Now that summer has arrived and lazy days of July are almost upon us, it's time to start thinking about all the fun summer activities: barbecue, sitting around the pool, road trips, cool sweet tea and lemonade... Also, there are fireworks on the 4th of July, and summer sales that some like to call Christmas in July.
In the spirit of July celebrations, we at hART Sense Design also have a big Summer Sale going on. Starting at 12:00 am MST on July 4th and going through the end of the month (or while supplies last), you can receive 10-15% off everything in both of our shops. Just make sure to enter coupon code 4THTO31ST at checkout to claim your discount. What's more, this discount also applies to already discounted items and to our brand new collection of Native inspired jewelry.
When you use your coupon code, you will receive 15% off across the board in our main shop, or you can claim 10% off at Smiling Setter Shop. All profits from every purchase made at Smiling Setter Shop go to support Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue, so you can rest assured you are saving a dog's life when you shop our designs for discerning dogs and their humans. Start shopping by clicking the links above or find the Shop hART Sense Design and Smiling Setter Shop tabs in the site navigation menu on top of the page.
Let the summer fun begin!
There is a separate season for each and every thing in our lives: a season for rejoicing and a season for mourning, a season for working and a season for resting, a season for beginnings and a season for endings. As it appears, we at hART Sense Design have just reached the season for goodbyes.
As most of you know, for almost two years now, we have worked hard to make something special for our most loyal customers and followers. Our exclusive Boho Chic Cowgirl Club (BCC Club for short) offered special promotions, giveaways, design challenges, and more to those who signed up to be part of it. However, things haven't gone quite as we anticipated, and it is now time to say goodbye to BCC Club. For those of you who have been part of this journey, keep an eye on your email. We will be offering you another exclusive opportunity by the end of this year. This ending is meant to be just the very beginning of a new beginning. Ta-ta for now! Goodbye, BCC Club!
On a happier note, there are new designs coming to hART Sense Design! Our new jewelry collection, inspired by Native designs, will make its debut in our online shop at the beginning of July. For the official launch, we will offer necklace and earring styles in both sterling silver and copper with addition of a few bracelet designs as well. Take a sneak peek at some of the new styles in the photo below!
Last but not least, keep an eye on the Announcements section of the blog for news about our big July event. You won't want to miss this.
There comes a time in the lives of all women when our bodies start changing in the ways we never wanted or imagined. Those fiery red tresses start turning mousy grey, the circumference of the once enviable waist starts expanding, and things that were quite perky before now begin to sag. That time is usually called middle age, and for some of us, it truly makes us want to go back in time to the Middle Ages, when ample figure was highly valued in a woman. Unfortunately, as time machines have not been perfected yet, we have to make the best of the here and now and work with what we have trying not to lament too much over that which we have lost.
Despite the modern day push toward positive body image, there still remain some challenges for each and every one of us as we age. Colors we used to wear with great style in the past now make our greying heads look all washed out. Clothing styles that used to hug our young bodies so perfectly now accentuate every bump and wrinkle, and ever changing world of women's fashion no longer seems to treat us as kindly as it once did.
As a middle-aged woman, I have been experiencing all of the above to some extent over the last few years. I was once very confident in finding clothes that suit me well and had my favorite, go-to brands. Suddenly, I discovered that those brands don't fit me any more, and despite being a total shopping trip hater, I had to spend countless hours browsing the Internet and local shops for the kind of clothes that would fit me both style-wise and size-wise. All that with no to very little success, I might add. Then, I discovered Personal Styling services, but more about that in another post. What struck me is that, despite enlisting a personal stylist, one cannot look well unless one knows what colors and styles suit her in the first place. Most of us are not independently wealthy to the point where we can fill our closets with pieces we'd wear once or twice at the most. Most of us want a "capsule wardrobe" that will not cost us an arm and a leg. Achieving this becomes exponentially more difficult if one is naturally drawn to western and boho styles as most new fashions in these two styles are geared toward younger women.
Still, there is something we can do: learn the color palettes that suit greying heads and familiarize ourselves with clothing styles that solve "problems of the bulge" depending on our body shapes. That's where fashion meets faith. Literally! Fashion Meets Faith is the brain child of Shari Braendel, an experienced image consultant who turned her passion for fashion into a Christian ministry. I came across Shari's website by accident (now, let's be real - NOTHING happens entirely by accident) while searching for different personal styling services. I discovered her Color E-nalysis tool while I was searching on advice regarding the colors that complement greying hair, and I was thrilled that I'd finally get some answers.
The analysis consists of three steps, first of which takes into account your natural hair color. The second considers your eye color, and the third the color of your complexion. When you receive your results, you will not only be given the basic colors to wear. Recommended color intensity for your clothing and colors for makeup, accessories, shoes and purses will also be offered. If you are an artist by nature, you can take it from here. For those who need more help, Shari has a Blog, a Podcast, and offers different Courses you can take. By the time you've completed them, you'll have a whole new outlook on fashion styling regardless of what stage in life you are going through. For one, I no longer consider my middle-age woes a barrier to great style.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off clothes shopping!
What is your greatest challenge when it comes to fashion? Share in the comments below.
the mind and hands behind hART Sense Design. I am a designer and hand-maker of one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry and accessories for artistic, chic cowgirls, boho babes, and lovers of all things western.
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