Small Business Series: Mamas and Makers Market

It's time for another pop up recap, and guys, this was my favorite EVER. We participated in the Mamas and Makers market this past Sunday at the Merrill House (a super gorgeous venue) in Houston and it was an incredibly fun day.

Our friends Esther of cuteheads and Beth of Manor hosted what is hopefully the first of an annual family event and it was a blast! There were thirty vendors including those selling jewelry, children and adult clothing, skincare products, kids accessories, home decor, art, books, and greeting cards. From the minute the doors opened at 11 the place was packed with families ready to hit the bar and grab a beer or mimosa, take their kids to the face painting and cotton candy stations, and then get their shop on! 

Steph flew in for the event and I'm always so so glad to have her here because 1. any excuse to see your bestie and 2. the woman knows how to work a pop up. She knows our products inside and out thanks to countless hours managing the site and turns out that sometimes even with two of us, we had a line waiting to check out.

I always say that our customers are the best and I really believe it. We saw so many familiar faces, who've been supporting us from day one and so many little girls were walking through the door in Willow Crowns pieces which totally made me want to cry. 

Ok, on to photos!

While this was the biggest display we've done for a pop up, I wanted to keep everything on brand with blush and white colors and simple, easy to shop displays. Meredith from Cake and Confetti whipped up our gorgeous fresh floral garland which really made the display and Ryan was a huge help making the sign for us.   

We kept one table as a true "shopping" table with all the majority of our clips displayed and headbands that could be tried on. The other table displayed our special occasion pieces and a build your own clip set station. We used the middle area for our check out, storing business cards, bags, and inventory. 

So now that it's all over, my house is full of gorgeous leftover florals, our inventory is in desperate need of replenishing, and I'm pretty sure my ankles are still feeling it! All the best signs of a successful pop up!

Steph will be posting a full recap of our time together on her blog later today (including some of the amazing food we ate while she was here!) and we're already moving full steam ahead into producing our Fall collection which will be launching in less that one month on Thursday, September 1st at 10 am CST!

A Week of Wear

 We've been busy (says the broken record) so I'm still reaching for favorites sartorially speaking that are comfy and not totally inappropriate should an impromptu coffee date pop up. 

This was my choice for the Fourth of July parade which was insanely hot and mercifully short. The kiddos loved it though and I was able to pull my hair into a side braid when the humidity starting getting too crazy!

Old Crossbody | Jack Rogers Sandals | Madewell Shift | Similar Monogrammed Cap

This was for date night to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. I've been waiting for a reason to break this dress out and have it earmarked for an upcoming wedding and baby shower as well. I snagged these amazing wedges at Nordstrom Rack and while steeply discounted, are more than I'd normally shell out for a pair of shoes. I've been lusting after this particular pair for years though and I'm not sorry I went for them!

I haven't worn this officially yet, but I finally pulled the trigger on my favorite shorts in navy! Their length is appropriate for a mom on the go and when dressed up with a fun blouse and gorgeous heels, they're perfect for this Saturday's pop up. We'll be at the Pottery Barn Kids in Highland Village from 4-6!

Old Anthropologie Blouse (similar) | Madewell Shorts | LK Bennett Wedges

Willow Crowns Upcoming Events

I'm here, I'm alive!

No I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, just the face of the blog world. It's all good really, we've just been BUSY getting ready for a very full July, planning out our Fall collection (it's going to be awesome) and planning a baby shower for my little sister! That plus our regular shenanigans, social life, oh and a kiddo who's home free for the summer have made things a little hectic around here.

So here's what we've got coming up (if you're local, mark your calendars!):

I'm so so excited to announce that we'll be live on Brickyard Buffalo a week from today and will run 7/6-7/10. We'll be selling our gold Isla headband at a discount (trust me when I say this never ever happens) and honestly, it's kind of a victory for me! When WC first started I applied to be a vendor and was denied. Womp womp. WC really wasn't where it needed to be and I know now that it showed, so to be asked to be a vendor now, when WC is nearly 3, is super gratifying, knowing that we've really come so far! So if you're just starting out, don't let little hiccups and "failures" get you down. 

Next is our Pop Up at Pottery Barn Kids in Highland Village on July 9th! They're having a nursery event from 4-6 and we'll be there with our favorite baby-friendly lace headbands and maybe even a new bow headband or two! We'll also be bringing our most popular clip sets and will have laces available in all children's sizes so stop by if you're around, we'd love to see you!

Finally for July is the Mamas and Makers market at Merrill House in Houston. We'll be one of over 30 vendors setting up shop from 11-4 pm and I'm totally excited about this. There's going to be live music, food, plenty for the kiddos to do, so please put this one on your calendar! 

A Week of Wear

We are finally enjoying some gorgeous weather here in Houston! Now that I've said that, it's obviously going to start raining, but it was good while it lasted. These are last week's selfies since this week looked a lot like sweats and shipping orders, but let's pretend. 

This was over the weekend and I'm loving these new J Crew sandals and how these blue shorts seem to end up going with everything

This is what I changed into for a boil with some friends and wish I could find it online for you! It's from the Gap Outlet and I just love it. It's super comfy and you bet it's coming back out for the 4th of July.

Gap Outlet Dress

Again, not online (ugh) but I think the Anthro romper I bought in March is still kicking around stores. It's got an elastic waistband (hello!) and it really comfortable and flattering. Basically, everything I look for in a piece of clothing.

Similar Anthropologie Romper (15% off when you download the app!)| Old Navy Bag | Badgley Mischka Sandals

I guess I wore a lot of old stuff this week, but this Wayf top was so breezy and comfy and once again, the J Crew Factory shorts are my go to summer bottom. I will absolutely be buying more colors now that they're marked down to $20!

