New Item!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011


By far one of the best-selling colors I've offered. It's also the hardest paper color to find, so it will be a while until I can make another one of these. You'll notice the length of chain and beading makes this piece longer than the normal necklace length of 25 inches. (The shorter one was a custom order that has already sold.) Instead this necklace measures 35 inches but can be shortened with the oversized lobster claw clasp. While it contains the same number of beads as a shorter necklace, there are six long strands instead of nine short strands making it thinner and longer.

Listed in the Etsy shop HERE.

Etsy Fav

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Friday, May 27, 2011



A collection of vintage sign letters, wooden letterforms and custom wood frames can be found in one of my favorite Etsy shops, Edie's Lab. (I continue to ogle over home decor even though I have nowhere to put any at this point in time.)  Personally, I'm a fan of using the vintage sign letters as bookends.

No surprise why I'm posting this since I'm a font nerd, letterform fanatic. But what you might not realize is that the shop's materials are mostly reclaimed or recycled. Top that off with prices starting as low as $15, and you've got a perfectly thoughtful gift for someone else or yourself!

Things I Love - Lily and Jae

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Thursday, May 26, 2011


I've been looking for fun summer dresses recently and have been so bored by the patterns out there. I mean come on, I can only have so many aztec, floral or animal prints. But these fun prints and not so common solid color dresses by Lily + Jae are just too precious. You can shop in store or online - where everything is now on sale. And better yet, if you're in North America with an order over $100, you get free shipping.

Majorly wanting the Sway Skirt in cream lace... And you're in luck if you're in Baton Rouge - Aria Boutique carries the Lily + Jae line.

Deconstructed & DIY

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011









A couple of weeks ago, I accidentally stumbled upon a $5 friendship bracelet kit. Instant obsession. The kit was for ages 6 and up or something along those lines, so the instructions were rather easy - braids and double braids. I ended up googling instructions on how to make friendship bracelets bc I wanted some more intricate knots. (Did you know there's like an entire youtube account for bracelet and knot instructions?!) I made my own loom for a more difficult tutorial, but overall it was REALLY easy. So far I've made 7 bracelets and 2 necklaces with tons of thread left to make more. If you've got some free time and some spare dollars, this is the beginner DIY project for you.

I was too late for Cinco de Mayo, but how awesome will these be for the beach or any other summery vacation?

Crawfish Time!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011




Here are the crawfish boil invitations that I made for my BFF's couples shower. I've done quite a few crawfish boil invitations already, so I wanted to do something completely different for these. I used a burlap textured background that really made the bright red and navy pop off the page. But the crawfish photo really makes the entire thing - look how big those claw are!

If you are interested in this design or a custom design, please contact apinchoflovely@gmail.com for more information.

Oliphant Design

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Monday, May 23, 2011




These are some of the unique and fun pieces that I found over at Oliphant, a jewelry site that was just recently launched last summer by designer Cara Hotchkiss. You can browse over the goods online or host a trunk show. I love the unexpected colors that are featured in some pieces like the lime green bamboo hoops. If you're looking for something more elegant but still whimsical then definitely go for the large gold starfish earrings. Beautiful!

Armas Fine Art

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Friday, May 20, 2011


Somehow - though I'm not entirely sure, I stumbled across Michelle Armas' blog which led me to her Big Cartel site.  Can you say gorgeous?! I mean seriously, look at the colors. I've never been too into abstract paintings as it's hard for me to think in that way, but... I WANT ONE.

There's a pretty thorough post where Michelle walks through one of her recent commissioned pieces. You have to appreciate any artist that will sit down, take step-by-step photos and explain the process of working with a client. Not only that, but she makes her work available to everyone as she ships worldwide. Her blog provides very detailed shipping and payment information. Definitely worth checking out this very talented artist!

Janelle Haskin

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Thursday, May 19, 2011


As you may already know, I'm a huge supporter of both local artists and handmade artists. Anything produced by the talent of someone's hands has always been inspiring to me. Especially things I know I can't make myself. Take for instance...knitting. Hello, zero skills at knitting. But knitting a headband that's not just reserved for winter weather - well that's just refreshing.

