{Btiques} A unique way to shop

It's hump day y'all!
And it's a good one.
Know why?
1. It's one week until Christmas.
{I am sooo ready to go home and see my family!}

2.  These lovely Seychelles boots from Maude Boutique are on their way to me as we speak.  All thanks to...
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take a look at these beauts.
{Eeep.  I am in love with them!  If you are too, you can shop them here :)}


Now that I showed you my pretty lil' booties, let me tell you about the fabulous website/phone app I got them from.... Btiques {pronounced 'boutiques'}.

Btiques is a way to shop the best of local boutiques in one spot.  Purchases are shipped to you directly from local small businesses.
 How cool is that?
I am always amazed and inspired of all of the innovative ways small businesses are using to grow their businesses.
  With the internet, social media, and online shopping, a small business isn't what it used to be.
They are a force to be reckoned with in the retail world..offering unique products and exceptional service.

I had a chance to chat via email with the CEO/Co-Founders Sara and Will, who gave me the 4-1-1 on Btiques.
{Thanks again, Sara and Will!}

Here are some of the questions I asked...

How did the idea for boutiques get started? 

Sara + Will: 
     We entered a startup business competition called the ARK Challenge, having identified the opportunity to help small business boutiques reach a National audience beyond their current social followings.  By promoting shop local through web and mobile, we have built a way for boutiques to sell from their existing inventory.  And on the flipside, we provide the shoppers a way to find and shop unique boutique products in one spot.  We were pleased to win an investment to start our business as of the beginning of 2013.

Do the boutiques choose what goes on the site or is it a collaboration?

Sara + Will:
    It is a collaboration.  We have a close relationship with our first customers, and work together to identify what products to best feature for the web and mobile shoppers.  


Is it just Arkansas boutiques or are you looking to expand?

Sara + Will:
   We are pleased that there is such a thriving boutique community right in our home state, and it has been a pleasure to start our business out of Fayetteville, AR.  While we are currently still in our early launch phase, our vision is to expand and grow Nationally in to 2014.  We intend to offer consumers a way to find and shop the best boutiques across the map, driving shoppers online and in to the brick and mortar boutique stores.  



Pretty awesome concept, right?

I have to say, my shopping experience with Btiques was great and the site is super easy to navigate.
It had a great mixture of products from some favorite local Arkansas boutiques {including my favorite, Maude} for women, men, and even little ones!

I placed my order on Monday night and received a shipping confirmation the next morning!
What girl doesn't love that?

  
Here's some more good news...
It's not too late to shop Btiques for Christmas.
Place your order today through Thursday on btiques.com or download the free phone app and receive 25% off your order!
I'm sure you will love the site as much as I do.
So what are y'all waiting for?
 Get to it!;)


Happy Shopping!



Top Ten : A Gift for Every Girl


It's a week until Christmas eve, and I've teamed up with my Maude girls to bring you a simple gift guide for any and every girl in your life...mom, sister, aunt, teacher, boss, best friend, daughter...this list has got you covered.

It's no secret that Maude Boutique is one of my favorite places to shop.  
{ I worked there for five years, so Maude has a special place in my heart and in my closet.;)}


Here are my top ten giftables from Maude that will be sure to spread some holiday cheer...




1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10


1 |  Tocca Travel Perfumes: A perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a 'beauty queen'.

2 | The Square Dance Jewel Necklace: Art-deco perfection.

3 | Turban Knit Cap: For the girl who wants to be cozy and trendy at the same time.

4 | Pom Pom Infinity Scarf: Love the pom pom detail on this infinity scarf!  

5 | Paddy Wax Upcycle ECO Candle: When in doubt, a candle always makes the perfect gift.  I love that this one is eco-friendly and made from a wine bottle! How cool?

6 | Cozy Up Chunky Cardigan : Any boys reading?  You girlfriend will love this.

7 | 5x7 Prints Made By Jena  Jena is a friend and the marketing manager of Maude, she also made this collage for me. Talented lady.  Just add a frame and your good to go! 

8 | It's a Date BC Footwear Boot: Swoon.  If you are splurging on someone, these are the perfect gift.  If anyone in my fam is reading this...these are on my Christmas list. ;)

9 | Liberty of Flowers Perfumed Bubble Bath: Another gift that any girl would love to get.

10 | 31 Bits Necklace: 31 Bits Designs is a business designed to give women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty.  Their designs are unique and special, and support empowering women. A perfect way to give a gift that gives back.



Remember to support your small businesses this holiday season.  They are what keep our community's special and unique!


Shop Maude Boutique in store in Fayetteville, Arkansas or online at www.shopmaude.com.






Overall..



