Saturday, March 31, 2012

Jewelry Giveaway

{ Jewelry Giveaway }

Hello Frock Stalkers! I'm very sad to say it is the end of March of the Bloggers tonight.

It has been such an amazing showing of talent this month and I just want to thank every last guest blogger for participating in this! I hope we helped bring you some traffic and that more blogger friendships have been made as a result.

Frock Stock will remain devoted to its bloggers even though this event is ending. Our usual 25% discount is still in effect and I want to encourage you all to contact me again if you ever want to guest post for us at any time.

Ready for some jewelry then, girlies?


Our last jewelry giveaway for the month is our amazing Rock Quarry Studs in Gunmetal!

And the winners are...

Reader: Allison (@preppylogic15)

Blogger: Mandy of Little Maison


CONGRATS LADIES! Make sure you send me your addresses at frockstock@gmail.com so I can get those out to you. Enjoy!



Again, thank you all SO MUCH. I feel so blessed getting to work with all of you and there will definitely be more blogging events in the future! Make sure to stay in touch with us on twitter (@FrockStock)! Until next time. :)


<3 Loren of Frock Stock

Paper Heart Vintage Photography


This is a March of the Bloggers guest post!

"Paper Heart Vintage Photography"

by Nina of Shop Talk



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Alright my dears, it's the last day of March of the Bloggers. And while I'll say a tearful goodbye at the jewelry giveaway tonight, let's enjoy this last blogger to the fullest!

Today's guest blogger is Nina, a big time blogger for Newsday. Her blog "Shop Talk" is all about "style and sample sales, fashion, and fun" - it doesn't get better than that! Her blog today is a feature of a beautiful photography company known as Paper Heart Vintage Photography. You got us hooked at the word "vintage," Nina!

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I've been a fan of Paper Heart Vintage Photography for a while now-- the magical scenery, adorable accessories and, most importantly, perfect moments they capture between people make it impossible not to be.

But it wasn't until I went for a photo shoot myself that I could truly appreciate the dynamic that makes the company such a success. Karen Ruffini, 22, and Tina Lohan, 23, friends since they studied together at Dowling College in Oakdale, NY, created Paper Heart over a mutual love for photography and vintage wardrobes.

"I love lace, satin, bows--anything ultra feminine and vintage inspired is basically the entire set-up of my closet," says Karen. "We tend to work with our clients on what they wear to our shoot--because we stress the fact that a beautiful outfit can completely turn a picture into this remarkable piece of art."

So before I showed up for my shoot, I knew I better dress to impress. I went with a white "Tulip" dress from Zara, a chunky turquoise necklace and some wedges, jokingly warning Karen beforehand that I was coming looking like a 1950s housewife. Apparently this sparked an idea in her head. "I know the perfect place!" she told me.




Next thing I knew I was hanging from the side of an old-fashioned railroad car at the Wantagh Railroad Museum-- a beautiful little spot restored from the early 20th century that I had passed plenty of times but never noticed.

Karen and Tina took care of the rest-- somehow molding my boyfriend Nick and I into another one of their works of art. Looking at the finished product, you'd never guess I had to bribe him with a new pair of shoes to get him out of his bed that morning. 

Though they're based on Long Island, the girls travel up and down the East Coast for events shooting every thing from weddings and engagements to babies and portraits. Portraits are $500 and prices vary depending on the shoot. To schedule a photo shoot, email lovepaperhearts@gmail.com. To learn more, visit lovepaperhearts.wordpress.com orfacebook.com/paperheartsphotography.






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These photos are simply gorgeous. More and more I'm wanting a vintage wedding one day. Thanks so much to Nina for this LOVELY feature and for joining us here at Frock Stock! Make sure you check out her blog and leave comments for her and the lovely PHVP company. (This is your last chance to comment and win jewelry! Tonight is the jewelry giveaway! Don't forget to leave your @twittername or e-mail.)

