Turtle Love Co.

If you’ve been wondering about that little badge on the right that marks me as a Vintage Style Council member, this post is for you!!

I’ve long admired local jewelry company, Turtle Love Co. Based in Portland, ME, the company heralds the independent and the vintage, two things that appeal to my old boutique sensibilities (If you’re a new follower and unfamiliar with Clarabella… just ask. I love talking about it!!) I first met TLC head honcho, Adrianne, while I was still working with emilie inc. We got together a few times to talk shop and after a wonderful brainstorming session that led to even more discussion back at the TLC headquarters, the Vintage Style Council was born. We are a lovely collection of bloggers — a few design mavens, a few fashionistas, a few culinary goddesses — all with our own unique voices brought together in support of this awesome little company.

I’ve created two Pinterest boards inspired by pieces in TLC’s vintage collection. They’ve both been featured on the TLC blog and I hope you’ll take a moment to check them out! Makes for some fabulous afternoon browsing;).


the Adelle Diamond Engagement Ring :: on the TLC blog :: A Little Romance via pinterest


the Ellie Diamond Engagement Ring :: on the TLC blog :: Honoring Ellie via pinterest

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goredon

If I ever had to replace my beloved Tashkent Meadow boots, it could likely only ever be with the unbelievably stylish and amazing Goredon boots. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE.

[image from tashkent fabulous website]

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and for those who aren’t familiar with the Meadow… a peek:

I’ve been rocking these for a few years and they are still my winter staples… Maine Winters be damned!

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walking pretty

Well… I promised, didn’t I? If you know me, you know I LOVE shoes. Heck, I had a shop nearly dedicated to them (with a little jewelry and a few handbags thrown in). Something I learned not too long after I started stocking shoes at Clarabella? Two of the brands that I found, loved, and procured? Also sold at Anthropologie. You see why I should be a buyer?

Anyway… I’m currently thinking of fund-raising schemes to add one of these to my collection. Until then? My usual… covet, adore, web-stalk… wait for the sale;).

top: ribbon swell pumps – $398, draping sapphire heels – $338; bottom: final flourish heels – $178, waving grains pumps – $148

top: slinking frills pumps – $188, forest flower oxfords – $510; bottom: covered and uncovered heels – $365, raines heels – $128

top: farrier boots – $528, uppsala clog boots – $578; bottom: delancey boots – $288, well-weathered booties – $258

why I love anthropologie, the fall edition

Sometimes I feel a little like an Anthropologie ad. I don’t mean to, I swear. It’s just that I love so much of what they stock. Would it honestly be too much to ask for them to move their corporate offices to Portland so that I can get signed on as a buyer? Seriously… someone get on that.;) It’s pretty much guaranteed that I could walk into any one of their stores on any given day and find something unique, design savvy, and well-made that also fits me perfectly. Trust me, that’s rare for me. I try to keep myself at bay and have done pretty well since I moved to Maine, largely because the closest shop is a 2.5 hour drive away, but still… I loooove. Thanks to a pretty awesome fellow, I think I still have a bit of cash left on a gift card, so now it’s all about selection. How in the world do I narrow my ultimate Fall shopping spree down to just one piece? For the moment, maybe I’ll just look and admire. If I had the funds today, this might be what my blow-out shopping spree would look like:

top: floral frappe top – $58, sleeve pitch blouse – $128; bottom: posh peasant tee – $68, bianka blouse – $68

top: lorena dress – $138, look back sweater dress – $148; bottom: harbingers of fall dress – $158, volga dress – $89.95

top: knitting needle cardigan – $98, belladonna top – $128; bottom: stitch play cardigan – $358, cabled pathways pullover – $128

top: le soir magnifique coat – $298, double duty cape – $248; bottom: alice in autumn sweatercoat – $168, tyndall coat – $248

 

 

[all images from anthropologie – shoes to follow in a separate post]

Why I love… Oh Joy!

Joy Deangdeelert Cho may just be my new hero. I’ve been a devoted blog-reader for quite some time now and have been watching her creative empire grow. A graphic designer, dedicated blogger, food enthusiast, entrepreneurial consultant, and published author, Joy seems to have it all covered. I adore her stationary and have long lusted after her darling little notebooks. I was tickled pink when I learned that she’d launched a line of wallpaper, sold exclusively at fab home design destination, Hygge & West. I’ve been following news of her co-authored book (with fellow design enthusiast, Meg Mateo Ilasco), Creative, Inc., and can’t wait to pick up my own copy! [Scroll down for a eye-catching book launch stop-motion video.]

