finally, a company to rival pervy dov charney.
i have always loved the simplicity behind american apparel but i have just gotten so turned off by their skeevy aesthetic. (upon further review, i stumbled upon this and might need it.)
but, anyway... i'm in no way prude or easily offended. i like coked out models in gold lame as much as the next person. i just think charney's a skeezeball.
see how cute and wholesome these girls are? thank you, alternative apparel. (plus, they offer this hat that i want right now.)
by caroline duke on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
so that bitch serena has totally been rocking this jacket that should belong to me.
and a little piece of my heart broke when i discovered it would set me back $2,240 to have my very own.
who else is on the edge of their seat for the season finale? i hope dan doesn't do it!
just cavalli, $2,240
by caroline duke on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
knocked up and can't afford to cover up that baby bump with a croc hermes kelly? now you can! or, you can at least have the second-best thing.
my friend holly tipped me off to this do-it-yourself kelly which i thought was pretty fantastic. my heart belongs to this one, but there are a variety of options!
go here, and click on the 'i want it! i'll have it!' bag icon.
by caroline duke on Tuesday, May 13, 2008
i have really got to get out to san francisco before my dear holly puts a hit out on me. if she hasn't already.
last time i visited, i caught a glimpse of these signs and thought they were so charming. perhaps i need this as a momento?
by annie galvin of wexford girl.
3 fish studios, $60
p.s. finally got my imac re-situated and will be back to normal soon.
by caroline duke on Monday, May 12, 2008
i know, i know, i KNOW. i've been the worst little blogger ever these past couple weeks.
i'd say it's because i wanted you to really focus on the good behind project 8256 earlier in the week, but that's a lie. i've just not in a bloggy place (i mean that in a purely philosophical way. i promise i haven't been in jail).
hopefully now, though, i'm back (with a vengeance).
candystore collective, $86
by caroline duke on Friday, May 09, 2008
i'm so sorry i've been away all week. but i should be back with some regularity in the next few days.
in the meantime, i need the following nippies giveaway entrants to e-mail me their details (address, size, etc.) if you haven't already: jessica k., heidi r. and kjk. also in the e-mail please specify whether or not it's ok to use your story on greedy girl.
i'll try to get those out this weekend. thanks again for entering, and i hope you enjoy them!
by caroline duke on Thursday, May 08, 2008
today's the last day to get 15 percent off at amelia mae paper goods, amelia mae or project 8256! and remember, kind amy will combine the shipping costs if you order from different shops.
just enter 'i am a greedy girl' in the message to seller.
proceeds from amy's project 8256 go toward AHOPE, a facility caring for HIV-positive kids in ethiopia, and also to an adoption fund for her sister and brother-in-law.
read more about her mission right here.
i wish amy and her family the very best in the adoption process. what they're doing is truly amazing!
amelia mae, $20
by caroline duke on Monday, May 05, 2008
as promised, another of amy coldren's whimsical prints.
remember, 15 percent off! enter 'i am a greedy girl' in message to seller.
also, remember, profits go toward to two truly wonderful causes! read about those and more about amy right here.
stay tuned for more through the weekend.
'you are the one i want most of all' print
project 8256, $25
by caroline duke on Friday, May 02, 2008
a few months ago, while browsing through the (mostly country craft fair-esque) wares of oklahoma creatives (and a lot of not-so-creatives), i came across project 8256's etsy shop and immediately bought this print. since then, i've been a fan of oklahoman and illustrator amy coldren. you'll be a fan too once you read what her project's all about. enjoy!
c: tell me a bit about project 8256 and the motivation behind it.
a: Very simply, Project 8256 started out of a desire to help a family grow. When my sister told me that she and her husband had decided to adopt, I knew I had to do whatever I possibly could to help. Adoption, and international adoption in particular, is extremely expensive, so we tried to think of unique ways to raise the needed funds. I was familiar with Etsy from a customer standpoint, so it really grew from there. Once I started creating the artwork for the first set of prints, and as I continued to research more about the AIDS crisis and orphan crisis in Africa, it became very clear that we had to give back in some way. My sister had been having the same thoughts, so we agreed to donate a portion of our profits to AHOPE. It is a really tremendous facility that cares for HIV+ children, and we are so excited to be able to contribute in this small way. What they are doing is truly amazing. The rest of the profits from Project 8256 go directly into my sister and brother-in-law's adoption fund.
c: where do you look for inspiration?
a: Initially my inspiration came from research I did on the orphan crisis in Africa. I also focused on my own feelings about what this adoption process means to my family, and I am sure to so many other families. Music is certainly a huge inspiration to me, as is nature, love, and a little bit of whimsy. I love typography and enjoy incorporating that into my work. For the items in the amelia mae shop, I think it has a more nostalgic feel. The inspiration comes from the same place, but I really enjoy taking older artforms (quilting, silhouette work) and interpreting them in my own way.
c: tell us about your workspace!
