23.4.11

With Lavender and Lace, Giveaway & Interview



I am really proud to be able to share with you a little interview with Kelsie from With Lavender and Lace!  Kelsie is such an all around talented and sweet woman.  She has some major photography skills, musical skills, art making/crafting skills plus she has a fantastic vintage shop!   I really encourage you to check out her blog and shop because, snap, she has a lot to be proud of :)



My name is Kelsie McNair. I live in Boston, Massachusetts and am in the midst of my final semester at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston. I am a film photo lady, a bookbinder, a musician, and a blogger. I run the With Lavender and Lace blog and vintage store. With Lavender and Lace is my Internet persona that I created in a desperate attempt to find myself in a city that’s easy to get lost in. It’s where I share my photo/film work and ideas, as well as my secrets. I also blog about my daily adventures in Boston and the music projects I am taking part in. The blog really gets me excited because it can really be a home to anything I think up or create. By getting random views from lovely ladies and gentlemen like yourself; I get to share my ideas with similar minded humans and reveal about the things I love and want to represent!

As for the vintage store, I am not really that interested in fashion or fashion blogging... I really just enjoy creating the imagery and the representation of a creative and interesting lifestyle. I love thinking up ideas about shoots/videos, getting together with my friends and making them look fabulous. It’s such a fun job! Knowing that the imagery sells the article of clothing, especially when the item is vintage is an important part of the process! Some of the items I find have absolutely no value when I first discover them. Then I spend time with them, working with them to bring them back to life. I run the vintage store to keep my creative juices flowing and earn extra cash. Eventually, I want to open up a gallery space (with vintage retail in back). The gallery will be the home to ever changing crafty and "kitchy" handmade/hand blogged/and hand sent art. I want to create a less threatening gallery environment for unconventional artist's to host and sell their work. This is the ultimate goal! Come hang out with me and my friends at the With Lavender and Lace blog!



1.  When and Why did you decided to start your blog and Etsy shop?
With Lavender and Lace started in May 2010 when I needed a solid blog place to put all of my outcast film photos that never made it to flickr or my website.  I started the vintage store (originally Kelsie Marie by the Sea) when I realized I was collecting TOO much clothing, so I threw my friends into some outfits and its been magic ever since!

2.  What do you like to blog about the most?
I realllllly love blogging about my friends and collaborative projects. I know not everyone is into blogging and sometimes I think the best way to get work and ideas into the world is by just posting about it! I also love love love posting my film. Its one of my favorite things to do on With Lavender and Lace!

3.  When did you start writing music and what do you love to sing about?
I started writing music  when I was about 16. Looking back now, my songs were incredibly silly and hilarious. I played for several years with a few separate artists and never really took my own music seriously until just recently (last week, in fact). I am currently working on three music projects. The first being Happiest Lion, where I sing harmonies. I have been involved in the band since 2009. I just recently began two small yet AMAZING other musical projects…the first is called Evening Gardenia. It’s a folky/smoky/girly duo that dresses head to toe in floral and harmonizes melodiously as we sway in the breeze. The second is a personal project called Lemon. Think Grey Gardens meets The Never Ending Story. Keep a close watch/close ear for these things, they will be hitting the internet within the next month (hopefully)!

4.  Who are your blog, etsy, and musical inspirations?
Hmmm, inspirations…this is always a tough one. There are a few bloggers I followed closely when I began blogging but now, I think the most important thing to my blog is to just be myself. I am the only ME in the world and why not just make it up as I go? I do pull a ton of inspiration from my friends and artists, and I constantly draw visual inspiration from thrifted books and the every moving flow of donated clothing down at the Goodwill store!

5.  Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?
I’m also obsessed with bookbinding. To me, there is nothing more special than the perfect blank book to take with you everywhere you go. I have a terrible memory, and journals help me remember! I work really hard to make my books special by using recycled fabrics and materials. I will be opening up a Handmade With Lavender and Lace etsy in May, hopefully, where I will stash all of my favorite bindings and share them with the world.



Kelsie is offering one of her handmade books to one lucky reader this week!
To enter this giveaway:  visit her shop and leave a comment here letting me know which item is your favorite!
2nd chance to enter:  follow her blog, and leave a second comment here letting me know you are following her blog.

Thanks for the interview Kelsie!!

45 comments:

Sarah said...

I am pretty much in love with the Blue Plaid Cape :) <3 and I have been following With Lavender and Lace and I absolutely love her blog and all her film pictures.

<3 Sarah J.

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Angie said...

