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print & pattern: angles 12.09.2011


Just in case you are already done with your holiday shopping, we wanted to give you a little break with some print & pattern eye candy. Not that we wouldn’t like to have both of these for gifts, as well! Happy Friday everyone!
{Links: Andrew Hamilton Crawford Prism Bangle, Angles Pillow}

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on the lookout: scarves, scarves & more scarves 11.23.2011


I don’t think I can have enough scarves. Seriously! It’s that time of year where we live–it’s chilly and I just want to be bundled up all of the time–so scarves become my new uniform! Any one of these sure  would sure be a nice addition to the wardrobe!

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pretty package: anthropologie holiday 11.15.2011


Apologies right off the bat for the crummy editing job here; there was just too much good stuff that was hard to omit. I am so excited to see Anthropologie’s gift wrap for the holidays! Every year I promise myself that I will get my shopping done reasonably early to leave myself time to enjoy wrapping my gifts. Instead, I always find myself stuffing them in gift bags on Christmas Eve. This is especially ridiculous because Morgan and I both designed gift wrap for almost 10 years and genuinely love wrapping gifts and making them pretty. These gorgeous wraps and fun trims might be enough to make me actually stick to my yearly promise for once. (Please, check out the stitched wrap and notebook paper stitched tags! Oh, and the jute wrap and vintage stamps….?!?! Seriously…!) Happy wrapping.

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  1. theolivetree

    >ahhh love all of these! how cute is the gift tag that looks like notebook paper?!

    November 15, 2011 2:57 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >thanks! we are a litlte obsessed with it all, too. the notebook paper tag is for sure the cutest part.

    November 16, 2011 4:52 am

print & pattern: overlapping organic shapes 11.10.2011


we heart this little pairing. aren’t these overlapping organic shapes just nice to look at? pretty sure every day would be happy if we had either of these in our home!
{Links: Chromata print by Laura Berman (of Kansas City-our hometown!!), dipped set of plates from sydneys}

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we heart kansas city: kate spade store grand opening 11.01.2011


(pssst….those our our feet!!)
This past weekend Carrie and I attended the grand opening of our very own Kate Spade store right here in Kansas City on the Country Club Plaza!! As many of you know, Kate is actually from KC, so, needless to say, this has been a long awaited opening! Our dear friend Megan Biram of Mimi + Meg co-hosted this little shin-dig and really helped make it a truly Kansas City event! The insanely gorgeous photos above were taken by another dear friend, Eric, of the awesome duo Lemon Lime Photography! Seriously, these guys are insanely talented! Yet another bestie, Tobe Reed (of Because it’s Awesome), and Melanie Bridges, both lettering designers from Hallmark Cards, were on hand to customize Kate Spade totes with a hand-lettered rendition of your name (wishing we had photos of those-but we will share when we find some)! And, last but definitely not least–those beautifully bright French macarons in the photo above? Those are from my very own mom, Barbara Shaw! If you want some of your very own macarons and you live in KC,  you contact her at (her website is not quite up yet)
Now, of course, we couldn’t help but do a little bit of shopping while we were there…so here is a special little playing favorites! Lots of the things we really loved were only in store and not online yet, so we couldn’t get images to share, so definitely go to the store to find even more goodies (321 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO)!
And, of course, really the best part is getting to hang out with friends-old and new! Here we are hanging out with two ridiculously stylish KC girls: Jessie Artigue of Style & Pepper and Melanie Knopke of The Shopping Scout (thanks to Melanie for this photo)! Carrie and I both forgot our cameras that night (I know, shame on us), but we will share more pics as we can get our hands on them!)
(Links: everyting in “playing favorites” available on, and if you haven’t already visited, you should probably check out the kate spade tumblr)

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  1. Sadie + Stella

    >Gorgeous girls!! Wish I could have been there! Need to trip back to KC to check out the new store!!

    November 1, 2011 12:48 pm
  2. carlyklock

    >I didn't know your mother made those macarons, Morgan – they were amazing! So good to finally meet you.

    November 1, 2011 3:17 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >it really was a fun event! Carly, it was so fun to finally meet you, too!!

    November 2, 2011 5:44 pm
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