Into the Woods // 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

November 29, 2013

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I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Just in time for Black Friday, I have put together this super fun gift guide post with my top picks for gifts this season. These are all amazing options for either a friend/family member, or even yourself! I hope this will be able to help you get some Christmas shopping off your list, while having fun in the process <3

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This nickel and lead free acorn necklace from the vintage acorn is too cute for words! It comes in two colors, bronze or silver. You can choose your desired chain length and the packaging can be customized with a personal message. Each necklace comes wrapped in an organza bag. There are a bunch of other adorable necklaces in the shop, so be sure and look through all of them before you make your choice! Recieve 20% any order from The Vintage Acorn with promo code "WOODSBLOG20"

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What does the fox say? I vote adorable! These beautiful fox print mittens are 100% British spun lambswool, so they'll keep you cozy on those cold winter nights! Each pair is handmade in sizes small/medium or medium/large. Receive 10% off any order from Article Apparel with promo code "FOXY2013"


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No gift is complete without a gift tag! These sweet little tags make the perfect accessory for a present, or as a place marker at your next holiday party! These lovelies come in a choice of blue, brown, pink or gray. Tags are 3" tall and come in a set of 12. Take 10% off your order from Jess Made This with promo code "THANKS13"

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These darling adventure-themed prints will make you want to go outdoors! Each gorgeous design is printed on a single weight matboard with a linen finish to keep away those pesky fingerprints! Designs are hand lettered and ready to be framed, or to be hung just as they are! Prints come in sizes, 
5x5 $14.80
8x8 $18.50
10x10 $28.50
Receive 10% off your purchase from Whimsy & Wanderlust with promo code "WHIMSICALHOLIDAY"
Pictured are the Adventure Awaits, Go Explore and Prone to Wander prints.

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No day in the snow is complete without a darling winter hat! This stunning knit beanie from QUIBcollection comes in 35 striking colors. Take a scroll through the shop pages because there are also some breathtaking art prints and other super cute knit goods. Everything in the shop has been reduced by $2-$5, so be sure and snap up what you love!

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Wanting to change up those plain old pumps, but don't want to commit? These lovely bow clips are the perfect accessory for your shoe closet. Each bow is backed with a special clip just for your shoe that is super easy to put on and take off, while leaving no damage! These sweethearts come in black, mint, red polka dot, purple and black/white plaid. Get 10% off your order with Michy Lou by using promo code " WOODS10"

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$11.95
Host a Christmas party with these babies, and they'll be the talk of the evening! These crazy cute Christmas tree shaped sugar cubes come in white and green. Trees are dusted with silver, edible glitter stars that shoot to the top of your drink when you put them in! Each package holds 3 dozen.

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A few years back I was at the LA county fair when I found the booth for this amazing mineral makeup. What drew me in was the amount of uses there were for the eye shadows alone! Add it to clear lip gloss, nail polish, use it as an eye liner, use it as a blush, the possibilities are endless! Best of all the colors are insanely gorgeous. You can see the vividness of the colors better here. Bronzers are $10, foundations $25, eye shadows $25 for a set of 5. Receive free shipping on $50 purchase! Like on FB for product updates and info.

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$8
These one of a kind colors will pack a punch! With 17 shades to choose from, your bound to fall in love! Pictured are Mercy (an orange red) and I am Yours ( a forest green). Polishes come in beautiful bow and crystal embellished bottles. Colors are highly pigmented, last long and are optionally scented.

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$18.00
Dress up your favorite pair of boots while staying warm! The hand crochet boot cuffs are the perfect cold-weather accessory. Cuffs come in several lovely colors that can be seen on the home page. Available in sizes, small, medium and large. These make fantastic stocking stuffers!

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$9.75+
My oh my, could these be any cuter? These print tights from Designed Stockings are such a darling and unique accent to any outfit. You can choose which leg the print is placed, and now with a bunch of new colors and designs in the shop, the possibilities are endless. Plus, if you don't see the design you are looking for, Designed Stockings will work with you to customize the perfect pair! Convo shop owner Reke and let her know that you were referred from Into the Woods for 20% off your order!

