Custom Flower Crochet Plarn Clutch Handbag

You may have seen me with this amazing bag at BlogHer, either in person or in my Instagram feed, and this month I thought that I would do an entire post dedicated to it.


This beauty, created by Tina Dean Designs of Virginia, is crochet out of platinum plarn, which has a fantastic metallic sheen to it. it is embellished with these beautiful ruffle flowers....and...my favourite part...



The handstrap. I think it is absolutely genius and it definitely made carrying this pretty little clutch around BlogHer alot easier.

Size wise, it fix my postcard sized media cards perfectly while I was in the Expo Hall, and then was great for my ID, money and lipgloss when we went out in the evening!

While this clutch was custom designed for me by Tina, I am strongly encouraging her to make more clutches with the handstrap. I love it so much and look forward to adding more to my ever growing collection.

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Tina Dean Designs Gets Trendy with Black and White Designs!

For the past few months, I have been absolutely in love with the black and white trend {particularly with tribal prints}. It's just so absolutely striking, and yet so simple.

Tina Dean Designs has created a brand new collection of black and white handbags, all made from eco-friendly plarn {upcycled plastic yarn} and lined with fabulous contrasting cotton fabrics. They are unique and definitely will become a statement piece in your wardrobe.




What I love most about these new handbags by Tina Dean Designs is that they can easily go from day to night. The small handbags are perfect for brunch with the girls, paired with an airy sun dress, but can definitely get glammed up with a black romper, bold metallic jewelry and some funky peep toe wedges.

The totes are perfect for taking to your local farmers market on a lazy sunday afternoon with your family, then can double as a beach bag to house your Kinlde {Kobo or Nook}, sunscreen and bottles of water. For evening, a great bag for local festivals and concerts!

Be on trend this fall with the Black and White collection by Tina Dean Designs!

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Tina Dean Designs, NEW Coral inspired handbags!

I am absolutely in love with the new line of small handbags from Tina Dean Designs, inspired by coral formations in the ocean.


Aren't they stunning?? They feature a chain shoulder strap, which keeps them on trend with the awesome metallic accents that are so popular right now.


I love the shoulder strap, and I'm usually a clutch girl. It's the perfect accessory for summer! Think of the statement you will make at all of those weddings you have to attend! The handbags come in a wide variety of Pantone colors, shown above in the first photo. My favourite? Koi! The bold orange is such an awesome statement color!

Pick up your very own coral handbag from Tina Dean Designs!


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Eco-friendly Chic Camera Bag by Tina Dean Designs

Have you been keeping an eye on the eco-friendly chic handbags over at Tina Dean Designs? When I saw her new camera bag design, I knew that I needed to dedicate a blog post to it. It is simply amazing!


Tina created this camera bag for Virginia photographer Karen Presecan, and I love the details on the bag. Everything from the organized lining to the knotted details on the outer body of the bag.


My messenger bag from BlogHer'12 has similar details; the carabeener clips for the shoulder strap, a neutral lining and a fantastic design.

If you are in need of a camera bag that won't quit, check out the eco-friendly camera bag by Tina Dean Designs. It is made from plarn, a material derived from plastic bags and used to crochet eco-friendly designs, and features a comfortable shoulder strap, and loads of organization in the interior of the bag.

*Disclaimer: I was compensated by Tina Dean Designs for this blog post, however all views expressed are my own.

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Fashionista Friday: Beach Bags by Tina Dean Designs

Yes...I'm dreaming of days at the beach this week. Baby Shmizz and I are so fortunate to have Tina Dean Designs working on some amazing handbags for us for BlogHer13 this year, and I am really excited about my custom unlined tote bag, with braided rope like handles.


I had a very abstract idea when I talked to Tina about needing a tote bag that I could toss my stuff in, but also use for trips to the beach, for my art supplies and quick shopping trips to the grocery store.

As always, she didn't disappoint and took my abstract vision to the next level. Tina knows that I have a special place in my heart for all things nautical, and wanted to be sure to incorporate that into my tote bag. The handles with the knots are perfect and I absolutely love how she created them {yes....she made the handles from scratch!}

I am really excited about this bag for BlogHer13 and cannot wait to show it off in person! An ecofriendly handbag for every day!

