Collaboration: A Beautiful Mess for ModCloth!



I am so happy to announce this fun collaboration! I was recently invited to design a piece of jewelry for ModCloth. The piece was to be vintage inspired and something I would love to wear. The possibilities were endless and I had so much fun sketching ideas and scouring vintage inspiration!

I designed a locket that was inspired by a vintage horseshoe brooch. I love mid-century enamel floral pins, so I fell in love with a horseshoe pin with tiny enamel daisies. Growing up, my grandparents were farmers, so I’ve always had affection for horses and Southwestern symbolism. I have many fond memories of riding horses with my sister, dressed up in boots and cowboy hats. I knew I wanted to use the horseshoe, a symbol of good luck, to create my vintage-inspired piece.

I chose a locket because I think that every lady wants little ways to carry her favorite memories with her. I love lockets because they can keep treasures safe and near by. It’s a little reminder of the love in one’s life! This locket is extra special because it’s oversized. Many lockets are itty-bitty, but this one is more of a statement. It’s a perfect fit for two photos. I love it!

My special locket is now for sale at ModCloth. ♥



Here's a peek at my design illustation. The whole process was such a thrill!


This was such a fun project. You can pick up your very own locket right here. xo. elsie

Modcloth let me choose an outfit just for this blog post! Here's what I'm wearing… In Perfect Contrast Dress, Front of the Line Tights in Teal, Call You Honey Shoulder Bag, and Comma on Over Heel. XO!

  • I just bought this vnaitge reproduction necklace and it is Awesome! The long chain is quite fancy .it’s long enough to wrap around my neck twice! My only complaint is that I’m not sure how to put the pictures in?? each spot for a pic is really small and there isn’t any clear film to protect your pictures =/ I’ll probably wear it as-is, and find a better locket for pictures. So just keep that in mind.

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  • Hey,
    I don’t say this to be rude or anything but i love how u have all these look n u look amazng n ur nt the sterotipical size 6 model. u have curves n u know how to dress them n u look fabulouse!

    ur an absolte inspiration,
    Rifka <3

  • YAY! I just recieved mine today! I hope I am the first in New Zealand to get it! I love it I will have to send you a photo of your beautiful mess necklace in some very kiwi spot, thanks so much for the beauty xox


  • Awesome! I’ve been put on a mission to pick out what I want for my birthday this weekend, and I think you just helped me out a little bit.

  • Beautiful!!! I love the size and design. You are so talented 🙂

    Much Love


  • Gaaah I love this! Your creativity really has no limit!

    AND I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN ON THE BLOG: so refreshing and beautiful just like you! =)

  • I saw that earlier and thought it was so cute, but it didn’t even occur to me that it was a collaboration with you! I love it!


  • that is so prettyyy! it’s the first thing i noticed in your first pic outfit, and normally jewelry blends in

  • I love it so much! How gorgeous! I’m always having to avoid ModCloth because I can seriously break the bank there…so much great stuff to buy. I think I may have to indulge with your locket though! Cannot resist! 😀

    I was also wondering…in your design sketch, is that your handwriting or a font? It’s so beautiful! Can you share it please?

  • It is absolutely beautiful!!! I would love to get one.

  • Beautiful locket! I love horseshoes.

    PS- the new layout looks great!

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • I love this necklace! My mom is ordering it for me from the states and sending it to me in Germany. It’s going to serve as my good luck charm over the next year when I move back to Portland 🙂 XO

  • This is one of my favorite outfits I have ever seen you in. The locket is fantastic! I just bought an over sized vintage locket and it is a fun look.

  • OMG! I love Modcloth and I love this locket! Congratualtions on the collaboration this is such a huge thing& I’m so excited for you:)



  • i LOVE this! you convinced me, i do need a locket close to my heart <3 congrats!

  • Very sweet! i love this, elsie. can’t wait to see what else you have coming up with modcloth.

  • oh i love this! reminds me of a brooch my grandma gave me…now i just need to work on getting clothes that fit me better to wear it with (and teach a little baby not to grab at it?)
    Smoking Crayolas Blogspot

  • So cute!! I love horseshoes and have quite a collection. Amazing design work 🙂 and i love the new blog design too!

  • That is so amazing, Elsie! I’ve always wished lockets were bigger, because I love the idea behind them…just not the tiny size. Your locket looks so gorgeous! Congrats!

