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BLOG: 10 Ways to Wear a Sarong…So Right!

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BLOG: 10 Ways to Wear a Sarong…So Right!

It’s that time of year again when we are drawn to the beautiful batik patterns on summer sarongs, but feel unsure how to use it. Be sure to stop by the shop to see our new collection of sarongs in all colors.  Quarter Moon staff is ready to help your learn all the ways to wear one. Here are a few ways to use your new Sarong that you may never have thought about!

1. Top

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Multiple styles of tops are simple to accomplish with a Sarong.  Simply wrap the sarong around your neck to create a halter top, or tie it in a bow in the front and you’ve got a tube top. They are light a breezy for the summer air and add a pop of color to any pair of shorts and sandal combo.

2. Kimono

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Tie the two ends of the scarf together and place your arms in the newly made holes, you’ve got yourself a kimono. Probably one of our favorite ways to wear a sarong because it is flattering to every figure and is so easy wear.

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Every summer vacation needs a simply flowing dress and a sarong creates this look so well. Wear this look to dinner with your new tan or out to the lido deck as a beautiful cover-up.

4.Skirt

20170311_163559A simple skirt is by far the most popular and easy to accomplish look available with a Sarong. Simply wrap the fabric around your waist, tie in a knot or use a sarongclip, and BAM! Summer time gorgeousness. My definite go-to when strolling on the beach, or heading to the pool.

 

5. Blanket 

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Stash your sarong in your beach bag or picnic basket. They’re wide enough to lay on and fold up so easily that you can carry them anywhere without feeling the weight of a heavy tapestry.

 

6. Pillow Case 

Traveling can sometimes be a little rough and you want the comfort of something familiar. If the hotel/hostel pillows don’t look cozy or clean, grab your scarf and wrap it around the pillow, you’ll be sure to sleep through the night with ease.

7. Purse
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Almost always will a Sarong be the perfect last minute purse to whip together when you find yourself at Market and have no where to hold all your new amazing goodies. It’s also super cute.

8. Headscarf

One of the more exotic ways to use your sarong is as a headscarf. When the humidity and salty beach air has turned your luscious locks into a tangled20170311_155339-1 mess, grab your sarong! Now you’ve got your mane under control and are turning heads too

9. Scarf or Shawl

Wear your sarong as a scarf around your neck or over 20170311_164119.JPGyour shoulders as a shawl. This is a perfect example of how sarongs are an effortless and versatile accessory.

 

10. Towel

20170311_164155.JPGNot only can you use them as blankets but because of their light weight they are can easily be used as towels and dry incredibly fast. Forget the extra weight when traveling, just bring your Sarong.

 

 

 

 

QM Treeversary: A Reflection

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QM Treeversary: A Reflection

One year ago today an unexpected storm blew threw Tallahassee and caused a tree to crash on Quarter Moon. The tree may have left an open wound in the store’s roof, but it also created questions and uncertainty among the QM staff and community. Would the fallen tree mark the end of Quarter Moon, a 26 year-old Tallahassee staple? Or would QM grow from the event stronger than ever?

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I will never forget driving up to Quarter Moon moments after a huge old pine tree came crashing down on our little cottage shop. It was a moment that changed the course of our business and also the lives of all of us who work at Quarter Moon,” Wendy Halleck, QM owner said.

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Wendy Halleck, QM Owner

After a night of chaos of shoving merchandise into boxes and once the tree was removed, we were able to assess the true damage. The QM staff spent a few days packing the remaining products to keep in storage. Once everything was moved out, the store felt like a clean slate.

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While QM was closed for just under 40 days due to the reconstruction of the store’s roof and interior, various pop-up shops were organized around the Midtown area to help keep the business afloat. None of us could forget the first pop-up shop at Krewe de Gras, where the support from the community was prevalent and everyone’s hopes were upbeat. After 2 more pop ups at Lucy and Leos Cupcakery and the Manor at Midtown, NAI TALCOR generously gave us a temporary store front at Capital Plaza until we could reopen at Lake Ella. Their gift of a temporary place for Quarter Moon to call home kept us going and kept us all employed!

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Pop-up shop at Lucy & Leos Cupcakery

I definitely would not want to go through it again, but in so many ways, I am profoundly grateful for that experience. That time was filled with many daily challenges and what seemed like endless hours of very strenuous  labor,” Halleck said. “Most impactful however, was experiencing the outpouring of community support and the deepened relationships between all of us at the shop as we picked up the pieces and put them back together.”

August 8th we were finally home again. The store reopened with a fresh coat of paint, new merchandise, sturdy support beam, a different layout, but with the same spirit and vibe we’ve all come to love. Without the community’s support, QM would not be standing tall today.

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“I am forever indebted to my family, our loyal customers, our landlady Ginny Chandler, the Tallahassee business community, and most especially the powerful, spirited women I work with at Quarter Moon who always said ‘YES, we can do this!’” Halleck said.

To commemorate this unforeseen, yet rewarding experience, the QM staff plans to keep the store with them forever by getting quarter moon tattoos next week. Stay tuned for another blog post featuring the QM ladies ink!

