Wednesday, November 30, 2011

gift guide: de.smitten.

happy hump day!

check out christina's (of the awesome blog, de.smitten) gift picks ... how cool is that cacti terrarium (#5)?!

1. French Vogue's former editor, Carine Roitfeld came out with a book filled with her editorials, showcasing her eccentric styling. Irreverent ($62) is inspiration for every fashionista!

2. I recently broke our digital camera, so we are in dire need of a new one! The Nikon Coolpix S8100 ($280) is small and has a great zoom lens.

3. I've been obsessed with Hugo Guinness's sketches for years! I would love either print, Briefs or Eyeglasses ($275 each)... Simple prints that make great conversational pieces.

4. Recently I am craving a warm throw to have on the sofa. I love this navy graphic throw ($195) from Haus Interior. Made from combed cotton, it is great for all seasons!

5. One to kill every living thing in our apartment (except the cat!), I have faith in this hanging cacti terrarium ($160), from Score and is artistic and hopefully kill-proof!

6. On the search for an everyday face wash that isn't too harsh for my sensitive skin, this Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($15) sounds perfect!

7. Always keeping my eye open for the perfect vintage silk robe to wear while getting ready, this 1950's Kimono ($85) is perfect!

8. This cashmere scarf ($340) from A Peach Treaty, creates employment for skilled artisans working in socio-political strife around the world. It is also a great accessory with neutral colors and prints to go with any winter coat you wear this year!

9. Our apartment has electric heat=very expensive, so we keep the apartment at a cool 58 degrees all winter long. These adorably warm Rachel Comey Bunny Slippers ($290) maybe be expensive, but are indeed built to last. And they are maed from humanely found baby alpaca fur! Funfact = fact - Alpaca is one of the most sustainable fibers in the world!

10. After using a very cheap set of pots and pans for the past few years, it is time for an upgrade! Le Creuset set in Black Onyx ($580) would be the ultimate in Christmas gifts, or at least one piece would be a good start!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

gift guide: a.b.solutely fab.

today's awesome gift guide is by amanda of a.b.solutely fab ...

1. I am the girl who drinks iced coffee when it's 20 below zero. But I'm not too keen on paying for it at coffee shops, so this Bodum Bean Ice French Press ($33.30) is perfect for me, and naturally you need a quirky reusable tumbler ($11.95) to take it with you on the go. 

2. While my current apartment has no coffee table for me to display fancy books on, [or room for a coffee table, really] these two are top of my list anyway! I was beyond obsessed with the McQueen exhibit at the Met this summer, and drooled over this book ($45) every time. I'm also a huge Gaga fan, and this collaboration ($50) between her and Terry Richardson is just gorgeous. 

3. I love a good headband, and this leather turban style from Ban.Do is perfect for casual or dressy occasions. ($65)

4. I've been obsessed with these Marc by Marc Jacobs zipper pull earrings for a couple years now, and they'd make a great stocking stuffer! ($58)

5. I love a fun USB flash drive, and I'm also love Pandas, so of course I'm all about this one. It would be great for my internship, because I'm always hopping around from computer to computer to work, and this would be so much easier than e-mailing myself everything. ($14)

6. I am *dying* for a more professional quality dress form. Once my sewing machine arrives in the city, this would come in handy for fitting and draping my projects. ($350)

7. This handmade journal would be great to keep my life organized. I'm not a typical day-planner person, but this would be more my speed. Plus, the journal is handcrafted by marginalized Muslim women in Northern India, made with 100% recycled cotton paper, and proceeds from this collection go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and children in the community. Gifts that give back always make me feel extra happy. ($18)

8. For under $50, you can't beat this True Blood inspired Tarte Cosmetics lipstick. It's seriously the most perfect shade of red. ($24)

9. I'm a huge fan of Black Milk Clothing. This Australian label has some of the coolest and unique prints on their clothing. If I could only pick one piece to make mine, it would definitely be the Galaxy Leggings in RedPurple, or Green. ($75.54)

10. Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite shows on television right now. It makes me cry with laughter every single week. Plus, I have a pretty big girl crush on Amy Poehler. Seasons 1, 2, and 3. ($20-$50)

Monday, November 28, 2011

gift guide: undeclared panache.

merry monday! i hope everyone had a fun thanksgiving weekend (i had a great time with my fam and friends and definitely ate too much) ...

this week, i'm joining four other lovely bloggers in five days of gift ideas. there is some awesome stuff and hopefully something for everyone on your list! i will feature my picks on friday so stay tuned ...

today's picks are from the stylish handbag designer, lauren of undeclared panache ... enjoy! 

