Friday, August 31, 2012

I'm a sucker for birds...

Yes, it's true.  I am a sucker when it comes to anything with birds on it.  What can I say?  I love a good bird print.  I fell in love with this over at Anthropologie this afternoon.

Hortensia Maxi Dress
via Anthropologie

It's already on sale, but this weekend there is an extra 25% off!  I swear, maybe I should put a lock on my wallet and hide the key.


P.S.  We're having our own Labor Day Weekend sale over at the The Brass Giraffe.  Use the coupon LABORLOVE for 20% off your purchase this weekend!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In the Orchard: Shop Update and Trend Spotlight

The best way to spend a true Sunday-in-the-Country kind of afternoon:  wind through the backroads on route to an orchard... preferably wearing this dress.

1950s Pink Gingham Dress
New this week at The Brass Giraffe!

A few weeks ago, I did just that... sans dress.  Peach pickin' in the nude?!  Of course not, silly!  I was clothed, just not wearing this dress 'cause it's in the shop.  It's been a long day, bare with me -- get it?!  Ok, enough of this mess.  Let's get to some more photos.

This particular orchard had an old barn converted into the perfect produce shop with the most delicious jams and jellies.

A Rustic Trend:
It's no secret, I'm in love with the rustic look.  Give me textured barn doors, stand alone fencing in an overgrown field, and a good ole pair of antlers.  Don't even get me started on the antlers.  We'll save that for another post.  This style has really had a huge impact on fashion lately, as people go back to their roots.  The do-it-yourself attitude has emerged and people are returning to sewing, gardening, and living a simplistic life.  I think everyone can find a little solstice in the down-home feel of a rustic country farmhouse with a homemade cherry pie fresh out of the oven.  Mmm.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Do you Wanelo?

I discovered a new shopping site recently called Wanelo.  It is set up similar to Pinterest.  There are an abundance of images, but the site is centered around items to buy.  Like all of the social network sites, you can follow people and see what others are saving to their collections, and so forth.

Wanelo Profile Screenshot

I created a profile, added some items from the shop and started putting together a wishlist of other fab home decor items and must have gadgets.  You can build boards of collections, much like that other addicting site.  Today, I stumbled onto this link (separate from my profile) showing that the people of Wanelo have now ranked the Brass Giraffe as a store!  I even have followers!  Day officially made!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Taking the Scenic Route - Rolling Hills of WV

A few weeks ago, the beau and I took a trip out to the mountains of West Virginia for our friends' wedding.  You may remember from my outfit post here.  We took our time on the scenic route, stopping along the way for picturesque photos and adorable antique stores.  Our hotel (also considered to be the airport) was nestled in a hollow behind a small air strip for prop planes.  The decor was perfectly retro and we even had a painting of giraffes in our room, which I took to be a good sign.  Charming.

On our way home, we stopped off to visit the beautiful Black Water Falls.  As we moseyed back to Baltimore, we finished off the trip with a delicious italian dinner in Arlington, VA and a short walking tour of the monuments in Washington, DC.  Talk about a full weekend!

Blackwater Falls

In our years together, we've spent a lot of time in the car.  Whether it was moving up and down the East coast (several times) or on trips to visit family/friends, we have racked up the miles on the Jeep.  Ninety percent of the time, we were in a hurry and didn't get much of a chance to look around (besides the rest stops).  This was one of the first trips that we didn't have a schedule or a planned arrival time.  We left a day before the wedding and had the opportunity to explore to our hearts' content.  

Life Lesson:  Slow down and take the scenic route.


Photography and Property of Amanda Gill -- Copyright Gill Collective LLC

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Pair that Got Away

This is me in the middle of DSW.  These are the shoes that I did not buy.  I wish I would have deleted the photographic evidence of how much I loved them.  Maybe then I would've forgotten about them by now.  (It's been a few months.)  You might be asking, "Why didn't you buy them?  Amanda, they are obviously super fabulous?"  Well, right now I'm wondering the same thing.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Out and About DC: The Craft Scene

On Saturday, I ventured down to the DC area to visit an old friend, and hit up a few artist markets.  We had a blast exploring the city, meeting with artisans, and enjoying Sangria in the sunshine at a little pizza joint in Dupont Circle.

