Remember that girl from class whose style you adored? At times she was a bit eccentric, but she wore everything with confidence. Something about the way she dressed just worked, and you couldn’t go a day without noticing her ensemble. For Katelyn Kosinski, that girl was Willa, a classmate from her college days. Little did Katelyn know that a few short years later “Willa” would become the inspiration behind the name of her business, Woodbury Lane.
“When I searched the name ‘Willa’ and ‘Willa Boutique,’ I found it was already taken. So, I played around with ‘Willow” and ‘Willow Lane’ for a while. Realizing that I was hooked on the W and L being together, I landed on the name of my childhood street, Wood Berry Lane, but changed it to make just two words:” Woodbury Lane.
Willa was just the first bold, fashion forward female who inspired Katelyn to create Woodbury Lane.
“Truly my greatest influence has been the entire movement of women who are doing their own thing right now. There’s this revolution of girls who are insanely confident and driven, yet totally realistic in their goals… Gone are the days where women can only work for the man.”
Long before Katelyn took her first step toward launching Woodbury Lane, she had a clear vision of what drew her to a particular sense of style. The fashion was just one component. The confidence with which a woman wears the fashion and the pride a woman takes in her fashion are the foundation of Woodbury Lane’s aesthetic.
“[Woodbury Lane] speaks to the woman who takes pride in her wardrobe. Women who are not looking for ‘disposable clothing pieces,’ which are all too easy to come by nowadays. ‘Disposable clothing pieces’ are the ones that are incredibly trendy and poorly made. Woodbury Lane is the opposite – our clothes are of a great quality, and they’ll last for more than one season. Most of what we offer are classic basics and subtle trends that don’t necessarily scream ‘2015.’”
Katelyn gave a taste of what Woodbury Lane had to offer with a pop-up gift shop last holiday season, but the boutique officially opened its cyber doors last month with its first spring collection. The current inventory is stocked with a full line of clothing and accessories as well as select home and gift items. While each and every piece has its own unique appeal, Katelyn was quick to share a couple of her favorites.
“The Cream Tapered Pants are amazing because they could truly be worn all year long. They’re lightweight enough to wear throughout the summer, but they also look killer in winter thanks to the ‘winter neutrals’ and ‘winter whites’ trends that are happening right now. I’m also pretty obsessed (a word I try not to use often) with our Floral Drape Top. It’s just the most flattering piece, and the colors are spot on for spring and summer. It’s also really versatile because it’s slightly cropped, which would look awesome paired with a high-waisted skirt. However, it’s not so cropped that you’d be showing belly, so it still pairs well with denim too!”
Katelyn has been a successful blogger for almost two years, but Woodbury Lane is her first small business endeavor. Throughout the entrepreneurial process, she has realized the importance of taking the time to celebrate each and every achievement.
“As a small business owner, I’ve quickly learned that every endeavor, no matter the size, is exciting! My first sale, a new shipment of merchandise, or even a really nice compliment on the shop feels like a huge accomplishment!”
So, what’s next for Woodbury Lane? If you’re in the Milwaukee area, don’t miss the exclusive launch party on March 22. For the first time, you’ll be able to see, touch, and try on the items from Woodbury Lane’s first spring collection. Be sure to arrive early! Woodbury Lane has partnered with a number of other local creatives to compile swag bags for the first 30 purchasers. Don’t live in the Milwaukee area? Shop Woodbury Lane online 24/7, and follow along with the boutique’s latest collections, events, and special offers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Happy shopping!
Photographed by Laurelyn Savannah Photography
Alright men, hopefully some of you bought some sexy lingerie for a serious steal after reading my post last week, but I know some of you may still be searching for that perfect gift for special lady. And ladies, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you! Men can be hard to shop for, and let’s face it, if you’ve been in a relationship for at least a few months you already used up all your great gift ideas at Christmas. In this complete Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, I’ve got some unique ideas to get your loved one from Etsy!
GIFTS FOR YOUR GIRL
A New Twist on Flowers: Untamed Rose Glass Flowers, $35.00 each (TIP: I recommend 3 for a total of $105.00)
Ultra-Thoughtful Personalized Art: Jordan Grace Owens Custom Couple Portrait Gift Certificate, $150.00
GIFTS FOR YOUR GUY
So Fresh and So Clean Product Assortment: Regular Guy Beard Oil and Men’s Lotion, each are $10.00
Warm and Loving Mug Set: The Printed Surface Robot Mug Set, $25.00
This Gift will be Music to His Ears: Schuttenworks Acoustic Dock for iPhone, $45.00
UPDATE: If this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide isn’t luxurious enough for you, check out my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the luxury watch retailer, Crown & Caliber!
ATTN MEN: If you haven’t yet, it’s time to start shopping for Valentine’s Day. Why not give a gift that gives back to you? The gift of lingerie. Ladies love it and so do you. Sounds like a win-win. But lingerie can be expensive (welcome to the world of women’s apparel), so you’ve got to start shopping now to snag a good deal. Well, today I’ve got one for you: the Hanky Panky event on Rue La La. Need a little help deciding what look is best for that special lady in your life? Don’t worry, I’ve got some suggestions for you! But, you better hurry! This event ends Sunday, February 2, and sizes and styles are selling out quickly!
For more suggestions on Valentines Day gifts, check back next week for my Valentines Day Gift Guide for Gals and Guys!
BABYDOLLS and CHEMISES
Got a girl with a booty? I recommend the Bliss Pink Lace Babydoll + G-String Set.
Got a more busty lady? I suggest the Red Lace Chemise.
Each are available at the Rue La La event for just $49.90!
BRAS + PANTIES
Both thong sets are on sale for just $35.90 at the Rue La La event, and you can buy the Pink Kitten Bra for $35.90 or the Mosaic Print Bralette for $25.90!
Are you a last minute gifter? Scrambling for an idea? I’ve got the perfect one!
Stella & Dot made a name for themselves with their jewelry line, but I am in love with their other accessories. At $24 each, poufs are the perfect holiday gift for any gal on your list. Got a few girls to buy for? Get 3 for $60 and save! These companions would be perfect wrapped in pretty paper under the tree or as a stocking stuffer. With all the great patterns and colors, you can’t go wrong! I’m also obsessed with their handbags, clutches, and wallets. No matter what your budget, these would make awesome gifts!
BONUS! Expedited Shipping SPECIAL: Stella & Dot is offering expedited shipping at the standard shipping costs now through Saturday, December 21 at 12PM EST with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve!
As if you needed another reason to get your last minute gifts from Stella & Dot, here are 3 other great incentives going on the month of December:
Holiday Gifting Tips Part V – Tips for Men
In the fifth and final installment of my Holiday Gifting Tips, I’ve got tips for men. Why did I save this portion for the last installment? Because if you men are anything like my boyfriend, you’ve yet to buy that special gift for your girl. I’m gonna try to keep it simple, with 3 easy tips and 10 gift ideas all under $100 for the leading lady in your life.
You can never go wrong with jewelry, perfume, or lingerie.
If you really want to impress her, get her clothes, shoes, or accessories.
For the girl who has everything, here are some more suggestions:
iPHONE BATTERY CASE $79.95
JEWELRY STAND $38.00
GIRLS SEASONS 1 & 2 $29.92
EVERYTHING FITS GYM BAG $48.00