Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Conversation starters

Planet Mom T-shirts sent me this tip & I couldn't wait to get to my laptop & start passing around their new Fall Collection. Same attitude, long sleeves.
Friends for ever, Eileen and Elise are behind this pretty clever idea: sweat shirts & leg warmers with a twist of 'smarty pants' phrases like 'Trophy wife', 'Nanny deprived' & 'Because I said So'.
"During yet another phone call discussing our mind-numbing laundry piles, the magic of soy and how we were officially "off the market" thanks to our recent minivan purchases, we got an idea. Most moms feel the way we do. Most moms like to laugh. And every mom likes good quality clothes. Thus, Planet Mom was born... right there on the phone, between breaking up sibling fights, checking homework and getting dinner on the table.
Planet Mom apparel is clothing with an inside joke, and you're in on it. Wink, wink."

Exclusive for Thrifty Boutique readers - add 'thrifty' at check out to get your 10% OFF (code expires 9/14/05) Don't you feel special? I do! :)

Friday, August 26, 2005

Success is a choice

Success Is a Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life

I don't read as much as I should. But I can tell you, I have a few good 'bible-books' at home and I keep them handy in case my best friend, co-worker or myself need them.
'Success is a choice' is not just a neat phrase. It's an attitude I try to keep up with & Rick Pitino (he doesn't know about it) inspires me through the entire book, where he shares his coaching stories, personal 'moments' and all the trial & errors that make him one of my heroes.


Vintage with an English flair

English designer Jenny Hudson introduces us to the first shades of autumn through her Aurora Bloom e-store. She handcrafts limited pieces of jewelry, adding that 'I'm so vintage' twist you were looking for, badly. Fashion finds with a 'story' is what I enjoy... and if you are listening:
River Ice Bracelet "In late autumn the Thorne River in JukkasjÀrvi, Swedish Lapland freezes. Tonnes of the crystal clear ice are harvested and used to build the fairytale ice hotel and ice chapel. The icy columns and frozen sculptures appear in many colours as light refracts through them - crystal clear, opal white, sapphire, aqua marine, pale green, jade, emerald and turquoise. . . ."

City inspired

Big Apple-based, designer Linday doesn't need to go further than her every day life to get into 'creative mode'. "New York isn't just a location, it's a lifestyle... By day, i attend NYU for theater, racing from alphabet city to tribeca, from soho to noho to nolita and back again... By night, I sit in my apartment with its gorgeous view and make clothing, inspired by the sights and sounds this city has to offer." If you hate parallel parking raise your hand, get in line and add the 'feed me' tee to your cart.
Wonderland Manhattan offers tank, tees, totes & jeweled tops... more to come.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Enjoying the calm, before the storm

Hi there, from the calm of South Florida :)
Before the tropical storm is here (Katrina) and between filling up my tub & getting a load of chips & salsa, I clicked on Deen Miele, where designer Diana features the perfect jewelry collection to make it through this nasty weather.
"There is something about the blue/gold combination. Or maybe its the texture of the leaf, or the hint of pink in the tourmaline stones. Either way, these Storm earrings get the job done! 2 3/4 in length, and -- dare we say it? Light as a feather, baby."

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Are you talking to me?

Still believe your man can undertand one of your 'looks', see the storm coming or read between 1,000 lines every time you try to SAY something? :)
Don't sweat it, you are not alone.

Pencil Shavings to the rescue! Fellow floridian Kate Dolamore gives us some reality check cards to communicate CLEARLY with him. After all, he is only human :) We are super-heroes!
"I'm having a big sale at my website, so if you've considered getting prints or cards before, now would be a good time. (Or sometime before the month is over!) I've also got lots of new stuff there- new prints available, including limited edition prints, and all open edition prints now available in a tiny 4x6 size as well." - Kate

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

You've got mail - Part I

I love 'just because' gift's concept. It is the perfect excuse to show a little appreciation to those who barely know how much mean to me.
From now & on, I will skip the boring 37 cents stamps :) is lauching an original & fun way to make your letters and packages stand from the crowd. Personalize your stamps: family photos, new baby, favorite landscape & beyond...
Neat ideas for little money, love it!

Monday, August 22, 2005

2 for 1

Two sisters, one medium.
Up in Maine, Heather & Kerry Collins combine their twin passion for silversmith & love for nature, creating innovative pieces of art: jewels to your eyes!
Twigs and Heather each piece is handmade and one-of-a-kind, using the lost wax and natural burn out casting methods. Their work is a subtle reminder of just how wonderful something as simple as a twig can be.
They have tonz of
events coming up, so if you are around don't miss the opportunity to pass by & appreciate their work in person :)
They can be found at high-end craft shows all over New England, MA, NH, ME and the Seacoast area.

Friday, August 19, 2005

When Thrifty met The Hurleys

It happened during one of those over 100* degrees Florida Summer days. Between clicks & my 'low calorie' smoothie, Teresa and Greg's jewelry designs made my afternoon.
..."Teresa has always had desire and imagination to create new things... she wanted to team up with another creative individual to explore new ideas with. She knew someone with talent in art, music, photography and industrial design...She mentioned it to Greg, he took her suggestion and began researching, studying and... Teresa now has the design partner she has been looking for, her husband Greg...They have worked together for years as graphic designers and performing musicians so it's a partnership that works very well together." Ok, I leave you in good company, hope you enjoy Hurley Expressions as much as I did!

Become a believer

My name is tobi wood and I believe in the power of paper. I believe that receiving beautiful things in the mail makes people happy. I believe that anything handmade is a gift... I believe that my cards are fabulous and that they will make you smile.
*75 cents of note cards sold will be donated to the Int'l Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia Foundation, for more info

Friends of Thrifty Boutique

Check out the following e-stores, worth every click! :)
Heather Michelle Designs - jewelry
Chic mommy shoppes - mom/kid's stuff
Auction Add-Ons - your one stop graphic shop
Miego - cool gift ideas
Velvet Rabbit Studios - custom invitations
Style Envy - fashion and beauty specials
Bonnin Designs - jewelry
Uncommonly Cute - kid's stuff
Tilting Swiftly - jewelry
Hurley Expressions - jewelry
His cold feet - e-zine
Teal we meet again - beauty & spa
Nexstitch - knitting
Rebecka Boyd - jewelry
Vintage-Earth - jewelry
Whimsical Lily Boutique - kid's stuff
Small Fry Crafts - toys & crafts
A Planet 4 Creation - jewelry
Avalon Jewelry - jewelry
Fab Faux Fashion - women accessories
KK Handmades - cards
Tinaciousgifts - gifts
Purple Monkey Purses - handbags
Klutchez - handbags
Pixelgirlshop - accessories
Fred & Lola - accessories
Photo Bug Baby - accessories
Indie Designer Labels - directory
Jessica Style - Your Guide to Jessica Simpson's Clothes - celebrity style
Boutique to You - clothes & accessories
Online Diva - clothes & accessories
Red Apple - fashion blog
metrodiva - fashion handbags, jewelry and accessories
Da'Lon Originals - handbags
B-glowing - beauty
Belly exchange - maternity clothing
Beaded Things - beaded accessories
Lemon Lizard - gifts & accessories
Sommer Designs - handbags
Chic Cosas - boutique
Lindsay Designs - accessories for you & pets
Sew Pretty Online - bags & accessories
Lunadog - handcrafted cards
Bird in a skirt - handmade goodies for human kind

Parkerhawn - vintage clothing
Moondrop Clothiers - eclectic online shop

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Next up is ThriftyBoutique. This site focuses on the most unique designers - it constantly impresses me...

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

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Monday, August 01, 2005