Friday, February 14, 2014

V-day attire

I don't get dressed up too often, but tonight is a special occasion, so I'm putting forth a little extra effort ;) I'm not sure what's on the agenda. I told Andy I would like Italian food, and left the rest up to him. Can't you just feel the pressure? ha! jk ;)

Black might be my favorite color to wear these days. So flattering, and I always feel sexy. Some red lipstick, jewelry, a sparkly clutch, and I'm golden.

 Black scoop neck top-American Apparel , Sheer Maxi skirt and belt-Forever 21, clutch-vintage, jewelry-Blydesign

make-up by Renee Heroy

And yes, I'm ordering fancy drinks, and dessert tonight!

Valentine love

You say it's a commercial holiday, I say I don't care. Of course we should love each other every day, but I love a day that's designated to making it high priority! Hopefully the warm, fuzzy feelings you have today carry though the rest of 2014. 

In need of some inspiration? Here are fourteen beautiful images of love that have put a pep in my step this month. I searched for photos of love in it's most raw form. Sometimes love is fireworks and romance, other times it comes softly, and is felt in the most unexpected ways.   

Africa | People.  Himba.  Beautiful Boys.

Woodstock, Bethel, New York, 1969    by Elliott Landy

couples photography, couples pictures, in love, engagement pictures, engagement photos, kissing at a concert

Jane & Serge

Neil Patrick Harris

under the willow


Un homme et une femme - 1966

“Love is a war of lightning,  and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.  Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,”  Pablo Neruda.

'We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.' ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Hoping you feel love in unexpected ways today, and every day. 

Happy Valentine's Day XO

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

One of my New Year's resolutions was to start buying mostly handmade (that means no more last minute trips to Target for soap, leggings etc). It requires a little more time and energy, but I have actually been very surprised at how easy it is to find most of the items I need outside of the big, box stores.  It has also opened my eyes to how much better the quality of handmade items are over manufactured ones. I think I became so accustomed at having to replace poorly made goods so often, that I didn't even realize how long those items could last if a little more care and time goes into constructing them.

What better time to support handmade than Valentine's day? Trust me, your main squeeze will appreciate the extra effort. And, I'm making it super easy for you to support handmade goodness by including a round-up of my fave V-day gifts for every budget. You'll thank me later ;) 

Under $20
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Gift Fortune Cookies -Soft Pink / Valentine's Day Gift / Personalized Gifts / Crochet Fortune Cookies / Valentine Gift For Her
fortune cookie knit, $13.50
I Love You Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging in Dark Pink with Felt Heart
embroidery hoop wall hanging, $19.50
Heart Lollipops, Gold and Brown Wedding Favor, Party Favors, Brown and Gold, Candy, Lollipops, Sweet Caroline Confections- SIX LOLLIPOPS
gold sprinkle, heart lollipops, $12
Neon pink ombre jewelry box, wood jewelry box, tiny box, round wood box, gradient pink
neon pink ombre box, $10
Perfume Oil - choose a scent - buy more and save
perfume oil, $10
XOXO & Heart Gold Foil Mini Note Cards
Gold foil mini note card set, $15
PRE ORDER Chai & Vanilla Lotus Soap - Natural, Handmade, Cold Processed, Vegan
chai and vanilla lotus soap, $11.59

Under $50

Custom couple mugs // personalized couple mugs // custom mugs // cute couple mugs
custom couple heart mugs, $24.75
Gray Heart Knitted Leg Warmer, Knit boot toppers, Grey boot cuffs,Women leg warmers,Heart boot socks
heart knitted leg warmers, $20.99
COLLAR // Marcella // Handmade Ivory Cotton Lace Collar Necklace Applique Blouse Accessories Peter Pan Collar Venise Lace Gold
lace peter pan collar, $36
washable wool panties with cotton lace trim - made to order
lace trim panties $38
Linen Home Decor Pillow - Inspirational Quote Pillow
one in six billion pillow, $45
Blueberry and Vanilla
blueberry and vanilla, soy candle, $28
Personalized Carved Heart Engraved Wood Cutting Board - 12x16 - custom hostess gift wedding or anniversary gift for foodie couple
personalized wood cutting board, $45

Under $100

ladies complete skin care gift set: 2 soothing salves | body balm | soap | body oil | lip butter  - 100% natural and handmade skin care
100% natural skin care gift set $54
Rapture Open Underwired Bra- Lingerie
cornflower blue lace halter neck bra $66.52

12"  distressed red heart wall light
red heart wall light $60
Kissing creamer and sugar. Porcelain Mouth-shaped set
kissing cream and sugar, porcelain serving set $70

Personalized heart // necklace Valentine's Day Gift
personalized, initial heart necklace, $60

Remember, when buying handmade, most items are made to order, so they take a little extra time to arrive at your door. Another words, you should place your orders for Valentine's day!

Hope cupids arrow hits you extra hard this year, xo

♥, Katie

Monday, January 13, 2014

Layering necklaces

So excited about the new pieces I've been working on for Spring 2014. Everything is really light and feminine. I have been working on perfecting Opal-like, holographic resin "stones" over the Winter, and am so happy with the result. 

Layered necklaces are definitely a jewelry trend that is here to stay in Spring 2014. 

Love this little mix from my new line...

Image of Tiny opal gold necklace
Image of Oval Opal Gold Necklace
Image of Oval Opal Gold Necklace
Image of Oval Opal Gold Necklace
layering necklaces, $34.50-$48.75

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NYE swag

Wishing you a happy, and blessed 2014! I'm so thankful for all of the support in 2013. Looking forward to many more bright, and sparkly things ahead!

NYE nailsdrusy quartz cuff #blydesign #nye #jewelry

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Arrowhead ring giftaway

Have you entered my arrowhead ring giveaway on twitter?

 It's super easy!

Contest ends: 12/24/13

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I started decorating for Christmas early this year. I usually try to wait till after Thanksgiving, but with turkey day falling so late in the month, I couldn't help myself. 

I found the cutest little felt banner at World Market here in Charlotte, NC. I'm obsessed. It kind of looks vintage. I kept twerking it to fit on my mantel, until I realized it would fit perfectly on my stag horns. The honeycomb trees were a Target find. They open 360 degrees, but I only opened them halfway and used wall-safe tape to secure them to the wall.  The stockings and disco balls were ebay scores. 

I insisted on an 8 ft tree this year, sorry Andy. Ha! It just barely fit in his saab.

So glad I decided to place the tree by the piano. I'm really getting a lot of practicing done in there ;)

I opted out of a color coordinated tree this year. Really, they just feel too forced, and a little dated to me. I have so many ornaments that I hold dear, and I love having them all on the tree.

My sweet friend, Colleen just made this one for me ♥

I definitely plan to do some baking this year. Well, I plan to do it every year, but this time I'm actually making it happen. I have just seen too many good recipes on pinterest. I can't resist. 

Yesterday, I made some Andes mint stuffed crinkle cookies. Mine didn't exactly "crinkle" like their name says they should (not sure why, but it probably has something to do with my habit of taking short cuts in the kitchen) Nevertheless, they are freaking delicious.

A little thoughtful packaging, and they are on their way out the door to friends and family. I only ate like...10 along the way. woops.

Happy Holidays!