pinup in a pack subscription box july unboxing

How time flies! I can’t believe I’m already on my FOURTH PInup in a Pack subscription box…it seems like just yesterday that I was first hearing about it. If you’ve kept up with my previous reviews (click here for April, May, and June), you know that I’ve liked this box more and more with each month. You may also remember that last month I gave a little nudge to the folks at Pinup in Pack to let them know an extra awesome box in my birth month would be appreciated. Well…they were nudged!

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pinup in a pack subscription box: may unboxing

Last  month, I tried out a new subscription box just for pinup gals – Pinup in a Pack! The down & dirty details: $19.99 (shipped in the US) gets you a selection of 3-4 retro-inspired accessories delivered to your door each month. I’m notoriously picky about subscription services because, well…I’m just super picky in general. But I liked my April box and decided to stick around for another month. What showed up in the May box? Will I be keeping my subscription for another month? There’s only one way to find out…

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birthday giveaway: my favorite things

This weekend (May 6, to be specific) marks the first birthday of The Sconnie Sling! After lurking and daydreaming about a fashion blog for months, I finally took the plunge. Since then, I’ve published 118 posts, redesigned (and redesigned again), made the switch to self-hosted (and did it all by myself), and had so much fun. I’m still full of ideas and love sharing my style and my thoughts with you. I wanted to mark the occasion and celebrate some of the women & makers who have made my first year of blogging so fun at the same time, and I was lucky enough to collaborate with those women to put together a pretty rad giveaway package, if I do say so myself!

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maker spotlight: summer blue jewelry | glam ghoul's guide

Happy October, ghouls! It’s finally here! And I figured it was about time that I reviewed some fabulous spooky accessories.

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I’ve been checking out Summer Blue Jewelry for quite a while (pictured here with Halloween pins from Steph Buscema – watch for a post on those coming soon!). There are some fabulous tiki pieces in the shop, but once the Halloween jewelry started to go up, I knew I had to save myself for those! I definitely appreciated the decorated boxes, especially that cute little googly-eyed bat.

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The first piece I knew I wanted were these “Fakelite” bat wing sweater clips. They’re incredibly versatile, and I knew they would add a little spooky specialness to any outfit. I love that Summer gives the options to choose pins vs. clips and 4″ vs. 6″ chain, letting you get exactly what you’re looking for out of your collar clips/sweater guard. I went with clips and a 6″ chain, cuz mama likes to wear her cardigans wide.

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Pumpkins! Because I’m a Responsible Adult (citation needed), I picked out pumpkin earrings that will work for general fall instead of only Halloween. See, thinking ahead. Once again, you have options for customization to choose which metal you’d prefer and if you want dark or light leaves. I’m usually a silver girl, but I thought the gold enhanced the harvest feel.

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Last but certainly not least, this fabulous Beetlejuice/Burton-esque classic Fakelite-style brooch. As much as I 1000% love ultra kitschy jewelry, I was drawn to how classy this was while still having that gothic touch. I can see myself wearing this all throughout the year, and to more formal events than I might wear a big orange Jack o’ Lantern brooch, for example. (Who am I kidding…where wouldn’t I wear a Jack o’ Lantern brooch???)

All of the jewelry I ordered came on custom cards and arrived in perfect condition. You can see and feel how well-made each piece is. I definitely plan to order from Summer again…there are quite a few brooches and necklaces that I’m already eyeing up! It really might be Halloween Everyday in Snarkland if I get my way…


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Throughout Spooktember and October, I’m sharing everything a vintage gal needs to have the perfect Halloween with costume inspiration, decor, recipes and more! Click here to find all the Glam Ghoul’s Guide posts.

maker spotlight: meteor jewelry co

I have to start this review by just saying upfront that I am so impressed with Meteor Jewelry Co. This is by far the most “high-end” feeling Etsy experience I’ve ever had in all my years shopping there, and I have so much respect for what Paula has built here!

