Tuesday Treasure: Tie Dye and Fine Photography

by Molly Kimball, elephantbeads

Wide-ranging creativity describes this week’s treasured shop, CarolSueDesigns. First, the t-shirts. CarolSue’s tie dye creations are real knock-outs! They are unusual in style and design, and you won’t find only Beefy-T’s in this shop. Sexy tank tops? Check! Stylish oversized t’s you can belt? You got it! Men and women will both find styles they’ll want to be seen in.

In addition, CarolSue features some really interesting scientific photographs in her shop. Gorgeous macro shots of real snowflakes glitter on different backgrounds. Truly one-of-a-kind pieces! And finally, if you need the perfect item to accessorize with your new CarolSue tie-dye top, there are handmade jewelry selections to browse through. You won’t be bored when you browse this lovely new Etsy shop – but you might find yourself checking out through PayPal – so be ready!

CarolSueDesigns Etsy 1

CarolSueDesigns Etsy 2

CarolSueDesigns Etsy 3

Tuesday Treasure: Druzy Wedding Necklace

Every wedding is unique. The bride and groom shape the day according to their vision, dreams and goals, as their wedding launches a lifetime together. For the bride who loves natural, organic stone and clean, simple lines, browsing through JessicasBridal will be a pleasure. The Galaxy Druzy necklace below is just one example of what she will find. In fact, these lovely pieces are not just for brides. Check out Jessica’s fabulous creations today!


Monday a la Mode: Pantone 2014 Fall Color Lineup

By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

I don’t always love all of the Pantone seasonal colors, but Fall 2014 is a fantastic line-up. No matter what 2-3 colors you use in a mash-up, the combination is really quite lovely. Here I have settled on Mauve Mist, Radiant Orchid and Aluminum, and again I’m very satisfied with the result.


Check out these lovely items from some of the DTeam’s new member shops. Click to see each item in the shop, and please browse around for other great selections!

Pantone Aluminum AllThingsArtistic7

Statement Necklace from AllThingsArtistic7



Pantone MyJewelry14

Boho fringe earrings from MyJewelry14


Pantone LadyLibelula

Crochet slouchy hat from LadyLibelula






















Visit Pantone online for more information about how to mix and match the colors.

Talk to us: Will any of these Pantone colors be your special go-to colors for the season? If you’re a crafter or a shop owner – tell us what you’ve made in these colors!

Tuesday Treasure: Hand Sewn Autumn Skirt for Girls

Usher in autumn in style with this lovely skirt for your little one. It would pair great with leggings or tights for cooler weather. Skirt is made from 100% cotton (pre-shrunk) in a persimmon pink crosshatch and a solid off-white design featuring tree silhouettes with falling leaves and squirrels. The 2 inch waistband has enclosed elastic with a sash. A perfect gift for your daughter, niece, or little sister! From the awesome shop of AStitchOff on Etsy!

TuesTreasure 2014-09-16

Monday a la Mode: Back to school fashions – fall 2014

By M Kimball – ElephantBeads

This year’s vocabulary word for middle school fashion: Eclectic.Back to School Trends 2014

In the United States alone, according to the National Retail Federation, more than $70 billion flowed from parents’ pockets to ensure their kids (including college-bound students) were dressed for success. With many students already into their first few weeks of classes, back to school shopping is well underway, but it’s not too late to get your kids on board with the three back-to-school fashion trends.

1) ACCESSORIZE: From baseball caps to fedoras, retro sunglasses to fringe bracelets – accessories are uber popular this year. The hats and glasses may not be in evidence in the classroom, but they will reappear for the walk across campus in the sunshine. And the overall look? Eclectic!

2) POP THE COLOR: Bright colors are IN. According to fashion blog Fashionista.com, orange in particular will be making its appearance this fall to brighten up the cloudier days. But colors will be seen alongside animal prints, plaids, and classic black. The overall look? Eclectic!

