November 13, 2014

Freshie & Zero Holiday Gift Guide

Well hello there, November. You kind of snuck up on me this year. Usually I'm one of those annoying people who does Christmas shopping year-round; it's one of the perks of going to craft shows across the country and finding wonderful handmade gifts along the way. However, this year I have been off my game. I haven't even started shopping! I know we have 41 days as of this blog post, but trust me, those days will fly by! 

This year, I know that Gift Guides will be my saving grace! I love getting inspiration from my favorite brands to see what they have hand selected from their collections. With that in mind, I present to you the Freshie & Zero Gift Guide. Let's face it - we have a lot to choose from and it can be overwhelming! These are some of my personal favorites and I hope they help you in your holiday shopping!

gift guide - what to buy for your best friend
gift guide - what to buy your coworker or boss
gift guide - what to buy your secret santa
gift guide - what to buy your mother or mother-in-law
gift guide - what to buy a teenage girl

Keep in mind when shopping:
~ The 18" chain length fits almost everyone, while 16" is considered a choker on most people.
~ All of our jewelry is nickel free and is great for sensitive skin.
~ We offer gift wrapping for a $2 charge, but each piece always comes in its own gift box.
~ First Class shipping is $2.49 and our turnaround is 2-4 days on average.
~ You can upgrade to Priority Mail for $5.49 if you would like to shorten the time in transit.
~ Don't order too late for December 25! Our ordering deadlines are below:

PRIORITY MAIL: December 17

August 31, 2014

Renegade Craft Fair - here we come!

Ah, Renegade.

I can't even begin to explain what it's like to be a vendor at the Renegade Craft Fair.

It is viewed as the very pinnacle of indie craft fairs to independent makers like myself. It is the biggest, the hippest, the most inventive, and it's in one of my favorite cities, Chicago. It is at the top of the wish-list-shows of makers across the country. Indie crafters say they feel like "they've made it" when they are juried into this show and I can't blame them. Just look at the talent that will be lined up on the street in little white tents!

This year will be our lucky number 7 as a vendor at this show, and it has consistently been my best craft show of the year. Each time I've received the acceptance email, I throw my hands up in the air and then immediately book the closet B&B to the show! Then I plan where we will eat, what we will do, how I will tweak my display, what I will buy as I race around the show before it gets too crazy (which is about 15 minutes after it officially opens)...

So cheers to you, Chicago and Renegade Craft fans - we'll be driving your way in just a few short days. In the meantime I'll be holed up in my studio getting ready!

August 15, 2014

Fashion Friday: 1 Dress, 3 Looks

Being able to take one garment and style it multiple ways is an important fashion skill. Whether you're on a limited budget, on vacation with little suitcase room, or just working with what you've already got in your closet, versatile core pieces are a must! For this Fashion Friday, we thought it'd be fun to demonstrate how to take one dress and one pair of earrings and create three distinct looks. Our foundation piece is a tangerine shift dress paired with our River Rocks earrings.    
Look 1: 
We decided to pair the vibrant frock with patterned tennies, a day tote and baseball cap. This outfit creates a casual look, perfect for grocery shopping or running errands with the kiddos.   
a. Twill Baseball Cap by J.Crew
b. Floral Keds by Taylor Swift for Keds 
c. Stripe Canvas Tote by Henri Bendel

Look 2: 
This look is a bit more polished with the addition of a petite scarf, cross body leather purse and jeweled flats. We'd wear this outfit to lunch with the girlfriends or even a casual date night. 
d. Handkerchief Scarf by The Elder Statesman 
e. Rhinestone Embellished Sandal by Calypso St. Barth
f. Tan Messenger Bag by Tory Burch

Look 3: 
Our third look is ideal for a fancy dinner or cocktail event. The classic dress is easily glammed up with a sequin clutch, leopard pumps, and shimmery hair piece. 
g. Bow Claw by Henri Bendel
h. Leopard Print Stiletto Heel by Kurt Geiger
i. Confetti Clutch Bag by Edie Parker Jean 

August 01, 2014

Fashion Friday: Farmer's Market

Open Air Markets may be one of our favorite things about summer. What's not to love about shopping local for fresh produce and cheese, baked goods, and other treats in gorgeous weather?

