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Oh How Wonder-full

Today (well, technically tomorrow) is a very special day indeed. The long-awaited, much anticipated “Alice in Wonderland” is finally here. I woke up with visions of striped tights and tea cups. Not to mention a huge crush on Tarina Tarantino. Mwahh… When I grow up, I’m gonna have pink hair, too!

Don’t forget to check out Tarina’s new makeup collection for Sephora out now! Fuchsia brushes? What’s not to love?

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Study in Yellow {part 2}

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” ~William A. Ward

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from top left: skirt, estate sale; earrings, you’re a dream boat; print, calobee; necklace, bombalurina

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I wish to wear: Pink and Gold

Every girl needs a pretty pink dress. Here’s a little doll I’m in Looove with! wish-to-wear-pink-and-gold-copy

From top left: Dress, Dress by Heart; Bracelet, Dewizy; Booties, Crafttastrophe

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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!

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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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Guest Gifter: Happy Place Design

I met this girl named Kelli. She’s pretty rad and has this awesome sense of indie style. I asked her to share some of her fashion sense with us for today’s gift guide.

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Have a Cozy Crocheted Christmas!

Who knew so many fashionable accessory pieces could be made with just a few skeins of yarn and a crochet hook? It’s such an exciting craft once you get over the assumption that all things crocheted are made by cat loving grannies making doilies and pot warmers. But you don’t have to know HOW to crochet to adorn a trendy oversize cowl or flashy necklace. It’s no secret that Etsy is a great place get started when shopping for the perfect crocheted winter accessory for yourself and the ones you love. Don’t be stingy now, your friends and family deserve to be fashionistas, too! Think that maybe someone on your Christmas list deserves a little spice in their wardrobe? Here are the details to get you started!

Enter, the super, oversize cowl: Etsy seller “SprattersandJayne” has several super, oversize cowls in a variety of colors with oversize buttons from $78 to $115

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Enter, the bubble beret: Etsy seller “softspoken” has a clever array of chic bubble berets for $18 that will add sophistication to any outfit!

softspoken-beretEnter, the mini beret: Etsy seller “LiDDesignsBoutique” has delicious mini berets for $35

mini-felted-beretEnter, the chain necklace: Etsy seller “itsalovelycake” combines vintage jewelry chains with colorful crocheted beads for a look that’s feminine and original, and at $20, a total steal!

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Enter, the fingerless mitten: Etsy seller “CoquelicotSalon” offers an assortment of fingerless mittens in different color combinations and vintage button detailing from $28 to $34

fingerless-glovesIf you’re in the area, two new boutiques, Collected Thread and DNA Galleries, both offer great crochet accessories at affordable prices, and they’re conveniently next door to each other!

Collected Thread
1705 A NW 16th Street, OKC

DNA Galleries
1705 B NW 16th Street, OKC

Finally, here is my take on the crochet cowl trend worn two ways:

Kelli's Cowl
As you can see, they are so snuggly and warm that they make me want to take a nap inside them. 🙂

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Check Kelli out on her website, Happy Place Design and custom order one of her snuggly cowls!

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Gift Guide: in black & white

Well. I finally learned how to knit. Mind you, I said knit, not purl (for those of you who know what that means). I didn’t realize there was a whole new language I would have to learn. And why, oh why, are those tutorials so maddening? I am, however, proudly wearing my first knit piece…a cowl. And I’m addicted. Something about pretty balls of yarn and using your fingers to transform them….pure genius. Anyone have a good yarn supplier? I think I’m going to need it!

Here’s #2 in my series of gift guides. What says “Merry Christmas” better than classy black and white?

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1. Salt Shakers, Bailey Doesn’t Bark; 2. Camera Necklace, Timothy Adam Designs; 3. Framed Art, BLacKGas; 4. Baroque Alarm Clock, Urban Outfitters; 5. Typewriter Necklace, Tilly Bloom; 6. Silhouette Plate, Lisa Golightly

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Over the Weekend: Diffraction

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What do you get when you mix fine art photography with a dash of funky and garnish it with loads of style?  This week’s Qe “it girl”, of course! Beth Cummings of Diffraction jewelry explains what a typical weekend looks like for her. Get ready to fall in love!

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QUiD: Describe your most memorable weekend for us.

Beth: Recently my husband and I celebrated our first anniversary and he planned the most amazing weekend for the two of us and it was all a complete surprise! (which is pretty incredible since he is incapable of keeping a secret) He and I both love taking road trips, just taking off and seeing new places in a slower more intimate way. So, we drove to Milwaukee and visited the art museum there which was having this AMAZING interactive art exhibit and we stayed in a beautiful Bed and Breakfast on a sustainable farm. Just a wonderful romantic weekend!

Qe: What is your favorite thing about the weekends?

Beth: Sleep! I love sleeping in and waking up with no agenda and no where I HAVE to go. Just lazing around in bed with my husband and then making pancakes or waffles or something. It’s the best time to rejuvenate! And in Chicago there are always a million different street festivals and events that are completely free to take in and wander through.

Qe: What do you do creatively over the weekend?
Beth: The weekend tends to be the time I most often take the photographs that then eventually appear in my jewelry. Whether on a roadtrip or just running around town I always carry along my camera, you never know what great shot you might see!

Qe: Where is your favorite place to go/shop on the weekends?
Beth: Well, if there is a craft fair I’m there! I love shopping handmade and seeing all the new and creative items artists are coming up with. It’s great meeting and talking with the people who make the products you love and seeing the time and dedication and creativity that go into them just by talking with them about their passions.

Qe: What/where do you like to eat on weekends?
Beth: Two guilty pleasures that only happen on the weekends. One, Kitch’n on Roscoe, it’s this AMAZING retro dinner with fantastically modern takes on traditional breakfast. I’m physically unable to pass up their Crab Cakes Benedict with spicy Cornbread hash. It’s to die for. (My husband loves their cult hit Fried Chicken and Waffles with an ancho honey bbq sauce) Two, Hot Doug’s, this addictive gourmet hot dog place with crazy combinations and duck fat french fries. Eat there, your life will change.

Qe: What’s the best place you’ve ever visited on the weekend?
Beth: A few years back we decided to take a roadside attractions roadtrip around Illinois and Wisconsin. We saw a lot of really strange things and above all my favorites were the Robot Museum in the Wisconsin Dells and the giant pink elephant wearing glasses sculpture that is featured in some of my jewelry. I just love seeing all the weird attractions like the Largest Ball of Twine or Circus Museum. It’s such a rich collection of offbeat Americana.

Qe: Tell us a bit about your wares.

Beth:  I started Diffraction in May 2008 as a way to combine my fine art photography with jewelry in order to share it in a smaller more accessible way. The images are printed directly on a thick plastic and hand cut and shaped. I take pride in the intricate cutouts featured in some of the fruit and leaf pieces. I create all my pieces in my home studio in Chicago. It’s the perfect little space!
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