Best of The Avett Brothers Playlist

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Ben and I went to The Avett Brothers concert this Saturday at the Verizon Amphitheater. They’re definitely in my top 5 fave bands and we like to think going to their concerts is one of our “things.” In honor of their new album “True Sadness” coming out June 24th… I made a “best of” playlist (which is really just a “my favorites” playlist). If you haven’t heard their new song Ain’t No Man – it’s a keeper. Enjoy!

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Summer Collection of Herschel Supply Co at Personify Shop

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  1. Black Leather Charlie Wallet // $30
  2. Cobalt Blue Leather Charlie Wallet // $30
  3. Tan Leather Charlie Wallet // $30
  4. Cobalt Blue Leather Oxford Wallet // $40
  5. Nectarine Packable Daypack // $30
  6. Chambray Blue Packable Daypack // $30
  7. Nectarine Dawson Backpack // $65
  8. Navy Blue City Backpack // $55
  9. Black City Backpack // $55

I love this collection of Herschel bags and accessories for the summer. The pink, blue, tan, and black is the perfect intersection of colorful and cool. I think many of the pieces are unisex and can be used all year.

My favorite style is the packable daypacks. I’m always looking for ways to fit more stuff when I’m traveling… especially on those cheeeeeap Spirit flights (ya feel me? ).

 

Creative Friends: Abbitt Collective

Yay! Our second installation of creative friends!

I’m super excited about this one. I met Stephanie of Abbitt Collective at Gather Workshop in Atlanta last fall. She had not started her product & brand styling, photography, and lettering business at the time but it’s now in full swing and BEAUTIFUL! Seriously, go to her website and check out all the lovely projects she’s working on. Follow her gorgeous instagram feed too!

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She styled and shot these photos of some of our brand swag (designed partly by the amazing Mallory Overton of Castle Paper Co).

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Read my interview with her below (I love her advice on fear) and stay tuned for some guest contributions by Stephanie on our blog!

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1. How did you get started with what you do?

Ever since I was little, I wanted to create. I loved looking at things to try to draw them or recreate them. So the desire was always there, but the focus and direction wasn’t! Two years ago, I graduated college and started my career as an elementary teacher. I devoted hours upon hours to teaching and quickly realized I wanted/needed an outlet outside of teaching. Also being a newlywed, I wanted to take “adulting” on by storm, so naturally I needed to be an amazing cook and home decorator! I started a blog as a place for me to be just that! I found out I loved creating pieces for our home while trying new recipes and figuring out what our go-to foods were going to be! I literally couldn’t get enough of it. (I still can’t!)

Abbitt Collective at Personify Shop

2. How would you describe your aesthetic?

My aesthetic is bold, fresh, genuine and warm with a kick of edge to it! I love creating and styling in a way that reflects people’s missions, values and heart- honesty. There’s something so beautiful about rawness!

Macarons styled and photgraphed by Abbitt Collective

3. What’s your favorite thing about your work?

I love the people behind it. I love hearing about people’s stories and why they are doing what they are doing. I love to see the passion in their eyes/words as they walk me through their passions. It’s crazy inspiring to me to hear the determination and strength that they show through what they do!

food styling by abbitt collective

4. What’s your least favorite?

All the legal stuff + taxes. I am just not that person at all, so even when I prep myself to sit down and try to understand it.. I’m left feeling like a rhino just plowed through me.

5. Business advice?

Don’t let fear get in the way. Your fear of failure needs to be less than your fear of not doing something that sets your soul on fire. If you love something, just go out and do it- you can figure it out along the way. It takes time and be okay with that!

6. What’s your favorite thing at Personify Shop?

Oh my, the new catch all dishes along with the tea towels. I LOVE a good patterned towel and dish for decorating and styling. They are on my to get list and I get so giddy when I look at them!

7. My favorite party question:

If you could hang out with any three people this Friday night, who would you pick? In this moment… James Cordon, Adele and Melissa McCarthy in a carpool karaoke. I’m straight obsessed.

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8. How do you know the ladies at Personify Shop?

I met Maddie in November ‘15 at Gather Workshop! I remember the moment I met her I thought she was the coolest and wanted to be her friend. I was amazed at the way she knew and owned her style in a refreshing and real way.  She is so fun, spunky and on it. She’s one rockin’ lady and I am honored to know her and cheer her on!

