gift idea + giveaway

I love finding creative ways to recycle plastic or glass containers. It’s like a weird obsession I have. With berry season in full swing, I’ve been hanging on to the little plastic containers they come in, not quite sure what we could do with them.  As I was rinsing a few of our containers the other day, I thought “these would make the cutest gift boxes for something small.”  So I came up with a fun DIY gift wrapping idea using beautiful earrings from local boutique, Perspicasity.




Berry container, snippet of foliage, ribbon, scissors, gift tag and a cutting from sheet moss.

  1. Place your sheet moss over the inside of your berry container and bend it to sort of create a crease.  Then cut along that crease to the proper size and place it inside your container.
  2. Next place your gift item on top of the moss.
  3. Close your box carefully then wrap with ribbon and your snippet of green.  Your gift tag can slide under the ribbon : )



I love how you can actually see your pretty gift.   And there’s no measuring, wrapping, or taping paper!  Oh and I’m pretty sure I picked a weed from our yard for the foliage.  Did someone mention a giveaway?  Why, yes we did!


One  winner will receive a lovely pair of Perspicasity earrings of their choice.  And yes, they will arrive in our cute little package!  The choices are:

1.  Turquoise


2. Loops


3.  Mod with sparkles


4.  Shimmering shells



Tell us which pair is you would like.  But first, tell us what is the one accessory you were forbidden to wear growing up.  I’m sure the children of the 80’s will have some doozies, as we had horrifying fashion options.  My forbidden accessory was dangling earrings!  Ha ha, to this day I cannot get myself to wear them.

Happy Friday, friends!!

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  1. Michelle says:

    Oh my! Am I the first to comment?! I have stage fright!

    I was forbidden to wear dangle earrings. Oh, but I did it anyway… I put those babies in my ears on the bus. I was in 5th grade and I felt like a rock star.

    Thankfully, my mom does not read blogs ;)

    I love turquoise this summer (and always) so I’m going to go with those.

    I hope you are having a wonderful summer, Seleta!


  2. susan says:

    oh my goodness the list is long! dangle earrings for sure. and bell bottoms (70s kid). but i remember that the one thing that tormented me was that i was not allowed to wear my long. blonde hair down – always had to be in ponies or braids. my very busy mother of 5 was surely tired of combing out all of the knots that came along with the long flowing locks, but i was sure at the time that she made me do it out of sheer mean-ness, ha ha. but like you, seleta, to this day i never wear my hair long – it’s always in a pony or braid or bun! ha! old habits….

    fantastic packaging – love it! and looovelove the earrings. keeping my fingers crossed for the loops!


  3. Jessica Jentzsch says:

    Looking back at my childhood, I wish my mom had actually set limits on what I could and couldn’t wear accessory and otherwise She was more of let-her-express-herself kind of mom, which means I wore some truly heinous outfits. Seriously, the track pants and spaghetti strap tank with bright red lipstick that I wore to see Titanic still haunts my dreams.

    I love the mod with sparkle earrings! Thanks for hosting this giveaway and for showing a great way to re-use the berry containers. Very ingenuitive.

  4. Dani M. says:

    I guess my parents didn’t forbid me to wear accessories. However, I was forbidden to wear makeup. I thought I was such a rebel when I wore teal eyeliner and clear mascara for my 7th grade school picture. Ha!

    I love all the earrings, but the Loops really caught my eye.

  5. pve says:

    Clearly, you design the best packages. Perhaps not being able to wear dangly earrings….unearthed some god given talent to design a life with sparkly intent. I think God gave you amplified senses to see, to hear, to feel, to taste and to touch each of us with your talents for creating a special life.
    I too have a hard time with dangly bits. All my years of dance made me never wear anything that might cause harm. In fact I have a scar from an earring – when I fell off my bike, it broke and left a scar on my neck 28 stitches. God had his hand in it and I am still alive!!!
    I do know a gal who has a penchant for earrings and hoops so I’d love to gift them to her if I won.
    She also has a crazy love for pretty packages.

  6. Alison says:

    I love the turquoise and the shell earrings. Soooo pretty! I had pretty lenient parents so I was not forbidden to wear anything. Looking back, I probably wouldn’t wear the hundred fluorescent jelly bracelets all on one arm!

  7. Blake says:

    Mod with sparkles! I love Perscipascity!

    I believe shoes count as accessories, right? My mom never let me have/wear jelly shoes. And now that they are back via Crocs, I. Not sure I want to wear them. But I sure did back then!

  8. Emily says:

    I love the first three pairs of earrings actually and would love to be surprised with any of them! When I was a wee one, we lived outside of Miami for about a year and my mother forbade me to wear anything black leather and hot pink that I apparently always gravitated towards this one particularly dubbed “Madonna-esque store”. I, of course, was devastated, whereas my mother was relieved when we moved back to Virginia where they didn’t have a shop for little girls to dress like Madonna!

