Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - November 15 2018
Welp. I can't believe it's time, but it is!
No one panic but my holiday shipping deadline is 1 month away!
Can I be honest though? The holidays are not actually my favorite. Maybe it's because I'm divorced (twice. hello.) Or maybe it's because I've always worked in retail and customer service (which means I've always been a) broke and b) had to work longer hours for grumpier people this time of the year, incase you've never had the pleasure...)
Or maybe it's because I'm not religious. (Oooh I hope I'm not losing followers here?! Like that time I said that I'm "only one person*" during an instagram q&a... 🤪)
Whatever the reason, I'm trying to work past it and find my joy this year.
I'm focusing on how wonderful it is to be here, doing exactly what I love to do, and how amazing it is that I have so many supporters who are excited to share my products with their loved ones this year. Also, gratitude. THANK YOU for being geared up to shop local, handmade, and cruelty free this holiday season!!! You're making a difference in my life and our community, which makes you THE BEST EVER AND I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH.
You know I don't love discounting my work, but I do love finding ways to make it easier for you to get what you need, so I think I've come up with something special that will work for us both this holiday season.
In lieu of doing "door buster" type deals on Black Friday and Small business Saturday, (although you should totally come into the store those days because I'll be doing free GWPs and Siempre Viva has tons of goodies planned!) I'm offering a "build-your-own-bundle" tiered discount program starting now through the end of December.
Here's the deal:
Spend $40 - get 5% off
use code: 5OFF40
Spend $50 - get 10% off
use code: 10OFF50
Spend $100 - get 20% off
use code: 20OFF100
Spend $200 - get 25% off
use code: 25OFF200
Spend $300 - get 30% off
use code: 30OFF300
This way, you can get what you want without having to choose from bundles and gift sets that I pick out, and you can start early, then come back to spend the gift cards you got for Christmas on yourself!
(And don't worry if you're missing my usual bundles and gift sets - they will most likely come back better than ever after the beginning of the year!)
These coupon codes are available online and in-store, and there are no usage limits, so you can get what you need when you can, then come back for more! They can't be combined with other discounts, so if you have another coupon (or keep it local or rewards points) you'll have to pick which one to use when. Subscription products are not included, but my pre-paid bundles will be going on sale Cyber Monday (November 26th) so mark your calendars!
And to make your gifting extra, super easy, I'll be sharing a new gift idea every single day from now until Christmas. I've got something for everyone, so it'll be ridiculously easy. 😉 Be sure to check my instagram story highlights to see all of my suggestions - I'll probably recap everything either here on the blog, in the forum, or on Facebook, so keep your eyes peeled!
(Not to mention created the most perfectly wearable natural velvet-red lip color!)
It's a $56 retail value for just $30, and I know whoever gets it is going to absolutely love everything!
They're available for pre-order now through December 14th, (which is the last day to order anything online before Christmas, FYI,) and they ship on December 17th, so they'll definitely arrive just in time for the big day.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's gift, and again, thank you for your support during this holiday season. I want to help you shower all of our loved ones with all of the twinkly goodness, so please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything you need!
OH, I ALMOST FORGOT!
I've updated my return policy for the holidays!
You can now exchange full size products! This way you don't have to worry about picking out the perfect scent for someone else (I know it's tricky!)
All you have to do is email me for a return label, and once I receive the product back I'll send you what you really want. I'll include instructions with my shipments to make it extra easy. And if you're local, just bring it back to swap it out for something else!
Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - October 23 2018
This is my 3rd anniversary gratitude post. Also I have some important changes and updates to announce so read all the way through if you don't want to miss big news!
Twinkle Apothecary went live on October 25th, 2015. The past three years have been the most expansive, scariest, challenging, funnest, hardest, most creative, and most content years of my life. I've worked harder than I even thought was humanly possible. I've created (and produced AND RESTOCKED) more than I thought I was ever capable of. I've acquired a million new skills. I think I've even proven myself to be a smart, successful, creative business person. An artist even, perhaps?
