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Thank you, KC Design Week! 04.07.2015

We just wanted to thank all of you for stopping by our Open Studio Night for Kansas City Design Week! We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends!  The pop-up shop was a hit and if you see anything you still want, we want to share a promo code with you. Use BESTIE10 for 10% off  through April 4th! And….we have lots of super-fun photo booth pictures to share with you! Head over to our Facebook page to check them out!

We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends! Thanks for  including us, Design Week! Hope you all keep in touch!

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Thank you, Nelson Atkins Museum 01.07.2015

We heart KC.

We just wanted to thank The Nelson Atkins Museum for inviting us to demonstrate our art for their “The Artist is IN” event this past weekend! We painted our Kansas City totes and hand made charms. We were thrilled to be creating our own pieces in one of the most inspiring spaces we could imagine! And…thank you to all our friends and family who stopped by! If you stopped by, you got a little preview or our brand new bag charms for 2015! What a way to kick off 2015! Cheers to the new year, everyone!


IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE!!!! Our annual Black Friday + Small Business Saturday Sale starts NOW!! We love giving you guys great deals and we’re so thankful for each and every one of you that visits our shop! Use code “HOLLYJOLLY” when you check out and you will get an automatic 20% off the entire order! yes, EVERYTHING in our shop! The code is good from Friday, November 28th through Sunday, November 30th (see how we did that? just squeezed an extra shopping day in there for you all!) Happy shopping!!

crafting community 08.22.2013

When an email landed in our inbox about this creative weekend for families, we couldn’t wait to share! It’s such a brilliant concept and if we lived any closer, we’d be all over this, so for those of you that might be able to be in Palm Springs in October, check this out! October 4 – 6, the Fourth Annual Crafting Community will return to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs!! We’ve been dying to make it to the Ace Hotel anyway, so this seems like a pretty perfect excuse :)

Crafting Community is a unique chance for families to engage each other, and other like-minded families, in a positive environment filled with laughter, imagination and plain old fun. Karen Kimmel, the creator of CC, believes aesthetics and design are not lost on children. They love beautiful things and in fact, beauty helps engage. With that in mind, she works tirelessly to create workshops that will inspire guests of all ages.

Check out some celeb additions to this year’s line-up:
– Renowned Silver Lake handbag designer Clare Vivier will join in the fun, teaching families to make chic, original leather accessories.

– Rene Holguin, the mastermind behind the cult West Hollywood boutique RTH, will return to reprise his popular Family Crest workshop.

– And Christine Schmidt of San Francisco’s Yellow Owl Workshop, will teach families how to carve their own stamps so participants can create their own versions of Yellow Owl’s bold, graphic designs.

The families will also be given a number of chances to connect with nature and play with an underwater photography workshop, custom age-specific workouts by Undefeated and Converse, as well as one-on-one skateboarding sessions with pro-skaters.  Relaxation is taken just as seriously as the weekend’s inspiring workshops and activities so after a long day of fun, s’mores are enjoyed under a blanket of desert stars and the late night dance party is presided over by DJ Muggs, formerly of Cypress Hill. I mean, seriously, we want to go kids or not!! ha!

And it’s all thanks to these three ladies: from left to right: Tait Chatmon Alvarez, Stacy Bernstein and Karen Kimmel!

If you’re up for it and as excited as we are about this, here’s the link to reserve your spot:

Kansas City Private Shopping Party at Madewell 07.16.2012

So, Kansas City finally got their first Madewell store and we have loooooved getting to actually see things in person instead of just ordering online or waiting til we’re in another city to visit. Last night we had the pleasure of attending the private shopping event at Madewell in Town Center, fabulously hosted by Meggy of Chasing Davies! Let me give you a quick run down: peach bellinis in jars, sweet treats, hints of neon…and big statements of neon, friendship bracelets, stacked rings, chambray, a braid bar (how cute does Laura look?), flats & wood platforms, polka dots, stripes and all kinds of fun new patterns!

It was so fun to FINALLY meet some of our  virtual friends in person and as always, fun to hang with old friends!

Cheers to you all (cheersing bellinis) :)

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  1. Crystal Wayward

    The bellinis were so tasty! And the store is just adorable. I wish my hair was long enough to be braided.

    July 16, 2012 3:03 pm
  2. Meggy

    Love your instagrams!! Had so much fun with you ladies last night. Thanks for the shout out. :)

    Meggy from Chasing Davies

    July 16, 2012 3:42 pm
  3. rachael adele

    so many fun gals in kc! :)

    July 16, 2012 3:46 pm
  4. Jen F

    Great photos – I can’t wait to check-out the new store!

    July 17, 2012 2:51 pm
  5. Ali (A Dash of Details)

    So glad I finally was able to meet you both!

    July 18, 2012 2:33 pm