Monthly Archives: February 2009

Check me out…blog feature + vintage shoes!

This really cool girl from wirefox did a fun blog feature on QUiD today! Check out her blog and etsy shop and show some love.

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And while you’re over at etsy, you really should take a peek at the new vintage shoes I put in the shop. There are a pair of stuart weitzmans I know you’ll adore!

Here’s a sneak peek:

such a sweet find!

such a sweet find!

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I heart: Cowboy Boots!

I’m a Texas girl at heart. So it should come as no surprise that I can’t remember a time when cowboy boots haven’t graced my closet. In style or out, I don’t care, I just love ‘em! How do you feel about cowboy boots?

these boots rock!

these boots rock!

 

From left: Sunburst Pattern Boot, QUiD vintage; Camel Boot, JessJamesJake; White boot, Dewberry Vintage

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There’s no place like…home?

I love, love, love (love!) travelling. At least every two months I get this itch to go somewhere. Anywhere. As a little girl I traveled quite often with my grandparents. We went everywhere from New Mexico to D.C. and I loved every little minute of it. That being said, I have no special place in my heart for hotel rooms. I always dream of a lovely room with no funny smells…a place where you can hop right into bed without cringing as you check the sheets. Sad to say, there are very few places that actually feel like home.

About a month ago, Mr. QUid gave in and we went on one of my much needed road trips. I booked a room just outside of Dallas and we hopped in the car ready for adventure. After a great day of shopping and sightseeing, we headed to Aloft, our hotel. What we found was a surprisingly cool building with a great atmosphere. The desk clerks were super friendly (well, we were in Texas) and our room was a clean and modern IKEA version of a swanky loft. Overall, I think they earned an A+. Thanks, Aloft!

What do you all like to do when travelling?

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The tops: Topshop comes to US

If you haven’t checked it out yet, the UK retailer, Topshop, has opened an online store for those of us across the pond. There are so many fantastically euro things I’m dying to get my hands on!

the unique collection at topshop

the unique collection at topshop

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Fringe Benefit: the hunt for good mascara

I happen to be one of those girls obsessed with makeup. Like a painter holding a palette or a graphic designer with his color wheel…the makeup counter is my candy store. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect product to highlight this or shade that. Thus, I have tried many (many!) products. Mascara, however, seems to be the bane of my existence. From drugstore to department store I’ve tried ‘em all (well almost all). I’ll admit I’ve spent waayyy too much dinero on my bristly little fringe trying in vain to give them that Hollywood luxe look.

I’ve decided the perfect mascara boils down to two things: 1) a full curved brush to volumize and separate, and 2)a medium weight formula that isn’t so watery that it flakes off but not too thick and clumpy. After years of hands-on research and much consultation, I think I’ve found the winner. Without further ado, meet the queen of mascara:

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

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love me tender…

I’m such a moody person. Especially when it comes to fashion and artsy things. One minute I’m ready to paint on the red lipstick and don a leather jacket and the next I just want to settle down into the sunshine with a cup of warm tea. That’s me…and I don’t think I mind it.

Here are my picks for the softer side of love…

sweet and lovely...

sweet and lovely...

From top left:
1. Valentine Card, Linotte; 2. Tinkerbell Ring, bddesigns; 3. Love Pin, Coquelicot Salon; 4. Pillow, Pillow Happy; 5. Teapot, lawatson; 6. Arms Sculpture, Poodle Breath; 7. Pincushion, Sweetheartville; 8. Corset Ring, Esmeralda designs 

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What I want for Valentine’s Day

The funny thing about blogging is that I run across all sorts of things that I love. Some things I think would be perfect for someone else. Then there are those things I would personally take into my home and love dearly. Here are a few of those things!

ooh la la...
ooh la la…

From top left:

1. Gold Ring, Glam Rock Emporium; 2. Be Mine Fascinator, Topsy Turvy Design; 3. Bib Necklace, Swarovski; 4. Radial Necklace, Nervous System; 4. MAC Cremesheen lipcolor, MAC

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The World of Fornarina

I’ve been a fairly faithful follower of the Fornarina Urban Beauty Show for about 3 years now (wow, that was a tongue twister) . This runway alternative is more like a space age circus dream than fashion show. And I love it.

