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Wear it Wednesday: Wanderer Wrap Top

One question I often hear at shows is “I like it, but what do I wear with it?”, so here are some ideas! Today we’re featuring the Wanderer Wrap Top.

I’ve easily taken the Wanderer Wrap Top from work to play just by changing up my bottoms and shoes. For work, I paired it with black cropped pants, black slides and a simple chain necklace. For play, we have two options shown – denim skirt or black shorts – paired with cute wedges and a choker. The possibilities don’t stop there – get creative with it. As you can see the Wanderer Wrap Top can be a fun and versatile piece to add to your wardrobe.

Where to find items in this post:
Wanderer Wrap Top – Lavendar:
Wanderer Wrap Top – Lime & White:
Wanderer Wrap Top – Aqua & Orange:
Wanderer Wrap Top – Orange Stripe:
Wood Bead Arrowhead Choker:
Panama Hat:

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Sometimes I think I could live in a mansion and not have enough room. Like most of the rest of us, I do not live in a mansion, so I get faced with the good old problem of trying to organize my crap in a small space. I have become quite adept at it, but recently I realized I need to figure out some other options. So off to Pinterest and Amazon I went.

Sewing Patterns
I have all of these awkwardly shaped pieces of paper that need to stay organized and easily accessible. Right now they are all in one big expanding file (like this). If I only had a few patterns this would be great, but I’ve simply outgrown it, and when I have to find a pattern I have to pull out everything until I find it. Definitely not ideal! So I came across these:

These are supposed to arrive today, and I think they will be perfect. I can put all the pattern pieces for each pattern in its own envelope with an image/label of what the pattern is. This will be so much quicker and easier than going through every pattern to find the one I am looking for.

Of course, the envelopes will need their own little home and I think this will nifty little wire basket will be awesome! Pretty and functional – SOLD!

Small Fabric and the Weird Closet
I have this weird closet that wasn’t really supposed to be a closet…well it was but it was put in after the fact so it’s shaped weird. It’s not deep enough to actually hang clothing in it and close the door, so I decided to use it for craft storage. It still turned out to be awkward though. I couldn’t slide Rubbermaid containers or drawers in there because of the depth, and I didn’t want to just stack boxes because then I would have to move boxes all the time. I finally decided that these hanging closet organizers would be the perfect way to store smaller pieces of fabric.

I simply fold the pieces of fabric and neatly stack them in the cubbies. I can organize them by color or fabric type. I was actually able to squeeze three of these in the weird closet.

That’s about as far as I have made it. I am still in the process of organizing, purging and trying to get ready for Arts in the Heart, which is a project in and of itself. I should probably bust out the dry erase board and make my to-do list for everything that needs to be completed between now and then. I have clothes to make, jewelry to finish, metal to stamp, displays to finish….the list goes on.

Do you have some awesome organization hacks, or ways to really move through a to-do list? Let’s hear them! I open to all ideas, motivation and inspiration.

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Work in Progress Wednesday: Jewelry Displays

Designing and making my handmade goodness is not the end of my creativity, I also make most of my displays. Good displays are super important, you can have gorgeous creations, but if your displays don’t properly show them off then you’re losing half the battle. My ideal jewelry display is a piece that is not only attractive but also doubles as storage. I despise getting to an event and having to waste time putting each individual piece of jewelry out – and even worse – having to untangle necklaces. I was inspired by this frame idea last year:

I love that the necklaces can hang freely and when doing an outdoor event they can sparkle in the sunlight. After a thrift store trip, some paint, eye hooks, and chain I came up with this:

Old Frame display

This was a pretty large frame so I was able to display both my long necklaces and chokers. Unfortunately, my frame vanished. Since then I’ve been trying out different display methods, but I haven’t been totally happy with any of them, so I decided to revisit this idea, but make it better. This time I am going for something more like the inspiration – a gallery wall of frames that hangs from my tent. Here’s a peek!

