2013. friendly friday: shop small. it’s black friday, and if your inbox is anything like mine, you’re sorting through coupon codes, in-store deals, and super sales. but don’t forget the little guys and gals: small business owners! today’s friendly friday features four shops where you might find a sweet, stylish gift for someone on your holiday list. plus, i know all of them!
/// astrid studs from katie diamond jewelry. katie is the fab sister-in-law of one of our dear friends and works in a studio just outside of NYC. i own the astrid earrings in pink quartz. they’re modern and edgy and they’re available in more colors.
/// jenna necklace from crazy&co. tanvi, the curator behind the shop, blogs locally, and she has a great eye for color. tanvi imports many of her pieces from talented designers in india.
/// pecos bracelet from son of a sailor. i met billy and his wife at TxSC. their line is amazing and they’re getting a lot of press. grab a goodie from them fast!
/// arrowhead ring from moorea seal. i also met moorea at TxSC. she’s quickly become one of my favorite bloggers; moorea is creative, modern, and cool all-in-one.
p.s. after several weeks of doodling and tinkering, i finally settled on a friendly friday layout. hope you like it as much as i do!
collage by me. images via the aforementioned folks.

2013. friendly friday: shop small.

it’s black friday, and if your inbox is anything like mine, you’re sorting through coupon codes, in-store deals, and super sales. but don’t forget the little guys and gals: small business owners! today’s friendly friday features four shops where you might find a sweet, stylish gift for someone on your holiday list. plus, i know all of them!

/// astrid studs from katie diamond jewelry. katie is the fab sister-in-law of one of our dear friends and works in a studio just outside of NYC. i own the astrid earrings in pink quartz. they’re modern and edgy and they’re available in more colors.

/// jenna necklace from crazy&co. tanvi, the curator behind the shop, blogs locally, and she has a great eye for color. tanvi imports many of her pieces from talented designers in india.

/// pecos bracelet from son of a sailor. i met billy and his wife at TxSC. their line is amazing and they’re getting a lot of press. grab a goodie from them fast!

/// arrowhead ring from moorea seal. i also met moorea at TxSC. she’s quickly become one of my favorite bloggers; moorea is creative, modern, and cool all-in-one.

p.s. after several weeks of doodling and tinkering, i finally settled on a friendly friday layout. hope you like it as much as i do!

collage by me. images via the aforementioned folks.


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2013. friendly friday: innovative.
today’s edition of friendly friday features four ingenious ladies!
alicia (of alicia fashionista) is one of the first canadian fashion bloggers i followed; i feel like i’ve been “blog friends” with her from the early days of little tin soldier! alicia is a stylist in vancouver and has shampoo-commercial worthy hair. i’m crazy about her floral skirt from topshop.
lisa (of respect the shoes) is another longtime friend. we met through j.crew aficionada. lisa is known for her classic outfits and thoughtful writing. i’m always tickled when people capture butterflies in photos. check out the little friend lisa made during a trip to tennessee.
shen (of shen dove style) is one of my favorite east coast bloggers. she’s got great style and great repurposing skills. can you believe that shen’s maxi dress wasn’t originally black?
emma (of trés awesome) is a street style blogger based out of chicago. i had the pleasure of meeting emma in austin during SXSW, and she took a photo of me for elle magazine. if you love street style, bookmark her blog. you won’t regret it!
want to be featured on friendly friday? leave a link to your post (or even better—nominate a friend) in the comments.
collage by me. images via their respective blogs.

2013. friendly friday: innovative.

today’s edition of friendly friday features four ingenious ladies!

alicia (of alicia fashionista) is one of the first canadian fashion bloggers i followed; i feel like i’ve been “blog friends” with her from the early days of little tin soldier! alicia is a stylist in vancouver and has shampoo-commercial worthy hair. i’m crazy about her floral skirt from topshop.

lisa (of respect the shoes) is another longtime friend. we met through j.crew aficionada. lisa is known for her classic outfits and thoughtful writing. i’m always tickled when people capture butterflies in photos. check out the little friend lisa made during a trip to tennessee.

shen (of shen dove style) is one of my favorite east coast bloggers. she’s got great style and great repurposing skills. can you believe that shen’s maxi dress wasn’t originally black?

emma (of trés awesome) is a street style blogger based out of chicago. i had the pleasure of meeting emma in austin during SXSW, and she took a photo of me for elle magazine. if you love street style, bookmark her blog. you won’t regret it!

want to be featured on friendly friday? leave a link to your post (or even better—nominate a friend) in the comments.

collage by me. images via their respective blogs.