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with stress. Sometimes I wonder what the heck I'm doing. Sometimes I feel like I'm loosing my marbles. Sometimes I need to turn off my phone and take a break.
But there isn't a day that goes by that I don't have to pinch myself. I can't believe this is my life. I am living my dream. I get up every morning and take the ideas in my head-slash-heart and make them real. And I am supported in this by an amazing group of people from all over the planet, not to mention my hometown. Wow.
I feel incredibly lucky.
In case I don't say this enough, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for supporting my business.
I can't wait to see what the next year brings. I have a million more perfumes to make and ideas to share. I'm always trying to improve and find ways to do what I do best even better, and with that in mind, I have a few exciting updates and changes to share with you!
1. I have made a big decision.
to discontinue my signature fragrance body care items.
(Don't panic the perfumes themselves aren't going anywhere)
As you might have already noticed, I have marked down all of my signature fragrance deodorants, dry shampoos, body + foot powders, body + bath oils, and salt soaks. I won't be making any more of them, so once they're gone, they're gone forever!
(Heads up they are going fast!)
There is one exception - if you are a retailer who carries these products you will still be able to special order them wholesale with a minimum that we can discuss on a case by case basis, I just won't be stocking them on my shelves or listing them online any longer.
Why am I getting rid of them?
There are a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is that they are some of my slowest selling products and they're taking up a lot of shelf space in my shop that I could use for other products that people buy more often.
When I originally started Twinkle Apothecary, my vision was for it to be a body care company. I thought that the idea of matching your perfume to your deodorant, dry shampoo, moisturizer, etc., was so unique and fun (and I still do!) but, it turns out that people don't really shop for body care that way... LOL
I rarely see anyone match their perfume to their deodorant, actually! It all sells, just not together. And with 14 different fragrances, it's becoming more and more difficult to keep everything in stock at the same time. Some of my fragrances sell very quickly, and others (aka my favorite ones/the ones I think are actually my best work 😂) barely turn over the course of a year. I didn't want to have to discontinue some of my favorite scents over the best sellers, so I am discontinuing everything and have come up with a new and improved plan for my body care items!
Going forward, the deodorant, body powder, dry shampoo, body oil, and salt soaks will be offered in my 4 most popular single note fragrances, which will compliment your favorite fragrance, rather than match it.
I will be starting with lavender, patchouli, pink grapefruit, and ylang ylang, like my single note deodorants. Depending on how that goes, I may add more scents, but I really want to keep it simple, because I often get feedback that people are "overwhelmed" by all of the different options. If you're overwhelmed by anything in my shop, I want it to be because you can't decide which perfume to buy first, not because you can't pick out a deodorant...
Side note - if this is disappointing or upsetting to you in any way, know that I am very sorry for your loss, but say it with me like I'm Tom Hanks and you're Meg Ryan:
📣 It's not personal, it's business. 📣
Sometimes in order to grow you have to make difficult/big decisions, and I am confident that what is coming next will be even better for everyone. After 3 years, I think I have a pretty good idea about what I'm doing here, so trust me, ok? OK. 😉
Also I can't even begin to tell you how great it felt to erase all of the things off of my "to make" list today. Of course now I have to make all of the single note scents but that's much more manageable! Yay for freeing up time and money!
2. In-store refills are coming!
With all of the shelf space I'll save by no longer stocking 14 different fragrances of body care items, I will be able to offer DIY refills of almost every single product that I make in my OKC shop. This is something I get requests for daily (hourly?) and I've been promising that I was working out how to do it, so here we are!
Give me a little bit of time to sell through my current inventory, make my new products, and get it all set up, but I promise it's coming ASAP. Let's say... January?! Possibly sooner depending on how quickly you clear my shelves!
I'm planning to offer in-store refills of all my skincare, perfume, and body care items. It's going to be glorious.
Unfortunately, I haven't figured out refills for web orders. I'm not sure that shipping empty bottles back and forth is more eco-friendly than just tossing them in the recycling bin, but I will still offer refill pouches for my dry products like I do now!
