Our newest addition of our short-sleeved pocket tees is inspired by our love for travel and exploring. After working with many different prints from the original pocket tops, we decided to add in a few color block options and coincidentally, the colors go hand in hand with our illustrated tees. And of course, we always love the stripe and geometric! Perfect for all-season and layering and can also be worn as a tunic dress.
If you are wondering where our inspiration of our latest "Dreamy" flying submarines illustration came about, you have come to the right place! Dreamy is all about adventure and imagination + one of our favorite songs "yellow submarine". This has always been my go-to song for putting my little guy to bed since he was born and since I blasted the Beatles everyday in our car during my pregnancy, this song has always been close to our heart. We wanted to share this illustration with you and decided to print them on our newest vintage wash onesies and tees. Flying submarines are pretty cool, don't ya think?
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Our feature from Stylish Milk Magazine Issue One! To read the first issue, order a copy and join the Stylish Milk Community, check out http://stylishmilkmag.com
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Our feature on the Hello Charlie Studio Blog:
We've had the opportunity to work with Emily from Hello Charlie studio for two of our collections and it has always been a pleasure working with her each time. We were lucky enough to have her daughter Charlie model for us both times! Check out our recent feature on her blog and our very first feature from last Spring right here:
Have you guys checked out steller.co yet? We love being able to create stories from images, text and video so easily! I started an inspiration journal and shared photographs from one of my favorite markets in London; Portobello Market. Check it out below!
We were featured on Earnshaw's Pampered feature E-blast last month. Check it out below!
Photo Credit: www.hellocharliestudio.com
As the days are getting longer, I find myself waking up earlier and going outside while the air is still crisp and the temperature is mild. Last week, we ventured to the nearby lake and just enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere. I automatically felt relaxed being near the water and feeling the light breeze every few seconds. The little one of course enjoyed picking up stones and throwing them into the lake, along with sand and twigs. Afterwards, we stopped by an organic cafe and had a little bite to eat.
I love change. It's always been a part of my life; moving to new cities, making new friends, redecorating my living space every few months and spontaneous adventures. I decided it is finally time to get serious about my journey towards living a more simple life and owning less things. I started six months ago by donating a large amount of what I own most, which is clothing. I noticed each time, it was easier to let go articles of clothing that left a memory. "Oh! I bought that in London, I have to keep this! " It was time to remove that mindset and get serious about my journey towards minimalism. I've also donated books, magazines and decor that I no longer use and still in the process of sorting out more items. I already feel lighter day by day and I'm looking forward to keeping this as part of my family's lifestyle. This is only the beginning! Follow my journey on: Instagram.com/earlgreysimple
"Tell your wife to get a job" are the exact words that I read as I glanced over the brightly lit screen on an object most people now rely on a daily basis. Words mentioned by a stranger who did not know me; I will never let those words get to me, but I will always remember the true meaning behind it ( my own meaning). I've always had the urge to run a business from such a young age. I setup a lemonade stand during my mother's garage sales in the summer and by the next year, I was helping my uncle run his vintage garage sales; okay, checking off the items that sold and putting everything back in it's place. That was a lot of work for an 8-year old at the time. While I was pregnant, I started my vintage shop on Etsy and spent time taking photographs and listing all the items for sale. I love vintage decor and it became the perfect hobby looking for items to fill people's spaces with. Coincidentally, the day before I started my Etsy shop, I went into labor. A few months later, I started selling again and this time had even more motivation to start finding more treasures. The largest item I sold was a 1920's vintage solid wood chair, which happily went to it's customer to Texas via Greyhound express. Oh, the things you learn to save every penny! As I scoured my closet filled with clothes I barely or never wore, I started selling on Instagram under @prettyblushshop. This is how I discovered the other side of Instagram and met so many new mamas in the same boat as me! I remember hosting my first giveaway which was an Orla Kiely for Target makeup bag filled with beauty products I scored off of Glossybox. I really didn't know what I was doing, but it made me happy to put a smile on someone's face. I remember the winner, she actually now has her own vintage shop on Etsy called House of Oh Vintage. A few months down the road, I eventually changed my IG name from @prettyblushshop to @thesweetpotatoe and started this new journey! I remember speaking to someone in San Francisco who was a veteran of the clothing business and he gave me some excellent advice. "How old is your son?", he muttered slowly. I told him "6-months old..." I will forever remember his words: "Remember, they are only young once. He's your priority right now and it takes a lot of hard work and patience to care for a baby on your own all day. If you want to get into this business, start slowly and be patient. It's a lot of work." My heart sank, as I wanted to jump into things and make everything happen in my Gemini-brain all at once. He was right though and I will forever remember that great piece of advice. A year later, I can truly understand where he was coming from.
