Halloween Movie Party—Spitfire Girl Style!

We love this time of year because it’s the perfect time to add some spook to your decor and show it off by hosting a Halloween movie night. We’ve gathered our favorite Spitfire Girl items to get you and your home in the Halloween spirit, and a list of the baddest witches from our favorite Halloween flicks.

The Grand High Witch The Witches
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Mary, Winifred, and Sarah Hocus Pocus
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Louise Teen Witch
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Sarah, Nancy, Rochelle, and Bonnie The Craft
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Elvira Mistress of the Dark
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Now that your movies are queued up, here’s a few of our favorite Spitfire Girl items to get you and your home ready to host this party! (Email us a picture with these items in your home for a chance to be featured)

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jenga Halloween Movie Party—Spitfire Girl Style!

Alex Hillson of Bottleblond Jewels

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Bottleblond Jewels

is a Spitfire Girl favorite. We love that it’s handmade in LA, and influenced by juvenile jewelry and accessories crafted in the 1940s–1970s. Many of the components are even designed from genuine vintage molds and imprints. We reached out to owner and creator Alex Hillson, and asked her a few questions about her vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories line.

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How did you get started with Bottleblond?
I used to be an international business affairs executive in the film business.  After being laid off with 500 other people from my company, I decided I had enough of the corporate world.  I took some time off and started making hair clips from vintage components.  My family thought I was a little bonkers.  After a few months though, I was getting good feedback from people and I knew I had something unique to offer.  So I decided to take my severence and start my own business.  I havent looked back since.

What inspires you?
Definitely the biggest thing that inspires me is quirky, wacky and spirited little girls.  My niece is one of them for sure! I wanted to create a jewelry line that was especially for them so they can express themselves in a fun way and use their imagination too.  There are plenty of traditional choices out there for little girls.  I wanted Bottleblond to provide some original, handcrafted alternative choices that are a bit different than the usual fare.

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What are some of your favorite materials to work with?
Resin pendants and cabochons, anything resin for sure!  Also, as we try to keep our prices reasonable, we cant work with gold or silver, so instead we work with a lot of raw brass charms.  I like the way it naturally patinas over time as opposed to cheaper gold plated materials that turn black and peel pretty quickly.  We can also hand paint them too which is fun.

What has been a favorite moment in your career?
I think when my niece Mia met her namesake necklace, Mia the Mermaid this summer in a store that carries our line in the Hamptons.  She shook the jar it came in and looked at the label and loved that her name was on it.

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What is a Spitfire Girl to you?
Oh this one is easy!  A Spitfire Girl is like a Bottleblond Girl. Spunk, bravery, curiosity and a sense of adventure.  Not afraid to eat a jalapeño pepper and peanut butter sandwich on a dare.  Always looking at things from a slightly different angle. Proud to be a girl and excited to get stuck in the top car on the ferris wheel because she knows that’s where the view is the best!

We couldn’t agree more. Follow @bottleblondjewels on Instagram and shop Bottleblond in Spitfire Girl stores in LA and online.

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Unicorns!

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Here at Spitfire Girl, we love unicorns. Not only are they magical, they represent courage, grandeur, wisdom, and nobility—all of the traits of a badass Spitfire Girl.

The history of the unicorn is also super interesting to us. According to legend, only a virgin can catch a unicorn. The original engraving pictured above is from the 15th century and shows the “capture” of the unicorn. And by golly did she capture a good one! It has the same face as Spitfire Girl’s new unicorn enamel pin.

The common depiction of the dreamy, white unicorn as we typically know it developed from narwals being hunted and having their tusks sold as magical unicorn horns. It was believed their horn had the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. Wow!

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But with most symbols and badass creatures, the unicorn also has a dark side. The mythology of a dark, menacing unicorn developed from tales associated with the dangerous and mean-spirited wooly rhino.

The unicorn also has frenemies. In Babylonian folklore from 3500 BC, the lion and the unicorn hate each other. However, the unicorn and lion seem to have reconciled, as they make an appearance together on today’s British coat of arms. The unicorn as a symbol of goodness and honor, and the lion as a symbol of courage and strength. Aww, BFFs.

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It’s no surprise that the unicorn’s grace, combined with its wild side, makes it a favorite for us at Spitfire Girl.

Check out the magicool unicorn items we have available in the shop.

