So, I’ve finally found a way to keep the bottomless pit I call my purse organized!! And, as an added bonus, I can change bags quickly and easily as I rush out the door to get to [insert destination here] on-time. The girls, like me, that are perpetually late will especially appreciate this tip.

It’s my purse organizer. It’s leopard. It has a multitude of pockets. It’s just the right size for medium to larger purses. And, oh, it only cost $10. Ebay comes through again for me!

PURSE ORGANIZER INSERT
{MY PURSE ORGANIZER. MAKING LIFE SIMPLER SINCE 2012}

If you do a search for “purse organizer” on Ebay, you will be hit with copious options, both in size, style, and color. Seriously, get one. It’ll help you brush some dust off those cute bags you hoard but are too lazy to transfer stuff to. C’mon. They need some love too 🙂

<3
Andrea

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I’m a cheat-ah! Sorry. Couldn’t resist!

Yeah….. totally cheating here. The real 5th outfit for my most recent 5 Day Challenge (One Shoe, Five Days: LAMB Nathan) has been waiting to be posted for a while. But the more I looked at it, the more I disliked the outfit. And in reality, what I really wore is different than what I photographed since I changed my blazer midday. SO, I took some “creative” liberty here and re-did my 5th outfit. I think this one is much better 🙂

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{What I’m Wearing}

Faux Wayfarers :: Ebay
T-shirt :: Thrifted (But originally from Target)
Cheetah Pants :: Target
Booties :: L.A.M.B. Nathan
Necklaces :: Self-made
Bag :: Old & refashioned with pyramid studs

<3
Andrea

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Blue Monday

May 2, 2012

Mint green & cobalt blue. Such a lovely combination. It was a little chilly in the AM, thus the navy anorak jacket.

Mint and blue outfit
Mint & blue outfit

{What I’m Wearing}

Faux Wayfarers :: Ebay
Green Circle Scarf :: Self-made
Mint T-shirt :: Target
Cobalt Blue Jeans :: Target
Blue & White Stripe Loafers :: K-mart
Bracelets :: JCPenney/ Self-made
Watch :: Michael Kors 5055

<3
Andrea

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DIY Personalized Dog Tag How ToDIY Personalized Dog Tag How To

**Due to popular demand, I now sell these in my Etsy shop, for those that are more “do it for me.” 🙂  ***

Oh, don’t be fooled. By “dog tags,” I mean REAL dog tags… that my doggies are now wearing. One of the perks of running my own Etsy shop is having the tools on-hand to do projects like this. BUT, if you’re a crafty person, the tools required to stamp something are pretty handy (and fun!) to have. Plus, personalized dog tags like this can cost more than just buying the tools and doing it yourself. So, I say just do it yourself and then you have the tools AND the tags for the same price. Just sayin…

{Tools Used}

  • Metal stamping block (Michael’s)
  • Rubber stamping block (Michael’s)
  • 3mm letter stamps, or whatever size you’d like (Michael’s/Etsy/Ebay)
  • Doming block, if you’d like to dome your discs (Michael’s)
  • Design stamps (Michael’s/Ebay)
  • 1″ & 3/4″ Raw brass discs (Monster’s Layer or Ebay)
  • Disc hole punch (Michael’s)
  • Ball pein hammer, if you want a hammered texture . If not, a regular hammer is fine. (Harbor Freight or any hardware store)
  • Sharpie
  • Fine steel wool (Harbor Freight or any hardware store)

1. Use the sharpie to map out your letters. Since I went along the curve of the disc, centering really wasn’t a concern of mine since I could just punch the final hole over whatever wound up being the center. But if you want to stamp in a line, use a Sharpie to mark your dots.

2. Place the steel block on top of the rubber block. The steel block will ensure that the full force of the hammer transfers to the disc. The rubber block absorbs force so that your table or bench doesn’t knock around.

3. Take note of the orientation of your letter, place is down on the stamp, and give it a whack with your hammer. Use the flat side of your ball pein hammer for this.

3. After all letters a stamped, rub sharpie across the letters and then remove excess with the steel wool. This is to check the impression. If you need to make another pass, carefully place the stamp in the already created grooves and give the disc another whack.

