERE and tweet this: I just entered to win an amazing Lace shift dress from @ktjeandesigns!

– Share the link to this post on Facebook and tag Ktjean Designs

– Add Katie Jean Designs to your favorites on Etsy HERE

– Leave a comment on this post about your favorite dress from Katie Jean

For each entry, leave a comment on this post saying “I just followed Amy on Pinterest” or “I just added Katie Jean to my favorites on Etsy” ¬†etc.

Please put these in separate comments so I can count each entry separately. So that ton of different ways to obtain entries and have a greater chance in winning yourself a great custom Lace Shift Dress!

The deadline for all entries is 11:59pm on August 31st so get crackin!

So enjoy the photos and I can’t wait to see who wins! ¬†Don’t forget to tell your friends!

First up one of our new designs! The Ami dress is a new twist on the sleeved lace dress also recently introduced.  If you are interested in this dress send us a message on Etsy! Otherwise it will be listed in Etsy soon!

Our other new design is a sparkle skirt we like to call the Ava! This will also be listed in Etsy shortly. The lacy tank top is also available to order!

And now for the rest of  the wonderful pieces from Katie Jean! Enjoy!

Thanks again Kym for your amazing work! We LOVE working with you!

All photos courtesy of Ventola Photography

Etsy Lovin: Schone

While browsing Etsy,  like I normally do, I came across a wonderful special occasion and bridal shop! Schone, owned by Rebecca Schoneveld Cheek in Brooklyn, New York. This lovely lady has some most wonderful pieces that I am just drooling over. I love the simple lines, and the classic looks she has going. So elegant! I got to do a little interview with Rebecca herself to get some insight into what is Schone! Enjoy! 

A: How would you describe your aesthetic/style as well as your designs?
R: I love classic, timeless style- things that look good no matter the decade. I also love clothes that make you *feel* something- be that romantic and bohemian, glamorous and fabulous, or perhaps just chic and low-key… I try to design clothes that don’t wear the wearer, but allow her personality and natural beauty shine through. ¬†A high level of quality in craftsmanship, materials, and fit are also very key to my designs. ¬†Since a lot of them are so minimal, finding the exact right proportions is also really important to me.¬†
So in a few words? I’d say my style is about balance, elegance, and emotion. ¬†When a woman puts on one of my dresses and says “OOOOHH!” and then her friends say “Aww! It’s so YOU!” I know I’ve done my job ūüôā

A: How and when did you get your start in fashion? 
R: I started sewing when I was maybe 4 years old- literally sooner than my foot could reach the pedal (my mom rigged it up on a box for me- and then stood nervously very near by). I remember my first dress was this little floral number with yellow ducks on the straps… My mom was always making things for my sister and me, and I just loved every aspect of it since I can remember. I made my own and some friends’ prom dresses, did tons of reconstruction of thrift store clothes, and even ran a little business making skirts and whatnot for classmates- I wish Etsy existed back then! So I started considering a career in fashion more seriously when I was about 16 and ended up choosing to study fashion design in college (I first went to Drexel in Philadelphia and then transferred to the Fashion Institute of Technology). ¬†I worked small jobs in the industry even before college started and continued to work at various companies in NY’s Garment District for the last decade or so. Although I’m a natural born¬†entrepreneur¬†so the way I get to work now is simply the best!
A: Are there any designers you look up to or like to follow? 
R: I really love seeing what other Etsy bridal and contemporary designers are doing. ¬†I feel like¬†independent¬†designers have so much more of a finger on the pulse of what hip, modern women want than corporate giants do. ¬†We’re able to respond faster to customers’ desires than big companies can, and we’re more able to take risks- I think better, more exciting design really does result! ¬†
Of course, I do always look at the runways and also like finding European bridal designers for a fresh perspective. ¬†I love Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Alice Temperly, Jenny Packham, Erin Fetherston, Elie Saab, Delphine Manivet- I guess I could go on and on! I think it’s good to be aware of what is happening out there and see what really works well, but also to continue to trust my own instincts and let fabrics and form speak to me much louder than trends and outward pressure.
 