That being said, the ’09 spring line is out and their are quite a few little numbers I think every girl can appreciate. The only downside to the latest at Fornarina: Lindsey Lohan as the new poster girl. But hey, nothing says cracked out dream world like…

I leave you to your own conclusions.

spring 2009

spring 2009

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Show me some love…

The big red heart day is quickly approaching. I just got the boy his gift (i can’t tell you what it is, he might be reading). If you have a pretty little gift idea I’d love to see! Email me a pic of your idea and you might just see it here!

i give you my heart...

i give you my heart...

Clockwise from top left:

1. Anita Crafty Creations; 2. Traveling Rhinos; 3. Paraphernalia; 3. Samskiart; 4. Fuzzy Rose

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Haute Seat: Sleep Dream Play

Last week, I had the lovely pleasure of meeting Alice Rebecca Potter, a delightful textile designer/illustrator/crafter-girl. I fell in love with a few of her delicious designs and wanted you to meet her, too!

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Important details:

In the Seat: Alice Rebecca Potter
Shop Name: Sleep Dream Play
Shop Website: www.sleepdreamplay.etsy.com

Location: London, England


QUiD: Tell us a bit about what you create.
Alice Rebecca:
As a Textile Designer my main attention when I am creating is always the use of patterns, and the illustrative and narrative element to my work, as well as the variety of surfaces things can be applied to. I really enjoy making various paper products, including notebooks and greetings cards. My journey into card making started when I realised I had a mountain of scrap fabric that I had printed during college, and just needed to use it up in some way. I also seem to have a slight obsession with the alphabet and enjoy seeing the numerous ways that element materialises in my work.

Q: Do you do it full time or part time?
AR:
At the moment this is a part time venture, working on things in between my other part time job as a bookseller. I do plan to become a full time seller one day, and for my business to become a reliable source of income fro me.

Q: What are the essentials for your craft?
AR:
The basic essential fro me are the obvious; pens, pencils, paper etc. I also have a bag of wooden blocks that I had cut at the local wood yard, and which I dip into every now and then to create vintage style blocks. I also cannot live without my sewing machine, or my computer, as I use Photoshop a lot, to put my work into repeats and things like that.

Q: Who/ What inspires you?
AR:
I would like to say I have one special person that inspires me, but I think I can thank London life, my peers and friends in their own creative disciplines for my inspiration and most probably my motivation. I would also say old personal family photographs have been a real source of inspiration for me, and the next collection I plan to work on may be coming from an old relative’s science book from 1924. It’s an extraordinary educational textbook.

Q: Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.
AR:
If I had been born a boy, my mother’s first choice of name for me was going to be Harry (see surname for reason of interestingness).

Q: Where do you create?
AR:
Right now I currently work in my bedroom, where I have a very large desk that takes up almost one wall space. Its covered in mess, as I just can’t seem to keep any resemblance of calm in my personal space. I would love to rent a studio space in the future of course.

Q: Where would you like to see your business go in the future?
AR:
I hope to fully expand my range and really focus on producing collections that follow fashion collections. For example a Spring/and Summer capsule collection and an Autumn/ Winter capsule Collection. A focus on colour will be important if this is a line i choose to follow. Also offering my prints on large pieces of fabric would be nice, so people could use my designs in their own work. I want to see sales increase weekly in the short term and in the long term I would like my label to be a trusted name in design.
I also look forward to being featured in a new design book that comes out in April, called Digital Textile Design, by Melanie Bowles.

Well, we look forward to seeing her designs in that book as well! Thanks Alice!

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