1. I'd love to hang this sweet flamingo print somewhere in my apt.  
2. A classic men's style watch
3. Furniture making class at Makeville Studio.
4. I would love a few packs of Polaroid film to get my camera out of hibernation.  
5. Can't decide which book from my favorite decorating bloggers I'd rather to my library, Design*Sponge At Home or Decorate
6. A very special little bag to match some very special shoes, Kate Spade Sparkler Gia 
7. An adorable video camera to document my exciting year ahead!
8. It's been haunting me ever since I passed up a whole set of these lucite foliding chairs at the flea market.  Now, I just need one for some extra seating at the kitchen table.
9. Lulu Frost + J.Crew = arm candy I want to own.
10. A stylish leash upgrade for both Maggie and myself.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

holiday season.

it's officially the holiday season. i LOVE the holiday season. so now it's totally acceptable to listen to christmas music every single day. i love christmas tunes (except this ridiculous song) ...

photos: we heart it

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving!

i hope everyone has a great day full of whatever you want it to be full of!


how awesome is that pumpkin wine cooler?!

i have many things to be thankful for this year ... and i'm so thankful to be celebrating this holiday with my family. we'll be putting up the xmas tree in my rent's home, eating lots of good food and watching christmas vacation and home alone ...

happy day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

happy hump day!

safe travels to those of you traveling for the holiday weekend!

photos: we heart it

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

faux taxidermy.

love this room ...

our bedroom will soon look similar. we bought all white bedding (just waiting to be washed) and we have this guy hanging above our bed. 

photo: pinterest?

Friday, November 18, 2011

vegetable pot.

i was JUST talking about this pot (the one on the left in the below photo) the other night (because it's currently sitting on my windowsill in the kitchen), telling my bf we need to figure out what to do with it because it's just awesome and has been around forever. and then i saw it in a home featured on Design Sponge. hilarious! sisters and lady - we're not the only ones that have it!

some friday links ...

check out this cute, rainy wedding.

and umm, these bridesmaids?! the tights, the shoes ...

how cool are these crystal ornaments?

adorable advent calendar idea.

where i want to stay when i go to paris (someday) ...

happy friday ... have a fun weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


my talented friend, thea (featured earlier this year in a post showing you how to wear your Saja wedding dress for the big day and after - see here) has started her own line of amazing bridal accessories ... 


today we're featuring several of her amazing pieces ...

Audrey Belt 

"This is one of my favorite pieces. I love how whimsical it is, but the swarovski crystal pieces I used in the center give it a little "oomph". It reminds me of a fairy tale. I love the idea that many of my pieces can be worn again, after the wedding. As a bride, you spend so much time choosing all the right pieces, and then after, you can't help but feel sad putting them all away indefinitely - not to mention that it's nice to get a few uses out of something you invested in. Here, I show the Audrey belt with a simple summer floral dress, but I could also see it working nicely over a printed cardigan or as a headband!"

Bloom Veil

"This is one of my favorite pictures we took, my model, Mary (a good friend!) looks so happy and in-the-moment. The lighting is wonderful too. This veil does really well for me because it is so soft and feminine with the floral garnishes, it doesn't compete with the bride's wedding gown. It can also be moved and placed over a side bun after the ceremony so you still get that bit of adornment."


"I put a lot of love and energy into this piece. The 20's and 30's are a big influence on me, I love how they wore such intricate head pieces! Here, I strived to make something that pulled that all together but wasn't too over-the-top. I love how the shape wraps around the head. The piece incorporates a number of different types of gold beads, off white feathers and hand cut pieces of silk organza - it is a show stopper!"

Bryn Belt 

"I have worked with a number of brides who wanted something "warm toned" which is how this piece came about. I LOVE the gold flower pieces I found for the center so I worked off of that inspiration. I used a few different types of tulle in warm tones to create a more dimensional look. It has a very vintage vibe, I see this on a bride who is getting married in a rustic wedding venue, lots of candle light vignettes. Since this piece is gold toned, I think it would be really easy to incorporate into your wardrobe after the wedding, I paired it with a chunky sweater and a sun dress. I could also see it worn over a crisp white button-down. The writer of this amazing blog is named Bryn, we met a long time ago in NYC at a store we both worked at. I am so happy that we had that opportunity and have cultivated a friendship long after many moons have passed. When I met her, I always knew I wanted to use her name for a piece - it has such a good essence to it."

Marion Belt 

"When I first started brainstorming a name for this piece, I kept referring to it as the "wheat belt" - it reminds me of gilded strands of straw. I love the delicate, 1930's quality of the beading. I had a lot of fun choosing the beads for this and then getting it just the right shape. I imagine a bride wearing this belt with her gown surrounded by a field of tall grass at dusk; the colors and textures would be so magical."

Nalla flower 

"This flower piece has been one of my most popular items, it has a very versatile quality to it. I love how full and 3 dimensional it is, while still remaining delicate. It can be worn as a hair piece, or I also make it with a pin clip so you can wear it on a sash. As you can see below, Mary wore it on the lapel of a blazer for her "after the wedding" look."

