Sunday, August 31, 2014

5 Year Blogaversary : Thanks, Y'all!

Glitter & Bow is coming up on its 5 year anniversary in mid September, and I usually wait till that annual date to do a Blogaversary post, but I discovered something yesterday...

Every few months or so I like to add up all my subscribers across the G&B social media platforms, {Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.} to update my media kit, and was totally floored to discover I've surpassed the 10k mark! You guys are awesome and I wouldn't have the passion to do what I do without your sweet comments, enthusiasm and amazing feedback.

I've learned so much about myself through blogging since 2009. Including my ever-changing tastes, better photography skills, communication, creative writing and finding my niche of expertise on the internet! It's been an eye-opening experience and I hope to continue growing and expanding as I learn more about cultivating an effective and informative online presence.

Thank you for making Glitter & Bow part of your newsfeed! 

With Love, Rachel

Friday, August 22, 2014

FREE art quote printable

Hello dear readers! Today's freebie is an art print inspired by Jane Austen. The quote is from my favourite of Jane's novels {Northanger Abbey} and has always resonated with me even as a young girl. It suggests that taking chances and making your own way was something ladies of even Austen's era thought about. I certainly don't believe it's unladylike to chase after grand adventures... and apparently neither did Jane ^_^
I also made this post because I want to demonstrate how amazingly easy it is to create your own art prints if you have a quote that you want to display. {scroll down for explanation!}

>> Download full sized print HERE <<
>> This design prints best on white, 8.5"x11" card stock paper. <<

>> Free silhouette image VIA <<
>> Free font download VIA <<
>> Created with PicMonkey Royale Subscription $30/year <<
>> Thrifted frame $1 + washi tape $2.50/roll + Brown wrapping paper (as mat) $3/roll <<

With Love, Rachel

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AUGUST GIVEAWAY! Back to School Edition

Even during those years when I'm not going back to school I have a renewed energy to get organized and re-set my schedule a little. It's always my 2nd "Spring" cleaning of the year! Pulling out a new wardrobe, cleaning and airing out the house, new soup recipes to attempt, a change in manicure color palettes... and of course... Pumpkin flavoured everything! 
This month, as Autumn approaches, I wanted to give away three of my current favourite organizational must-haves!

1.} This gorgeously glitzy metallic gold faux croc skin iPad mini case! It comes with a bronze stilo, clear screen protector sheet, and an orange microfibre cleaning cloth. {iPad NOT included}

2.} My absolute must-have set of mini highlighters by Faber-Castell for color-coordinating all my notes and doodles.

3.} The entire Pretty Planner printable agenda for any and every year! This planner is my latest agenda design and it's timeless colors, elegant botanical illustrations, and generous sizing has already made it an indispensable addition to my daily organization.  

For the duration of the giveaway I'm offering 15% off all dress your TECH and printable PLANNERS in my Etsy shop to help you get back-to-school ready! 
Use code 'BACKTOSCHOOL' at checkout!

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With Love, Rachel

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lust List :: Hermes Collier de Chien.

I'm a huge fan of timeless style... art that doesn't need to advertise a logo to invoke a sense of luxury, class and good taste will never go out of style. 

For example, the Hermes Dog Collar cuff bracelet needs no introduction. No matter the leather, or metal finish used for each piece, it's instantly recognized anywhere in the world.

As anyone who knows me intimately will tell you, I don't like clothing, jewelry, shoes or bags showing the logo or label of the company which made it. When I'm shopping I look at the quality of the material and craftsmanship. Some of my favourite, and most worn, items in my wardrobe are from little boutiques I found wandering the streets of whatever city I happened to be in or Etsy seller's whose return addresses are places I can't pronounce. 

I'm drawn to those items because they invoke a memory... not because I remember how much I paid for them or the name on the label.

With Love, Rachel

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