Tuesday, August 30, 2011

storeyhorse vintage

When I first heard about Storeyhorse Vintage I was immediately intrigued. Two friends Kelly + Elizabeth, had a love for vintage fashion and a dream to bring high quality, carefully selected pieces to the public. One click through their website proves they have an eye for fashion and more importantly vintage fashion. It's a common misconception that if it's from the thrift store it's suddenly vintage and cool, not the case. Sometimes its just old, unflattering, low quality junk. Kelly + Elizabeth get what makes up great vintage, and offer up their fantastic finds for those who might not have such an easy time. 

Since inception in January of 2011, StoreyHorse Vintage has strived to focus solely on the resale and distribution of quality and designer vintage clothing, jewelry, footwear and accessories. Storeyhorsevintage.com is also currently collaborating with designer Meredith Piccin of Honey Rose & K Modage Baubles, (featured in the September 2011 issue of Teen Vogue), for Fall 2011. 
With Kelly Velikonya’s flair for fashion and Elizabeth Storey’s drive for perfection, it was a natural progression for the duo to collaborate and transform their favorite past time, collecting and reinventing vintage pieces, into a full-fledged endeavor, by creating a cultural connection between the consumer and their inimitable one-of-a-kind items. The intended purpose of this site is to provide a chronicle of fashion history, a wealth of all things stylish, chic and sophisticated, to those in search of owning a piece of yesteryear.

“We have found people love clothing with a story,” said co-owner Elizabeth Storey. “Our ambition is to provide the timeless visionary with pieces rich in antiquity... Viva la vintage.” 

From comfort, to style, to what’s hot and what’s not, the hottest trends, latest (and oldest) fashions and absolutely the most quality vintage around, storeyhorsevintage.com, has created a gathering of followers who have anxiously anticipated the arrival of this fashion-forward website. 
The overall objective at StoreyHorse Vintage is to provide vintage enthusiasts, (you!), with clothing rich in history and to inject new life into otherwise disregarded pieces. Old has a new outlook, vintage is reborn and exclusive no longer means elusive.
I pulled some of my personal favorite pieces from the site to share with you! 

I hope all you lovelies enjoy such a lovely little gem of a site. 
Oh, and Happy Shopping!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

help me choose

So there I am contemplating which iPhone case to snap onto my lovely new iPhone when I realized who better to ask than my lovely stylish readers! Just a quick mini-post to get your input on which one of these amazing cases you like best! All of them are from Society 6, oh and by the way I stopped at page 165 because there was no way I would ever make it to page 521!

Let me know which number catches your eye!

little loves

This week was pretty low key and laid back. Although I did celebrate a good friends birthday with my favorite home-made pizza and dough (post to follow) and found the best garage sale find (actually it was a barn sale) which I will be DIY-ing into more jewelry storage, and of course blog post to follow on that as well. This week is my birthday week so I know it will be a good one! I hope you lovelies enjoyed your week!

I have been searching everywhere for a skinny leather bow belt like this! 
Snagged it for $10 from ASOS.

Could this french themed shower invite be any cuter? 
Designed by the lovely Lara owner of the only and only DBE.

Got this sweet silk scarf as a birthday gift this week. I need to find the perfect
 use for it, maybe tied onto an old bag to make it new?

This vegan handmade body butter from Terra Verde Handmade is to die for! 
And don't you lovelies worry I have a lovely little find post on this coming soon with 
a special discount just for you!

I have been lusting after these earrings from MARK since they came out. 
So glad I finally got them this week.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

why didn't i think of it thursday

This might just be one of my favorite posts to do! I just love all the amazing ideas that never would have crossed my mind before Pinterest

1. What a fantastic idea to store your ribbon! I have a handful of ribbon spools I use to wrap gifts with, and this is the perfect way to keep them neat and organized, space effective too! Originally from All people Quilt.

2. Where has this solution been all my life? Using marshmallows to keep brown sugar soft, completely brilliant! And I tried it, it works like magic! Originally from Storage I Glee.

3. I really really love this idea! Make a rubber stamp look like a tag and use on envelopes for that lovely little touch. I couldn't find the original post for this one but it came from Creature Comforts, which just might be my new obsession! Just check out this entire page dedicated to DIY Gifts + Packaging! YES PLEASE!

4. I pinned this just in time for fall. Vanilla candle in vase of coffee beans. This has got to smell amazing! I will be trying this immediately! Originally from Inspiration for Decoration.

5. Who doesn't have issues with their computer or tv cords? I never know which one is cable, dvd, or tv. This idea is brilliant! Use at top and bottom of cords (have also seen color coded twist ties). Originally from Unplggd.

6. And this idea, well it's just genius! Ever open a bottle of wine and can't finish it off? If you're anything like me you hate to pour out that perfectly good wine! Pick up an ice tray and freeze the remaining wine into cubes, to use for cooking later. Originally from The Art of Doing Stuff.

My next challenge is to organize all my recipes. I have what I believe to be a brilliant idea to organize them! I will post about it soon!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

little loves

When I started doing my little loves post's I just thought it would be a fun, short, and sweet extra post, but it has turned into something I really look forward to. Every week when I am composing my posts I look back and take a moment to appreciate the little things throughout my week that made me happy.

