Thursday, March 31, 2011

inspiration for april 4th

here it is. beautiful alexa chung! how will you style it???

check out the rules here.

tag! we're it!

yes, that is a picture of chickens playing soccer. why??? because, i couldn't find a picture of birds playing tag. duh.

anyway, we were tagged by steph, over at Minnesota Maven, to play a little blog game. what did we have to do? just answer the following questions... and blog name
2. blog URL
3. write "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog"
4. favorite quote
5. favorite song
6. favorite band/singer
7. anything else you'd like to say???
8. tag bloggers to participate

so, here you go!

wow. so tiny! can you even read that? sorry!!! well, i tagged amanda at Salvaged Strawberry (xoxoxo)! i just know she will play and come up with some great answers!!!

also, apparently robert bunsen's birthday was yesterday, not today (thanks a lot, google!). but i had already written it. so, happy belated birthday, bob!

xoxo, nora bird

1. name and blog name
2. blog's URL
3. Write, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog"
4. Favorite quote
5. Favorite song
6. Favorite band/singers
7. Anything else you'd like to say?
8. Tag bloggers to participate

new loves and old friends: skinned knees, the new accessory

first things first. my knee. i bumped it. ok, not so much a bump as a humiliating out-of-body free fall to the ground. i was standing in a stranger's driveway, about to purchase a new headboard/footboard (can't wait to show you my newest project!), and out of nowhere, i fly into the air and land smack dab on my knee. this is one of the hazards of ice. i had no idea i was standing on ice, and i hadn't even moved before i fell. it was quite embarrassing. i fell, looked up at the woman watching me, and said, "that must have been pretty funny for you." to which she replied, "are you going to sue me?" well, i kind of want to sue her for the $5 pair of blue tights that ripped when i fell, but i won't. although i can't find them anywhere now. blue tights? suggestions? needless to say, it had been years since i last skinned my knee and i kind of forgot how much it hurt! some new tights and a dora bandaid later, i was all fixed. eva kept telling people the whole day, "mama has bleed." in a very sad, sympathetic voice. i was well taken care of.
so on to my outfit. as a sort of consolation for my broken knee (i know, i exaggerate), i got to buy this vintage yellow skirt. i love the fit, love the color, love the length. i plan on wearing it through all the seasons. today, i am wearing it as sort of a transition from winter to spring. yep, we are actually getting spring here. i may be speaking too soon, as i have heard reports of snow. we'll see. today, it's spring, and that's all i care about.

new loves:
shoes ~ $9.88 store
shirt ~ alloy
earrings ~ F21
belt ~ thrifted

old friends:
skirt ~ vintage, thrifted (handmade, even!)

happy friday junior (as my friend cayla likes to call it)

megan bird

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

eye candy

i know this is a late post, but i was just surfing the internets while mimi took her afternoon nap and came upon this fashion editorial from the october 2010 issue of vogue germany. it made me so happy that i just had to share it tout suite!

*sigh*. so fabulous.

xoxo, nora bird


we have started a new post! we love browsing blogs to find out what other bloggers love, so we decided to do our own. on a daily basis, we email back and forth with the email subject "love!" and it's always some new accessory or blog or decor. searching and finding adorable, must-have items is always fun, so we thought we'd share our weekly favorites!

megan bird's faves:

i love this drawing. she is so beautiful! a friend of mine has this as a tattoo and i think it's fabulous.

this bow necklace is so beautiful, i bought it three times! nora sent me the link ("love!") and i bought one for her, one for myself, and one for our l'il sis who still was due one small birthday present!

while these shoes are sold out, i am still waiting for them to come back. they have to! they are too cute not to! please? please? please?

sailor inspired? check. romper? check. betsey johnson? double check. what's not to love?

what's better than a creepy diy project? not much. my house will soon be littered with baby doll head paper weights!

nora bird's picks:



i would hang these gorgeous paintings by japanese artist masaru shichinohe all over my house. i love them! i couldn't narrow it down to one favorite. 


mid-century children's furniture? yes, please!

i have been looking for some cute things to spruce up our bathroom decor (it desperately needs it)! this print would be such an adorable addition.


i am a freak for vintage globes. and the colors on this one are amazing!


i love that i recently found these adorable rain shoes at one of my favorite thrift stores...for $1.00! i will be wearing them while gardening this spring too!

do you have any favorites this week?

happy hump day, lovebirds!

megan and nora bird

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

tuesday remix

tuesday again! time to remix! this week's item is a new-to-me tomato red mini skirt, originally from express design studio. i found it at a thrift store this past weekend and thought it was too cute to pass up. since i just bought it i obviously haven't had a chance to actually wear it anywhere. so, i thought it would be fun to style it a few different ways to see how i could wear it eventually. i had a good time with this remix! and i would love to hear what you think! p.s. i took these photos at night and ended up having to use my flash. so i apologize that i look even paler than usual (check out those legs! yikes!). the hubby, the girl and i are taking a trip to california in april (so very excited!!!) and i promise to try my hardest to get a nice tan while we're there!

