I Love a Good Sale

Yesterday, I dragged the fiancé to Lynchburg for a sample sale at the J.Crew warehouse. This is what I have to say about that:

O… M… G…

And I don’t even consider that term to be part of my vocabulary. But honestly, there are no other words to describe it as accurately. Just “omg.”

First of all, it was packed. And I do mean packed. There were hundreds of people digging through what must have been at least 1,000 boxes (I kid you not) for incredibly discounted merchandise. You are literally handed a garbage bag when you walk through the door… Yes, a garbage bag. They also give you a price list. The list breaks down the prices for different items by type, material, etc. And the prices… let’s just say that they really could not have been lower. They then release you into the warehouse where you participate in a mad dash for coveted shoes, dresses, bags, jewelry, etc. and fill your garbage bag to your heart’s desire. Now, picture what could probably be a scene that was cut from The Hunger Games. No joke. It was crazy.

I wish I could to tell you that I came home last night, emptied my closet, and filled it with an entirely new wardrobe (I wish), but that was not my purpose in attending yesterday’s sale. Maybe next time.

What was I doing there, you ask?

Well, I was on the hunt for something very specific: bridesmaids’ dresses. And boy, did I find them! I now have plenty of dresses for my girls to try on and choose from. The best part: I was able to get a variety of fabrics and styles, so each girl will get exactly what she wants! No poofy shoulders or giant bows on the butt! I am so happy I was able to do this for the girls who will be standing with me on the happiest day of my life. But okay, I lied… Want to know what really was the best part? The dresses were $15.

I know. You are in shock. I was too. Fifteen bucks a piece for J.Crew bridesmaid dresses??? You can take a look at the J.Crew website if you really want to know how crazy that is. We’re talking a $200+ price difference there.

So, in summary, if you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these fabulous free-for-alls, DO IT! It is quite the experience. However, do keep a few things in mind:

  • The lines will be as crazy long as the prices are low.
  • There are NO dressing rooms and absolutely NO returns.
  • You may be told not to sort your items while you shop and that once an item is in your bag, it stays there!
  • You will find fantastic deals but you will work for them. This is an all-day sort of affair and you will be exhausted by the end of it. It gets super hot when you are looking through the boxes, so dress accordingly.
  • Items are sorted by basic function. Most of the time. This means that bottoms (pants, skirts, shorts) are in one general area, tops are in another, dresses in yet another, and so on. Aside from that, everything is just kind of thrown together regardless of style, size, or color. Searching for something specific? You may be there awhile. Found this great dress in a size 2 but you need it in a size 4? Keep lookin’ sister! It may be ten boxes and half an hour away…

Bottom line? It was fun. I highly recommend it. After all, who doesn’t love a good sale?

 

Speaking of sales…

For a limited time, use the coupon code BLOG5 for 5% off your purchase in my shop. I had such a great time yesterday, I wanted to share the love a bit 🙂

Happy shopping!

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Contest!

I’m in a good mood lately. Better than good. Fantastic.

Maybe it’s all the wedding talk, maybe it’s the mimosas, maybe it’s this gorgeous ring on my hand…

Either way, it’s really made me want to share my happiness! And what better way to spread the joy than with an awesome give-away contest?!

So this weekend, between now and Monday morning at 11:00, these beauties are up for grabs!

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These gorgeous earrings feature two, intricately wire-wrapped stones in a stunning pink hue. These earrings are beautiful, long dangles and measure approximately 2″ in length. They were featured in the Savannah Renée shop on Etsy for $24 but between now and Monday, you have a chance to get them for FREE, FREE, FREE! Sound like a good deal? I think so, too.

So what do you have to do to get in on this contest?

It’s easy, really!

All you have to do is follow these three, simple steps!

  1. Comment on this post. Nothing special required, write whatever you feel like writing!
  2. Follow this blog! Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Follow!”
  3. “Like” the Savannah Renée page on Facebook.

See, easy!

Monday morning the contest will end, I will check to make sure you all have been good and followed the steps, then I will draw the winner… the old fashioned way, from a hat! I will notify the winner and get shipping info to send you your prize!

Now, get to commenting, following, and liking!

Ready… set… GO!