We want to thank the Tallahassee community for rallying with us and helping Quarter Moon continue to be a staple in the city. We couldn’t have asked for a better tribe.

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Blog: Step Into Summer, QM Staff Style

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With summer already in full swing, the Quarter Moon girls wanted to share some of our summer staples. Everyday we obsess over our vibrant sun dresses, colorful home decor, and intricate jewelry. Each staff member handpicked their favorite product and what makes it a must-have for any summer outing.

Wendy’s Pick

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“I love this [necklace] because it is locally made by one of my favorite artists. I love knowing about the extensive handcrafting that goes into this piece, and it goes with everything you want to wear.” –Wendy Halleck, QM Owner

Lisa’s Pick

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“I love Mara Mugs because they’re handmade in Mexico; they come in so many fun designs that there is a perfect mug for anyone. They’re a nice thick ceramic that keeps your beverage hot, but also great for chili or ice cream too. I have my morning coffee everyday from my Mara Mug. It’s the best way to start my day.” –Lisa Folmar, QM Buyer and Manager

Katie’s Pick

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“I love our tapestries because of the variety in colors, sizes, and styles we have. I probably have too many, but they’re so versatile! I hang one on my wall, keep several in my car as picnic/beach blankets, and use several as sheets. I love the different printing techniques (block printing and batiks) and several use all natural vegetable dyes!” –Katie Haggerty, QM Buyer and Manager

Megan’s Pick

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“These bags literally carry a small piece of Mayan culture. I love that they are made from recycled handmade textiles and embroidery. If you’re the least bit crafty, you can see the artistry and craftsmanship. These textiles are made using thousands and thousands of threads and hours of work. They are everything I want in a product.” –Megan Milla, QM Buyer and Manager

Allison’s Pick

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“I bought a mid-length Jedzebel wrap skirt just a few weeks ago, and I can easily say that it changed my life. I can’t stop playing with it and creating  new styles every time I pull it out of my closet. I wear it a few times a week, but it’s a different piece of clothing each time. I wear it as a sleeveless dress and high-waisted skirt; it never gets old.” –Allison Kridle, QM Social Media Consultant and Key Holder

Alycea’s Pick

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“I’ve never loved something more than these tie dye pants. I’m constantly wearing them to work, around the house, or even to the pool. Culture Shop (the brand behind these babies) hand dyes all of their pieces, and the colors last for years after hundreds of washes. Not only do I have pants, but tops and dresses as well!” –Alycea Favreau, QM Social Media Consultant and Key Holder

Courtney’s Pick

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“I love Wishlist bralets because they are so comfortable yet stylish! They come in so many different colors and lace designs. They’re a great alternative to regular bras and I never want to take mine off.” –Courtney Piper, QM Key Holder

Rebecca’s Pick

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“I love QM’s socks because we have so much variety. They come in the coolest color combinations making them the perfect gift. There is truly a pair for any inside joke you could think of, or pick  a pair for yourself and curl up with a good book on a rainy Florida afternoon!” –Rebecca Clendinen, QM Social Media Consultant

Take on summer with these special products, or come into the store and find your own favorite summer essential!

On the Fringe

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Fringe is a standout trend this season. Once a counter culture staple, fringe is now seen flowing on the long leather dresses of Altuzarra and appear on the runways of Derek Lam as detailed hemlines, cut short and sweet. It’s street fashion turned glamorous and the Spring/Summer runways wouldn’t disagree!10260021_682555455144580_8137527345828697888_nLook fierce in fringe this summer the Quarter Moon way with a boldly colored sundress $44, a tie-dyed bandana $12.50 and circular sunnies $15.

Food Truck Thursday Feature: Julio’s Food on the Move

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The Tallahassee ritual, Food Truck Thursday, is now hosted at Lake Ella every Thursday night! Our neighborhood welcomed the event three months ago and we couldn’t be more excited that it is now in our neck of the woods. All of us at Quarter Moon love grubbing at the food trucks when they start serving around 6 pm, and we are always dancing when the band plays at 6:30. 

One food truck out of seven that participate, Julio’s Food on the Move offers anything from burgers and fries to beans and rice. 

“I always liked cooking and being around people,” Julio, the owner of Juilo’s Food on the Move said. 

The Quarter Moon staff loves Julio’s fries and are crazy about his beans and rice. Not only is the food something to rave about, but his food “truck” is also very unique. 

The truck is actually a trailer that used to be a camper; it is a silver 1968 Land Yaht that is made out of aircraft aluminum. Julio was generous enough to let some of us look inside the trailer and it is surprisingly very spacious! 

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Julio started the food truck in 2010 and loves Tallahassee because of all of the great people.

“I like talking to people and getting to know them,” Julio said. 

Julio also expressed how Lake Ella is a great location for Food Truck Thursday because of the supportive businesses and because there is always something going on at the lake. 

We think so too Julio! Don’t miss the next Food Truck Thursday. Julio and many other food trucks will be grilling and grooving! 

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