  9. Brigid says:

    I was allowed to wear small hoops however I distinctly remember not be allowed to have a shag haircut (looking back, very grateful that Mom put her foot down on that one!) The loops would look awfully cute on my daughter who lives in Cali:-)

  10. cc says:

    the mod with sparkles are gorgeous! it was a global “nothing trashy or inappropriate” followed by the statement “I am so disappointed in you” comment when getting the evil eye up and down the outfit scan by my mom. My poor dad had no clue… Yes, child of the 80’s, but New England 80’s so, shoulder pads and boat shoes. Thank goodness.

  11. susan anneheim says:

    Loving the turquoise earrings. I wasn’t allowed to have my ears pierced so being the genius I was I went ahead and pierced them myself. I have scars to prove it. That is how badly I wanted to wear earrings with my rooster hair!! ha! seriously….
    I can pick them up over coffee..I will be at the beach on vacation. And maybe even one better…. maybe let me interview you for your blog and ask you some in depth questions??? Hugs!!

  12. kristy says:

    I wasn’t allowed to wear any of the “off-the-shoulder” t-shirts that were oh so popular. My parents did not think be baring my shoulder was appropriate. But thankfully I did get to wear as many plastic jelly bracelets that I could fit on my arm!

    All these earrings are so fun! Perfect summer ware! Would love any of them!

  13. Traci says:

    What a pretty & unique way to present a gift! I was banned from those black, rubber Madonna bracelets. Looking back now, I should thank my mom…

    The turquoise earring are beautiful, they would be my choice. Thank you for hosting another fabulous giveaway. Have a lovely weekend!

  14. CArolyn says:

    I love all of those earrings and especially your too clever packaging! Goodness that is cute. My mom forbade two piece bathing suits so I just found those with a midsection that could be removed and did so, when out of her sight. Kids will find a way!

  15. Jennifer says:

    We weren’t allowed to wear flannel shirts, which was somewhat devastating as I was in high school during the grunge rock era. Also, we could not leave the house in sweatpants (thank you DAD!) or with our hair wet. As for my favorite earrings?? I think the shimmery shells! Especially since they are coming from the beach.

  16. Rachael S says:

    I love the loops!!!

    I wasn’t forbidden to wear anything, but MAN did I want some Guess jeans and my Mom would not pay the steep price of $50 for them. Nowadays, that’s a steal!!!

  17. Kaitlin H. says:

    I love all the earrings, but the Loops are just my style!
    I wasn’t allowed to wear Snap Bracelets! My mom was so terrified we would cut ourselves and use them as a weapon on each other. I thought she would ruin my chances of being “cool” :)

  18. Brenna says:

    My parents were happy to let me wear what I wanted as a kid, probably since they knew I’d live to regret the choices. I look back on those photos and think, “Really? You couldn’t have said no to the side-tied t-shirt with leggings and slouch socks?” I could’ve used that parental guidance! (My favorite earrings? The shimmery shells–perfect for summer!)

  19. Tammy says:

    The Shimmering Shells would be my pick — they remind me of the beach and since we didn’t get to make it down this summer they would remind me of why I love it there (Seaside, Seagrove, Watercolor, etc.). If you consider eyeliner an accessory then that would have to be my forbidden one as a teen. Thanks for the give away and the absolutely creative packaging.

  20. Brianna R. says:

    They’re all lovely! But the first one’s are my fave :)
    I wasn’t allowed to have earrings until I was 18!

  21. Suzanne says:

    I’m 57 and in the late 60’s I was forbidden to get my ears pierced. So my friend pierced them for me one night when we spent the night at her house. With an ice cube, needle and a potatoe. I was such a rebel at 14! :) My mom conceded. Later we went together and got her ears pierced. I love her and miss her so much.
    I am so going to start saving my berry containers from now on. Thanks for the fun idea Seleta.
    And I LOVE the loops.

  22. Amanda says:

    I’m counting down the days until I’m in your neck of the woods and Perspicasity is always one of my first stops! I love all the earrings, but if I had to pick I would choose the turquoise. At almost seven months pregnant, they would really draw the eyes up! My forbidden accessory was the t-shirt thingy (no clue what it was called) that you used to loop one corner of your t-shirt through to show a little belly! Good thing, cause looking back now I’m not sure why I ever would have wanted one.

  23. Oh! I love the loops, actually I love them all!!! Forbidden to wear? Do tattoos count? :) My parents were pretty ok with me “experimenting” with makeup, jewelry, etc. but I was never allowed a tattoo. Do I have one now? That is the question! :) Melaine

  24. Amber says:

    There was a time in high school where partially sheer shirts were popular. From the front, it looked like a nice blouse. But from the back ….hello bra. At 17 I thought this was incredibly classy and sexy all in one (gag). Luckily my mom put a halt on that one. I remember that shirt just hanging in my closet, because there was pretty much no where in my 2 stoplight town where walking around with half your bra showing was going to fly.

