Creative Envy


THE STORIES WITHIN.
Saturday, November 7, 2009, 10:17 am
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Have you all received the November Anthropologie catalog yet? I’m loving the over-sized format and the section titled the stories within where scenes are cut from book pages.

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Of course there are plenty of items I’m gushing over, but I’m now accepting submissions for the following dress. Just contact me and I’ll give you my size and shipping address. 😉

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FOSSIL WISH LIST.
Saturday, July 25, 2009, 1:44 pm
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The latest Fossil catalog came in the mail yesterday. Some really cute stuff in there. I especially love this little owl coin purse!

FOSSIL WISH LIST

FOSSIL WISH LIST by creativeenvy



NEW WARDROBE PLEASE.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 6:24 pm
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Every morning this week I’ve been standing in front of my closet with a blank stare on my face. I have a closet filled with clothes, none of which I want to wear each day. Shirts that haven’t fit the same since their first washing, clothes that are just too warm for this heat wave we’re having, or pieces that I plain don’t like anymore. I’d love to purge everything and start fresh but until Stacy and Clinton come knocking on my door with that $5,000 Bank of America credit card, I will dream up my first installment of clothes (if money were no object) with the aid of Polyvore. Here are my selections from Brooklyn Industries. Sigh….

Brooklyn Industries Wish List

Brooklyn Industries Wish List by creativeenvy on Polyvore.com



YWCA: NEW TO YOU.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 10:24 pm
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A quick note to tell you about YWCA of Columbus’ New to You accessory party and fundraiser event happening tomorrow (Thursday, April 30) at 5:30 p.m. at the Y (65 South Fourth Street, downtown).

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I attended last year and picked up this cute little vintage flower broach.

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Very cute (and a lot of designer) stuff for reasonable prices. Come support local women in need while stocking your closet. For more information, check out the YWCA website.



STEWART + BROWN.
Saturday, October 25, 2008, 11:53 am
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Oh, to have an unlimited amount of disposable income…the damage I could do on a site like Stewart + Brown. Not only is their clothing beautiful and earth-friendly, but Stewart+Brown donates a minimum of 1% of all sales to non-profit, non-governmental environmental and social welfare organizations.

I currently have a self-imposed fiscal diet but today I allowed myself to live in a fantasy land and take a virtual inventory of all the items I would purchase if I had, let’s say, the wardrobe budget of a certain VP candidate (tee hee). Here are some of my top picks.

I would love to be able to knit sweaters like these. Items I will actually wear and not cast aside because they turn out big, boxy and bulky. Better learn how to do shapes other than rectangles first. Baby steps.



BODEN TOP REDEUX.
Sunday, October 19, 2008, 9:27 pm
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I was browsing through the most recent Boden catalog today and found this adorable button-adorned top. It’s pretty great, isn’t it?

But is it really worth $74? I don’t think so. Especially when I’m attempting to be on somewhat of a fiscal diet. I want to attempt a similar look on something I already own. I’ll have to check my current inventory, but if I can scavenge up a mixed bag of random buttons, I’ll be in business.

Just doing a quick search on Etsy, I found the following vintage buttons, so there’s a lot out there to pick from. I know I could also get them at the same antique shop where I got this stuff.

In the same vain, I think the following looks from Anthropologie could also be imitated on the cheap with the right adornments:

Passersby Cardigan

Passersby Cardigan

Aelia Shell

Aelia Shell

Keeping-It-Casual Tee

Keeping-It-Casual Tee

Twee Tee

Twee Tee

Yet another idea to add to the project list….



ONE SWELL GAL.
Sunday, September 28, 2008, 11:35 pm
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Cynthia Rowley is one of my heroes. Her aesthetic in all things design whether it be fashion or home décor is wonderful. She brings a touch of whimsy to everything she does, yet it’s still classy and eclectic.

Cynthia and her family...so darling.

Cynthia and her family...so darling.

Her Manhattan townhouse is featured in October’s issue of Elle Décor and I’m drooling over these interior shots.

(How great would it be to have those bunk beds if you were a little girl? Hell, I’d take them now!)

I realized today that Cynthia has a blog on her site (adding it to the roll now). Some of her posts include things such as where you can purchase Cynthia’s outfit that she wore the previous night while judging on Design Star.

Cynthia Rowley's blog

Cynthia Rowley

Here are some dresses I’m loving from her latest collection.

Also an author, I may have to pick up her most recent book, Slim: A Fantasy Memoir. From Amazon:

Following the success of her Swell books, Cynthia Rowley presents Slim: A Fantasy Memoir, a collection of stories that are part memoir and part fiction and accompanied by over 40 of her own original drawings. Slim is written and illustrated in Rowley’s inimitable style, candid, fun, and imaginative, and recounts tall tales from her childhood through her early days as a fashion designer. From ‘luxury camping’ under a chandelier formed of flashlights to a runway show in Candyland, Rowley’s anecdotes drift seamlessly between daydreams and reality. Slim: A Fantasy Memoir will appeal to readers of all ages…

From the interviews I’ve seen of Cynthia and her appearances on Design Star, she seems really down to earth and unaffected by all this fame. She’s that girl that appears to be great at everything she attempts but keeps a level head. So inspiring!



JUST LIKE CANDY.
Monday, September 22, 2008, 6:15 pm
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I have a new love and its name is Poppi. Poppi’s various lines of jewelry are all bright, colorful and fun and I must have one of each. Right now. Ahem! Go ahead, I’ll wait….

