So I really do need a coat. I keep saying that, but it’s true. I’m sick of the two I have — one I bought in 2007 and one in 2009, and they’re both full of cat hair and itchy and I don’t want to wear them anymore! But coats are pricy, and money is tight, and I’m a little… reluctant to spend it, to say the least. I actually fell in love with the most expensive coat on this wishlist — 149,99€ — for the first time since I’ve been looking at coats — I mean, I’ve loved other coats before, but they were so out of my budget that I couldn’t even allow myself to be smitten with them. This one is just, you know, double my budget. And giving myself a 75€ budget is pushing it pretty fucking hard. But it kind of caused me physical pain to acknowledge I could not have it.
This is why I don’t shop, people. The pain, the pain.
But these are the coats I’m currently looking at.
Gray Coat from C&A | Pink Coat from 3 Suisses (Venca) | Coat from Zara | Jacket from Ruche | Coat from Ruche | Gray Coat from 3 Suisses
Gray Coat from Zara | White Coat from Modcloth | Green Coat from Modcloth | Gray Wool Coat from Esprit | Duffle Coat from Esprit (Similar)
Anyone want to gift me one for my birthday? You know you want to sponsor my warmth. (That mostly goes out to brands, but you know, if you have $150 lying around, I’m here. And I do great design work, among other things. Wink wink nudge nudge.)
And now I’m going back to not thinking about coats until the next time I go out.
Today’s Friday Loves is definitely a wishlist and it comes with its own soundtrack.
1. Snowflake necklace by EjaEjovna (Etsy, $18)
2. Palest pink post earrings by MoonsofMars (Etsy, $12)
3. Iolite necklace by AmuletteJewelry (Etsy, $180)
4. Crochet puff stitch hat by IsabelleKnits (Etsy, $18)
5. Hip huggers by CircleCreations (Etsy, set of 3 for $50)
6. Lace pencil skirt by Vespertine (Etsy, $214 or sample sale, $108 through the website)
Silver Crown Ring | Rough Diamond Earrings | Ice Necklace | Rose Gold Knot Ring | Rough Diamond Ring | Hydrangea Petal Ring
Earlier this month I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from June Designs on Facebook, and Joelle kindly let me pick an item from her shop within a price range. I chose her silver square links necklace, and last Friday I got my little surprise in the mail! The packaging was adorable, so I immediately took some pictures and decided this would be an excellent way to kick off my Brand and Product Showcase series.
I highly recommend this shop if you like simple jewelry designs — browsing its pages is a real treat for the eyes. And if you’re interested in the behind the scenes of it all, you can follow Joelle on Facebook or read her Quit Your Day Job interview from earlier this year, where she talks about her experiences as a jewelry designer and seller and her approach to pricing. You may be surprised to hear this (that was sarcasm), but I’m extremely curious about the financial aspect of handmade business and I love it when interviews touch on that subject.
Above, you can see a selection of my favorite designs from Joelle’s Etsy shop; below are a few photos of my brand new necklace.
1. Yellow tea dress by sohomode (Etsy, $150)
2. Silk and linen jacket by siobhanbarrett (Etsy, size S on sale for $45!)
3. Gold crochet cowl by IsabelleKnits (Etsy, $58)
4. Cat fabric coasters by JuliaWine (Etsy, 4 for $17)
5. Kitten stitch markers by OwlPrintPanda (Etsy, 5 for $7.47)
6. Winter flowers photograph by OverTheRainbowPrints (Etsy, 8×10 print for $30)
100% Etsy finds again.
1. Geometric Dress from Vespertine by Melanie Ferrara
2. “City House” Origami Necklace by lauradesvilles
3. Raincloud Felt Coasters by pygmycloud
4. Pink Key Sequin Earrings by velanch
5. Silver Letter L Necklace by BelleAtelierJewelry
6. Pink Linen Infinity Scarf by JardinJoli
1. Fresh herbs photograph by lupengrainne (Etsy, $30)
2. Hand-printed notebook by mipluseddesign (Etsy, $10.07)
3. Hummingbird photograph by Andrea Hurley (Etsy, $15+)
4. Pyrite stud earrings by ContempoJewelry (Etsy, $16)
5. Green infinity scarf by Sofia Sobeide (Etsy, $75.52)
6. Greeting card set by InghettaDesign (Etsy, $11.50)
1. Pajama bottoms in floral fall print by BeckyQueenofFrocks (Etsy, $33.12)
2. Autumn leaves photo from birdandbloke (Etsy, $25)
3. Ceramic mug from JustWork (Etsy, $25)
4. Cat watercolor painting from vumap (Etsy, $37.53)
5. Flowers and birds necklace by RubyRobinBoutique (Etsy, $48.65)
6. Sterling silver earrings by LilyEmmeJewelry (Etsy, $30)
That’s what I need right now. I feel a little heavy. I want the quiet freshness of autumn, being alone and dressed in warm, comfortable, clean clothes fresh out of the laundry, with a big mug of coffee to make me feel warm and a cat to make me feel happy and a little bit of colorful or simple jewelry to make me feel pretty. It’s not much, is it? Though I suppose it’s the being alone part that’s hardest, and breaks the spell for me every time.