Ella Flower 

"The Ella flower was one of the first pieces I made, I wanted a flower that had texture to it but wasn't bulky. I am not drawn to making flowers with the typical "mock petal" shapes, I think they just don't do a real flower justice. I strive to create silk flowers that capture the essence of a flower but are unique. The ribbon on this flower sash easily slips off (there are loops on the back), so I could imagine a bride switching out the sash color after the ceremony to something more festive. Likewise, after the big day, change up the ribbon color and wear it as a headband!"

and now, a little question and answer with the designer ...

1. how much time is spent on each piece?

The initial process for each piece is very organic for me, I usually am out and about and have a "moment of inspiration", then I go home and try to make it a reality. I usually go through a bit of a process there, some things look good in your head, but then need to be reworked in reality. I tend to take at least an hour on each item, between cutting the pieces out, steaming the fabrics and putting it all together. I can spend up to 3 hours on one piece depending on how detailed it is. Once I have a piece set and finished, they are easier to replicate. I will sit down with a good show or movie and crank out a few orders.

2. how did you come up with the name hushedCOMMOTION?

In my sophomore year of college I did a collection for the On Campus fashion show and I wanted to come up with a name for my pieces that conveyed "soft but strong" - it developed from there. I like feminine, soft pieces, but they always have some element of potency.  

3. what's your current favorite piece in the line?

I love the Audrey belt, I think it pulls together a lot of elements that I am drawn to - it is whimsical, but the Swarovski crystals make it pop. 

4. how did you get into designing bridal accessories?

I have always enjoyed working with my hands, that is one reason I studied fashion design. Throughout school I loved being able to sit down in one day and create something just out of my apartment, no other people or places needed. I like to have an idea and then see it right away, with accessories I can be very creative and create designs as my whim. Through my job in the Bridal industry, I came to appreciate and enjoy working with brides, it is a special time in their lives and they appreciate the time and creativity put into the pieces I make.

5. what's your favorite brunch spot in brooklyn? (she lives in the hood and as you all know by now, i'm a new-ish brooklyn resident)

I love going to Olea on DeKalb. Their Turkish Breakfast plate is so fresh and satisfying, I always feel full but not heavy from the food. Great cocktails too! 

6. what is your dream wedding location?

I have seen so many beautiful weddings and I am constantly inspired, so I am still collecting ideas. I think the most I know at this point is that I want something outside and more of a "soiree" event. Weddings should be a celebration. I am from N.C. and I love the mountains there and the climate - that could be a wonderful place for a wedding.

to find out where to snag one of the above lovely products (and more), see here.

also, check out hushedCOMMOTION on facebook here.

any favorites, byrdie readers?? i'm a bit partial to the Bryn Belt :) but i also really love the Marion belt. gorgeous.

a big thank you to thea!! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ladybird loves.

we're way past due for a ladybird loves ...

this month, allison picks some faves from the bird which are perfect for gifting (to a friend, sister, mom ... or to yourself) or to put on your own wish list ...

Plastic Island Sweater - $128
(umm, how warm and cozy does that look?! with skinny jeans or leggings)
Little Hawk Jewelry Elephant Charm Necklace - $36 
(adorable, perfect for everyday) 
Hare + Hart Pony Crawford Haircalf Papa Pouch - $128
(so cool, chic and fun especially for holiday parties!)
Yosi Samra Croco Flats - $68
(neutral enough to go with everything. and a barganza)
Clare Vivier Leopard Clutch - $152 (available on
(yes, please. talk about a neutral. i would use this for every night out)

all above items available at ladybird ...

check out for select items available for online purchase ... 
otherwise, phone and email orders are always welcome!

happy shopping!!

photos: various sources

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

tunes on tuesday.

friends. here we are, tunes on tuesday. 

today i'm featuring .... drum roll ... meg's picks (again)!

Eager for Your Love - Tristen
"i learned about tristen from my musical friend luke, who is the reason behind my good taste in music (don't mind if i do). she is from nashville and i love her moody-sounding voice and lyrics."

Getting Ready for Christmas Day - Paul Simon
"background snippets from a 1941 preacher/gospel singer make this song extra cool. a fun holiday diddy to start playing after t-giving!"

Afternoon - Youth Lagoon
"my friend and musical soulmate, lauren, turned me onto this band and i immediately loved them. it reminds me a bit of mazzy star and cotton jones. the whole album is so listenable, mellow and glorious."


thanks, meg!

videos: youtube

Monday, November 14, 2011


"some of you are waiting for something to happen before you do "something" else. do you know what you're waiting for? why wait? the time is going to pass whether you're waiting or doing. i say get busy doing and creating the "something" you're waiting for." 

- chalene johson  
(i think? i can't remember where i got this from and of course didn't write it down)

happy monday!

photo:  pinterest

Friday, November 11, 2011


such good advice. it's absolutely true ... happy veteran's day! thank you to all of those who have served our country ... make a wish! 11.11.11 ... have a happy weekend!

image: pinterest

Thursday, November 10, 2011

wedding bangs.

this bride might have the best wedding bangs ever. makes me wish i had straight hair! how cute is she?! and everything else about this wedding is pretty awesome ...

see the entire wedding here.