Fave Looks: Miss Patina


For the vintage fan girls is this lovely brand Miss Patina based in the UK.  Vintage inspired goods that is still timely and modern.  I am loving their Spring + Summer 2015 collection!  Gorgeous and elegant pieces with a dash of whimsy.  I have my eye on these sheer blouses and dresses with a collar, so cute!MissPatina1





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Musette Monday: Dusty Springfield


Can we talk about this number one pop singer of the 60′s.   Just love to cook dinner  and put on some Dusty! I really miss the days of East Village Radio and Brian Ferrari’s awesome show 60′s degrees when it was all 60′s girl bands.  Although lately I have been getting into Dusty’s album from 1987 Reputation and Rarities.  Inspired by her work with the Pet Shop Boys, who I am also a fan of.  So not surprised about this new found love!  I really want to chanel Dusty’s high hair with a little bow and her cute outfits.  And if I could only have her style and her voice. But for now Ill settle for her style. Yes here we go again with the 60′s shift.  Love them right now with the peasant sleeves or even a bell. Dusty-Springfield-2







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Let’s get organized!


I created a fun little pdf file full of to-do lists and calendar’s with my illustrations and graphics!  Click here for the fabulous download! You will find a meal planner, weekly planner,  day planner, Birthday and password tracker, goal setter, and to-do lists.  Enjoy and Happy Monday!LaceeSwanLetsGetOrganized

Fave Looks: Giamba


I’m absolutely in the clouds with Giambattista Valli’s smaller line Giamba!  Nothing better to get in the mood for the season with this spring collection. Of course I am a always a  fan for baby doll dress, especially the sheer variety.   A great collection of soft, sweet pieces with some beautiful bold graphic details.  The doll look is perfect with Mary Jane platforms and sheer diamond tights. Love!Giambista1









10 Tips on why to bring your own bag and making it a habit


I have always been a huge fan of “being a bag lady” and using less paper and plastic.  I think it is one of the easiest ways to incorporate into your daily routine and be green.  I have recently made the change from Brooklyn to a small town in North Dakota.  It is not quite as popular here as it was in New York where people asked me if I even need a bag because so many people already bring theirs.  Luckily it’s a small town so everyone knows that I am that girl who brings her who own grocery bags.  Hopefully I will start a trend, right?!  So here are some  reasons of why you should make this a habit. As well as some quicks tips on how to, whether you live in a big city or tiny town.  BeAbagLady

Illustrated bags from:  baggu  |  Ban.do  |  Kate Spade

1. Reusable bags made of cloth, canvas  and etc. have the possibility to replace the use of 1000 plastic bags or more in their lifetime!

2. Plastic is made of petroleum, therefore very harmful to the environment. It takes hundreds of years, let me say that again HUNDREDS to completely break down in landfills.

3. FACT. Americans use, on average, anywhere from 300 to 700 plastic bags each year, per person. There is currently more than 7,250,00 tons of plastic polluting the world’s oceans at this very moment. Eeeeeek.

4. More than 46,000 pieces of plastic contaminate each square mile of our oceans. Okay, now think about that and then all the cute things you love in the ocean.  Dolphins, starfish, seahorses or if it helps the things you like to eat in the ocean as well!

So now that you have a few facts that make you cringe.  You say, but how am I supposed to remember to always bring a bag with me?  Well here are a few helping points:

5. Buy a couple different small packable bags such as baggu that you can carry in your purse. I am always switching purses so I try to have a couple different ones.

6. Have large durable ones for grocery shopping, make a habit of keeping them in your car. Or if you live in the city keep them next to  your fridge or grocery list so it is easy to grab them before you run to the grocery store.

7. Keep one bag at where you work, also keep them by your coat rack or by the door. Some people store coupons in them so they definitely do not forget.

8. Many grocery stores give you a discount to bring your own bag. or like Trader Joes they put your name in the raffle : )

9. Bringing your own bag is good for the animals, it means that wildlife won’t get tangled in them or eat them.

10. And IF you do forget and have to pick between plastic or paper.  Pick plastic and then make sure to recycle it.  Plastic bags require less energyy to produce and generate less solid waste than paper bags. **  And if you do use plastic you can reuse it for many uses, mini trash bags for small trash cans, broken glass, or many other reasons.