Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung... Well not here in chilly Alberta, but I can dream, and in the meantime look at pretty pictures of spring trends!

I am loving all of the bright colors for spring! Neon has made a comeback, and as a young child growing up in the eighties, I remember this trend well!

I love how uses a pop of neon pink in home decor!

I also love this hot pink blazer. Not sure where this one is from, but a similar one can be found at Zara.

Nothing says warm weather to me like bright lemons! Try this delicious lemon bread from

I was fortunate enough to visit the french countryside in the spring, a few years back. Flowers blooming, people riding their bikes everywhere, and the smell of the air is divine. This picture reminds me of that time, and is also my inspiration for an upcoming new hair clip set coming to the shop!

Here is a springy hair clip set now available in the shop! I love the shabby chic polka dot fabric in bright spring colors!

Stay tuned to Giddy Up & Grow for more designs coming soon!

Happy Spring!

**pictures provided by, or my own photography**

Friday, February 17, 2012

Craving Spring Color Story

Always, around this time of year, I start to crave the warmth of spring. Although it may be sunny, mother nature fools us with her cold winds and bitter cold!

Here are some images that have been inspiring me lately, and keeping me sane while I wait and wait for flower buds to appear!

Adoring this gorgeous Fedora hat, with lace trim and flower accents. I plan on making something similar for my vintage hat!

This hat was found at

This is my vintage Fedora that I found on
 Since mother nature keeps us Canadians a bright, stark white color almost all year round, I have been obsessed with these makeup cult favorites!

Stila bronzer, NARS blush in Desire, Chanel lipstick in Chance, and YSL lipstick in Lingerie Pink
Another trick to help me think its spring, is to wear a giant flower cocktail ring! These beauties are by a favorite shop of mine, called Blush Envy. Brandi from Blush Envy will custom color a special piece for you, and she is a doll! Plus she just introduced a new Mommy & Me line. Check out her shop here Blush Envy.

Flower rings by
Not just for spring, but any time of year, I like to wear & layer a mix of store bought and DIY jewelry. Here I have a couple of bracelets by Kenneth J. Lane, and a mix of brightly colored wood & gold beaded bracelets that I made myself. Kenneth J. Lane pieces are timeless, but can be expensive. Try searching on ebay for much better deals on new & used cocktail jewelry. The wood bead bracelets cost aprox. $3-$5 each, depending on where you buy the supplies. Try your local dollar store, or a Michael's Craft Store.

Lots of brightly colored flowers are influencing my designs in the shop lately...

Here are a few of the spring designs at Giddy Up & Grow!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winter has hit, and hits hard!

Just to give you some perspective on where abouts I chose to live (you will think I am nuts)... Today is January 17th, its2:48pm and the temperature is -29 degrees Celsius. That is aprox. -20.2F... A weather advisory has been issued for our region with an importance that severe frostbite may occur within less than 10 minutes of direct exposure. School will likely be cancelled tomorrow as temperatures are to drop to -40 to -50 overnight with windchill. We have to plug our car engines into an electrical outlet, just so that our engines start... Its nuts I know, but there really is a lot of beauty in these regions, and I love our little town. Infact, I wish we had moved from the big city to our little town years ago.

We are about an hour away from Banff National Park. Some of you may have heard of this place, which is nestled within the Rocky Mountains. I love going there... I love going there on girls' weekends, and I love going there with my family. So much to see and do, and I always meet someone new from another country. Skiing is the most popular activity, as there are so many famous ski hills all around. On occasion a girlfriend and I will rent a hotel room for a couple of nights to get some girl time in! Most of the hotel rooms have fireplaces in them, so you can curl up by the fire, glass of wine in hand, and have girl chat for hours!! So fun! The hot springs are always a must, and the shopping is great. I also may be known for coming home with a new tattoo!!

Here is a picture of the glorious Banff Springs Hotel!

Marilyn Monroe also filmed a movie here called The River of no Return!

Now with all this cold, snow and gloom talk... Imagine that all I can obsess about are flowers! I am loving all the bright colors for spring (that is if it ever arrives here). Some favorite colors right now are fuchsia, seasprite green,bright yellow and turquoise!

There have been a few new flowing items added to the shop lately!  I have added some Easter accessories as well, and will have some St. Patrick's Day accessories coming soon. I know, I know... I am jumping holidays!!

All the hair accessories can be found at Giddy Up & Grow!

Hope you are all staying safe & warm where ever you live!


Images provided by and Giddy Up & Grow