I’m a bit envious of what appears to be a charmed creative life, though I fully understand the pure talent and hard work that it’s likely taken her to get to where she is. It’s admirable and inspiring, really, and I encourage you to take a closer look at all of Joy’s work! Maybe even snatch up a roll or two of that gorgeous wallpaper;)

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Oh Joy!

the blog :: the studio :: the shop :: the wallpaper :: the food blog :: the tweets

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Petal Pusher, Champagne & Cream by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Things to Note, Red Floral Notebook, $13.50 – Available at Oh Joy!, buy here

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A Stone’s Throw Away, White & Gray by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Nature Exploration Agate Notebook by Oh Joy! – check it out here (SOLD OUT)

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Lovely Leaves, Gray, Blue & White by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Things to Note Dot Notebook , $13.50 – Available at Oh Joy!, buy here

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Petal Pusher, White & Gold by Oh Joy! for Hygge & West – buy here

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Creative Inc. stop motion film:

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[Images from Oh Joy! and Hygge & West, Video via Youtube and Oh Joy!]

please don’t stop the music

I’ll have to keep this intro brief, for if I start talking with you all about Jamie Cullum, I may never stop. I may get caught up in nostalgia, longing for days past, and could get lost in my memories. I was assigned to be marketing lead on Jamie Cullum’s first US release back in the summer of 2003. He was rapidly becoming a star in the UK and the US market seemed poised and ready. The album was slated for release in 2004 and we were charged with preparing the market for Jamie. I was 25, driven, and hungry for success. I suppose it didn’t hurt that I was as romanced by the music and Jamie’s stellar on-stage performances as everyone else. I worked with Jamie’s fantastic team from that very first day, right up through my departure around the end of 2006. I miss them!

Today’s video highlights the über-talented Mr. Jamie Cullum… In honor of both his latest release and also what promises to be an outstanding weekend at the Newport Jazz Festival. If you’ve got tickets, you’re among the lucky. Enjoy!

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for you… Malia Mills

Last week, I posted a few of my favorite swimsuits for the season… the cream of the crop, in my opinion. Much to my delight, the post caught the attention of one Carol Mills, partner of and sister to swimsuit designer Malia Mills. Carol is absolutely lovely… truly. She thanked me for the post and kindly offered a $50 off coupon to all of my readers until July 15! Yes ladies, that’s $50 off a fantastically fabulous swimsuit that will most certainly make you the envy of every last bathing beauty you encounter;).

So please… visit the Malia Mills website, pick out your favorite suit, mention “Just Plain Lovely” to Jen at 800-695-3479 when you place your order, receive your $50 discount, and run immediately to your nearest beach to show off your booty (ahem… treasure)! If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the gorgeous Malia Mills retail stores, you’ll be happy to know that the discount works in person too! Just mention “Just Plain Lovely”.

Check out a few more of my Malia Mills favs below.

Shop here :: Read more here

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Dionne

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Juliette

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Chloe

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Dionne

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Bianca

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Dreamboat

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Country Girl

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Danceteria

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Dreamboat

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Etsy :: Two Little Owls Vintage

Continuing on with my kitchen themed Etsy discoveries… meet Two Little Owls Vintage. Sure, she has more than just kitchen stuff, but her collection of tea cups, pitchers, and glasses makes me a little giddy. I may need to get one of those fabulous old curios with the glass doors to store all of this marvelous stuff that I want to buy;). A little irrational, maybe, and I’m not sure J would approve, but I’ll work on it!

The owner of this little shop is based in Westbrook, ME. A quick peek at her bio tells me that she is a mom, loves Maine summers, gardening, photography, reading, baking, home renovation and most importantly vintage. [hello Ms. Two Little Owls Vintage – we would most certainly get along!!]