I think I've stated at least 3 or 4 times via this blog that I want a turban headband. So imagine my delight when I found a studded one by Janelle Haskin. Swoon. Check out Janelle's hand-knitted headbands, necklaces and scarves in her Etsy shop and get to know her at her personal blog.

Deconstructed

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Instead of a normal I Wore post, I'm going to try something different. One of the things that has been bothering me about those posts is that it's always too far away, too grainy or just doesn't convey the clothing very well. Unlike other bloggers, I don't have a photographer boyfriend who will snap sartorial photos of me on the weekend. That would be nice right? Not to mention, I think I'd be too embarrassed to post photos of me posing around town. Haha.

So instead, I took a normal outfit and photographed the different components, emphasizing them individually. And once you see them all, you can envision how the completed outfit comes together. Sort of like those meal deconstruction challenges on Top Chef. The chef has to deconstruct a classic meal by separating the elements. Make sense?

Let me know if this is more effective!

My First "Sip and See"

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011





I had the joy of working with Debbie, grandmother to sweet baby Layne, on my first Sip and See invitations. In fact, I'd never even heard of a Sip and See party before she contacted me. If you're also unfamiliar, a Sip and See is a shower held AFTER the baby is born. Family and friends are invited to come by "open house style" and meet the newest family member while enjoying light food and drinks.

Before I started, I did some research of other Sip and See invitations, and I was so disappointed! Not only were there not many examples, but the ones that I did find were so boring and old-fashioned. (Think tea pots and tea cups.) Definitely not what Debbie described when she mentioned having summer drinks and party glasses. So design-wise, we wanted to focus on the sipping aspect but somehow convey the party as light-hearted and fun. The solution was featuring various drink glasses alongside a baby bottle and sippy cup as well as a playful rhyme to explain the party.

I think my jaw dropped when I finally saw the printed piece, one of my favorites to date!

If you are interested in this design or a custom design, email apinchoflovely@gmail.com for more information.

Light Blue

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Monday, May 16, 2011








UPDATE: This item was sold right after it was listed. Email apinchoflovely@gmail.com if you are also interested in purchasing this color.

The colors on this necklace are so SO pretty - light blue mixed with neutrals. If you're looking for a perfect understated piece that still packs a lot of punch, this is your winner. Surely to be the topic on conversation at your next outing.

There are two available, but only one listed in the Etsy shop at this time. The second one is out as a sample being looked at by a local boutique. How exciting, right? Won't say much more until I get some feedback. (Fingers crossed.) :)

"Ok Go Do"

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Friday, May 13, 2011


Some colorful poster prints that I found on Society 6, just in case you're looking to spruce up your walls. How about the use of purple and teal together on the "being nice" print? Just like the baby shower invitations that I posted Tuesday. Love it!

Bejeweled

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Have you ever had Kate Bosworth help pick out your necklace or earrings before a night out? Yeah, me either. But through her jewelry line, Jewelmint, Bosworth's personalized jewelry selections are sent directly to your inbox. Based on a style quiz, the Jewelmint team recommends new pieces that would fit into your personal style at the beginning of each month.

Jewelmint has been featured in Nylon, People Stylewatch, Lucky, Elle, and InStyle to name a few. Celebrities like Rachel Bilson and Lauren Conrad are fans of the line, and it's easy to see what all the buzz is about. The designs range from sophisticated and classic to bohemian and eclectic. And although there's something for every taste, each and every piece is the same amount - $29.99.

I've compiled my favorites above, but there are so many more pieces available. Click the link above to take your style quiz and get to shopping!

Hot Art, Cool Nights

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So for some reason, Blogger decided to shut down yesterday, and my last two posts have completely vanished from the site. I'm reposting them now but with abridged commentary:

Photos from the Mid-City Merchants art hop, "Hot Art, Cool Nights." Former classmate and designer, Peter accompanied me on our jaunt down Government Street's art galleries.
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