Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Record Cabinet Update

For the past several years, I've been looking for the perfect record cabinet for our dining room (as I talked about here). I was determined to find a legit, retro one at an antique market or thrift store. Well, the years passed and I never found the perfect one. I finally bit the bullet and decided to just order one from Urban Outfitters. It wasn't even about the money, but luckily it happens to be on sale (here). 

I had been eyeing the Draper Media Console, but decided on the smaller cabinet with doors that close on both sides. That decision was made based on having tiny hands around that like to pull things out of their place :)

I also went ahead and ordered the copper banner (here) to fill some of the empty space on the wall. I really love how this little corner turned out! 

I hope you have a great Wednesday,

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FTB Styled: Fuchsia Skirt

All photos by Carrie of Open N Shut Photo

When I was at Carrie's house the other day, we decided it would be fun to snap a few "style" pictures with pieces from our Etsy Collection. We both can't get enough of this fuchsia color! It's so fun and don't you love how it pops against her trees? She really has a beautiful yard. It was perfect for shooting our launch party and this style session. 

I paired the skirt with neutral cream lace and a brown hat and boots, figuring I should keep the rest of the outfit neutral to let the skirt speak for itself.

Can't wait to show you more from our "style session"! Hope you have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FTB Vintage Re-Launch!

Carrie and I are so excited to announce the official re-launch of our Etsy Vintage shop, For the Birds! We had a little launch party to celebrate the occasion, which included balloons and cupcakes of course.

We had so much fun putting together this photo shoot! Carrie had some great props (she's a professional photographer and owns Open N Shut Photo).

The dress I am wearing is actually part of our spring collection and I love it! It's so fun to wear and we both love the color. Doesn't it look cute with the polka dot balloons?

We are so happy to finally reveal the shop's new look. We've put a lot of work into it and have had fun in the creative process. (We also enjoyed the cupcakes!)

In keeping with the original theme of FTB Vintage, we are keeping our prices affordable so that our items can be enjoyed guilt-free. Even better, we are community minded and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to a specific charity that will change every 6 months.

I can honestly say that working with a partner on this project has made it so much more fun! I'm so thankful to have Carrie working with me now. Her eye for photography and style add so much to the creative process. This has been a true labor of love for both of us! (By the way, Carrie is expecting a baby boy in late July!)

We can't wait to hear what you guys think about the store makeover. You can see all of the updates by visiting the shop here. You can also follow along with our new Instagram account, here!

Thank you for your ongoing support! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

11 months!

Eden turned 11 months old yesterday and I can't believe she will turn one next month! I'll be honest.. the last few weeks I've felt like she is at kind of a difficult age. Not that each stage doesn't have it's difficulties.. but now that is extremely mobile and curious, it's made a big difference. She is extremely curious and active and is usually not content to sit quietly and play with her toys. She likes to crawl around and get into anything and everything she can get her hands on.

The biggest change since last month's update is her sleep schedule. Remember how she used to sleep in til at least 11:30am and sometimes 1pm? She used to be a total night owl. She's completely changed in regard to her sleep. She's now up at 7:30am and goes to bed around 8:30pm. It was a gradual change.. she just kept getting up earlier and earlier and we started dialing back bed time.. and now we're all pretty comfortable in the new routine. Although I admit getting up with her at 7:30 is difficult, especially if she's had a wakeful night. Since birth, she has only slept through the night a handful of times (2-3 max). Last Wednesday, she slept (or at least didn't need help getting back to sleep) from 8:30pm - 7:20am. It was absolutely shocking.. and wonderful! She has not done it again since. She doesn't eat in the middle of the night, but sometimes needs some rocking or back patting to help her get back to sleep. 

As I mentioned last month, she loves finger foods! She is really picky about vegetables, but loves bread and cheese. She will eat fruit/vegetable smoothies (I feed them to her with a spoon) so that's a good way to get her to eat more veggies. 

She now has 4 teeth up top and 4 on bottom. Really, 2 full and 2 partials on the bottom. 

She says: Mom, Mama, Dada, Up - however, none of these really count because she doesn't really use them in context. She just repeats them, if she feels like it. 

She also knows "what does a tiger say?" - see here.

I miss when she was really tiny (and immobile!) but I also can't wait for her to be able to do more things! She loves walking around in her walker and cruising around the living room while holding onto the couches/ottoman.  

Hope you have a great Sunday! 

Previous Monthly Updates:

Ten Months

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Very Goodwill Outfit

I got this adorable, pink top at blue (Goodwill's new boutique in Kent!). I got it during the grand opening celebration I talked about here.

The skirt was actually part of Jessica's Goodwill Fashion Show collection a few years ago. She kindly passed it along to me and it's so floaty and comfortable. 

The hat is actually also from Goodwill and was part of my Goodwill Fashion Show collection in 2013 (more on that here).

All in all, a very Goodwill outfit! I wore this on a little date night a few days ago. My dad offered to hang out with the baby so R and I could go out for a little while. I'm not crazy so I absolutely accepted and we had a lovely time :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Three Things (Life Lately)

1 & 2. Spring has sprung in Akron and I couldn't be happier! It's by far my favorite season and I'm soaking it all in and enjoying sharing it with Eden this year. It's such a wonderful time of year, especially for warm weather people like myself. Winter is pretty but it just draaags on.. so when we start getting blue skies, sunshine and flowers blooming (but it's not 90 degrees yet) - I'm on cloud 9. Eden has been enjoying going for walks and exploring in the grass.. although she is a little confused as to why she isn't allowed to eat it by the handful.

3. Reed's sister gave me a set of these Christmas mugs a few years ago and they're still my favorite. I use them all year round because I love them so much. The other day at work, I realized my ring, mug, necklace, dress and belt were gold. I felt like I stepped out of an Austin Powers movie. But truthfully.. I love gold.

Happy Sunday and Happy SPRING!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grand Opening Celebration of Blue Boutique

As I mentioned here, Goodwill of Akron opened a new boutique in Kent called 'blue'. This past Saturday, they hosted a special event to celebrate the opening. A few of us bloggers and frequent shoppers were invited to attend the event and take part in a fashion show. 

Here is the group of bloggers I was happy to spend the afternoon with:

<<Above from the left: me, Lisa of Two Amused Bouches, Abby of Eleanor's Boots, Lauren of Noto Boutique, Dina of Dina's Days and Danie of Defining Danie>>

We all chose an outfit to "model" based on a theme we were given. Mine was "business casual" although the outfit I chose (from the blue stock) was more on the "business formal" side. The white top, black dress and shoes were all from blue (for a total of $39) and I brought alone the belt and necklace to add some springy colors. 

I loved checking out blue and seeing the various fashion demonstrations that were going on that afternoon. Dina's Spice collection is fantastic (and I was so disappointed those tan flats weren't my size!). 

I'm so glad I was invited to attend the grand opening celebration. Kent is just a fun place in general and everyone should definitely take the time to check out blue!