the item:

outfit one: color blocked

blouse- vintage, thrifted
shoes- michael antonio, cutesy shoes
necklace- gift from bestie kate

outfit two: untucked

tank top- jake's closet, marshalls
shoes- anne michelle
white necklace- vintage, thrifted
gold necklace- same as above

outfit three: tee time

tee shirt- F21
belt- ???
shoes- F21, gift from my sisters
tights- JCP
earrings- target

bonus outfit: seeing red

tunic- UO
shoes- we who see, thrifted
necklace- vintage, thrifted

i hope you all have a fun-filled tuesday!!!

xoxo, nora bird

Monday, March 28, 2011

inspiration monday: bloomers!

surprise, surprise, i went thrift shopping this weekend. i found what only can be described as the most fabulous green bloomers in the world. i saw them on the rack, grabbed them, and didn't think twice. they are so cute and i plan on making them a summer staple. and the cherry on the ice cream was that they were half off....half off $1.99. yep, these bad boys were $1. i love them even more.

my inspirations seem to come from a handful of people. i love blake lively. i think she's classy and beautiful and her styling is nearly flawless. so i'm not surprised that i have found inspiration in her more than once. she's a close second behind alexa chung! i found this picture of blake and loved the outfit. up until last year, i have never thought i could/should wear shorts. i have fairly short legs, and they were never flattering on me. but i finally figured out that if i throw on a pair of 5" heels,  then maybe – just maybe – i can wear shorts! so here's my ol' college try.

the inspiration
and here's my take

bloomers ~ vintage, thrifted
blouse ~ Express, thrifted
shoes ~ Urban Original
belt ~ garage sale
tree necklace ~ Shop in the City
crystal necklace ~ gift from my lovely friend Rose
earrings/ring ~ F21

would you ever wear bloomers as outerwear?

happy monday!!
megan bird

Saturday, March 26, 2011

winner winner pizza brinner

one of my favorite meals of all time is brinner. it doesn't matter what i'm eating, as long as it's breakfast for dinner. pancakes, eggs, ok, maybe not oatmeal. that doesn't really make a good brinner in my book. tonight, i decided to make a super easy meal for dinner. it was so delicious and easy, i had to share.

vegetarian breakfast pizza

start with a boboli whole wheat crust and cover with hollandaise sauce

crumble up four semi-cooked morning star farms breakfast sausage patties and spread on the crust (if you eat meat, real sausage (cooked) would be just fine...or bacon if you prefer)

cover that with scrambled eggs

and cover smother that in cheese

450 for 10 minutes, and voila, brinner!

it was loved by the whole family!

happy saturday! have a great rest of the weekend!

megan bird

Friday, March 25, 2011

fbff: feminism

today's fbff questions are all about style and feminism. do they go hand in hand or to they contradict each other? for more answers to these questions, check out Modly Chic.

1. do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
absolutely not. fashion is just another way to express who we are. you can have feminist thoughts and ideas and still be beautiful and fashionable. i don't know where the horrible stereotype of a "feminist" came from, but i don't believe people who are feminists all dress or look the same way. to me, they don't even have anything to do with each other.

2. there is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
both nora and i talk about our lives in our blog. sure, a part of our lives is how we dress, what clothes we buy for our shop, how we style clothing...but that isn't all that our blog is about. we write like we talk, so hopefully our readers feel as if we are immersed in a conversation with them. i don't feel the need to incorporate every aspect of my life into our blog, but i certainly feel like we both talk enough about our lives that people have a general idea of our personalities, our families, or social lives.

3. with the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
i guess i never thought of it as a male-dominated profession. i'm sure it is, but i see a lot of women in the industry. some of my favorite designers are women – betsey johnson, vera wang, stella mccartney – to name a few. i think that both men and women in the industry all think somewhat similarly. men who are clothing designers know what works for women almost as much as women in the industry do. so i won't take away from the men in the profession...i think they do a pretty great job (hello marc jacobs!)

4. how is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
i would like to think that i carry myself with dignity, and a little but of goofiness to add to it (ok, a lot). knowing that i am a strong and smart woman helps me with that. this hasn't always been the case, though. i have always considered myself somewhat of a feminist (more of an equalist, i would say), but that doesn't mean that i have always had a soaring self esteem. i believe you can have a certain set of beliefs, but you don't always apply them to your own life. it wasn't until i was in my 30s that i truly started feeling fully comfortable with myself, my body and my style. but that doesn't mean that i didn't think all women should feel beautiful and strong and smart. sometimes, even now, it's easier said than done. we all have our bad self-esteem days, but they don't change my feelings about women/feminism.

5. do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
of course it does. it is a way to express myself and show the world who i am. i dress for myself and to show my personality. if i were dressing to impress the rest of the world, then it would be different...but i definitely dress to show off my personality and personal style.
how do you feel about fashion and feminism? do you agree that they can go hand in hand?

happy friday!!
megan bird