Featured Etsian: Bullet Designs

Thinking back to Alec’s proposal on our anniversary last month, I realized I never shared what I got him. Now, of course it was no diamond ring (how am I supposed to top that one?!), but I still think my gift to him was pretty cool, and he does too.

Awhile back, I was searching the internet for the perfect anniversary gift. What do you get for a guy who claims to have everything he wants? Last year I got him a personalized guitar pick, which he loved. But this year I was stumped.

That’s when I came across these beauties…

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I knew these awesome cufflinks were perfect the second I saw them! The shop, Bullet Designs on Etsy, is full of creative alternatives from the usual suspects when it comes to gift ideas. They have cufflinks, earrings, money clips… you name it!

So, if you’re looking for something a little different to give your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, definitely check out Bullet Designs. Heck, these would even make some killer groomsmen gifts!

 

Happy Shopping!

Speaking of Weddings…

Why not throw this up here?

I entered a contest for Alec and I to win $2500. It would make a world of difference in planning our wedding. Specifically, it would more than cover the dress I have my eye on, and lots of the other details as well, like the mimosa bar and the flower scavenger hunt (more info on this fun little idea later)!

How do you help us win?

Simple!

Follow the link, read our proposal story, and click vote!

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Come on, you know you want to help 😉

I Said Yes!

On December 22nd, our second anniversary, Alec asked me to marry him!

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How could I say no?!

Of course, since then my head has been filled with all things wedding… dresses, flowers, venues… thank God for Pinterest, right?

Needless to say, I’ve been pretty elated. All this excitement has put me back into the swing of things in the studio. If you haven’t stopped by the shop recently, do! I’ve recently added a collection of wire wrapped rings as well as a new line of extra long earrings. Lots of pretty things to look at!

While you’re at it, stop by the new facebook page! (Hint: you might find a good deal there 🙂 )

And don’t forget to follow me on twitter @SoSavannahRenee ! This wedding stuff has got me all hyped up and I’ve been tweeting deals like crazy! I’ve even tweeted about some designer items in my closet that need to go to make room for my wedding dress! Don’t miss out, follow me!

Stay tuned for more news and deals!

 

Love,

Savannah Renée

 

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

I have a confession to make…

I have been busy.

Shocking, I know. And while I know that this is no excuse, I felt the need to be honest to loyal customer base and readers (are you still out there???). Everyone experiences busy times and life changes and for that, I ask your forgiveness. However, I do have some good news…

My family and I (which now consists of a very patient and understanding boyfriend, Alec; two kitties, Roxy and Zooey; and the newest addition to our clan: a three month old, endless ball of fluff and energy, Sawyer the Border Collie) just moved into a cozy little place in Crozet, Virginia. We both still work in Charlottesville, but the change from the busy college town streets to the relaxing drive home to the country has been a welcome one. And my favorite part: I now have an official studio!!!

What a difference a space can make! Especially when it is a space of your own! My new space has inspired me to finally get this ball moving again!

In the coming weeks you can expect to see:

pictures of my new studio

a new look for the blog (already in progress, you might have noticed)

some new products in the shop

an official website re-do

and possibly even a Savannah Renée catalogue!

Thank you so much for hanging in there. After all, without you this venture would be impossible (and lonely)! Please check back soon to see these changes in action!!!

Savannah Renée

And the exciting month of June continues!

Isabelle

Yesterday morning I added another brand new item to the Savannah Renée shop on Etsy! Arguably the most extravagant piece in the shop to date, Isabelle is an extremely long, couture style necklace featuring a variety of glass pearls and crystals. Here she is:
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Glass pearls, Swarovski Crystals

For more information on Isabelle, to see more photos, or to purchase simply click on a photo or click here to be taken to this item’s page in the Savannah Renée shop!

For now I am off to the beads and wire, then some Father’s Day BBQ! Yum…

Have a great day and Happy Shopping!

Love,

Savannah Renée

New Creations

The First June Listings

If you haven’t been to the Savannah Renée shop on Etsy recently, you’ve missed out on witnessing the arrival of some exciting new pieces! But don’t worry, there is still time to check them out! Along with the renewal of several older listings, there have been four brand new additions to the Savannah Renée jewelry collection so far this June… with many more to come! Yes, the shop is about to see a cascade of pearls, crystals, chains, and ribbon… and even the premier of a whole new collection: Bridal Jewelry!