I hope you’ll take a peek at my picks below and also head on over to her shop to see what other treats she has to offer. Lovely indeed;)

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Two Little Owls Vintage

the etsy shop

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Royal Albert Dog Rose Teacup and Saucer Set, $16 – buy here

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Vintage Blue Willow Coffee Cups (set of 6), $14 – buy here

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Turquoise Blue Speckleware Wheat Cream and Sugar Set, $8 – buy here

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Vintage Austrian Pottery Pitcher, $6 – buy here

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Vintage Termocrisa Pink & Black Floral Cup & Saucers, $12 – buy here

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Vintage Hoenig of California Pottery Apple Pot and Bowls Set, $26 – buy here

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Vintage Pyrex New Dots Blue Bowl, $24 – buy here

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Vintage Juice Glassware – set of 4, $8 – buy here

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Vintage Avon Floral Decanter Candy Dish, $6 – buy here

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dress me up

Long before Clarabella came to be (well… months, anyway) a dear friend of mine introduced me to Ms. Ashley Hanosh. Ashley is a San Fran transplant, originally hailing from New Mexico. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs and had it in her head that she would be next. She has impeccable style, a penchant for wearing dresses, and a fantastic nickname. In the late part of 2006 the aptly named Honey in the Rough opened its doors in NY’s Lower East Side.

From the beginning, Ashley was a confidant… someone else in the business who gave me advice and listened to my entrepreneurial woes. She also flashed me a smile and directed me to the perfect dress nearly every time I stepped through her door. I’m fairly certain she did that with everyone;). She’s got an uncanny ability to know what looks good on a client better than the client herself.

Long a destination for innovative dress designers and of-the-moment jewelry designers, Honey in the Rough can now be enjoyed by fashion savvy women far and wide. Just yesterday her lovely little online shop announced the arrival of dresses!! I’ve already picked out my favorites, but I can’t say I’ll make a purchase until I get Ashley’s expert opinion because in dealing with dresses, she is always right!

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7 Sisters Dreamtime Dress by Antipodium, $465 – buy here

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Ruched Chest Dress by Alexandre Herchcovitch, $450 – buy here

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T-Shirt Feather Dress by Eley Kishimoto, $205 – buy here

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Dungeness Dress by Eley Kishimoto, $680 – buy here

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Hammered Floral Dress by United Bamboo, $495 – buy here

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Ribbon Bow Dress by Tsumori Chisato, $485 – buy here

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Striped Chiffon Panel Dress by Alexandre Herchcovitch, $295 – buy here

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GET DRESSED!!

[and stay tuned… this writer has high hopes for a boutique spotlight someday soon!]

Why I LOVE… Sarah Seven

It happened one day on a random Etsy search. I don’t remember my search terms, but somehow one of the images that popped up brought me to Sarah Seven. Instantly drawn to her incredibly unique, ‘this-is-what-fairytales-are-made-of’ dresses, I started longing for a special event that might require such a splurge. Alas, nothing popped up, but I kept the Sarah Seven beauties in my mind. Every so often, I’d come across the site again to swoon for a moment or two, only to wrench myself away. After leaving NY, I lost track of the line and was thrilled to be reintroduced upon learning of a fabulous NY-based wedding boutique called Lovely Bridal Shop. As a newbie to the wedding business, Lovely Bride is now a regular destination of mine, so be warned that you’ll be hearing more about them soon!

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I’ve been browsing Sarah Seven’s website and will say that I love her now even more than I did before. Her dresses take my breath away. Most of them have embellished bustier-style tops with flowing, layered bottoms. The combination results in something that should be worn in slightly more risque Jane Austen movie. Who knows what my future holds… but I sure hope it holds one of these dresses;). Brides-to-be and fashionistas take note… Sarah Seven is most definitely one to watch.

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the website :: the etsy shop :: the tweets

More about Sarah Seven:

With a deep desire for the romance and the simple decadence of a bygone era of femininity, Portland, Oregon designer Sarah Seven is able to create unique pieces that are vintage inspired but decidingly modern. Her bridal, special occasion and ready to wear collections are a rare glimpse into the perfected and intricate arrangement of blossoming ruffles, delicate fabrics, and flowing layers. A true Portlander at heart, Sarah Seven uses natural fabrics, silk, wool, linens, cotton voile as well as recycled vintage fabrics. ~ Rebecca Birt

[pulled from her website, with thanks]

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[all images from Sarah Seven, photography by Angela Burdine]

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