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Blog Love: Justina Blakeney

You know when you stumble upon a blog that sends you down a rabbit hole where the rest of the world disappears? That’s what happened to me when I found Justina Blakeney’s blog. Talk about bohemian, colorful, free-spirited, worldly goodness. One look at any one of the posts on her blog and I just want to move into her world. Justina is a stylist and designer, with a degree in World Arts & Cultures.  She is well-respected in the design world by the likes of Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart, and many more, and she does things her way- with bohemian flair, with handmade elements, and with the story of an object in mind. Here is a peek at Justina’s Jungalow home….see what I mean?!

Justina Blakeney's Jungalow, photo from her blog

Justina Blakeney’s Jungalow, photo from her blog

So you can imagine that I am *quite* honored to be featured on her blog today. Sometimes we find ourselves right where we think we belong…. Thank you Justina!
Check it out! http://blog.justinablakeney.com/2014/01/woman-shops-world.html

Parasols & Sunshine at the Country Living Fair

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We’re set up at the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta this weekend, and we have the most idyllic booth space.  The park is lovely, sprawling and green and beautifully wooded.  When we were setting up our booth, we  weren’t sure what we were going to do with our umbrellas.  We normally hang them from the top of our tent, and we are in a smaller, shorter tent here.  I looked up and saw two trees behind our booth that screamed at me.  And there it was: the most perfect display ever!  We tied our rope between the trees, and our umbrellas have been hanging in the sun all weekend.  Isn’t it a delight to look at?!  I snuck down below them and took this shot, looking up into the trees.

WomanShopsWorld & GypsyTemple parasols hanging in the sun at the Country Living Fair, Stone Mountain, GA.

GypsyTemple parasols hanging in the sun at the Country Living Fair, Stone Mountain, GA.

From gypsy bliss to African Gangnam Style….

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I’ve been cruising the internets today, thoroughly enjoying my first Saturday at home after a long time.  We’ve been doing show after show after show.  And while I love being in the road, there is something so grounding about being at h-o-m-e!  How I’ve enjoyed falling down one world wide web rabbit hole after another.  First I stumbled upon the Bohemian-inspired magazine Disfunkshion Magazine, which is my dream come true. If I could jump into the pages of this incredible publication, I would.  I haven’t seen a hard copy yet, but I know from their website that this is right up my alley.  I mean, this is their home page:

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You want more, right?  Check them out, you’ll be glad you did.  Female-powered, empowering, and inspiring, with that gypsy soul that tugs at my heartstrings.

And then I stumbled upon this fabulous video of the Aaninka African Dance Company doing their version of Gangnam Style, and I had to share this with you.  I didn’t understand all of the hype about this song, but throw in some incredible African dancers, awesome African clothes, and I get this!

So that’s it from me for today.  I’m off to do some housecleaning, some yoga, and hopefully a few other home-centric activities.  I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

namaste~
Carter

Gypsy Flowers for the bride

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blog2a-1Fellow etsian Leah purchased some of this trim to use for her wedding bouquet, and she just sent me some pictures. I’m tickled with how it turned out!  There is something so special to me about a bridal bouquet.  I’m not even the kind of gal who gets all excited over weddings.  But the flowers always get me.  I LOVE how Leah used this ribbon.  Isn’t this beautiful?!  Thank you Leah for letting me share, and thank you Brae Howard Weddings for the photo.

EU Etsy Front Page Magic

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Well I’ve been spreading a little magic over on the Euro Etsy Home Page today.  This treasury I created just got chosen to grace the Front Page.  I have only had my collections grace the “FP” a few times now, and how exciting it is.  To know that there are 16 people whose shops are getting flooded with traffic (and hopefully sales) because of the creative vision that I had… It’s good stuff, for sure.

Here is the chosen Treasury, and a link to it:

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http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTIxMTcwNTh8MjcyNDQ1MTQzMA/p-u-r-e

And that’s all from me for today.  Off to make some more magic.
namaste~
Carter

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!

 

Vlisco, I love you

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I’ve long had an obsession with African fabrics.  The bold, bright patterns and colors are completely entrancing to me.  I am in the process of adding more African wax prints into the offerings at WomanShopsWorld.  And in my research and obsession over these bold beauties, I have fallen into the tunnel of Vlisco.  Talk about bold and beautiful!  Vlisco has been designing dutch wax prints for the African and West African market since 1846, so they’ve had some time to perfect their designs.  And perfection they have achieved.  These fabrics are high-fashion, for the affluent woman who wants to make her mark.  Watch this video from one of their past summer collections and tell me you haven’t fallen in love…

And with this, I’m off to search for more wax prints!
Namaste~
Carter