Friday, January 29, 2010
We carry this sueded ruffle ribbon in several colors - chocolate, lime, and more - for a girlish touch. Ramona is a terrific wallet substitute with two interior credit card pockets, and the exterior zipper pocket above. $46.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Designers and accessory mavens have taken to this trend by storm, seizing any opportunity to make a basic part of their clothing into a stand-out feature. Zippers have been the most heavily used, a marriage of the hardware-heavy and biker-chic trends of 2009.
More avant garde desingers have taken zippers to the extreme:
Others have truly taken into account the emphasis of functionality. Artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz using over 120 zippers to create this dress of endless possibility:
And just because it's functional doesn't mean it has to be black. Laura Bee carries nearly 25 different colors of zippers in stock at all times. While we usually focus on the function of the zipper, matching it to blend with the color of the bag, some customers have chosen to make the zipper on their custom items a stand-out in its own right.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I'm moved and amazed that this little flower project has taken off so quickly. I first posted the flowers on my website last Friday night, and thought that selling 200 might be a stretch. I thought it was important to have a goal to reach for, and $2000 raised for Mercy Corps seemed like a lofty one.
Now just a few days into the month-long project, we're well over 150 flowers sold and counting. We've sold the majority of flowers online, but the store has been bustling too with Seattle locals stopping in to select flowers in person.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has publicized and purchased! The heartbreak in Haiti continues and it remains clear that every dollar donated is desperately needed.
Here's a terrific blog entry on one Mercy Corps Haiti programs called Comfort for Children. Did you know that approximately half of Haiti's population is under 18 years old?
Saturday, January 16, 2010
She's a gathered bag with a strap that can be worn on your shoulder or across your body. The debut version above features a thick gray and black floral pattern with metallic steel faux leather.
I can picture future versions with soft corduroys or casual plaids. What would you choose?
Friday, January 15, 2010
I shot off an email to the wonderful folks at Mercy Corps, a Portland relief non-profit. Can we partner up on this little project Yes, they wrote back, go for it.
So here we go! We are now offering these handmade Dahlias on our website for $12 each. We'll donate $10 for each flower sold to Mercy Corps' efforts in Haiti. We'll use the $2 left to ship the flowers to any US address, and to cover the credit card fees we incur.
I hoping you folks can help us reach our lofty goal of 200 flowers sold, made, and shipped by February 14th. That would be $2000 raised!
PS - I'm making a big batch at home that I'll have in our Ballard store on Sunday. Otherwise, order online right away.
Following the bustling holiday season, I spend some time working on new designs. Somehow the gloomy weather fuels my creative impulses as I play with materials.
Here is the first new bag of 2010. Introducing Julia, sporting our newest premium faux leather in Steel.
More info to follow soon!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
When you think of the word 'nautical', what comes to mind? Tacky gold? Shoulder-padded thigh-length navy blue blazers? Well, at the risk of striking fear into the hearts of all those who lived through the eighties: Nautical is back. Thankfully this time, the stripes don't have to be horizontal, the gold is sprinkled rather than saturated, and the blazers are decidedly more chic.
When designers start releasing their resort wear in the gloom of January it's difficult to see the point of purchasing something you have to keep in a closet for months before wearing. Nautical wear easily transitions from winter to spring/summer. This allows more bang for your buck, and often includes staples you can use year round. This cardigan, for instance:
Or these shoes and belt:
Here at Laura Bee Designs, there are several ways to pay a little tribute to the sea. Include a nautical button on a handbag or clutch, add a striped ribbon to a wallet, or pick up a lucky sparrow necklace or schooner money clip to accent your look.
Classic Hardware Sparrow Necklace - $37, vintage wooden button.
And not to leave anyone out, even Fido and Fluffy are able to get in on this look:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Encrusted with rich details, they look gorgeous with this season's chunky sweaters. $26 pair, available in our store. Or email us to order: info (at) laurabeedesigns.com
We sell so many lovely lockets on our website and in our store, I thought I'd make a video overview so that you can get a better idea of their sizes and features.
I got a new video camera for Christmas that is much better at capturing small details, but I'm still getting used to it so forgive the fumbling.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Then I set about gathering products from the store that coordinated with the look. Sometimes displays just come together. The striped coin purse above looks adorable next to the International Arrivals notebook.
More stripes and texture keep the look light and winter white.
How about a bushy tailed squirrel on a green background?
Monday, January 11, 2010
Shades of gray can be less severe than black, but still just as neutral. Here is a coordinating Madeline Mega Wallet, which is bright orange on the inside.
If orange isn't your bag, then try gray with red, yellow, or turquoise.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Saturday, January 02, 2010
While you might have your frequently called phone numbers programmed into your fancy cell phone, you still might enjoy having this cute organizer on your desk.
Rather petite in footprint, and designed to fit standard business cards neatly, the organizer gives you place to store the paper versions of your contacts. $16 each. Available in our store.