Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lusting for Girl on A Vine

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Do you need some Gypsy in your closet?  A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this amazing designer named Girl on A Vine when I was shopping on etsy.  It was love at first sight for sure.  But when I saw that her fringed kimonos are all named after song lyrics, I was head over heels.  These things are amazing.  I have been lusting ever since, and as soon as I sell enough harem pants, I am going to own one of these beauties.

Here is just a sneak peek of some of the loveliness:
ImageImageSo I was pretty ecstatic when I saw that there were still a few more hours to enter The Cult of Style’s contest to win a Girl on a Vine piece.  If you act fast, you can enter to win too by going here.  The deadline is tonight (Monday, 8/27) at midnight.  Click on over and try your luck, for the love of gypsy style!

Until next time,
Namaste~
Carter

Harem Style

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A few months ago I was getting out of the car after a not-so-exciting day in the office.  I was wearing some of my harem pants- a turquoise satin pair, to be precise.  These, to be exact.  As I was walking into the house, a car drove by, stopped, and reversed.  The window rolled down and this ecstatic voice says, “I know this is kind-of strange, but I have to know where you got those awesome pants.”  And that is how I met Whitley Hamlin, my neighbor, and fashion-blogger extraordenaire.  Whitley is the blogging queen behind The Queen City Style, and she is queen indeed of all things fashionable and trendy in Charlotte and beyond.  Whitley’s blog makes you want to get our your heels and go out on the town.  Or just play dress up.  Either way, if you are a fashionista in the slightest, you will love The Queen City Style!

So Whitley and I started talking, and the more we talked, the more we had in common. She told me about her blog, and I told her that we were just starting on our new clothing and handicrafts venture.  She had heard of Divali Glass Jewelry, my other creative outlet.  And we had mutual friends.  It was only a matter of time before we bumped into one another. We both agreed that it was a perfect match, and that the harem pants needed to make their debut on The Queen City Style! It was one of those kismet meetings.  So a few weeks later, Whitley came to our warehouse to see all of our colorful goods.  We played in harem pants, played in beads, played in our new shipments of clothes from Nepal, and generally had a good time.

I love a well-put-together outfit, and I love it even more when it shows some personal style.  So I was so excited to see how Whitley styled the harem pants!  Here’s a sneak peak.  But you have to See the whole post!   And if you like what you see, Follow Whitley’s blog. You will be inspired and entertained, I promise!

Talk about versatile clothing!  These pants are amazing!  Whether your style is black heels or birkenstocks, they will go with anything.  I am not one to walk into a department store and buy matching tops and bottoms.  No Ma’am.  My personal style is to throw together a little vintage, a little worldly, a little handmade, a lot of jewels, and maybe some green cowboy boots to top it off.  I am that girl wearing turquoise paisley print harem pants while pulling orders in the 100 degree warehouse.  No one to impress but myself, but that’s the way I roll!  So that’s why these harem pants are my new favorite item of clothing.  Feel like you’re in your pajamas, look like a million bucks!

To see more styles and colors, visit my shop here.
Until next time,

Namaste~
Carter

Tea treats from Adagio Teas, Chicago

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Wall of tea at Adagio Tea in ChicagoWhen we were in Chicago for the Randolph Street Market 2 weeks ago, we stayed right across the street from the Adagio Tea Shop.  Tea is one of those worldly traditions that has slowly crept up on me and become an obsession.  Lets be honest here: a few years ago, I turned my nose up at the thought of adding milk and sugar to black tea.  Being the southern girl that I am, I’ve never even been that into Sweet Tea, y’all.  But when you marry an Indian, you marry into the British-steeped tradition of having tea.  It’s just a pat of life.  And what a ritualistic part of life it has become.  I have grown to love tea, and to crave tea.  There really is a tea for so many parts of my life.  There’s a tea for pre-yoga, a tea for working on the computer, a tea for creating, a tea for winding down, and a tea for tummy aches.  So you can only imagine the joy when I saw Adagio smiling up at me when I looked out our hotel window.

Adagio Teas is such an inviting shop.  Very different from Teavana, which has remarkable teas, and equally un-remarkable, aggressive sales agendas that will make you want to scream and run from their shop (but that’s a whole other story!)  Walk into Adagio, and you are greeted by friendly, knowledgeable tea enthusiasts, bright and clean lines, beautiful teas and carafes, beautiful smells, and samples of any tea you’d like to try!  The shopping decisions were tough, but we finally settled on the Earl Grey Bravo, which is beautifully rich black tea flavored with citrusy bergamot.  We also got one called White Fire Chai,White Fire Chaithat is not available online (you can call the store and order it); it’s a fiery blend of silver needle, white sage, and various peppercorns, and it is amazing.  Brew a cup of this and you’ve got a metabolism boosting, cure-what-ails-you, heart-warming cup of heat!

I look forward to our next trip to Chicago, when I plan on stocking up on more tea treats.  I think the Cherry Green and Spiced Apple Chai are on my list!