Tuesday, July 26, 2016
My Mindy Kaling brooch design is FINALLY back in stock as a brand new lapel pin! I'm so incredibly happy with how these came out. You can find them in the shop right here.
ps. Don't forget, my 15% off shop promotion is still going on! Click here for details.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
This afternoon I'll be on my way to Paris and Rome for a week! I had wanted to do my regular postcard promotion, but the postage would have been a little too costly so I came up with something different, and maybe even better!
If you use the coupon code "LADOLCEVITA" while I'm away you'll receive 15% off your entire order, plus a signed Instax photo from my trip! I'm bringing a bunch of film along with me and snapping photos along the way.
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This offer applies to all orders worldwide. Kyle will be back home manning the shop while I'm away, so if you placed an order before my vacation he'll still be shipping it within our regular time frame and he'll be answering emails as well. Items purchased while I'm away will be made and shipped when I get back.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Clever Girl lapel pins are new, improved, and back in stock! They're going fast though (only 10 left as of this post) so grab one now before they go on pre-order.
I'm always seeing products with fake Marilyn Monroe quotes (some of them are SO bad!) so I wanted to make something with an authentic quote, something that really shows what a beautiful, complicated and poetic writer she was. This was taken from a letter that she wrote to her doctor in 1961. You can read the letter in its entirety here.
The patch is available here.
I'm slowly starting to add tote bags to the shop! There are currently two designs available to now and I'm hoping to add more when I get back from my trip to Europe next week. These are nice tote bags with stand-up bottoms (not flat tote bags where you can't actually fit anything inside!) They're available in the shop here.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
For the last couple of years my approach to my business has been "throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks." My brain is not built for business. In addition, my approach to social media has been "I hate the internet and I want no part of it." I do post erratically on instagram and have my blog posts auto-feed to facebook, but for the most part I've felt like letting social media play an active part in my life only sours my mood and makes me feel less good about human beings.
Enter Kyle... aka, my little brother.
While I'm strictly a right-brained-girl with no mind for analytical or logical thinking, my brother was blessed with a pretty even helping of right-brain and left-brain-ness (?) He's insanely clever and creative, but he also knows how to run numbers, make plans, and figure things out. While I'm throwing spaghetti against the wall, he's concocting a brilliant plan for a new type of noodle that will stick more often, while simultaneously cooking up a strategy to market this new noodle on social media.
So we've joined forces. Kyle will be handling my marketing, business structure, product photography, customer service (you might have already spoken with him if you've contacted my etsy shops or shopify store!) and social media.
Now, as far as social media goes, I'm still creating the content. Kyle is creating a more structured schedule for me (not just a random cat picture once every two weeks) and he'll be sharing posting-duties with me so that I'm not spending more time online than I'm comfortable with.
How will this affect you if you're a customer or follower of mine online? The only change you should notice is that I'll probably be posting more often than I used to (but still not TOO MUCH because I don't want to annoy anyone!) and your e-mails and convos will be answered by Kyle. Otherwise you'll still be seeing the same content, the same cats (#mylittlearrietty on instagram -- go look!) and the same me. The only real difference is that because Kyle is taking over a lot of my day-to-day busywork, I already have more time for creating more products, redesigning packaging, uploading more outfit posts to my style blog, creating wishlists (something missing from my blog since 2014) and brainstorming ways to expand and grow my business.
Just since Kyle started in mid-June I've already finished two projects that had been sitting on my to-do list for months (they'll be hitting the shop this month), I designed three new lapel pins (one is coming this week, two more should hit the store in early August) and I completely revamped my branding.
And the best part of the new arrangement is that I get to spend more time with my brother! He's an incredibly smart, funny and kind person and I know that my business and my customers are in good hands with him. If you see any new posts pop up on social media tonight, be sure to say "hello" and wish him well! :)
Now it's time for me to get back to drawing! :D
Sunday, June 26, 2016
A.V. Club had a headline today that said "Live every week like it's shark week -- especially this one, because it is." and I was like "DARN! Why didn't I think of that!"
My 30 Rock/Shark Week design is finally available as a patch! And as much as I wish I could say that I planned the release to coincide with Shark Week, it's actually a happy accident! I didn't even realize this was Shark Week until I saw somebody tweet about it last night (I'm clearly more of a 30 Rock fan than a Shark Week fan) Perfect timing though.
The patch is available in the shop right here.
Friday, June 24, 2016
My love of fashion and classic Hollywood are colliding for this new product, a black and white acrylic brooch featuring my illustration of Edith Head. If you aren't familiar with Edith Head, she was possibly the most prolific costume designer from the golden age of cinema. She was nominated for 35 Oscars (!!!) and won 8! In addition to designing iconic looks for the stars, Head sported a pretty iconic look herself with dark tinted glasses and Bettie Page bangs. Oh, and if you're more of a Disney fan than a classic film fan -- Head was the inspiration behind The Incredibles character Edna Mode!
The brooch is available in the shop right here.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
It's National Best Friends Day, so for today only you can take 15% off all of my BFF goodies with the coupon code "BFF4EVER" And if you're best friend is your kitty, don't worry, the sale includes my Cat BFF pendant set too! ;)
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