Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Five - Jacin Fitzgerald


I'm so excited to start this new series, you guys. The plan is that every Friday (or every other, depending on whether or not I can get people to participate) :) I'll be sharing with you a lovely person I've had the pleasure of working with since we started offering our vendor aprons in the shop.

First up is the insanely talented Jacin Fitzgerald. You guys can all thank her for the creation of our apron line since she was the first person to ask if we could make her a custom apron with her logo embroidered. You're welcome. :) Jacin was also one of the first people I connected with in this online world, through the #TWIPS group on Twitter, way back in 2010. Feel honored to call her one of my best 'real life' friends now too. 

{L: original apron, R: version 2}
SO without further ado, heeeeeere's Jacin:

  1. Tell us a little bit about Jacin Fitzgerald and the evolution of your business - from where it started to where it is now.

For the past 14+ years, I have worked and traveled my way across the United States and abroad – I’m a big “you only live once” kind of person and take every opportunity I can to travel and gain new experiences. I grew up working for my family’s hardware store (but my favorite part was designing the front window displays seasonally) and that instilled a strong work ethic in me from a young age. Watching other family members manage their own businesses was always really inspiring to me as well, and helped me to learn the importance of a healthy work/life balance. I landed my first official job in the events industry straight out of college in 2003 assisting with weddings and large-scale festivals for an oceanside venue in Newport, Rhode Island and from there I continued on my path in events management, from coordinating a national regatta series for Sailing World Magazine to functions for a private school in Sydney, Australia, to strategically-placed marketing events of all kinds across the United States for a pharmaceutical agency. Through all of my work and travels, though, I felt like something was missing and realized it was the creativity and personalization that went into the weddings that I started out with in the very beginning. I went on to open my company (initially called lovely little details) in 2009 and have not stopped working since then in order to build the reputable and seasoned wedding planning company that it has become today. An eternal optimist at heart, I’ve always been a “glass half full” type of gal and take this view into every event – I really and truly love my job and will never stop feeling thankful for each client who trusts me to join them on their journey to “I do”.


  1. Let’s talk about your floral design skills (incredible). Have flowers always been a part of your life? Do you have an all time favorite arrangement you’ve designed?

I feel like this is the most cliche answer ever but as a kid, my grandmother (Mimi) had the most incredible garden. It was full of wildflowers and it was always so beautiful. I remember going out to the garden with her to help with the watering or weeding and just really enjoying that time together. My family on my dad’s side has always been really into gardening and I guess I’ve just always been around flowers. When I started my company in late 2009 I was only doing the planning/design side of things but I always gravitated towards the blooms. I started attending flower workshops and (we lived in San Francisco at the time) would head to the flower mart 3-4 mornings a week at 4:00am to walk the market and see what was in season, how much flowers cost, etc. I wanted to learn anything and everything I could about the flowers before I started offering floral design to my clients. I had one client trust me with their wedding flowers and from there all of my clients started asking me to include this as an add-on service and basically haven’t looked back from there! As for a favorite…. I don’t think I do - they are all so different and special based on the client we were working with, but I can say my favorite kind of arrangement is the one where the client trusts me 100% to do my thing - I love to use foraged vegetables / fruit whenever I can because I really feel like it adds interest and life to the centerpiece.


  1. If you could redesign the food pyramid without any dire health consequences how would it look?
I’m probably a bad person to ask because my version of “whole” 30 is the “half” 30 - so I eat healthy during the week and enjoy my favorite foods on the weekends (or Thursdays… or Wednesdays…). I love love love to cook - my favorite magazines are Bon Appetit over Us Weekly so that kind of translates into my eating habits, I guess :).

  1. What is your favorite 90’s jam? (Sorry if I just dated you)
You didn’t date me haha - it’s just impossible to choose! Let’s put it this way - 90s song most likely to show up on a playlist? “It Was A Good Day” - Ice Cube - ha! :)


  1. What’s in your apron?

Pens (including a nice one in case the client forgets it for her sign-in book), safety pins, bouquet ribbon pins pinned to the outer pocket, a timeline, backup cell phone charger, and a little tape measure. Depending on the day of course.

Thanks so much for kicking off our 'Friday Five' series, Jacin. Looking forward to sharing more of my favorites with you in the coming weeks. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Connect with Jacin:




Thursday, November 24, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide & Giveaway!

YOU GUYS! I am so excited right now. What started out as a 'I want to give something away from my shop for the holidays' turned into a little something bigger when I decided to reach out to some of my favorite small businesses and see if they would like to gift something to you all as well. Right now you are looking at my first annual (yes, I am definitely going to do this again next year!) 12 Days of Christmas gift guide & giveaway! There is truly something for everyone on your list. Mom, grandma, sister, friend, teacher, mailman, neighbor, favorite nephew, etc...Did I mention I'm excited about this?! Honestly I want to win them all myself, haha! Giveaways start next Monday, 11/28 and will be running daily through 12/9. I HOPE YOU WIN!!!!

....a few of my favorite things....