This week was pretty exciting for me! Alongside work I posted my first VLOG post, got my first tattoo, had an amazing mexican burrito bar dinner prepared for me at a friends place, and so much more. I also started celebrating my 23rd birthday coming up! I hope all you lovelies also had a wonderful week! 

These are my party nails, perfect for celebrating my birthday! Frock Star in 
Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Nail Strips, if you have yet to try these do it now!

Snagged this amazing vintage salmon pinstriped nautical blazer for only $3 from 
Goodwill on Waterloo in Akron. 

A new piece of jewelry always brightens my week. Fell in love with this 
simple black and gold multi-chain bracelet from Toony

Got my first tattoo (planing on one more). A small barely connecting heart on my left wrist.
 I love it so much! Thanks to Ryan at Defiance in Kent for being so amazing!

Me and the rest of The 330 Blogger Collective took Goodwill by storm 
this week followed by dinner at my favorite The Lockview
Thanks to Sarah from Sarah's Laundry for the photo!

And what a perfectly lovely way to end my week, the dynamic duo over at 
Dresses for Dinner ran a wonderfuly flattering post on our little clique.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

lovely little local

I first heard about Sinfully Good on a recommendation from a friend. Not just any friend, the kind of friend who knows exactly where to get the new nail trend done, what days to get waxed because it's cheaper, and of course where to get the perfect airbrush tan. As I have mentioned before I became quite the tanning addict in my high-school days and once I started noticing wrinkles in my 20's I vowed to never return (which I may or may not break once a year). My friend would always come into work glowing and looking like she had just returned from a weekend at the beach. Needless to say she got all of us girls at work hooked on Diane (the leading lady at Sinfully Good) and her salon.

I have to admit I was a bit nervous for my first airbrush tan. I had dreams of returning looking like Snookie or Paris Hilton, but Diane was an expert at making me feel comfortable. Sinfully Good offers Mystic tanning (spray tanning from a booth), airbrush tanning (where you are personally sprayed by an airbrush artist), and booth tanning. I have become obsessed with the airbrush tan, which also happens to be organic!

Diane and her staff go above and beyond most other salons, just check out the vanity above stocked with both male and female products like deodorant, hairspray, face wipes, hair ties, and anything else you might need before or after your sun fix.

I got Diane and the rest of Sinfully Good to offer my lovely readers a fantastic special!
Only $15 for an airbrush tan (normally $25) or $15 for a week in the highest level booth. 
You can even buy 2 of each at this rate (which I would highly reccomend). Diane also offers mobile airbrush for as little as one person, to as many as 50! Just give the salon a call and book a night in with your ladies.

 I'll be getting sprayed Friday for my birthday bash on Saturday! Just click on the coupon below or print out this page and bring it with you to Sinfully Good and snatch up this offer! 

And please remember to tip your lady if you get an airbrush tan.
Happy Airbrushing Lovelies!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

little loves

Another great week came and went! I didn't have a ton of down time but I did have a chance to see my all time favorite singer Sara Bareilles at House of Blues in Cleveland. And finished up my first Vlog (video+blog) post, so be on the lookout for that! Today I'll be attending the Rowdy Indie Craft Fair and hopefully find a good artist or two to feature for you!

A fun chalkboard specialty cocktail bar sign from the wedding I worked last night with Kirkbride's.

Strawberry puree + champagne =  an idea I found on Pinterest! YUM! I need to try this asap!

My color this week was the gray tone Chinchilly, from Essie of course.

I ordered this charming high-waisted tweed front zipper skirt from Mod Cloth. I hope it fits!

Me and my best friends at Sara Bareilles.

And how about these stylish concert go-ers? LOVED their shoes especially!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

lovely little obsession

I honestly can't remember how I stumbled upon Kathleen from Inspirafashion, but I was immediately hooked as soon as I did! I was completely drawn in by her unique mix of vintage and new, bohemian and preppy, funky and classy. Being able to mix such opposite pieces and make it work is a major skill in the world of fashion, and Kathleen is practically a professional at it! Plus she was one of the cutest girls I had ever seen! I loved how she took risks in her outfits without going over the top which I find many bloggers do. I had the amazing pleasure of interviewing this blogger who is on the verge of becoming the next big thing. Kathleen has been featured on everything form Teen Vouge.com to Elle.com, and now this little blog! 

Tell me a little about yourself Kathleen…
I’m a Senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Psychology. I plan to try and get into the fashion industry upon graduation, hopefully somewhere in Web Styling or Visual Merchandising. I run my personal fashion blog, Inspirafashion, which was started back in September 2010. I have a serious passion for fashion (didn’t mean for that to rhyme lol). I’m a very creative and artistic person – Art/drawing/painting is my hobby alongside of course shopping.
What gave you the idea to start a fashion blog and/or how did you get into blogging?
Summer of 2010 was very bored as many students are during the summertime sometimes and came upon the wonderful style community, Chictopia and LOVED seeing everyday girls creating outfits and sharing with everyone their personal unique styles. I found out about blogging through there and decided to why not start my own!  So it happened September 2010, came up with a catchy name Inspirafashion – mixing inspiration and fashion together. One cannot live without the other for me at least. A boyfriend-turned-photographer, a Nikon D60, a laptop, a whole lotta clothes/shoes/accessories, and amazing supportive and inspirational readers from all over is what makes Inspirafashion what it is today.