Disclaimer: I received this tote bag as compensation for helping promoted Tina Dean Designs' wonderful line of upcycled and ecofriendly handbags. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Nautical Trends in Home Decor

Tina Dean Designs has done it again with her beautiful nautical inspired home decor pieces.


I absolutely love the versatility of Tina's baskets and am proud to say that I own two of them that I use in my studio. One is my expenses basket, where all of my receipts go before they are entered into Quickbooks. The other houses rings and trinkets as they are finished, ready for customers to fall in love with them.

Her nautical line, which is rooted in cherry red and cobalt blue tones, add the perfect punch of colour to a neutral home decor. You can stay on trend, switch out the baskets as seasons and trends change, and keep your overall decor the same!

Tina's baskets are also affordable, priced at $35 for a handcrafted piece of functional textile art.

To see more of Tina's work, check out her website and Etsy shop, as well as her Facebook page.
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Fashionista Friday: Tina Dean Designs








Taking a note out of the Pantone 2013 Spring Fashion Trend book, and incorporating some of the hottest colors of the season into her designs, Tina Dean Designs is getting you on trend this season with fashionable ecochic accessories.

Poppy Red
African Violet
Tender Shoots

All colors that breathe life into your accessories arsenal, and ones that you won't want to miss out on.

The Poppy Red clutch features three black clay buttons that have a subtle gold fleck to them. Perfect for party hopping, a date night out, or just to add a splash of one of the prettiest tones of Spring 2013 into your wardrobe.





These handbags are like no other - expertly handmade by textile artist Tina Allen in her home studio. The Tender Shoots clutch features two hand painted sculpted clay buttons {by yours truly}, making each one completely different from the next!

Using delicate African violet purple bags, Tina created this clutch by upcycling plastic bags into a material known as plarn. Once it was crocheted into the perfect form, she finished off the closure with a hand painted violet and plum button. Absolutely beautiful, and it would look stunning at Easter brunch!

Pantone 2013 Spring Trending colors are setting the stage for some amazing designs at Tina Dean Designs. Bring ecochic into your fashionista wardrobe with TDD!


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Introducing my BlogHer'13 Team!

It seems like just yesterday that I was packing my bags and boarding the plane for New York City to attend BlogHer'12. In reality, it was just over two months ago and I have learned so very much from going to the largest international blogging conference out there.

I'm already lining up sponsors for BlogHer'13 in Chicago, and am so happy to announce that TPH Canada, Tina Dean Designs, Kristine Cook Designs and Amber Bryce Luxe Bohemian are back on board with me!


Kristine Cook Designs created three stunning outfits for me for BlogHer'12, and I am thrilled to get the chance to showcase Kristine's ready-to-wear line in Chicago. Having seen her design book over dinner a few weeks ago, I know that they will be pieces that will be flattering on every body type and make you feel like you want to get out of your pj's in the morning. Kristine's work is amazing and she pays particular attention to detail with ruffles, buttons and other feminine touches that make her work one of a kind and truly unique.

Working with Tina Dean Designs this past year has been a dream come true. Tina has been working hard to become an expert in textile design, and boy does it show!  I'm really excited to be able to showcase Tina's amazing eco-chic designs in Chicago, and she's even collaborating with Kristine to make sure that my look is coordinated head-to-toe; amazing, eh?! I see some fabulous fused clutches in my future, and you can bet your bottom dollar that my messenger bag will make a reprise as my carry-on and Expo Hall bag!
Remember those incredible media cards that TPH printed for me a few months ago? Remember how they were absolutely incredible to work with, offered eco-options and funky shapes of business cards? Well they're joining up with me for my media cards that I'll be handing out to brands and bloggers in Chicago! Their printing services are absolutely amazing; high quality, digital printing at its finest. I cannot wait to share more information about this fantastic brand with you in monthly features!


I felt every bit the belle of the ball at BlogHer with my sparkly earrings, bracelet and amazing long necklace from Amber Bryce Luxe Bohemian, so I was thrilled when Amber emailed me to express interest in styling my accessories for BlogHer'13. Amber's designs are truly inspired and she uses only the best raw materials, from recycled metals to big sparkly druzies. I cannot wait to share Amber's new work with you and talk about the inspiration behind her designs.

More sponsors will be announced as the month's unfold, but I just could not wait to share this news with you all!

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BlogHer Sponsor Love

Another set of amazing sponsors that helped pave my way to NYC and BlogHer12...in an oh-so-stylish way!


