Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Monday GIVEAWAY: Peacock Plume!


Howdy do, Austin!

Well, plenty to report from this weekend: From one of the coolest art shows I've ever attended, to seeing a stranger's bare man parts in the most unusual of places. Which I certainly hope is an intriguing sentence.

Anyway, I'll try to finish that story up for tomorrow, but today, we have a tasty treat for the ladies.  Peacock Plume is a newly-launched Anthropologie-meets-Strut online boutique by two Austin women, Cara Morgan and Holly Hargrove. Several months ago, the two embarked on a mission to create a clothing shop for the stylish, frugal dame, with pieces well within the starving artist's (or starving college student's) budget. The solution? Eschew the overhead of a storefront, and open a boutique online. Every item they sell is under $70, with most items - dresses, jewelry, etc. - below $40.

Today they have stopped by Austin Eavesdropper to introduce themselves, so say hello to Cara and Holly! Also, Peacock Plume is graciously giving away one item - anything you want - from Peacock Plume to one lucky Eavesdropper reader.

Check out the interview below, as well as a few of my favorite pieces from the site, then follow the instructions at the bottom to enter. I'll select a winner (at random) by Thursday at noon.

Welcome to Austin Eavesdropper, Cara and Holly! Tell us a little bit about Peacock Plume.

Peacock Plume is an online boutique specializing in affordable women's clothing and accessories. We just launched our site and want everyone to stop by: www.peacockplume.com.

What are your backgrounds, and how did you guys get the idea to start this store together?

Cara is a chemical engineer and Holly, an interior designer. We have been friends since high school and have always shared a love of fashion and shopping. We have been told numerous times that we have an eye for what women want, and a knack for putting together unique outfits others wouldn't think of. This lead to our vision of having a boutique where styling was a big component - not just selling pretty clothing. We wanted to help others put together amazing outfits that won't break the bank.

What's the "style" of the clothes here? Meaning, what kind of gal would like shopping at Peacock Plume?

I think our clothes lean a little towards the girly and romantic, but we definitely pieces on our site diverse enough to please almost any style.

How would you describe your own styles?

Our styles are slightly different... Cara is more classic and romantic while Holly tends to be a little more eclectic. We have fun with what we wear, and we don't take ourselves too seriously or really care what others think! We can honestly say that our style depends on the day and our attitude. Both of us are perfectly comfortable going from a classic dress and heels, to romantic floral sun dresses, to tribal-inspired jewelry or funky layered pieces. Fashion is about expressing yourself and having fun doing so!

Thanks so much for stopping by Austin Eavesdropper! Any parting words for our lovely readers?

Thanks for taking a moment to read about Peacock Plume, we hope you'll visit the site soon!

to enter the giveaway:

-Leave a comment
-Leave your email address
-Tell us your favorite item in your closet. Can be a garment or piece of jewelry.  Mine? Currently, I've been donning a big, ridiculously blingy gold chain necklace, with a huge scorpion pendant hanging from it. It's from Blue Velvet. I can't tell whether it's fashion-forward...or comical. Which is why I adore it so.

good luck!

52 comments:

Katie said...

Email: purplelinedrawings@gmail.com

Ooh ooh me! My favorite item are probably my pair of faded, red leather cowboy boots. I got them in Kansas years ago on a road trip and they are perfectly faded and worn in. I wear them EVERYWHERE.

Anonymous said...

email: willow3610@aol.com
my favorite item in my closet is this silk white sleeveless shirt with silver grommets all over it. the silk is smooth and the grommets are tough, it makes me "feel like a naturrralll wo-man, wo-man..."

Lorena said...

My favorite right now is a navy blue and black tunic dress I got from Buffalo Exchange last fall. It's great for summer and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

skrillalove@gmail.com

Heather Howell said...

Email: sailorsmom.howell@gmail.com

First let me just say this about Peacock Plume:Stop in the name of LOVE!

My favorite item right now is a necklace that is a sugar skull sporting a mustache. He. Is. Adorable.

courtney said...

picking a fav is tough...
one item i have been wearing a lot lately is this denim vest i bought a few seasons ago. it almost went away to top drawer thrift during my last closet clean out, but i decided to give it one more chance and now it's a wardrobe staple! don't worry, it's not as early 90s as it sounds...

courtneyfeelscrazy@gmail.com

reagan said...

i am infatuated with the camel-colored vintage dooney & bourke bag i bought off etsy. it goes well with so many things - dressy or casual.

i adore the items i recently purchased from peacock plume! i wore the pretty picnic top out last weekend and received a lot of compliments. keep those fabulous items coming holly & cara!

reaganflume@gmail.com

Lynzie said...

