Category Archives: Shopping

Full of Peplum

I’m really into Peplum, the the quintessential ladylike shape. Peplum adds  curves to a straight body and or accentuates your already sexy curves. Best of all, you can easily dress this cut up or dress it down. It’s a classic, chic work outfit, even fits well into a red carpet gown or pair it with jeans and some fab pumps. Everyone is loving it, including celebrities…

Photo credit: news.instyle.com

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge  wearing a teal dress and fitted peplum jacket by L.K. Bennett,  Blake Lively wearing Jason Wu, the fabulous Jennifer Aniston (in Tom Ford), and Michelle Williams (in Louis Vuitton)

But don’t cry!!…Here are some styles the rest of us can afford 🙂


Love the color of this top, perfect for summer with white jeans and killer pumps Sunny Attitude Top $42.99/ Can this skirt be any more classy sexy? Eternal Flame of Love Skirt $42.99/ and this dress has the vintage charm with a modern touch thanks to those sleeves…loving that color, too! Work With Me Dress in Coral $49.99

Classic, sexy, red…perfect! Hybrid Sleeveless Peplum Dress $154.52/ I am loving this top with some white jeans for a classy look or red jeans for some spice AWear Floral Peplum Top $45.45/ Did you know you could wear sneaks and still look like one classy lady? ASOS Mini Skirt With Peplum $72.72

❤ Elisa

Girls Night

This pat weekend I got together with an amazing friend that I’ve known since the first day of High School. It was fun to do some shopping and catch up over burgers and fries.

We did some people watching (and there’s A LOT to talk about in this mall), some updating on her upcoming wedding preparations and of course talked about our ex-boyfriends, you know…the usual girl talk 😀

We went to Johnny Rockets for some guilt-free burgers, fries and chocolate milkshake. Doesn’t it seem that when you’re sharing “bad” food with a close friend it feels like it almost doesn’t count as “bad”…that it’s justified? Hehehe, maybe it’s just me 😀

And of course I got to try on her beautiful, HUGE engagement ring…aahhh, so pretty on my short stubby fingers hehehe.

Like the coral color on my nails? It’s Essie of course. Speaking of nail polish, I must share with you what a nail polish freak she is…just look at her bag!!

I think it has to be like 5 lbs heavy! She has every color imaginable, just look at those corals, pink and blues…!!! I swear I think I could paint my nails a different color combination every week for a year and still have options left. I love having her as a friend 😛

Spending time with this old friend reminds me of this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

I love being able to be silly, crazy and 100% myself with her.

Lesson of the day: Don’t take your friends for granted, nurture your friendships the same way you would a relationship.  Everyone needs special love and attention.

Much love, Elisa.

Ikat Obsession….Continued

Juuuust in case you thought my Ikat obsession was worth a mere one post…. I just HAD to go find me something to buy. No really I swear, it was physically impossible to keep working unless I satiated my Ikat shopping desires.

Confession: I got the romper and scarf…sigh.

ASOS:Metallic Aztec Wrapped Bangle / River Island Aztec Envelope Clutch / Soludos Ikat Printed Espadrilles / Pastel Ikkat Print Scarf / Reverse Cross Back Frill Playsuit In Ikat Print

But if wearing is not eanough (and I understand your struggle) then you can also have it around your home.

We can always rely on West Elm for the coolest home accessories… including cool and modern Ikat throw pillows (swoon)

~

How about this beautiful pattern for a baby nursery room? I bet this baby would grow up to be sooo cool.

Knowledge:

Ikat is an Indonesian language word which means to tie, bind or wind around and it refers to the ancient way that the fabric was constructed. It is one of the oldest forms of textile decoration.

The defining characteristic of ikat is the dyeing of patterns, by means of bindings, into the threads before cloth construction, the weaving of the fabric, takes place. Herein lies the difference between ikat and tie-dye. In tie-dye the fabric is woven first and the resist bindings are then applied to the fabric which is dyed.

Thank you, Wikipedia!

 

OK lovies, I hope you learned something today…Ikat is cool.

– Elisa

Crazy For Ikat

I’m currently obsession over ikat print. I can’t get enough!

Sea urchin air plants

Recently I came across this shop on Etsy that I just LOVE. I find a lot of interesting items on Etsy but there are just few that I cannot resist myself from purchasing…and this was one of them…

.

tentacle . air plant . jellyfish . tillandsia garden urchin

How beautiful and unique is this?? I’m so excited to receive this package and I can’t wait to proudly display it in my…I don’t know yet, somewhere special tho!
Now, let it be known that I’m a total sucker for anything ocean or beach related (maybe it’s ’cause I’m a Pisces) but honestly, this is a great price for what it is (pure awesomeness). They have a variety of plants and amazing vases along with special care packages for the plants. They have birthday, valentine and even Easter “arrangements” and if you want it for a gift they will include a beautiful card…AND since a friend’s birthday is coming up and she just got a new apartment I just HAD to get her one too…

… with the birthday special

…and the plant enhancer

…and to  make matters even more difficult they just have to have the cutest two headed turtle Iv’e ever seen. I’m a turtle lover, as mentioned on this previous post and I already have these from another Etsy shop but I don’t have a two headed turtle yet…yet. Don’t you agree this one would be a wonderful addition to my collection??

Fun fact…these flowers “bloom”

From the seller:

…your air plant will transform throughout the year turning deep red while blooming then changing into a deep plum/silver before turning back to green! Sit back and enjoy the show, my friends. Currently as of June all our air plants in stock are green and will ship green – but dont worry they are sure to put in a show for you over time!

How cool…is that?!!

  

Well kidos, I just wanted to share my excitement and latest purchase.

Much love,

Elisa.

