Running out on a lunch break last fall, I spotted a woman dashing across an intersection in a black-and-white coat. Past her waist, fitted and lush, it looked like the epitome of stylish to me. And with her red boots and slash of red lipstick, I was green with envy.
The coat haunted me. Black, white and red have, over time, become my signature colors, and each morning I would slip into my old jacket and think about how my life would change if I had that adorable coat around my shoulders. Job promotion? Sure thing. Adulation of the masses? Definitely. Appreciation of the fashion mavens when I’m having lunch at Panera? Absolutely.
Caught up in my daydreams, it was hard to remember that objects don’t change our lives — we do. And mostly by aligning our thinking and recognizing that no one thing — or person, or experience — will make us happy.
That being said, I really love my houndstooth coat.
That’s what I realized the fabulous print was called, by the way: houndstooth. Several Google searches and endless trolling of online stores later, I found several coats in the classic black-and-white print and began to drop subtle hints about what I would like for Christmas. To my joy, my parents handed me a box to be opened on Christmas Eve with — yes! — a houndstooth jacket. It’s so classy.
And if I thought I was obsessed with the print before, my love has taken on an entirely new definition.
Because houndstooth isn’t just for jackets, friends — oh, no. Houndstooth is everywhere and in a variety of hues, including pink. Pink! In all my endless daydreaming, I took to Etsy to get my houndstooth fill. I’m madly crushing on that pink houndstooth memo board, by the way — and know just the place I’d put it.
It’s almost Christmastime, friends — something you’ve probably noticed while checking out neighbors’ lights displays, digging out favorite holiday albums or almost colliding with one of the many distracted drivers clogging up the roads leading to the local mall.
After going shopping with my dad and sister on Black Friday, an annual tradition, I’ve tried to avoid stores as much as possible the last few weeks. I get antsy in crowds and generally dislike waiting, even if I can see the end of the line. People accidentally pushing into me get on my nerves, and I can’t stand fighting with someone for the last gift basket/candle/bottle of holiday-scented lotion. Not my bag.
Plus, like many web-savvy consumers, I prefer to shop online — unless I truly have no clue what I want to buy and need to browse around (but even that can be done online). And as I’ve blogged before, I’m in love with Etsy, an online marketplace of homemade goods (and occasionally sell things there, too). In the spirit of our upcoming holidays, I’ve scoured the site for some cool reading-related gifts — and now I’m sharing them with you!
If you’re searching for a gift for your literature-loving loved one, here are some items I think are awesome — and definitely worthy of being coveted. Hover over the images for descriptions, and click each photo to view the item on Etsy. If you have favorites to share, feel free to share them in the comments!
There’s something about a well-placed bow that sets my heart a’ flutterin’! They’re pretty, feminine, funky and fun — a throwback in some ways, sure, but also thoroughly modern. And now that my hair is a wee bit shorter? I’m thinking I need a few. For my tresses.
But they’re everywhere, these bows — and you can put them just about everywhere, too. As my recent Etsy finds will demonstrate . . .
Tiffany blue hair bow by sweetsandhearts, $8
Mini bow necklace by CosmicCreatures, $8
Pink glitter shoe buckle accessory by madebysarika, $10
Skinny sterling silver forget-me-know bow ring by PaupersBounty, $10.99
A friend in tweed... purse by breagha, $23
Lilly in love... amore -- purse by myTida, $60
It’s happened again . . . I’m bored with my room. Since the big redesign, cleaning and purging of June ’09, I’ve been reasonably happy with the set-up of my books and furniture, but something new is irking me: I need new art. Like, yesterday. Because all the posters from the plays in which I performed in high school, oh, ten years ago? It’s time to move beyond. I’m ready.
So I’ve spent the better part of my Black Friday looking at art on Etsy, my most favorite of all online retailers. Doing a search for “print” will give you about seven million trillion results, so don’t put yourself through that. I’ve been looking for something that screams “MEG!” (or, you know, gently shouts it?) to hang in place of all the random memorabilia currently scattered on my walls.