My favorite item in my closet is a pink pair of moccasins I fould in Ely, Minnesota. They are very comfortable and a good conversation piece.

stylemode00@gmail.com

thisislifeinaustin.com said...

My current fave is a bright orange hoodie, it's simple but oddly eye-catching--must be the color!

Blanca said...

Oh gosh, my favorite item in my closet right now is my snake cuff earring from Alchemy Gothic. It's weird enough to freak my mother out, but eclectic enough to receive compliments from many people my age.
Regardless, I don't care! I love wearing it.

blancaestela88@gmail.com

Liz said...

lizbiz93@gmail.com

Paul Frank t's, what what! I can wear mine with jeans...with skirt...with sneakers...probably with anything.

Katie said...

i loove that store! my favourite item in my closet is probably my pair of brown leather birkinstocks! i have had them for over a year now and i love them so much! i wear them almost all summer long because how good they feel on the feet...if i could i would wear them to formal events as well haha

kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

katherine said...

my current favorite is a gold dipped leaf necklace i bought on south congress from taylormoseley (http://www.taylormoseley.com/). i had almost purchased one similar on etsy but then didn't because i decided i wanted to start buying all my jewelry from local producers. when i found her, i was so thrilled i didn't even look at the price tag and just bought it. the leaf reminds me of my late grandfather, who was a forester in north carolina. he used to take me on nature hikes through the woods in their backyard and teach me about trees and how to recognize them based on what their leaves look like. love love love my necklace (and love love love him).

katherine.loiry@gmail.com

thanks for doing this! :D

Stephanie said...

Recently discovered Peacock Plume. Amazing stuff and I fell even more in love when I discovered the 2 female phenoms that started it are from Austin!
I have a ton of fave go-to-items in my closet but if I had to pick just one I'd probably say....my new sunshine yellow cardigan. Surprisingly, it goes with everything and brightens gloomy days!

multitaskingmama.shop@gmail.com

Kristina Perez said...

I am absolutely in love with Peacock Plume! The prices are right, and the everything is so adorable! I've known Holly for a couple years now, and she naturally has the most chic and beautiful style I've ever seen. Way to go Girls!

My favorite item in my closet right now has got to be my Steve Madden peep-toe, patent heels. Another favorite is my pair of beautiful, russet-colored cowboy boots with floral and scroll stitching. They are totally Texas Chic!

Kristina Perez said...

kristinaperez@ymail.com

sarah, the vegan dessert maven said...

staylor-c@shire.com

My favorite piece, while it isn't worn very much, is definitely my DVF Tolara dress. I feel so frothy and special in it. I got it for my first anniversary with my husband. The shape is really unique and its so comfortable.

Anonymous said...

Lauren Harris

lbarbazette@yahoo.com

My favorite item would have to be my cowboy boots. Aside from my engagement ring , it is the best gift my husband has ever given me!

Breanna said...

ohmigaw, I'm in love with Peacock Plume.

Jeans. Jeans jeans, and jeans are always the fave in my closet. :)

breanna.rollings@gmail.com (as if you didn't know!)

Chelsea said...

Favorite item is one that I never wear- my grandmother's cashmere coat (a rare indulgence) that I've had a few years now. The sleeves are too short- the cut incredibly boxy- one day I will have it professionally tailored- but the sentimental value makes it my favorite piece ever EVER.

weird for me to mention that when it is 90+ degrees outside- so it goes to show how incredible this coat is. ha.

love the blog!
chelsea

Kristen said...

kschoenert612@gmail.com

My favorite item is a simple black loose tank. So comfortable and goes with about anything.

Jo said...

hmm...depends entirely on my mood...but I have a pair of fuschia flats I really like, suede, with a patent leather cap toe and a mary-jane across the top strap...I can find a way to wear them with anything...shorts/skirts/dresses/jeans...

excited to check out the store ladies! thanks for the heads up!

joanna.i.walker@gmail.com

kendra said...

