I keep deleting every sentence I type so I am just going to keep typing and press publish when I am done. OK, so I haven’t blogged since June, and have had little activity on my social media accounts. Why? Well I have had no inspiration. I know any fellow blogger who reads this will know exactly where I am at. I started blogging in 2013 on a blog called Champagne and Pearls. I blogged every single day. I blogged mainly about myself. Things I liked, my feelings, my experiences, etc. After months of this I became hungry. Hungry for money. So, I started to blog for brands, about brands, etc. Then something changed. I lost inspiration and then stopped blogging all together. In 2016 I deleted my blog. I found it to be a useless space on the internet and I hated it lurking there. But, I really wanted to be serious about blogging so I started again. I thought a fresh space would help me and it didn’t. Why? Well because I was blogging for others again and not me! I like that people can come to my blog to learn something new or gain information, but at some point I need to do what makes me happy. My mental health is so much better when I get to just type out what I feel, talk about my passion projects, and share my interest. So what does this mean? Well I am going to make a big effort to once a week “chat” with you all about something I am passionate about, interested in, want to know more about etc. I hope this will help with my desire to blog and bring more inspiration to me 🙂
Happy National Wear Your Lilly day! #NWYLD I wanted to share today where I find great Lilly Pulitzer deals. For example, the dress above is a vintage Lilly (white label) that I got on Ebay for $20! I love the high neckline on this dress and the scallop detail on the bottom. But, Ebay is no the only place to find Lilly at; here are my favorite places I find Lilly Pulitzer.
- The After Party Sale: Every year Lilly Pulitzer host a huge sale. This is the best time to buy Lilly and save money. The APS can be tricky, but if you are patient and prepared you can get some great deals.
- Ebay: As mention above, I love Ebay. This is another website where you have to be patient. I check Ebay every once and a while. I also pay close attention to when the close of bidding is and I try to put my final bid in as close to final time. This has helped me get items that I had really wanted.
- Poshmark: This is great app that is easy to navigate. I have been able to find good deals here, but not as great as Ebay. Poshmark takes a percentage of the sale so I find these prices to be a bit higher.
- Re-Lilly: I am apart of a few re-lilly groups on Facebook and found this to be a great place to find affordable Lilly Pulitzer.
- Instagram: Similar to re-lilly groups on Facebook, they are on Instagram too. I usually use the hashtag #relilly to find sellers. I have bought off of Instagram before and have had a great expereience.
- Goodwill: I have had so much luck at the Goodwill. I have found: shorts, skirts and sweaters! This is probably my favorite place to find Lilly deals!
Final tips for success:
- Be respectful of sellers by making appropriate bids on items. If you do not think the item is appropriately priced and the seller strict on the prices, don’t bid.
- Be respectful of other shoppers, some girls take their Lilly very seriously, but there is no reason to get in a fight over a dress.
Where do you find Lilly Pulitzer deals? Link your Instagram below, I want to see how you are wearing your Lilly today!
Hello everyone! The last day of school is June 21 and I anxiously counting down. Although I have to work summer school I do have a couple weeks off and shortened hours. I look forward to having some extra time to relax, work on some projects, and read. I have a couple books I have been collecting since the first of the year. Some are gifts from the holidays and some I picked up. I have been trying to sit down and read, but just haven’t had the chance. I am so ready to sit outside and read this summer! Here is the list of books I have on the shelf to read. My goal is to finish these this summer and buy more #bookaddict 🙂
- The Magnolia Story
- Currently reading this and it is so good. The little messages in this book are so inspiring and every time I put it down it down I feel more and more inspired to work on some big projects I am planning.
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
- Currently read this and am very pleased. It is such a page turner. I am a huge YA fan.
- Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
- Very excited to read this. I am a big fan of Lauren Graham and look forward to reading this on the beach.
- Currently reading this too… I know I got a little excited about my summer reading. Again, another inspiring story that leaves me wanting to get up and work!
- Scrappy Little Nobody
- As a huge Anna Kendrick fan and I am very excited to read this book. My mom got this for me me for Christmas – she knows me so well!
- A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses)
- If you have not read the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, you must! A fairy tale retelling of beauty and the beast with some very crazy twists! I read ACOTAR back in the Winter and have been anxiously waiting to get my hands on this.
- Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel (The Witchlands)
- This is a Ya vanity following two sisters who share a set of powers that everyone wants to get their hands on. Looking forward to series and hope that I enjoy it.
- Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
- So… I have never read the HP series. I have seen every movie, but never read the books. The end of last year I decided I wanted to read all the books. So I am just working my way through the series 🙂
There it is, these are all the books I hope to read this summer. What books are you reading/what is on your list?