    Thank you for offering the giveaway. All of the earrings are just lovely. I especially love the hoops & mod with sparkles.

  25. Bethany says:

    In the 80’s I wanted to cut my hair short and have the little rat tail at the end. Good grief, I’m so happy now my mom forbid that haircut! But I’m sure there were tears over the whole incident as I thought it was soooo cool. :)

    Love the mod with sparklers!

  26. Allison says:

    What an adorable way to package those fun earrings!! You are so creative!

    I can’t think of much I was forbidden to wear. My mom usually was pretty good about letting me be creative with clothing BUT I do remember wanting a “body suit” (i.e. an adult onesie) to wear in 8th grade with my jeans. She didn’t go for that one! ha!

    Thanks for the fun giveaway. It’s hard to pick but I really like both the turquoise and the Mod sparkles. Have a great weekend!

  27. Sharyn says:

    Does this count? I wasn’t allowed to grow my bangs out. My mother INSISTED on bangs! Too funny…

    I would definitely choose the turquoise pair – so funky!

  28. Christie says:

    I love the loops. I was not allowed to have long hair.

  29. Christie says:

    I was no allowed to have long hair. I love the loops.

  30. dawnita says:

    I was at Seaside last week and even looked at some of these earrings at Per-spi-cas-ity!!!
    I love all of them, but my fave is the Turquoise . As far as accessories go, the only thing I remember not being allowed to wear was too much makeup.

    I will definetly “steal” your idea with the berry container.

  31. Angela says:

    I was not allowed to wear a different dangling earring in each ear. Seriously disappointing but also seriously ugly looking back!
    Love the shimmering shells. Wishnimwere at the beach wearing them!

  32. Mackenzie says:

    My mom is a big fan of jewelry, so I got to wear pretty much anything I wanted growing up. The one thing she refused to let me do was get my belly button pierced, which I wanted SO BADLY when I was about 15. :)

    I love the shimmering shells earrings – so pretty and perfect for summer outfits!

  33. Missye says:

    First…your gift boxes are adorable!! Very smart!

    The earrings are like are the Mod with Sparkles. Very pretty!!

    I don’t think there wasn’t anything I couldn’t wear…I wasn’t real rebellious in the clothing/jewelry dept. But…I couldn’t shave my legs when all my friends started to…THAT was very upsetting! LOL!

  34. caroline says:

    I love the shimmery shell ones! Such a great idea!
    I wasnt allowed to wear scrunchies BECAUSE my mom wouldnt let me have my hair longer than my shoulders… who does that?! Still bitter in 2012 ;)

  35. Wowie says:

    Very cute… I will start saving my berry containers today!

  36. Kelly says:

    Great idea for berry containers! I was not allowed to wear any ‘hangy-downy’ earrings whatsoever growing up. I also begged for the ‘shag’ haircut but my mother insisted my hair was too fine to make it work…and she was right but boy, did I dream of having that hairdo! Love the shimmery shell earrings!

  37. Shelley says:

    Love this idea! Adorable! I also love those turquoise earrings.

    I actually can’t think of a single thing I was forbidden to wear. Growing up in the late 80’s/early 90’s, north of Atlanta, there were quite some interesting fads. But my mom was usually ok with the crazy jewlery, weird clothing styles, and the mile high bangs. Oh, and of course the blue eyeliner. :)

  38. Maureen says:

    During eight years of Catholic school, I was forbidden to wear dangly earrings and make-up. I followed the rules while my sister rushed to put make-up on during the bus ride to school and then kept her head down while passing the principal aka the enforcer in the halls!

    I wish Perspicacity was near so I could shop there. I would love the turquoise earrings.

  39. Shauna says:

    Child of the ’80s right here! :) Though…I wasn’t forbidden from any fashion item. Unfortunately. I recall a set of (large) earings that were cows, and they had dangley chickens below them. Oh dear…lol I would love to win those turquoise earings to make it up to my earslobes! :)

  40. Andrea Dunn says:

    I wasn’t necessarily forbidden but I never wore any flare bottom pants. I love your blog! I adore the Shimmering shell earings. :)

  41. Robyn says:

    I couldn’t wear “big” earrings back in the day, but I love the turquoise earrings. Love Perspicasity!

  42. Susan says:

    My mom wouldn’t allow me to get my ears pierced (child of the 70″s ) ….I lost so many
    clip-on earrings as they got caught in my long hair. As soon as I went away to college, I
    got my ears pierced. Oh, and I would LOVE to win those turqoise earrings!

  43. Nicole says:

    What a great idea for recycling, it turned out darling!

    My parents didn’t forbid much. I was their fifth child and was a dream compared to my teenage sisters! I personally forbade anything neon. I guess you could say that even as a young teen I knew my personal limits. I did, however, rock a little neon to an 80’s party a few years ago. It was horrible! But oh so fun to make fun of the fashion!