4. If you want to give your discs some hammered texture, do so now with the rounded end of your ball pein hammer. Use the steel and rubber block again.

5. At this point, you will want to punch your holes. Mark the hole with a Sharpie and punch. If you find the disc hole puncher is leaving a ring behind, place a rag between the disc and the tool only at this point to prevent this. However, don’t put anything between the actual pin that pierces the disc and the disc itself.

6. Once holes are punched, use the doming tool to lightly dome your discs, if so desired. Start with the biggest dome first and work your way to the desired angle. Be gentle, working around the outside of the disc to the center. Don’t start at the center as this will cause buckling.

7. Do a final pass with the steel wool to clean any remaining Sharpie and you’re good to go! Depending on the metal you chose, these may need to be lightly buffed and the details may need to be re-filled with Sharpie every so often. We do this at bath time since the collars are already off.

8. Fin!

<3
Andrea

P.S I wanted to show you my sexy little ladies with their new bling, but they would not sit still! Such energetic dogs…

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Lauren over at From My Gray Desk does a lovely link-up each Friday where we share our top 5 highlights from the last week. See mine below!

1. My new Etsy shop banner. Check it out!


2. Running the Rugged Maniac with a close friend this past Saturday. I love events like this. (Full post to follow!)

Rugged Maniac Greensboro-Asheville, NC{Victory Beer}

3. Getting to hang with my bro after the race on Saturday and exploring downtown’s antique and thrift shops.

{Ring. Ring. It’s 1901 calling.}

4. Being featured in an Etsy e-mail!

Studio Eleven 11 Etsy Email Feature {Yay!}

5. Coming home last night to freshly clipped & bathed doggies. I’m glad someone gets a spa day! Thanks to the hubs for this one.

Dogs Sleeping{Smelling fragrant is tiring}

<3
Andrea

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Yes. It’s me. Doing another post about shoes. It’s called an addictionn people.

Zara being as rare in the US as it is, I don’t shop there often. But lately I’ve been seeing A LOT of Zara shoes on the style boards and sites I follow, so I visited Zara.com. Trap #1: They have free shipping and returns. Trap #2: Everything is incredibly cute and somewhat reasonably priced. So I stalked their shoes… for weeks. And then I caved and bought a *few* pairs. See my favorites below. P.S. I did not buy all of these. Although that would be wonderful.

zara Sandals

1. I Basic Sandal in Blue, $49.90
2. I Basic Sandal in Orange, $49.90 (!)
3. High Heel Sandal with Buckles, $89.90
4. Sandal with Snake Skin Strap, $89.90
5. Crossover Sandal, $79.90
6. Strappy Sandal with Buckles, $99.90
7. Two-Tone Sandal, $49.90

Also, the hubs and I have been watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix lately and last night’s episode featured this clip. Travis immediately turns to me and says, “Yeah. That’s so you.” And it is 🙂

<3
Andrea

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Sometimes there’s nothing like a trip to the farmer’s market on a nice weekend afternoon. It’s such a wonderful mood lifter. These pictures are actually about two weeks old and are from our recent trip to get some color for our patio. But the shots came out so beautifully on my new camera, I had to share. Enjoy and I hope this inspires you as it did me!

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Sandy Ridge Road Farmer's Market- Greensboro NC Farmer's Market
Sandy Ridge Road Farmer's Market- Greensboro NC Farmer's Market

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NC Blogger’s Meetup!

April 18, 2012

This Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting other local NC bloggers at Benelux in Raleigh for a good old fashioned meet up. The event was organized by Kate, Lauren, and Carrie of The Small Things Blog, From My Grey Desk, and Chasing Big Dreams, respectively. I’m a recent follower of Kate, who you may recognize from her viral hair tutorials on Pinterest, and considering my blog is about one month old, the timing of this way perfect. However, I was nervous. In the days leading up to the event the thought of bailing and staying home with a movie and some good wine crept into my head many times. I kept thinking, “Is my baby blog really up to snuff?” Luckily my attention span is short and before I really answered this question, I was on to thinking about other things, like dinner or what to wear tomorrow.

