Friday Faves: Etsy Shops

by agirlandhermutt on August 14, 2015

I’m addicted to Etsy. I know I’m not alone.

Seriously. It used to be that everything in my house came from IKEA. Now it looks like the Etsy website blew up in my living room. I can’t get enough of people’s homemade goods.

I happen to know that many of you fine folks also enjoy a good Etsy find so I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite stores right now. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (you should!), then you know that I a am addicted to sticker stores.

*Because I have tons to talk about regarding the whole planner world, including stickers, I’m going to be doing a planner week next week. A review of my Erin Condren and Day Designer planners, a run down of the sticker shops I have bought from (both good AND bad!), and a bit about planning resources. Today I wanted to just focus on cool shops with great owners!*

Burlap Blooms
I love a good door wreath. There is something fun about coming up to someone’s door and instantly getting a vibe of what their home is going to be about. Our beach wedding had touches of burlap to give it that whole chic boho vibe. I loved it. I found this store specializing in burlap wreaths but none were the *exact* color scheme I was looking for. I sent a quick email asking if she could do some custom colors and a few emails later I had a wreath on its way to me. Literally. I ordered Monday morning and by Monday afternoon I had a shipping notification. It arrived on Wednesday afternoon.

The wreath was well made and arrived with no issues. Great packaging for shipping!

The Paper Chick
Next up is a shop that is owned by a childhood friend of mine. I’m a pouch person. I have little bags for everything. Ashley, better known as The Paper Chick, was showing her bags on Facebook and I had to have a few. I ordered the two bags shown below and was blown away by the quality of the fabric, zipper and workmanship. I ended up purchasing 3 more from her recently as gifts. I should note, I bought every single one of my bags. No freebies to get mentioned. Just pure love for her craft from me!

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Blue Green Blue Design
I LOVE personalized items. Not necessarily monograms, but things that are customized to be just for you. While I was searching around for a unique wedding gift I came across the Blue Green Blue Designs shop. I love her graphic prints and decided to give her a try.

I bought a print that included the coordinates of where the couple got married. I emailed the specifics to her, but let her know that the only part that I wasn’t sure about was the color choices. Kaitlyn emailed me back quickly with a proof that included some great options, but also asked that I send her a photo from the wedding day. I did and she responded again with an even cooler design that made the print so personal to the couple I was getting the gift for. It was so easy to communicate with her!

It shipped the next day and when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find it in a reinforced envelope (no bending!) and the print quality was excellent. A few days later I ended up ordering from her again for my own personal print! I would show you those, but they are coordinates to my house. Uh no. So here are some examples. And this is exactly how great mine look in person! Seriously. I can’t tell you how much I love my prints. il_570xN.537190229_k4c0
Happy Fox Design
This shop is a printable art store. I have to tell you…I’m not typically a huge fan of printables. I never really understand how to get them printed and it seems like such a hassle. However, I had been on the hunt for a specific octopus print and wasn’t able to find EXACTLY what I was looking for until I came across Happy Fox Design. The only problem was the art was all printables. It was only $10 to purchase the 3 part art piece so I figured I would give it a shot.

I was surprised to find that the prints downloaded easily from Etsy and then I just uploaded them to Snapfish and had them printed on matte paper. The result?! Really high quality prints that cost me about $12 total! I’ve since tried to do this with a few other shops and haven’t had as much success. Most of the times the colors are off from what was on my screen or the quality isn’t nearly as nice (pixelated) when I print them out. This shop has a variety of pieces at resonable prices.


The Mod Mobile
Every cute car deserves cute accessories. The Mod Mobile offers accessories for mobile living including car trash cans, on-the-go lids and tissue holders. I got this cute matching trash can and tissue holder set. The trash can has a plastic interior that holds a dog poo sized plastic bag perfectly. They even sent a roll of bags with the trash can! I also got the matching tissues holder that just slides right onto the visor. Super convenient!

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Super cute customized cards! All of my wedding thank you cards came from here and I just loved them. Hand stamped and adorable. These cards obviously run a little more than picking up a pack of cards at Target, but the quality of both the card and the stamping make it worth the few extra bucks for those special occasions that you actually send a real card.


Let me know if you have any shop recommendations or if you even have a shop of your own!


Favorite Summer Essentials

by agirlandhermutt on July 24, 2015

Oh boy. So glad Friday is here! The blog has had a rough go of it this past week or so. About a month ago I discovered that my blog had been hacked and was dealing with url injection issues. Just think a bunch of porn links from my site. Nice. I figured it out and moved along. Then last week I got word from my site host that I had been hacked again. Ugh. That brings us to here. All cleaned up. Security holes all patched up. Back up and running!

