Congratulations to Jana of Broken Ghost Clothing for her winning collection titled Planning my escape. Can you dig it? Both Amber & I enjoy gardening and look forward to getting our hands in the dirt each spring, so we can really relate to Jana's collection. Not only did we love her clean styling with a very well balanced color palette, but we just adored her title! Our Style Guide Challenge theme this month was Spring Escape and we asked our team of Etsy curators to put their own spin on it. Jana's clever title weaves in the challenge theme, but then also hints to the gardening theme which she uses as the base of her collection. Each item refers back to her central unifying theme and creates a lovely shopping guide for all gardeners - really beautiful, Jana! I know Amber's already been in her gardens down in Texas, but here in Maine - we just got 10 inches of snow. Guess I'll have to wait a little longer!
The creativity just came bursting forward in this month's challenge and it feels like everyone is literally itching for spring. With close to 90 submissions, there were so many favorites to choose from. My Etsy shop Pig and Fish had the honor of being chosen as the featured shop this month and I have to say - what a treat! As leaders of the team, Amber & I never choose our own collections as one of the winners. As a winner, your shop becomes the featured shop for the following month's Style Guide, so it just adds another fun layer to the challenge. So what happened? Well, Aki of Etsy shop oktak was our winner last month, but she generously gave up her spot so that my shop could be featured! It was a super kind gesture - thank you so much, Aki!
If you're wondering about Aki's eye for style, just take a look at this collection here below! This modern guide has a beautiful feel and flow about it, where Aki stays within a select color range to pull her collection together. The styling invites you in, then you see how carefully she's selected her items to help people Freshen up your home! I could just live in this style guide, Aki!
We've had some new Etsy curators join our team and it was so fun to see their unique angle on the challenge theme. One such member is Sarah of Etsy shop Created By Storm and this collection here made it into the final winning round! Recall our challenge theme of Spring Escape and let's take a closer look at Sarah's collection. Her title Logging Off is absolutely brilliant! How many of you can relate? I know I can! I would surely consider just staying off the computer for a day a nice little vacation. Sarah then takes us on a nature filled adventure with each of her selections - are you ready to go play in the woods for the day? Yes! Simply stunning, Sarah!
When spring finally decides to stick around (here in Maine, that means no more snow!), then the air just beckons you to come outside and play. Being out in nature during the early spring months is my absolute favorite and this collection Go Outside, GET FIT by Karo of Etsy shop karo Art sums it up perfectly! There's so much to enjoy in nature and Karo's playful collection gives us many different ideas of how we can get out there and get back into shape! A little bike riding or how about some tennis? Better yet, let's do some yoga outside! Oh, sign me up for that one. Such a fun and lively collection, Karo!
Amber and I normally don't highlight each others collections in the honorable mentions, but since my shop was the one that was featured - I'm going to give a shout out to this one here! I thought this style guide Go Dutch - Escape to Amsterdam by Amber of Red Tile Studio was so colorful and read like a pocket guide to this wonderful European city. I was immediately transported and oh-la-la, I would totally wear that dress with those vintage bangles! Amber, thank you not only for the fun adventure, but for being such a great and super organized leader - I love working together with you!
While we're on the topic of traveling, Kiki of Etsy shop Monki Vintage had so many beautiful submissions that were each a spring escape to somewhere wonderful! Amber and I both loved this one here below titled Spring Escape - Paris Apartment Weekend - something I think we'd all love to sign up for! Wouldn't it be so fun? You can feel the sophisticated energy of Paris come through each of Kiki's selections. It's also beautifully curated with a neutral color palette that moves the eye from one item to the next. I'm polishing up my French right now Kiki and ready to head down to Logan Airport for the next flight out!
We're back to finishing our Style Guide Challenge posts with our resident stylist Jenn of Etsy shop Palimpsestic. Jenn was our January Style Guide winner and you'll quickly come to appreciate why she has come to be our resident stylist! With so many talented curators on the team, this is a title that could surely be shared with many others. However, it's Jenn's whit and sense of humor that is coupled with her amazing eye for style that has quite organically promoted her to this position. It was hard to choose which one of the 3 Jenn submitted to highlight here in the post - it was a toss between the one below and this other collection titled Escape. Which, by the way had me giggling and smiling like someone was tickling me from behind! But Amber and I decided to feature this one titled Where The Buffalo Roam for the serene and welcoming mood Jenn created. It feels like instant transportation, doesn't it? Absolutely beautiful, Jenn - thank you so much for always participating and making this challenge extra special!
Thank you to all who participated this month - wow, what a fun time! Remember, we'll be back next month on the 16th and in the meantime, we'll be inviting Jana as our guest Pinterest stylist next month! We'll see you then!