Friday, November 21, 2008

Handmade Handbags for the Holidays

I came across the most adorable clutches this week. Emma Gordon designs these glamorous and girly handbags out of London. Her handmade designs, which she describes as "ladylike with a twist," can be found in boutiques throughout the world, on etsy and on her official website. I can’t get enough of her satin clutches detailed with flowers, the perfect accessory for a special occasion, and her more casual clutches for everyday use. She also specializes in headbands, many of which feature those same charming silk flowers. As a special offer from Emma, if you purchase a bag through etsy before December 1st, you’ll receive a free headband along with it -- a perfect holiday gift for someone special or for yourself.

See more of my holiday gift ideas at (my day job).

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Not Your Grandma's Quilt

There's nothing like curling up on the couch with a quilt when you're feeling sick, cold or just plain lazy. While nothing beats a handmade quilt from grandma, I recently came across a patchwork quilt from Urban Outfitters that would serve the purpose. This chaotic and colorful quilt actually has a certain handmade charm to it, but with a young and modern feel. The squares feature different floral designs and the bold colors are irresistibly adorable. Plus, it would look great wrapped around a sleepy someone.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rainy Days and Mondays

Gloomy, winter weather has officially hit Seattle. It's the time of year when it gets dark at 5 p.m. and drizzles all day long. When it comes to rainy days, I've found it's best to embrace the weather as an opportunity to don your most adorable rain boots, raincoat and of course, a chic umbrella. I'm not talking about the cheap, black umbrellas sold on New York street corners that get blown inside out within 5 blocks. I'm talking about an investment umbrella that's as much an accessory as a handbag or jewelry. A couple of my favorite online umbrella shops are Pare Umbrella and Bella Umbrella. Of course, you can find more affordable options that offer just as much style in department and thrift stores. Just venture outside of the traditional solid colors and choose something with a little personality. With ruffles, polka dots and patterns available, you can think of bad weather as a reason to accessorize.

"I didn't invent the rainy day, man. I just own the best umbrella."
-- Dennis Hope, Almost Famous


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