1. Emily Ley: Simplified Planner
2. Nic Hance Lettering : Custom Address Stamp
3. Ellie & Nel : Women's T Shirt 
4. The Silver Wren : Custom Gold Bar Necklace
5. Continental Floral : Mountain Fresh Wreath
6. The Caramel Jar : 1/2 lb Handmade Caramels
7. Little Activists : Children's T Shirt
8. A Family Print Shop : Classic Silhouette 
9. Bumbelou Shop : Children's Bow Set
11. Marigold & Grey : Merry & Bright Gift Box
12. Oatmeal Lace : Monogrammed Marshall Clutch

oh and ps- our black friday weekend sale starts NOW and runs through monday at midnight. 30% off all purchases (excluding digitizing/embroidery) in the shop using code YAYBF2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

holiday guidelines

Ok people. Here are the guidelines for holiday ordering (which is coming up VERY soon). You know me and my last minute instructions. SORRY.

To make up for the procrastination on my end I am going to be offering up something I never have before for those of you who take advantage of our 'early black friday' sale. We typically do not discount on digitizing and embroidery but for one day only I'll be including those when I release the coupon code Friday morning. 

There is some fine print to make sure your order will qualify for Christmas delivery which I'll outline below. This mainly pertains to custom aprons, since prepping logos for those takes the most time. Clutches & monogrammed ribbons are easier to prep so if that is what you are ordering just make sure to order by 12/1 and they will be delivered before Christmas day. I am only able to guantee delivery within the continental US you guys. I hate that, but I've had a few issues come up in the last couple months and I don't feel comfortable guaranteeing delivery when I can't control customs inspections. 
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1. Last day to order aprons & toolkits is next Tuesday, 11/15. PLEASE include your logo (a large jpg/png is fine) in an email or attached to your etsy conversation as soon as you order. If we do not receive your logo or embroidery file within 24 hours of purchase, we cannot guarantee you will receive your aprons in time.

2. Your logo will be sent to our digitizer immediately after receipt and we will be back in touch within 2 business days with your quote. Approval and payment need to be made within 24 hours of receipt and then you are ready to go!
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That's it! Easy peasy lemon squeezey (as Beckett would say). Feel free to email me with any questions and if you want to get a jump on ordering, go ahead and email me your logo NOW so that we can get you a quote. hello@oatmeallace.com

Can't wait to work with all of you for holiday gifting. Don't forget, I have gift cards as well if you aren't quite sure what to buy!

xx

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fabric Friday, III

ok guys! we're almost done. next week will be the last installment of my #fabricfriday posts because honestly, I'm terrible at keeping up with blogging and I know those of you who have actually commented on all the posts this past month (thank you very much!) are probably ready to be done as well. AMIRIGHT??? :)
thanks for hanging in with me! hope you enjoy the selection this week. I've found a few new fabrics that incorporate gold and when we launch some of our new line in april I'm going to add them to the shop. navy & gold and pink & gold are the two most paired colors, so I included two fabrics I loved that incorporate both. let me know what your favorite is in the comments below.

have a wonderful easter weekend everyone!

xx

Thursday, March 17, 2016

vendor tool kits!


 As I've mentioned before, Jacin (who was my very first internet-turned-real-life friend) has had some killer ideas/talents that she has graciously shared with me. see (above) and below:

1: vendor aprons (the very first version is pictured below along with a few other random things I've monogrammed for her).
2: white girl rapping. she knows what I'm talking about...and I won't be posting a picture.

3: vendor tool kits! they perfectly complement the aprons and/or can serve the purpose of having branded gear while keeping all your important things close at hand when you are on site at a meeting/wedding/workshop/photoshoot/insert your thing here.
and...
4: she can capture me looking like this in a photo. TALENT I tell you.
(you're welcome for this picture, you guys)

I hope you all love the tool kits as much as we do. I'll be offering 20 during the preorder tomorrow at a discounted price ($100 + embroidery costs). We are working hard to add all the little extras that you might want/need to these bags, so bear with us over the next month as we finalize the offerings. The initial set will come with 20 exterior pockets of various sizes and has a large interior space with key fob to hold your bulkier gear. Tool kit dimensions are : 15" x 8.5" x 7". They will be up on my etsy site tomorrow morning at 10:00 am CST.

Can't wait to share them with you!





Friday, March 11, 2016

Fabric Friday, II

Anyone realize I didn't post last week? anyone...anyone...? ok, good. I'll make this short and sweet- I love lace! Let me know which is your favorite in the comments below and like I mentioned two weeks ago, if you comment every Friday you'll be entered to win a clutch in the fabric of your choice after my last post on April 1.  Good incentive, right? You can even go back and leave a comment now on the first post if you didn't do that before. :):)
Annnnd, for good measure, a picture of my baby and her cute little head covered in lace (hint- this one is my favorite!) 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Fabric Friday!


I was supposed to start this two weeks ago but, you know, life! Let's just say I'm ready for spring to come to Chicago...kids + winter = constant state of sickness. 

I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway relating to this new Fabric Friday idea. I'll be posting a set of 4 new fabrics each Friday through April 1. Here's how to enter: 

Each week I'll ask you guys to leave a comment letting me know which of the four fabrics featured (say that three times fast!) that day is your favorite. 

If you leave a comment every Friday you'll be entered to win a clutch in the fabric of your choice. 

I'll announce the winner Monday, April 4. Hope you guys enjoy the selection and look forward to hearing what you like the best.  

Today's showcase are the dainty florals below. Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

xx