Consider Me Amazed

It’s a rainy day in Phoenix. Wait, what? A rainy day in Phoenix? Now that’s rare.

As I am working with my sister today, sitting by the window, I can’t help but to look out the window and stare at the gloomy sky. And yes, my sister and I decided it was a good enough day to start. Start listening to christmas music. Yeah, we get a huge head start. It’s an obsession.

Anyways, I noticed the featured seller on Etsy today, and oh my word, consider me amazed. The bags made by Mercy Leather Work, are anything but ordinary. With such intricate handiwork, it is impossible not to notice them. Take a look at these beauties and swoon with me. 🙂

Leather Back Pack- $275

Waxed Canvas and Leather Backpack- $275

Deluxe Laptop Messanger Bag- $345

have a beautiful day

❤ Amy

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Fantabulous No. 5

Number 5 time!

I saw this featured shop on Etsy and couldn’t help but include her in my countdown. her art work is so unique and original…I just love it! The traditional look is what gets me. Not too modern or trendy,  just amazing work! Take a look at Becca Stadtlander of Becca Stadtlander Illustration. 

Hello Baby Card- $3.95

Water Girl Card- $3.95

Have a great Monday! and for those of you starting school today… good luck!

❤ Amy

No. 6:: Sunday Owl Release; drinking mango iced tea and day dreaming

So once again, I was browsing along Etsy and found this amazing shop with some even more amazing rings! I messaged this wonderful seller and happened to score an interview and some brand new photos of some new rings she is about to release! Take a look friends and drool along with me at these gorgeous works of art!

Sunday Owl is owned by the lovely Lisa and operated out of the beautiful state of Hawaii. This shop is our featured number 6 on our Beautiful 10 Countdown!

::Top left:: This is where I weigh the wax models to prepare them for casting. I also weigh the 18k gold casting grain. The gold grain sits in a little owl dish which I purchased from a lovely Etsy shop named One Clay Bead.

:: Top right:: Some of the new rings you can find from Sunday Owl

::Bottom::  Me, my tool cabinet and my equipment (hiding behind the curtain). My dad and I made the tool cabinet that I am standing next to from recycled found items around his house. It is a little wonky and crooked, but I just love it. The clay pottery on top of the cabinet is from another Etsy shop Darrielles Clay Art.

How did you get started making jewelry?

It was quite a journey. I went to art school in NYC, graduated with a fashion degree and worked in that industry for a little while. It was time for a big change, packed my bags and headed back to Hawaii where I am originally from. I knew that I wanted to try something different and I had always wanted to be a sculptor, but what would I sculpt? I absolutely love rings and rustic vintage items. I am not sure how, but this lead to me to lost wax casting. I read everything I could find on this subject and was fascinated with the history behind it. I decided that this was for me and signed up for a casting class at our academy of arts. I was in love with this process. I love the imperfections and unpredictability of torch casting. I’m that girl who loves included stones and porosity on gold, they’re so much more interesting to me.

//willow//

What in your everyday life inspires you? 
Simplicity. The world seems to be going a little too fast for me. I love all the simple things. Birds, stars, the moon, my rusted vintage schwinn and earthy colors. Old things. I imagine where they were, the places they’ve been, the people who have come in contact with them. Imperfections.

//simone//

Are there any trends now that you personally love for your own wardrobe?
Jumpsuits. They remind me of my childhood. I wore a military green one with printed little flowers, gathered cap sleeves and a long zipper up the front to my first day of kindergarten. My mom let me pick out the fabric and she sewed it for me, I just loved it. I wonder what happened to my sweet jumpsuit.

//lulu:: kate :: kaori// (kaori not yet listed)

If you had 1 million dollars, what would you spend it on? 

I would have a little fun, travel and help my family. I also have many organizations I love, but three are very special to me. I love our Hawaiian Humane society for animals and the ASPCA. I just adore my animals. Heifer International is everything I believe in. Their philosophy is one that I was raised with,“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; you have fed him for a lifetime.” Their idea is to help teach people to be self sufficient and to pass on the gift. When they are given a cow and it has a female baby, they pass it on to another family. I think this is absolutely amazing. My dad says it doesn’t matter if you only have a little to give as a lot of littles from many people add up to whole lot.