3. Just kidding, I think that's enough for now.
Pretty major, right?
The next year is looking pretty mean and green if you ask me. I'm most looking forward to coming up with the funnest beauty boxes, creating more unique perfume junkie scents, more color cosmetics, more asterisk collection editions, and who even knows what else... apparently I can do anything.
Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Your support is everything to me. I wouldn't be able to do this without you!
Cheers to the 3rd year of Twinkle!
Oh, and stay tuned to your inbox and social media for the details on my anniversary sale coming later this week so you can stock up on all the things in addition to what's left of the original body care items by Thursday... my little thank-you gift to you all!
Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - October 19 2018
Gosh, I've been really missing this blog lately. I just have so much to share with you all, but there's never enough time! (I'm not complaining - I'm very happy that you're keeping me busy with the making and the shipping, so more of that please. 😉)
Speaking of time, I get lots of requests for video tutorials...
and if you've ever tried to edit video and upload it to youtube, you know that that could pretty much be a full time job in itself. Not to mention setting up the tripod, trying to find the right angle when it's just you, running back and forth between the camera and wherever has the best lighting...
I mean, much respect to the bloggers who make it look so easy, but I'm trying to run a handmade business over here and my hands are FULL.
But alas, you need to know how to use the products. And apparently you need video.
So when I got a request for a dry shampoo video the other day, I figured I'd just take you through my full morning hair care routine via instagram. And then I decided to post it here on the blog in all of its glory so we have a nice little reference.
First of all, can I just say that for someone who has a beauty business, I feel like I am ridiculously low maintenance. I always feel a little bit embarrassed when you guys ask me how to do things because I feel like you're expecting some fancy beauty queen who looks perfect all the time and has just the right technique that's going to blow your mind...
but I'm really just a single mom who's trying to get out the door as fast as possible in the mornings so I can get my work done. I have so many things on my mind (and so many perfumes to create!) that the way my hair looks is pretty far down the list of things I worry about. Especially considering that I live (and walk around outside every day) in one of the windiest places in America. (Rogers and Hammerstein were definitely not exaggerating about the wind sweeping through the plains, y'all.)
I actually haven't heat styled my hair in ages. It sees the blow dryer every 2-3 months or so at the hair salon and that's it. I bleach it platinum (my one green beauty vice!) because I think my natural color is very boring and it's also in an awkward lots-of-gray-but-not-enough-to-look-cool phase...
So the low-maintenance, no-fuss, hand tossed, let it do what it wants in the wind (French girl, maybe even?!) bed head look serves two purposes - it saves my fine, processed hair from getting fried, and saves me a lot of time in the mornings. Plus, ya know, I think it's looks alright. Haha!
I highly recommend learning how to embrace/work with your natural texture (or in my case, lack thereof...) and find a low-key hair routine that works for you. You can always get fancy and blow it out/curl it if you're in the mood, but I've found that leaving it alone and letting it do its own thing is incredibly freeing. Also, I have a very talented hair stylist who knows how to cut my layers just perfectly because I am very upfront with her about how I style my hair. Meaning: how I don't...
So if you're wanting to transition into a more natural look, find yourself a professional who gets you and your hair type and it'll be a whole lot easier.
That being said, here's my routine:
On this day, I was on my 3rd day after shampooing (meaning I washed my hair on Monday and captured this on a Wednesday) but the routine is the same every day on the days I don't wash my hair. I don't need much dry shampoo on the second day, and I use a little bit more on the third day, but that's the only difference. I wash my hair about 2 times per week usually.
Step 1: Brush
My hair is very fine and the longer it gets the more tangled it gets, so I have to detangle it first thing, and I absolutely love these wooden bristle brushes because they don't break my hair or cause static!
2: Toss it up
You want a high bun that's not too tight. The hair ties I have are perfect for this, or you could use a scrunchie. If you have short hair, do a half bun and leave the bottom layers down. The bun is so you A) don't get it wet in the shower, and B) to add a bit of volume and loose waves. (Side note you should totally be able to add instagram story gifs to your blog without having to upload them to youtube in 2018. If anyone knows how to do this, you're hired.)
