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Where has the time gone? I can’t believe it is August already! So far, this summer, I have been prepping for my first two craft shows (the photo above is from one I did last month and my next one is coming up in two weeks!), which I did not realize would be so much work. To balance all of that frantic energy, I spent the rest of my leisure time hanging out with my friends at the beach and being lazy with the world’s two most spoiled weimaraners. What has been lacking, however, is the amount of time I have been spending on my Etsy shop and my blog. I am pleased that the creative juices are now flowing again and, for my first shop post in a while, I would like to introduce you to two new Betty Bracelets inspired by my recent trip to New Orleans.

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JAZZ

This delicate beauty is flirty and feminine with alternating hot pink and petal pink recycled glass beads surrounded by very chic deep brown leather. A lovely silver fleur de lis toggle completes the look. The full listing can be viewed here:

Jazz Bracelet

This bracelet was inspired by the many jazz clubs I visited in NOLA. While the hippest ones are located on Frenchmen Street, one of the most important ones, Preservation Hall, is located right in the French Quarter.

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Preservation Hall opened its doors in 1961. The hall was created as a sanctuary, to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz which had lost much of its popularity to modern jazz and rock n roll. Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the hall’s founders, wanted a place where New Orleans musicians could play New Orleans Jazz, a style, they believed, should not disappear.

Today, over 40 years later, the hall is still going strong. On any given night, the hall is filled to capacity with people eager to hear New Orleans jazz played by veteran musicians as well as younger ones learning and embracing this incredible genre.

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VOODOO

This whimsical bracelet begins with rustic honey brown leather surrounding ethereal pale aqua blue recycled glass beads. It is accented with a spirited sugar skull artisan toggle. The full listing can be viewed here:

Voodoo Bracelet

Voodoo is almost synonymous with New Orleans. On my last visit, I learned about the Bone Gangs of NOLA, which is a wonderful blending of voodoo traditions and jazz music.

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The North Side Skull and Bone Gang, based in the Treme neighborhood of the city, has been waking up New Orleans at dawn to usher in Mardi Gras since 1819! They dress in skeleton costumes, which is an homage to their voodoo roots, while playing lively NOLA jazz. I first learned of this wonderful tradition from the work of local artist, Joy Gauss:

Joy’s Clay Art

If you would like to keep up with the happenings of the North Side krewe, you can follow their blog here:

NOLA Skull & Bones

That’s about it for now…I have a crystal clear pool and two doggies waiting for me outside…

Thanks for stopping by!
~Erin

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shopping for spring

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I am definitely a warm weather gal, and it most evident when one investigates my January shopping trends. Most of my friends are rooting through the clearance racks for rock bottom prices on sweaters, coats, and boots. I, on the other hand, am perusing the new arrivals on the websites of my favorite brands. My style is beach casual and I tend to own a few high quality pieces rather than several discount items. I firmly believe that, if you are wearing more than flip flops, you are overdressed. I also love color, and this year I am swooning over coral and aqua blue!

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DHARA DRESS

I love, love, love this Dhara Dress in Tide Blue by Athleta! The hue is reminiscent of tropical waters, the fit is quite flattering (it is available in petite…yay!), and it packs well – very important for a gypsy like me! You can view the full listing here:

http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=89745&vid=1&pid=406746&mlink=46831,5927263,SDDhara1_1&clink=5927263

PANIOLO FLIP FLOPS

Olu Kai is a Hawaiian-based company. Olu is Hawaiian for comfort, and Kai, ocean. I bought my first pair of their Paniolo flip flops in Tobacco (a rich deep brown) last year, and they made it through three vacations and two music festivals comfortably and fashionably. The quality is high, so do not be overwhelmed by the $85 price tag – you’ll be strolling down the beach in them for years to come. For this spring, I’d like to buy the lighter Dune that is pictured here. More details are available here:

http://www.olukai.com/Product_AllWomens_Paniolo_20129-2020.aspx

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A perfect accent to the beautiful aqua blue dress is my Polu Kai (Hawaiian for Blue Water) Pendant. It is genuine seaglass wrapped in silver wire and accented with opalescent Swarovski crystals. It is completed with a soft tan sueded cord with a handmade silver clasp. For more photos and ordering information, please view this link to my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/105551320/polu-kai-aqua-blue-sea-glass-pendant

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This Hanalei Bay Bracelet, also from my Etsy shop, is another beautiful accessory for your spring ocean tones. It is named for a popular surf spot on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It is crafted with delicate pale bottle green (think vintage Coke bottle) recycled glass beads, woven with soft distressed light brown leather. The Aloha look is finished with a lovely white-washed copper hibiscus toggle. Additional photos and information is available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/105552958/hanalei-bay-pale-bottle-green-hibiscus?ref=v1_other_2

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TILLY TOP

I just adore the vibrant coral pink color and easy fit of this Lucky Brand Tilly Top! It is a soft tone-on-tone paisley pattern with a versatile 3/4 length – perfect for early spring or summer evenings! I would pair it with skinny denim capris. More information can be viewed here:

http://www.luckybrand.com/Paisley-Tilly-Top/LBW02413,default,pd.html?navid=search

AUSTIN ZIP POUCH

While I am utilitarian when it comes to shoes, I am quite the handbag junkie! Fossil is my favorite brand, and I possess a very impressive collection! This Saddle Austin Zip Pouch will most certainly be the latest addition! The small size (only 7×5) makes it perfect to slip into a larger tote bag or to carry your essentials on a night out. Details are listed here:

http://www.fossil.com/en_US/shop/women/categories/handbag_collections/austin_handbags/austin_zip_pouch-sl3933p.html?parent_category_rn=331133&departmentCategoryId=331097&pn=c&cm_vc=339084&imagePath=SL3933216

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The soft coral pink of the recycled glass and the light distressed leather of my Kaihalulu Betty Bracelet perfectly complement the shades of the top and bag. Kaihalulu is a red sand beach in a secluded cove on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Details on this chunky surfer girl bracelet can be seen here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119571944/kaihalulu-coral-pink-hibiscus-recycled

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you have enjoyed my fashion selections. Be sure to check back for more warm weather finds!

Shanti,
Erin

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To chase away the winter blues, I decided to add two very warm hued Betty Bracelets to my Etsy shop. May they conjure up images for you of warm, sunny beaches…

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This is Playa Rosada. It is named for a famous pink sand surfing beach in sunny, steamy Nicaragua. Light brown distressed leather enrobes delicate blush pink Indonesian recycled glass beads. This natural beauty is completed with a lovely artisan pewter heart toggle. The full listing can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119571452/playa-rosada-blush-pink-heart-recycled

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This is Kaihalulu. Imagine a stunning red sand beach in a secluded, almost hidden lagoon on a lush tropical island. That is Maui’s Kaihalulu Beach, this Betty’s namesake. The bracelet begins with light brown distressed leather woven around vibrant coral-rose-pink Indonesian recycled glass beads. A beautiful white-washed coral hibiscus toggle adds an accent of Aloha to this hot spring accessory! More details can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119571944/kaihalulu-coral-pink-hibiscus-recycled?ref=v1_other_1

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you noticed the Nerd Wallet Indie button on my sidebar. It links to an exclusive coupon just for my blog readers!

Shanti,
Erin

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