Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Stuff series **Down and Out Chic** + 1st Giveaway!

Today I have the honor to introduce Christina who is behind the very popular and extremely stylish Down and Out Chic. I love her motto "Pinching pennies for fashion because you don't have to be rich to live a stylish life" and she is super talented, check out her Etsy store, where she sells handmade vintage inspired jewelry, I couldn't choose to be honest (I finally did, I chose a pair of lovely hair pins), I would have want everything. Her posts are always useful and witty, she wears dresses and likes flea markets, she is a role model to follow for many bloggers out there, and she is the one who introduced me to the Slow Readers Book Club, honestly I couldn't be more grateful, Christina, you are a star, I know you find it difficult to chose favorites, so I really want to thank you for your time. 
** And because I love Christina's work so much, I chose one of her pieces as my first giveaway! Read below** 

Favorite Discovery:  I recently bought my first racerback bra.  What the heck took me so long?  So comfy, especially under layers. 
Favorite Place in the World: Well, I think I’d need to travel more to be able to answer this, but from what I have seen, Costa Rica is a place I wouldn’t mind visiting every chance I got.
Style Icons: When I’m looking for instant inspiration, I go to street style sites like The Sartorialist and I’m currently liking the playfulness of Chloe Sevigny but there’s a part of me that cannot let go of classic icons like Jackie O.
Favorite Designer: Hands down, Marc Jacobs.
Favorite Movie: It should be noted that I have a horrible time coming up with favorites of any kind so this question is particularly difficult.  I will say that repeated viewing of Dirty Dancing got my through my college years...

Jeans:  I am a loyal Levi’s fan.  I’m currently trying to break in my new 421s which, for skinny jeans, are as skinny as they get.
Underwear:  I know this is really fancy, but the Target underwear seems to fit me best and depending on what season you’re in, they come up with kitzchy designs (like the Christmas tree underwear I may or  may not be wearing now.)
Watch:  I don’t wear a watch hence why I’m late to everything.
Day dress and day bag: I recently acquired a Kate Spade bag as a birthday gift from B’s mom and grandma. It’s big enough to hold everything for the office and every time I look at it, I feel loved.  As for day dresses, anything from Modcloth or  will do. I wear dresses 4 days out of the week (at least) and am constantly on the hunt for unique, vintage pieces.
Evening Dress:  There’s not much difference between and evening dress and a day dress for me.  If I’m going out at night, I’ll change up the accessories but I’m not very fussy about it.
Shoes: Currently, I can’t take off my vintage Frye boots that I bartered for (don’t underestimate the power of a good deal) and I’ll wear them with just about anything.  If I’m wearing heels, they better be comfortable.

Inspiration:  Eclectic and comfortable is what we try to shoot for in our home. I like to shop at vintage and flea markets so that we can redo items and make them our own.  I’m inspired by pieces that have a story and are not mass manufactured.
Favorite Art:  I do my best to support local and indie artists as much as possible. We have a growing collection and a couple of different ‘art walls’ in our home.  I have an art degree and B is an excellent draftsman so we have some of our own work in our home as well. 
Bedding: Currently, our bedding is a hodge podge of sheets and throws we’ve both collected over time. Ideally, I’d like to have my bed outfitted by Dwell Studio and I’d really like to try the new sheets by American Apparel.
Stationery:  I’m kind of a stationary whore and I like to send “thank you” notes with every order I receive in my Etsy shop. 
When I’m not scouring handmade mini notes on Etsy, I shop at Chroniclebooks  for a great supply of fun stationary.
Coffee table books: B received the Onion book for Christmas and it’s hee-larious.  A blog friend recently sent me a copy of Animal House  by Catherine Ledner that I simply love and finally, ‘Domino: The Book of Decorating' is a constant source for inspiration.
Flowers:  Gerber daisies and tulips are my favorite. I like flowers with bold color; they add instant “oomph” to any space.

Perfume: I don’t wear perfume, but I promise I don’t smell, at least I hope not.
Moisturizer: Eucerin, especially in the winter months when my skin feels like it’s cracking (ouch).
Mascara: Clinique lash doubling mascara. The size of the brush is just right and it doesn’t clump on my lashes.
Shampoo: Collective Wellbeing Right to Shine, moisture replenishing shampoo.  I’ve been growing my hair out for the past year, and this organic shampoo doesn’t strip my hair and it smells lovely too.
Soap: Dove, white bar.  Simple, effective and cheap.

Christina, I can't thank you enough, it's been a privilege.
And because I'm close to celebrate my first 6 months blogging I want to celebrate it with my first giveaway, one of Christina's pieces, these charming handmade hairpins, I bought a couple for myself too! Too pretty!

How can you get it? well easy! You can get 2 entries.
1. Leave a comment, anything, I love comments! SO MuCH
2. If you are a follower you get a 2nd entry, just let me know in a second comment.
The giveaway will be open until the end of the week. I will let you know you won on Monday yay!

I'm really really excited about this! 
I just want to celebrate my time in the blogosphere, and I thought Down and Out Chic shop is the best choice :) I got my hairpins yesterday and LOVE THEM!

Images: All images are from Christina's blog, Down and Out Chic, except 1st one from The Sartorialist


  1. My darling, I am getting ready to leave for the airport but had to leave a comment to say I will miss you. Yet another great My Stuff series. This is the best idea ever.....

    I adore those hairpins. much love, Dena xxx

  2. Hi Helena, I'm passing on a blog award to you. Pop over to my latest post to pick it up. :)

  3. fabulous post. CUTE hairpins. thanks, helena!

  4. I heart Christina a thousand times over!!! She is remarkably FABULOUS and sweet...and her heart is so truly beautiful. A very talented lady. I am so thankful to be able to call her my friend!!

  5. Christina is just awesome all around and incredibly talented. She's one of my favorite people in the blog world. :)

  6. Funny those same Frye boots have been on my mind.
    I need to find them on my feet.

  7. Christina is awesome! Love her answers.

    I'm a new follower!

  8. Cute blog and cute hairpins! Love them!

  9. Great addition to the My Stuff series... Love her blog!

  10. I've been following Christina for a long time. She is amazing. Cute hairpins. Thanks!

  11. Oooh pretty! And such a sweet little giveaway!

  12. Great interview and lovely giveaway! i love cute hairpins.

  13. Hola Helena!!

    Me encantaron sus respuestas ;)
    Están hermosos los pasadores, cruzo los dedos.
    Muchos besos.

  14. Christina IS a star! Love this girl, always fun to learn more about her!


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