Beauty / Style Finds: Get Your Carrie Bradshaw on with Carriage House Heiress Tutus! 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Michelle Dowell , owner of Carriage House Heiress and Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique

Tell us about your fabulous tutus! What are they made of?  What is the cost?
My tutus are made from 100% nylon tulle and are cruelty-free. There is never any part of my process or my materials that involve animal testing or anything pertaining to animals. I also make sure that my material suppliers are cruelty-free as well.

An average tutu can start from as low as $38 and custom orders start at $41. My price incorporates cost of labor/time (what I pay myself) to create the items and the cost of materials. I always will keep my fashions budget-friendly because being a price-conscious fashionista myself, no one should pay high prices for high quality. It’s where the name “Carriage House Heiress” came from. You get Heiress quality on a Carriage House budget!

What lead you to start your business? What is your business philosophy / mission?
Carriage House Heiress was originally birthed from my kids clothing store, Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique, which is also located in the Etsy marketplace. I named my women’s tutu collection “Lady RRNB” and gave them their own spot in my boutique.


After a while, though, I had ladies requesting custom orders for adult tutus until the demand was so high that I felt that it was time to give those designs a home of their own. And so, Carriage House Heiress was born.

I didn’t want to just open up another cute boutique to make extra money for my family. I wanted to start something where I could give back to causes that speak to my heart and to what I strongly believe in.

Being a mom of furbabies and an ex-cat-colony-rescuer, my heart strings tug at the mere mention of animal rescue and animal rights. I never could comprehend the harming or killing of animals for the vain purposes of fashion. So not only are my designs cruelty-free, but a portion of their sales goes to charities that support animal rescue, helping the environment and bettering the lives of women and children.

Our business philosophy is Christian-based, and sharing the love of Christ through serving and giving. I believe that we are here to make a difference in the lives of others, and I am humbled to use my talents to do that one tutu creation at a time. 


What inspires you to keep creating?
I love the “art” of creating art. It sounds so cheesy, but the creative in me is drawn to all things artsy tartsy. Whether it’s acting, writing, fashion design, crafting D.I.Y. home decor, baking or even creating homeschool printables for my kiddo, I need to be creating something awesomesauce at all times to be fulfilled. It’s the satisfaction of working hard at something and seeing it come into fruition that fuels me to keep making.

 

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Michelle Dowell , owner of Carriage House Heiress and Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique

Share 3 random fun facts about you!
I love veggie “cheesesteaks”! I love a good chicken philly, too, but over the years the cruelty-free version appeals to me more. I can’t get enough of it!

My cats rule my house. I am sooo not in charge of our homestead.

I wore my Batgirl tutu design to see the original Batman, Adam West! I’m not sure if he liked it, but I had a blast!

Michelle Dowell of Carriage House Heiress rockin’ her own beautiful creation

If you could chose one quote that summarizes your biz, what would it be? 
“Compassion over fashion, cruelty-free is the way to be!”

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Photo Information:
Black Tutu
Photos Provided By Model

Adult Bachelorette Tutu
(white/lace/little pink), Jamie Bragg Photography

Punk Rock Black & Fuchsia tutu, Jamie Bragg Photography

Harley Quinn Tutu
(red/white/black), Illusions Images Photography By Angela

Multicolored Punk rock tutu
(purple/fuschia/black/hot pink/lavender)
Illusions Images Photography By Angela

Hot Pink Tutu
(multi-pink)Photos Provided By Model

Cranberry Wine Long Tutu
Illusions Images Photography By Angela

All photos of Michelle Dowell, owner of Carriage House Heiress, provided by her.

 Beauty / Style Finds: Lovely Handmade Jewelry from Ivana of Beads and Happiness 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I discovered the beautiful work of Ivana at Beads and Happiness through featuring her sister, Zorana (Wanderlust), who creates stunning  handmade eco-friendly bags. When I visited Ivana’s Beads and Happiness Instagram page, the joyful energy and stylish pieces instantly grabbed my attention. I am sure you will enjoy reading about this multi-talented woman who shares happiness through her artful creations!

Ivana Pavlović, owner of Beads and Happiness

Tell us about yourself and your jewelry. 
Hi! My name is Ivana Pavlović. I am a mom of one young boy, entrepreneur, creator, curator, and photographer for my small business. When my kid grew up I had more free time to try and express myself through embroidery. I wanted to create something new, and to share my feelings and vision of beauty.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

I believe that jewelry is not just for special occasions, accessories make your outfit unique and special. I like simple forms with lots of colors. Every piece that I create is unique.