Mother’s Day Gifts

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  1. Everyone needs a reusable Baggu to stash in their purse for extra carrying power… especially moms!
  2. for the Boho moms out there… this southwest navo necklace (handmade in atl) will make a statement.
  3. Barr-co hand cream is one of our top sellers. Help mom feel pampered with this luxurious hand cream.
  4. Sweet turtle card.
  5. You can never have too many tea towels.
  6. The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney is full of eye candy your mom will love.
  7. What more do you need to say to your mom than “Thank You“?
  8. Splurge on your mom with this cowhide envelope clutch.

 

Artist Series: Keep Company Ceramics (collaboration by Shayna Stevenson and Jen Collins)

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Keep Company ceramics is a collaboration between Toronto artists Shayna Stevenson and Jen Collins. Shayna wheel throws the ceramic pieces and Jen illustrates and glazes them. I fell in love with the contrast of the clean lines and the adorable illustrated animals. See them under our new arrivals.

Keep Company Ceramics Fox Mug at Personify Shop

  1. How did you get started with what you do?
    We were each working on our individual lines when Shayna suggested working on a little collaboration, where she would throw some pieces that Jen would draw on. It started out as something fun to do, and the response was very positive, so we decided to make a go of it.
  2. How would you describe your aesthetic?
    We combine our appreciation of clean simple design with objects that feel good in your hands. We aim to create pieces that you can display in your home that will comfortably sit alongside things you already have, but still stand out as something a little different.keep company ceramics oranges
  3. What’s your favorite thing about your business?
    Working with a friend and having someone to share successes and frustrations with. It’s also nice to have someone who can help complete an idea one of us has. Shayna can ask Jen to draw an animal and she’ll try it out, and Jen can suggest a shape that might look good for a design and Shayna will make it on the wheel.keep-co
  4. What’s your least favorite?
    The looks we get at the post office.Keep Company Ceramics Blue Jay Mug at Personify Shop
  5. Business advice?
    Recognize that you’re part of a community – connect with makers, customers and stores. Also, be measured and realistic about your expectations and spending – keep overheads low where you can.keep-co-personify-shop
  6. What’s your favorite thing at Personify Shop?
    Jen: The illustrator in me always appreciates a good greetings card selection, and there are some favourites by friends of mine at Personify Shop.
    Shayna: The Kalalou Glass Display boxes. I’m always looking for something new to put plants in.Keep Company Ceramics Mugs at Personify Shop
  7. My favorite party question: If you could hang out with any three people this Friday night, who would you pick?
    Carson Ellis, PJ Harvey and Kate McKinnon. LADIES NIGHT. [Check out this adorable book we have by Carson Ellis].

Spring Clothes

Our new clothes arrived last week and were very popular in store this weekend. They have a freestyle, weekend relaxation feel. I actually tried them all on and want one of each! To add to the fun, we are offering free shipping on ALL clothes through Thursday (4/14/16): use code SHOPCLOTHES to get free shipping anywhere in the continental United States.

See all the new styles below:

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riviera-tunic-personify-31. Riviera Tunic Top // $34

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lace-blouse-personify-12. Delicate Woven Blouse with Lace // $42

Blush Darling Slouch Dress

blush-peasant-dress-personify-33. Blush Darling Slouch Dress // $42

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elsie-sleeveless-top-personify-24. Elsie Sleeveless Lace Top // $28

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embroidered-babydoll-personify-45. Embroidered Lightweight Babydoll Top // $34

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slubby-boyfriend-personify-36. Navy Slubby Plaid Boyfriend Top // $36

 

Happy Spring Picks

My top happy picks for this spring at the shop

spring-personify-shop1. I think this mermaid bottle opener lady is the perfect bar accessory.
2. Boost you lunchtime routine with the popsicle pop quiz lunch box.
3. This tote does anything but blend in.
4. I’m probably going to take one of these herschel supply x hudson’s bay little america backpacks home with me. I love them so much.
5. Love the minimalist take on the classic squash blossom design in wooden beads.
6. This confetti handmade catch all ceramic dish is my favorite
7. These felt birdhouses are fully functional and adorable. Invite your bird friends over this spring.
8. Say thank you with this colorful card.
9. Spruce up your outdoor space with these gorgeous ceramic lanterns. Nothing beats soft candlelight on your porch.

 

Artist Series: Natalie Jacob of Etymology Jewelry

Etymology Jewelry at Personify Shop

Introducing Etymology Jewelry to Personify Shop has been so fun. I found Natalie Jacob through Etsy’s open call and I just couldn’t live without her line. I’m currently wearing one of her bracelets right this second. I love the colorful pieces, mixed media, and bohemian vibe of the line… It’s jewelry that’s ready to party! You can find her pieces under our New Arrivals tab. Read my interview with Natalie below.