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Meet Kristin and Jason of Spitfire Girl

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Kristin Schroder is the original Spitfire Girl, a Texas craft genius who through her keen eye, careful curating, and unstoppable drive to create, has successfully launched the Spitfire Girl brand.

For Kristin, creativity has always been paramount in her life. Even with two small children there was never a choice when it came to making art – it was a part of her daily ritual. As she puts it now, “Wake up, make art!”

Around that same time, Kristin sent out birthday invitations for one of her daughters in the form of a funky little box with a note and a lizard toy inside. The children and parents were so tickled by the little box cards that Kristin knew she had to run with the idea.

With her background in design and experience in the fine arts world, Kristin turned to the gift market with her box cards and thus Spitfire Girl was born. Spitfire Girl grew rapidly but truly hit it’s stride when Kristin met her now husband Jason, seven years ago.

Kristin’s design aesthetic and eye for trends, and Jason’s illustrative prowess, from his background as a tattoo artist, made for a winning combination. Within two weeks of meeting each other they came up with the “cheeky fortune cookie line,” which was immediately picked up by retailers across the US.

With two beautiful retail stores in Los Angeles and a burgeoning online business. Kristin and Jason continue to create fun new products, setting new trends, and growing the Spitfire Girl Brand.

In LA? Visit Spitfire Girl’s store locations:
1939 1/2 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
7401 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Spitfire Girl Number Collection Featured on XOVAIN

We are so happy XOVAIN shared their love of our perfume with their fan base. Check it out!
 Spitfire Girl Number Collection Featured on XOVAIN
This No 3 Roller on Perfume is an ultra-fragrant bouquet of lilac, jasmine and gardenia. It definitely packs a lot of scent into one swipe, making this one an excellent bargain option. The three flowers combined are sweet in and of themselves, but the perfume isn’t overbearingly so—a lovely blend that’s perfect for summer.
The Number Collection is now available in 1oz Spray Bottles
 Spitfire Girl Number Collection Featured on XOVAIN

Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium

We here at the Spitfire Girl headquarters love DIY kits, and one of our absolute favorites is our Make Your Own Terrarium Kit.
 This kit comes with pretty much everything you need to create the perfect little mason jar of happiness for your office desk or your home!

Here’s our very own step by step guide to make your terrarium look stellar!

Make Your Own Terrarium Kit DIY step-by-step

You can purchase a Make Your Own Terrarium Kit from our website or either of our retail locations.

 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium

Open up the box and lay out all of your materials – everything will be packaged neatly in the jar. A bag of dirt, some moss with a mushroom and a flower, a bag of rocks, an instruction leaflet and a terrarium friend (in this case a dinosaur) all come packed in the mason jar. You will need to grab some scissors and your own plant – a succulent clipping works great for this.
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Next pour your dirt and rocks into the bottom of the mason jar to create the perfect base.

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Then grab your scissors and place the moss in the jar. Once your moss is where you like it use the scissors to grab the head of the mushroom and place the mushroom firmly in the moss.
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After you’ve securely placed your mushroom, place your decorative flower.

 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium

At this point your little terrarium scene should be coming right along. Use your scissors to put your terrarium friend right where you want ‘em! (No dinosaurs were hurt in the making of this terrarium.)

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Next, grab your little succulent clipping and place it gently in the jar.

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Things should really be looking good now! Here’s the view from above!

 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium

We wanted to add a little something extra to our terrarium so we created a “BEWARE” sign out of some scrap cardboard.
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Screw the lid on your mason jar and your terrarium is all ready to find a home!
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TADA!
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Terrarium
You can get your own Make Your Own Terrarium Kit here!
Love,
Spitfire Girl

Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card

Here at the Spitfire Girl Headquarters one of our most favorite days of the week is when we get to spend some time doing actual crafts! One of our most favorite crafts is making the Spitfire Girl Box Card – which coincidentally was one our very first products.
The Spitfire Girl herself, Kristin Schroder, has put together this step by step on creating the perfect box card.
 