Farmer's Markets are definitely all about casual comfort and laid back style - our favorite kind of outfit to wear! Here is a sweet ensemble that merges of-the-moment boho style and just-rolled-out-of-bed. The white peasant top combined with cutoffs is the classic foundation, the hat adds summery peasant style and metallic accents add effortless glamour.

1. Textured Summer Straw Hat by J.Crew 
2. Dixie Sunglasses by Quay 
3. Downing Tote Metallic Leather by J.Crew 
4. Boyfriend Jean Shorts by Rag & Bone 
5. Hazy Highlands Top by Free People 
6. Embellished Leather Sandals by J.Crew 
7. Stem Earrings by Freshie & Zero 

July 29, 2014

As seen in… Stationery Trends!

Press alert! Our letterpressed earring cards were just featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Stationery Trends magazine. We are so excited for the feature! The headline states "Freshie & Zero makes a great impression with letterpressed earring cards" - why thank you!

You can learn more about Stationery Trends here. It's a trade publication for retailers, but if you're just really into paper products, I recommend subscribing for all the eye candy within its pages!

July 10, 2014

We're back in Atlanta!

Let's do this!

We are going to take a break from our usual Fashion Friday post just to spread the news to our lovely retailers that we are at the Atlanta Gift Show! It's our 12th (!!) appearance in the AmericasMart temporaries, and we're happy to be back in our usual spot in Boutique. If you are a retailer, we'd love to meet you and tell you about our jewelry. If you are not a retailer but have a favorite shop you think should sell our jewelry, don't be shy - tell them to check us out!

The full name of the show is Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market July 2014 - but that's kind of a mouthful! I will always refer to the show as Atlanta Gift - is that just me?

July 04, 2014

Fashion Friday: Nashville Style

Contrary to popular belief, Nashville residents do not frolic around in sundresses and cowboy boots on a daily basis. In fact, true "Nashville Style" is quite the opposite of the Daisy Duke meets Taylor Swift look. If you venture away from the main drag of Honky Tonks on Broadway to the less touristy areas, it's quite evident that natives sport a casual, put together appearance. A staple getup for a Nashvillian would be a well worn pair of jeans, a basic top, artisan metal jewelry, handcrafted leather boots and a sharp bag. It's also quite probable that you'd find some local Nashville goodies in that bag, (like an Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Bar) since we Nashville residents love to support our local businesses!

1. Chevron Necklace by Freshie & Zero 
2. Buttermilk White Chocolate by Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. 
3. Italian Leather Ankle Boots by Cole Haan  
4. Floppy Brim Fedora by Rag & Bone
5. White Basic Tee by Rag & Bone   
6. Toothpick Jeans by J.Crew
7. Nashville Neighborhoods Graphic Art by Stephen Fowler
8. Ellie Tote by Jigsaw 

June 27, 2014

Fashion Friday: Fourth of July

Dust off the fireworks, fire up the grill, and slice up the watermelon because the Fourth of July is right around the corner! For this Fashion Friday, we thought we'd put together a stylish holiday outfit that is just the right amount of red, white, and blue. When dressing for the occasion, you can either go the subtle route by playing up the Americana color palette, or you can go the literal route and rock a flag or anything star patterned. We like this look because we think it's the perfect mix of the two. This navy and white striped dress paired with white sneakers, a casual tote, American flag scarf and red sparkly nail polish is perfect for your picnic or fireworks gazing. Add our Double Chevron Necklace to the mix and you're decked out (tastefully) in festive stars and stripes.  

1. American Flag Scarf by LibbySue 
2. Tortoise Round Sunglasses by Topshop 
3. Navy and White Striped Dress by Alice & You
4. Double Chevron Necklace by Freshie & Zero 
5. Glitter Nail polish by OPI
6. White Leather Allstars by Converse
7. Napa Beach Tote by Calypso St. Barth 

June 20, 2014

Fashion Friday: How to Dress for an Airplane

Let's be honest - flying is about as fun as riding an overcrowded school bus, but please don't let that tempt you into wearing pajama pants as your in-flight outfit. Trust us, it's easy to look presentable on a plane while still maintaining comfort; in fact, we think you'll be even more comfortable just by putting a little effort into your appearance! Here's a simple list to help you travel in comfortable style.