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First off: the boxes. Like, damn. Presentation does matter when you’re shipping things; I love cute little envelopes and tissue paper that many of Etsy purchases come in, but these branded boxes definitely set up a very sleek, chic, and professional customer experience. It feels serious (and I want to keep them! I don’t know what I’ll do with them…but I’m definitely keeping them).

It was also great to get a little insight from Paula into how jewelry like this is made; I have a basic understanding of how one goes about making a polymer clay piece, for example but was totally clueless about these. Paula designs all of her pieces, and her 3-D renderings are turned into a mold by a local manufacturer, who casts the pieces in pewter. She assembles and enamels everything herself!

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These Parrots on Parade earrings immediately catapaulted themselves to the top of the earring food chain. They are absolutely stunning and such a perfect and unique tiki/tropical piece. Each bird is hand-painted in a 3-4 step process, and you can really tell. They’re so much more delicate and detailed than I could even tell from the product photos.

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I chose these precious yellow parrots with sweet green bellies, because I thought they were fun and bright, and would go well with a wide variety of tropical-themed outfits!

Also, the earrings are amazingly light. They’re big and substantial, but I wore them all day without any discomfort (and I’m kind of a baby about heavy earrings haha).

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Y’all know I love a big ass brooch, and this is a Big. Ass. Brooch. It’s huge, which thrills me to no end! The Tahitian is available in a number of colors, and I was definitely tempted by the purple and teal, but I’m really glad that I went with Mother of Pearl. It’s just so classic and sophisticated. I love that it would work just as well on a sleek black dress as on a flashy tiki-tastic outfit. And I definitely intend to wear it both ways!

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The brooch has “Meteor” stamped on the back (and the earrings have little “M”s!)…just another tiny detail that no one else will ever see, but that really steps up the quality of the piece.

I just really can’t express how impressed I was with these pieces! I can’t wait to place another order with Meteor Jewelry Co – I can tell that this will definitely be one of my go-to sources for classic, vintage-inspired jewelry going forward.

new accessories storage

I’m always fascinated to see how people organize things; I went to The Container Store for the first time a few weeks ago and left with the distinct impression that my life has been in shambles up until now without me ever knowing it. So since I just switched things in my accessories/vanity set-up around a bit, I thought I’d share! The lighting in my bedroom is not very good, so sorry about the wonky photos!

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I have my dresser and my garment rack along one wall of my bedroom, and I keep all my accessories over there. You can’t see, but directly to the left of the photo are my mirrored closet doors, so this is definitely the best spot in the apartment for getting ready in the morning! I immediately hung up the hair flower organizer I got in my last Belle’s Beauty Box and started filling it up with hair accessories!

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I’ll zoom you in a little closer. I keep my necklaces, dangley earrings, and some bracelets on a jewelry organizer from World Market mounted on the wall. Of course all of my pretties are flanked with the beautiful Bettie Page and Dita Von Teese prayer candles my bestie got me (aren’t they amazing???), and I have a painting of me (I KNOW) that another lovely friend gave me for my birthday last year up to remind me to always be a bombshell. On the right is a mirrored tray from Target with a jewelry organizer (also from Target) that holds hairbows, stud earrings, and rings. I also have some special jewelry on there (my pearls and some Lord of the Rings jewelry, which really tells you everything you need to know about me.

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And finally, the new star of the show! I saw Tangerine Menagerie post on Instagram about her new brooch organization system, and since she’s obviously as good at organizing brooches as she is at making them, I immediately copied her. These office organizers are from Poppin – they’re great because they all nest together and you can slide them and adjust them pretty much however you want. I got a mint letter tray, the white medium tray, and two small mint trays. The actual organization may adjust as my collection grows and changes; for now, I have enamel pins in one of the small trays, a few special pieces from my grandma in the other, cardigan clips in the white tray, and my other brooches below.

It feels so good to have things neat and tidy! I love being able to see my whole collection at a glance; it makes it so much easier to put together outfits and find the perfect piece.

How do you organize your jewelry?