    I’d love the turquoise earrings as much as the packaging. :)

  44. Sherene says:


    I read your lovely blog regularly. In fact, because of your blog, my husband and I made a special trip to Seaside last year on the way home from his work with hurricane Irene. It is truly the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. A seashell wreath from Perspicasity hangs on my front door!
    Back to the point at hand, I was not allowed to have my ears pierced until I was 18. I now feel naked without earrings on! The Shimmering Shells remind me of the beach that I love so much.
    Thank you for the opportunity to receive a lovely gift.

  45. Sydnie Cunningham says:

    I couldn’t wear lip gloss for the longest time :P

    I love the mod with sparkles!

  46. Sydnie Cunningham says:

    I couldn’t wear lip gloss for the longest time :P

    I love the mod with sparkles!

  47. sarah says:

    i would like the loops please. i wasn’t allowed to wear earrings period. i remember i got a pair of clip on pearls for christmas one year, and snuck them on to take a picture. i got in big trouble when my dad found them on me a few minutes later.

    your packaging is to die for. great idea.

  48. Kristinabeachmamato2 says:

    Ha! No accessories at all except a cross necklace for me in my atrocious brown and yellow plaid catholic school girl uniform. The nuns would have been worse than my mom had I shown up with a fad. would love to revolt and shimmer with the shell earrings, guilt not included. btw – love the great gift box ideas.

  49. Pamela says:

    Love the loops! I could not have pierced ears and those clip ons were so uncomfortable. My mother finally gave in!

    Love the package idea!

  50. Tiffany says:

    Hmmm..i had the parents who didn’t put much restraint on what I was wearing!! Good or bad, I don’t know…I actually think I had more style back then than I do now ; )!!!

    Those loopity loop earrings would surely help to accessorize me!!!!
    thanks for the giveaway!!

  51. Joy says:

    I wasn’t allowed to wear tube tops…not that I wanted to…clearly a little too much bounce or jump could have resulted in a “double Madonna” for sure!

    My mother always wanted me to wear shirts with lace that buttoned all the way up. I don’t wear lace to this day!

    I love all the earrings, but the shiny shells are my fav!

    Love your blog!!!!

  52. Suzanne says:

    I was not allowed to wear makeup. I would sneak blue eye shadow everyday!

    In keeping with the blue, like the turquoise earrings.

  53. Kate says:

    I love the shimmering shells! I was not allowed to get my ears pierced until I was 17! And I was not allowed to wear earrings that dangled until I moved out of my parents’ house. Great giveaway!

  54. Teresa says:

    I love the loop earrings, so cute and just my style! The gift wrap idea is great. I am always looking for new clever ways to wrap teacher gifts. Will have to add this to pinterest! When I was a child my parents didn’t forbid me from much since I was a shy and quiet girl.

  55. Shera O says:

    I know this isn’t really an accessory….but I wasn’t allowed to wear leggings! Now, I’m so thankful for a few good pairs on those days I need to be comfy but still need to look decent. I’d choose the loops…super cute!

  56. Lisa says:

    I would love to win the mod sparklers!
    I was not allowed to wear my Dr. Sholes wooden flip flops on the stairs because I kept tripping. Does anyone remember these? I also really wanted a pair of Candies but my mom thought they were “hooker” shoes!

  57. Jill says:

    I was not allowed to pierce my ears and wear earrings when I was in high school — until my dad went out of town and my mother, sister, and I all went together and had our ears pierced. Dad came back and we got scolded, but he did go out and buy all of us our first pair of earrings to wear once the posts came out. He’s an ol’ sweetie! Love the mod sparkle earrings!

  58. Libbi says:

    1. Turquoise is my pick!

    I was not allowed to wear the hanker chief that had the beads hanging from it!!! My parents loathed them, which were popular when I was in middle school! They did however allow me to put the beads on my shoelaces-which was not near as fashionable! What made it even worse was the fact my older sister was allowed to wear hanky accessory and she of course rubbed it in my face!

    As the newbie 30A resident, I love the turquoise color! I have yet to purchase the popular beachy colors that surround me because in Missouri my color of choice was gold or silver (those matched best with my black and white wardrobe). I am now adding color (slowly) into my life, and I must say I enjoy it!

  59. leslie b. says:

    and non-church-shoes-to-church.

  60. Teresa S. says:

    I love those loop earrings and the turquoise ones! Growing up I was not allowed to wear biker shorts. I know that is not an accessory, but it drove me nuts! My parents said they were too tight to wear in public (of course I was a gymnast… so this made no sense!)

  61. Sarah says:

    Love the shimmering shells:) It was the snap bracelet for me…we got in trouble at school because they were to distracting, but we would bring them out on the playground and at lunch when the teacher was not looking. One of my students had one this past year and I just had to try it out again, haha!