From the Poppi website:

poppi is the fun and clever alter ego of dawn benedetto.

it’s a line of jewelry that doesn’t take life too seriously. the glass and sterling rings are dawn’s invention and are unique in that they stretch to fit most everyone.

poppi adds a splash of color to jeans or an extra spark to ignite a little black dress; heck, it’ll even brighten up a trip to the grocery store.

if nothing else, it’s a statement. poppi laughs. poppi flirts. poppi screams. poppi says it all without you saying a thing.

Poppi’s homepage says “Just like candy….”; this totally captures the look and feel of their goods. Though mostly made of glass and silver, they truly look edible. Here are some of the dreamy pieces that really caught my eye.

left: Petal Ring - Howard, right: XLG Ring - Blue Tortoise

Fringe Bracelets - Howard, Octopus, Green Tortoise & Jolly Lolli; Drip Drop Bracelet - Twilight

Fringe Bracelets - Howard, Octopus, Green Tortoise & Jolly Lolli; Drip Drop Bracelet - Twilight

Flake Earrings - Birthday & Shaggy, Cluster Earrings - Blankie, Boom Earrings - Blue Tortoise

Flake Earrings - Birthday & Shaggy, Cluster Earrings - Blankie, Boom Earrings - Blue Tortoise

Flake Asterisk Necklace - Pistachio

Flake Asterisk Necklace - Pistachio

I will be carrying Poppi in my fantasy store so be sure to pre-order 😉



TREMONT.
Thursday, September 18, 2008, 9:03 pm
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I was in Cleveland last weekend visiting my friends and we spent Saturday night in Tremont. The area is slightly similar to Columbus’ Short North arts district but I think it’s still in the early stages of rehabilitation (Clevelanders, correct me if I’m wrong). That said, it has some great small businesses that we had the pleasure of visiting.

Banyan Tree, on Professor Avenue, is a haven for anyone into unique, high-end fashion, home décor items, and jewelry. Featuring such brands as Industry and Orla Kiely, this place would be so dangerous to me if I lived in Cleveland. Banyan is really inspiring. It’s a dream of mine to have a storefront someday that carries unique items (my own designs among them). I would do all the displays myself a la Anthropologie and I’d bring Beck to work with me everyday. Call me ambitious but I hope it’s not just a pipe dream.

Banyan Tree, Tremont

Banyan Tree, Tremont

Banyan Tree also carries jewelry from Minno which is the work from artist Judy Crighton (who I’m pretty sure was (wo)manning the store that evening). You can purchase her stuff on her Etsy store here. I have my eye on this vintage star necklace. UPDATE: It’s mine!

star necklace by Minno

Star necklace by Minno

Next, we stopped at Tremont’s 806 Martini & Wine Bar on Literary Road (P.S. how cool are the street names in Tremont? They are in honor of Cleveland University which once operated in the neighborhood back in the 1800s). 806 had such a great vibe. I felt like I was in NYC, not Cleveland. There were a bunch of private little rooms with crazy furniture (i.e., a zebra print lounging couch) and we called dibs on a purple nook.

806 wine bar, Tremont

806 Martini & Wine Bar, Tremont

stenciled wall at 806

stenciled wall at 806

Fun fact about 806: happy hours go from 4pm to 8:06pm. Clever, no?

For dinner we headed to Lolita (also on Literary), the -less expensive- sister restaurant to Lola’s, both by MIchael Symon.

Lolita's drink menu

Lolita's drink menu

Lolita's brand identity is consistent and lovely

Lolita's brand identity is consistent and lovely

The service, atmosphere, and food were top notch.

Lolita, Tremont

Lolita, Tremont

Lolita, Tremont

Lolita, Tremont

I recommend ordering the Loopy Loopy to drink. Its name is appropriate for the drink is effective.

Loopy Loopy drinks

Loopy Loopy drinks

We ended the evening at South Side, a wonderfully laid back bar with patio seating and this kick-ass mural on one of the neighbor buildings.

South Side, Tremont

South Side, Tremont

So next time you’re in Cleveland, check out Tremont!



SEALING THE DEAL.
Saturday, August 9, 2008, 3:13 pm
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Paradise Garage, located in the Short North here in Columbus, is a bike shop that caters to the urban cyclist. But besides that, they have some really great clothes for both girls and guys. I wandered in today for the first time to check it out and let’s just say this store may be my new Achilles heel. I could drop some serious cash in there….and I kinda did.

Paradise Garage, Short North | Columbus, OH

Paradise Garage, Short North | Columbus, OH

Inside Paradise

Inside Paradise

I find that when I’m browsing through a rack of clothes I really notice the hang tags or the design of the labels. And I’m really ashamed to say that said tags can make or break a sale for me. Check out these great designs on two of the shirts I picked up today.

Heavy Rotation shirt label = classic mix tape

Heavy Rotation shirt label = classic mix tape

I love how all the critical info, such as size and laundering instructions, are incorporated into the design on this Heavy Rotation shirt. Plus you gotta love “tags” that are screened right onto the shirt instead of those itchy material squares that always seem to be sticking out at the worst moments.

This hang tag from Industry Clothing, with its yellow fabric string and uniquely shaped safety pin, doubles as a door hanger. SOLD!

Industry Clothing hang tag

Industry Clothing hang tag

doubles as a door hanger

doubles as a door hanger

Sidebar: I looked up Industry’s website and it’s pretty fantastic. You should visit it now.