The one garment that I'd flee with in a fire would be my drapey silver cardigan from Zara. Bought it years ago but it goes with absolutely everything and somehow keeps me cool when I'm warm, and warm when I'm cool.

kendra@add.dj

Ariel said...

ahlesarte@gmail.com

My current fave closet pick: a lightweight yellow dress with a great springtime floral pattern. It makes me want to run through meadows in slow mo with upbeat music in the background!

N.B. said...

nbaldinger@gmail.com

My current favorite is a vintage slip I bought in a thrift shop in New Orleans. It's got this detailed lace and gauzy neck that keeps it from looking too much like lingerie. So cute!

alma said...

sanfordalma@yahoo.com

My favorite is a pair of jeans that has embroidery flower and vines from the front pocket to the knee. Love that it is not to flashey but enough to make a colorful statment.

georgianne said...

My latest can't live without piece is a vintage owl necklace I picked up at Austin's city wide garage sale a few months back. I love the eccentricity of it, and it can pull together any plainjane look!

geogeorge04@yahoo.com

GiantJordan said...

jordanjeffus@gmail.com

My favorite item in my closet are my black leather motorcycle boots. They're SO comfortable and go with everything - perfect for concerts! Don't know what I'm going to do now that it's too hot to wear them!

Rachel said...

rdaily2@gmail.com

My favorite item in my closet is a slouchy vintage Dior sweater that I thrifted for $10. It is easily the most comfortable and simultaneously stylish item of clothing I own.

Cassiday said...

cassidayproctor@aol.com

Lately it's been my new gold leaf necklace from BCBG click below to see it;

http://www.bcbg.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4107572&cp=2769196.2769103&view=all&clickid=cat_leftnav_txt&parentPage=family

I love how huge and unique it is and I'm wearing it WAY too much!!

Chelsea said...

Favorite item is one that I never wear- my grandmother's cashmere coat (a rare indulgence) that I've had a few years now. The sleeves are too short- the cut incredibly boxy- one day I will have it professionally tailored- but the sentimental value makes it my favorite piece ever EVER.

weird for me to mention that when it is 90+ degrees outside- so it goes to show how incredible this coat is. ha.

love the blog!
chelsea

ckindred1013@gmail.com

Austin Eavesdropper said...

I am loving all these personal closet faves. (Jordan - LEATHER MOTORCYCLE BOOTS! Meow! At first I read that as "black leather motorcycle pants," and was getting ready to be *seriously* impressed.)

Just for kicks, I thought I'd throw another one of mine in: This somewhat Parisian, thrifted black-and-white striped sweater I got at Buffalo Exchange about a year ago. It's loose, with a wide boatneck collar, except for the fitted black waist. During Fall I pretty much live in it. Something about it makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn, who I am so far from it's not even funny! But it's nice to have an item in your closet that makes you feel like a classic lady, non?

Keep 'em coming you guys - I love these!

Kristin said...

my favorite item is this awesome gold necklace with a lions face in it. Its big and real cheap looking, but my grandmother gave it to me and i think its fucking fierce.

kristinmendes@gmail.com

cmhansen24 said...

My favorite is my green slouchy linen pants. They're perfect for Austin weather and look like I'm ready for a trip on my yacht (still waiting at the dock for that one though)!

cmhansen24@hotmail.com

Amanda said...

affordable! my heroines! I'm an avid thrift store shopper that would love to shop vintage, but way too pricey for my current budget.

my current fav item from the closet are these gold leaf earrings I picked up from a thrift store in Nevada for $5. I can't get enough of them and I didn't even wear gold jewelry before I got these!

ifelloffoturnip@yahoo.com

snarfbot said...

my frye knee-high riding boots! they were pricey but definitely worth every penny.

zeepzonk@gmail.com

Anna said...

Love, love the clothes ladies!

My favorite item is a 3/4 sleve length navy blazer. I can have 5 minutes to get ready, but once I throw it on, I look pulled together.

Anna
anna.e.russell@gmail.com

Jenn C. said...

My favorite item in my closet right now is a t-shirt I designed and screenprinted thanks to a screenprinting class I took with the lovely Kat McTee at Stitch Lab. It's a purple t-shirt with a metallic green butterfly in a dia de los muertos style illustration.

Thanks for the heads-up about Peacock Plume!

-Jenn C.
godmojenn@gmail.com

jenashly33 said...