  62. kayce hughes says:

    I love the mod pair! I did have one outfit that I wore as often as I could (Lilly cut off jean shorts and a yellow Florence Eisman shirt). My mother didn’t hate the outfit she just hated that I would try to wear it every day.

  63. Kathleen B says:

    I love the turquoise ones!! i was always sad i didnt get to have the second earring hole piercing…

  64. sydney85 says:

    I love the turquoise earrings. Very clever packaging. I had to wear school uniforms to school with hats and gloves. I always wanted to wear a very small ring and nail polish but this was not allowed at school along with no makeup and if you had hair that was long enough it needed to be put in a ponytail or braided. We all felt very plain and boring.

  65. Melissa says:

    i was forbidden to get my ears pierced until i was 12….for no other reason except that my mother had to be 12 before she could get hers pierced as a child! when the time came i was terrified…my motivation was that my younger sister was DYING to get hers pierced and couldn’t….so i had to go through with it to make her jealous. such a great example of sisterly love :)
    i love the shimmering shells!!!
    and i LOVE your blog!

  66. Sherry says:

    I would choose the turquoise earrings. I can’t really remember being forbidden to wear anything. Having said that, I lived on a farm and we did not have access to very radical clothing or jewelry so I guess there wasn’t really any reason to forbid anything.

  67. Melissa F says:

    I was forbidden to get my ears double-pierced. One piercing was okay, but two? No way!
    I love the Mod with Sparkles pair.

  68. Cassie Tolbert says:

    When I was in 5th grade, I had a pair of oversized plastic hot pink loop earrings. They were for dress up but I wanted to wear them to school on picture day. My mother forbid me to wear them but I hid them in my book bag and wore them anyway. Needless to say, I didn’t think it through and when the pictures came back I was in big trouble!!
    Maybe a nice pair of sophisticated loops would be an appropriate option now!!

  69. Britny Yandell says:
    Forbidden accessory: lace gloves and a big bow! So upset about that because I aspired to be Madonna! But I was allowed to wear feathers in my hair– still disturbing that I thought that was cool! I loved the 80’s– kidding! My 3 year old looked at a picture of me from that era and told me I looked funny like that– where was that voice when I put on my parachute pants and 200 jelly bracelets and jelly shoes with coordinating jelly bag!!?? Really?
    I love the loop earrings! Tre chic!!

  70. Cindi Atwater says:


    I love the mod w/sparkles!! <3 I wasn't allowed to get a second ear piercing although I begged for it & called home from the mall on a pay phone begging my mom to get it done. It was always a "No!"

    I love your blog/style/photos/sense of humor!! <3 Happy Summer1

  71. Crissy says:

    What a charming idea! I’d choose the turquoise…. I can never resist. I was forbidden to get my ears pierced when I was growing up. My mom always said “If God wanted you to have holes in your ears, he would have put them there!” Ofcourse, I promptly went out and got them pierced in college! :)

  72. Rochelle says:

    I really wanted two holes in each earlobe but my mom would not let me do it. I thought it looked so cool! Thank goodness she didn’t let me get that second set of holes because it’s really not my style now!

    Those turquoise earrings are to die for! Thanks for the chance!

  73. Anna says:

    HOT pink, sparkley, babrie tennis shoes. Complete with velcro straps. Those were my forbidden obsession! I went to a school that only allowed black Mary Janes. Every time I see Barbie apparel it makes me smile and think of my Kindergarten days.

    Love all of the earrings but I think the turquoise are my favorite. Such beautiful and creative wrapping.

  74. Catie says:

    I love the loops- so cute! I don’t remember not being allowed to wear anything as a kid. M parents were pretty laid back in that department. I’m sure they got a kick out of some of my styles!

  75. Louise M says:

    Love the Mod with Sparkles1
    I wasn’t allowed to get my ears peirced until 14 so earring were forbidden. Convinced by Mother to do it same day when I finally reached 14!

  76. CC says:

    Yes, dangling earrings were forbidden for me as well!

    I “fancy” the mod earrings. What a fun give-a-way! Love the packaging. I think I’m going to have to snag that idea!!!!!

    Here’s to a wonderful weekend!

  77. susan says:

    I was not allowed to get my ears pierced until I turned 15- which was an eternity!!

    I LOVE the turquoise earrings- they are so pretty and would go with all my summer brights!!

    Thanks for the giveaway and I enjoy your blog!

  78. Kristen says:

    I LOVE the shells!! I love the look of the pearly color against my brunette hair :)
    I know this isn’t an accessory BUT I wasn’t allowed to shave my little hairy Greek legs until I was in 7th grade, but I snuck in shaving my ankles and knees, lol!
    LOVE the packaging by the way-just love!

