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LOVELIES!!  It’s Friday, and I’m excited about it!!! lol  How has your week been?  Excellent, I hope :-). My week has been great, stressful, exhausting, healing, emotional, and so much more, but I am extremely grateful as I type this.  Every week I share pictures (via Instagram, or my regular iPhone camera) of things that made me smile.

I must deviate from my usual smile post a bit, because while my green and leopard nails, a chain I found in my friend’s closet that I “made” my own :-), a treat in the mail from Tasha for being a valued customer, finding the perfect anklet on Etsy, these swoon worthy boots from Zara, a “healthy” snack of water and Scooby-Doo fruit snacks, and fabric of pretty colors and prints made me smile this week….

The greatest reason that I am smiling this week, is the launch of company/Etsy shop, Clutched & Covered, launching today!!!

If you have been reading this blog long enough, then you may remember, from December, this post, where I shared my latest (at the time) DIY experiement (see it here and here in outfit posts).  Well the response was so great, that a business idea was born :-).  After 8 months of learning to sew, doing legal and competitor research, some trial and error, paperwork, coming up with enough money on my graduate student budget, and the support of my family and friends, my baby, Clutched & Covered, has officially been born!  I’m excited, nervous, and feeling truly blessed to have watched my DIY experiment (I just wanted  a bit of fur since it had been too warm for my vintage fur coat in Houston, lol) turn into a business (even if it’s a small one :-)).

My first clutch coveris so flawed, yet so perfect; I can’t wait to carry her, as is, during Fall/Winter :-).  She (yes I consider my clutch covers, and everything else in my closet, to be females, lol) will always be a reminder of where Clutched & Covered started.

I must take a moment to thank the awesome Stephanie Jimenez for doing such a great job of turning an image, from the above mentioned post, into this illustration that I love so much!!

(remember when I gave her an outfit post?)

Though I’m not sure if she’s reading, the opportunity to start my own business could not be possible without the support and encouragement of my fabulous momma, who truly is the BEST in the world!!!!

Finally darlings, many of you only know me through this blog and don’t know if I am real or fake, but you take the time to send me encouraging words, let me know when a fabric is cute, and just show all out support in one way or another, so THANKS to you my dears!

Now, enough of my rambling…what are somethings that made you smile this week?!  I really do want to know :-).


  • Congrats!

  • Oh my word! Congratulations my love on Clutched & Covered!!!!!!!! This has to be what you were talking about at the conference. Brilliant idea and such a beautiful product for ladies to grab onto…literally :). Much success to you…because I have no doubt it is coming.

    Entrepreneurship is never easy, but when you’re running in your lane…who cares! Best to you!!!
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  • Oh my word! Congratulations my love on Clutched & Covered!!!!!! This must have been what you were talking about at the conference. Much success to you…I know it’s coming!

    Entrepreneurship is never easy, but when you are running in your lane…who cares. Go get em lady!

  • wow awesome, the clutch project sounds sooooo coool! wish you all the best with that! your clutches are super cute! keep up the good work darlin!

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  • Congratulations on your new business venture! Love all the pretty fabric options.
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  • How awesome is this! I wish you much success in this venture, dear Rocquelle! I’ve added you to my circle and faved your shop! xxxxooooxxxoo!
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  • Congrats my friend! I am so proud of you and totally look up to you more than you know! You deserve the success that is coming to you! Now sell some bags…you know why!

    Love you!

  • yaaaaaaaaaaay! going to check out your shop now!
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  • Yes! The long awaited day is here! I’m so ecstatic….So proud of you for following your heart! “Doing my happy dance”

  • Wooooooooohooooooo! I’m so over the moon excited for the launch today! Super proud of you for realizing your dreams! That brings enough joy to my life this week!

    Oh yeah getting several packages from Mango made me smile & new shoes too!
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