Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gift Guide: Clip-On Earrings

Before my grandmother passed away, I would always have a hard time thinking of what to get her for Christmas. Her ears weren't pierced, though, so I would always search for a good-looking pair of clip-ons.

Now, I have a friend around my age who doesn't have her ears pierced, so I have renewed interest in finding good clip-ons that don't look like the makers made do with the restraints of clip-ons. Today, I present you eight excellent pair of clip-on earrings for your shopping pleasure. Some are very affordable, and some are...fancy. So let's look at the links.

1. Royal Gala Clip-On Earrings: $14, Charming Charlie
          Very Pretty, and they come in two color ways.

2. Beaded Clip On Tassel Earrings: $21.22, Alingenue on Etsy
          I love these. I was looking for a pair of tassel clip-ons, and these were by far the best.

3. Flower Cluster Earrings: $16.99, Amazon
          While these are more in keeping with the sorts of earrings you usually see in the clip-ons section, I think they're fun, funky, and dimensional enough to be gift-worthy.

4. Gold Half Disc Earrings: $26+, GitasJewelryShip on Etsy
          I wonder if these would be less heavy on your earlobes than pierced ones are.

5. Soutache Earrings: $37, GiSouthacheJewelry on Etsy
          So, everything in this Etsy shop is beautiful. They are, apparently, going out of business, so if you love these - or this style - , you may want to head on over now. Very sad to see this shop go. I think it's really cool.

6. Turquoise and Ruby Snake Hoop Earrings: $200, Kenneth Jay Lane
          These are, of course, the most expensive earrings in the list. However, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings are pretty fancy, and I think these particular ones are quite unique.

7. Pink Shimmer Statement Earrings: $19.95, T.J. Max
          You can't tell in this image that the pink part is transparent. Fancy and funky.

8. Oval Clip On Earrings: $10.50, Shoptiques
          These are so very 90s in the best way possible. Very super model.

All right. That's it for me. Enjoy your shopping!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gift Guide: Gifts for Guys

Now that I started with a college girl gift guide, I thought I should follow it with a gift guide for the guys. I suspect most of these things would be best for a college student or a guy in his early 20s. Still, I think a few of these items would be good for any guy. So let's talk about what's on the list. Most of it's from Amazon, so that's easy.

1. Rogue One Razor Gift Set: $9.99, Amazon
          Ok, so this isn't a great gift for non-Star Wars fans. But, if the guy shaves, and he does like Star Wars, then this is a good option. Plus it's only ten bucks.

2. USB Charger Keychain: $25.56, Amazon
          I think this is much better for men than the tassel. Still super useful in a pinch.

3. Flex Tank: $20, Amazon
          I don't advocate for men's tank tops. In fact, I don't like them. BUT if you're ok with them, then this could be a really funny gift for your scrawny younger brother.

4. Plaid Rugged Elbow Patch Shirt: $39.50, J.Crew Factory
          Cool and classic. Almost can't go wrong....unless he doesn't like red or plaid or...IDK. I'm getting old.

5. Beard Template: $14.99, Amazon
          I didn't know these things existed before yesterday. This is so weird that I just had to add it to the list.

6. Stripe Socks: $5.99, Steinmart
          Pro tip: Steinmart has lots of socks, and they are excellently priced. If you live near one, go check it out.

7. Shotgun Shell Coasters: about $45, Amazon
          For the hunter who has everything.

8. Organic Mushroom Farm: $21.71, Amazon
          For the guy who loves to cook...or loves to eat organic mushrooms? I just thought this was cool.

9. Breakfast Sandwich Maker: $24, Amazon
          If this were a gift guide for a woman, I wouldn't include this idea. We all already have too many tools and gadgets in our kitchens. However, for a bachelor's kitchen, I feel like this could work.

Ok, well. I hope this has given you some ideas! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Guide: College Girl

So, every year I like to do some gift guides. Usually I start before December, but I'm just getting around to it this year. Today's gift guide is labelled "College Girl," but I think it could be for any young lady in your life. So let's talk about what's on the list.

1. USB Charging Keychain Leather Tassel: $13.99, Amazon
          If you're not giving this to a college girl, give it to your coworker who's always asking if anyone has a charger. She can clip this on her keys or purse and never have to ask again.