  79. Maureen LaCour says:

    Does red lipstick and red nail polish count? My mom always wanted me to wear pink which often made me feel babyish! For some reason “red” made you feel more grown up! Anyways, I love all of the earings but would love to have the first pair!

  80. Lizziefitz says:

    I wasn’t allowed to wear off the shoulder sweaters;0
    My mom wasn’t a huge fan of my Madonna wanna be stage.
    I love the hoops:)))))

  81. Elizabeth G. says:

    I wasn’t allowed to wear red lipstick.

    I love this giveaway! I like the Shimmering Shells earrings. Thank you!

  82. karlee says:

    I was forbidden to wear earrings in my cartliage! But when I was 16, I finally did.

    I would choose the mod with sparkles. AWESOME!

  83. susie says:

    I love the packaging…so cute and creative. I wasn’t allowed to wear any type of dangle earrings which was fine by me because in grade school, a classmate was wearing a stocking cap and a boy came along and pulled the hat off. The earring got stuck in the hat…(and I’m sure you can guess what happened next).

    I love the Turquoise earrings.

  84. Maggie says:

    This is not really an accessory but I was not allowed to have long or even medium length hair. It was for the most part always above the shoulder…. the best part is, since I was so desperate to have long locks I would take my moms long slips and put the elastic part around my forehead and let the skirt part hang down as if it were hair (don’t worry i never wore it out of the house)!! She had this long pink one with lace on the bottom that I remember so vividly.

    One actual accessory I was not allowed to wear were shoes with any type of heel.

    I love love love the Turquoise earrings!

  85. Joy Brimingham says:

    I just happened on your blog a couple of weeks ago. As soon as I started reading I was hooked. Your’s is the first blog I’ve ever followed. Thank you for sharing about your life.
    My family loves Seaside. It’s our favorite place to vacation and we dream of living there one day. So if you don’t mind too terribly, might I live vicariously through your beachy days? Lol
    I love your re-purposing idea! As well as the Shimmering Shells earrings. Should you choose me, I intend to gift them to my daughter for her Sweet 16 at the end of the summer. I was showing her the earrings and when she saw the shells she said those remind her of the shiny little shells we find when we are at the beach.
    I was not forbidden to wear accessories as a girl because I never had any. Jewelry, belts, makeup, all of those were luxuries my sister’s and I grew up without.

  86. Melissa tichy says:

    Shimmering shells. And I was forbidden to get my ears double pierced.

  87. Angie Reon says:

    Such a great recycling idea! I would love to have the shimmering shells. They remind me of wonderful summer days spent at the beach.

    Funny that the prize is earrings, because that was the one thing that I wanted so badly; pierced ears! My mom had a friend in high school that accidentally had an earring jerked from her ear and she had all sorts of problems before her ear finally helped. My mom swore she would NEVER pay for me getting my ears pierced. After I turned 16, and got a job, I called her from the mall one day and told her that I was piercing my ears with MY money! She couldn’t say much.

  88. nicole h says:

    I really wanted to get a bellybutton ring but it was against my moms religious beliefs. Other than that I think I could wear whatever accessories I wanted. As for which earrings i cant decide between the Mod with sparkles or maybe the loops! Cute gift packaging idea too btw!

  89. Tricia W. says:

    Hi Seleta,
    I too wasn’t allowed to wear dangle earrings! I love the turquoise ones!! But would take any of them!! Thanks for the creative wrapping idea, too!
    Hope you’re summer is going well!!

  90. Melissa says:

    There weren’t any accessories I wasn’t allowed to wear. However, I was NOT allowed to wear bikinis. Since I have a long torso, it was really hard to find one pieces that fit, and this was before the tankini (a wonderful invention!).
    I really liked the shimmery shell earrings! Your post made miss Perspiscasity! Can’t wait to come for a visit and thanks for the great giveaway!

  91. Jennifer Thompson says:

    When I was probably 9 or 10 (this would have been in the late 70s), I had my heart set on a pair of those white vinyl go go-type boots. Thankfully, my mom had better taste than I did and I never got them. (Thanks mom!) I love the turquoise quatrefoil earrings!

  92. Stephanie T says:

    I LOVE your idea for reusing the fruit containers!!!!

    I was not allowed to get my ears pierced until I was 12. Sadly once they were pierced I wore all kinds of crazy large earrings, wish I did not have the pictures of those. (High School in the late 80’s)

    I would absolutely love any of the earrings. I think they are all GREAT!!!

  93. Tesa says:

    I wasn’t allowed to wear shorts, and didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 16 because my mom thought my dad would have a fit. Turns out he didn’t even notice!

    I love the packaging idea! I also love all the earrings, but the loops are probably my fave.

  94. Michelle says:

    I wanted double pierced ears so-so bad. Glad my mom never let me go for that trend! My favs are the sea shell earrings.

  95. Corinne S says:

    I was never really banned from any of the wonderful fashions of the 80s. I don’t know now if that was a good or a bad thing ;)

    I was, however, forbidden to wear makeup, especially mascara. I did sneak it on a few times and was caught one morning when I started crying for some reason.