Brass love

Remember that Etsy shop I wrote about on a previous post, The White Pepper? I was so excited about their wonderful thrift items, especially these.
Well…

Yes! I got them! They look so beautiful and I am so glad I went for it.


They look beautiful next to my flowers 🙂

 

Don’t you love them? They feel heavy, have the perfectly aged color tone and look absolutely stunning on that wooden table by the front door entrance. I hope you guys checked out the store because they have new items that are just as amazing…which reminds me I have to do a new Cool Shop Friday post soon. But until then…

Live life in full bloom!

-Elisa

Color lesson

I went to the mall this weekend and it only proved what I was suspecting…COLOR IS IN, people!!! So, this inspired me to do a little color research. Many thanks to the Krylon website for the info. I plan on having fun with color this spring season so I’ll be purchasing lots of spray paint 🙂

Here is some basic color info I’ve put together…I hope you learn and enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend lovies.

Ciao!

Cool shop Friday…The White Pepper

Everyone knows Etsy is the go-to online mall for all things vintage and unique. Just recently I found this amazing vintage shop: The White Pepper – Mid-Century and Groovy Vintage Goodies. The owner is Christina, a former Montessori teacher turned treasure hunter…and I must say she is good at finding those treasures. Here are a couple of them to feast your eyes on…but don’t feast for too long or these cool items might be gone.

Click on the pictures to go to the shop.

Hhm…I can keep my art tools in here.

Crafting Book Collection

Mid-Century Replogle Globe - 12 inch

This would look so amazing in a little boy’s room.

Mid-Century Starburst Tumblers

Super cool glasses. I would use these for cool cocktails :p

Brass Turtles

I NEED THESE!

Mama and Baby Bunny Crewel Embroidery

I can just picture this is a very cool nursery. It’s just adooorable!

Pair of Brass Penguins

Love these penguins.

~.~

Hope you enjoyed these cool little items. I think I’m going to get the brass turtles…I LOVE turtles and these would be a beautiful addition to my collection.

Heads up, this weekend I’ll be tackling some floral projects I’ve had twirling in my mind for some time. Stay tuned for pics 😀

Ciao lovies…have a wonderful weekend.

Thrifty Nifty Shop

I couldn’t resist from returning to Flamingo Plaza this weekend. I have no idea why I went back…I didn’t really “have” to buy anything :/ BUT there were so many amazing little items I just had to have! So I followed my own tips from my Thrift Finds post, gave myself a budget of $35.00 (that was all the cash-back Walgreens would give me, hehe) and on my way I went to find more treasures.

Red White and Blue Thrift Store

While I was browsing it came to me…I’m going to make a new Etsy shop where I can sell these awesome thrift store items!! This way I will give people who don’t have access to a thrift store the opportunity to still own some vintage treasures AND I still get to shop…YEY!!!

However now that I was shopping for other people I suddenly became more “price conscious” (a.k.a: stingy :P) I started noticing that some items were really overpriced and honestly I even felt a little insulted. It was obvious to me whoever was pricing these items had no idea what they were doing.

So when picking out items I asked myself these questions:
– Am I getting a good deal?
– Is this item functional?
– Is this item of good quality?
– How does this item fit into today’s modern home?
– Would I buy this item for myself?

Sadly I had to leave some pretty awesome (although the more expensive ones) behind. There was a bronze birdhouse that was really old and actually functional that I had to leave behind and I was so bummed about it. I imagined this in an modern home on some design books next to some bright pink flowers on the sofa side table…ahhhh, dreamy. BUT, I figured I’d open shop with the less expensive items and if I had a positive response then I’ll step up my game for the next shopping trip 🙂

So, without further ado…here is the new Nifty Thrifty Shop and here are some of the items for sale:

Two Vintage Avon Ruby Red Glass Cape Cod Pattern Berry/dessert Bowls Dinnerware

White flower vases for eggs - perfect for easter

Vintage Milk Glass round vase (Wedding Milk Glass -Wedding Decor -Shabby and Chic -Pedestals)

Vintage real brass candelabra

Vintage silver-tone embossed jewelry box

Steel party tray with wooden handle, three compartment

I hope people like the items that I have picked out and that someone is able to bring some of these treasures into their home.

O.K…have a happy week, lovies…keep it cool till next weekend 😉

Elisa

Thrift Finds

O.K. ya’ll, this past Saturday I headed on over to Flamingo Plaza, my usual thrift store stop. Here are some of some of the cool stuff I came across…

Shelves full of cool treasures that you can repaint and repurpose. I had a hard time not throwing everything into my basket.

This Christian Dior full length jackt was only $50 and was in amazing condition…but it wasn’t in my budget :/

I love shells (I love anything ocean) and I love shiny metals…so as you can imagine I had a hard time putting this down.

…and this little metal round beauty…I regret not getting it 😦

These cameras were so cool. I almost got one with the idea of spray painting it a bright bold color.

…and speaking of bright bold colors, look at this amazing print! I wish I could put it on the beautiful chairs below.

These were in great condition and there were two. If I had my own home I would’ve bought them and reupholstered them…maybe in chevron print :-/

Now, what I DID get was the following:

I plan to use these cups as vases for my flowers. The blue cups were 6 for $0.97 (weird price) and the two golden ones were originally from Pier 1 (sticker was still on). The cute little puppy I plan to repaint (pictures to come).

I also got a brand new pair of Mango jeans and J.Crew jeans. I scored a really cool red fancy shirt (pictures to come once I figure out how to style it) and this awesome sexy see through skirt (perfect for Miami pool parties)

…and finally this super cute double ring. I was lucky that it fit me since I have a very small ring size.

I can’t wait to post pictures of the puppy before and after.

OK, lovies…talk laters!

xoxo