I oil cleanse my face in the morning (and gua sha) before I get in the shower. But more on my morning skincare routine later...
Or use a dish and an old makeup brush if you're opposed to plastic. I personally love the convenience of the brush and love that it's mess free and dispenses just the right amount of product.
This is the part where it feels embarrassingly simple and I wonder what you were expecting to see in a video... but this is it you guys. Sorry?
6. Brush and polish (optional)
You can stop there or your can brush it out with a natural bristle brush for more shine. I highly recommend the wave pomade to finish for more piece-y texture that actually conditions your hair.
Oh hang on - did you catch the discount code I'm offering through the end of the month?Take 20% off the refillable powder brush when you buy any dry shampoo, body powder, or translucent mattifying powder in the refill pouch! Code is NOBOTTLE
Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - September 13 2018
IT'S FINALLY HERE!
My latest product has been in the works for almost 6 months now (apologies to those of you who have been following me on Instagram, watching, and waiting for it this whole time...) but I am so excited (and nervous) to finally be sharing it with the world!
I can't believe I made a mascara.
Mascara is like the single most important and essential makeup item ever, am I right? I mean I never wear foundation or lipstick or eye shadow, but I wear mascara every single day.
(OK I guess when I put it that way it kind of makes sense that I had to put my own spin on it...)
It all started when someone told me that they were putting my bronzing balm on their lashes. I started doing it too, but wondered if there was a way to make it better - like more pigmented and less creamy/oily. I bought some black pigment one day on a whim, but kind of got distracted with the million other products I make and forgot about it for quite a few months.
I even looked into ordering some vegan mascara from another brand that everyone was raving about because it was supposed to be the best.
Sadly, it was not.
All the while people were hitting me up for natural, vegan mascara recommendations and I was happily recommending what I was using at the time, which really was the best thing I had found... yet.
Then one day last April, I forgot my makeup. I had an event to attend after work that day but was running late in the morning so I thought I'd just throw in my mascara and eyelash curler in my bag and of course use all of the other products that I stock in the shop! But when I got to the office, I realized the curler and mascara were not in my bag. Uh oh. Now I don't need to wear a lot of makeup, but I feel absolutely naked if I don't at least curl my eyelashes. (My eyelashes are very long but very straight - they actually point downwards.)
So I ran to the nearest drugstore (obviously this was before I lived within walking distance to the shop or carried these,) to pick up an eyelash curler and debated buying some cheapie mascara there for a hot second. (I picked up a couple packages and read the ingredients and was like NOPE. Nevermind!)
Then, during the car ride back to the shop, the eye tint formula suddenly came to me. No joke. (This kind of sudden knowing happens to me often - I think on ideas so long that I end up feeling like I just manifested them out of nowhere I guess.) When I got back to work I went straight into the kitchen and mixed it up. I put it on immediately (with the eyebrow brush that I somehow managed to remember that day) fully expecting it to be a great big mess. But it wasn't a mess at all.
It looked GOOD. More importantly, it felt good. It felt good enough to share with other people.
This was the day I made eye tint. ⬇️
(There's just something so empowering about solving all of your problems - even when it's the seemingly small and unimportant things like finding a good natural deodorant or forgetting your mascara. It's my favorite thing about this job.)
I never went back to my old mascara you guys.
The one that I made was (is) superior, even from the very first experiment. In fact, I didn't even alter the first recipe. I tested several different amounts of pigment but I knew that the oil/wax ratio was perfect from the beginning.
After months of living in it, (during an extremely hot and humid summer, by the way,) testing different batches, and a lot of internal debate, (I almost went with the very first version,) I decided to go with a more pigmented version that could also be worn as an eyeliner because if it doesn't multitask I kind of don't want it in my life.
