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ampersand design studio for mane message 12.04.2013

We’ve been fans of Mane Message hair ties for a while now and we always admire how the color and pattern collections are put together, so when the opportunity arose for us to actually DESIGN the patterns on the ties, we were all over it!!! It was just icing on the cake that the owner of Mane Message, Olivia Hayward, happens to be the sweetest gal ever! She let us do our thing and design whatever we wanted….we, of course, had too many ideas, but we just kept returning to the  black, white and gold collection. What can we say, even the rainbow-lovers love a good classic combo from time to time! This collaboration was just a little match made in heaven. Such a pleasure to work with Olivia! We hope you all love our exclusive collection!
From top to bottom: Black Glitter Hair Tie // Ampersand Stripe Print Hair Tie // Black Solid Hair Tie // Confetti Print Hair Tie // Gold Glitter Hair Tie // Geometric Print Hair Tie. That’s two glitter hair ties, one solid color hair tie and three print hair ties for $12.50!
PS – It goes without saying that these would be the most perfect stocking stuffer, right? We love that you get a little glitz, a classic black and then some fun exclusive patterns all in one package!
Find them in our shop now!
If you’d like to carry these in your own shop, contact us here for wholesale info:

  1. Christina | Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe

    So excited for you guys! I just love Olivia and Mane Message!

    December 4, 2013 5:14 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Christina! We’re excited, too! Olivia is great! It’s been such a fun collaboration!

      December 4, 2013 8:54 pm
  2. Kate

    Got these in my stocking! :) Love them!

    January 9, 2014 5:58 pm

on my mind: london olympics 07.06.2012

I can’t wait for the Olympics! I’m trying to come to terms with the the idea that I might not won’t get to compete in the Olympics (this was my ultimate childhood goal, but my gymnastics skills didn’t quite hold up). Anyway, I still love being a spectator and get teary over and over with pride for all the athletes. I love seeing the world come together for a few weeks of friendly competition. To get in the spirit, I’ve assembled a few olympic-inspired items!

Olivia Union Jack Oversized Tee, Gold the Phone iPhone Case, Heavy Medal Trio, Olympics Fine Art Print, M574 Road to London Olympic Edition Shoe

comments 2

  1. gina martin

    great post, carrie. love the london illustrations! i’m looking forward to rooting for our women’s gymnasts. they have such powerful athleticism combined with grace. i fully expect them to sweep all of the medals in their events!

    July 6, 2012 3:48 pm
    • ampersand

      thanks, gina! gymnastics are still my favorite to watch, too! i’m so excited for the olympics to start!

      July 13, 2012 3:15 pm

color crush: grape 01.03.2012


Gray winter calls for a color infusion. Loving all shades of purple right now!
1. Style Hotline Phone in Violet  2.Designer Series Polish in Temptation 3. Petite Hutton trouser in purple wool flannel  4. Second Strand Watch in Purple 5.Cowlneck Sweater in Purnel Purple 6. Sliced Purple Faux Agate Wire Cuff 7.Kelsi Dagger Linzy Women’s Pumps 8. Glass Jug Pendant

comments 4

  1. Nikki Rappaport

    >So fun! I love both that cuff and the watch. A great pop of color on your wrist. Happy New Year!

    January 3, 2012 3:23 pm
  2. Amanda Hill

    >Great pop of color!

    January 3, 2012 5:57 pm
  3. Jeanee

    >Love! Purple is my original favorite color!

    January 8, 2012 5:37 pm
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Nikki—Happy New Year to you, too!

    Thanks, ladies, for your sweet comments!

    January 15, 2012 4:23 am

holiday gift guide: for the fashion maven by Jessie Artigue 12.08.2011


For all of you out there that need to shop for a girlfriend, sister, daughter, or any other gal in your life that just seems to be her very own trendsetter….we commissioned Jessie Artigue of Style & Pepper to give us her top fashion picks! Besides her blog that started as a street style blog (and turned into much more), Jessie is also a personal stylist. Yes, that’s right-you can hire her to come in and do a closet makeover or wardrobe styling! Not to mention she does visual merchandising and even on-air style segments! She does it all and we are lucky to have her share her favorite picks with us today. Is it wrong to want all of them?

{Links to Jessie’s Holiday Wishlist: 1.Karen Walker Sunnies in Crystal Orange, 2. Belle Noel Mini Dagger Collar Necklace in Gold, 3. Deborah Lippman Between the Sheets Nail Polish, 4. Stylebop Saloni Dress, 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Panther Cuff,  6. Asos Faux Fur Coat, 7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Medium Travel Tote in Turquoise, 8. Nathan Heels by L.A.M.B. }

comments 2

  1. Sara

    >That dress is amazing!

    December 8, 2011 2:49 pm
  2. Amanda Hill

    >Great list I would take them all!

    December 8, 2011 8:25 pm

holiday gift guide: handmade gifts by Jeanee Duval 12.06.2011


We are so happy to bring Jeanee Duval of Dirty Laundry to you for day three of our gift guides. Jeanee writes a super-inspiring blog and is a gifted craft maven with her own shop so we knew she was the one to ask for her take on handmade gifts for the holidays. She has officially made buying handmade easy! {Links: 1. Hazelnut Chocolate Whisky Sandwich Cookies, 2. Golden Grass Wide Bangle, 3. Midnight Black Doily, 4. Cinnamon Sugar Cupcake Bath Fizzie ( these adorable bath fizzies and many other flavors are from Jeanee’s own Dirty Laundry Etsy shop & we can personally attest that they all smell amazing), 5. Bamboo Heart Stud Earrings 6. Tonic 02: Tahitian Vanilla Bean & Egyptian Chamomile Blossom Matured Maple Syrup 7. XL Organic Reusable Vegetable Bag in Paisley}

comments 2

  1. Jeanee

    >OMG, I want everything in this guide. Oh wait a minute… this is MY gift guide! I guess I was channeling what I REALLY wanted for Christmas.

    Thanks for having me Ampersand!

    December 6, 2011 4:37 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >hehe! Jeanee–we love everything on here too!!! awesome gifties!

    December 8, 2011 3:58 am