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2013. friendly friday: spotted.
today’s edition of friendly friday features dots, spots, and bumps!
holly (of holly dolly) is one of my favorite bloggers ever. i’ve mentioned her before but i just adore her. she’s also a fellow polka dot lover which means i would raid her closet in a heartbeat.
jen (of jen loves kev) recently added a slew of necklaces to her etsy shop. i couldn’t resist buying the green and pink one. they’re going fast; check out the collection while you can.
sharon (of if grandma wore j.crew) will welcome her baby this fall! i saw her in austin a few weeks ago and gave her a big hug. her little one will inherit so many vintage pieces— lucky!
april (of pieceology) volunteered as one of our registration gals at TxSC. she’s so darn cool, and she shares fun photos from her texas travels on her blog. michael and i need to take a trip to marfa!
want to be featured on friendly friday? leave a link to your post (or even better—nominate a friend) in the comments.
collage by me. images via their respective blogs.

2013. friendly friday: spotted.

today’s edition of friendly friday features dots, spots, and bumps!

holly (of holly dolly) is one of my favorite bloggers ever. i’ve mentioned her before but i just adore her. she’s also a fellow polka dot lover which means i would raid her closet in a heartbeat.

jen (of jen loves kev) recently added a slew of necklaces to her etsy shop. i couldn’t resist buying the green and pink one. they’re going fast; check out the collection while you can.

sharon (of if grandma wore j.crew) will welcome her baby this fall! i saw her in austin a few weeks ago and gave her a big hug. her little one will inherit so many vintage pieces— lucky!

april (of pieceology) volunteered as one of our registration gals at TxSC. she’s so darn cool, and she shares fun photos from her texas travels on her blog. michael and i need to take a trip to marfa!

want to be featured on friendly friday? leave a link to your post (or even better—nominate a friend) in the comments.

collage by me. images via their respective blogs.


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2013. friendly friday: revamp. my friend grechen wrote an article last week on gratitude in the blogging community, and it inspired me to revamp friendly friday. after texas style council, i realized i had fallen badly behind on my bloglovin’ feed. every time i logged into bloglovin’, the amount of unread posts resembled a hospital bill. i brainstormed ways to tackle both reading and appreciating great blogs, and the best solution seemed to be a lil’ link love.many bloggers do round-up posts; i always like reading jen's “favorite finds” and shen's “links of the week”. i used to highlight one specific blog on friendly friday. now i'll feature four bloggers, business owners, or just plain radical people who recently posted something inspiring, funny, clever, or stylish. i plan to include old friends, new friends, and readers. you can get featured more than once!i’m excited about the new format, and i hope you are, too.

2013. friendly friday: revamp.

my friend grechen wrote an article last week on gratitude in the blogging community, and it inspired me to revamp friendly friday. after texas style council, i realized i had fallen badly behind on my bloglovin’ feed. every time i logged into bloglovin’, the amount of unread posts resembled a hospital bill. i brainstormed ways to tackle both reading and appreciating great blogs, and the best solution seemed to be a lil’ link love.

many bloggers do round-up posts; i always like reading jen's “favorite finds” and shen's “links of the week”. i used to highlight one specific blog on friendly friday. now i'll feature four bloggers, business owners, or just plain radical people who recently posted something inspiring, funny, clever, or stylish. i plan to include old friends, new friends, and readers. you can get featured more than once!

i’m excited about the new format, and i hope you are, too.