Last but not least, a reminder to all bloggers that the 40% off discount code expires TONIGHT at 11:59 PM PST. So if you haven't already placed your orders, make sure you do so! You'll want to boost up your wardrobe for all your spring and summer style posts! There's still time left for those who don't have the code. Just make sure you check out this page first and shoot me an e-mail at frockstock@gmail.com

Already ladies, until tonight! See ya then!


<3 Loren of Frock Stock

Friday, March 30, 2012

Modesty is the Best Policy


This is a March of the Bloggers guest post!

"Modesty is the Best Policy"

by Allison of Clearing Preppy's Name 


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It's Friday! But before you get your outfits ready for drinks tonight, we've got a really important post about staying classy.

Allison runs a style blog with a mission: to clear the tainted name of preppy fashion! Shows like Gossip Girl, Mean Girls, etc. have all associated prep style with the elite and cliquey. What a shame! She devotes her blog to showing you her favorite style and why any girl can look fabulous in it.

Today's mission: Addressing modesty and staying classy. Let's read!

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Modesty is the best policy.
Hello frock stock darlings & preppy blog followers”


It is lovely to have this honor of typing for you today.


Pay attention. Maybe even take notes.

It is my pleasure to discuss the topic of modesty with you, in a way that is so unlike your sixth grade health teacher, you’ll love it.
I am here to pronounce you a princess.
A stylish, sophisticated, well deserving girl of the title.

 
Princess (insert name here).
Princesses throughout history have been icons for the every day girl. Both with impeccable fashion sense and the man candy to carry around on her arm, why wouldn’t she be?
From Cinderella to Ariel, they’ve dealt with tough times and still look flawless during their happy endings.
How do they do it, you ask?
Well…
If Cinderella can get her Prince Charming without taking her dress off, then so can you.
Plain and simple.
The princesses have always had standards. They may have to deal with a little longer wait (like Rapunzel) or the might have to work harder to get there (like Cinderella), but they can look glamorous with their small amounts of d├ęcolletage and lengthy hemlines. Those wonderful traits accompanied by the right guy and respect from their kingdom make a princess like no other.


A modern day girl can obtain almost everything a fairy tale princess has with standards. She can look beautiful, while leaving something to the imagination. It’s a great skill to have, and easy to do with the assistance of stores like Frock Stock. You don’t need to look frumpy to be modest. In my blog www.clearingpreppysname.wordpress.com I state that I am determined to clear preppy’s name, or in other words, its tainted reputation. In this guest blog entry, I was determined to clear modesty’s name.
You can look cute and modest. I am sure Cinderella had to keep in mind her fairy Godmother’s approval at the ball, and look where she ended up. She looked stunning and won over a man, a great optional accessory.
For more princess worthy information subscribe to my blog www.clearingpreppysname.wordpress.com.

Love, Allison.



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I agree wholeheartedly with this post. It's important to stay true to yourself and keep it CLASSY! You'll get better jobs, have a better reputation, and feel better about yourself if you remember that you can look beautiful if you dress modestly.

Thankfully vintage fashion and prep fashion both have that quality. You can look stylish and adorable in these styles and keep your dignity.

Thanks Allison for addressing this sometimes controversial subject! Be sure to visit her blog and leave some comments for a chance to win free jewelry.

What do you think about dressing "modestly"?


<3 Loren of Frock Stock



Thursday, March 29, 2012

Clay Jewelry


This is a March of the Bloggers guest post!

"Clay Jewelry"

by Jessica of Jagsmitty

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We're almost to the weekend, girlies! That means finally some time to go shopping, have tea with friends, and catch up on all those lovely DIYs you've seen on blogs throughout the week!

Today's great DIY project comes from Jessica of Jagsmitty. Her blog covers the range of fabulosity... from fashion to DIY! Let's jump in to her awesome demonstration of clay jewelry!

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First, I want to start off by saying thank you to Loren of Frock Stock for asking if I would like to guest post. I feel very honored. I love Frock Stock, it’s such an adorable boutique! Cute clothes and fast shipping too!
Now to jump right into my post! I would describe myself as queen of everything DIY. If I can make it, most likely I will. The best part of DIY is you get to put your own spin on whatever it is YOU make! Which means it’s unique and nobody has anything like it.
My post, as you know by now from the title is about making jewelry out of clay and other items. With a few simple ingredients (and of course a little bit of creativity) you can do magical things!

