Hands down, one of my favorite things about being a blogger is discovering new shops and brands that offer unique items. I love having the power to share with my readers my style finds from lesser known stores and brands.
Ever since starting my blog, Etsy has become my best friend. For those who are not familiar with Etsy, it’s a website that acts as a marketplace for people to buy and sell unique goods. On Etsy, you can discover hundreds of boutiques selling handmade and vintage items; things you can’t find at your typical mall.
Recently, I stumbled across a special boutique on Etsy, CharlotteCoutureGlam. I had the pleasure to chat with Tiffany Griffith, the owner of CharlotteCoutureGlam. Tiffany uses jewelry making as her creative outlet. Her pieces emphasize semi-precious stones, gold and sterling silver chains, elaborate beading, and real leather. Each piece is very unique and trendy. She told me she gets most of her inspiration from the beautiful scenery of northern California, where she makes her home. Her jewelry is versatile and you will find many ways to incorporate her pieces as you accessorize your favorite outfit.
After chatting with Tiffany, she was kind enough to gift me one of her favorite items from her collection. She surprised me with a beautiful elephant necklace. I was thrilled and it’s the perfect way to explain the title of this post, “Elephant Obsession”. I have obsessed with elephant jewelry or prints for some time. The symbolism of this magnificent animal can’t be understated. Elephants are said to be symbols of strength, wisdom, and power and in the Hindu culture elephants are revered and hold special importance. Every time I wear something that features an elephant, I am not just showcasing a beautiful and magnificent animal but, a creature that has mystical meaning and importance.
Back to the necklace. This mosaic elephant necklace features beautiful colors, in brass, coral, and gold. It was so easy to style this necklace. I chose to wear a flowing, army green colored shirt from Free People. To add more layers and texture, I wore a crocheted short-sleeve sweater from a local boutique, Apricot Lane. Of course, I had to wear my favorite pair of lightly distressed jeans from Madewell. Finally, you can’t go wrong with a pop of leopard, so I chose to wear my leopard slip ons from Target, which is a spring must-have.
It’s been a good week. I found a new Etsy shop, made a new friend in Tiffany, embraced the beautiful sunny weather, and also discovered my roommate’s awesome photo taking skills. Big shout out to not only my roommate, but also my best friend, Christina for capturing these photos. You are a rock star!
Tiffany wants to gift one of my readers a $50 gift certificate to her boutique, so you can choose your favorite item from her store. Leave a comment below and I will randomly pick a winner by May 12th.
Shirt: Free People (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Crochet Sweater: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: CharoletteCoutureGlam (SIMILAR) | Earrings: Francesca’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)