June 2, 2014

The deets: GAP dress (now under $40!); ShopEsra earrings and bracelets (c/o); Shoedazzle heels (under $30 option); Ray-Ban sunnies; Rebecca Minkoff bag (almost identical).

I am always on the look out for local brands to support. When I was connected with Esra through a friend, I immediately checked out her shop which is filled with pretty hand crafted goodies, and really got into her unique style. I love love love the pastel leather wrap bracelets, they have quickly become my go-tos for stacking, but really everything she creates is pretty fabulous. I asked her to give me a little bit about herself and how she got started for your reading pleasure. Please check out her shop here and support a local brand!

I've always been a crafty person, but until ShopEsra I hadn't felt the natural drive to follow through with my projects. I have plenty of half-made knit scarves, almost finished paintings, and pinned DIY posts to speak for that. But I'm someone who happily embraces trial and error, which is how ShopEsra happened. I found with jewelry, I could finish a project in a day or two and easily alter it if I changed my mind later. Designing and making jewelry was a creative outlet that fit me! Wearing each necklace I first made was a happy reminder that I completed what I started, and momentum to make more came from friends who let me know they were loving each piece I made. So when I started making more than I could wear all myself, I created ShopEsra as an outlet to share my craft. 

I also want to mention that I balance ShopEsra with a 9-5 job and it's never felt like a burden. That's the real sign it's a great creative fit for me. So for everyone who feels like they have untapped potential- don't hesitate to try anything. Better the chances you'll find what feels best for you!


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