The Fenton Street Market in Silver Spring had enough farmer's market items to fit everyone's fancy.  If you're going, be sure to bring your "green" reusable grocery bags and a cooler for artisanal cheese.

Live music sets the atmosphere.

Ombre Burlap Tote
Handmade Habitat

Lovely vendors like Handmade Habitat (my personal favorite) are scattered through the plaza.  I couldn't get enough of this ombre dyed burlap tote.  In case you didn't make it to the market, you can find Handmade Habitat on etsy!

Over at the DC Meet Market, I came across the gorgeous Almanac Industries!  They are a bookbinding and letterpress studio located in Baltimore, MD.  I loved their visual merchandising -- rustic and creative.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Style: Vintage Dress Re-Design

Occasionally I run across a vintage dress with a gorgeous fabric that just needs a little help.  In this case, my dress was permanently stuck in the 1980s -- the bad 80s.  We're talking, the enormous, puffy, gathered sleeve that swallows your arm, 80s.  It was atrocious.  I removed the sleeves immediately and with several alterations, brought the dress into 2012.  It was a perfect fit to wear to a friend's wedding earlier this August.  Looking back, I wish I would have taken a before photo.

Dress:  Vintage Maggy London, redesigned by moi
Shoes:  Nine West satin heels
Beaded clutch:  Vintage from my grandmother
The details you can't see:  covered buttons down the blouson style back.  

In case you're wondering about the beautiful scenery, we were in the mountains of Canaan Valley, West Virginia.

And just in case you were wondering about the man behind the camera, well this is him looking dapper usual.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Budget Conscious Fashionista with Coupons

A Fashionable Example of Coupons

If you compliment my outfit, I'm the kind of girl who will tell you where I bought it and how much I paid for it, if I happened to get a good deal.  I'm not going to lie, sales excite me and I love a good bargain, but today I may have reached a new level.  Please excuse any typos in the following post, as I am just now coming down from my coupon high.  Budgeting has never been so thrilling!  Today, I managed to save over $64 in coupons alone during my trips to the grocery store and Target (pronunced: Tar-jay).  Whoa.  I never thought that would happen.

Now, I must say that I am not an avid coupon user.  I love a good sale, but have never gone out of the way to actively search and collect coupons, unless we're talking about the free Victoria's Secret panty.  I decided to give it a go this afternoon in an effort to be responsible, save money, and build my finances for the future, (a.k.a savings for the shoe fund).  I searched through the Sunday paper, found some savings from, and took some much needed advice from The Krazy Coupon Lady.  Perhaps I was even mistaken for the crazy coupon lady herself, as I stood in the Target beauty aisle obsessing over discounts on my mascara.  I even managed to score some stuff for free with store sale and coupon combinations!  Yes, that's right, I said the F-word.  Never in my life did I think I could get something for free from a store without leaving in handcuffs.  How does that even work?  In one scenario, the coupon took off more than what the product actually cost, so it applied a small discount elsewhere.  This is crazy.  The savings won my heart today, fueled by the lust for a high-end wardrobe.  Correction:  fueled by the self fulfillment of being responsible.  Yes, that's better.  I will most certainly be adding coupon clipping to my weekly regime.

For those of you who may be curious, this is not a sponsored post in anyway.  I couponed by my own free will and earned my savings with my own blood, sweat, and tears, (celebratory tears of course).


Do you have any amazing deals or fashionable coupons you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear about them, so please leave a comment!  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Brass Giraffe Vintage Shop Update: Beautiful Bohemian

Find your bohemian beauty in the shop this afternoon.

Photo Credits:
Styling - Amanda Gill
Photography - JNSturgis Production
Make up - Paris Roland
Hair - Keisha George

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