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The big 21

February 27, 2011

February 24th is one of the most important days of the year- Eryn’s birthday!! She turned 21 this year and the only way to celebrate is to have alcohol at every meal and wear a cupcake on your head! Thursday morning started off with mimosa’s and Shea’s Express followed by manicures and pedicures at Tip Top Nail Salon. Lunch was at Bandito Burrito for green bean burritos and Pabst! We worked a bit on the garments for our fashion show before she went to celebrate her birthday with her mom that night. Last  night we were able to go out with a bunch of friends to celebrate again. We had dinner at PF Changs with some girls from work and embarrassed her by singing happy birthday as loudly as possible. Afterwards we went to Amendment XXI for yummy drinks served in mason jars and then Humphry’s where I introduced her to the amaretto sour. Tonight she is enjoying her first 21+ concert while I sit at home and blog because I have work in the morning 🙂

Lips Stained Red

February 21, 2011

Yesterday was a gorgeous 75 degree day that was just screaming PHOTOSHOOT! We packed our vintage suitcases, applied some red lipstick and headed towards little old Ardmore, AL with photographer Nicholas Franklin in tow. The boxcar lived up to our dreams so we set up shop. It was a ton of un and from the little glimpses we saw, I think we got some amazing pictures. Here are the “behind the scenes” shots we took to give you a little preview 🙂

E-I-E-I-Oooohhhh

February 20, 2011

Eryn and I have wanted to do a photo shoot together for the blog page header and to help our viewers (you) have a better idea who we are. We’ve been trying to arrange the shoot for a few months now but now that the weather’s been nicer we really wanted to get the shoot done. Since we met at a cupcake store, we thought a kitchen theme would be appropriate- picture cute aprons, mixing bowls, spatulas, and pearls. Not just any kitchen would do; Eryn had head talk of an abandoned house and the lightbulbs went off- vintage kitchen for a vintage shoot? Heck yes! Anyhow, we had a couple spare hours and happened to be in the vicinity so we decided to go on an adventure! We trekked through the woods only to come across a dilapidated barn. Now, I love a rickety old barn as much as the next person, but, unfortunately, there was no kitchen to be found. Nevertheless, it was a fun adventure to cheer us up on a warm Thursday in February.

**side note: after talking to our photographer, we decided an old boxcar near Ardmore would be an appropriate setting. Pictures to come soon!!**

Slaw burger heaven

January 28, 2011

What a day, what a day. I needed some fabric for a project I am working on, and what better place to go than Sir’s in Fayetteville, TN. If you’ve never been, as I’m sure most of you haven’t, it’s a wonderful resource for factory remnants. They have a HUGE selection of both apparel and upholstery fabrics for, on average, less than $5 a yard. They also had a January sale going on where their killer prices were marked down even further. Eryn had never been so I decided to drag her along. (I also have a serious problem picking out super ugly fabrics so I needed a second opinion) Well, long story short, she fell in love– as you can see from our shopping cart below. We spent around 2 hours there treasure hunting before finally surfacing with our loot. We both got yards and yards and yards of fabric for less than $30 apiece. It was a steal! I also don’t think we paid more than $2.49 a yard for any one piece- most of it was $.88-1.49/yd.

Fabric shopping can sure take it out of you! We decided that we were quite hungry and needed to eat before hitting up the gazillions of antique stores in the square. We decided on Honey’s restaurant, famous for their all-slaw burgers. We sat at the counter, ate our fish and chips, and eavesdropped on the teenage girls gossiping behind the counter. We also made it to Elk River Coffee before we left town for a sugar and coffee fix. Eryn got a yummy pecan pastry and I got this massive chocolate eclair. Y.U.M!  (I also got a couple of pictures of myself for once!)

After lunch we hit up the antique stores surrounding the square in downtown Fayetteville. There were at least 7 and we made it to around 5 of them. I finally found the chair I was looking for to use in my photo shoots and that was our only purchase ($15). There were some overwhelming temptations though; just look at our photos! A lobster ashtray, old school desks, antique typewriters and princess phones, umbrellas, hats, tables, mirrors, and several great chairs!

After all of this antiquing, you can see why we needed our coffee fix, it was exhausting! Although we quite enjoy going to Nashville for our shopping/thrifting/dining needs, little old Fayetteville, TN, only 30 minutes away, was quite a satisfying destination for a girls day out.

Beads, Bunnies, and Bratwurst, oh my!

January 28, 2011

Eryn and I decided to go thrifting on Wednesday to look for props for my Etsy product photo shoots. My computer died so this post is a few days late, but here it is!

We decided to go German for lunch then we headed down Hwy 72 to hit up the Hard Times thrift shop. I found a great Japanese TV ($5) to use as a prop and Eryn found an old cupcake tray and drink mixing kit ($2). Then we made our way back into town hitting up every thrift store along the way. We found some adorable shoes, dresses and the great sewing machine pictured below but it was all a little pricey. Eryn did find a beautiful beaded lace wedding dress that she got for less than $10. There is some great potential in it.  That scooter was only $15 but it had been in an accident and the battery wouldn’t hold a charge. You’ll be sad to know I did pass up that bunny sweater, I am just not ready for spring yet.

Aside from the TV, I didn’t have much luck, Eryn on the other hand, seemed to have all the luck in the world. I’m not bitter about it. Really. I’m not.

A day of primping

January 24, 2011

Yesterday was mainly spent watching 500 Days of Summer, eating powdered sugar donuts, and painting our toenails– we’re girls, we’re allowed to primp every once in a while! 🙂

Just so we can’t get accused of not accomplishing anything, we started work on the skirt pattern for our sequined dress.

In the next couple of weeks we hope to get the red dress finished, begin work on the lining of the sequin dress, and get ourselves signed up for the Anti-Fashion show on March 12th.

“but I’m just thinking about the red dress”

January 16, 2011

I’ve had this dress laying around for a few months now. I absolutely love the fabric but the actual shape and size of the dress was unwearable. It had 3 horrible pleats on both sides of the front and all the way down the back as well. Unflattering! Well, today we chopped it up and began re-fashioning it into something adorably vintage with a modern twist.

It’s just pinned now, but we have high hopes of finishing it next Sunday. Thanks to Rebecca for all of her help ripping seams today!

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