What has been the best thing to come from the blog?
I’d say getting to have a close relationship with other fellow bloggers, and even so much as to actually meet a few of them in person! Also, getting to collaborate with brands, companies, and upcoming designers is really an exciting part of blogging.

Any advice for newbie bloggers?
A key part to blogging, as cheesy as it may sound, is be yourself!  Also, connect with your audience by visiting their blogs too - being supportive is a great trait to have in the blog world.

What would you like to see happen with your blog and yourself in the future?
It would be amazing if I would get the chance to travel the world because of my blog. Also, I’d love to collaborate and work with more brands and companies in the future. I want to start doing a little bit of beauty posts too on my blog, as makeup is another addiction of mine. Also, am going to try my hardest to update my Youtube Channel more often!

Where did you get your fashion sense from?
I am a very visual artsy person at heart, so maybe from that. I love being creative when it comes to putting on clothes, accessorizing, and styling everything down to the kind of shoes I wear.
Your style is amazing! What are your favorite places to shop?
Aww, thank you!! My favorite places to shop for mainstream stores are H&M, Urban Outfitters, occasionally Forever 21 and American Apparel. I love also shopping online at ASOS, Topshop, and Nasty Gal. Thrifting and vintage shopping is another love of mine, Crossroads, Wasteland, Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange are some favorites.

Who is your style icon?
It is a mixture of Mary-Kate Olsen, Kate Bosworth, and Alexa Chung. I love their grungy, bohemian, effortless styles. If decades could be style icons I’d say the 70’s for circle sunnies and fringe, and 90’s for boots galore and grunge are my faves for fashion trends. 
One item of clothing every fashionista should own?
A good pair of lace-up boots with a bit of a heel, that you can feel comfortable walking ALL day in everywhere you go.  They can practically go with anything, save you from any weather catastrophe, and make you look stylish with comfort.

What is your best fashion/style tip?
Do at least one DIY project in your life and you’ll be forever grateful. Runway looks or accessories can be inspiration behind any fashion DIY, and get you an amazing look for less.
And your daily blog reads…
I love right now...

... and the list can go on and on and on, as you can tell I get inspired DAILY!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

little loves

This was another one of those crazy weeks. I worked my butt off but made up for it later in the week! 
Thursday I went to the debut of a new Akron soul band called Welsey Bright + The Hi-Lites and 
Saturday I had a very successful shopping trip with my momma.

I am so smitten with this clutch from DBE in both cream + navy! 

Essie gave it's Facebook followers a sneak peek of the new fall line inspired by hand-bags. 
They say it's hitting stores now but I have yet to find it. Can't wait for Glamour Purse!

I just couldn't choose between these two peep-toe pumps on Saturday so I just got both! 
Now I just need a reason to wear them.

I have been wanting to spray paint my plastic make-up storage gold since I saw 
Emily from Cupcakes + Cashmere do it HERE.

While shopping with my mom at Nordstrom these books on display in the fitting room caught my eye. 
The folding is so intricate and amazing! If anyone knows how to do these or someone who does please let me know!

UPDATE: The artist has been found and contacted! His name is Isaac G. Salazar. He is self taught and has a waiting list until 2013 as of now! Check out more of his work HERE.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

lovely little recipe

Fruit Salsa + Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

This is one of my go to recipes. It's easy, fast, cheap, delicious, and doesn't come with the sluggish feeling I usually get after I feel indulged a little. It also can be personalized and switched around depending on what you have available to you. 

What you will need:
Chips - Flour tortillas (I always use whole wheat), cinnamon-sugar mix, Butter or Baking Spray (I love Pam Baking Spray)

Salsa- It is totally up to you! I usually always use apples because they are a good filler. In this specific salsa I used fresh apple and nectarine, frozen peaches and strawberries, and canned crushed pineapple. You will also need something for a base such as orange juice or fruit preserves. Be careful when using orange juice or oranges because they will quickly become the dominate flavor. Use sparingly.

Cut the tortilla into triangle shaped pieces (pizza cutter works best) and arrange as many as can fit onto baking sheet.  Coat the tortilla with butter or spray and sprinkle cinnamon- sugar mixture on top. You end up losing a lot of the cinnamon-sugar so you can feel free to get a bit carried away here.

Bake the tortilla at 350* for 8-10 Minutes. While you are doing that you can begin to cut up your fruits. I like to keep mine in decent size pieces still so that people can tell what kind of fruit it is.

Mix all your fruit together and then add your base. I always wait till the end to do this because the fruit will create a natural base and you want want it to be too runny. Feel free to add sugar if you think it needs it but I never do. 

Ta-da! You will get so many compliments on this recipe! So easy and unique for the summer. I always make more chips than needed because people will eat them without the salsa too. I keep the back-up chips in the tortilla bag they came in and bring them in case they run out. 

I hope you enjoy!