AHHHH!!! I must win this!!! :D A little not to Kelsie: Hi, Kelsie!!! I love that our blog names both have Lavender in them. ☺☺☺

And now my favorite item: I adore the Dawn Joy Fashion's Olive Dress and the Amber's Luscious Lace Dress, omg *.* SO PRETTY!!!

Angie said...

And I am a follower of Kelsie's!!!

Danielle Ryann said...

i love the ann taylor striped blouse!

Alanna said...

Either the blue plaid cape or the handknit cashmere sweater.

Alanna said...

I'm following her too!

camille yanair said...

i adore that lace dress! and that book is so so beautiful! www.camilleyanair.blogspot.com camille.yanair@yahoo.com

Linda Vanessa Tovar said...

Following all the way from Los Angeles, California <3

We love Kelsie & all that she embodies!

- LVT

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Connie said...

I already follow her adorable blog!

Danielle said...

My favorite item from the With Lavender and Lace vintage shop is the Old Colony MME Prep Pink sweater M. It is so adorable & just my style!

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Connie said...

Love the jesse's habitat swell striped dress!

Danielle said...

I also have been following the With Lavender and Lace blog for a while now. I always enjoy her photos & overall aesthetic!

Lily Beltain said...

Oh my gosh, that's just what I've been looking for to make my polaroid scrapbook!

My favourite clothing item of hers is the AnnTaylor Striped Blouse.

Lily Beltain said...

And I am now following her blog, thanks for bringing her to our attention!

Annis said...

oh ik love the striped blue and white dress, if she ships to europe i'm going to buy it! yayyyy

Jenny Bean said...

I love the Sacks Fifth Ave Victorian Shoes! And it's my size! So tempting... :)

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Jenny Bean said...

Now following her blog :)

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Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

The vintage Keds and Ann Taylor striped cardi are my faves.

Alexa said...

Morning! I absolutely adore the Saks Victorian shoes! Terrible shame they aren't my size :(

Alexa said...

I also follow With Lavender And Lace on Bloglovin'!

intriguedbeing said...

my favorite is the leaf drop wood necklace! and im a follower!!!

shelbyisrad said...

I love all the dresses! so sweet!

Lauryn Green said...

Aww! My favourite item is Starina Floral Dress

Lauryn Green said...

Following on blogger too!! :)

Rita ♥ said...

Old Colony MME Prep Pink sweater that's my favourite!! :D

Rita ♥ said...

I follow With Lavander and Lace! :)

Michelle Porth said...

I love the vintage denim Keds! So cute!

Susanne said...

im in love with the jesse's habitat swell striped dress! :)

Jello said...

i looove the Racheal Red Dinner Time Dress!
please count me in!
love,
Jello

siisii said...

I want the Saks Fifth Ave Victorian Shoes!!! They are FABULOUS!

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siisii said...

I'm now following her blog. Can't wait to read more about you Kelsie!

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rosieposie said...

i love the hand knit cashmeare sweater or the starina floral dress.
i love the giveaways as even though i never win, i always find lovely new blogs to read :-)
x

rosieposie said...

i am now following her blog :-)
x

nova said...

I like the vintage keds! They'd look cool with my foot tattoos. :)

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nova said...

Oh, and I'm a new follower, via bloglovin'.

This Earthly Tent said...

I'm a follower!

This Earthly Tent said...

one my favorite item from her pretty shop is the Sakks 5th Ave Victorian Shoes - love them!

Victoria said...

such pretty vintage clothes!
but i really love the Starina Floral Dress, so perfect for spring!

sonja said...

I already follow her blog (I am obsessed with all her film photography... film is near and dear to my ventricles), but I have also been eyeing this dress from her site for a little while... It's simple but so lovely. A while ago she posted pictures of her muse wearing this dress (which is when I then went to find it on her etsy). Also, I'm obsessed with journals and writing... winning this giveaway would make my month!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/56520702/jesses-habitat-swell-striped-dress-size

Formerly.Lisa.S. said...

those high-waisted jeans are kind of to-die-for! Too small for me, but maybe I'll have to wander through my local thrift store for a matching pair!

Formerly.Lisa.S. said...

I have been following her for awhile actually! her photos and stories are so fun and romantic...i would love to get my hands on one of her sweet books.

Marizabeth said...

My fav item in her shop is the Paris Elegance pencil dress! I love the bands of colors at the bottom.

Marizabeth said...

I also follow her blog!!!

Mallary said...

I would love to fill one of those lovely books with my rambling thoughts <3 I also enjoy the denim keds, too cute.

Mallary said...

PS I was already a follower of her cute blog :)