Being the consummate book lover you all know and love, this inevitably led me to search for book-related prints — and I certainly have my options! Join in the fun and help me decide. Or just order these right out from under me, basically stealing my art- and book-related joy. You know, whichever.
Where The Wild Things Are upcycled book page by wallenvyart, $16
Emma is fascinated with The Great Gatsby by flapperdoodle, $10
"Shakespeare In Paris" fine art photograph by AliciaBock, $35
"Ideal Bookshelf 2" print by janemount, $25
The Library print of original sketch by NestaHome, $25
Books print by theblackapple, $16
I love that in my frequent travels of the Internet, it never fails that I’ll come across something exciting and different and awesome and realize, Hey. This totally fulfills a need in my life that I didn’t even know I needed filled. Today, friends, I’m talking about the briolette — a teardrop-shaped stone (or gem, or anything) that I’ve always admired but never knew had a name. That’s silly of me, considering everything has a name! I just have to find out what it is.
But yes — the briolette. Gorgeous, sparkly and lovely dangling from a chain, wire or strand of silver (or gold, whatever your fancy). Today’s edition of Etsy find Fridays is dedicated to jewelry bearing my new obsession! Sit back and try not to get drool all over keyboard. Or is that just me . . . ?
Long briolette necklace by BrittanyChavers, $8
Sterling lotus with crystal briolette by liliswan, $22
Coronet earrings by PoleStar, $35
Dark galaxy earrings by AnnaArtiste, $26
How easy is it to fall in love with fall? The gorgeous colors and changing of the leaves make me want to throw my camera around my neck and run to the nearest park, where I could wander around for hours. Since time doesn’t allow me to be a traveling amateur photographer, I’m going to take pictures of what I can — and turn to my one of my favorite sites, Etsy, for the rest of my seasonal spirit!
Whether you’re looking for a nice, cozy scarf (like me!) or a pair of sparkly acorn earrings, Etsy is brimming with gorgeous fall items. And I know I sound like I’m writing ad copy right now — not that that would be a stretch for me or anything — but believe me when I tell you that I lust after these things all on my own . . . the last thing I need is any encouragement (unfortunately)! I just can’t seem to get enough of the gorgeous baubles and bobs all over the website.
And now, I present a few of my favorite autumnal things . . .
can you feel the cold breeze already?
Fall leaves translucent resin earrings by UnderGlass, $15
Autumn leaves journal by burgundydistrict, $14
Perfect acorns brass earrings by BeadsByEvelyn, $14
Leafy peace sign appliques by sweet3leafprints, $8
Marigold necklace by LeClairRoseDesigns, $17
fall into autumn scarf by ME!, $12
I know everyone must be sick to death of hearing about my dumb ol’ trip to London already, but let me tell you — in Meg’s world, this is still the big news! And you only have to suffer through two more weeks before I’m there already, and then read the massive blog entry that will surely follow with all my crazy photos and hilarious commentary.
But before we can get to the wrap-up, we have to continue living with the anticipation! And since I’m in full-blown planning mode and spending quite a bit of time thinking about King Henry VIII and all the very royal history of my beloved city, I’m presenting my favorite regal pieces this week! And who hasn’t dream of being a prince or princess at some point — especially on laundry day? Yeah, it would be pretty sweet to have a handmaiden to take care of all those pesky tasks. I’ll keep dreaming. And as always, check out Etsy for all sorts of fun!
Vintage glitter crown ring by PlumAdore, $7.50
Signature of Anne Boleyn, Tudor queen pendant by FunckLoveDesigns, $9
King Bird archival print by TheNightjar, $20
Victorian brass crown ring by CosmicFirefly, $14.50
Queenie Elizabeth brooch by lovelysweetwilliam, $15
Miss Drama Queen original art ACEO by catlover1, $5.50