1. Layer, Layer, Layer: You never know what the temperature on the plane is going to be. Give yourself the ability to adapt to the fluctuations by wearing layers that can easily be removed or added. Leggings with a basic tank and cardigan are perfect for this occasion. We also love scarves for traveling because they can double as a blanket.

2. Minimize Your Accessories: With Airport Security as tight as it is, you don't want to be the girl that holds up the line because you have to take your 100 bracelets off, one by one. We recommend wearing  simple jewelry so you can zip through security without having your chunky bib necklace x-rayed.

3. Wear Comfortable, Easily-Removable Shoes: You never know if you'll be running like a madman to make that connecting flight or walking a mile to find your next terminal or a bite to eat, so it's important to wear comfortable shoes (this does not include flip flops!). You'll also want to wear shoes that are easily-removable, since you'll be taking them off and on through security, and if you're a germaphobe, be sure to wear socks!

1. Pebble Necklace by Freshie & Zero
2. Silk Sleeping Mask by Mary Green 
3. Ivory and Black Gauze Tank by J.Crew 
4. Black Leggings by Topshop
5. Natural Burlap Slip Ons by TOMS
6. Cotton Cardigan by Michael Kors 
7. Leather Handle Circle Tote by See Design
8. Cashmere Pashmina Shawl by Bajra Shawls  

June 06, 2014

Fashion Friday: Summer BBQ

To quote Alice Cooper, "School's out for Summer!" meaning barbecue season has officially begun! When else can you combine delicious food, drinks, music, beautiful weather, fun and games all at one event? Whether you're the one hosting the BBQ or a guest at someone's get together, you should remember that cookouts are technically low key affairs so it's important to sport an ensemble that is put together but not over the top. A casual dress is always a good option, and one that lets you wear a bathing suit underneath is even better (in case you decide to take a dip in the pool or lake). A big, Mary Poppins style tote is your best friend at these events because it allows you to pack every possible thing you'll need: sunnies, a hat, a towel, sunscreen, etc. You'll also want to wear comfortable flats or sandals - heels are a no-no for obvious reasons. Lastly, a simple, dainty necklace like our Small Honey Petals Necklace is the perfect finishing touch to a BBQ get up (just remember to take your jewelry off if you go in the pool).  

1. Classic Fedora by Hat Attack
2. Small Honey Petals Necklace by Freshie & Zero
3. Geometric Correa Sandals by Jonathan Adler for TOMS
4. Margherita Dress by Tory Burch
5. Retro Cats Sunglasses by Ray-Ban 
6. Valencia Raffia Crochet Bag by MAR Y SOL
7. Scallop Bikini by Marysia

June 05, 2014

In Case You Missed It | May edition

Can you believe it's already June?!? May was an incredibly busy month for us, as we're sure it was for all you readers out there. Here is a roundup of all of our May highlights in case you missed it:

1. Our Double Drop Earrings were featured on My Mom Shops! Joanna wrote "These pretty, delicate pieces – including lots of dangly earrings, necklaces, and bracelets – mix and match effortlessly, but even just a single item can freshen up your jewelry wardrobe." Check the entire article out here

2. Sweet Relish curated a list of Teacher Appreciation gifts and included our Honey Petals necklace, one of our customer favorites. They wrote, "It will be love at first wear." Thanks for the kind words guys! Find it here

3.  The Freshie & Zero team travelled to New York City for the National Stationery Show! We couldn't be happier with how well it went and all the amazing artists we met there. See a recap of our NYC adventures here.

5. How About Orange (a fabulous blog featuring DIY tutorials, design resources, and more) featured four of our pieces on their blog. Read her review here

6. Our hammers were busily pinging away in our Nashville studio to fill the numerous gift orders for Mother's Day, Graduation and Weddings. Goodness, there were lots! 

7. Sweet Relish's article "6 Thoughtful Touches To Make Your Wedding Totally Unique" included our "Amie" Necklace and said, "Show the bridesmaids some love with hand-hammered jewelry from Freshie & Zero. There’s sure to be “oohs” and “ahhs” all around when your favorite girls set their eyes on the delicate necklaces and earrings." Click here to read it. 