2. e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette: $10, Amazon
          So, the link I have here is from Amazon, but you can also get this palette at Target and lots of drugstores. It's inexpensive, but I use this kind of eyeshadow, and I think it's great.

3. Wireless Earbuds: $16.99, Amazon
          Now that iPhone has forced the world into the age of the wireless earbud, why not get everyone on your list a spare pair. It seems like wireless earbuds are going to be easier to lose, so just add this to your shopping list for the next few years until they implant headphone chips in our bodies.

4. Rodan and Fields Unblemish Regimen for Acne: $180, Rodan + Fields
          Ok, so this is expensive, yes. And before you get mad, I'm not a Rodan and Fields Rep, and I don't even know the name of the person who sold this to my mom to give to me. What I do know is that it totally works, and it's great. So...if you think your college girl gift recipient would like clearer skin or just some nice smelling face stuff, this might be excellent.

Side note: if she does have bad skin, DO NOT make this about how bad you think her skin is. Chances are, she knows, and she doesn't need to be told. Just saying. Many a friend has made this complaint to me about well-meaning loved ones. Don't be that person.

5. Fujifilm Instax Share photo printer: $163.48, Amazon
          Ok, my parents gave me one of these for Christmas last year, and I love it. You connect to the printer via the bluetooth on your iPhone, and you can print any photo on your phone onto that cool instax instant film. Love. It.

6. Sonia Kashuk Holiday Brush Kit: $29.99, Target
          I have no idea how these brushes actually feel, but they're so cute. These would make anyone's bathroom counter look so fancy.

7. Sip Sip Tumbler with Straw in Girls just wanna have fun: $14,
          So, I love these things. I drink out of these when I work out, when I'm working at my desk, and when I'm on the road. Currently, I have two that I love plus two that are pretty good. I think they're magical. The only thing that would make them better would be if they were actually dishwasher safe. I still put them in the dishwasher, though. They seem fine..but maybe my dishwasher is just weak.

8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit: $40, Ulta
          I purchased this kit a while ago, and while I'm not a makeup maniac like Kim or Kylie, I quite enjoy this thing. It's a fun thing for the girl who likes to try things but would never purchase something like this for herself.

9. Loop de Loops: $28+, Welkin and Main on Etsy
          These are cute and easy to wear. a great staple for the school year...or the work week...or a night out...or church. They're very versatile.

10. Patterned Boot Socks: $5.97, Aerie
          If you've been looking at my gift guides for any period of time, then you know socks are one of my go-to gift items. Who doesn't need some fresh, clean socks? I think these are cute, and Aerie socks are also really soft.

Welp. That's it for today. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Obsession Confession: Stock Photos

You may have noticed the postings have been very sparse lately. I'm not making any promises that it will get better until after Christmas. I am happy to say I've been working pretty solidly on holiday orders. However, last week, I had a project that required me to use stock photography. And now I have a new obsession.

The person giving me the assignment suggested I use Getty Images, so for the first time I delved into the bajillions of photos in their library. There are many beautiful photos on the site, but there is also a bunch of really strange stuff. For example, I wonder what someone would need a photo of a metallic purple woman holding clock for.

If you haven't had to use stock photography before, I highly recommend you hop on over to Getty Images and have a look. search literally anything. It's a magical rabbit hole.

If you want to see what weird and wonderful things I've been finding, you can check out my Pinterest board here. Happy Monday!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Spinstergram: Carrots

Yesterday, I took my car to the dealership for a checkup, etc, and on the way back I got to stop in at one of my favorite Antique/Vintage shops in the Atlanta area, Queen of Hearts. In a back corner of the shop, I found this gem. I think it's a vase? I'm not sure what you'd put in it. Sticks? Well, the booth owner got a little creative and put fake carrots in there. Interesting.

I thought you'd enjoy this little moment. That being said, I only have time to blog for a moment today. Back to work!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spinstergram: My First Quilt

As I mentioned yesterday, my first quilt is finished! It's pretty big, so I had a hard time taking a photo of it. Miranda, of course, has already claimed it as her own. It's not perfect, but I think it's a good first try. Let's talk about what makes up the quilt.

