Month: October 2011

Katie Zick vintage blouse giveaway

Giveaway: Win a Vintage Blouse by Katie Zick

Have you seen our featured vintage shop last week? Shop owner Katie Zick is offering a giveaway for one reader of The Shopbug.

Just hop over Katie Zick’s shop and tell us which vintage item/s you like.  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win this sweet vintage plaid ruffled blouse.

This giveaway is open to US readers only.  The winner will be picked (via and announced on Thursday, November 3,2011.

Katie Zick vintage blouse giveawayVintage Purple, Red, and Blue Plaid Prairie Western Ruffle Blouse

A very sweet blouse with dark grey piping and ruffles at chest; has slight puff shoulder. Constructed from a super soft and thin material, in great condition.

maker: “Maggie Sweet,” made in the USA
material: 65% polyester, 35% cotton
size: vintage 14? (hard to make out tag estimated medium)
era: 1970s
condition: very good

length: 24”
shoulder: 17”
bust: 19 1/2”
waist: 19”
hips: 20”


Styling a Dream Wedding – An Interview with Samantha of Primary Petals

I came across the work of Samantha Santana – floral designer and event stylist,while browsing the pages of Utterly Engaged and I instantly fell in love with her beautiful creations.  Samantha’s floral designs are breathtakingly beautiful!

I sent her an e-mail, asking if she would care to do an interview for my blog.  It is so nice of her to say yes and it has been a pleasure corresponding with her for this article.

What I love about interviewing people is that I learn a lot from what they share! Samantha talks about how she got into this career, and shares her personal thoughts and experiences on being a florist and event stylist.  She also gives tips on how to style a dream wedding on a limited budget.  If you are planning your wedding, I am sure that you will find this interview an inspiration.

How long have you been in the business?

I have been practicing floral design and event styling with my husband, James, as my business partner for almost 3 years now.

Did you really choose to be a florist and event stylist?

No, it is quite a surprise! I fell into this career after a friend asked me to provide florals for her wedding. I am her “artsy” friend, so she thought I’d be able to pull it off. Apparently I did, because soon after her wedding a flow of request for seasonal wedding flowers came my way!

However, it wasn’t until I lost my job in entertainment, due to an injury, that I really was forced to move into event styling and floral design full time. It was a blessing in disguise because I suddenly was getting tons of work without trying due to a few blog features I had on some prominent wedding blogs. The work has not slowed down ever since!

Read the rest of the interview.

beige vintage

Beautiful Vintage: Beige

Fallen in love with these beautiful beige vintage things especially the woven belt, the laced suede mary janes, and cardigan.  So, which one caught your eye?

beautiful vintage banner pinkbeige vintagebeige crochet full-length cardigan: the bianca rose
1960s HAVANA suede leather shoes: Celia Vintage Stars
braided raffia/straw summer hat with burlap flower: this other thing
soft braided leather belt: this other thing
1940’s cluster earrings: thornbird rose

beige vintage
1960s flexible goose neck desk lamp:  my sweetiepie pie
a collection of beige hardbound books: jays world at etsy
ceramic bowls made by Il Boschetto: lovintage finds
1950s mad men beige & gold leather clutch: Sophistifunk Vintage

garden home wedding

Ideas for a Beautiful, Inexpensive Home Wedding

A home wedding is a perfect budget-saver. At the same time, you get to exchange vows in a place that is meaningful for both of you.
If you or your parents live by the lakeside, the beach or in a cottage by the mountains, you can turn your home into a breathtaking destination wedding without going on a trip.
Yet, even a backyard wedding can be beautiful and magical as long as all preparations have been made for the big day. In order to be a success, here are some things to consider: Continue reading…
garden home wedding

Rue magazine's editors

Rue Magazine Celebrates Its First Year Anniversary

Rue is celebrating its first year with a special anniversary issue. Check out the editors’ personal picks on fashion and interior design. And follow them as they explore the best places to shop in Minneapolis. For this issue, interior designers Virgina Toledo and Jessica Geller face up to the challenge of designing a bachelor’s pad from Manhattan.

Rue magazine's editors

It also features the homes of interior designer Leah Ball Steen; HGTV designer and Target’s style expert for home, Sabrina Soto; and Rue’s very own editor-in-chief, Crystal Gentilello’s new apartment in San Francisco. Oh and did I say I love the 14-page fashion editorial?

Congratulations to the editors and the team behind RUEmag. More power and happy first year anniversary!

Crystal Gentilello's SF apartment

pink vintage collection

Beautiful Vintage: Pink Prettiness

When you’re a girl, pink is one irresistible color.  How delightful are these vintage collectibles from various Etsy sellers.  I wish I can buy them all.  The pink vintage typewriter and miniature fan would be perfect for my work desk!  And isn’t the “bunny bank” adorable?

beautiful vintage banner pinkpink vintage lot of vintage thread from the 50’s and 70’s in wooden & plastic spools : mad for vintage

vintage cardigan with fabric buttons and knitted pattern from “Another Boepple Creation,” Soepple Sportswear, NYC : katie zick

circa mid 70s pink plastic frames “butterfly”  eyeglass : retro trend

vintage pale pink bedspread with pink popcorn chenille pops and fringe : Thistle Tree Vintage

pink vintage collectiblesMele & Co. jewelry box in powder puff pink : dahlila found

rotary dial phone from Western Electric, USA (tested & working) : Ratty and Catty

1950s clock / AM radio from Motorolla (working clock) : Matilda Belle Designs

guide to 200 of the most requested mixed drinks on alcohol resistant cards, published by Richards Rosen Assoc., Inc. Volume One copyright 1952 : shoppnspree

pink vintage collectionhand-painted porcelain piggy bank in shape of a bunny from Tiffany & Co. : GatherIvoryton

vintage miniature desk fan (working) : Rubies Are Forever

Royal Quiet De Luxe typewriter (working) : Brooklyn Retro

1950s arched electric Timex alarm clock (working: mysweetiepiepie

wedding photography

Weddings: An Interview with Chris and Verity of Sansom Photography

It was a pleasure to feature wedding photographers Chris Sansom and his lovely wife, Verity Woolf of Sansom Photograpny in an interview on The Weddingbug.

Here is an excerpt from the article.  Please read the full post here.  Thanks:)

How did you get into wedding photography business?
Chris: I started photography with
live music work in 2005 and from there developed a keen interest in the
subject. I went on to study Film production at Leeds Met University and
during my degree I realised that I would really rather work with still
images! When we came to the end of our time at Uni we were keen to stay
in Leeds and were fortunate enough to be able to take on the wedding
photography full time just before we graduated.
Verity: My father has always had a
keen interest in photography and that inspired me to get into it. I
always picked up his Nikon cameras at a young age and without even
asking how to use it I seemed to have a natural intuition about how to
create what I had imagined in my head. I studied Fine Art at university
and that’s where I discovered my real passion for photography. When I
met Chris we instantly had a common interest and it seemed the perfect
idea to collaborate our 2 very different styles and form a business
together. Continue reading. . .