Stationery: Anna Bella Baby

I just discovered Anna Bella Baby's cards and stationery this weekend. All of their notecards and papers are really sweet, feminine, and tasteful. The color combinations and designs really stand out.

My favorites are above, the Baby's Breath and the Dandelion Flat Notes. You get a very decent amount for $12.95- 10 notes and 10 unique matching envelopes. I love the closures on those!

Check out Anna Bella Baby for more beautiful stationery and details!


Beautiful notecards: blendcreations.com

I have been familiar with the beautiful notecards designed and created by Blend Creations for a while now.

They are amazing. I love the bold colors against the brown paper bag colored card stock, and I love the vibrance of the other cards in the Blend Creations collection.
While I haven't tried them out (yet!), I can tell you that they are absolutely amazing looking and affordable.

Blend Creations also makes very cool pendants.


Casual Weekend

So, you're going shopping and out to lunch with a couple of girl friends. You want to look cute, be comfortable, and look like it was effortless.

Tee: by Moral Fervor, available at Junk In Our Trunk for $72. The deep scoop neck is fab and the banded sleeves are a very nice departure from your typical tee. I adore the obscure print and especially dig that the fabric is unique, as it's made from corn!

Cropped Jeans: Love these. The slim leg is sleek and sophisticated, the dark wash is rich, and they are just sexy. Dress them up or down! Available at Girlshop.com for $152 by J Brand.

The bag. Oh, the bag. Look at this beautiful piece of work. Available in three colors, you have a lot of options to suit your tastes. The quality look phenomenal, too. I think the weaved strap is so fantastic, it makes it *that* much more appropriate for spring and summer, if you ask me. Though, it can and will work with all other seasons, too. This is the kind of bag you should buy! It's called Colleen and it's available at Rapp and Posavek. They know bags!

Jewelry. We all love jewelry, don't we? It can make the simplest outfit absolutely stunning. This branch necklaces by Twigs and Heather is gorgeous, handcrafted, and all of them are one of a kind. It will go with anything, too- but, I think it would work with this look especially well. Available at Twigs and Heather for a super affordable $125.

Cute shoes are another thing that can make a very simple (sometimes boring, sadly!) outfit turn into a unique site. Mohop creates incredible sandals -available in three heights- "made from recycled tires, a Finnish birch plywood core, and topped with various select veneers." How cool is that? Not only are they handcrafted, but they are recycled, as well. How amazing is that! I'm not going to go into all of the details here, but you can change the way the shoe looks a billion different ways. Go do yourself a favor and checkout Mohop shoes. Not only can you buy the fab Hibiscus sandal for $150, but you can see all the different ways to wear them, too.

So, this outfit is sexy casual, earth friendly, and budget friendly! Each piece can work in many ways- good buys, indeed!


Slurge: Chantelaine Necklace at Passementerie

Every once in a while, you want to splurge and buy something spectacular. This necklace embodies bold femininity. The gleaming Pink Tourmaline nuggets are complimented by lustrous silver Tahitian Pearls.
Chatelaine Necklace available at Passementerie for $2,000.


the Third Date

You want to look hot. You want to feel hot. And, you want to be unforgettable.

Now, I love a black dress as much as an lover of black does, but this dress comes in creme, as well. We love it, don't we? It's super sexy, yet it doesn't reveal too much. The dress is Madoline by Re-Gen, and it's availabe and starsandinfinitedarkness.com for $240.

The shoes. My God. You know, I used to see wedges and feel like vomiting- I mean, the fake cork, the fake stacked heel, the cheapness of them. Then, there are wedges like this- the kind of wedge that turns heads, the kind of wedge that makes you want to have it. Actually, you don't just want it, you need it. Look at the magnificent, sexy shoe. It's called Emma and it's by Eileen Shields. Available at girlshop.com for $437.

Gold earrings dripping with Garnet and Quartz. These earrings are gorgeous and uniuqe! They pick up on the colors in the most beautiful wedge I've ever seen and they compliment the clutch perfect. Versatile, feminine, and sparkling. Available at Kelly Meeker Designs for $165.

An olive green clutch looks like it would be buttery soft. The color is rich, and the snakeskin edge gives it a lovely edge. The coco clutch by Laurie Kaufmann, availabe at Trunkt.com for $195.

Hot without being overly revealing, elegant without stuffiness, and unique- like you.


Stepping Stone

This site is a stepping stone to an upcoming site called independentluxe.

INDEPENDENTluxe will be focusing on a few things:
* emerging designers and boutiques
* style ideas for you and your home
* brutally honest reviews of products

You will definitely see things from larger companies, as well- even though they may not be independent or emerging, they are going to be fabulous.