Oh, and I made a bronze version too because I personally love wearing coppery/gold/brownish eyeliners to bring out the green in my hazel eyes. (I also think this would be perfect for my blonde and ginger friends!)
Also, yes, I will be making more shades eventually, assuming you all love it as much as I do!
Here are my favorite things about eye tint:
1. No flakes! This was my main complaint about my last mascara. It looked great at first but it felt like every time I checked myself in the mirror I realized that it had flaked all over my face. So annoying!
2. It doesn't weigh my lashes down! Even though it's a pretty stiff/thick wax formula, it feels super lightweight. Typical wet mascaras in the tube tend to go pull the curl out of my lashes and I have to re-curl them once it dries. I don't need to do that with eye tint. They stay lifted much longer!
3. No crunchy lashes or spider clumps. It feels soft and smooth. I don't need that pointy metal eyelash brush anymore. My lashes look natural and soft when I wear eye tint.
4. My eyes are so much less red and irritated. So, I didn't realize that my old mascara was what was making my eyes look red until I stopped using it. I didn't think that there were any irritating ingredients in it, but there must have been something that didn't agree with my eyes because constant redness isn't an issue for me anymore since I ditched my old mascara. I can even sleep in eye tint (I do not officially recommend this just for the record) and wake up without red, uncomfortable eyes.
All of that being said, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge that perfection does not actually exist. The beauty industry as a whole has a big problem with promising all kinds of things to get people to buy and not actually delivering results (like whatsoever) and I never want to play that game. (One of my biggest pet peeves is the commercials for crappy drugstore mascaras where the model is obviously wearing false eyelashes. Like, why?) Thanks to some clever marketers we've come to expect so much out of some very simple ingredients, which always leads to disappointment, doesn't it? (It does with me!)
So while I LOVE eye tint and have had great results with it and even think it's better than anything I've used before, it is not perfect. I don't think anything is, despite how other brands try to market their products.
There are a couple of things that I think are going to make eye tint not for everyone.
Here are the issues:
1. It's not for lower lashes. (Unless they're very short.) I personally have never been able to wear any mascara on my lower lashes because they're so long that I end up with mascara all over my face, but I definitely wouldn't wear eye tint on my lower lashes. (Unless I was also wearing it as an eyeliner under my eyes and going for a dramatic, exaggerated smoky look.)
2. It can smudge. I've never had a mascara that wasn't a hot smudgy mess, so eye tint still totally wins, but I still want to warn you that it can smudge a little bit. Especially if you wear a lot of oils and butters on your face (as you know I do.) Wearing translucent powder (or shimmer powder or your favorite eyeshadow) really helps it stay in place, and I don't actually own a concealer but I feel like that might help too. The good news is that it wipes off really easily. If I notice that I've got a little bit under my eyes I just grab a little piece of tissue or use my fingers to wipe it off and I usually just have to do that once.
That being said, it definitely holds up.
Here I am today at 9:10 am and 3:30 pm without cleaning up or retouching anything on my face:
In the second pic I had worked all day and just gotten in from walking my son home from school about 25 minutes in high humidity.
I mean, that's pretty great, right??
3. You may have to "prime" it. When you open up your eye tint for the very first time it's going to look really smooth and shiny and, well... waxy. As the hot melted wax cools some of the pigment tends to sink under the surface and you have to get the tint going a little bit to get through that very top layer of wax. Just rub your clean finger over it (or use a paper towel) until you start to pick up some color. This step isn't really necessary because you'll do it with your brush anyway, but it will ensure that you're getting enough color on your brush from the very first use. That all sounds more confusing than it actually is so here's a video:
4. Sometimes it wants to pop out of it's container. It's not really that big of a deal. Just be careful with it (like you hopefully are with all of your makeup) and don't open it upside down. If it does fall out, just pop it back in!
So what else do you need to know about eye tint?!
1. How long will it last?
A looooong time you guys. It's difficult for me to say since I've been going through test batches, but a little goes a really long way. On casual days, I sometimes just brush on the product that's leftover on my brush instead of rubbing my brush in the tint. (Side note make sure you're washing your brush regularly.)
