Monday, December 5, 2011

Shop Local/Shop Smart: Bling Is The New Black

Oh So Cynthia is about showcasing the city of Dallas and what makes it a fabulous place to live.  Although I love the luxe life, I'm a girl with champagne tastes on a soda-pop budget, so I am all about smart shopping.  Throughout the holiday season, I will be bringing you a series of posts that will combine both of these concepts called Shop Local/Shop Smart, bringing you great gift ideas for under $200 from local designers and retailers.

Gretchen Rossi, RHoOC
Today's feature is for the gal pal in your like who likes the sparkle.  Check out local T-shirt designer:

Bling Is The New Black

Caitlin McConnell was a fashion design student at UNT when her Mom asked her to create some custom T-shirts for her.

That one project launched Caitlin onto the road of entrepreneurship and today Black Is The New Bling is a favorite of musicians, like Aerosmith, and reality TV stars like Tara Harper from Most Eligible Dallas and Gretchen Rossi from the  Real Housewives of Orange Country

Steven Tyler, Aerosmith
As you can probably guess, all of the products from this line are created using crystal embellishments, hence the "bling".

You can buy existing designs from Caitlin's website or contact her for a quote on a custom design.  Check out her etsy store where you can buy the transfers to create your own blinged out look.