When I first talked to Tina about my needs for BlogHer, all I mentioned was a messenger bag to use on the plane and during the day sessions. Little did I know that she would whip up some amazing fused work, and a sparkly VHS wristlet that looked amazing and eco-chic.  I am so proud to have carried these pieces, and we're already conspiring for Chicago!



Working with Amber on my accessories was like a dream. She took inspiration from who I am as an artist, my life story, and my fashion tastes and created some truly one of a kind designs. While each piece holds special meaning and I love in its own unique way, I truly truly love the Let It Be pendant with ruby gemstone. She created this piece custom for me, one side dedicated to my father {Let It Be was his favourite song, and is my memorial tattoo to him} and the other side to my husband {paisley pattern...he loves him some paisley ties!}. I cannot thank Amber enough for her inspired designs, that I am wearing over and over and over again!


BlogHer Sponsors: Thank You!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to send out a huge thank you to all of the amazing sponsors who helped me board a plane today, put gorgeous media cards together for me, provided inspiration and photography, designed incredible outfits, jewelry and tutu's....

Without you all, BlogHer'12 would be but a dream for me. You helped make this possible!







BlogHer Sponsor Love: Tina Dean Designs


Catching up with Tina from Tina Dean Designs this month...man oh man has she ever been the busy bee!

She's been styling some amazing photo shoots with er incredible photographer, Karen, and is even undergoing a redesign and new launch in the next little while. I've been privy to some sneak peeks, and they are gorgeous! Stay tuned for those updates!

What has been amazing me lately is the custom designs that Tina is creating for some amazing eco-chic celebrities.

Eco-tote created for Tenley Molzahn

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Such an awesome bag! Tina has such impeccable attention to detail. For Tenley's bag, she matched the polka dot lining to the ribbon, and added in a funky bamboo handle. Then, there's a slight green fleck in the bag to carry that element through for a cohesive design.

Absolutely amazing!

BlogHer Love: Tina Dean Designs....custom creations!



We’ve all done it; dreamed of the perfect handbag to hold exactly what we need to go shopping at the market, out with the girls for brunch, a full day out with the kiddos….everything that you need in one stylish bag. 

It’s a dream, absolutely, and it’s the perfect situation to go to Tina Dean Designs for a custom creation.


custom tote for Cari Cucksey of HGTV's Cash and Cari

The process of working with Tina on a custom creation couldn’t be easier, and I should know! Right now, she’s finishing up my messenger bag for BlogHer…a custom design that she created just for me! It’ll be based on her peppermint tote bag {below, and also custom designed for Lauren Conrad!} but in a messenger style with an adjustable strap and flap closure. The lining…a chevron to match my logo and branding!


And it’s pretty awesome to work with a down-to-earth designer who has made custom bags for Lauren Conrad, Cari Cucksey, Tess Masters, and Zooey Deschanel. 


So much intricate detail and time goes into each one of Tina’s bags, and each piece is made with precision. Tina has recently been working on more custom pieces and has many more designs that will be making their way to some Hollywood A-listers. Pretty incredible!

Get your hands on a custom Tina Dean Designs bag before it’s too late!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Tina Dean Designs



You’ve heard me talk about Tina Dean Designs since just before Christmas and how the lovely Tina is making my clutch and messenger bag for BlogHer’12.

Well, I am so excited to unveil the pictures to you of the photo shoot that I did for her with Hanlon Lain Photography


The Eco-Evening Wristlet Clutch is the perfect bag for a night out on the town with the girls, and where better to show it off than in NYC?! It features a super soft exterior that is made from repurposed VHS tape, which is made into plarn, and yarn. It is crocheted expertly with extraordinary workmanship, and I love that it has an antique looking chain attached, to make sure that it stays on my wrist at all times.

I love it because it is the perfect size to hold only the things that I need while on a night out: lip gloss and chapstick, my Blackberry, debit card, hotel key and ID. What more do you need when you’re spending an evening with your friends, having a few drinks on a rooftop patio, then hitting the town to go dancing?

I absolutely love the pop of colour that Tina worked into the lining.


My wristlet is lined with a beautiful batik fabric, featuring swirls of colour. It perfectly reflects me as an artist and my funky personal style.

What I love even more is that Tina took the time and care to make it personally for me, specifically for BlogHer. I am so excited to show it off…only a few months to go!


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