  • Hi Elsie! Great blog makeover. I just have one small suggestion/quibble: I really miss seeing the dates of your entries, because sometimes when there’s a DIY or something it’s nice to have that to refer to!

  • I love the locket and I am especially impressed by your design sketches! I am a jewelry designer and only wish I could illustrate my ideas so beautifully! Congratulations on your collaboration!

  • just ordered mine today and I can’t wait to receive it! funny story actually i accidentally ordered two of them, so i figure one will be a great christmas present for someone i love!

  • congrats on your collaboration with ModCloth, and….i love your new blog design! so refreshing and easy to navigate.

  • I love the new layout of the blog, super easy to read and inspiring! The locket is beautiful as well! Thanks for keeping me excited about creating things!

  • very exciting! And congrats on the new blog design, it’s fun to sift through!


  • i love this locket! i actually saw it yesterday and thought it was lovely. 🙂

    love the new blog design too. looks amazing!


  • Such a fantastic design! You’d do wonderfully as a jewellery designer!
    You look fantastic in that last photo by the way 🙂
    AND love the blog layout!


  • love the new blog look and the modcloth locket! oh and loving the outfit, too, elsie!!!

  • Love the locket (lockets are pretty much my favorite), and love the new website. I love all of the handmade elements you include in your design!

  • That’s such an exciting opportunity for you, congratulations! Your locket is lovely!

    Lauren @ Sea Parrot

  • so cute!!! love this piece and what inspired you is so great. I am definitely wanting to add this necklace to my jewelery collection! oh, and the new site layout is great, really cute! : )

  • This locket is gorgeous! Great job Elsie & Congrats! I agree with Angela – unstoppable is right! Keep that fire burning – we all know you will!

    Also love the new design on the blog – I was surprised when my screen came up! Love it!

    Have a great day cakes!

  • Wow, love your new blog look, incredible! You always inspire me with your lovely creativity!

  • OMG! Your new blog look is AMAZING! It’s so inspirational and I think it mirrors your style and personality perfectly!

  • congratulations, Elsie!! you so much deserve it, the locket is gorgeous!

    & by the way, the new look on the blog is amazing!! I’m so so loving it, you have no idea!! I think I’ll come by even more often than usual haha well done! *clap clap*

  • So amazing! Congrats! I love you’re new set up too…you have so much valuable information on you’re blog…it’s crazy! 🙂 -Lo

  • Congrats! That’s so exciting and the piece is very you. Modcloth is awesome 🙂 And the new blog look is fantastic!

  • Love the necklace…and Love ModCloth! You’ve designed a beautiful piece. 🙂 Cheers!

  • Love the new blog look! I’ve been playing around with mine too!

    I really like your locket! I have been trying to find unique jewlery for engagement photos, rehearsal dinner outfit and wedding day! Adorable.

  • This is so exciting! And I love the locket you designed and the thought behind it – beautiful!

    Much love,


  • …and two minutes later, the locket is ordered and on it’s way to my home! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  • I love it! Such a cute piece – and I love the new look of the site!!!


  • Jewellery design as well?! amazing. I could read your blog allll day long!

    x x x

    p.s.LOVE the new design! Utterly gorgeous.

  • it’s so lovely!! congrats on the new opportunity!
    PS – the new blog design is amazing!

  • elsie. this is my first comment on your blog even i am enjoying it for month. i’m everytime so inspired!
    i love your new layout. so gorgeous!!!

    and congratulations to this wonderful necklace!

  • three things I LOVE:

    1. the new look of your blog, absolutely beautiful.

    2. your modcloth locket. if the postage to south africa was a bit cheaper i’d totally have purchased one already

    3. your previous post on thrifting tips. such great advice – i often find it hard to walk away from things that i ‘kind of’ like and your post has inspired me to be more discerning.


  • aw, it’s so pretty! congratulations on an awesome collaboration. and the new blog layout is really nice, too. 🙂

  • THIS IS SO AMAZING! Ahhh…I’m so happy for you! And the final product is gorgeous, absolutely unique and stunning. I might have to pick one up for myself. I’ve got a soft spot for lockets. 🙂

  • Love the new blog design and congrats on the locket, is something that I would very much wear and buy, I just hope the dollar doesn’t change so I can afford it when I’ve earnt more,
    I’m a follower in australia hence the dollar differences lol 🙂

  • I loved your old blog design, it was my favourite in the world, and now you’ve gone and trumped it! (local english phrase = done even better)
    So love your collaboration too, i wish i could afford to ship modcloth to the UK!