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2013. friendly friday: texas style council. today’s friendly friday is super duper special. i dedicate this post to texas style council, an organization that brings bloggers, business owners, readers, and other interested souls together once a year in austin.when i moved to texas in 2006, i took a giant leap of love. i didn’t know anyone besides michael, and i was in the middle of switching careers and returning to grad school. i missed having girlfriends: those fun gals you can call for a quick trip to target or an iced coffee on saturdays. i made friends at work but longed for buddies with the same interests and hobbies.i attended the first TxSC in 2010 alone. it was intimidating! but i went home as a member of a community. i learned that i wasn’t strange for posting outfit photos. i learned that diya and jentine were as equally tall and beautiful in person. i learned that there were other women like me who turned to blogging as a way of forging connections.this year at TxSC, emma and elsie of a beautiful mess, an acclaimed lifestyle blog known all over the world, will serve as our keynote speakers. no panels: we’re offering small workshops led by conference veterans, business owners, or just plain awesome people. these classes will give you a chance to learn something new and meet someone new. a neighbor. a blogger. a friend.register today. i’ll see you at the front desk.

2013. friendly friday: texas style council.

today’s friendly friday is super duper special. i dedicate this post to texas style council, an organization that brings bloggers, business owners, readers, and other interested souls together once a year in austin.

when i moved to texas in 2006, i took a giant leap of love. i didn’t know anyone besides michael, and i was in the middle of switching careers and returning to grad school. i missed having girlfriends: those fun gals you can call for a quick trip to target or an iced coffee on saturdays. i made friends at work but longed for buddies with the same interests and hobbies.

i attended the first TxSC in 2010 alone. it was intimidating! but i went home as a member of a community. i learned that i wasn’t strange for posting outfit photos. i learned that diya and jentine were as equally tall and beautiful in person. i learned that there were other women like me who turned to blogging as a way of forging connections.

this year at TxSC, emma and elsie of a beautiful mess, an acclaimed lifestyle blog known all over the world, will serve as our keynote speakers. no panels: we’re offering small workshops led by conference veterans, business owners, or just plain awesome people. these classes will give you a chance to learn something new and meet someone new. a neighbor. a blogger. a friend.

register today. i’ll see you at the front desk.


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2013. friendly friday: if grandma wore j.crew. sharon (of if grandma wore j.crew) is one-third of hunt.gather.style and one of the nicest bloggers i’ve ever met. she’s so friendly and super knowledgeable about vintage clothing and accessories. one day i will break into her closet.if you’ve been wondering how to style midi skirts, look no further! sharon wears them often in different colors and prints, styled with her great collection of shoes and clogs. and don’t get me started on her animal belts…p.s. thank you to sharon, sydney, and grechen for inviting me to be part of their spring fling last weekend! photos are on their blog.

2013. friendly friday: if grandma wore j.crew.

sharon (of if grandma wore j.crew) is one-third of hunt.gather.style and one of the nicest bloggers i’ve ever met. she’s so friendly and super knowledgeable about vintage clothing and accessories. one day i will break into her closet.

if you’ve been wondering how to style midi skirts, look no further! sharon wears them often in different colors and prints, styled with her great collection of shoes and clogs. and don’t get me started on her animal belts…

p.s. thank you to sharon, sydney, and grechen for inviting me to be part of their spring fling last weekend! photos are on their blog.


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2013. friendly friday: trophy boutique.
that cool lady with the shades is laurel (of trophy boutique). she’s a blogger, stylist, and daschund mama in austin, texas. i met laurel through texas style council, and i cannot stop reading her blog.
laurel (and terra) inspired me to wear ankle boots. i liked them but didn’t know what to do with them. laurel wears them with jeans (long or cuffed), skirts of all lengths, and dresses. plus she doesn’t have just one kind of ankle boot— you’ll find inspiration for western, classic, and even swedish boots. on top of that, her layering skills are extraordinary.
say hello to laurel today. i know i will.

