My love affair with Etsy started through theSpike the Punchshop, before then I really wasn’t really sure was Etsy was. Yes, I had heard about it here and there but was clueless as to what you can actually find on Etsy, which by the way is just about anything you can dream of. Spike the Punch was the first shop I added to my "favorites" and the first shop I began stalking for her beautiful bright necklaces. I finally got one a couple months back but by then I was hooked on Etsy. The other day someone asked me where my iPhone case was from and when I replied a shop onEtsy.com,the young lady looked at me with a confused face. I said "Do you know what Etsy is?" and she replied "No, what is it?". It was then that I realized I needed to spread the word more about Etsy because if you are not shopping on Etsy you should be. Etsy is the place to buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies. It is the world's most vibrant handmade market place, and my favorite place to find one of a kind items. I bring to you today some of my must see Etsy shops, of course I have tons, but these are some of my favorites.
This is where I purchased my monogrammed iPhone case, but they have much more than just monogrammed iPhone case. They personalize just about anything from glass cutting boards, to coasters, to luggage tags. I looked at many monogrammed shops and Southern Belle Boutique has the best prices from what I found, and not to mention amazing customer service. She sent me two proofs besides I decided on mine and was so nice about it.
I recently hired my cute lobster designs to help me finish the design of my new blog on wordpress. Their simple and beautiful designs on the Etsy shop drew me to this shop from the hundreds of web designers I found on Etsy. Tasha was so nice and understanding of the situation I was in, I knew I had found the perfect person to complete my blog. My cute lobster designs is not only super economical but professional, understanding, and completes jobs super fast. Communication has also been outstanding, whenever I write an email or have the silliest question I receive a response ASAP and I mean ASAP. Stay tuned for my new wordpress site in the next of couple days, I can’t wait for all of you to see it!
A friend of mine purchased a one of a kind necklace from the Etsy shop Love Obsessed, letting me on the secret. Wow I was blown away by this one of a kind jewelry. This shop finds vintage jewelry, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and then gives the pieces a new life by adding bright colors. A must see and a must shop!
Ruby Mines makes the most beautiful vintage crystal encrusted tassel earrings. I found this shop one day just browsing on Etsy, as I often do, and I immediately added it to my favorites. Though the earrings are a little bit pricey, they are worth investing in and keeping for those special occasions when you need something to stand out on a big night out.
These are just some of my favorites on Etsy, but I promise if you visit the site and spend really only thirty minutes browsing anything you want to search you will fall in love with much more from this community of artists and creators. Happy Shopping’s!
Super exciting news to share with you today! This Thursday April 5th from 12 to 4pm I will be at Saks Dadeland launching the new collection for B by Brian Atwood. This fashionably charitable event with be hosted by Saks Dadeland along with Soles4Souls. Saks is also partnering with local fashion bloggers to provide clients with styling tips, and I am one of the bloggers!!! There will be a live DJ, bubbly reception, and male informal models showcasing the B by Brian Atwood collection on silver trays. It is going to be a fabulous and very fun event! I would love to invite all of you to pass by say hello and have a glass of bubbly, maybe even fall in love with a new pair os shoes. Hope to see you at Saks Dadeland this Thursday from 12 to 4pm :)
My most favorite ice cream in the world - Sprinkled Cake Batter!
The blog has been seriously slacking this week! First I had to renew my real estate license and was stuck in class all the way in Doral this week. Very happy that's over and done with for another two years. Then I all of sudden got sick, spent all of Wednesday night coughing only to wake up with a sore throat and a runny nose. Thankfully it's finally Friday and I get to do what I've wanted to do all week, cuddle up in bed with some chicken soup. Hopefully my sickness won't ruin my entire weekend; I am hoping I can at least have some fun. In meantime wanted to share some snap shots from my instagram! If you want to see more follow me @vaneferrer_
It has come to my attention that I seriously need a designated work space. I have been spending an unheard of amount of time in front of my laptop, mostly at my desk at work or on my bed at home. I use to have a "desk" area when I was younger but I got rid of it when I upgraded to my laptop. I currently use a MacBook to do most of my blogging and basically run my life. I've had this MacBook for about four to five years, and though that seems like a long time I am constantly doing system upgrades and it still works really well. Lately though, I have been getting that little urge to upgrade, and this urge is becoming larger and larger by the second, I know soon enough the inevitable will happen and I will have to upgrade.
