joy in link form

what I’m doing/reading/enjoying elsewhere on the internet…

  • Emily Henderson is one of the contestants on HGTV’s Design Star, and I love reading her blog for behind-the-scenes commentary about each episode. Her writing voice is also so friendly and funny–you will love reading it.
  • The only way to have a truly offbeat wedding is to do what you like. Because if you’re keeping up or rebelling someone else’s status vision, you’re wasting your time and resources.” Ariel (of Offbeat Bride fame)’s take on being an offbeat consumer.

  • Anyone else ever dye their hair Cotton Candy Pink? I did right before our family photos when I was fourteen–my mom probably wasn’t pleased but she wisely brushed it off. Reading The Story Behind Manic Panic brought back lots of Cotton Candy Pink memories!
  • Alice’s favorite song

what are you into these days?
xo

p.s. giveaway tomorrow!

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7 thoughts on “joy in link form”

  1. Trish says:

    I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and have loved every single post. Your button and flower bouquets are fabulous and you have an amazing family. I just wanted to say thank you for the link of “20 things I wish I’d known at 20″. I just turned 20 yesterday and while I’ve learned a few of those, it’s really a great list and I can’t wait to share it with my friends. Also, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your thoughts and talent with us in this online world. I wish you the best of luck with CAMP and all of your future endeavors. Hopefully someday I’ll get to order a bouquet from you!

  2. I heart cotton candy pink hair. Mine is currently purple but it’s also been all sorts of different shades of pink. I heart it. The manic panic story was an interesting read too.

    Currently in to making small details pop in my house. Painted and rewired a chandelier, made a bright pink bulletin board etc.

    And as always, Alice is freaking adorable!

  3. shelby says:

    it was not cotton candy pink or my whole head but i did have magenta highlights on 2 separate occasions.

  4. Megan's Mom says:

    I don’t like the pink hair because you have the most beautiful hair color! Natural highlights, thick, and perfect.
    Pink?
    Not so much.

  5. LuckyGirlAmy says:

    Lately I have been into…
    making galettes with yummy ripe, fragrant summer fruit esp. farmstand peaches & juicy blueberries…

    Gretchen Rubin’s book, “The Happiness Project” & the blogs accompanying it: http://www.happiness-project.com/ & http://www.happinessprojecttoolbox.com/

    staying caught up on the mundane activities by doing a little each day so I may enjoy the moments that matter with abandon & no worries…

    learning to make my own jewelry…I love the necklace you’re wearing in the photograph on the boat!

    have a beautiful blessed day…

    1. I want to make a galette! Martha Stewart always makes a pear one on her show that looks really good.

      xo

  6. kim* says:

    i never did my hair all pink but i did add high lights here and there. im not one to go full force with the brighties i am more of really dark and then here and there.

    oh whichgoose is deciding on her blog if she wants to or not.

    babytron is getting more and more adorable you are a blessed mama.


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Alice Elfie’s Day Off

Alice and I stayed home today so we could start making presents for our family. It's hard to find much time to be together and do any of that between getting off work and bedtime, so we both took a day off! We listened to the Mariah Carey holiday Pandora station all day and had personal pan pizzas delivered for lunch, and ate all the cookies we wanted from a cookie exchange we went to last weekend. Here's what we made, including links!

OOTD: Clothes to covet

Today Alice and I are staying home to work on all of our Christmas gifts together! With my new work schedule, there isn't a lot of time between work and bed to finish any meaningful projects together, so we both took the day off to make and wrap all of our gifts. One thing on my gift list is this outfit. If we don't sell out of my size before the holidays, I'll definitely be buying it from the store. Usually I just buy whatever I want as things come in or order extra for myself, but during the holidays I want to give all of our extra inventory a chance to sell at full price before I snatch it up.

Clark & Company: Young guns in the Omaha music spotlight

This summer was the first time I heard Clark & Company’s music. I was at a friend’s house for a big party and the place was buzzing with lively discussions between friends reuniting and new introductions being made. I heard Clark & Company in the background of all this fun, and it was the kind of sound that you at first think is coming through some speakers somewhere. Soon, singer Sophie Clark’s beautiful, soulful voice caught my ear, and I began paying more attention to the music than the conversation.

Starting a Storefront

So I've never worked clothing retail before. In college I worked at a record store for a while, but it was pretty much exactly like the movie High Fidelity and thus not a legit retail experience. As we were preparing to open our first retail location for the Hello Holiday offices, everyone who knows me kept saying stuff like, "Well, I hope you can handle retail." "I think you're gonna find that running a physical store is a lot different." "Well, I look forward to hearing how THAT goes." It's like when you're a parent and you say stuff like, "I'm planning on taking my kid to work most days," and other parents knowingly go, "Oh, YOU'LLLLLL see."

I opened a store. Here’s what it looks like.

On November 25th, right before Thanksgiving, Sarah and I opened Hello Holiday's first brick-and-mortar location. When we started Hello Holiday, we had no intention of opening a physical store, but one thing we are both good at is seeing opportunities when they arise and reacting to them quickly to take advantage of them. We had had some success with local pop-up shop events, and when a retail space came over in one of Omaha's coolest neighborhoods, we knew we had to take it. We're excited for the store because it'll give us the space we need to grow. The front is the retail showroom, the back will be our offices when we finish construction, and our growing online fulfillment operations take place out of the full basement. With this space, we'll also have the opportunity to carry more independent designers from all over the world and take more risks with designers that would be harder to sell online. When customers can feel the clothing, see the lining, feel the zipper, see how it looks on, they're more likely to feel that emotional connection to these designers. It's not just a connection to an object, to an item of clothing, but a connection to a maker--a designer--who may live thousands of miles away. It's someone we believe in and support, and we're exposing their work to hundreds of thousands of new supporters through our store--both online and now with this physical location.
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