Supplies: ‘clay,’ toothpicks, acrylic paints, paint brush, beading wire, jewelry pliers, old necklace chain or store bought chain.

The recipe I use for my clay jewelry is one that can probably be found anywhere. It calls for: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt and enough water to create a ‘play-do’ consistency. Once you get this far, let your imagination run! You can make just about anything. An idea that I haven’t yet done myself is find objects in your house that have unique textures on them. Roll them over your flattened clay and cut out objects.

Once you have your shapes ready place them on a cookie sheet. No need for foil as they bake so long they won’t stick. Using a toothpick, poke holes in your shapes where you would like them to be threaded. Bake them at 250⁰ F for 2 hours. After they have baked and cooled you can start decorating!

Acrylic paints seem to work best with the clay. You will have to apply more than one coat as it does soak up the paint slightly. Get creative! There are so many colors to choose from! Including glitter and metallic!

To attach the shapes to a chain, I used beading wire that I cut and twisted with jewelry pliers. I did this so that the shapes did not hang funny on the chain. You can see how I did this in the photo below.



So simple right? And definitely a lot of fun! I’m thinking about having a jewelry-making party with my friends! I think the trickier part in this whole process is coming up with ideas. Here are a few completed necklaces I did thus far!







Enjoy! And I hope I sparked the creativity in you! I would love to see projects any of you do, so send me your links to photos! :)


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As someone who doesn't DIY a lot, I honestly have to say I had never heard of doing clay jewelry but I think the items Jessica made are AMAZING. It's such a cheap way to imitate anything you've been coveting!


Don't forget to check out Jessica's blog once you're done leaving her some comment love! (Three more days until our last jewelry giveaway!)

<3 Loren of Frock Stock

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Traveling Blues

This is a March of the Bloggers guest post!

"The Traveling Blues"

by Mandy of Little Maison

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Today we've got a blog post very close to my heart. With me is guest blogger Mandy who runs Little Maison, a blog all about her life and the lovely things in it.

Today's post highlights her trip through northern California and southern Oregon with some Frock Stock inspiration to follow! As a fellow Californian (who came to Chicago 4 1/2 years ago), reading through this post brought up so much nostalgia and love for my old home.

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The Traveling Blues
By Mandy @ Little Maison (http://littlemaison.com)



Whenever I return home from a vacation I get the traveling blues; happy to have gone away, but sad that it's over!  I reminisce fondly of blue skies and fresh air to keep the feeling of vacation alive.

This past September my boyfriend and I set out on a mini road trip through Portland (Oregon) and Northern California.  It was a trip filled with my favorite combination of nature and city.  I captured the sights along the way and have paired them up with a few of Frock Stock's Spring finds below.  I hope this inspires you to set out on your own adventure and keep those traveling blues away!

Featured above is the breathtaking Ocean Beach in San Francisco.  The air is so crisp, can't you just see this polka dot scarf blowing in the breeze.

Dance the Polka Sash in Mint (Out of Stock!)


We stopped in Sausalito, California to enjoy the view of San Francisco from the water's edge.  This little sun dress is perfect for a stroll along the bay.



This photo was taken as we rolled by on the streetcar in San Francisco.  This breezy top is ready for running errands around town.



Bright doorways on the small streets of Portland Oregon were picture perfect.  I can just see this gathered skirt with flats walking through the city.



Of course, what California trip would be complete without a little wine!  The wineries in Sonoma were superb.  This peplum dress can go from day to night with ease.



photography © Little Maison


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Although I grew up in southern California, I spent my summer last year at an opera program in San Francisco and I have to say these items definitely embody the city's ambiance! This made me miss that lovely city a lot.

Now if you loved the post you definitely have to head over to Mandy's blog for a special Frock Stock surprise.

Don't forget to leave Mandy some comments about her beautiful photography and post! This is the last week to win free jewelry so comment, comment, comment!


<3 Loren of Frock Stock