Friday, April 23, 2010


I am not a big jewelry person. I am petite, usually have my hair pulled away from my face and not really into excessive colors on my face or clothing. That's why my hair clips and snap clips are colorful. I try to stick to a simple palette and depend on my hair accessory to give me that extra pop of color. I do wear earrings and like the occasional piece of jewelry when out on some special outing. I love Yellowgoat's jewelry. The colors are simple, the pieces don't seem busy or heavy but they are absolutely unique and individual. Enjoy some of the images from this lovely and beautiful seller. Checking out Yellowgoat is one of my favorite treats of the day. My spirit and imagination are immediately uplifted!:)

Some of my Favorite Accessory Shops on Etsy

So I promised I would share some of my favorites. I love looking through Etsy for new hair accessories and have managed, on occasion, to come across some really good ones that I wouldn't mind wearing. One of the shops I enjoyed perusing is Lamodage. The shop is owned by Holly and her sister, who love sharing their vintage finds in their shop and adding them to creations that Holly procures. The amazing headbands caught my eye, each one unique and individual. Check out her shop, you might find something bohemian and unique!

Another shop I stumbled upon purely by accident, is Southforthesummer. The haunting pictures and the amazing feathered headbands took my breath away. Jen has a blog and is a milliner of sorts. She draws inspiration from the flapper-esque costumes of the 20's and her head pieces surely reflect a simplicity and glamour all rolled into one. 

Another treasury makes the FP

And that one is definitely one of my's inspired by the beach and the ocean, which I miss! A lot of the shops reported sales after that FP, so I think business may be picking up on Etsy (fingers crossed(: let's hope!) But it was a great way to end my week and am hopeful for better shopping days for Etsy! Have a great Friday, everyone.

Happy 40th Earth Day!

April 22nd is Earth Day and Etsy is replete with articles on ways to reuse and recycle, which I am always inspired to read up on. Vintage shopping is high on my list on ways to do so and I know The puddingstorevint sends out sale notifications to those who subscribe. There's also a Storque Blog article by Daniellexo that highlights shops that sell vintage and what to look for, found here:

I must admit, I never thought of vintage before Etsy, but I am now more likely to buy vintage for me and Emma, since she'll outgrow any clothing or toys or books with time.

Meanwhile, I am happy to report my little cherub and I are enjoying the ever improving weather here in Chicago and making it a daily activity to venture out. I used to play soccer (or football, as I knew from my side of the pond) as a little girl (many, many moons ago) and I can still kick and run quite well for an aging momma. Emma never fit the stereotype of a quiet, introspective child and I suppose I must have passed that on to her, genetically, somehow.

Well, we did that today and it helps to let her run amok for a while before dinner and bed-time. She eats her food without incident and we read a story or two and she's in Dreamland fifteen minutes later!

After our run, we went for a walk to the local middle school adjoining our home and we played a bit there and finally made it home. I have no idea where children get their energy from, but I have a sneaky suspicion that they keep it on reserve somewhere for days like this one. I always feel so exhausted after an outing with Emma. I kid not when I say I'm old:)

The school playground had a map of the United States so the kids may familiarize themselves with it. Excellent tool, I say, since they're playing, seeing it everyday is a good way to make them test their memory skills.

On our trek home, Emma made it clear: She's done with picture-taking!

What activities do you enjoy with your child?