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Happy Monday, friends! It's a very toasty 90-degrees here today, and it has me completely ready for summer. Of course, with the change of the seasons always comes a voracious desire to get creating, so today, I've got a cheery little roundup of summer DIYs for you!
I'm loving these bracelet DIYs from Honestly...WTF. Summer bracelets! I can't gen enough of 'em!
I planted my garden this weekend, but I wish I had a yard to make this perfectly genius cinder block garden!
Lastly, how perfect would this super simple DIY be for a little backyard shindig?
Summer, you can't get here fast enough! What are you looking forward to this summer?
Some hair inspiration for the summer. From short to long hair, I love it all! So much to try!
What do you think? What's your "go-to" hair style?
Hi friends!! Hope you're all well and happy these days! So, it's no secret that we love partnering with bloggers, artists, designers, stylists, photographers, musicians over here - we love to be inspired by all the amazing things that people are creating! We wanted to celebrate some of the awesome women that make up our Blowfish family, so we started this It Girl program! An It Girl exudes effortless originality, isn't afraid to express herself, and offers a bit of the unexpected! She also has amazing style - so we've asked her to pick a selection of her favorite shoes!
Meet our very first It Girl: Laura Mazurek! She’s a blogger at Violet Bella, a jewelry maker, and an all-around beautiful soul. I did a little interview to find out more about her – so read on and get acquainted!
Wearing our Gypsy flatstacks :)
1. How did you get started making jewelry? Did you always think it would be your full time job?
I grew up around jewelry being made since I was born. After high school I worked with my mom making Broken China Jewelry, her 20-something year old jewelry business at the time. I learned a lot of skills during that time, along with just the pure love of making jewelry. After the loss of my mother four years ago, I found myself immediately jobless and ended up waiting tables for a good while. I had always created my own artwork on the side, since I was in school, whether it was jewelry, painting or photography. During my time as a waitress, my boss let me put some things in his restaurant and people actually bought it!!! I was always so thrilled every time I sold something... it was like I was doing something right. Some personal things happened and I had to leave that job and I was faced with deciding what to do. The only thing I really felt passionate about was creating art, so I took a huge risk and decided to throw myself full force into creating and selling to see if I could actually make a living at it like my parents did. There were several months in the beginning that I almost quit and went back to waiting tables. I knew I wanted to do this fulltime, but wasn’t quite sure it would work. But after surviving some very slow hard times with passion and persistence, everything started to fall into place, and I haven’t looked back since.
2. What else do you do besides make jewelry?
I spend most of my time creating...but if I’m not, I love to spend time with my good friends, have campfires in the backyard, take photos for my blog, garden, hula hoop, yoga, and read in the bathtub. And drink lots of raspberry vanilla lattes!
3. How would you describe the difference between your Roots and Feathers shop and your Violet Bella shop?
My Violet Bella shop was my first shop, my first passion. It’s more of a sweet, feminine line with lots of elements of nature throughout it. My love for finding pretties began in that shop. The line has done really well and is sold in many shops and online sites including Ruche and Red Velvet. After making the same things for a long time, my soul began to yearn for something more as an artist. As I myself grew as an individual in my own personal style, so was my art. I wanted to create items that truly reflected me as a person, things that just screamed 'me'. This is what my Roots and Feathers line is. I launched the shop on my mother's birthday in honor of her, since the name was inspired by the fact that she gave me the roots I need to keep me grounded, and feathers to fly anywhere my heart takes me. Sort of a metaphorical name. After the shop had only been open for three months, I was invited to be one of Etsy's featured sellers. It was then I knew I was doing the right thing by following my heart.
4. What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs?
I’d say the biggest thing is to only start a business if its something you are truly passionate about. If you are doing it just because it seems like a fun thing to do, or an easy way to make money...you’re in the wrong business! It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, sacrifice and perseverance. But on the other hand, can be so very rewarding if it is something you truly love. I think when you combine pure love and passion with hard work and time, great things will happen. Also, the saying of not putting all your eggs in one basket is such a true one! Have more than one outlet to sell or show your work, as well as more than one way of promoting your work.
Rocking our Sea Dream sandals
5. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Inspiration comes mostly from inside me and the elements of life and nature that I love. Beyond that, I love filling my eyes with inspiring photos and mood boards on Pinterest. Most of my actual designs are purely inspired by the elements I use in each piece.
6. What other artists do you admire?
I love finding other artists who have a definite vibe and vision to their work, who are also my peers. I love seeing others who are out there doing the same thing I’m doing, but in their own way. Some of these artists include Moorea Seal, Poor Pitiful Pearl, Lune Vintage, A Beautiful Mess and The Flowerchild Dwelling. There are so many other artists I have found and fallen in love with, it would be hard to list them all. The girls I listed above have shown a long term vision that has stayed authentic to who they are through all that they do.
7. If you could see any band play live, from any time in history past or present, who would you pick?
Good question! I’ve already had the amazing opportunity more than once to see the artists I would have chosen, Neil Young and Bob Dylan...so I think the next one in line that I would pick would have to be Joni Mitchell.
8. What outfit do you feel best in?
I feel best in an outfit that has patterns or prints that speak to me in a visual way, usually with layers, and very comfortable to be in. I’m not really one to sacrifice comfort for style, but I always seem to be able to put together outfits that are super comfortable, but with lots of style. And I might be a little bit biased since he is my husband, but Skyline Fever shirts are pretty much a staple in my wardrobe!
I LOVE THIS OUTFIT! Sporting out Brodie booties from Fall 2011 [we have just a few pairs left on clearance in sizes 10 & 11!]
9. What is your favorite pair of shoes?
I pretty much live in my Blowfish shoes. I’ve yet to find a pair I don’t love! (I feel like I could be a cheerleader for Blowfish, ha ha!) But outside of Blowfish shoes, I'd say my moccasins I picked up at a thrift store for $2!
10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I see myself still creating the things I love fulltime, hopefully to the extent that I can begin to give back and help others. Also, by then I'd love to have a little one at my feet to share my love with.
Happy Monday, kids! We've got another riveting edition of Splurge vs. Steal for you, and today, it's allllll about espadrilles!
They're everywhere this spring, and we are huge fans of the trend. While there are tons of espadrilles out there, a lot of the styles will leave you feeling completely broke with no extra money to party it up this summer. But never fear! We've got some steals for you that will keep your feet stylish and your wallet full.
The Yves Saint Lauren and Jimmy Choo espadrille wedges are beautiful, yes, but is it worth the price? Not when you've got our Tush and Tilde wedges! Both the Tush and Tilde will cost you $69 AND make you feel like queen of the espadrilles. Win win!
To view all of our springy espadrille styles, click here! We hope you enjoyed this edition of Splurge vs. Steal! Is there a style you'd like to see in a future edition? Let us know in the comments below!