LOVE Peacock Plume! Just bought some fabulous earrings and I can't wait to wear them!

Anonymous said...

Hello there! My name is Jessica and I'm with the Aha Crew. I stumbled upon your site (in preparation for tomorrow), and thought I'd comment too!

My current favorite is a lovely pair of cowboy boots that suit just about any setting. Originally from Athens, Ga, I love the character they add to my skirts and dressed (and jeans and shorts), as we travel across the country.

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow!

Jessica Henry
Jessica.henry1@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Morning! I'm absolutely in love with maxi dresses right now...so easy to throw on in the morning and wear for the variety of activities throughout the day.

Crystal L.
cl1314@txstate.edu

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with my black, flutter sleeve dress. Perfect for day and night!

Lauren
eatlikeachampion@gmail.com

Ashley said...

My favorite item in my wardrobe is a vintage gold owl necklace that belonged to my great, great grandmother. I got it when I turned 18 and I've been wearing it to death since!

Ashley
ashleynewton86@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Ana
texicana137@yahoo.com

My absolute favorite thing in my closet has to be my pink and black cowboy boots. i got them from some guy a few years ago. i saw one boot up on a shelf, and then i basically had to sift through all the junk in his shop to find the matching boot. but hey, they have butterflies stitched into them so it was totally worth it!

clhopf said...

Courtney
clhopf@ucdavis.edu

My favorite item for years now has been this crazy fringed black dress with a cut-out back that I got somewhere in San Francisco at a thrift shop. I call it my Debbie Harry dress.

Jennifer said...

Jennifer
jaking16@gmail.com

Favorite item in my closet? That is a real toughy ... I'd have to say my Madewell sheer pocket tee. It is insanely comfortable and will go with any skirt, pair of jeans, vest, you name it!

coloursmarie.com said...

Stephanie
stephanie@coloursmarie.com

ooooh, I love this post and all the answers from the girls! My favorite go-to piece this spring has been a white sleeveless tank that I recently acquired from the downSTAIRS that says "CREATE YOUR OWN FUTURE" in a pattern that mimics embroidery. At this current stage in my life, it is a source of inspiration to live life outside of my comfort range and to DO IT! When I wear this tank I feel on top of the world.

Now THAT is a good piece of clothing.

Megan said...

My cowboy boots. But I really, really, really want Heather Howell's skull-with-a-mustache necklace. I'm near tears with envy.

mystyleadvice said...

Allison
mystyleadvice@gmail.com

My favorite item in my closet right now is my Indah white cotton pants I purchased at Mana Culture. The top of the pants fold over my butt and front (about 6 inches of fold-over with fringe hanging down). The pant legs are wide, like elephant pants. They are SO LIGHT and AIRY (and slightly see-through). They scream BEACH!!! I wear them with tank tops and sandals, wedges, or other light & airy items. Perfect for Austin weather. I'm so ready for this summer!!!

Angelina said...

My vintage Frys boots. There is just nothing like them. They dress up the drabbest of outfits without a lot of fuss.

Zoe Cordes Selbin said...

entering this contest with less than an hour to go! yeek! i hope i win! :)

fave thing in my closet: my oval medium sized silver locket, engraved with dainty flowers, on a silver chain. it was given to me by my grandparents for my 7th birthday, and inside there are 2 pictures, one of my dad and one of my mom. <3

also, things i love so dearly i can't leave them out: my strappy black high heels i got at age 15 at an h&m in paris, my great grandmothers silver and diamond wedding ring, and my american apparel purple figure skater dress--it's a daunting dress, hard to pull off, but it's so silly and flashy and shiny and obnoxious that i can't help loving it to bits.

<3
zoe@boldandzesty.com

Marty said...

My current favorite accessory is a compass necklace from Urban Outfitters.

It layers well with other necklaces, and I get tons of compliments on it, but that's not why I love it so much.

See, the compass doesn't always work; often times it just spins and spins at random.

When I look down at it I can't help but smile and think that thankfully I'm not the only thing in this world that loses their direction sometimes. :)

marty.lewallen@gmail.com

Holly Hargrove said...

Thanks for all great posts! Congrats to Ana for winning the giveaway! We just posted a few new items so be sure to keep checking back at
www.peacockplume.com!

Thanks to all for entering!
xoxo,
Peacock Plume