 

How did you get started with what you do?

Etymology Jewelry started on Etsy in 2008 back when I was a first year student at the art college MICA. Making jewelry grew out of my natural disposition to create, as I was always making and forming things in an artistic way, even from a young age. Jewelry seemed to be a natural fit as I had also always been devouring fashion magazines and loved the idea of being involved in the fashion (or jewelry!) world. Now, it’s my chosen medium, allowing me to be in both the fashion world and the artistic world.
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How would you describe your aesthetic?

I always say my aesthetic is Mixed Media, or Boho. I like to say Mixed Media because it alludes to the materials I use- which are a mix of natural gemstones, vintage chains and recycled vinyl record album beads.
Herkimer Diamond Bracelet at Personify Shop

What’s your favorite thing about making jewelry?

Well it’s definitely tricky to pick one favorite! I would say the thing I enjoy the most about making jewelry is the ability to be creative with design,  materials and color in a wearable way. I also truly love that I am able to be both an artist and a designer and have a variety of people – all over the world- wear my pieces!
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What’s your least favorite thing about making jewelry?

The occasional back ache from doing all that handmade jewelry fabrication!

Scout Bracelet from Etymology Jewelry at Personify Shop

Any business advice?

You will hear one hundred no’s with your line before you get one yes. But all it takes is one yes, so keep going and be persistent!

What is your favorite thing at Personify Shop?

I’m a sucker for a great Ikat print- it’s probably my favorite sort of patterning out there. As a result I am absolutely in love with this pillow- it doesn’t hurt that all the colors also happen to match my bedding, so I may have to add it to my home sometime soon!

Personify Shop Ikat Pillows

If you could hang out with any three people this Friday night, who would you pick?

This is definitely a little cheesy- but if I could hang out with anyone it would be my grandparents. They are no longer alive, but I was very close with them as I was growing up and miss having them around. A couple of the places they loved to go are still in business, so I’m sure we’d go to a favorite restaurant of theirs and just catch up. I’d tell them about all the accomplishments I’ve had with my business- including a recent feature in an Etsy partnership with Macy’s! It would be such a joy to see them and I know we’d have a great time.

Wanderlust layering bracelet from Etymology Jewelry at Personify Shop


Thanks so much Natalie! It’s been a joy to work with you. I love your line so much and look forward to working together more in the future.

maddie

 

 

Creative Friends: Holly Von Lanken Photography

I’m starting a new blog series called Creative Friends! Now I can show you what my awesome creative friends are doing.

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First up is Holly Von Lanken. She’s a wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographer based out of Atlanta. She’s a good friend and amazing photographer. We had her come shoot the shop last fall and the pictures were insanely beautiful. Check out her interview below.

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headshot by Kaitie Bryant

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1. How did you get started with what you do?

I got my first DSLR camera right after I graduated college in 2011.  Mostly, I just took pictures for fun.  Eventually, one of my friends got engaged and suggested that I take their engagement photos.  I absolutely loved taking photos for other people because I saw how much joy it brought them.  I slowly started honing my craft and learning from others and toying with the idea of photography as a business. I learned a lot from fellow creatives and took the opportunities that came.

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2. How would you describe your aesthetic?

 My style is very clean, organic and natural.  I want to photograph life the way it is, while also being beautiful and timeless with a nod to the days of film.

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3.What’s your favorite thing about being a photographer?

My favorite thing about being a photographer is really getting to know people. When you’re with someone and their entire crazy family on their wedding day, you get to know them really well.  I like getting to share those moments with them and hopefully be a calming and joyful presence.

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4. What’s your least favorite?

taxes. yuck.

5. Business advice?

Make your business legit from the get go.  If you’re going to advertise yourself and you intend to make a profit, you need a business license.  You will look and feel more confident to potential clients, plus there’s some added liability protection.

6.What’s your favorite thing at Personify Shop?

Oh man.  So hard to choose!  I love all the Pendleton products and those P.F. Candles smell so good.

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7. My favorite party question: If you could hang out with any three people this Friday night, who would you pick?

Monica, Chandler, Ross, Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe (Ok that was 6… but you can’t split them up!)

8. How do you know the ladies at Personify Shop?

I went to UGA with Maddie where we were both involved in Campus Outreach.