Happy Thursday, everyone! I have a very…very…very awesomely handmade 3 ways to wear to share with y’all this week! Ah–let’s jump right to it!
A few weeks ago, I got this cozy blanket scarf from ForgottenCotton on Etsy. Elizabeth, the lady behind ForgottenCotton, hand-makes ALL of the items in her Etsy shop (scarves, leggings (hand-dyed), boot cuffs, and bow cuff bracelets) in North Western Wyoming where she and her husband live. *BRR!*
As y’all know, the VIP is a HUGE supporter of handmade and American made, so I obviously am head-over-heels for ForgottenCotton! *wink* Oh, there is just something truly satisfying about slipping on a necklace or a scarf that was made by someone who truly adores the craft + is passionate about providing a quality product to consumers. Way to go, ForgottenCotton and all of my other Etsy loves! Y’all are making wardrobes more fabulous by the minute :)
“ForgottenCotton is a 100% handmade clothing and accessories business…We are a husband and wife team who work together and handle every part of our business from sourcing materials to packing orders. Our business is built on the simple principle that all customers deserve high quality goods which are still made in America….We believe there is a small business revolution happening in America and we are proud to be a part of it,” explains Elizabeth on their Etsy about page.
Now, without further ado, I introduce to y’all the 3 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf featuring the ForgottenCotton plaid blanket scarf (shop it here!)
Welcome back to the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog! I am very excited to share with y’all the special VIP Interview with the owners of Deep South Pout, Nicole Oswalt and Shannon Stoker!
Deep South Pout has such adorable apparel, flirty and fierce statement jewelry, handmade hats and jewelry by BluGertrude, and much more! As soon as you walk through the doors, you will immediately spy a key piece that you must have! If you live around the Starkville or Columbus, Mississippi area, hop in the car and pay a visit to Deep South Pout, and tell them the VIP sent you:) If you live outside the area, take a weekend road trip to Starkville/Columbus, Mississippi. There is plenty of good food and shopping! Visit www.columbusms.org for wonderful things to do and places to go!
Let’s start this interview, shall we? I know y’all are dying to hear it!
1. Tell us a little something about yourselves.
We (Shannon and Nicole) met in high school in Petal, Mississippi. We
re-connected at a high school reunion two years ago.
Shannon was a school teacher, and now lives in Starkville with her husband and son, Charley. Nicole and her husband, Justin, live in Columbus with their two puppies. Before Deep South Pout, Nicole worked in corporate retail for several years.
2. What inspired the name “Deep South Pout”?
When I (Nicole) was working at another boutique (before DSP), we went to New York City for market one weekend. I was amazed at how we Southern women stood out from the crowd. I wanted to incorporate that and to stay true to our roots. That’s where Deep South came from! And being from the Deep South, like most good Southern women, we wear lots of makeup ;) And “Pout” relating to your mouth, just made sense.
5. How is Deep South Pout involved with the community?
We love to give back to our community and to get involved with charity projects for those in need. One way we are doing this is by helping a local family fund their adoption of a little boy from Ethiopia. A percentage of our sales each month go toward their adoption fund. We love being able to support a good cause!
6. What are the top must-haves for fall at Deep South Pout?