Nordstrom Top | J Crew Factory Shorts (now $20!)| Target Sandals

Honestly, wasn't my favorite outfit this week. BUT, it matched and I didn't sweat my butt off in it. I don't know, something about it just didn't do it for me, but you can't wing them all, right?

Hope you all have awesome weekends and have some fun new things to wear!

Heat Proof Summer Hair

After 3 years of Texas living, I've finally figured out what works for my hair in the brutal Houston humidity. My hair tends to fall flat, lose curl, and frizz when the temps start to climb, and it's honestly not my best look. 

It doesn't take much, but I've found a few key products (and styles) that never let me  down! 

Headband | Redken Spray | Frizz Ease Cream | Hairspray | Dry Shampoo

A lot of days I don't even bother to use heat at all. I love braids, tucks, and topknots during the Summer months and I'm obviously partial to headbands. Gold is my favorite for the Summer months and the gold Blake (pictured above) is super versatile and perfect for dressing up a simple style or just keeping the frizz and baby hairs under control. Some super easy style tutorials can be found on our You Tube page (including how to create the perfect top knot!).

Now let's talk products.

If I decide I'm going to go to the trouble of curling (or straightening) my hair, there are two products I always turn to! Priming products are awesome (Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day is one) but they won't do what this Redken Iron Shape 11 spray does. Spray evenly from midshaft to the tips of your hair, comb through and wield that flat iron/curling iron (my favorite is this Hot Tools 1 1/4").

 I somehow thought it would be a good idea to rock fully curled hair on a 90 degree day at Sea World (dumbest idea I've had in a while) and while my neck was sweaty and it was anything but practical, those curls held. After 8 hours I still had some shape to my curls and while I won't be looking to recreate that particular hair scenario again, it proves my point. So if you've just gotta style for a wedding, baby shower, bridal shower, or hot date, this won't let you down.

Once the curls are there to stay or your hair is perfectly straight, it's time to tame the flyways and frizz. John Frieda's Secret Weapon Touch Up Creme has been in my repertoire for years! It's really light weight, a little goes a long way, and it doesn't smell like anything crazy. I run a dime size amount between the palms of my hands and gently smooth it over my hair, again going midshaft to the tips. I try to avoid putting product on the roots in the hot weather, since sweating and humidity can make it sticky and look oily. The only exception? Dry shampoo and this is my fave. It's cheap, available at Target, comes in large quantities, and works like a charm.

Finally, lock it with Elnett. Were you to come to my house (please don't, it's probably covered in legos) you'd find three cans residing in my vanity at all times. I can't risk running out. The hold is soft but serious and in conjunction with the touch up creme, keeps frizz locked out. I use this even when I'm not using heat, it keeps my topknot looking flawless, braids from fraying, and basically is my holy grail hair product. Too effusive? Never.

So here's to good Summer hair, may we all have it!

p.s. Thank you all SO much for an amazing Fourth of July WC launch! We love you all so much!

Willow Crowns Americana Capsule

It's almost time for our Americana capsule to launch and I'm so excited to share the full collection with you today!

We always do a 4th of July capsule that's separate from our Summer collection so that we have the chance to play with more colors and fabrics for the Summer season. It's also nice to have a separate June launch to help fill out what can definitely be a slower season for many shop owners!

We blended a lot of traditional elements (red gingham is always a favorite) with some fun leathers, prints, and fabrics (I LOVE linen) to create a streamlined collection that will keep your little ladies (and gents!) well accessorized through Labor Day!

Be sure to stop by Willow Crowns at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST, 9 AM MST, 8 AM PST) tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7th to shop the full collection! Quantities will be limited, so don't miss out! You can catch shop and inventory updates on Instagram or sign up here for our newsletter which will send a 1 hour reminder to your inbox! 

The Camera Roll

Well, the photo situation on my phone has gotten out of hand again. How out of hand? 16,000 +. Yikes.

Time to follow my own advice and move some of them to the external hard drive and free up some space! Granted, they're not just iPhone pics, but pretty much all the photos I take on my digital as well. I do most of the brightening on my phone so my "good camera" photos end up on my handheld lifeline as well. I thought I'd share a few recent favorites before we head into the weekend and I get into pre-launch mode!

Her little yoga pants just kill me. We're gearing up for another trip to Maine soon and this travel outfit will totally be repeated.

I was so happy to be able to spend Mother's Day with my mom and my sister who's going to be a mother in just a few months. We recreated one of my favorite photos from her wedding weekend and I sense a tradition in the works!

My very favorite way to start the day...a little productive work time, caffeine, and a pastry with chocolate (Trader Joe's frozen chocolate croissants are my go to these days).  

Still crushing on the cutting board holder Ryan made me and especially loving the newest addition: this rose gold rolling pin. This shade isn't available online but the gold is and it's gorgeous.

Olivia's sweetness is on a whole new level lately. So is her attitude, but the former is definitely the dominant quality these days.

Poolside margaritas. The constant rain has me wishing more than ever for a repeat of this day a couple weeks ago. Come on, Summer!!

I'm stepping up my gardening game in our backyard (finally, it's only been three years) and these hanging plants were an easy place to start! I got the shepherds hooks on Amazon as a 4/$20 deal and they're great!

When I  moved our bar stuff to the built ins, I moved the bar cart to our bedroom! I'm not sure if it's there to stay, but it's having fun hosting a pair of heels and some decorative accents! 

Ice cream dates and her recent affinity for rainbow sprinkles.

Did you know I have a twelve year old? Seriously, she looks so grown up lately and I'm constantly vacillating between loving and hating it. 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you Monday for a look at the entire Willow Crowns Amereicana capsule that's launching at 10 am CST on Tuesday!

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