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$2-8 for individual rolls
If you haven't joined the Washi Tape wave yet, it's coming your way! This Japanese paper tape is the ultimate DIY material, there are so many projects it is useful for! These particular tapes are fantastic quality and feature adorable prints! If you decide to pick some up ( again, awesome stocking stuffer ;) you can receive 10% off your order with promo code, " INDIE10"

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$45+
This gorgeous pillow cover is a must have for all you mountaineers! Made from sturdy, brush polyester, this will add the perfect touch to your space. It makes a lovely match for the wall prints mentioned earlier! Each 18"x18" cover comes with the option for text on black $45, or text on the printed image shown above, $55. Do look through all of the available pillow covers before making your choice, they are all super unique and adorable! Get 10% Off your order with promo code "INTOTHEWOODS"

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$10.10
This hair bow is the cutest! Elastic back makes it adjustable to all head sizes! Made from a faux suede, this cutie comes in black, orange, cobalt blue and light grey. This is a great one to treat yourself to as well! Hair bow comes in adorable cutout paper packaging with twine. Receive 15% off with code "INTOTHEWOODS" 

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$34+
This cowl is the cutest! Whether you're 1 or 100, this is an adorable and one of a kind statement piece that's sure to get conversations going! Made from thick, warm charcoal colored yarn. The shop is currently closed due to an overwhelming amount of orders, but will be returning mid December. The cowl comes in all of the sizes listed below
6-9 month $34
12-18month $39
2-4T $44
5-8years $49
Teen/adult $54


I hope you all enjoyed this and were able to get some awesome gift ideas!!
xoxo Alex

When the Clock Strikes Twelve

November 26, 2013

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I'm so excited to be sharing this shoot with you today! It's one I've been planning for a couple of months now, and I've had so much fun putting it together! Up until last Saturday, I was still trying to decide on the best place to photograph, when my mom suggested the local train museum. It's one of the oldest buildings in my town. It used to be a real working train station, and today it still remains, serving as an under-visited museum. Which, in some ways is fairly nice, since we didn't have to worry about a bunch of people in the background of the pictures. However... there was one docent, probably in his 80's or so who took a special interest in what we were doing. He watched us the whole time- haha! We figured it was probably the most interesting thing he'd seen all day :-) Worst of all, after the shoot we stopped by the store, and as I was getting into the car a long, gray haired guy shouted, " What are you, Snow White?" 

This dress- gah- this dress, I am in major love with it, no joke. It's a true 1950s treasure. I've been obsessing over "new look" lately, and let me tell you, the fullness of the skirt is incredible- it would be a shame to wear this lovely without a crinoline. The collar is remarkable as well- the dress truly is worthy of a ball ;) I found it at this amazing Etsy shop called, Storied Vintage. This shop is one of a kind. I had the rare and exciting opportunity to talk to shop owner, Lorraine over a phone call. I was left inspired by her vintage story, and I want to share it with you! 

It all started when Lorraine's mother gave she and her sisters her vintage dresses to use as play clothes. The girls would write plays and use the gowns as costumes. Thus a passion was born. From then on, she collected vintage treasures, and from a love for things of the past, came Storied Vintage. It's amazing, when I spoke with her I felt like I was talking to a kindred spirit! Her respect for vintage is incredible, and you know, anything you purchase from the shop has been well cared for and loved.

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Two things to notice here. First off, this elegant little belt is from Netaly Shany. It worked out to be the perfect match with this outfit, I love it! Also, if you pick up anything from Netaly's shop for the Holidays, you'll receive free shipping and a bobby pin gift!

Secondly, these sweet little lace gloves come from Einav Fadida. I've never worn gloves like these before, but I knew they would add the finishing touch. The detail on them is so pretty, and the pearl accents are perfection!

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Every Cinderella needs a glass slipper, right? Well, I'm a rebel, I went for lace instead ;) These gorgeous, custom lace wedding shoes were sent to me courtesy of Becca & Louise. There are so many amazing details to mention, so let's get started! This particular pair was inspired by Princess Kate's wedding shoes. They are made with stunningly detailed chantilly lace, and accented by a pearl and crystal studded applique. The heel and toe are in a soft satin, and the shoe can be customized to over 100 different colors. Plus, they come in all sizes from 5-12, including half sizes. With that said, ( do I dare admit this)? For those of us with size 10+
( I'm a 101/2- the lovely gifts that are bestowed to us with height- haha) these are an amazing find! And you know what I'm talking about- even Payless only has a limited two column selection for 10+, and you won't find shoes like these. So, if you are going to tie the knot, or attend a formal event any time soon, definitely check out this site.