3) GUYS: STYLE UP! This fall, guys will be making a statement of their own. The look is likely to be “rebellious prep,” according to Andrew Bevan, Teen Vogue’s style features editor, as quoted in a recent CBS News piece. The guys’ look this year? You guessed it: Eclectic!

Talk to us: What will your kids be wearing this fall? Were there any “must have” items they didn’t want to go back to school without?

Monday Fashion: Style vs Fashion

I just came across a fascinating article on the difference between style and fashion. To sum up, style is one’s personal way of dressing & expressing oneself through clothing and accessories, while fashion is the current trend in clothing, set by clothing designers, seen on runways, and owned by the rich.

An metaphor from the article:

We can compare high fashion to 5-star restaurant dishes that show innovation, creativity, and expertise. A plate of soft-boiled quail eggs with a side of liquid nitrogen ice cream will look exquisite and show a great deal of culinary competence, just as so many gowns and suits on the runway look like moving works of art. However, there is something to be said for hot dog vendors, deli owners, and grandma’s kitchen. They may not make particularly progressive dishes, but their food is still delicious and meaningful. Their food may not be fashionable, but it has style. It is unique to them, and it is recognized as something special.

Click here to read the rest of the article on Paste Magazine.

Monday Fashion: Spring Hair Colors

Elle tells us that we ‘must-try’ several hair colors for spring, ranging from platinum blonde to honey blonde through a rich brown to red, plus lavender purple and pastel blue. To see all the hair colors, click here.

Pastel blue hair for spring

Tuesday Treasure: Lace Wedding Veil from VintageCarolina

Lace Wedding Veil from VintageCarolina

Lace Wedding Veil from VintageCarolina

Monday Fashion: Black and White for Spring

This spring, Elle says black and white is in.

Spring 2014 Colors -- ELLE

Spring 2014 Colors — ELLE

Monday Fashion: Sassy Outfit

Today Steph, from SassyBelleWares on Etsy and a member of the DTeam, is sharing with us her favorite outfit.

I am most comfortable in jeans, a tee, my favorite boots, and an armful of bracelets!

Dark Indigo Bootcut Jeans from Joe's Jeans

Dark Indigo Bootcut Jeans from Joe’s Jeans

For me, the important part is that my jeans fit me and are comfy. If the brand is not what the fashion mags say are “cool”, don’t worry! If you wear “cool” jeans that don’t fit you will look less stylish than you will in a pair of “uncool” jeans that fit you perfectly. Take the time to try on lots of different brands and styles until you find what is right for you. One of my fave brands is pricey BUT this brand is the first time I found a pair of jeans that really fit me. If you let them hang dry they will last forever. I believe, one pricey pair I wear and am completely comfy in is worth the money. The trick is to go to the store and try them on to find your cut and size. Then go online and search to find them at a lower price. Sites like hautelook.com and ruelala.com always have pricey jeans for much lower than the retail price even after the shipping charges are added on.

Buttermilk Biscuit Tee by Gypsyville

Buttermilk Biscuit Tee by Gypsyville

I am obsessed with graphic tees. I think they add fun to an outfit. Enough said!
The boots are where I splurge but the splurge is worth it. I have had my pair of Frye boots since 2007 and they only get better with time. I wear them constantly and they are not even close to being worn out. If I could only have one pair of shoes, I would choose my Fryes without hesitation!

Harness Boots by Frye

Harness Boots by Frye

My motto on bracelets is, “you can never have too many bracelets at an arm party!”

On the right wrist:

Y'All Southern Saying Stretch Bracelet in Copper Colors by SassyBelleWares

Y’All Southern Saying Stretch Bracelet in Copper Colors by SassyBelleWares

Sugar Skull Bracelet by MeiFaithStudio

Sugar Skull Bracelet by MeiFaithStudio

For the left wrist:

Patina Copper Leather Bracelet by JudysDesigns

Patina Copper Leather Bracelet by JudysDesigns

Antiqued Copper and Mossy Green and Blue Wire Crochet Bracelet by MegsCrochetJewels

Antiqued Copper and Mossy Green and Blue Wire Crochet Bracelet by MegsCrochetJewels

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