But before we get too excited about things to come, let’s take a look at these four new pieces, shall we?

Introducing… Rainbow Rock Candy, Kailua, Peridona, and last but certainly not least Elegance, With Wings

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Kailua Earrings

Peridona Bracelet

Elegance, With Wings Necklace

Simply click on the image to visit an item’s page in the Savannah Renée Etsy shop for more pictures and information or to purchase!

Looks like June is off to a good start and believe me, the best is yet to come!

Happy Shopping!

Love,

Savannah Renée

Featured Items from My Favorites Page!

I Just Couldn’t Wait…

So this morning I said to check back soon for a special feature post! Well, I was looking around on my Favorites page and decided I just couldn’t wait! My Favorites page on Etsy is full of great items and sellers and there were a few (or more) that I am excited to share with you!

First off, you have to check out the awesome rings from Brilynn! Brilynn is a husband and wife team – Brian and Lynn – that sells jewelry made with intricate glass beads. The beauty of these pieces just blows me away! Perhaps even more impressive is that Lynn makes these incredible glass beads herself, melting glass into flowers with a torch! This lovely pink and yellow ring is my personal favorite: il_430xN.75410748

Now, you may think I am slightly bias since Susan, the creative genius behind OhHiLucy, is my mother… but there is no denying that the critters in her shop are a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e! In this shop you can find cute little stuffies, intricately needle felted creations, bright birdy pins, and my favorite… awesome, bamboo stuffed, ecofelt keychains! This cute little owl is my (current) favorite!

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Speaking of needle felted awesomeness… if you love llamas, you are going to adore tcllamas on Etsy! Donna of Twin Creek Llamas creates a variety of unique llama jewelry as well as some great needle felted llamas made with wool from her own llamas!!! How cool is that?! I really have nothing else to say about this great shop, as Lenny the Lazy Llama really speaks for himself:

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I am a bit of a purse addict and when I found the Davie and Chiyo Etsy shop, I fell in love! If you are looking for a beautiful summer clutch to ad to your wardrobe, this is the place to come. The creators of this fabulous shop, Himi and Fumi, use elegant, often one-of-a-kind fabrics to produce some of the most beautiful purses I have ever seen. I have already favorited quite a few of these creations, but this one with a gorgeaous coral bow really stands out!

il_430xN.74601705Well, I hope you enjoy looking through these wonderful Etsy shops! Maybe you’ll find something you just have to have! I have so many favorites, you’ll probably be seeing more of them on here soon! Until then, happy shopping!

Love,

Savannah Renée

Check this out…

Blog Features!!!

Yesterday the Savannah Renée shop was featured on the blog Our Creative World! This great blog features a different artist every day, giving each artist to share a little something about themselves, their craft, their shops, websites, etc. Great idea, right?! I was thrilled about a month ago when Tonie from Our Creative World and the Etsy shop SacredOak emailed me and asked me if I would like to be featured! So, I wrote up a short little article about the Savannah Renée Etsy shop and how I got started, and Tonie sent me back the date for my feature! You can read my June 17th feature here!

While I am on the subject, I just want to say that blog features are absolutely wonderful! They can increase traffic to your site, inform people about your work, and best of all, they often give readers a chance to see how other people feel about your art!

Here are a few other wonderful blogs that Savannah Renée has been featured on recently!

My newest bracelet, Peridona, was featured on a neat blog called The Etsian.  The blog’s author, Kristina from KTPaperCrafts, sent me a message to let me know about the feature and it just brightened my day! You can read the Peridona feature here!

Jessica from J.C. Jewelry has a great WordPress blog titled Great Jewelry and the Finer Things where she rights about “J.C. Jewelry, fashion, cooking, and all the things that make life worth living!” Jessica was kind enough to feature the Splendor earrings in a post titled “What Kind Of Earrings Look Best With My Face Shape?” This post is awesome, informative, and features a variety of great Etsians.

Evelyn was also recently featured in a blog by Karen of MysticWynd. Her blog, also titled Mystic Wynd, featured Evelyn in a great post about necklace length. You can find the post here!

Hope you enjoy reading through these great blogs! I will be doing my own feature soon, similar to the one I posted back in March. I will be going through my Favorites list once again and posting a few selections here!

I’m off to work on a few new pieces for now!

As always, happy shopping!

Love,

Savannah Renée