a: I just moved into a new place, and am very blessed (and incredibly excited) to have an entire room that I can use solely as a work space. It's still a work in progress, but I am loving it so far. I keep all of my papers for collage and mixed-media work filed by color. It would be an absolute nightmare to have it any other way. I'm not typically the most organized person, but I am learning that I have to be if I want to continue to run three different etsy shops. Among all of the supplies, I also have an inspiration wall. And I almost always listen to music while I work. Sometimes a movie might slip it's way in there.
c: what's ahead for project 8256?
a: I hope to continue to sell both on Etsy and at Blue 7, and to continue to grow. I will probably do a few craft fairs as well. I don't have anything in the works quite yet, but I'll be sure to let you know!
see, i told you she was pretty great. not only that but this busy girl is offering 15 percent off in all THREE of her shops [amelia mae, amelia mae paper goods and, of course, project 8256] through may 5. simply put 'i am a greedy girl' in the message to seller when you order, and she'll send you a revised invoice with the discount.
have fun! there is A LOT to look at. stay tuned over the next several days!
by caroline duke on Thursday, May 01, 2008
speaking of louboutin ...
i had originally planned to stimulate the economy by purchasing a pair of these red-soled lovelies with my rebate check. (well, not the above pair in particular. probably would have been a pair of 'practical' pumps.)
unfortunately, guilt and practicality got the best of me.
p.s. i wish.
p.p.s. how are you spending your rebate check? leave a comment, please!
do you ever feel like you just want to tell people what to do?
hey, you, bride to be. please just wear this headpiece, this dress and these loubs, and call it a day. and, while you're at it, make your nails short and red.
i looove it. what a fun look that would be for a bride! i have a feeling this is not what bridal consultants do, but whoever does it, i want to be that person.
jennifer behr, $128 to $395 (for pieces above)
via something old, something new.
caught this via love made visible, and i think i need it A LOT.
in my quest to pay off debt, i'm also trying to edit my life & belongings ... getting rid of things i don't need and adding things i do need, especially those that inspire. i've done a lot of this in the past year, but i still have a long way to go (mostly clothes, which is the hardest part).
charming wall, $20
by caroline duke on Tuesday, April 29, 2008
i know it's no fair but i'm stretching the submission deadline to friday.
for those of you who have already sent me a note, thank you! i'm enjoying (laughing at your expense) the stories you're sending in.
SO visit the original post and enter via e-mail. i won't publicize your story if you don't want me to!
bristols6, $15 (two pair plus a pair of minis)
by caroline duke on Monday, April 28, 2008
congratulations, lml of tipsy in madras!
you're the winner of 'eco dog!' i hope you and your golden love it!
please e-mail me, and i'll get it on its way to you!
thanks to rest of you who entered, too! i'm sure there will be more random giveaways to come.
eternally grateful for ez's muse for inspiring me on my most uninspiring of days.
i've gotten into such a makeup rut these days. not that it's a bad thing: i can do my makeup in under 3 minutes on a good eyelash day. but my routine is boring the pants off of me. thank god summer's approaching and that calls for a little more color.
i'd love to make the above look a regular, day-off thing without ending up looking like an eighth grader. do you think that's possible? any products you'd recommend?
for now, i like the looks of mac shadestick, but i'd love to try something even brighter (i think?). that yellow is pretty delicious but would look awful on me.
mac cosmetics, $16
p.s. i think these shu uemura drawing pencils might be what's used here.
A walk in any urban park can take you to some interesting places... and this series of planters will bring you to each and every one of them. Inspired by the idea of the Bonsai, miniature park scenes unfold beneath the shade of your ordinary houseplants. Each one portrays its own unique slice of life so that, collectively, a virtual microcosm of an entire park can be arranged. But beware, just like in reality, some of these encounters with everyday life can be a bit unexpected... and not all of them are suitable for children!
by caroline duke on Thursday, April 24, 2008
taking a blogging holiday today.
it's going to be another stormy wednesday and i'm off work the next three days.
enter the giveaway contests below, and enjoy the day!
[that pretty rainbow above peeked its way out of a springy storm a few weeks ago while i was at work.]
by caroline duke on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
e-mail me leave a comment by 5 p.m. cst friday, and i'll randomly choose a lucky reader to receive this book.
from diet and recipes (meatloaf!) to green cleaning solutions, 'eco dog' will show you how easy it can be to live a greener (and cleaner and healthier) life with your pet.
and, if you just can't wait to get your hands on it ... try amazon.
p.s. see more green reads here! and check out their green giveaway, too!
by caroline duke on Tuesday, April 22, 2008
hey, girls. remember that one time in 10th grade when you were really cold and walked into coach davis' biology, and all the boys noticed how uneven your nipples were (and you've been a little paranoid ever since)?
you could have used nippies then.
hey, tara and janet. remember that one time you thought you wore a functioning outfit but then your entire boob plopped out?
you could have used nippies then.
the team at bristols6 sent over a set of superstars for me to tryout, and they are so fantastic and fun!
so old hollywood glamour, so dita von teese.
i'd love to complete the look with a satin top hat, some frilly panties and a wand, and then frolic about.