Hat: Target
Top: Loft
Overalls: Maude Boutique
Scarf: Dottie Q
Boots: Donald J. Pliner (similar here, here, and here)
Handbag: Micheal Kors
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets {bottom to top}: Benevolent Jewels
Forever 21 (old), and made by Will from guitar strings


Well hello there pretties,
Oh, how I've have missed y'all!   
Like I told you in my last post, this has been an extremely busy time at work.
Like, crazy busy.
I am trying to not let all the craziness damper my holiday season.
And for that reason, I am still squeezing as much time as possible with loved ones and trying to not let work blur what this holiday season is all about.
If only the blog could pay the bills...;)

 Remember my post from a few months ago, where I was in search for the perfect pair of overalls?
Well of course, I found my perfect pair at Maude Boutique.
I wore them for the first time out this past weekend.
I love the open back and the skinny leg makes them perfect for tucking into boots.
I can't wait to style them more.

















Electric Pink + Floral Mini

Hey there, lovelies-
First off, Happy December!
Can't believe it's already here.

I'm so happy to bring you a new post today in one of my recent work outfits.
These next month is going to be a bit crazy for me.
It's the holidays, and I work for a major retailer.  Enough said?;)
Therefore, I'm apologizing in advance if I am unable to post as often, but my full-time job, along with what time I can spend with my loved ones will be taking up most all of my time during the holidays.
I have some exciting posts planned and I promise to do my very best posting them throughout the busy season!

And now onto this bright pink sweater and floral mini that I threw together for work the other day.
A little out of the norm for me to wear pink, but this electric pink is hard to resist.
Wearing this color just cheers you up.

Sweater: F21
Skirt: Chicwish
Sunglasses: Maude Boutique
Necklace: Benevolent Jewels  
{From now until February 21st 2014, 20% of Benevolent Jewels proceeds will be donated to +Works, an anti-bullying  awareness organization.}












Today, I'm thankful for


my perfectly imperfect family |  my dear friends | people who support me
| my loving boyfriendmy savior | a little coffee, a lot of cream | cozy sweaters | fall foliage | my freedom | warm baths | white wine | all types of cheese |  technology | all of the doggies in my life | volunteers |  positive attitudes | a good work out | little black dresses | laughter | good health | pizza | an amazing vintage find | Christmas cheer | a long walk | ability to do things I love | a smile from a stranger | fresh air | a roof over my head | shoes, fabulous shoes | leather | wonderfully scented candles | sitting around a fire | the holidays | spending time with the people that mean the most to me | my nana | all that sparkles | america | a good concert | dancing | fresh air | a pretty detail |  hand written notes | an afternoon exploring | the beauty of Arkansas | all of my readers | people who believe in me | love | singing in the car | the first snow | sushi | all of my travels | God's plan 


wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!


xoxo,


Hello Holidays.

                                                                                   
                                                                                                                       
Vest: Skies are Blue via Dillard's
Dress: Collective Concepts via Dillard's 
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: Made out of guitar strings by my sweetie:)
Necklace: Forever 21



Hello lovelies--
I hope your week is going fabulous and you are gearing up for Thanksgiving.
It's official.  The holiday season has begun!

{Pop. Fizz. Clink.}

To kick off the season, I am featuring my GiGi New York tote from their Holiday Collection.

This tote is perfection. 
 It's white gold, soft leather, and the perfect mix of glam and practicality for my busy holiday season.
The cherry on top: my pretty lil' initials engraved towards the top center.

If you're searching for the perfect personalized gift for you or your loved one, 
I suggest you check out thier  2013 Holiday Gift Guide!  

I paired my tote with this Collective Concepts sweater dress and a fur vest from Dillard's.  All of these pieces I'm wearing have become basic essentials in my winter wardrobe...especially this fur vest!

What says 'holiday' better than sweaters, glitz, and fur, anyway? ;)



 Wishing you all safe travels and a blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow!



xoxo.






So Nostalgic



Sweater: Target {in store}
Jumper: Forever 21{in store}


I love, love, love this jumper I scored at Forever 21 recently.  
The fact that it's in one of my favorite prints this season was just an added bonus.
Jumpers bring back some Catholic school nostalgia for me.  I adored my school uniforms growing up.
Adding the turtle neck underneath, also made me feel a little like Marsha, from The Brady Bunch or even Cher, from Clueless....
Anyone else sense that vibe? 

{side note: The Brady Bunch was one of my favorite shows growing up...a close second to Friends.}

There's something so comforting about a little nostalgia every now and then.

My mom has always told me, "don't wish your life away".  
I wanted braces at 5, my drivers license at 14, 
a college acceptance at 16, and to start my career at 19.
Needless to say, I have always been thinking about the next step.

It's still something I'm working on, but as I get older, 
I understand the importance of not "wishing your life away." 

It's silly things like a girly jumper, flipping through old pictures, or watching a nineties sitcom that help me slow down....
To not think about my next move so much,
but to count my blessings, enjoy the present, remember my past, 
and know that with faith and prayer, everything will happen if and when it's suppose to.  





"Again you can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.  So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.  You have to trust in something-your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.  This approach has never let me down, it has made all the difference in my life"
-Steve Jobs






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