Growing up in Florida, I am kind of obsessed with cold drinks. Seriously, I put ice in everything and I am always looking for something cold to drink on an incredibly hot, humid day.
When I was younger, my mom and I would make these smoothies for my dad and grandfather when they were working in the yard. Back then the famous chain that you see in malls accompanied by Dairy Queen wasn’t a thing. This Orange Julius recipe is a family one that has been passed down for a while. I am a huge fan of it because it isn’t as sweet as those mall ones, which I cannot drink — too much sugar.
Let me know if y’all like them, I sure do! -xoxo darling, Hayden
3 oz. Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
½ cup of Water
½ cup of Milk
½ teaspoon of Vanilla
¼ cup of Sugar
5 or 6 Ice Cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender, cover and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Makes about 3 cups worth, but it can easily be doubled. When making, don’t double the sugar if you don’t want it to be too sweet.
We are getting so incredibly close to summer so I thought I would share one of my go-to outfits for when I want to look reasonably cute without dying of heat stroke. I live in south Florida so wearing anything with sleeves is not always a good idea but I love these Lands End oxford shirts because they breathe easily. Also, I cannot get over the bandana trend? Is it even a trend if the bandana has been around for forever? I have always been a big believer in styling outfits with bandanas because they are like scarves but they don’t add heat and you can always use them to wick up moisture. I purchased my hat after I became obsessed with The Great Gatsby in high school; a good boater never goes out of style. The wicker pocketbook was actually my grandmother’s and it is the perfect little purse for summer. There are tons of options just like it in basically every store this summer.
Happy Friday! I am excited to announce that on Fridays I will switching blogs with Hayden from Haute Table. Check out Hayden blog to see what I am sharing over there today!
Summer is quickly approaching; can y’all believe Memorial Day is less than two weeks away? Summer means it’s time for beach days, laying out by the pool and just general outdoor activities…and that means it’s time for the best swimsuits we can find! Below are my favorite picks from around the web, some from Anthropologie, some from Vineyard Vines and many others. Let me know what y’all’s favorites are
-xoxo darling, Hayden.
There are a ton of amazing bars in STL, if you saw my Instagram (@amymarieblog) you will know I spent a lot of time at Start bar, I mean I couldn’t get enough of the vintage games and slushies. However, today I am just focusing on the breweries I visited during my week in STL.
AB used to rule the beer world in STL. Although we all have had a drink produced by AB before it is still worth going on the free tour and getting a free beer. Who doesn’t love free beer? Its a beautiful place and has a lot of history. Definitely reminded me of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory!
Attend there free beer school and get to taste 5 of their current beers on tap. The beer school here had so much information, and it was cool learn how Schlafly flipped the script in STL. They made it possible for people to open breweries in the city and start selling craft beer. A certain someone used to run the game, but Schlafy is working there way up.
No tours available here, but still a great place to visit. They are open late most nights, so instead of going to a bar, this is a good option. They have a large tasting room and the building is super cool.
Another cool place to stop by, they have a yummy snack shop inside, and games upstairs! Who doesn’t love games. This is great place to go for a drink after work.
Located in Dogtown, Heavy Riff is a fun place to visit. This place is run by two brothers with a love for music. Great decor and sometimes known for hosting guest taps.
Alpha loves their drinking crew. If you join their Sipster club be prepared to be treated well! They often provide free food for their Sipsters. This was a close knit community of beer drinkers. It was a great environment with great beer!
Let me just start by saying this…. they have a cat. A cat that lives at the brewery and loves attention. A big taste room and a friendly environment made for a great visit.
Sour beer! If you haven’t tried sour beer before it is an experience. Sour beer is a very different taste, but Side Project does it well. They are known for teaming up with other craft breweries to create one of a kind beers.
On my first trip out to St. Louis I had trouble finding posts about where to find “Instagram worthy walls”. St. Louis is a beautiful city, but it being my first trip out there I needed a little guidance on where to find these beautiful spots. This is the Kosciusko Graffiti Wall. It can be found: Chouteau Ave & S Leonor K Sullivan Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63102. My favorite thing about graffiti walls is that they are always changing! Any cool “Instagram worthy walls” by you?
Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a great weekend celebrating with your friends and family. I recently got back from a week long trip to St. Louis, so it was nice to spend a day with my family. We have some family traditions, but not any revolving around Easter. However, as I welcome more people into my life (like my boyfriends family) I find my self being apart of new traditions. My boyfriends mom makes the BEST sweddish bread. It is something I look forward to her making for the holidays and I hope one day to learn the recipe from her so I can continue the tradition. It was a beautiful day here in Connecticut, so we enjoyed family outside. Do you have any family traditions? Also, check out my outfit details below 🙂
I started an Etsy shop in the summer of 2015. It was a struggle. I did not get my first sale until December. I was so excited, but it kind of ended there. I didn’t get another sale until the Spring of 2016 after I spent my entire spring break revamping my shop. It only I had started out strong I would have had sales sooner. The past two years have been a adventure trying to figure out how to be successful with my Etsy shop. The advice I wish I took from others from the start is that you get what you give. If you put little time or effort into your shop it won’t grow and you won’t get sales. Once I started using these tips below my shop began to grow and I am so pleased. I don’t have millions of sales but in the past years I a nice amount of sales and I am looking forwards to continuing to grow my shop!
The first thing to do it know what population you are looking to target with your product. I spent a lot of time looking at other shops and looking at not only what they were selling, but how they were presenting their product. My goal was to create a product that was popular but affordable. I would look at top selling items on Etsy and see if I could produce it and sell it for a lower price. That is when I hit my first “gold mine”. To this day my elastic hair tie cards are my top selling item on Etsy. They are extremely popular for bachelorette party favors and very popular on Etsy. I created this item, added my own twist (something I felt the marketing was lacking) and sold it for a competitive price.
Learn the rules:
I may or may not have been contacted by Etsy legal not just once, but twice. The first time I was selling an item with a trademark logo on it, which I thought I was authorized to use… clearly was not. Second, was I used the word “cozy” on my coffee sleeve (used to be coffee cozy), and apparently BIC bought the rights to word cozy so no one else can use it… Anyway, these were both situations where I was contacted by Etsy legal or an outside legal team, had items removed from my shop, and was threatened to have my account shut down. I unfortunately had a friend whose account was shut down for not abiding by the rule. So take my advice read the rules >> know the rules >> be the rule.
This is the fun part! Create a nice looking banner for shop and logo. I use picmonkey; it is free and easy to use. The banner of your Etsy shop is also a great way to promote your seasonal promotions in a east way. It is the first thin people see when they enter your Etsy shop. Additionally, I feel creating business cards were essential to my shops. I send along with my shipped products and hand them out at craft fairs (craft fairs alone are another amazing place to sell your products- my guide coming soon!!)
The best way to promote your shop is through social media. I have not gotten into the Facebook page realm to promote but I promote heavily on Instagram. I think Instagram is the perfect platform to show your products on. Another great thing about Instagram is the community of creators on there. I love following similar shops and participating in monthly challenges. There are also some awesome Instagram accounts with a large following that only promote Etsy shops, some are very costly, but I have found some that are reasonably priced for a feature on their account.
Start off strong with a nice stock of inventory. The more items listed in your shop give you a higher probability of sales. I suggest listing around 20 items to start, which can seem steep, but the more listings the high you’ll shop appear on search pages (along with your sales… sales + amount of listed items = being listed closer to the first page). Also having items already made and ready to lead to fast shipping, and Etsy buys love fast shipping.
See what I did there? My key items for shipping: padded shipping envelopes, cute tissue paper, business card and or thank you card. I like my shipping to represent what my shop would look like, I want people to be excited when they open my product. I put time into packing my shipments so that each package is nice and special when it arrives. I think of every package as a gift to the buyer. Before I had business cards I would include a thank you note, and still include thank you notes especially if I created a connection with the buyer. A few times I have worked with a buyer to create a custom product, so I include a thank you note because I truly am thankful for getting to work with them and them trusting me to create a custom product for them.
A picture does not always say a thousand words. It is important to be as detailed as possible with your listed items. Including size, color, and other product details will ensure happy buyer and good reviews! Etsy provide a tons of customizable sections to describe your product as well as a description box! This is something I still struggle with, I need spend more time working on my product details. The best thing to do it find inspiration form other shops!
The best advice I have for you to bring more buyers to your shop is to have a killer product title. It is important to make sure your product title is very descriptive about your product. To get some ideas go to Etsy and in their search engine type in your product, for example “Hair bows” without clicking enter first see the the suggestions that pop up first below… it make look like “Hair bows for girls” or “Hair bows for baby girls”, etc. These are popping up because they are most often searched. Here is an example of one of my product titles: Button Earrings, Earrings, Stud Earrings, Earrings Handmade, Dog Earrings, Fabric Earrings, Handmade Earrings, Gifts for her