BUT enough about me.
what about you – has there been a time when life would have been much easier (or less mortifying) if you had armed yourself with a pair of nippies?
shoot me an e-mail and let me know how these could have come in handy for you in the past.
i'll randomly choose three lucky ladies (or, shall i say, six?) and they will receive a set of nippies, courtesy of bristols6.
feel free to leave your story in the comments as well, but don't forget to e-mail me. that's how i'll draw the names. three of them. next monday, the 28th. enter by 5 p.m. cst.
now, get to thinking! and good luck!
bristols6, $15 (for two pair)
by caroline duke on Tuesday, April 22, 2008
it really doesn't get any better than these cheap sandals and flip flops from old navy. and never more than $20. jennifer, i'm talking to you!
i bought the bottom black pair and wear them lots, though they aren't the best-looking on my white feet.
next up is the yellow pair in the middle, then many a pair of those printed flip flops (love those prints).
hurrah for 80 degree weather!
old navy, $5-$14.50
first, send me some links to pretty flickr accounts. i have the worst time finding lovely photos. please? some of you bloggers come up with the most inspiring things and i quite often come up with photos of rocks. not even the pretty kind.
second, is there anyone out there planning to attend the stationery show next month? if you are and aren't already blogging (i know, good luck to me) and would be interested in keeping us up to date on pretty finds, please let me know! i won't pay you, but i'll look upon you kindly.
thanks so much to the ladies at coveiter. i am the lucky winner of a rakku shoe pod.
if you know me or have ever been to my house, you know that shoe storage is something i constantly struggle with. i've started just leaving shoes at the boyfriend's to lessen the problem at my place.
this contest has inspired me to tackle the challenge right away and make some room for my new toy! i'll post pictures when it comes!
thanks again, lindsey and julie!
rakku designs, $32
i first saw this type of wall covering in anthropologie a couple years back and fell in love. can't wait to actually own a wall to do it to, though this site suggests using double-sided tape if you're a renter.
via apartment therapy.
p.s. i also like the idea of bible-thin book paper. and at's suggestion of using chinese newspapers with red inks.
design by rescue.
i am supposed to be in a strict no spending routine, but i'm having a hard time getting the hang of it.
so, this weekend, i bought this bag. and some sangria. and cheap gap goods. definitely not a big baller's weekend, but i wasn't supposed to spend a cent.
what didn't i spend money on? a handful of credit cards, my electric bill, student loans, groceries.
i am trying to follow how the budget fashionista got out of debt, but not buying things is so depressing. so depressing, you're really forced to buy things.
do you have any suggestions for living financially responsible?
old navy, $12.50
a warning: i'll try my best to not get all preachy on you, but i can't make promises. oh, also, this gets pretty long.
last weekend i found a sweet little border collie mix just running out into traffic, and i thought oh how sad.
so home she came with me. she got along famously with luke (i know, i know, stray dogs shouldn't play with my dogs... i know that now*), and we took pictures and made signs. she was very sweet and well behaved and obviously belonged to someone.
we hung up the signs in the area she was found, and she stayed the night in the boyfriend's yard. i called animal control to have her picked up the next morning because, naively, i thought she could at least stay there until her owners called. the animal control man told me she'd be adopted in a hurry.
but i called that monday to check up on her. i told them i wanted to make sure she wouldn't be put down, and they said they couldn't guarantee that. i told them she was healthy, well behaved and very sweet. but they told me they already have plenty of healthy, well behaved and sweet dogs, and not enough room to keep them. i asked what would be the earliest she would be euthanized. thursday, they told me.
so wednesday i went down to the shelter (most depressing place ever) to id her and file adoption papers. i was so relieved when i finally found her in the back row of the third room i checked, and she was relieved to see me, as well. it would be a week before i could come back for her, so that she could be spayed. sounded great. and, i had even found her a nice home already.
but the next day i got a call saying she couldn't be adopted because she was diagnosed with parvo and would have to be euthanized. and she was, on saturday.
that's really the end of the story. but the moral of this story is please, PLEASE get your pet spayed or neutered and keep them up to date on vaccinations. an animal shelter is no place for any living thing to be, especially in the last days of their lives.
the oklahoma city animal shelter is working toward being a no-kill shelter by 2010. they're a long way from that. last year, 28,000 animals went to the shelter, and 19,000 didn't come out. it's an awful, awful place filled with lovely dogs that would make lovely pets.
if you've never been to a city animal shelter, it really is like the david duchovny pedigree commercials. only hundreds of times more painful.
the photos above are by traer scott and are from his book, 'shelter dogs.' (not only does he shoot wonderful photos of dogs, his editorial work is pretty outstanding, as well. you can even buy prints.)
aspca online store, $19.95
*luckily, both my luke and the boyfriend's margo were up to date on their parvo vaccinations.
check out these new totes from whimsy press. obviously, they're for earth day, but i love anything that celebrates green (you know, the color, not the movement).
Our eco-friendly tote bags are made from 80% recycled cotton and 20% old soda bottles. So whether you're bringing home groceries or packing up for the beach, you can feel as good as you look. Each bag measures 18"L x 14"H x 5"W and is printed on both sides.
whimsy press, $30
p.s. i love this blue bird print from their 'green with envy' gift wrap line.