Now that my site is back up it is time to get back to blogging! Summer isn’t my favorite time of the year because of the heat, but I do enjoy quite a few summer activities. Going to the beach, road trips, and pool days!

Here are a few of my must-have essentials to not only survive the heat, but make the best of the summer!


Favorite Summer Essentials

1. SUNSCREEN! This is my most important summer essential. I’ve dealt with skin cancer in the past and I don’t want to deal with it in the future. I’m also a fan of looking like I’m 35 while I’m 35 instead of 45 while I’m 35.

I’ve tried sprays, but while they are super convenient, it doesn’t work the best for me all of the time. I tend to miss important spots. The folks at Block Island Organics sent me a bottle of their natural mineral SPF 30 sunscreen to try out and I’m digging it. It is a little thick when you first start to put it on, but it doesn’t leave a really greasy or sticky feeling on the skin. Do you remember putting lotion on as a kid and then walking around like you were covered in goo with your arms not touching you?! You don’t have to worry about that with this lotion. And the most important piece…I didn’t get a sunburn! All my bits and pieces stayed safe and sound.

BONUS: Use code “AGAHM” to get 15% off over at Block Island Organics Suncare!



I’m a little sensative as to what I put on my face so on the days when I’m not necessarily at the beach or pool, but still out in the sun, I use this Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 30 sunscreen. It goes on really lightly, blends in well and doesn’t feel all nasty as it soaks in.


2. Water Bottles. I drink a ton of water throughout the year, but I’m much more aware staying hydrated when it is hot as crap outside. I’m a HUGE fan of Klean Kanteen, but they aren’t the best at keeping things super cold all day long.

In comes the Hydroflask. This bottle is stainless steel double wall vacuum insulation and is supposed to keep things cold for up to 24 hours. I haven’t had 24 hours success, but I have had it stay cold while I am out all day running errands or riding my bike. Oh, and they have a top that includes a straw. Love that top!


Klean Kanteen also has an insulated version that I use occasionally, but I prefer the top on the Hydroflask to the Klean Kanteen version. Why can’t Klean Kanteen get on the straw bandwagon?! KleanKanteen

3. Facial Wipes. I can’t stop myself from sweating, but I can stop myself from feeling nasty after sweating all day. I don’t wear makeup every day during the summer so when I start to feel gross I use facial wipes to just freshen up really quick. I’m in love with these Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes. The wipes aren’t super wet so you don’t feel the need to rinse off after you use them. They also smell super coconutty which I’m obsessed with. I also have a pretty sensative face to products and these don’t bother my skin at all.


4. The Body Shop Coconut Body Mist. I use the body mists year round, but during the summer my favorite is absolutely the Coconut version. It is beachy, delicious smelling and not overwhelming at all.


5. John Masters Organics Sea Salt Spray. I have thick, straight, long hair. It doesn’t do that super cool beachy waves thing that some other people get after a day at the beach. I can wash my hair, braid it and sleep on it and it just looks like I slept on wet hair the next morning. It isn’t a good look.

This sea salt spray gives my hair a little bit of grit and texture to make it LOOK like I have been at the beach all day. I use this in place of hair spray after I curl my hair with a curling wand.


6. Vera Bradley Ditty Bag. I use this little lined bag for ANYTHING wet. My bathing suit, my nasty gym clothes after I work out and my pool towel. I wish it zipped up instead of just a drawstring, but it does have a flat bottom so it stays upright. You can throw it in the wash really easily too.


7. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I love this Fresh lip balm year round, but particularly during the summer. It has SPF 15 and I can get it in a tinted color, which is perfect for those non-makeup days. This summer I’m rocking the Cherry color, but enjoy the Coral too.


8. Summer Beer! There is no better experience than sitting out on my porch while enjoying the sun and a nice icy cold beer.

I rarely drink at home since I prefer draft beer, but there is something to be said for super cold canned beer. Breweries have come so far with their canning over the past few years! My ultimate summer beer this year is the White Birch Blueberry Berliner Weisse. I’m not a huge blueberry beer fan, but I love the hint of blueberry followed by the sour and tartness of lemon at the end for this beer. Plus, it has a touch of saltiness. It is light, refreshing, crisp and PERFECT. MMm….



I hope you guys are all enjoying your summer! I’m trying to get out as often as I can to enjoy being outside and explore the parts of New England I have neglected all these years. Honestly, I’m just thankful for no snow! Winking smile

See you soon! Follow me over on Instagram to see what I’m up to this weekend.


Best in Beauty 2014

January 23, 2015

Happy Friday Friends! If you have been reading for a bit then you know that I LOVE all things make-up, fashion and hair. That doesn’t mean that I’m a pro at any of these, but I do enjoy pretending to be! In past years I have talked about monthly favorites or items I was into […]

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