adding a little joy

through a lot of d.i.y. fun

bag it up.

Wednesday is my errand day, so I ran over to my nearest JCPenney hoping to find the curtains that I *need* that are out of stock online.  (Nope, gonna have to make more trips to more stores)

Instead, I was completely side-lined as usual by the accessories department!  While I really miss their previous “no-coupon” policy that they abandoned, I am still absolutely loving all the low-cost designer collections they developed when they redid the stores, most of all the LULU by Lulu Guinness line.  Although Jonathan Adler lamp, get in my house.


I am not super great about keeping up on fashion.  Basically, if it doesn’t show up on the Fashionista blog or on one of my favorite style bloggers posts, I have no idea it exists.  So I hadn’t known about Lulu Guinness before.  Which is probably good because I’d be broke from buying amazing bags from her full-price line, although I still might be depending on how many I get from the discount line.

The lady herself (Daily Mail)

The lady herself (Daily Mail)

I am now in love with this woman.  Humor and class (like that amazingly ridiculous and ridiculously amazing dress) in the same package is very important to me.  Every piece she designs is so colorful and cheeky, but still lady-like with classic form.  It’s just another drop in the bucket in my very real anglophilia.  Look, even their promotion video is all about London, which makes me even more all about London right now (Sherlock marathon will do that to a person).

Also, she’s just as obsessed with sweeties as I am.  I think I like looking at candy more than eating it, and that’s saying a lot.  She posted on her blog her most recent collection with the sweet shop imagery that inspired it as well as a candy collaboration coming up (but U.K. only, sad face).


My first purchase was a perfect white-and-black mini clutch that is now my everyday wallet.  But I’ve missed having a grey handbag.  Or are the ice cream cones best for summer?  The Emerald Road (yes, that’s the color name) crossbody would be great for work but maybe I need a flower-covered tote to hold everything I need…

And this is the problem.


Thanks Jonathan Adler display for totally rocking my blog colors (Anytime I see yellow + gray together now, that’s what I think).


If I don’t get one of the bags shown above, I will just have to settle for this beauty from ASOS.  Or one of the ones Modcloth keeps reminding me is on sale…

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HELLO I'm Liz, a lifelong crafter living in sunny paradise while dreaming of the Pacific Northwest. I'm here to share my adventures in making every day a reason for celebration with special details and inspiration I find along the way. I hope you find something to try, something to share, something that makes you smile.   THANKS