2013. friendly friday: trophy boutique.

that cool lady with the shades is laurel (of trophy boutique). she’s a blogger, stylist, and daschund mama in austin, texas. i met laurel through texas style council, and i cannot stop reading her blog.

laurel (and terra) inspired me to wear ankle boots. i liked them but didn’t know what to do with them. laurel wears them with jeans (long or cuffed), skirts of all lengths, and dresses. plus she doesn’t have just one kind of ankle boot— you’ll find inspiration for western, classic, and even swedish boots. on top of that, her layering skills are extraordinary.

say hello to laurel today. i know i will.


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2013. friendly friday: grechen’s closet. grechen (of grechen’s closet) doesn’t have one blog; she has a family of blogs. grechen’s closet is her daily style site. i met grechen in 2010 in austin because she co-founded the TxSC conference with indiana! her friendliness and knowledgability immediately impressed me.grechen has been blogging since 2004. this year she began contributing articles to IFB to help newbies and veterans navigate our stylish internet world. she’s also the queen of online shopping— if you are looking for anything in any color at any price, grechen can find it for you.but my favorite grechen fact is that she loves clogs. i discovered my own fascination with chunky shoes through her. what are you waiting for? get your wooden heels over to grechen’s closet.

2013. friendly friday: grechen’s closet.

grechen (of grechen’s closet) doesn’t have one blog; she has a family of blogs. grechen’s closet is her daily style site. i met grechen in 2010 in austin because she co-founded the TxSC conference with indiana! her friendliness and knowledgability immediately impressed me.

grechen has been blogging since 2004. this year she began contributing articles to IFB to help newbies and veterans navigate our stylish internet world. she’s also the queen of online shopping— if you are looking for anything in any color at any price, grechen can find it for you.

but my favorite grechen fact is that she loves clogs. i discovered my own fascination with chunky shoes through her. what are you waiting for? get your wooden heels over to grechen’s closet.


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2013. friendly friday: my edit. jentine (of my edit and affectionately called yen) is one of my favorite bloggers and favorite thrifters. if i ever took a sabbatical, i would write a very serious book called the rise of the power thrifter and document the techniques and lives of fashionable women who rummage through old clothes. i would interview yen for a chapter (or two) while surrounded by her wary cats.people thrift for a variety of reasons ranging from necessity to curiosity, and the luck of a shopper depends on chance, eye, and experience. jentine has all three going for her. she collects unbelievable pieces, and she styles them in a chic, contemporary way. they don’t “look” like they’ve been thrifted. that, my friends, is the mark of a power thrifter.go north and visit yen’s blog and marvel at her closet, wit, and life. you don’t even need a passport. :o)

2013. friendly friday: my edit.

jentine (of my edit and affectionately called yen) is one of my favorite bloggers and favorite thrifters. if i ever took a sabbatical, i would write a very serious book called the rise of the power thrifter and document the techniques and lives of fashionable women who rummage through old clothes. i would interview yen for a chapter (or two) while surrounded by her wary cats.

people thrift for a variety of reasons ranging from necessity to curiosity, and the luck of a shopper depends on chance, eye, and experience. jentine has all three going for her. she collects unbelievable pieces, and she styles them in a chic, contemporary way. they don’t “look” like they’ve been thrifted. that, my friends, is the mark of a power thrifter.

go north and visit yen’s blog and marvel at her closet, wit, and life. you don’t even need a passport. :o)


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2013. friendly friday: stylish white female. if you’re on tumblr, you might recognize terra (of stylish white female); she’s a popular blogger on the site. two years ago i found terra through keira (of a pretty penny) and loved all of her chic work ensembles. i was a little annoyed for not discovering her sooner.even in pittsburgh winters, terra dresses like a boss. she mixes textures, patterns, bold colors, and lengths in combinations i never imagined. i like that terra features classic and trendy pieces but styles them in a distinct way. i suspect she may lead a double life as a fashion editor.if you live in the ‘burgh, you can meet terra tomorrow at madewell! you lucky ducks.