Thanks for being so good to us, May. Cheers to what June may bring! 

June 02, 2014

Recap: National Stationery Show 2014

Melanie & Freshie
I'm going to let you in on how I run my business. I don't really do budgets or spreadsheets to calculate cost analysis or market research - I pretty much just go with my gut. Mind you, my gut is primed with years of experience, but my gut has no formal business training. 

So when an opportunity to exhibit at the National Stationery Show came up, my gut considered it. Even though it's primarily a, you know, stationery show. Even though there was only one other jewelry line signed up to do it that I knew of. And even though it would cost me thousands to do it, plus the fact that my one and only vacation of the year had already been scheduled right before the show, meaning that my two assistants who had never before set up a trade show booth would have to do the entire setup without me…. my gut said "Let's do it!"

Luckily, my gut was right.

Our corner booth - ready for business!

The show was a success on so many levels, and I truly couldn't have done it without help from my fabulous assistants Melanie and Jessica. While I drank beer on the beach in Florida, they bravely conquered setup, armed only with a binder full of instructions and a stack of 4x6 photos! This is not an easy task - setup is frustrating and exhausting, especially when it's not your booth! 

They did a great job (my gut knew they would), and now they know how to set up and tear down a trade show booth! I am certain they are super grateful for this knowledge I have so generously bestowed upon them. Don't you think they look grateful?

Totally grateful. In no way did I rub my vacation in their faces, either. 

The best part of these shows is not just opening new accounts, but also networking with so many nice and creative people. We were even lucky enough to meet a few artists we adore! For starters, Jessica spotted her talent crush Lisa Congdon walking around the show and melted in awe just a tiny bit. On the night of the Paper Party, Melanie and I accosted chatted with the super-talented (and hilarious) Emily McDowell and her assistant Charlie while walking together on the sidewalks of New York so we're totally BFFs now, obviously

I've also been a longtime fan of Night Owl Paper Goods, and when I stopped in their booth to tell them so (did I mention I'm not very shy?), I noticed their new amazing collaboration with Dolan Geiman, a talented folk/mixed-media artist I've had the pleasure of meeting in the past. And as if being able to chat with them wasn't cool enough, they gave me one of their adorable totes! 

Dolan Geiman's collection with Night Owl Paper Goods
Next, I had to drool over swing by another of my favorite card lines, Hello!Lucky, and I ended up having a potty training conversation with the owner, Sabrina. Oh the unifying experiences of parenthood! You have to check out her potty-training chart if you're in the market for one. As the mother of a four and two year old, I could use an entire stack of them!

Hello!Lucky's potty training chart for girls

One of the best aspects of the NSS is being exposed to businesses we were previously unaware of. Three of those happened to be our booth neighbors! Fletcher & Fox is a company specializing in handmade wooden arrows (we will definitely be needing some for our new studio); Beve!, who makes the cutest paper straws and washi tape; and lastly, Katie Leamon from the UK, who not only makes us wish we owned all of her beautiful stationery but also that we could sport that fabulous British accent of hers. We also ran into a little bit of home at the show when we met Pop-In-Greetings and Craft Course, two fellow Nashville businesses. I love how small Nashville is - everyone in the Pop-In-Greetings booth were Belmont University alums like myself! I could truly go on and on about all the awesome people we met - there are just too many to mention!

Katie Leamon cards

In addition to meeting new people, we also relish the chance to reconnect with other small business owners we've met over the years. Eva & Kirk of Sycamore Street Press were our booth neighbors at the 2008 Indieana Handicraft Exchange - so long ago! Eva and I pondered how much our lives and businesses have changed since then - I mean we both have had two children and are still running our businesses full time - high five! I also got to talk shop with my buddy Beth from 1Canoe2 - her business has really exploded in the past few years and luckily she's super cool, otherwise I'd be totally jealous.

On a side note, I'd like to give a big shout out to the ENTIRE Etsy Wholesale team, the whole reason we were there in the first place! (We exhibited in conjunction with their partnership with Signature Mix.) They were beyond friendly and helpful, constantly stopping by our booth to check in on how we were doing and wanting our thoughts on the Etsy Wholesale platform. We have high hopes for their launch in August! 