The shelf life is one year, assuming you keep it dry.
2. What about the brush?
I ordered liner/mascara duo brushes that will be arriving next week, so in the meantime I'll be sending eye tint out with disposable mascara spoolies. There's also a $2 cruelty free brush by e.l.f. available at Target that works great.
I would not recommend using an old mascara wand, because the stick part isn't really stiff enough (that's what she said) to rub the brush in the tint and pick up enough product.
3. Can I wear it as an eye shadow? Brow gel?
Yes and yes. I haven't tried the black as a shadow but the bronze works great. Full disclosure, I feel ridiculous with makeup in my brows and just use wave pomade to tame them (old millennial problems) but I don't see why it wouldn't work. A little eye tint will go a long way as a shadow and in the brows.
BUT, THE LASHES YOU GUYS!
I'm so pleased with how this turned out. I hope you love it too. If you have questions I haven't answered here you know where to find me!
I'm so excited about this - I've had the idea to make a perfume subscription for several years and finally figured out how to make it happen. (Yay me!)
As you know, I love talking about and making new fragrances, but having a perfume hobby and running a perfume business are two very different things. I could create new perfumes forever and ever, but keeping them stocked on my shelves forever could quickly turn into a financial nightmare for my itty bitty business. Every time I make a new scent (or new anything) I have to consider the long term investment - and whether or not there's enough demand (and people buying it) for me to afford to keep it in stock. The ingredients that I use are rare and precious and prices can unexpectedly go up or materials could become unavailable altogether... and I have so many different products that I already have too much inventory (both of my finished products and ingredients) to manage as it is.
All of this is my long-winded way of saying that I'm not going to be making any more new fragrances for retail release, outside of the Asterisk Collection scents.
Don't be sad!
I'm going to be making a special new scent every single month just for my (new) perfume junkie club subscribers!
(Yes, I know you probably have questions so I'm going to do my best to answer them. Keep scrolling!)
So, hang on, what is the perfume junkie club?
It's a monthly subscription, like the monthly beauty box, but will feature only fragrances.
Each month I'll be creating a brand new scent and sending it out to subscribers - but there is kind of a big catch - the scent will be a complete surprise!
Wait, why make it a surprise though?!
For one thing, it's fun. If you love exploring natural fragrances, this is a unique (and inexpensive) way to treat yourself every month and potentially fall in love with something new and unexpected!
Secondly, this is my opportunity to be creative (and get paid for it which I totally deserve) - and I can't do my best work when I'm trying to please a million different people at the same time. I understand that people have sensitivities and dislikes, but I also find that a lot of people have pre-conceived notions about what they think they like and don't like and are often pleasantly surprised when they step out of their box - so if you have an open mind, this is your chance to try as many new things as possible. If you don't have an open mind and are very firm in your dislikes, the perfume junkie club probably isn't for you. No hard feelings. I've got plenty of other options for you to sample and explore!
Now. Before you come at me with your suggestions:
I've done a lot of thinking about the way to make this work best, (honestly it's been on my mind for years) and I think this is the simplest way for me to continue to make new fragrances and share them with the world. I just wouldn't be able to keep track of every subscribers' scent preferences on my own, although I could see making a personalized fragrance subscription product in the future when I have a whole team dedicated to improving my tech. For now, this is what I've got and I think it's going to be AMAZING.
Here's how it works:
Just like my og beauty box, you can buy it one time, or subscribe and save. A single box is $25, but if you subscribe to receive it every month, it's just $20! As always, you can cancel, pause, or choose to skip months at any time. Just log into your account (with the email address you used to place your subscription order) to manage your shipments!
You'll be charged at the time you place your order, and your perfume junkie box will ship on the 1st (or 1st business day) of the month!
Wow. That's a lot of perfume.
Yes. Yes it is. Hence the name "perfume junkie."