Forgive me, I’m feeling melancholy. But I hope you’ll take a look at some of the shops above. Lovely work in every last one of them.
I want to post a quick update on my goals for September. There are only six days left on the month — whoa — and here I am, still swamped. The thing is, in retrospect, the goals I set for September were a) really vague, b) heavily blog-related and c) clearly influenced by the heat and some serious lack of confidence in my ability to get shit done in a timely manner. That lack of confidence was based on circumstances, half of which still apply, and, well, reality. But one accomplishes a lot more when one feels capable of accomplishing it, at least when ‘one’ is me, and I feel a lot more functional now than I did before the summer heat broke.
The point is, I have accomplished my goals of participating in Travel Tuesday and Blogtember, keeping up with Weekly Wishes and Friday Loves, putting up some videos, and shooting a few outfits for the 30×30 remix challenge (though I haven’t put up the list of garments I picked). I’ve also settled on running my closet cosplay linkup on my own to start with, and I have two showcase posts (with mini interviews and photos I’ve already edited) waiting to be written. That leaves me with goal #7, crafting, arguably the most important thing on the list despite its vagueness.
So I’m revamping my list, and extending it to fall.
Earlier this year, some friends of a friend of a friend launched a site called Challenge Accepted. Challenge Accepted is a web-based productivity tool that structures your to-do list as though your life is a roleplaying game. Tasks are organized into quests which can then be grouped into odysseys. For each task you complete, you gain points that allow you to go up levels and unlock random happenings. On each task, you can set the difficulty level, skills and attributes required, which determines how many points you win for the overall rankings as well as add points to your skill and attribute charts. You can see my profile here, though I admit I’ve been slacking on using the site lately so it’s a bit out of date.
Challenge Accepted also runs a weekly challenge called the Raz Challenge, where one of the site’s pet owls dares you to do something. This week’s Raz Challenge? Set a goal for yourself. I settled on one last week, but I’m not sure how I’m going to set it up on my quest log yet, so I’m going to share it here first:
→ I will be done with all LHP Collection campaign rewards by November 8.
November 8 is my birthday — I’ll be turning 24 — so it’s not a completely random date… not that there would have been anything wrong with that.
→ I will have completed all open product photography and graphic design orders by October 31st.
Revisions/reshoots not included.
→ My graphic design shop will have a full page of listings by October 15.
This should not be that hard given the length of the list of things I want to offer. Plus I have 40 free listings, so I don’t even have to think about listing fees. The goal above will give me examples to show in my listings and my portfolio, too.
→ My portfolio will be up and running by November 30. So will my CraftLaunch store.
Seriously, that coming soon sign needs to go.
→ I will sell 50 listings by December 21.
If I accomplish all of the above, there will be plenty of listings for customers to find and buy, so this shouldn’t be that horribly difficult. Besides, it’s holiday season. I’m still not sure how to go about achieving this kind of number goal, but I’m giving it a go as per my weekly wish.
On that note but extending the timeframe to winter, I would like to have 1,000 followers on Twitter and 300 on Bloglovin by the end of the year. Is that too ambitious? Not enough? Weigh in, oh wise those of you who have been blogging for longer than a month.
…hey, this blog turned one month old on September 18! Happy blogiversary to me.
* Linking up with Angie!
I’m celebrating fall with Christine from Life With A Side of Coffee with an awesome group giveaway. You can win ad space, a gift card to Target and shop credit to several stores! I’m offering a $20 gift certificate valid towards graphic design work, product photography, phone cases, or fine art prints. And if you’d prefer to pre-order an item from my photo-printed fashion collection, I’m also open to discussing that!
Head on over to Christine’s blog for a full list of the goodies up for grabs, and enter there or through the Rafflecopter widget below!