Guest post: Third Willow Clutch Build-an-Outfit

July 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Fashion Tips & Finds

 

(Twenty8Twelve dress, scrap of fabric worn as a shawl, AnotherFeather bullet/quartz necklace, unknown belt, Spiral Girl tulle skirt, Old Navy sandals, Ruche blue bangle, unknown wood bangles, Third Willow Clara Metropolitan clutch)

(Twenty8Twelve dress, scrap of fabric worn as a shawl, AnotherFeather bullet/quartz necklace, unknown belt, Spiral Girl tulle skirt, Old Navy sandals, Ruche blue bangle, unknown wood bangles, Third Willow Clara Metropolitan clutch)

Carly of Chic Steals and winner of  our Third Willow Clutch contest has graciously allowed us to use her fabulous post on how she built her outfit around her new clutch!

I’ve been meaning to post this outfit for awhile; I won the beautiful Third Willow clutch last month in a contest sponsored by one of my fave fashion blogs, FashionGrail. (I am in love with their Celebrity Copycat feature, where every week they find a lookalike to a celeb’s outfit – the whole thing! So inspiring – and compelling me to shop!)

The clutch is made from turquoise denim with a cognac croco-embossed leather ruffle to it…I pair it with stuff so that it’s purposely mismatched, but for this outfit, I decided to build it around the clutch.

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I’m going to a party for a friend of mine who just landed this big job she’s been after for awhile. Kudos to her, especially in this economy! Woohoo!

So the dress is a little too big for me on the top…I was going to make this silky vest to go over it from this scrap of tie-dyed raw silk I’ve had laying around for ages…5 years to be exact. When I made my wedding dress I dyed some of the silk a light robin’s egg blue to make a ruched bustier, and this particular scrap ended up a mottled turquoise… not the look I was going for. I kept it trying to figure out what to do with it, and then I thought to make a vest to go with the clutch, then realized I didn’t have enough to make a back in the style I wanted, so just stuffed it down the front of the dress to give me more up top and add visual interest. Very Pride & Prejudice of me, I suppose.

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I’ve been dying for a crystal bullet necklace from Unearthen Jewelry for so long (gorge website btw), but at $360+ a necklace it was unattainable. And then I found AnotherFeather on Etsy and snapped up this fabulous speckled quartz bullet pendant for only $38. (The quartz has a bluish tint and little flecks in it…it’s out of this world.) Every penny well-spent!

Sorry for the hideous lighting – just trying something different – shooting inside since it’s about 1000 degrees outside here in Portland now. Trying out the wide angle lens. Methinks I should stay away from this since this was an extremely unflattering angle. Pucker filter, you are a godsend.

 

Pretty, pretty clutch. Thank you FashionGrail and Third Willow!

Pretty, pretty clutch. Thank you FashionGrail and Third Willow!

 

 


Showcase: Jewelry Designer’s On Etsy

May 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Accessories

If you’ve never been to Etsy, then you’re definitely missing out! Etsy is an online marketplace where people can buy and sell handmade goodies. Through Twitter, I’ve been turned on to some incredibly talented jewelery designers and wanted to showcase some of my favorite pieces that are available on Etsy:

Fringe Earrings : $28.  Champagne silver (Love them, enough said).  Also on Twitter @Norwegian_Wood 

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The Multi Tasking Accessory : $30.  Headband, Bracelet, Necklace, Head Wrap, Arm Cuff  (the “must have” for the boho girl). Also on Twitter @Maryjanefrances 

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Artistic Steampunk Wire Ring: $40. Funky yet versatile.  Also on Twitter @Steampunkrings 

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Butterfly Pendant Necklace: $65. Unique; heirloom-like.  Also on Twitter @Florrigan 

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 I Heart Coco Bracelet: $25.  The quisstessential blend of trend and classic (perfect with a little black dress). Also on twitter @Kimlast

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 Muted Rose Locket Bracelet: $24.  Perfect to add a picture of a loved one.  Also on Twitter @Littlebugjewels 

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Free Shipping->Penny Farthing. Old Fashioned Bicycle. Necklace: $22. LOVE THIS!  Also on Twitter @Ten10things 

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Free Shipping->Tattoo You Rasberry Silk Wrist Wrap: $12.  Perfect for the summer.  Also on Twitter @Ten10things 

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Dolphin Ying Yang Wood Pin: $16.  Lightweight, yet strong. A simple, all natural statement (great on blazers or white shirts). Also on Twitter @alibi_design 

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Dappled Sunshine Gemstone Necklace: $20.  Lovely piece to add to your summer dresses.  Also on Twitter @TeresaRusk 

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Visions Of The Past: $30.  Can be worn with just about anything.  Also on Twitter @Out_of_the_blue 

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