    I love the turquoise earrings. I adore turquoise!

  96. Laura Veenema says:

    I was not allowed to wear dark nail polish. One time when I was young, my babysitter let me put on dark blue nail polish, and when my mother got home… ooooh, she was not happy! Thanks for the give-away! I love the hoops – so cute.

  97. Leigh says:

    In the 5th grade I wanted to start wearing nylons but my Mom said no way! I used to take hers and sneak them to school in my backpack, but it wasn’t long before I got caught!

    I adore the mod earrings!

  98. Lori H says:

    what an adorable gift presentation! I was never allowed to wear platform shoes – my dad was a pediatrician and he was horrified by those impractical shoes (they were hugely popular). I have a cute pair now and love to wear them! all the earrings are pretty but I think I love the mod ones.

  99. Jessica says:

    I was not allowed to get my second earring holes pierced until well into high school. My parents thought it was too mature looking! After getting them, I let them close up in college! I would love the loops, although they all are beautiful! I love getting
    Inspiration from your blog!

  100. Lisa says:

    What fun and creative packaging – I love the presentation! The earrings are all lovely….especially the turquoise ones – thank you for this wonderful giveaway!
    High heels. It’s the one thing my mom put her foot down about….no high heels until 16.
    Why did I even want high heels? What 80s outfit required them? I can’t remember, but I know I was desperate for them!

  101. Jessica says:

    What a fun givewaay. I love the shimmering shells. I was not allowed to get my ears pierced unti I was around the age of 14. When I was younger I snuck clip on earrings to school and wore them in my school picture. My Mom didn’t know until she got the proofs back. She was mortified and I thought it was so cool!!! Hope your summer is going great!

  102. Kathy says:

    All of the earrings are beautiful and look especially lovely in your packaging. Such a clever way to recycle and turn something mundane into something fabulous! The turquoise earrings are so pretty!

    I remember wearing lots of hideous outfits and accessories as I was coming of age in the early 80’s a la Madonna, so I guess my parents were pretty tolerant or just didn’t have the energy to fight–haha. They didn’t like spaghetti straps or anything strapless though, so those types of tops were out for me. Dangley earrings were considered okay, but they just couldn’t be too big or too long.

    Hope Tropical Storm Debby is not bothering you!

  103. Margo Quiriconi says:

    Turquoise and then the Sparklers are my favorites. I love the packaging. So beautiful and a wonderful way to reuse containers! I was forbidden to wear long earrings and high heels. Finally, at the age of 50, I feel free to wear both of these items…whenever I want. Thanks for offering this.

  104. Susan Lewis says:

    How creative!! Love this idea!

  105. Emily says:

    As a tween or teen, my mother didn’t let me wear the color black. She thought it was too mature or harsh for a young girl. At the time, I hated it! Now, I have found I feel the same way for my two girls. They have plenty of time to be mature and wear black.

  106. Donna says:

    Love the gift packaging! When I was a girl, my mom wouldn’t let me get my ears pierced until I was 16. Then when I was 16, I was so scared I got her to go first and she hadn’t even planned on getting her ears pierced! But she did it…for me. I am especially loving turquoise this summer so I think I’d pick those…or the shells – those are beautiful, too!

    Love your blog, especially because these are the beaches I grew up on and they are still my favorite.

  107. Taylor Horan says:

    The turquoise earrings are my favorite! My forbidden accessory was curling gel! YUCK!

  108. Lisa-Ruth says:

    Seleta, I have been a long time reader, but have not commented until today. I enjoy your blog and greatly admire your style! Those turquoise earrings look adorable in that packaging. Going to Catholic school my entire life, we were forbidden to wear our uniform skirts without pantyhose. Now I love to wear dresses and skirts in the summer with bare legs!

  109. Toto says:

    Love the shimmering shells (and the sparklers)! Growing up in the 70’s, I had really long (waist length) hair and being a little Italian kid, it was super thick as well. I was not allowed to wear it down. My Mom would painstakingly put my hair up every day in either a pony tail, braids or the dreaded bun. I had intense hatred for the little mesh donut shaped thingy that she rolled my hair up in to make the perfect bun on top (or back) of my head. Ugh! I was expected to come home from school with the same “do” I departed with. Once, I got up my courage to undo the bun, deciding I could easily recreate it on the bus on the way home. Twas not to be. I returned home with a sad version of Mom’s handiwork, hair sticking out all over and most of the meshy thing exposed and stuck on the right side of my head. She never made me wear “the bun” again.

  110. Eryn says:

    I love the mod ones~! My sis and I always wanted to wear flip flops to church and my mom would never let us! (Side note: My sister got the final say when she got married in them! haha)

  111. Sara Dean says:

    I love those shimmering shells! Really I love all of those earrings, but if you’re going to make us choose…
    I wasn’t allowed to wear 2-piece bathing suits. It took a long time to get comfortable in anything but a one piece, but now I’d much rather wear a bikini!