A few weeks ago, we were in New York City for the Children's Club show at the Jacob Javits Center. Overall, it was an amazing experience being a part of all the collections for the Fall 2015 previews. This was our first show and I must say that I learned so much during this event; pre-show prep, booth design, move-in day....and more. We had a few setbacks during our move-in day, which had me running around the city scouring the Staples stores for some supplies we needed ASAP. I sat in the cab and it brought me back to my days of interning; running errands around town and the garment district, keeping all my post-it notes of all the addresses I needed to do drop-offs and pick-ups (making sure I didn't lose any of them with garment bags in one arm and shopping bags in the other), scouring through rolls and rolls of fabric trying to find the right pattern and stretch and rushing back in time for the next errand. Oh, I did love those days of being an intern and I definitely credit all my experience interning as a valuable asset today. Passion equals hardwork and late nights. I pinched myself a few times while walking back to the Javits Center in freezing temperatures, it was a little surreal that I was running errands for myself this time and I smiled.
Earlier this month, we worked with iajmultimedia.com and they created a video for us that tells "Our Story". Check it out below! Thank you again for following us on our journey!
Every year, when the New Year rolls around, it feels like a clean slate; a fresh new palette. Last month, I discovered some YouTube videos online on decluttering your home and it inspired me to start getting rid of the things around my house that were not being used or taking up too much space. For me, the biggest culprit was my closet! I've collected so many clothes over the years which were no longer being worn and I decided to finally let go and minimize my wardrobe. I donated all the pieces of clothing that were too small and unworn over the past year. This has left me with a wardrobe that is easier to manage and leaves me with my best pieces. It makes getting ready in the morning much easier! (Although nowadays, I usually stay in my pajamas until mid-day, while working on the small business at home). Check out one of my favorite YouTube vloggers LightbyCoco:
She is such an inspiration!
Happy New Year!!!
The past few weeks have been filled with researching, brainstorming and sketching. My current color mood is reflected in these photos and I've been spotting these colors all over my home and everyday objects. The photos of the vintage chairs were taken more than a few years ago at the Portobello Market in London; one of my favorite flea markets I've ever been to. My obsession with chairs began after I took a "History of Furniture" class a few years ago. The various shapes and sizes of chairs continues to inspire me and will be a huge part of my inspiration for my next project.
My last few days in New York City about five months before my little one was born-- The last few years in my life have been a whirlwind; an exciting, yet challenging one. Before I started the Sweet Potatoe, I coincidentally opened up a little vintage shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/visitcloud on Etsy exactly the day before my son Skye was born. I've sold on Etsy before and have always loved it and had an itch to sell and get back into the community of crafters and vintage lovers. My plans were to sell our collection of vintage decor and save up the money to buy some sewing materials and fabric. After a few months of settling in with being a first time mommy, I eventually stocked the vintage shop and started selling on Etsy again. While setting up a vintage Instagram profile, I slowly discovered the business side of Instagtam and sorta, okay...instantly became addicted. I started out using Instagram as a personal outlet, but started using IG for my vintage decor shop. I started taking photos of clothes I never or barely wore and started selling on IG. I loved making people happy and hearing their feedback. I met so many new and expecting moms who were in the same boat as me and it was fun interacting with all of them. I still interact with a lot of them today. I love seeing how far everyone has gone. It's so inspiring! Skye was only 6 months at the time, so of course this "side thing" was reserved during his naps and at night and it still is today! My partner in crime (the hubs) is my production partner and we use our sleepless nights of sewing, cutting patterns and illustrating as our bonding time. It's funny though, we get into work mode and the dynamic changes. Well..with the funds I made from my closet shop, I slowly started planning out The Sweet Potatoe and it took a lot more time to prep everything than I expected. It was perfect timing with our local summer Farmers Market which started last May. I went to the jury selection and I was so nervous, but it turned out really well in the end. I learned not to make fear take over my mind and goals. That became my main motivator to keep going. Every day is a learning process and I take each setback as a sign to keep moving forward. I love all the people I've met and appreciate all the support from my customers, family members and friends.