Overall, NYC and the National Stationery Show (in the process of being renamed as the Signature Mix Marketplace) treated us very well.  We loved every moment of it and are looking forward to our return! I guess I can treat my gut to some ice cream.

May 30, 2014

Fashion Friday: CMA Music Festival

The hottest event in all of Country Music is about to take Nashville by storm; the CMA Music Festival. On June 5th-8th, tourists from every corner of the world and Nashville natives alike will be flock to downtown Music City to attend concerts filled with every country artist known to more. Our studio is located smack in the middle of it all, which means we get loads of free entertainment and people watching just outside our door. Based on our years of experience with this festival, when it comes down to what you should wear it's safe to say you can't go wrong with a summery romper or dress, a big cowboy hat and of course boots. Adhering to country fashion is on the forefront of every attendee's mind, but don't forget to bring an easy-to-carry purse and only wear jewelry that won't be ruined from excessive sweat (we recommend earrings instead of necklaces).  

1. Elle Cowboy Hat by Melissa Odabash 
2. June Earrings by Freshie & Zero 
3. Combi Sunglass by Mango 
4. Maya Romper by A&F
5. Distressed Boots by Alcalas
6. Sophis Dani Cross Body Bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs 

May 28, 2014

An update from Maggie, our Campus Rep!

Earlier this spring, we launched our Campus Rep Program to bring the Freshie & Zero brand to life at a local university and the Nashville community. When selecting from our candidate pool, we looked for someone who was enthusiastic and creative, had a love for jewelry and possessed a desire to represent the handmade community. With all this in mind, we excitedly welcomed Maggie, a Belmont University student, to the Freshie & Zero team as our very first representative. To fulfill her duties, we asked that Maggie showcase our jewelry at on and off campus events (she picked out a pair of Lolly Earrings and Single Chevron Necklace to sport), promote Freshie & Zero via social media and write a guest blog post on our blog. Read about Maggie's experience below!


On Campus Event: 

The big performance of my spring semester was Belmont’s Pops show on the Massey Performing Art’s Center stage. I decided to glam up my look with a gold pair of Lolly Earrings, perfect for the gold theme our ensemble decided on. It was such a blast performing with my ensemble, Little Beat Foxes, and my mom even got to come up for the show! She said she might have to steal herself a pair! 

Off Campus Events: 

Porch Fest was an absolute perfect start to summer! The day included some talented local bands playing on porches around the neighborhoods of Nashville, and everyone was in high spirits because of the wonderful weather. I sported my Single Chevron Necklace and it was the perfect compliment to my little green dress! I think many agreed as the necklace caught the attention of several admirers asking where I got it!

During the stress of finals it was only natural for me to make my way to the Nashville Humane Society for some puppy lovin’! The cuties in this photo include this adorable little mutt and my favorite Simple Chevron necklace, which provided a little pizazz for a relaxed look.

I've had a great experience getting to wear my Freshie & Zero pieces around campus and the Nashville area! They’ve become staples in my wardrobe and every time I wear them, I always have at least one person ask me where I found such beautiful, yet simple pieces! Thanks so much to Freshie & Zero for giving me this fun opportunity!   

~ Maggie

May 24, 2014

Fashion Friday: Bonnaroo

With Bonnaroo on the horizon, (June 12th-15th), we thought we'd cover an ideal outfit for those lucky enough to be in festival attendance. Surprisingly, it is quite easy to achieve a perfect balance between looking cute and being comfortable when you know you'll be spending all day sweating in the sun. We opted for a pair of high waisted jean shorts, a light-colored, breezy blouse (one that leaves enough room to wear a crop top underneath so when the temperatures rise, you can easily strip it off), sturdy boots that allow you dance all day without blisters, and a fanny pack...while there aren't many situations where fanny packs are ideal, at Bonnaroo, they're perfect because they allow concert goers to keep all their valuables close while still being handsfree. To finish off our outfit, we've included a daisy headband and Freshie & Zero Leaf earrings to give off a whimsical, hippy look. With this ensemble you'll be ready to brave a full day of sun, heat, dancing and of course, music!   