The Squares (from top left to bottom right):

1. Spoleto Festival USA 1998 Tee Shirt with art by Claus Oldenberg

2. A Beetles Tee from my aunt, Marsha, that is very dark and tonal, so you can't really see their faces in this photo

3. A Tee I screen printed with my friend Pat's face on it. She's an awesome artist and illustrator, so you should check out her website here.

4. Penland School of Crafts Textiles Tee from the summer I went there to learn weaving and dying.

5. A Converse College tee. I cut off the first and last letters, and I wish I hadn't, but I was just trying to make all the squares a uniform size.

6. AEO Better World Tee: This was our volunteer uniform when I worked at American Eagle Outfitters. I wore this one time cleaning up trash along the hudson river. I will not tell you all the sorts of filth I discovered there.

7. "WE 💙#18" Tee I made when my brother was playing college baseball.

8. "I'm Big On The Pig" Piggly Wiggly Tee (back side)

9. A tee shirt my sister designed when she was working for Creator Designs.

10. "This Girl Can Work It." I got this tee in college from Delia's, I think. After I bought it, though, I thought it was weird to wear this shirt, so I wore it under another shirt all the time.

11. Derby Day Sumter tee my cousin Katie designed. Unfortunately, Miranda wanted to lay on top of that.

12. A Citadel tee.

13. Spoleto Festival USA 2003 tee shirt with art by Susan Rothenberg.

14. Troy University tee from when my brother in law worked there on the coaching staff.

15. University of South Carolina Student Gamecock Club tee. If you joined the student gamecock tee for $25 when I was a student at USC, you could have a free ticket to every game.

16. The front graphic from that same Piggly Wiggly tee.

17. Cute Alligator tee I got from Delia's in college.

18. A Ninja tee drawn by Olivia Sui that I got for free when I interned at Anna Sui

19. Spoleto Festival USA 2002 tee with art by Elizabeth Murray

20. Hanson concert tee from when my friend Sydney and I went to see them at House of Blues. This is the back of the tee.

21. Anna Sui illustrated tee I got when I interned there.

22. My favorite solid teal tee from college. It was from Urban Outfitters, and because I was so tiny in college and everyone wore tight tees then, it was very tiny.

23. Greenville tee from Greenville, SC

24. Tee from the Art Institute of Chicago museum.

25. P15's American Legion Baseball team tee from when my brother played for them.

26. Feline Meow tee I got from Maria Nichol when I visited London. Loved this tee, but I gained a bunch of weight when I moved to Atlanta, so I couldn't wear it anymore. :(

27. Tee from my first student event at FIT.

28. Johnny Cupcakes tee. In my first year in New York, I took a trip to Boston on the train. I bought this tee, but I never really wore it that much.

29. Spoleto Festival USA 1977 tee with art by Christan Thee. Obviously I didn't get this tee in 1977. I think they might have brought this one back one of the years I went.

30. The front of the Hanson concert tee. I accidentally put this one in upside down, and I didn't even realize it until I was quilting that square. Adds character.

Ok, so the other things: I only use fitted sheets on my bed, so the light blue color is made from a top sheet I've had for years but never used. The border (which is actually wrapped around from the back) is from a set of sheets I got on Gilt when I lived in New York. Believe it or not, I actually wore a hole in the fitted sheet, so I just had the top sheet lying around.

That's it! That's my quilt. I'm very excited to have finished it, but now I want to make another.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Paper Flowers and Turkey Time

As you might have guessed, I went out of town for Thanksgiving. I ate everything, and now there is no food left in the United States. Thanks, Donald. Gosh.

While I was gone, I finished my quilt and also binged on Netflix's The Crown. The quilt is in the washing machine as I write this, but I shall post a photo of the finished product soon enough. The Crown was excellent, but I need more episodes immediately. I highly recommend it. My mom and I watched the whole thing in a matter of two or three days. That's how I finished the quilt in such short order. My right index finger has a callus.

Above, you'll see a photo of one of my other recent projects, some watercolor paper flowers. They're not quite finished yet, but I think they look lovely.

Today I start working on a list of Christmas orders. I'm thankful to have so much work this time of year. I should be busy up until the week of Christmas, I think.

All right. Now I have to get on the treadmill. Happy Monday!