Each frame is getting a couple of coats of black chalkboard paint (can be found here) and little clippies (can be found here) attached to it. I opted for the clippies because I didn’t want the necklaces falling off of cup hooks during transport. The chalkboard paint will allow me to write prices, sales, important info, etc. around the edge of the frame. I still have to find a couple of larger frames for my longer necklaces. Then I get to play adult Tetris and plan out how my “gallery wall” will fit together and hang.

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Freebie Friday: Influenster

Have you heard of Influenster?

Influenster is your ultimate shopping companion. 
Discover reviews from real people like you, exclusive deals, helpful q&a, and your new favorite products!

I stumbled across an ad for it one night scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. After a little research, I decided to give it shot and here’s how it works:

  1. Download the app, sign up for your account and create your profile.
  2. Connect your social media accounts by visiting your social impact page. The more of an influencer you are on social media, the more likely you are to get a box full of freebies sent to you.
  3. Complete your snaps. Snaps are little surveys that allow them to get to know you better.

Once you’ve finished that start perusing the site/app. Explore the galleries and start interacting with others by answering questions, liking photos and writing reviews. The more you do this the more likely you are to receive a VoxBox!

What is a VoxBox?

A VoxBox is a box of free, often full-size products that Influenster delivers directly to its members for testing purposes. These products come directly from some of the biggest brands in the country. The two boxes that I have received so far have both been beauty related, but they have so much more.

I received my first Vox Box back at the end of April, probably about a month after I signed up. I received an email from them telling me that I was on the list to receive it. I had to confirm that I wanted it and complete a quick survey and confirm my address. About 2 weeks later this box of goodies showed up.

VoxBox #1
I received my first Vox Box back at the end of April, probably about a month after I signed up. I received an email from them telling me that I was on the list to receive it. I had to confirm that I wanted it and complete a quick survey and confirm my address. About 2 weeks later this box of goodies showed up.
Here’s what’s inside:
Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream
Saturday Skin Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum
VDL Expert Eye Bomb Boosting Fixer
Kaja Moon Crystal Sparkling Eye Pigment in Goddess and Mystical
Wella Invigo Brilliance Shampoo & Conditioner
Wella Invigo Brilliance Mask

My thoughts…

Saturday Skin Products – I really like both of these and still use them every day! I have very dry skin – we’re talking SAHARA! During one of my winter super dry times I was explaining my face routine to a friend, she looked at me astonished because my makeup wasn’t sliding off my face from all of the oil and moisturizer I had used. With this eye cream and serum I rarely need to use any extra moisturizer and my skin feels baby soft. At night I usually use the eye cream with my homemade all-natural face oil blend. I’ve noticed myself wearing much less in terms of foundation/concealer. I usually swipe on some BB cream, and a little concealer if my dark circles are super bad .

VDL Expert Eye Bomb Boosting Fixer – This can be used as a mascara primer, top coat or on it’s own. I have tried it all 3 ways and overall I like it. My favorite mascara is IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara – if you haven’t tried it you are seriously missing out. I couldn’t give up my Superhero, so after trial and error my best results were when I used Superhero as my base and then the VDL Eye Bomb as a second coat. When I used the VDL as a base it seemed to get a little dry and brittle before I could put the Superhero on so it was a clumpy application. Alone it is a nice mascara, but I’m addicted to Superhero.

Kaja Moon Crystal Sparkling Eye Pigment – I want to start by saying…BEFORE THIS I WAS NOT A CREAM EYE SHADOW PERSON! I hated it. Every kind I tried always would up creasing and not being pretty at all, so I didn’t have high hopes for this stuff but I was very surprised. It goes on easily and actually dries to a nice powder-like finish. You can do a light sweep of color for everyday wear or layer it on for a super sparkly metallic look.

Wella Invigo Brilliance Products – Well….I didn’t exactly get to try these out seeing as I have no hair and all. I passed them on to a friend and she did say her hair felt super soft. This was really my only complaint. I guess they assume all females have hair. On all of the surveys, it doesn’t really give you an option for a shaved head. It’s not that I don’t need products for my head, but a scalp oil or something like that would be way more beneficial (the Shahara doesn’t just stop at my face!). It would have been nice to have a way to specify this.