So, finally, Sunday came. I had dance practice in the early afternoon that ran over, so I had to run home and feverishly get ready. I thought, “Oh no. Things are already starting to go awry!” But made up, dressed, and ready to mingle, I jumped into my car 30 minutes later and headed North. 90 mins after that, I was lost in downtown Raleigh. Stupid Google Maps! Street names changed spontaneously as I was on them. Rights were demanded going in the wrong direction on one way streets. And I was directed to drive directly into buildings. No lie. It was a hot mess of direction. Aaaaaand, my battery was almost dead. PERFECT. But somehow I spied Benelux on my third or fourth loop around the same block and turned navigation off before I threw my whole phone out the window.

Parked, nervous, and still minorly irritated from my navigation disaster, I walked into Benelux…. and my anxiety faded. Smiling faces, high pitched shrieks of “Hi!”, and the sound of coffee being made was all around me. Cute bikes were perched on the wall, piquing my triathlete sense, and cute bright outfits were abound. It totally took my mind off the first part of my day.

So, I got a smoothie. Sat. Found some ladies. And we all talked. And talked. And talked. Who knew there were so many funny and cute local bloggers? The evening went so quickly and soon it was  finally time to say good-bye. We all exchanged cards (so that I could blog-stalk them later), snapped some final photos, and I left (with a goody-bag, no less. score!) feeling redeemed. Such a lovely evening. So thank you, to Kate, Lauren, and Carrie for organizing this shin-dig, to Benelux for hosting, and to all the lovely ladies I met, for their encouragement and their laughs. It was a blast and I cannot wait until next time!!

Benelux Raleigh{outside]

Benelux Raleigh{window shots}

Benelux Raleigh{can’t miss it}

Benelux Raleigh{bikes!}

Benelux Raleigh{hosts l-r: Kate, (yours truly!), Lauren, & Carrie}P.S. My skirt is handmade by me! Tutorial coming soon.

{the group}

{parting gifts}

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So, yeah. I guess you could say I like shoes, if being totally obsessed and spending all your extra money on shoes at the expense of buying actual items that will cover your body and keep you warm means you like shoes. And because I like shoes so much and have so many, I’ve been around the block when it comes to purchasing them online.

I’ve done the shoe club thing, which seems to have become all the rage on the Internet lately. Well, either that or the ads just keep following me in particular.  But those clubs usually just overcharge you for crappy, uncomfortable shoes. Been there. Done that. And got the t-shirt. Not gonna do it again. But then I found Sole Society

Ah, Sole Society. Two seconds on their site and I was in love. Their shoes are classy, unlike other club sites that have shoes that look like RuPaul designed them. There is also no aut0-charging of my card. And you don’t need to log-in to “wave” the fee by the 5th of every month either. Another reason I HATE shoe clubs–don’t even get me started. And they use quality material, not plastic-y cheap stuff. Huh. In fact, as I write this I don’t know what actually makes Sole Society a “club” other than that they save my card info on file for easy checkout, similar to Amazon or any other online retailer. But I digress…

I now have one pair from them, with my second on the way, and my eye on a third. I’m usually not brand-loyal, but Sole Society just blows me away. Some of my present/future babies!

Sole Society shoes

Now, I own Odette. They are incredibly comfortable, go with everything, and make your legs look “Wow.” Capri are en-route, set to arrive to me shortly. And I’m thinking Mason will be next. Oh, and I’m having a serious moment with nudes. Can you tell??

P.S. Did I mention they’re only $50!?

P.S.S. Special thanks to Carrie Bradshaw for summing up my shoe relationship in one phrase.

<3
Andrea

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I noticed that my Etsy shop was experiencing abnormally large traffic volume and orders tonight, so I checked my Analytics and my e-mail inbox and found this!

Studio Eleven 11 Etsy Email Feature

Yup. That’s right. That’s my listing there at the top of tonight’s Etsy e-mail. It’s funny that this happened now since I’ve been considering discontinuing this specific collection. But I think I may keep it a while longer now. What do you think?

Either way, it’s so exciting! I just had to share!!

<3
Andrea

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