  • wow, you’re so talented designer! congratulations!

    I have brand new note with photos + my GIVEAWAY is still on! if you have time you’re welcome to

  • This is so gorgeous Elsie! It’s just perfect! And I just love your new blog makeover. It’s so very YOU!
    Sophie x

  • oh, I love the new blog design! so awesome! and the locket is gorgeous! must have one! 🙂

  • What an amazing oppertunity! i have a brooch like that it was my grans when she was young! Gorgeous.

    Zoe x

  • oh my gosh i’m so excited! i will be buying this! thank you for creating amazing things! <3

  • the locket is great – but i also love your new blog design! so beautiful. (: just two things i noticed: 1. if you click on the categories (outfits, beauty etc.), they open up in a new window. maybe you can change that? 2. if you click on the photo of you wearing a flower wreath on your hat (in the diy-archives), the website can’t be found. just thought i’d let you know since everything else is amazing!

    all the best,


  • You are so full of surprises! Every time you amaze me! You are UNSTOPPABLE! 🙂 This locket is amazing. It’s incredible how your sketch has become reality. What a great feeling this must be.
    By the way, I LOVE your new blog makeover! You’ve done a great job! 🙂

  • Beautiful design, Elsie. And the new blog layout is fab. You are an inspiration as always.x.

  • Whoa oh my! The site is so different now! I like it though, I’ll be clicking through everything soon. That locket is beautiful. I like how large it is too, sometimes I keep myself from buying jewelry just because the pendant is too small for anyone to really see it.
    <3 Linda

  • I love this locket!! 🙂 I must have one!! 🙂
    and…LOVE the new look on the blog! It looks great!
    Much Aloha,

  • What a fun collaboration. It is obvious that you put a lot of time and thought into it. It’s just lovely.

    A Collection of Passions

  • I absolutely love lockets! I have been in the search of the perfect compass locket. I have the worst sense of direction ever, and what a better way to keep direction with me than a lovely locket? I have yet to find the perfect one, but continue my search. Currently I have a pocket watch locket that is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.
    Lovely design!

  • This is awesome, I hope there are PLENTY more Modcloth/Beautiful Mess collabs coming up! A perfect pair, for sure <3


  • that’s a gorgeous design – i’d wear that in a heartbeat – it’s vintage looking but something you’d never find, because it’s just too perfect. Right on! PS> cool new blog look!

  • I love the symbolism around it. My baby brother rodeos and my family has a ranch I grew up on. So great. Already purchased it. xo, rv

  • Oh, wow! A new home! I loved the previous one, but I really like this one, too! Especially the labels on top ;).

    Congrats on the collaboration!

  • congrats on the collabo!! It looks beautifully vintage and well-made. The length is awesome – love the way you double-wrapped it in one of the pics.
    Enjoy everything that comes from this great opportunity!!

  • Lovely necklace. I love the colours!

    –Jaclyn T
    Silver Twig Necklace GIVEAWAY @ my blog:

  • um, how cool is designing your own locket?!! Love this design, Els. I love the story behind it, and I think it turned out beautifully!

  • Oh, it’s such a pretty locket, Elsie! You did a wonderful job!

    I hope I can snatch one up soon!
    Hope you’re having a peachy night. xo, A.

  • This is so awesome! Congrats Elsie, what a fun project! Your locket is definitely going on my wish list. :]

  • I love it so much! I love that it’s big enough for pictures 🙂 I think I need it.
    Love and Turtledoves,

  • This is a simply gorgeous, timeless locket & you should be proud Elsie!
    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

  • Stop the train! I love it. 🙂 You are now also a gifted jewelry design! Sweet! Congrats…and I love it! Ahem…I happen to love horse shoes, a left over from my cowgirl phase. Hearts, Janna Lynn

  • totallyyyyy purchasing this! have been contemplating an order from modcloth, glad i held off for a minute! this is just lovely.. love modcloth and YOU! :]

  • Wow thats a really pretty locket! I love the fact that is not tiny. Congrats on such unique item.

  • I MUST HAVE ONE!!! And this is why you continue to be one of my favorite bloggy ladies. You rock.

    I also love horseshoes, horses and Southwestern symbolism. And lockets. And flowers. This is perfection!

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