2013. friendly friday: stylish white female.

if you’re on tumblr, you might recognize terra (of stylish white female); she’s a popular blogger on the site. two years ago i found terra through keira (of a pretty penny) and loved all of her chic work ensembles. i was a little annoyed for not discovering her sooner.

even in pittsburgh winters, terra dresses like a boss. she mixes textures, patterns, bold colors, and lengths in combinations i never imagined. i like that terra features classic and trendy pieces but styles them in a distinct way. i suspect she may lead a double life as a fashion editor.

if you live in the ‘burgh, you can meet terra tomorrow at madewell! you lucky ducks.


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2013. friendly friday: snappy casual. i met kelsey (of snappy casual) two years ago even though i feel like i’ve known her for a long time! last year, kelsey and her husband eric welcomed sweet baby rooney, and kelsey took a break from blogging outfits as she transitioned into motherhood. their family website (words of williams) is a down-to-earth and honest blog about being a family.in january, kelsey began blogging again much to my delight. she interprets classic styles in a fun yet sensible way. plus roo is a snappy little dresser, too.welcome back, kelsey!

2013. friendly friday: snappy casual.

i met kelsey (of snappy casual) two years ago even though i feel like i’ve known her for a long time! last year, kelsey and her husband eric welcomed sweet baby rooney, and kelsey took a break from blogging outfits as she transitioned into motherhood. their family website (words of williams) is a down-to-earth and honest blog about being a family.

in january, kelsey began blogging again much to my delight. she interprets classic styles in a fun yet sensible way. plus roo is a snappy little dresser, too.

welcome back, kelsey!


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2013. friendly friday: holly dolly. holly (of holly dolly) is as cute as a button. we both blog on tumblr and obsess over arts and crafts. of course we immediately became friends. last summer, i had the honor of drawing paper dolls for her wedding!holly’s style is feminine and charming— she adores bows, interesting prints, and skirts and dresses. she’s the proud owner of an etsy shop that sells bow necklaces, and she recently added leather collars to her line. holly is a former fashion student, and her eye for color and little details is sharp as a tack.whenever i’m reading her blog, michael recognizes her face and says, “there’s that holly dolly!” i’ve trained him well. now it’s your turn to visit her!

2013. friendly friday: holly dolly.

holly (of holly dolly) is as cute as a button. we both blog on tumblr and obsess over arts and crafts. of course we immediately became friends. last summer, i had the honor of drawing paper dolls for her wedding!

holly’s style is feminine and charming— she adores bows, interesting prints, and skirts and dresses. she’s the proud owner of an etsy shop that sells bow necklaces, and she recently added leather collars to her line. holly is a former fashion student, and her eye for color and little details is sharp as a tack.

whenever i’m reading her blog, michael recognizes her face and says, “there’s that holly dolly!” i’ve trained him well. now it’s your turn to visit her!


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2013. friendly friday: a pretty penny. have you met keira (of a pretty penny)? she’s one of my favorite bloggers. keira lives in the sunshine state with her husband and giant doodle dog and manages her own floral shop. she’s got a heart of gold.keira and i both started blogging in 2010 in the days of weardrobe (remember that site?) and kendi's first wardrobe remixes. keira has one of those blogs that you like right away; she has vivid pictures, a down-to-earth writing style, and creativity that blossoms in all parts of her life (i had to make a flower pun, of course).if you’re getting married, check out keira’s wedding boards on pinterest! more often than not, i wish she lived in texas. i’d pick her to be my florist and friend. and wait— let’s add hairstylist, too.

2013. friendly friday: a pretty penny.

have you met keira (of a pretty penny)? she’s one of my favorite bloggers. keira lives in the sunshine state with her husband and giant doodle dog and manages her own floral shop. she’s got a heart of gold.

keira and i both started blogging in 2010 in the days of weardrobe (remember that site?) and kendi's first wardrobe remixes. keira has one of those blogs that you like right away; she has vivid pictures, a down-to-earth writing style, and creativity that blossoms in all parts of her life (i had to make a flower pun, of course).

if you’re getting married, check out keira’s wedding boards on pinterest! more often than not, i wish she lived in texas. i’d pick her to be my florist and friend. and wait— let’s add hairstylist, too.


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