Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Star-Spangled

Happy Independence Day to all the lovely Spinsters out there! Today's post isn't really directly patriotic. But, in the spirit of the holiday, I thought we might have a star-themed post.

This post is definitely heavy on the earrings, but I can't help it. I love earrings.

So let's look what we've got here.

1. Jenny Packham Crystal Embellished Double Star Drop Earrings: $19.20, Lord & Taylor
          These are on clearance and more than half off. For the lady who likes a little more dangle than the one who'd wear #7.

2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat: $42, Bloomingdale's
          This is special anniversary edition packaging, and I love it.

3. Golden Star Clear Pencil Case/Makeup Pouch: $20, Ross Miu on Etsy
          The glitter moves inside the clear layers, I think. I love it.

4. Steve Madden Jupiter Sandals: $62, Revolve
          This is a more affordable version of a set of Loeffler Randall sandals that cam out several years ago. I loved them then, and I love them now.

5. Steve Madden Large C-Hoop Dangling Star Chain Earrings: $9.97, Haute Look
          I really like the look of c-hoop earrings. That's pretty much it.

6. Star Glitter Nail Polish by Pretty Jelly: $8, Pretty Jelly on Etsy
          While these colors aren't really "American," You're much more likely to wear this polish year-round, justifying the $8 price tag.

7. Sparkling Star Drop Earrings: $9.97, New York & Co.
          These are on sale for 50% off, and I think they're a steal at just under $10.

8. Edible Star Glitter: $8, Fancy Sprinkles on Etsy
          I mean, who couldn't use a dose of star-shaped edible glitter?

All right! That's all for now! Happy Fourth of July!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Just for Fun: Celine Dion 2017

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I must admit that I didn't watch the Billboard Music Awards last night. I did, however, catch some footage of Celine Dion in her fabulous dress, and I just had to make an illustration of her wearing it.

I cannot believe that it's been 20 years since "My Heart Will Go On" came out. Boy, do I feel old. I remember making my friend Mollie listen to this song over and over and over at her house so many times that her mom called her into another room and asked her to stop playing it. That poor woman probably thought she was in a torture cell.

Anyway, here's Celine in all her majestic glory. Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Swimsuit Doodles

Well, hello. Happy Mother's Day! If you've been following my Instagram, you've been seeing that I'm working on a quilt. It's a big one. This is the biggest quilt I've made yet. I think it will be a bit larger than queen sized when I'm finished. But, since I figured those photos wouldn't be too exciting to you ladies, I'm showing you a little doodle I made during an exploratory trip to the Magistrate's Court in Florence, South Carolina. It's on a stenography pad, but I still like it.

Aaaand just in case you haven't been seeing my quilting Instagrams, Here are a couple of those photos as well.

Here, Miranda is trying to hinder my progress. Like a cat, she feels the need to sit right on top of whatever I'm working on. But she's so cute, I don't mind.

Here we have a photo of some of my hand quilting. I actually made the "print" on this fabric with alcohol ink. There are a couple of squares like that on this quilt. I feel like they give the quilt a little whimsy, some personality, and a very personal touch.

Stay tuned on my Instagram for more progress and updates!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Atlanta Spinstering: Rap Snacks

In a gas station west of atlanta, not too far from Six Flags, I found the above pictured potato chips. I just thought you should know about Rap Snacks.

I've googled them, and apparently they're owned by Lil' Romeo. It looks like their most recent addition is Fetty Wap's Honey JalapeƱo. I can't say I've tried these yet. They looked vaguely bootleg to me, but now that I know they're real, maybe I will.

To see all the Rap Snacks Flavors, visit their website here.

If you missed it last time, my little sketchbook is still for sale on Etsy! Click here to check it out.

Happy Monday! (or should I say Rappy Monday??? No? Ok.)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Buy My Sketchbook!

I've been meaning to post the little sketchbook on my Etsy for some time, and this morning, I finally did!

I didn't want to post it until I'd also made a video of all the pages in the book. Yesterday, I made that happen, so I've embedded it here just for you!

Now, if you'd like to purchase the little sketchbook, then you can buy it on my Etsy by clicking this link. 

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spinster Jams: Maren Morris

So, I don't generally like country music. I appreciate that it has a place in the world and expresses some things that other genres don't, but it's just not the first thing I go for. That being said, I have recently heard several interviews with Singer/Songwriter Maren Morris, and so I thought I'd check out her album on the way home for easter weekend. The drive from Atlanta to Sumter is a long one, so I had plenty of time.

Well, for a single lady, I highly recommend this album. Morris sings about love, sure, but she also covers other topics like her love for FM radio, her 80s Mercedes, and a song giving advice to a friend who can't seem to stop going back to a cheater. There are also quite a few songs that are decidedly not quite country.

Now I have to get ready for work, but on the way there, I'll be listening to a little Maren Morris.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spinster Shopping: Easter Baskets

Well, Spinsters, I know it's been a while. Life has gotten a little crazy. But today, we need to talk about something fun.

You may have noticed that today's shopping guide is called "Easter Baskets." I know that technically these aren't baskets - they're handbags - but I thought that was a fun name, so bear with me if you can. I just thought straw bags might be a fun way to celebrate the changing season, and I think I found a bunch of cute ones. So let's check them out!

1. Jade Tribe Big Pom Pom Beach Basket: $105, The Webster
          You may notice that the prices on straw bags have gone up. I was pretty surprised how expensive they are now. However, you can really tell the difference between a cheap one and an expensive one. I love the oversized pom poms on this one. They call it a "beach basket," but I think that's probably just this bag's fantasy location. It's too small for that....maybe a cute dinner date instead?

2. Baracoa Clutch: $118, Trina Turk
          Trina Turk has some really cute bags this season. This is such a fun little clutch/pouch with the playful mixture of the transparent vinyl and the more natural straw. Very cute.

3. Muun Basket Bag: $230, Barney's
          This one's pretty pricey, but I have to think that if it's from Barney's it probably won't fall apart on it's first time out. Plus, this one is a little more subdued and appropriate for more occasions.

4. Mystique Key West Pom Pom Straw Basket: $210, Marissa Collections
          I think this bag is a lot of fun. It looks like something you'd find in Mexico. I think it's a great vacation bag.

5. Black Straw Pom Pom Clutch: $38, Amazon
          This bag is simple and much more affordable. I do really like the combination of the pom poms with the tassels, though. And, since it's black, it doesn't necessarily shout "summer!" like the rest of these do.

6. Seafolly Carried Away Pom Pom Beach Basket: $102, Neiman Marcus
          This shape is a little more of what I think of when I think traditional straw handbag. It's a wide mouth tote, but it's got the fun pom pom embellishment I like for this season.

7. Lemon Clutch: $31.99, Amazon
          I'm a sucker for a little clutch that looks like some other object. I can never fit my stuff in them, but I love the idea. This little lemon is such a cute option.

8. Jade Tribe Square Basket Tote: $175, Spring
          I love how this bag has a little insert. The dangly pom pom/tassel combo, too, is really nice. Also: bonus Easter points for being pastel!

9. Banana Straw Bag: $17.99, Amazon
          Our most affordable item on the list. This is just cute and fun and a little kitschy. It also comes in a cherry version. I think of this as more of a teen/college option. But that's just me. You do you.

All right! That's it! I hope to write here more often in the future. I also hope you enjoyed this collection of cute basket bags. Happy Sunday!