  112. Maria says:

    I can’t remember really being forbidden to wear anything in particular, so I probably wasn’t banned enough! I do recall missing out on school dances my freshman year though…does that count?

    I love all those earrings! I’d have to say turquoise would be my first choice though!

  113. Kacie says:

    The big issue in our house was shoes with heels….we had to be a certain age before we could wear “high heel” shoes…we did a work around with those great shoes that came out that had a wedge heel but had a hole in the middle of the wedge. They were awesome! Love the hoops with silver….silver anything works all the time! Every summer my first stop at the beach is the Seaside bazaar. Kacie

  114. Susan says:

    Love the hoops…. I don’t remember being forbidden to wear anything but looking back on the 80s styles that I chose maybe a little restraint would have been good…. Madonna jewelry especially!

  115. Kimber-Leigh says:

    i love your packaging idea! it’s so pretty and unexpected! i personally love the mod with sparkles :) i can’t think of something that was forbidden…although i do remember my mom looking at me strangely when i wanted to wear a toe ring :)

  116. Claire says:

    I wanted Calvin Klein jeans so badly I could taste it. But even though we could afford them, my mom refused to pay $60 so I could wear someone’s name across my you-know-what. To this day, I might splurge on something of good quality from a popular designer, but I won’t buy anything with a large or obvious designer label or stamp (ok mom, I guess you were right…)

  117. Jill says:

    My parents were very tolerant of bad fashion and allowed me to wear the following:

    – a paper dress
    – gauchos
    – hot pants with one blue side and one white side that laced up the front (and this to my 6th grade graduation! What were we thinking?}
    – a teal polyester jumpsuit during the disco era
    – enormous platform shoes that I saved all my babysitting money from a summer to purchase and then wore once because they were so hard to walk in

    Perhaps this explains why I am a basic white t-shirt, cardigan and jeans girl now :-)
    I would choose the turquoise pair of earrings. Love the packaging — so creative.


  118. Jade says:

    Omigoodness! I love the mod ones! Fancy!! I remember I always wanted to wear my pink barbie play high heels outside, but my parents wouldn’t let me. Oh to be a kid again..

  119. Andrea says:

    I was not allowed to wear (or have my ears) pierced…….ugg…everyone else did but me. However, I did survive and now have pierced ears!!!! I love the idea of wrapping a present in berry containers….I have 3 in my fridge now!!!! The earings are lovely…..I particularly love the turquoise earings. So lovely. I will have to find this shop during my trip down in July! Hope the rain from TS Debbie isn’t affecting you there.

  120. Ashley K says:

    I wasn’t allowed to have short hair, I have thick hair and my mom always had thin hair and always wore her hair short. She refused to let me cut it, and I didn’t until the day I came home from my honeymoon. I donated it to locks of love! I love all of the earrings – especially the turquoise or the loops!

  121. Meredith says:

    I was pretty much forbidden to wear any earrings at all! When I turned 18, my friend went with me to the mall and she sat with me while I got my ears pierced. I didn’t tell my mom, just came home with it done! (Back then you had to be 18 to get them peirced without a parent’s permission… it still like that?) So now, I love dangly earrings, the bigger the better I say!

    I LOVE all these! So cute! If I HAD to pick one, I would say the hoops just because I don’t currently own anyof the big hoops that are so in style right now. :)

    Love your blog! Such fun reading!

  122. Robin says:

    When I was growing up I wasn’t strictly forbidden to wear anything, but I do remember getting in trouble for wearing makeup in 7th grade. I didn’t think anyone would notice the dark brown eyeshadow and peach blush I would apply on the bus in the morning.

    This is the cleverest packaging idea, I am going to pin it to my packaging board immediately! All the earrings are gorgeous… I’m torn between the hoops and the mod dangles; if I win you can choose for me!

  123. Abby says:

    The lace glove. Thank God, I never wore the lace glove!!

    The shimmering shells are gorgeous!

  124. Doris says:

    I would love to win the Mod with sparkles! Gorge!

    And I was not allowed to wear make up, specially lip gloss!

  125. Linda says:

    My mom was laid back bout those things, but no heels for me til I had money to buy my own stuff. And I would love the mod with sparkles! Awesome blog!

  126. Mariam says:

    We had no money to buy real clothes, let alone accessories, so to this day, I kept my appearance pretty modest while trying to step it up a notch!
    I like the last earrings, the sparkles with mod. Thanks!

  127. marti says:

    I was forbidden to wear sleeveless tops, short shorts and to pierce my ears.

    Um, and no, I didn’t grow up among the Amish. Ha. Just strict parents.

    I love the turquoise earrings. Those, please? Great website, btw.

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