I like every color (but maybe pink the most :)) and I like to use them – mixing and matching  perfectly. Because of the specific way I mix, it’s not possible to make the same necklace twice.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović
Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

That’s why I always tell my customers that I can’t make the [exact]  item from a picture. Similar, yes, but definitely not the same. My jewelry is not expensive, but it is unique. It is the kind of jewelry that any woman can afford, and it’s really wearable and comfortable.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

What lead you to start your business? What is your business philosophy / mission?
I was creative as a child. I loved taking scissors to cut everything. All of my dolls had short hair; one of my Mom’s coats became a short jacket and my shirts had trendy cut-out spots. 🙂 I grew up with my Grandma who always encouraged my creativity, and had time to help me with everything I needed.

The two of us made a lot of things together. I like to believe that I developed good taste for fashion because of her, but generally every woman in my family is making some handmade products. So I guess it is pretty normal that I chose to make handmade products, too.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

Jewelry making was just my hobby until a couple years ago; since online shopping became more popular in my country, it is my full-time job.

My aspiration in life is to be happy, and jewelry making is something that makes me HAPPY. I really enjoy doing what I do, and my goal is to make my customers enjoy it, too. That is the reason I named my brand “Beads And Happiness.”

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What inspires you to keep creating?
My inspiration comes from communicating with my customers and people who love my jewelry. When someone who lives on the other side of the world tells me that my jewelry is the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, that’s what really inspires me.

I have a lot of new ideas; I could make a plan for all the things I want to make for the next couple years, but I never have enough time. Almost all of my photos are made by me. I take them and edit them later. I update all of my profiles (and I have a lot of them), I also sell a lot of my products at some fashion markets in my country.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

Beads and Happiness Websites:

Visit the website to see all the awesome jewelry. Beads and Happiness is also on Etsy.

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Note: Beads and Happiness logo design by Tamara Pancic

Beauty / Style Finds: Socially Conscious Fashion from Mompreneur Zorana of Wanderlust 

Emelda De Coteau
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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I met Zorana (founder of Wanderlust) on Instagram several months ago, and instantly admired the beauty of her pieces.  However, the message and philosophy behind the work is particularly inspiring. She is a change agent, a woman committed to transforming the world through mindfulness. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading about the story behind the brand. Plus, Live In Color blog readers get a 15% discount (see coupon in the post).  Grab some tea, coffee, or a smoothie (my personal fav.) and  enjoy!

Zorana, founder of Wanderlust

Tell us all about Wanderlust. What materials do you select? What is your business philosophy?
I am a small business owner, and I embrace the attitude of ethical, fair production and a purposeful life! I strive to grow my business through a route of honest work, and the creation of modern simple goods for life and home.

All my bags are handmade, hand painted and crafted. Every piece of fabric is washed, ironed, painted by hand, sewn, folded and tied up with a hand-printed label in my home studio.

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I have a strict policy for sustainable environmental work. I use only water-based textile colors, acid-free. I use a  100% cotton canvas, producing on a small scale, it gives a soft and natural feel. I do not work with leather.

All my bags are ethically sourced, made in small sustainable batches, responsibly, both on a human and environmental level. I’m all about ethical fashion and care for our planet.

I believe that the stuff we use shouldn’t cause harm to people, the planet and animals. There are no animal-based materials in my designs. 

I also believe that it is very important to know who makes our stuff, too. Each of my bags has it’s own story. I like to think that my bags add style to a life with purpose: ethics + aesthetics.

I create reusable bags that people may  take with them when they do their grocery shopping – this is a small act with a big impact. I encourage taking your canvas tote reusable bag anywhere! Our planet is begging us not to use plastic bags. Make life thoughtful and intentional! My new collection of kitchen textiles painted by hand is expected by the end of the month, so stay tuned.

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What lead you to start your business?
Women makers led my family for generations. All my grandmothers were seamstresses, dressmakers, and one was a famous weaver of traditional kilims. I guess my calling was probably determined by that [history]. I studied fashion & textile design. After a break to have my twins, my fashion collection grew into an Etsy store, eventually becoming a small business.

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Wanderlust LogoWhat inspires you to keep creating?
I’ve always had an urge to create, but after I discovered ethical fashion my desire grew! It is the amount and quality of attention that counts – and slow  making equals quality.

I think we are what we wear. We should match our outfits to our beliefs. Act as if what we do makes a difference because it does! We should use our buying power to support brands that produce their products fairly, and are not exploiting people and planet. It’s all about buying smarter.

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I draw inspiration from this [outlook]. It helped me realize my mission. I have  [a] quote by Mahatma Gandhi that currently guides my life, and hangs on my wall: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

I truly love what I do! Textile art and brushstrokes painted by hand are a thrill to create. My favorite cup of morning coffee is served with black textile paint! That’s how I like to start my work day.

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Note: All my photos are taken by Zorana and her sister Ivana Pavlovic of “Beads & Happiness.” 

Stay Connected to Wanderlust:
Web site: www.wanderlust.madefreshly.com

Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/MCWanderlust

DaWanda shop: en.dawanda.com/shop/Wanderlust-Tote-Bags-and-Textiles

Social Media:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/moderncraftwanderlust

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/mcwanderlust