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Out of all the faux mink capes available online, this one stood out to me as the most well suited for the shoot. What I love about it, is the classic fit- it reminds me so much of a real mink wrap my grandmother had back when (that is, before my aunt's dog got to it- haha). You can wear it plain like I did, or style it with a vintage brooch, as was done in the product listing. It's surprisingly very warm as well, so it's a really cute way to do up a look for a winter event. It has a snap closure at the collar, and one for each arm so that you don't have to worry about holding it down. You can find your own at Tion Design.

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This is the most amazing crinoline skirt E.V.E.R. end of story. This beauty from Swank Underpinnings is pure, full, chiffon amazingness. It comes 29 different colors, so it's easy to find the best match for your dress. Each one is made to order for you specific measurements and desired length. The best part is, if you want one less full, there are a ton of different designs to choose from. Be sure and stop by to have a look- I'm not kidding, it's an amazing piece to have, especially for you retro loving gals.

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Holy guacamole, that was a lot of outfit details- thank you for bearing with my ramblings! I post too many pictures and I talk to much- I see a reformation in my future ;) Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Dress: c/o Storied Vintage
Stole: c/o Tion Design
Shoes: c/o Becca & Louise
Gloves: Einav Fadida
False Lashes: Luxie Lash
Pearls: gift
Headband: handmade

Converse Does 1950s

November 20, 2013

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After my lighting incident last week, I realized it's time to start shooting in the mornings. However, especially when you are out in a field like this, the sun can be your worst enemy. Thankfully this go around, the sky was pretty overcast, so I'm grateful :)

I had the opportunity to guest post over at the Boyer Family Singers blog this week, so be sure and stop by to check it out! Charlotte, Brigid and Jessica write a beautiful vintage, fashion and lifestyle blog, so be sure and give them a follow! 


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This pretty little 50's number was sent to me from Fancy Lucky Vintage. I love it to pieces! I've worn it to every social event that I could, including a dance, which was too much fun because of the full skirt. One thing I find particularly special about it, is the buttons up the back. It is my only 50s dress that doesn't have a zipper. I'll be honest, I just manage to squeeze into it, due to it's small nature- it's amazing how tiny women were just 60 years ago! I discovered Fancy Lucky back in September and have been hooked ever since! The clothes are beautiful, and of course it helps that the photos are lovely as well. Everything looks so sharp partnered with that vintage wood background. 

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Oh, and... take a good look, this will probably be one of the only times you catch me wearing Converse style tennis shoes- haha. Alright, I admit, I'm not a die hard converse fan- I go with Air Walks- cheaper and just as good for me!

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Bandanna: garage sale
Cardigan: old
Shoes: Payless
Belt: Forever21

Lone Mountain

November 13, 2013

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Good morning, Lovelies! I'm a little slow in posting today, but hey, better late than never, right? I'm discovering quickly that picture taking is more difficult with the new time change, due to the fact that I have to shoot after 4:00 with my schedule. This time was a quick shoot- we were literally running to catch the sun before it shot down behind the mountains- haha. 

This cute little tunic dress is different from my usual ensembles, but sometimes I like to try and mix things up a bit style wise. It's from Rikke of College Vintage. College Vintage is great if you like vintage style with a modern, boho feel. They carry a bunch of super cute sweaters, dresses, and some adorable leggings. Especially with the colder months approaching, it's a great one to check out. Plus the prices are super affordable!

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Let's talk accessories. This adorable mountain necklace was sent to me from Hello Happy Lunch. It's handcrafted from Polymer clay, and hand painted in pale pink. It's sweet winter accessory, and since it comes in super cute packaging, it would make for an excellent Christmas gift!

The bow I am wearing is from The Bow Hive. First of all, how cute is that name? The Bow Hive is actually a local business here, but you can purchase their designs on Etsy. You can also visit the Facebook page here for sale information and product updates. The Bow Hive makes adorable handmade hair bows for adults or little ones. They are great quality, and would also serve as fantastic gifts, for someone special, or yourself ;) Plus the prints and patterns are gorgeous- it's hard not to fall in love!

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Dress: c/o College Vintage
Necklace: c/o Hello Happy Lunch
Leggings: fashion district
Boots: Target
Ring: gift

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