Vox Box #2
My second VoxBox was a little different than the first – it only contained a single product – Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick in Cognac. The only color I can find online anywhere is a Rosy Pink. This lipstick is described as “A lipstick that moisturizes with natural-looking color as it improves the look of firmness, smoothness, and definition.” It’s loaded with neuropeptides, hyaluronic acid and sunscreen to hydrate and help fight aging. Added bonus – the top screws on, so it get lose in your purse!

Let me first start off by saying that to call this lipstick is a bit of a stretch, it is much more of tinted lip balm. To be fair they describe it as sheer in the description, but the name lipstick just makes me think of something more pigmented. The image on the left is the No Lipstick Lipstick all by itself. I have very faint hint of a berry color and my lips are super soft. It has a very nice feel on the lips, soft and smooth with a nice shine. Not overly glossy or sticky. You can see from the image in the middle how dark the lipstick itself is and how light it came out on me. The image on the right is the No Lipstick Lipstick paired with a berry-colored lip liner I had already had. I like it both ways. The left is great for a super casual look where I just a want a touch of color and some moisture, and the right is a good go-to color for everyday. It’s not long lasting or smudge proof. It acts just like a tinted lipbalm.

This time I wasn’t the only one that tested it out. I let my friend Steph try it. Here’s a little background – while my skin is still fairly light I do tan easy and have olive undertones. Steph, on the other hand, is WHITE, as in fair-skinned. She burns and generally buys the lightest shade of makeup they sell. She also has a more pronounced cupid’s bow than I do. On her, the No Lipstick Lipstick alone looked about like it did with the liner on me. She liked the sheerness, application and the way it felt on her lips. Her one criticism was the shape of the lipstick itself. Because it was a flat tip and not pointed or chiseled it was harder for her to properly apply it along her cupid’s bow. She loved the screw-on cap though!

Want the chance to get your own free stuff? Click here to join!

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Wear It Wednesday: Suspender Pants?

How 90s fab are these? Fresh off writing my Throwback Thursday post last week dedicated to 90s fashion I stumbled across these cuties in a little discount clothing store. It was love at first sight! I called these things suspender pants, but I’m not quite sure about that moniker. They’re not quite overalls since there’s no bib portion, and I don’t really consider them a jumpsuit since I HAVE to wear a shirt under them. A quick search on Amazon brought up some very similar items with a multitude of names: overalls, romper, jumpsuit and my favorite … suspender pants.

They are super comfy. I can easily style them for work and then change to a crop top for drinks, girls night or dinner. The straps are adjustable, so they work for my long body and can easily be shortened for those vertically challenged ladies. Oh and in case you missed it in the photos….THEY HAVE POCKETS!

While you might not be able to score these for the same awesome price I did you can certainly find some afforable options on Amazon here, here and here.

Don’t forget…if you sign up for Podcoin then you could be on your way to earning a free Amazon giftcard.

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Freebie Friday: Podcoin

Are you the kind of person that has to have background noise when your working on something…anything? Me too! My go-tos used to be TV and music, but recently I have been on a podcast binge. I came across this app called Podcoin that claimed to reward you for listening to podcasts, so I checked out the reviews and decided to give it a go.

So far I am loving Podcoin. I have already earned a free Amazon gift card for doing something that I was going to do anyway. You can pretty much find all of the major podcasts and some other hidden gems. Here’s the lowdown:

How does it work?

  • You can earn 1 point for every 10 minutes of listening.
  • Plus, you can earn more by having a listening streak, which is listening to at least 1 podcast a day.
  • For example, if you reach a 3 day streak, you’ll be able to earn 2 points for every 10 minutes, until you lose you streak (so that’s double the earnings).

What are the rewards?