1. White Daisy Garland Headband by New Look 
2. Retro Underwire Bikini Top by Topshop
3. Vintage High-Waisted Shorts by Levi 
4. Holytube Crop Top by Stone Cold Fox  
5. Combat Boots by Frye 
6. Woven Trim Fanny Pack by River Island 
7. Leaf Earrings by Freshie & Zero

May 16, 2014

Fashion Friday: Wedding Season

April Showers bring May…Weddings. That's right! Wedding Season is officially upon us; inducing not only lots of excitement, but also panic, especially if you're unsure of what to wear as an attendee. For this Fashion Friday, we've curated three outfit options to wear for every kind of wedding: informal, semi-formal and formal. 
This floral, shift dress matched with wicker and leather accessories perfectly suits an informal, daytime wedding. 
1. Floral-print cotton blend jacquard dress by Dolce & Gabbana 
2. Natural Havana Clutch by J.Crew 
3. Slingback Sandals by Hermès 

Semi Formal:
If you're in need of a fancier option, we adore this cap sleeved, lace dress paired with bold flats and a metallic clutch. 
1. Lace Dress by J.Crew 
2. Floral-brocade point-tow flats by Dolce & Gabbana 
3. Metallic Leather Clutch by Leonie Lizard 

For those attending a formal, nighttime wedding, a "LBD" is always appropriate and can always be glammed up even more with sparkles and bow accessories. 
1. Black Rib Box Pleat Dress by River Island 
2. Rhinestone Clutch by Alice + Olivia 
3. Satin Bow Pump by Kate Spade 

Last, but certainly not least, we've included our "Knot" Necklace which is the a perfect gift for a bride or bridesmaid.  

May 09, 2014

Fashion Friday: Four Fashion Tips for Graduation Attire

Cue the robes, tassels and diplomas because graduation season is upon us. For this Fashion Friday we are focused on what to wear when you're not the one graduating. When dressing for this occasion there are four things to keep in mind:

1. Remember, you're not the star of the show, so it's important to avoid neon outfits, wild patterns and anything too flashy. It's always better to err on the conservative side as you will be surrounded by faculty, professors and of course parents and grandparents. We fell in love with this white, lacy dress because it's timeless and will keep you cool in the hot sun.

2. Wear comfortable shoes. As an attendee, you'll not only be walking a lot but also standing and possibly dancing at the graduation after party. It's important to choose footwear that you can wear for a long period of time and to stay away from super pointed heels (otherwise you'll be aerating the grass).
3. Pack the essentials. Graduation ceremonies tend to be long and are often are held outdoors, which means as a spectator, you need to be prepared for the sun and heat. We suggest sporting a large bag big enough to hold all the necessities - sunglasses, fan, water, snacks, etc.

4. Keep the accessories to a minimum. Once again, you don't want to wear anything too bold or gaudy. In terms of jewelry, we recommend earrings instead of necklaces because your pieces can be ruined by sweat coming into contact with them. Our Treble Earrings, shown above, are not only ideal for spectators but also serve as a perfect gift for graduates, incorporating classic freshwater pearls. Our handmade pair will be a gift they will enjoy for years to come.

1. Tassel Garland by Confetti System 
2. Treble Earrings by Freshie & Zero 
3. Odea Heels by Dolce Vita 
4. Merida Dress by Tory Burch 
5. Oversized sunglasses by NLY
6. Clementine Bag by Anya Hindmarch 
7. Cotton Lace Hand Fan by Luna Bazaar 

May 08, 2014

In Case You Missed It!

So MUCH has been going on with Freshie & Zero this past month - it's been the proverbial whirlwind! In case you've missed our social media updates, here are the April highlights.

1. Happy 8th Birthday to us! We hosted three giveaways throughout the month of April to celebrate our birthday and now three lucky ladies have claimed their prizes!

2. We were featured on Etsy's Wholesale Blog as part of the upcoming Signature Mix show in New York! You can see the "Meet the Vendor" article on us here.

3. Our "Love" bracelet sold exclusively through UncommonGoods was chosen for a review by Renae of Simple Sequins. "This one spoke to me. Fine materials were used to make it. The quality is fabulous." Read the entire review here.

4. We welcomed our Campus Rep, Maggie, from Belmont University to the Freshie & Zero team. She picked out a pair of Lolly Earrings and Single Chevron Necklace to sport around campus.

