As the store progresses each year, it becomes more and more important to me to source merchandise from people with a story to tell. 90% of our selection of paper goods, art, beauty items, and gifts come from small businesses and artists from around the country. All of them are women. At first, it happened organically and almost accidentally but as I get older and understand how important it is to all support each other’s businesses and dreams, the more it’s a requirement for what we sell at A Lovely Universe.
For our first spotlight, I will be featuring Claudia Masco. A Monmouth University graduate who has a fantastic eye and clearly not a fear of heights! We’ve been selling her beautiful aerial photo prints of the New Jersey shore all summer long and we now have her just released Long Beach Island collection as well.
A bit more about her below:
“Chloe Masco, owner of Claudia Chloe, uses photography as a tool to accentuate and simplify the beauty that surrounds her in her travels.
Studying photography where she was born and raised, at the Jersey Shore, she is heavily influenced by the playfulness of the beach-goer lifestyle. To her, there is nothing more visually satisfying than the interaction of vacationers and their umbrellas along the shoreline.
Her goal is to bring the beauty & simplicity of the world as the sky sees it, into her customers’ homes.
All aerial photographs are taken from the side of a doors-off helicopter.
Chloe currently lives and works in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where she prints, packages, and ships all paper prints herself in her home studio.”
Shop our selection of Claudia’s art here or stop in the shop or head straight to her website.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a thoughtful gift for a pal or just want to add to your fun book collection, we’ve got a sweet little selection of items. As the shop grows into our new location next year, expect to see a lot more books in stock. So pleased to see that they sold better than ever this summer. Although clothing and jewelry are the top categories, one of my favorite things to buy for the shop = paper goods of all kind. Obviously we’re not a book store so serious readers and bookworms will need to head somewhere else to stock up on serious novels and biographies. However, I love that our collection just inserts a bit more life into the store. Here are some of my current favs:
shop the whole collection here!
It’s almost the end of September and we’re in the midst of that weird middle ground period. You know – when it’s just too hot to wear sweaters but too close to chilly weather to keep buying tank tops and sundresses. This is always an interesting time in the store as things are calming down after Labor Day and the days are a bit slower but people still want to make thoughtful purchases for the upcoming season. This is when our fall transitional items come in to play. You can’t go wrong with these purchases! Here’s a round up of my favorite pieces that are in stock now.
shop the whole collection here
It’s easy to get super overwhelmed or skeptical about the topic of essential oils. With so many choices out there and various degrees of quality, it’s hard to know not only what’s what but what is best for you. I’ve been really into the healing powers of essential oils for about a year now and have found many ways to seamlessly incorporate them into my daily life. AKA: Many of these oils can come in handy for any sleep issues or any pesky 3pm feelings of low energy. It’s amazing what these lil babies can do!
Here are a couple of my go-tos that have helped me make some otherwise boring life moments feel as relaxing as a spa:
1. Majestic Pure Lavender Oil, Therapeutic Grade, 4 fl. Oz
2. 2017 ASAKUKI 500ml Premium, Essential Oil Diffuser, 5 In 1 Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Fragrant Oil Vaporizer Humidifier, Purifies The Air, Timer and Auto-Off Safety Switch, 7 LED Light Colors
3. Aromatherapy 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Basic Essential Oil by Wasserstein (4oz, Eucalyptus)
4.NOW Foods Essential Oil, Grapefruit, 4 Ounce
5. Autumn Set of 6 Premium Grade Fragrance Oils – Brown Sugar, Apple, Harvest Spice, Vanilla, Forest Pine, Snickerdoodle – 10ml
6. Sweet Orange Essential Oil 10 ml. 100% Pure Undiluted Therapeutic Grade Citrus Sinensis , Cold Pressed From Fresh Orange Peel, Great for Aromatherapy Diffuser, Relaxation and Calming, Natural Cleaner.
7. Real Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Aromotherapy Diffusers Cool Mist Aroma Diffuser with Adjustable Mist Modes, Waterless Auto Shut-off, 7 Color LED Lights for Home Office
8.Indigo Wild Zum Mist Aromatherapy Spray, Rosemary-Mint, 4 Fluid Ounce