Spitfire Girl Box Card DIY
1. Gather the necessary materials!
You will need a glue gun, some white glue, spray adhesive, scissors, a decorative figurine (we used a cat) some moss, a spoonful of glitter, a piece of felt, one photo that you can cut for a background (we printed one from the internet) and one photo you can cut to use for the top of the box ( we also printed ours – the little gnome- from the internet.)
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2. Cut the printed out background photo so that it matches the dimensions of the box and use your hot glue gun to secure the photo the the back of the box.
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3. Take your piece of felt and cut in a half circle. Use your white glue to dab a few spots on the bottom of the felt and then secure the felt piece into the box.
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4. Next take your figurine and dab some hot glue onto the base of the figurine ( we hot glued up this cat’s little paws) and on the back of the figurine so that it sticks securely to the back of the box up against the decorative background photo.
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5. Take your hot glue gun and dab a bit on top of the felt, next to the figurine where you would like your moss to go. Place your moss on the dab gently with your finger but be careful not to burn yourself!
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card
6. After your moss and figurine are securely in place, take your spoonful of glitter and add some sparkle by loosely spooning some glitter into the back of the box.
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7. Grab your print out for the top of the box and make sure you’ve cut it to match the shape of your box top. Coat the back with spray adhesive and press it on the top of the box lid.
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8. Flip over the box lid, and write your message inside!
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TADA!!!
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card
Still need some inspiration? Here’s our first ever box card!
 Spitfire Girl DIY: Make Your Own Box Card
Find all our box cards here!
Happy Crafting!
XOXO,
Spitfire Girl

Spitfire Girl Summer Drink Recipe

There’s not much we at the Spitfire Girl headquarters love more than warm days and drinking. We’re sure you feel much the same, so we teamed up with amazing, talented, and dare we say handsome mixologist, Richard Swan to create the perfect Spitfire Girl inspired summer beverage.
 Spitfire Girl Summer Drink Recipe

We think you’ll love this sweet + spicy concoction as much as we do! Grab your shaker and sweet Spitfire Girl glasses and follow the recipe below:

1 1/2 oz mezcal
1 oz pineapple juice
1/2 fresh lime juice
4-5 cilantro leaves
1 small slice jalapeno
Muddle the cilantro with the jalapeno
Shake all ingredients with ice
Strain over ice
Garnish with a large pinch of shredded coconut and dash of paprika
 Spitfire Girl Summer Drink Recipe
Happy Drinkin’!
Love,

Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham

 Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham

Being a Spitfire Girl isn’t just about swigging from your favorite SFG wooden flask or lying on one of our colorful throw pillows on a sunny afternoon.  It’s a spirit- a funky mixture of fire, ice and for Karen Gorham the pine fresh scent of the open road. A Texan at heart now living in LA, Karen visited our downtown office to chat with us about all things motorcycles, being a woman on a seemingly men driven road, and how it felt to make her longest trip alone on a motorcycle. From Los Angeles to her home city of El Paso, Karen reflected on what she saw, who she met, and the beautiful scenery of the American Southwest scattered between.
 Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham
Having been a rider her whole life, the terrain of the road isn’t foreign for Karen. It’s her mobile home-away-from-home wherever the skyline takes her. Born in El Paso, Texas, Karen originally wanted to ride because her older brother did, “I always thought what my brother did was really cool.  He built a mini bike and let me have it- it was then on that I was obsessed with two wheels.” It was in her late twenties and living in Dallas where she began to build a love of BMX riding. She eventually began to attract more women, getting a few gal pals to join, “At that time there weren’t a lot of girls riding. We started to get more women together and all the girls I hung out with started getting dirt bikes, too.”
          Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham
Moving to LA, a city of hustlers and go getters, the bug to get her own motorcycle finally sunk its teeth into her,  “Yeah, it was right [then that] I realized that I could do this- I could buy a motorcycle.  I don’t need my parents to buy it for me. Again, no one else was riding at this time, so there was no influence.” With her first long trip to Joshua Tree a success, Karen began planning the next to her hometown of El Paso, “Since I’m from Texas and I love Texas, I knew I wanted my bike to be in Texas at some point.” Riding on highways, freeways, and even the dirt roads along the Mexico border in between.
Karen is a Spitfire Girl through and through.
“For me, I think it’s somebody who’s not afraid and somebody that’s outspoken. Someone who is definitely not afraid to be true to himself or herself.”  Taking her shoes off her feet she showed us her socks, “I just got these ‘Bad Ass’ socks the other day from you guys! I’m most definitely a Spitfire Girl.”
 Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham
                                              Spitfire Girl Highlight: Motorcyclist Karen Gorham