 
A: What are your favorite fibers to work with?
R: Soft silk fabrics are my staple- you just can’t beat how silk feels! ¬†Cotton-silk blends and cotton are also lovely and can make for a wonderful, light gown. ¬†But I’m also just heart-sick in love with really good quality laces. ¬†I love the dimension instant awe-factor they add to a design. ¬†I also have been having fun collecting vintage embroideries, laces, and other handwork that I hope to start incorporating into some one-of-a-kind dresses… So many project ideas, so little time!
 
A: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
R: My husband and I often talk about moving back to California (I lived there as a kid, he grew up there), although his career is in NY and I am in love with Brooklyn so we’ll see where we end up. ¬†We sure do love those redwoods and Pacific coast! but oh these brownstone streets and NY vibe is hard to get over… Anyway, no matter WHERE we live, I am positive I will be designing still. ¬†I feel like my business now is growing quite organically into my life-long dream business, so if it were totally up to me, 5 years from now I would be operating my bridal and party dress lines out of an adorable storefront space where I could gain more local visibility and create an atmosphere that truly reflects my style and vision. I would also love to have my lines carried in boutiques across the globe and to really establish a strong on-line¬†presence and personality.
Oh and I also want to give my son at least one brother or sister AND be making sure to take time off to travel the world more with my family… Who says we can’t do it all?¬†
 
A: Is there a certain personal style trend you are into at the moment?  
R: Yes! I am SO happy that maxi dresses and skirts are so all over the place these days! I spent my younger years wishing I had gotten to live in an era when women wore long flowing dresses all the time, so the fact that it’s so in right now makes me very very happy ūüôā
 
Thank you so much for sharing Rebecca, we LOVE your stuff! Keep creating ūüôā
 
‚̧ Amy
 
Ps. If you have any favorite Etsy sellers, comment with their name and they might end up here as well! 
 

Silver Screen Inspired

I know it’s been a little while since my last post, but my life just likes to get crazier by the minute. ūüôā

I don’t know about you, but I love movies. I especially love those beautiful and perfect couples from the movies. ¬†Let’s celebrate the style that speaks from the hearts of these wonderful characters.

Now every girl loves a good Jane Austen story. Personally, Pride and Prejudice is a favorite. I love the romance of it all! (what girl doesn’t) I have created a little collection of items that pull you into that romantic world of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

(Starting from the upper left) // Pedal Capelet from Katie Jean Designs,  Sheer Victorian Inspired Dress from Jess Amity,  Steam Punk Victorian Dress from Pom Pom Clothing, Mr & Mrs. Darcy, Mixed Flowers Headband from Mignonne Handmade Mignonne Handmade Photo: Sloan Photographers//

My sister and I are both avid lovers of the Beatles and the amazing movie showcasing their music, Across the Universe. I have always been a sucker for the 60s and 70s fashion. ūüôā

//Across the Universe, Floral Meadows Blouse from Twig and Spoke Vintage (top right),  Double Stranded Hippie Headband from Tify Core (bottom right), Evan Rachel Wood in Across the Universe, Tunic Wrap around Top from George and Jane//

Finally, probably one of my favorite movies of all time, 500 Days of Summer. If you don’t agree, then we may need to reconsider our friendship! ūüėČ I love Zooey Deschanel’s vintage/retro style! it compliments Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s simple and unique sense of style.

//Blue and Green 60s dress from George and Jane, Vintage Party Dance Shoes from Heart City Vintage,  500 Days of Summer (middle right), Brilliant Ball Bow tie from Dapper and Dash, Vintage Cotton Plaid Dress from Heart City Vintage (bottom left)//

Hope you all are doing splendidly! Look out for a few new posts in the new few days!

‚̧ Amy