Simple Pleasures.

Everyday we should have [at least] one thing we look forward to. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, or take a lot of time.  This “treat” will make your difficult days easier & your easy days: Wonderful.  

unnamed-11. Wash your sheets. Who doesn’t love the smell & feel of clean sheets!!  [Line drying adds to the experience].

2. Infuse your water. If you don’t drink enough water, you should start: Today. To make drinking H2O easier, experiment with different infusions.  [cinnamon sticks, cucumber, lemon, mint, orange, apple, basil…etc…] I believe water is the cure-all for everything!

3. Act like a kid. Some of the happiest people allow themselves to act like a kid. Search your memory bank for games you loved growing up. Most likely, you will still love them today! [ I happen to be the *All-Time, All-Star* at Skee ball & “Go Fish”]

4. Appreciate the beauty Planet Earth offers. Stop being “so busy” you miss the radiant colors of a sunset.  [set down the phone~nature is more beautiful when seen with your own eyes] Oh, and Trader Joe’s sells fresh flowers for $4.99. They are my favorite pick-me-up during the Winter.

5. Give thanks in all circumstances. God has the plan, not you. As hard as it is, believe the best is yet to come. Put on your big girl pants, stop with the ‘pitty potty’, and live.  [comfort zones are overrated.]

February: A Month of Fashion.

We are only half way through February & there has been so much fashion to keep up with! The 2015 Grammy Awards,  NBA All-Star All-Style Fashion Show [first-ever NBA fashion show showcasing some of the league’s most fashion-forward trends], New York Fashion Week & the usual shenanigans from celebrities dying for attention. We are loving the use of neutral colors, attention to fine detail, intricate textiles & of course…Bling!

Carolina Herrera making waves.

Carolina Herrera @ New York Fashion Week 2015

24K "Louboutim's" designed by Roper.

24K “Louboutim’s” Designer: Roper

Grammys 2015

Grammys 2015


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There is nothing I look forward to more every year than traveling.  It is one of my loves and passions.  I honestly wish I had more time to do it.  I do have to admit that I usually gravitate towards warmer places seeing as I live in the Northeast but Billings, Montana is still towards the top of my list.  Some of my other favorites are Cancun, MX, Sarasota, FL, and Bermuda.  I haven’t been to Europe in about 13 years now but it was incredible then.  I can only imagine its gotten better as I’ve grown older and I would probably appreciate it much more now.

I don’t typically travel very far over the holidays.  The chaos gets to be a bit too much and not worth the hassle.  Fortunately, for me, I come from a small family that lives close by and spend the holidays there.

I couldn’t imagine Christmas in a place that isn’t cold though.  I’m hoping for some snow this year!!! Happy Holidays everyone!!


photo 3 photo 1 photo 2Its that time of year again where everyone has started to begin their holiday shopping for loved ones and friends.  This is the time of year I think about what I can handcraft for those same people.  This year it is the infinity scarf.  They are the perfect gift for just about anyone.  Warm, cozy and size less.  You will not offend anyone with the infinity scarf:)

I, for one, like to give very thoughtful gifts.  I don’t do the ‘last minute gift card’ for people.  I think that homemade gifts are the best way to show someone you’ve taken a lot of time and given thought to what you’re gifting.  Christmas is not about giving expensive gifts and going broke over doing it.  Its about spending time with people and letting them you know you care.

But if you would like to give me a gift I love things I don’t typically buy for myself.  Maybe a great shampoo to tame my curls, wink, wink!


photo 2 photo 3 photo 1On Fall days like these one of my favorite things to do is to comb thrift stores and flea markets for amazing and unique textiles.   This is also the time of year where I change my color stories to a more seasonal pallette.  The textiles are what keep me inspired to design new and exciting pieces.  My favorites are finding an amazing floral print but I’ve come to accept they aren’t always everyones favorite so I’ve tried to incorporate plaids, polka dots, geometric prints and anything else that may catch my eye.  If I find anything with turquoise and red its an automatic purchase because, in my opinion, its the best color combination.  I’m currently working on some other styles of bag because right now I mostly make clutches and coin pouches.  The ideas are always flowing its just picking the right one and running with it.

The First One

This is my first…my first blog, first Etsy site, first love and first post.  I’m beaming with excitement I can hardly contain myself.  Since I was young I have wanted to create beautiful things and I finally feel like I am on the road to new beginnings.  My brand of accessories, Christine Shirley, is something I have always dreamed of doing and its now a reality.  When people bring up, Christine Shirley, my face lights up and I can’t stop smiling.  I hope you will come on this journey with me and watch how life unfolds…