Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

June 28, 2011

Around the shop

(jewelry table, handmade paper decorations,
4th of July window, vanessa bruno and islay underpinnings)

June 3, 2011

Happy Friday!

Mark your calendars for our Anniversary Party on Thursday, June 23rd 2pm – 7pm. We’ll have drinks, treats, giveaways and a Sale just for you. Have a great weekend!

May 9, 2011


Moved things around a bit. Hope you like the new layout!

August 2, 2010

Sun’s Out Guns Out

Hahaha. Sorry about the title of this post, Felicia. I couldn’t help myself…

I have at least 4 oversized denim shirts that I’ve acquired from various sources (thrift stores, my grandfather’s closet, etc). I wear them religiously in the winter; they look great under sweaters or peacoats with a big scarf wrapped around my neck. However, I’m not really sure what to do with them in the warmer seasons. Every time I try to throw one over a tank top and pants or shorts, my sister gives me a quizzical look and says, “Umm, that looks really bad.” I saw this post on Garance DorĂ© today that caught my eye. Garance seems to have the same problem with big denim shirts (is that a common problem??) and I like her idea of cutting off the sleeves to show off your arms and look a bit less dowdy:

(garance doré)

I think I’ll try this with one of my shirts and see how it goes.

In other news, BLONDIE is playing at the Fillmore on Wednesday night! I’d kill to see the one and only Debbie Harry in concert. There’s a chance I’ll shell out some cash and check out the concert.


July 12, 2010


Happy Monday morning everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve been in the store on a Monday morning, so I wanted to start off the week with pretty things. The first pic was taken backstage at the Chanel SS10 show. Notice the beautiful floral dress in the background. That’s an Anna Sui and all the flowers and foliage are hand-painted on silk. Stunning.

The second pic are those feather earrings we saw on all girls in-the-know, which are sold out everywhere. For DIY instructions, click here.

Have a fantastic week!

December 5, 2009

The ultimate in DIY

We think this is very fantastic and will try to make an evening bag like it using a lunch bag and necklace chain!


October 28, 2009

Gothic pumpkins for Halloween

We heart this Halloween tablescape found on The feather one is especially cool. If you’re planning a Halloween party, these will make fantastic decorations. For templates visit Martha’s site.

June 8, 2009

Books for the crafty and DIYers

Twinkle’s Big City Knits: 31 Chunky-Chic Designs by Wenlan Chia
Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin
Folding Ideas for Cards & Envelopes by Laurence K. Withers

Happy Monday everyone! We’d like to kick off the week with a little DIY inspiration. We think these books are really fun and beautifully done. We’re especially excited about the folding book. We ordered it yesterday from Amazon!

February 10, 2009

Keeping order in your unruly closet

As a boutique owner one might think I have an enormous wardrobe and very large closet. The opposite is true, in fact. In reality I share a 16 square foot closet with my husband. I have 5 pairs of jeans and only 1 pair of black pants, which lately I’ve been thinking of donating. Living simply with less has become a way of life for me, and has allowed me to edit my wardrobe into a perfect little collection of quality and unique pieces. When I buy something for myself, I gravitate to the unusual yet beautiful items. If you’ve visited my boutique, then this should all make sense to you. Try following these guidelines when you shop, and soon you will have built an amazing wardrobe.

  1. The secret to a well edited and svelte wardrobe is keeping things simple. I like to follow the one-in-one-out rule. This means for every new item, take out 1 old piece. Following this rule, especially for jeans, helps me feel like I’m keeping my wardrobe current.
  2. Quality really does last a long time. Ladies, it’s true – cheap looks cheap. Opt for high quality fabrics and cuts. If you take care of your clothes, they can be with you for up to 10+ years. One great example from my closet is my Gaultier wool peacoat. I’ve had that beauty since 1999. It’s made in italy and the cut is so elegant that it’s lasted the test of time. Don’t get sticker-shocked when you fall in love with a designer piece. Think about the money as price per wear. As I sit here writing this post, I’ve calculated the price per wear on my Gaultier coat to be 30 cents!
  3. Buy 1 special piece each season. For winter, the special piece could be a fantastic sweater or a one of a kind looking coat. Spring’s special piece could be a sundress or flirty blouse. Summer’s special piece could be a wow bag. My sister and I like to refer to them as a big guns bag. By acquiring a special piece each season, you’re slowly but surely building an enviable wardrobe.

I truly believe that these guidelines will help you get the wardrobe you’ve always dreamed of, and it doesn’t entail buying an entirely new wardrobe each season! As I’ve done to my own closet, I’ve manage to fill my boutique with unique and special pieces. Just the other day, I had a road visit from a lovely woman who represents one of my designers. When she walked into the shop, she immediately recognized that I carry special pieces. So if you want color or prints that are out of the ordinary, Josef is the perfect place for you to start!

February 3, 2009

DIY bracelets from

While looking for ideas for Valentine’s Day Decorations, I came across this article on how to make knot bracelets on These are perfect for the times because they are very low cost, if at all. I don’t know what it is about string and thread bracelets, but I’ve always thought they were what the cool girls wear. Take a look at the instructions, I’m sure you’ll be fine, and in no time sporting a fancy new bracelet. I think they’d also make great gifts or party favors for your friends. I especially like the red and brown ones in the picture above. Just for good measure here’s a casual outfit to wear with your new treasures: white t-shirt, Ksubi super skinnies, a printed scarf wrapped around your neck, ballet flats (your choice of color) and your gorgeous new bracelets. Try more than one bracelet for more impact. Happy crafting tonight!

photo from