Friday, March 25, 2016

1 dress : 3 ways

Earlier this month, I stopped in Hemline Austin to find some new floral dresses for Spring. Low and behold, I stumbled upon this amazing Show Me Your Mumu dress and immediately I fell in love. When I came home, I couldn't help but imagine how many ways I could style it.

Way 1: Keep it simple. 

Sometimes, less really is more. Toss your hair up in a low, messy bun and let the dress speak for itself. 

Way 2: Add denim.

I will never tire of this denim vest. I have owned it for years, and still find new outfits to pair it with. For look 2, I adjusted the off the shoulder sleeves, and shimmied the dress into a halter. This was one of my favorite ways in terms of functionality, as I didn't have to worry about the sleeves riding up and down my shoulders as I was moving around.

Way 3: Off the Shoulder + Denim

Off the Shoulder Dress + Denim Vest = Trifecta of fun. This was my favorite in terms of aesthetics. I loved the look of the shoulder peeking through beneath the denim vest. Since I wanted to show off the shoulder, I swapped my hair out for a messy topknot.

Have you ever wondered how to achieve that perfect, yet messy topknot look? Take a peek at this tutorial from Treasures and Travels here.


Additional outfit details

Necklace // Dogeared + Truthbomb Hamsa Necklace
Booties (not pictured) // Sam Edelman Petty Boot


Don't forget we are having our Little Pieces of Hope Spring Cleaning sale! Take 15% off all LPOH Merchandise by using our coupon code "SPRING2016".

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Progress Update: Charity: Water

We just received a progress update on our latest Charity: Water fundraising campaign! Take a peek at the video below to see how your donation was able to help empower women, and change lives in Ethiopia.

I can't thank y'all enough for the continued support and fundraising. Not only are you helping give a little piece of hope towards those in need, but you are allowing me to live my dream every single day. So for that, I thank you!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Talk to the Hamsa

These rainy days in Austin got me to the Hamsa, cause the face don't wanna listen.

Outfit Details 

Sweater // Urban Outfitters
Shorts // Urban Outfitters
Necklace // Little Pieces of Hope - Talk to the Hamsa 
Booties // Sam Edelman 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Meet Elise!

Meet Elise! I have had the privilege of knowing this red-headed cutie since high school as she was one of my friend's cool, big sister. (You may have even seen her in some of my previous blog posts such as this one!) And let me tell you, she was and still is the epitome of a cool, big sister.

 I remember I met her over the years throughout high school whenever I would stop by my friend's house after class. However, I knew I really made it to the cool club when she graciously invited me over to her apartment to watch some good ol' Family Guy with her and the crew.  Immediately we bonded over vinyls, the love for succulents, and how important ambient lighting is in an environment. Needless to say, I developed an instant girl crush on her, and her outlook on life. 

Since then, Elise and I have had an ever-evolving friendship. We both have moved in and out of different cities over the years, but we still manage to keep in touch one way or another...and yes I still think of her as that cool, big sister.

When I think of someone marching to the beat of their own drum in life, I immediately think of Elise. She is one who always puts her dreams and ability to love before fear, and that is something I admire greatly. The reason why I want to introduce Elise to you, is she is about to have her first series of trunk shows at Kansas City Kitty in Fort Collins, Colorado March 11th-13th. I thought it would be fun to do a little questionnaire with her so you can get a glimpse of her art, and her beautiful soul.


NameElise Michelle Kaye Zahtila or 'Ez'

City you were born inDallas, Texas 

City you are currently living in: Fort Collins, CO ... AKA the happiest place on Earth.

Occupation: Full Time Student studying Counseling Psychology, Artist/Photographer .........and my alter ego works in Old Town at Alpine Arts to pay the bills. She's a trooper.

How would you describe your artwork?

There's this concept that just sort of floated in my mind one day, that in order for me to create, I have to destroy. See, my art is mixed media (multiple components other than paint and canvas) and part of that includes taking apart old books and magazines in order to rescue and reuse old images. 

Which is where this mantra, "Deconstruct the forgotten to Reconstruct the memorable" comes from... And I think that really gives a good idea of what I'm trying to do with my paintings.... With the smaller pieces, fantastical little 'ditties' as I call them, they grow from a different mantra "From the Brightest corners of my Dream Box". And honestly, I felt like a kid again playing pretend and instead of putting my toys away I sealed them all together to share.

Some of my pieces are trying to evoke a certain reaction and common thought, but a lot of my art is supposed to make you smile and take you away from the present for a while... And a lot of it won't make sense, and its not supposed to...

If there was any lesson I learned last year, it was that you won't be able to explain to everyone, or yourself, why you did what you did every time you do something. And the beauty is that you don't have to... I want some of that to come out of my art. Like it because you enjoy it regardless of "why".

I want my art to be sexy, stimulating and a shade out of the ordinary. If the first reaction everyone has to my art, is to cock their head to side and wonder with a smile, then I've accomplished what I set out to do.

What is your inspiration behind your work? Or, where do you like to find inspiration for your work? 

Hardest question... Two part answer I think. First, it flows from where I mentioned earlier, "my dream box". I'm one of the lucky 30 year olds whose imagination never turned off. 

I find inspiration in inside jokes, auto correct, from what people say in desperation or in excitement. From images or situations that my mind twists around in my head and I put it to canvas with some dry humor sprinkled on... Mostly everything I create, makes me laugh in the out louds, a lot.

To be completely honest, art has been my number one passion since my wee beginning, all types and forms. But unlike country singers and poets, I can't create when I am sad/tired/frustrated/depressed/heartbroken. You should see some of my attempts, enough to make you depressed if you weren't before.

My passion lately seeps from meeting the love of my life and entering into a state of bliss I have never known... And don't get me wrong, there are still bad and imperfect days.... But this passion of mine has come cut loose and I can't stop imagining the next piece or another technique I want to try. At any given time I am working on between 3-7 pieces at a time.... He empowers, motivates and inspires me to more.

What is your favorite medium to work with, and why?

All of it. I say that because of the range of freedom. I work in area called Mixed Media, which is almost like saying "Undeclared Major" in college. Because I don't have to stay within the confines of oil paints, acrylics, water color, clay, porcelain, etc.... If I wanted to put ALL of those on the canvas including a tin can and a thimble, with my on technique, it isn't 'wrong'... More importantly it allows me to satisfy every urge of my own, which allows me to stimulate my audience the way I want with no boundaries or 'rules'.

What do you enjoy doing on your days off?

Going places and doing things I've never done, adventures with my weiner dog Oliver. Getting lost in my 'craft boxes' or in a book. Anything that involves outside and no time constraints... Photo wanderings.

Name 5 things people probably don't know about you.

- I've swam with Whale Sharks. I wasn't supposed to, but I did anyway. Always 'do it anyway'.
I've never taken any kind of art or photography class.
-I don't believe in the "news".
-I grew up in the UK and have lived in 4 different countries and traveled to 23 including Cuba.
-I put shredded cheddar cheese on my frosted mini-wheats. TRY IT, stop laughing.


Thank you Elise for taking the time to share a bit about yourself and your art! To follow more of Elise, and her creations find her online!

Instagram: @ms_ez_e