They'll be totally different every time though. They could be solids, sprays, oil or alcohol based roll ons... or even special packaging options/sizes that I don't offer in my signature collection. I've already got well over a year's worth of fragrances planned out for my junkies and I promise I will keep it interesting and worth your while! (For reference, the perfume junkie scents will probably usually be somewhere in-between my 4-note signature fragrances and my million-ingredient Asterisk Collection scents - although they could really be anything!)
Okay, but what if I fall in love with one of them and want to re-order?!
YES! THAT IS ALLOWED! Here's what you do. Order a single month box for $25 and write in the notes of the order the name of the scent that you'd like. I'll make it just for you and send it ASAP!
BUT WHAT IF I MISS A BOX AND ONE OF THE SCENTS SOUNDS RIGHT UP MY ALLEY?!
You can also order a single month box and write in the notes the name of the scent that you'd like, but please note that I won't be offering sample sizes in these scents. Order the full size made to order perfume at your own risk because (like everything else in my shop) there are no take-backs.
Speaking of made to order scents - this seems like a good time to announce that I'll be retiring some of my 2017-2018 special edition fragrances at the end of the summer. However, you'll still be able to order all of my retired fragrances online as a special order - I'll be posting that listing at the end of the summer when I stop producing Wave.
Before you panic:
Smudge is gong to be a part of my permanent collection, because I personally use it daily. Cardigan will come back every fall, because it's a top seller (and fantabulous.)
I just won't be keeping Flutter, Bloom, Wave, or Mamacita in stock going forward. But I'll keep you posted when the listing to order retired scents is live!
Starting in October, the Perfume Junkie Club is the place to go for all of my newest creations, and it's going to be sooooo incredibly difficult for me to keep them secrets so I'm going to give you a hint for this one:
*If you love vanilla and lavender I think you're going to want to sign up for the very first perfume junkie box!*
(And if they're not you're favorite I think you're still going to find this one to be utterly delightful.)
So what do you think?!
(Unfortunately this system won't allow me to respond to comments on my blog posts so I'm going to invite you all over to the perfume junkie section of the forum to continue this discussion.)
but did you know that on top of everything she does to support local art and businesses in our community, she also makes beautiful paintings?!
AND DID YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE FOR SALE IN MY SHOP RIGHT NOW?!
(AND JUST LIKE THAT I'VE FINALLY REALIZED MY DREAM OF WORKING IN AN ART GALLERY TOO!!)
As you can see, each of these paintings are full of rich textures, all of the colors, and although they stand alone nicely, I also love the way that they look paired together on my wall. Don't they just fit perfectly in the shop?!
"My current body of work expresses a narrative reflecting the various impacts that life events can have on an individual's experience - some of us have fairly smooth sailing, others endure particularly volatile events and resulting reverberations. Though the work appears to reference geological formations, each is inspired by the diversity of human existence. Each piece represents one human life, with each line of dots representing a significant event or a year."
So I'll need a big one then...
Sadly, I can't keep these to myself forever. Sara has a show coming up in Norman on October 12th, so I will only have these on display for the next month. I highly encourage you to stop by and give them a closer look:
(Can you even imagine how much time and focus goes into creating these pieces?!)
Prices range from $125-$850 and if you're not local, feel free to email me to discuss purchase and shipping arrangements.
And if you're a local artist who'd like to have your work featured in the shop next, please email me with some samples of the pieces you'd like to display and some info about yourself so we can work something out - I'd love to make the gallery wall a regular thing!
Ever since the very beginnings of Twinkle Apothecary I've wanted to find a better way to connect and create a virtual community around all of our amazing, brilliant, beautiful customers and fans. Now that I have a physical shop in OKC and have had the opportunity to get to know my local customers in person it only makes me want to be able to get to know everyone from all over a little better!
Edition 01 is embarking on a journey into the unknown - the deep dark woods of my shadow self. Edition 02 is a nostalgic, comforting reprieve from the cold winter. With that perspective, edition 03 became about where I am today - walking out on my own into the warm night, rooting deeply into the earth, stretching my arms up to the moon and blossoming.