  • Giftcards (Amazon, Starbucks, Target and more)
  • Donate to various charitable causes
  • Various products

ADDED BONUS: Refer a friend and you both earn 150 Podcoins. You can invite up to 4 people, so you can earn 600 extra just for sharing your link! If you click on any of the Podcoin links within this post you will be taken to my invite page, so we can both earn free Podcoins!

What are you waiting on? Try Podcoin today!

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What Day Is It?

You know those days where you really don’t know what day it is? Yeah…I realized this morning that I had one of those yesterday when I posted my Throwback Thursday post on Wednesday. It literally took me an entire day to figure out my mistake. In my defense I was buried in social media marketing research, ideas and planning.

Raise your hand if you’re a procrastinator?
I’ll wait…
I know you’re out there…
taking your time to raise your hand…
because, after all, you’re a procrastinator!

That’s me big time! I am a horrible procrastinator and I’ve been working on getting a handle on it starting with my social media marketing (SMM). SMM is a total necessary evil for me. I know it’s the best form of free advertising out there, but staying on top of it and posting regularly always gets pushed to the back burner. Not anymore though. I have been researching content calendars, post ideas, hashtags and so much more.


All of the information has been helpful and overwhelming. I think it all jumbled around in my head and led to my confusion on what day it was yesterday. I have managed to wrap my mind around my plan of attack, but there are still some gaps to fill, and I am always open to hearing from others… so what say you?

What social media strategies do you use?
What kind of posts do you like?
What annoys you?
How do you stay organized?

While you’re thinking on those hop on over to the by Jen Ell Facebook and make sure you like and follow it! Comments and shares are greatly appreciated too!

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Just a little confession…Amazon

I love fashion. I love making things. I also love shopping – in-store, online, handmade – it doesn’t matter to me. Here lately I seem to find myself falling down the Amazon rabbit hole. Combine Amazon Lightning Deals with my love for a bargain and you have a match made in heaven. Since I know I’m not the only one that loves some Amazon I have decided that I will start sharing my Amazon (and maybe some other) finds. You’ll get to see the good and the bad in all of its glory! I’ll give you low down on the sizing, fabric, fit and styling options. You might even get to see transformations of some the bad items. So without further ado…here is a sneak peek of the first item!

This top is super versatile and can be found here! Normally I toss it on with a bralette and some shorts for a comfy chic look, but today I decided to style it for work by pairing it with a black knit pencil skirt from Costco, black tank and slide-on sandals from Old Navy. Stay tuned for a follow-up post of other looks created with this top and a full review.

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The Mill Collection

Each piece of handcrafted fashion in The Mill Collection is created with fabric with a bit of history…
Just a short drive across the Savannah River in South Carolina is a little spot in Aiken County called Horse Creek Valley, more commonly known today as Midland Valley. This section of the county once served as a cradle of South Carolina textile mills, legends, old families, and hard-working folks. 

Horse Creek flows through the valley and enters the Savannah River two miles downstream of downtown Augusta, Georgia. The water that once attracted the Westos and Chickasaw Indians, eventually led to the creation of numerous textiles mills in the area in the early to mid 1800’s. The textile industries suffered the effects of the boll weevil (1920) and the Great Depression (1930) and never fully recovered. The last textile mill closed its doors in 2006.

Today, if you talk to anyone that is from this area they either know someone that worked in one of the mills, or depending on age, they worked there their self. Lucky for me… I know people! All of this vintage fabric was hiding in storage and I was ecstatic to get a hold of it. Most of the fabric was still quite stiff, and not suitable for clothing, so I began by letting all of it soak for a couple of days in an all-natural solution to help soften up the fibers. Each batch of fabric was then washed with vinegar and tons of fabric softener to eliminate any potential lingering odors and help the softening process. After a trip through the dryer I began inspecting all of the fabric for holes, flaws and discolorations. Once that was done the fun began – pattern mixing, matching fabrics, cutting, designing and sewing!

There’s plenty more fabric and designs to come, so if you see something you like and want it in a different size, or color palette I can definitely make that happen.