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 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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


Fabulous Finds Friday: Eco Chic Wall Decor

Again returning to the wine theme with this one....

How incredible is it that artists are taking reclaimed wood from old barns and torn buildings, and turning it into something magical, like this piece

By using materials that we have on hand, we can truly make a difference in our attitude toward the environment, as well as the ambiance in our physical space.

This artist has brilliantly captured how to take something old and make it something new. And they used a variety of vineyards that are superb!

You can pick up this piece and more from RuPiperDesigns, on Etsy!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Eco Chic Handmade Paper Clutch

Eco-chic {to me} is all about taking items and materials that we use every day, and using them in a brand new way.

Take this amazing find for example

This little clutch is made from recycled paper! How inventive!! And sineci t's black and white, it literally will go with every outfit.

The maker, La Alicia, says that these little bags are perfect for coin purses, girlie bits, cash and cards. Personally, I think they'd make great stocking stuffers, or cheer-up gifts for friends who might need a little boost.

How happy would you be to receive one of them, for no reason at all!?

You can pick one up today at La Alicia .

Fabulous Finds Friday: Eco Chic Side Tables

The wine lover in me immediately fell in love with these amazing upcycled side tables....made from wine crates!

How stunning are they!? They're simple and clean...perfect for a modern den!

The best part about them; they have storage!

A fantastic use of space!

And yes, I would be putting wine bottles in there for storage

You can pick up the tables here, from a fantastic Etsian!

Guest Blogger...Tina Dean Designs

When Shannon asked me to guest post and talk a little about my new Eco-Home line, I was both thrilled and honored. You may know a little about my work as an eco accessories designer/textile artist from some of Shannon’s previous posts. I was absolutely thrilled to sponsor Shannon at BlogHer ’12 with a messenger bag and a couple of clutches.

My primary work has been to recycle and upcycle plastic bags and vhs tape into eco-friendly accessories like tote bags and purses. Expanding into home goods just seemed to be a natural extension. Continuously thinking of new ideas to save plastic bags from our landfills and waterways has become a way of life. The Eco-Home line will allow people to have a handmade, eco-friendly, vegan items for their homes.

TDD’s Eco-Home line is starting with baskets and will branch out to other home goods through 2013. The baskets will be available in different sizes for use as home décor, in the bathroom, in the kitchen or anywhere else.

These will be available on the website when it relaunches in the near future. TDD also does custom work.


Fabulous Finds Friday: Eco Chic Candle Holders

As we turn into fall, I find myself reminiscing about ecochic finds... for home decor. Items that make a home feel warm and cozy.

There are some really reasonably priced, and really funky pieces on Etsy that I am so excited to share with you!

Can you guess what these candle holders used to be?

Furniture legs!! What a great use for them to house long tapered candles, once painted and treated, and maybe even distressed a little.

Picture them on a long farmer-style kitchen table, or even in an old woodburning fireplace that no longer serves as functional.


You can find them here

BlogHer Sponsor Love

Another set of amazing sponsors that helped pave my way to NYC and 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 Sponsor Love: Tina Dean Designs

I am so pleased to be the first to blog about a new product hitting the shelves at Tina Dean Designs!

Tina is hitting the nail on the head with these designs. She combines colour blocking with an eco-chic fold over clutch design, and is even dabbling in adding texture, stripes and vintage fabric!

I'm so excited with this direction that Tina is taking her work, and have been privy to some new colours and designs including ruffles, bows, dripped texture. Truly unique and artistic, yet functional all at the same time!

The eco-fused line is the perfect compliment to your snazzy dress for a girls night out, date with that special someone or even with a lovely summer dress for a brunch with the girls!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Tina Dean Designs

Catching up with Tina from Tina Dean Designs this 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


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!