5. Aeolidia featured us in their "Building a Business: Don’t Count on Luck" article.  Wow! We are honored to be included in such great company! 

6. We were also thrilled to be included on Cool Mom PicksThey think our jewelry is a great gift for Mother's Day because it leaves enough money in your budget for flowers, too. We couldn't agree more! 

Bring it on May! We can't wait to see what you have in store for us! 

May 02, 2014

Fashion Friday: Mother's Day!

Pull out a pen and mark your calendars because May 11th is Mother's Day! You'll most likely be spending the majority of the day celebrating the mom in your life, or being celebrated yourself. It's also pretty probable that some type of restaurant outing will be included in the equation (yay - no one has to cook!). So, for this Fashion Friday, we decided to create an ensemble for Mother's Day Brunch.

We love this navy dress because it's not only classic and flattering, but also extremely versatile, allowing you to adorn yourself with fun accessories. The floral cuff is ideal because unlike a real flower corsage this piece can be worn again and again. We're also digging these splurge-worthy gold pumps and matching purse for their bold splash of color. Topping off the ensemble is our best selling "Love" necklace, an ideal piece for any mother to sport on her special day, as it represents becoming a mother and the special connection that forever changes us. (Available to purchase from our website and ship in time for Mother's Day through May 5th)

1. Love Necklace by Freshie & Zero 
2. Floral Cuff Bracelet by AppleWhite
3. Yellow Suede Pumps by Manolo Blahnik
4. Textured Crepe V-Neck Dress by Rebecca Taylor
5. Soft Crinkle Pashmina by Pepperberry
6. Jacquard Bag by Dolce & Gabbana 

May 01, 2014

Here's To You, Mom!

In honor of Mother's Day, we've curated a list of unique gifts for every kind of mom out there to make shopping a snap!

For starters, don't forget the card! (5) We're loving this quirky coffee card and think it's super appropriate for any mom fueled by the wonderful power of caffeine. Need something for the mom who loves to cook? Beehive Handmade's Bird Measuring Spoons (6) are an adorable alternative to plain jane kitchenware. If you're searching for a gift for the not-so-kitchen-savvy mom, this Bread Mix by Soberdough (7, a Nashville favorite), is always a fun option and also gives you and excuse to bring your mom a six-pack. Is she more of a wine person? Bring her a bottle of her favorite Chardonnay with this ingenious Corkcicle (2) to help keep it cool in the upcoming summer months.

For the mom with little personal time, (actually let's be real, what mom has excess personal time?) Angel Face Botanical's Shower Steamers (8) are the ideal solution for pampering yourself when you can't sneak in an full-length soak in the tub. I've bought them for myself on more than one occasion and as a busy working mom, I can attest to how fabulous they are to sneak into your morning shower!

Seeking a gift for the fashionista mom? Annajoyce's hand printed beach totes (3) are simply beautiful and roomy enough to tote around all the essentials a mom needs to take with her to the pool or beach. And last, but not least, our Love necklace (4) and bracelet (1) are a perfect Mother's Day gift, as they symbolize the bond between mother and child. Just know that our ordering deadline of May 5th is quickly approaching!

1. Love Bracelet by Freshie & Zero 
2. Corkcicle Classic by Corkcicle
3. Hand printed beach tote by Annajoyce
4. Love Necklace by Freshie & Zero 
5. Mother's Day Card by HopSkipJumpPaper
6. Bird Measuring Spoons by Beehive Handmade
7. Rosemary Bread Mix by Soberdough
8. Shower Steamers by Angel Face Botanicals

April 25, 2014

Fashion Friday: Talk Derby To Me

With Steeplechase and the Kentucky Derby rapidly approaching, we chose to highlight race attire for this Fashion Friday (because after all, it's widely accepted that Derby events are just as much of a fashion show as a they are a horse race). And while the stars of the event are arguably the horses, the oversized hats claim a close runner-up. We gravitated towards a floppy black hat and matching accessories to complement a bold lemon-lime shift dress. This dress spoke to us for two reasons: it strayed from the typical pastel floral frocks and its neckline begged for a statement piece, namely our Luckies necklace, with its nod to a  horseshoe. With this ensemble, anyone is ready for the winner's circle and a mint julep.