Monday, May 21, 2012

The coolest way to wear ties since...ties

Good evening lovelies! Tonight, I bring you a fantastic way to be fashionable while supporting a fantastic new and exclusive line made entirely of ties. Yes, you read correctly; ties. 

Not just an old silk tie

My good friend's grandmother has found a way to hand-make an entire purse out of a single tie. Each tie that's used is vintage and most of the ties are made of 100% silk. After each purse is created, it's then fitted with vintage lace or ribbon for the handle, then finished with a vintage button to fasten the flap in the front. Every purse is one-of-a-kind, so you are sure to get a beautiful purse that no one else in this world has!

Each purse is only $12 plus shipping if you don't live in Ventura. Contact Amanda to order:

India Red: $12 

Paisley Royalty: $12

 Florida Blue: $12

 Starlight Blue: SOLD

These 4 are the only ones created so far, but more will be made. Each one can easily fit a card holder, cell phone, keys, mirror, lip gloss, floss, mini hand lotion and breath mints, but are small enough to not weigh your down. The straps may very in length, but can be tucked inside the purse so it can easily be converted into a clutch for the night. 

For the price and convenience of being one-of-a-kind, give Amanda a call and get your own unique way to reduce, reuse, and look great!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Energy Boost

Good afternoon all you hard Monday workers! Here's a fun little perk-me-up to start off your week!

Online Deals

$9.99 t-shirt sale; with no sales tax in California! WOOT!

$1 shipping

20% regular priced items in the backroom-online only.

30% off entire site-ends tonight. BABYLOVE at checkout

40% the entire site.

20% warm-weather items.

Betsey Johnson Breakdown

Good evening lovelies! I hope everyone had an amazing Mother's Day, and for those who are still celebrating I hope it stays sweet.

Tonight, I want to talk about a bit of news that I just heard in the fashion industry that has blown me out of the water: Betsey Johnson is closing down. 

Yes, the beloved Betsey Johnson is closing many of the 63 stores in the country after over 40 years in the business. Starting out with Betsey Bunkey Nini in 1969, the company grew, but after experiencing more than 20% sales loss since 2007 and not recovering, Steve Madden couldn't even save the company, and now the websites and stores will now close for good. Every store location has started a liquidation process that will end sometime in July with all the stores closing. 

Remembering Betsey Johnson: My Style

I fell in love with Betsey Johnson about 5 years ago when I first moved out for school in San Diego. I had no idea who Betsey Johnson was or even the slightest notion that such a style existed, but many girls in my classes wore her clothes and a few girls even worked at the store 5 minutes down the road. Very quickly, through various class presentations and unintentional fashion shows, I became quickly acquainted with the brand and fell in love. I was quite lucky that Fashion Valley Mall was only 5 minutes away and happens to house a very small but well-stocked Betsey Johnson boutique. Unfortunately the prices were so high at the boutiques I could never drop $50 on a ring at once, so I just had to admire from afar. It wasn't until one day venturing into Macy's that I discovered the store carries Betsey Johnson, and also  happens to offer a credit card (Debatable as to whether that's a good thing since I seem to keep paying it off and then finding more things to "need"). My first-ever purchase from Macy's was a giant Betsey Johnson gold heart-and-glass ring that says "Fly Away with me" with a mirror background. If i hit someone with that ring they'd be down for the count.

Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Coach; none of those brands meant anything to me once discovering Betsey. I found myself gravitating to the overall style the line exudes. Luxury to me was not to be toting around the latest Coach, but to be wearing a Betsey Johnson dress with a beautiful flower in my hair and red lipstick with cute wedges. To be honest, that's still my style aesthetic. Sweet, feminine, and just enough quirk to make it interesting.

While I will no longer be able to go to a Betsey boutique and drool outside of it's windows longingly, I will be able to remember the sweet style that Betsey injected into the world, and take that style into my own wardrobe. The company will be re-done and Miss Johnson plans to have a fashion show in September. We can only hope!

Rock on!!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Mother's Day

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and everyone is ready for Mother's Day, which is coming up in just 2 weeks! It's a good thing so many sites are doing wonderful promotions or it might have slipped right by me. To make sure that I'm showing my mom how much I care, I decided to get a fun little gift basket of things for her this year, some cute and funny, some sweet and sentimental, and all of course for under $50.

My Mother's Day Basket

Under $50

I got this amazing customized tote for only $7.49 because it was on sale and I had a $10 coupon. I recommend signing up for Shutterfly's email list; you'll get free things and discounts all the time! This gift is perfect for the eco-friendly mom, much like mine!
Amazing Mother's Day Gift Ideas 

$50 or Less

Working for Betty Belts, I am obviously biased, but I love seaglass with a passion; each piece came from somewhere and is completely unique and unlike any other piece out there. The mini pendants are a great to wear on a cord with other pendants as my friend Amanda does, or by themselves. They're a fantastic gift and look great on everyone!

For the chic vitamin-popping mom.

A stunning purse from Olivia+Joy at the perfect price. The straps make it easy and effortless to wear long or carry around. The piping and clasp detail in front give it just the right amount of pop and attitude to make it stand out. This purse is anything but stuffy and

Faceted Stone Earrings: $49.99 

The unusual shape of these earrings make them striking without being overpowering. You will definitely draw the right kind of attention when you slip these on with a flowy blouse or structured dress. Dressed up or down, these earrings will add the perfect amount of bling without breaking the bank,

A bra that has an IPod pocket; need I say more? I may just get 2...

My mother never leaves home without her kindle, so why not make your mom's kindle a pretty book? That happens to hold hundreds of other books too.

Adorable AND useful: my favorite kind of item.

The Everything Green Smoothies Book: $10.74

For the healthy mom; you can never have too many cookbooks!