New Day

Minerva Materia will get a face lift soon. I'm rebranding and renaming my blog/etsy. Life is crazy, but I'll go straight to the fun stuff. Summary of my experiences since my last post:

-Interning at Luxe Marketing & Sales in downtown chicago. It's an amazing place.

-Building my illustration style.

-I'm using shopping services for online auction sites now! I was resistant ... up until I bought my first antique beast piece. I'm hooked. I will post a review of my experience with

-How to wear, and not wear striped socks. Sock Dreams has got my back.

-That I really dig the tumblr-influence occult trend going on in the fashion world. I can go to Marshalls now and find tarot themed shirts?

My current style direction is mixing vintage/modern/japanese gothic brands to create a completely unique look. It been a learning process for me what will work. When creating your own image, there is no style book to rely on. It's an ongoing dialogue and keeping an open mind to incorporating different designs elements. (I was surprised to learn that, yes, I can pull off white dresses.)

Life is treasure hunt, whatever you're looking for is out there. You just have to... look! Thank you for continuing to subscribe.


How to Clean & Dry Clean Vintage Clothing, Lace, Crochet, and Sweaters

You can find some really unique vintage clothing that will require some extra love. I've written up this guide based off my own experience over the past year in cleaning clothing. I will cover how to hand wash a variety of fabrics, when to dry clean, and taking care of antique/delicate fabric.


Fashion's Night Out Grand Rapids Event! One Girl's Treasure, Urban Exchange, freebies, and sales found!

I attended Fashion's Night out in Grand Rapids. It had a modest number of shops that were participating, but friendly atmosphere, free treats, and sales made for an awesome night.

I started out with my favorite resale boutique in Grand Rapids, One Girl's Treasure on Lyons St. and the owner had chocolate covered strawberries, cheesecake puffs, and champagne for shoppers. Live music played in the background, and overall was my favorite store to visit for this event.

My roommate Michelle, picked up a super cute vintage printed shirt.

We continued on and took to trolly from lee & birch to Urban Exchange on Fulton St. which had some amazing 50% percent off sales a good number of items. They had cupcakes and white wine. I had the raspberry cream cupcake which was delicious.

I picked up a long free people blouse from urban exchange for half off!

Afterwards I went and visited some friends. It was an awesome night. Next year I'd like to see how Fashion's Night Out is in a bigger city like Chicago.