//salt//

What is your favorite spot/place/city in the world?
My favorite places constantly change. I love dirt roads, sandy beaches, trees, mountains and most of all water. Anywhere in the middle of nature. I love twinkling stars and the ocean in the evenings, it’s so magical.

//penelope//

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I am not too much of a planner, I sort of go and see where it leads me. I hope to be happy, healthy and become a little more of a free spirit each day. I’ll be drinking mango iced tea and daydreaming.

Number 5 up next!

❤ Amy

Number Nine Naturally

So after number 10 comes number nine naturally. This is number 9 on our beautiful 10 countdown to our 100th post!

I Love love love/am obsessed with this “Unbreak my Heart”  hoodie found on Etsy. You can find it here from Two String Jane.

(ps she is having a sale right now!!)

❤ Amy

A little something to set the mood

You get it. A girl loves her accessories. I have stressed this before and over and over… I just can’t stress it enough. Being a girl who lives on a budget, I have to watch the amount I spend on certain things. I end up going over my devised “limit” anyways. Its inevitable. My vast admiration for jewelry is somewhat clear, I’m freaking obsessed!  So here is some Etsy and other store finds that will increase your affinity to jewelry as well!

//Spool 72 feathered tuquoise necklace-out of stock//

It may be out of stock, but it’s still amazing!

//Love these earrings from Rachel Pfeffer Designs-$28//

//Great metal cuff from Ruche-$18.99//

//Silver Leather necklace from Smadar Shani-$40//

//Amazing Turquoise Watch from Spool 72-$32//

This summer I have really gotten into wearing watches. The brighter or more bold, the better! I feel that they get overlooked as practical accessories a lot of the time rather than amazing statement pieces. Go get yourself a watch!

That’s all for tonight!

❤ Amy

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 🙂

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 🙂
 
Thank you so much for sharing Rebecca, we LOVE your stuff! Keep creating 🙂
 
❤ Amy
 
Ps. If you have any favorite Etsy sellers, comment with their name and they might end up here as well! 
 

The Father Figures

As Father’s Day approaches, I know I have been looking and thinking about what to get my pops. So here a few ideas for you all! 🙂 Think handmade and unique. Something different will make him smile!

//Great Fathers day card from liddabits//

//Father’s Day Pamper Dad Kit from Sam’s Natural//

//Burgandy Leather iPhone Case and Card holder from Divina Denuevo//

//AWESOME striped socks from Muza//

Enjoy your Evening!

❤ Amy

Milk Handmade Chicago

So the perfect mixture of business and pleasure came to be this past week. I was  in Chicago over Memorial Day visiting family, and decided it was the perfect opportunity to visit a local handmade boutique that just opened in the beginning of May. Besides just being a great collection of local and Etsy handmade items, this boutique carries a few pieces from the one and only Katie Jean Designs! Hallie from Milk Handmade was one of the sweetest girls ever, and allowed me to come visit and snap a few photos! Take a look!

Thanks for reading! More posts to come tonight! watch out 😉

❤ Amy

That day we celebrate our Mommas

So tomorrow is Mother’s day! Mom’s I must say, are amazing. Watching my mom and my sister elegantly handle all of their responsibilities, makes me that much more excited to be a mom myself!  This little collection makes me think of my mother, and all the mothers out there. Their warm heart and unyielding grace makes for one amazing lady. After getting to finally spend a Saturday doing nothing in particular, I scoured the thrift shops around me and got caught on a vintage rage. Today I was inspired  is eco-friendly products and vintage wonderfulness of course!

Enjoy! And go call your mom if you aren’t with her right now!

//i love you stone magnets from happy emotions//

//handmade family fabric dolls from Timo Handmade//

//antique metal nesting canisters from The Sheepish Lion//

//vintage over sized teacup from The Orange Collective//

//vegan clay soap from Herbivore Botanicals//

//mom birthday card from Happy Day Bits//

Go give your momma, madre, Mutter, Mom a huge HUG because she is one of the main reasons you are you!

Have a wonderful Sunday and see you all soon!

❤ Amy

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

//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! 😉 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