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let’s hear it for the boys: j. press neckties 04.26.2012

I just stumbled across this site, J.Press. Maybe the guys out there are familiar? Anyway, I was totally drawn in by the fun color palettes and patterns of these ties (a picked a few of my faves above). Makes me kinda want to wear a coat and tie to work.

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  1. Ali

    >I love the rainbow stripe tie!

    April 26, 2012 3:57 pm

kid made modern: todd oldham for Target (may 20) 04.25.2012


So, if “kid” weren’t in the title, wouldn’t you be thinking that you actually want these things for yourself? I know I did.  Do you guys remember when we posted about this book? Well, this is just the tiniest sampling of the products in Todd Oldham’s Kid Made Modern line for Target hitting the stores on May 20th! Seriously, those colored pencils are perfection, and those stripey gems in the middle?, those are CRAYONS! So, so cool! Target will introduce more than 50 Kid Made Modern art supplies and kits, all designed and tested by Oldham himself – AND,  all are artfully packaged in recyclable boxes (many of which double as display cases) and will all be priced under $20. We are really feeling like all future kid gift ideas are solved!
{All images via CasaSugar, read more here and here}

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color crush: pink, black, & orange 04.24.2012

Pink and orange just never seems to go out of style, does it? It’s just all in the way it’s reinvented and we sure are loving all the items above!
1. tray by Darling Clementine, 2. striped rug via thats happy – how cool would this be in a hallway?, 3.feather fabric, 4. technicolor wool felt pillow, 5. and really, who doesn’t want this dress by Heidi Merrick

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  1. Jeanee

    >Me too! = my biz card color palette :)

    April 24, 2012 4:59 pm
  2. Sadie + Stella

    >Where oh where is that feather fabric from? The link didn't lead to a source. I neeeed it!

    April 25, 2012 11:42 am

baby & kids: 1st birthday 04.23.2012

I’m excited to share some images of my sweet little guy’s first birthday party a few weeks ago!! It was such a perfect day with gorgeous summery weather. You don’t get to be outside for a March birthday every year in Kansas, that’s for sure. We didn’t really have a theme for his celebration, per se. I just thought, for this first year, a true “classic” look would be fun with bright balloons, confetti and a rainbow of colors. Emmett was a little slow to warm up to the whole cake thing, but did finally have some fun tearing up his cupcake and clapping with frosting all over his hands. He really didn’t consume much of though which is fine with me because I kind of love that he’s a mostly “sugar-free” guy up ’til this point. I think he had a pretty good time and seemed to understand somewhat that he was in the limelight (although I’m sure he didn’t really know what all the fuss was about). It’s been such an amazing year with our little man and we were so happy to celebrate him on his big day!

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  1. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door

    >What a sweet party Carrie! I can't believe how much he looks like Zach! :)
    Elizabeth Baumgartner

    April 23, 2012 7:17 pm
  2. tammy smith

    >What a cool party! Great job Carrie!

    April 24, 2012 1:43 am
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks, Liz! I know, he has his sweet smile, doesn't he?

    Thanks, Tammy! It was a good time. :)

    April 24, 2012 1:48 am
  4. Zack

    >Just wait until he gets some hair… He won't look like me much longer. Carrie did an amazing job with Emmett's party. He's lucky to have such a great mom.

    April 24, 2012 4:30 am
  5. melissa loves

    >omg. He is such a little love bug! Congrats hun! The first birthday is always so special… looks beautiful. sigh…sometimes I really miss those days. :)

    April 25, 2012 3:41 pm
  6. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks so much, Melissa! It was so fun. Just can't believe how fast this year has gone. I already miss his previous stages even though he's only a year. :)

    April 25, 2012 8:14 pm

one piece: 2 ways: denim shirt 04.20.2012

We thought it would be fun to mix things up a little and try a new column: 1 piece :: 2 ways. We’ll pick one item for home, fashion or whatever suits our fancy and each style a different look around it. This time it was the perfect chambray ex-boyfriend shirt in ferrous wash which we think is a closet staple. Morgan chose to pair it with: Yellow Zip Low Jeans,  Mini Mac purse in neon pink, FLEA Pool Blue Bracelet, Pave Arrow Necklace in Rose Gold, Tortoise Sunglasses, Microflora Mary-Janes

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  1. Sadie + Stella

    >So, so cute darlings! Love all of the bright pieces to accompany.

    April 20, 2012 11:15 am
  2. melissa loves

    >LOVE it. The two of you rock some very serious style. LOVE this feature! :)

    April 20, 2012 5:47 pm
  3. hardydanielle

    >Gorgeous post! Thanks so much :) Love the colors in each outfit!

    April 22, 2012 9:47 pm
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks, ladies! We so appreciate your comments! We're glad you're liking the new feature. We had fun with it, so we'll definitely do it again!

    April 23, 2012 4:55 am
  5. engquist@see what i sea designs

    >Thanks for reminding me to air out my chambray shirt! Great ideas and I'm really looking forward to this segment!

    April 24, 2012 9:10 am