The question is...What should I upgrade to? The MacBook Pro seems to me like a serious laptop for serious bloggers, and something that I know will fulfill every single one of my technology needs. Then there is the MacBook Air, light as a feather and absolutely beautiful, is it enough though? Lastly I am considering the iMac, which is a surprise to even myself that it's an option because I have never really been a fan of desktop computers. My friend has one in her home and I got to play with it over the weekend and I now find it very appealing and see the iMac in a completely different light. The cordless mouse and keypad are stunning. She also informed me that the desktop can be wireless and be moved anywhere around the house, who knew!?!
Before I decide on one of these options though I need to designate a place in home as my work space. I have been dreaming of an all white desk for months now, especially since I saw pictures of blogger Maegan's workspace on lovemaegan.com. Pinteresthas also been feeding my urge to upgrade in a HUGE way, I have been searching "work spaces" and "offices" only to find an overload of the most beautiful and inspiring photos.
I feel like I have been waiting for this particular weekend of 2012 to come for months, and it's finally here. Ever since I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy last year I have been patiently waiting for today! Today, when the hunger games movie would finally be in theatres, and I would be able to see my love Peeta on the big screen. Click here to read more about the effect the Hunger Games trilogy had over me. To make this event even more exciting my favorite bakery of all time Sweetness Bake Shop baked three special cupcakes in honor of the release of the movie. The special flavors are Gale's Kiss, Capitol's Pudding, and Harvest apple. I called ahead and placed a special order, just in case they run out, to make sure I could pick up my cupcakes after work.
They're BACK!!!!! My favorite show of all time, Mad Men, is finally back this Sunday with a two hour long premiere. I have been waiting what seems like forever to be reunited with the super sexy Don Draper, and the time has now come. Reading on US Weekly magazine that this season premier is getting rave reviews has me so looking forward to cuddling up in bed with a bowl of popcorn and a schotch on the rocks, in honor of Don of course. What a perfect weekend it will be, and after the last few weeks I've had I am so grateful that it's finally here.
Today I had the pleasure of being a model in a segment hosted by Annie Vazquez of The Fashion Poeton spring trends for NBC's Live Miami morning show. This was the first time I have ever done any type of "modeling" and it was such a fun and unique experience. Annie did a great job dressing us models in four looks mainly from Ann Taylor, Old Navy, Forever21, Target and The Closet Boutique. My look was the Ann Taylor one, and my favorite piece was my neon pink floral lace skirt. I definitely fell in love with it and might be making a stop later to purchase one of my very own.
I wore this outfit to an event in Miami Beach's Shelborne hotel last week. The floral skirt and mint color shirt screamed spring to me when I purchased them at Zara. This day in particular it was raining all afternoon and I wasn't sure I would be able to take photos to share the outfit. Then in true Miami style the rain suddenly stopped, the clouds disappeared, and the sun came out. I ran outside and took advantage taking these shots just in case the rain returned, luckily it never did and it turned out to be a beautiful night.
Zara has always been a go to spot for up to minute styles. They’re mix of affordable prices and trendy pieces has me constantly coming back for more. Lately though I feel Zara has really stepped up their game, their spring collection is absolutely on point. The closest Zara to me (in dadeland mall) is under renovations which means I have been driving to Aventura mall to get my fix. The distance might actually be a good thing because during my last visit it was extremely hard to restrain myself and not walk out with almost everything in the store. Here are some of my latest purchases from Zara, all perfect for spring.