let’s play dress up, a summer ecourse with jeanne oliver

morning friends!

i’m super excited to share with you the launch of jeanne oliver’s summer ecourse series, The Creatively Made Home Summer Series. this series will consist of  several short courses you will be able to view ( from the comfort of your favorite comfy chair or your screened in back porch while sipping lemonade) throughout the summer. each course is only $10!  this is going to be a fabulous series including:

*Take your photography to the next level

*Learn beauty and fashion tips that will help you dress for your age and body type

*Decorate your home for summer and create your own DYI projects

*Learn how to make jewelry and incorporate vintage treasures into those pieces

*The basics of beekeeping

jeanne has designed a network that serves a creative community that has been designed to inspire, encourage and connect you with other artists. this network is free to join. once you are a member you can connect with other members, chat, join in the forums, join free art courses and even purchase classes. this network is amazing. she’s put together courses on home decorating, launching your own small business and art.  her famous “journey to letting go, creating beauty from ashes” art course is high on my list to take this summer once life settles down.


jeanne invited me to create a series on summer fashion and i’m so excited, flattered, & honestly a little nervous. i’m NOT a cute 22 year old fashion blogger. i don’t even watch Project Runway. what i am is a regular woman with an average budget who loves all things related to fashion & style. we’ll chat about “must have’s” for your wardrobe, how to look effortless & classic, and throw in a few summer beauty tips along the way. we’ll also cover all ages! my portion of the series will launch june 24th.

yesterday i invited a few of my girlfriends over for a little photoshoot & video making afternoon. we had so much fun trying on jewelry, encouraging each other to take a step out of our fashion comfort zone & playing dress up. i can’t wait to share with you! c’mon over , i’d love for you to join me too!  

for all of jeanne’s courses, click here

for the summer series list, click here

to join my fashion ecourse, click here

May 21, 2013 - 7:42 am

tara - you just made my summer.
sign me up.
I’ve always loved fashion…but turning 40 this summer has stumped me a little.
my friends roll their eyes at me bc they say I just need to keep doing what I’m doing, but this has been a legitimate thought process I’ve had for a few months.

questions have come up in me like…
Can I still wear shorts?
At what point does it look like I’m trying too hard?
Are there rules?
Should I care?

very much looking forward to anything you have to say about all this.

May 21, 2013 - 8:28 am

Kerri - good morning paige! I totally agree with tara and have the same concerns! I turned 40 last year and I feel like there are rules I should be following for fashion as far as my age is concerned. I love wearing skirts in the summer, but having two little ones sometimes requires wearing shorts. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

May 21, 2013 - 12:19 pm

jodi - YAY! I am there; just signed up and can’t wait. I am in a fashion slump and really need a boost. I am also like Tara, above, I am 42 and not sure what is appropriate for me, but yet I don’t want to look fuddy duddy or like i am trying to be 16!

So glad you are doing this Paige…:)

Take care!

May 21, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Barbara - This sounds great, will you have a variety of sizes as well I’m in the double digits 😉

May 21, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Peggy - I am taking this “class”!! woo hoo!! yippee!! cause you are just the cutest thing around! I had to laugh because at 48 I am a train wreck! I never have been what you would call a fashion maven any way. Okay so I might not be a train wreck but I really do need help… especially when it comes to accessories! Lets just say I am the product of a house filled with testosterone! yes 3 teenage boys and my dear sweet hubby! (its kinda nice because most folks don’t realize i’m so close to 50…. so how does a late 40’s who is still young at heart dress that is modest, not fru fru, frumpy or hoochie?) Oh yes and isn’t a size 8 (or even a 12)

May 21, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Cathy Walters - Hi Paige! I just wanted to “introduce” myself. 🙂 I’m teaching the Art of Seeing in a few weeks (ack!) and just wanted to say hey. I’m so excited to take your course…I am IN LOVE with your bracelet style. I keep looking at them. love love love!

May 21, 2013 - 10:10 pm

peach - i love that you’re barefoot in this picture!!

May 22, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Alisa - Hey Paige! Heather Lenhardt is a friend of mine from high school/church. So fun to see her in your photos!

cute summer necklaces

well ya’ll snatched up those samples in a flash! thank you….it helps me keep a nice inventory selection for my shows. honestly i’ d keep it all….

i wanted to show ya’ll a few of my recent faves. the necklace on the left is the bethe rope. i’ve mentioned it before. you can double it or triple it up. great worn alone & great layering piece too. made in ethiopia from melted down artillery. love that! i’m pretty sure it’s still in our top 3 sellers.

on the right is one of my new fave pieces, the dangling shells necklace. featured recently in Lucky magazine… i think it’ll look great with your basic tshirt or even paired with a button down oxford shirt. mix a little fun with a little classic. super cute.

i was playing around with one of our big sellers this spring, the la jolla, a fun colorful pop of color on its own, but look how fun it is paired with the minted and the zoe.

while each of these pieces are great stand-alone, they really come to life all added together. i love layering my jewelry, but i usually only add/layer one thing at a time. for example, if i were wearing two or three of these necklaces together, i might pass on bracelets and wear only smaller earrings. or if i stack a wrist full of beaded or leather braclets i won’t also pair a big necklace simultaneously. i love big & bold jewelry but not all of it all at once.

also shown here is the super duper cute esperanza’s makeup bag. this makes the cutest birthday gift for all ages, graduation gift ( add a little starbucks giftcard inside) and a fun teachers gift too. these are made by our exclusive to noonday sewing group that was formed last year in rwanda. our Noonday customers put a group of women through sewing school in Rwanda and this is part of their first collection. thanks to their new skills and work opportunity, these women are able to create a more stabilized income for themselves and their families. win. win.

i also ordered the layered leaves necklace. fun statement piece!

ok friends, that’s all for today~ hope ya’ll have a great weekend!!

May 19, 2013 - 2:59 pm

tara - love all this layering…..
beautiful pieces!!!

Hope y’all are having a great weekend together….

May 20, 2013 - 11:38 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Would buy them ALL if I could girl. I need to try layering like this more. So cute.