Wednesday, November 30, 2011

love*birds 11.30.11: a very special giveaway

there is a lot to be happy about this week. our sale is in two days, it's gorgeous outside (considering the date), we have the best friends and family anyone could ever ask for, and.....

we are doing an amazing giveaway with an even more amazing and talented woman. maybe you remember this necklace from this post last week. well, the beautiful sara of handmade by sara cramer is offering a fabulous gift to one of our lucky readers.

sara is a multi-talented artist who dabbles in letterpress, photography, fibers, papermaking, screen printing, sculpture and installation art. her etsy shop is full of gorgeous handmade jewelry, and she also has a mobile retail space called CartWheel, which is the envy of two birds. (birds can dream!)

so, this week, sara is offering one of you a $30 gift certificate to her shop. i am telling you now, it will be hard to pick just one item! they are all so fabulous. look for details below on how to enter the giveaway. in the meantime, nora and i have taken a couple of our favorite pieces on sara's site and styled them. let us know how you would style some of her amazing pieces!

megan bird's pick

and how she would style it...

nora bird's pick

and how she would style it...

to enter the giveaway:
*follow two birds' blog (let us know how)
*go to sara's etsy page and tell us what your favorite item is
*in the comment section, tell us your favorite item and leave your email address so we can contact you if you win

for extra entries (leave a separate comment for each):
like sara cramer on facebook
follow sara cramer on twitter

have fun "window" shopping! this giveaway is open to everyone! good luck!

xoxo, two birds

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

tuesday remix: sister style

ugh. i just watched sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead and now i am depressed. i'm just going to move right along to the remix...

it was megan's pick this week and she chose this cool poncho-y sweater she got at H&M. super cute and very on trend for the season. i had a bit of a hard time styling it. not because i couldn't think of a ton of ways i wanted to wear it. no. it is just so cozy and soft and comfy and all i wanted to do was wrap myself in it and lay on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea and be done with it. but alas, i put on clothes. only for you guys. i vow to always put on clothes for you! let us know what you think of the remix!

outfit one: cranberry legs

skirt~ H&M
tights~ F21
booties~ vintage, thrifted

outfit two: warm legs

leggings~ Walmart
boots~ Nordstrom Rack
leg warmers~ ?
belt~ thrifted
earrings~ F21

here's hoping you have a wonderful tuesday!

xoxo, two birds

Monday, November 28, 2011

inspiration monday: this bud's for you

help me settle an argument. it all starts with karaoke. we talk an awful lot about karaoke on our blog, i realize. talk about what you love, they say. so, you will hear a lot about our kids and karaoke (in that order). anyways, back to the argument. i went out to a fabulous night of karaoke with allison, becky, erin and kimi on wednesday night. being the night before thanksgiving, i decided to take it easy on the nut brown ales. after three, i was done...that is until kimi and i sang our rockin' rendition of 'you're the one that i want' by danny and sandy. ok, it wasn't rockin' at all, it probably sucked (i mean, except kimi was awesome). we came back to our table and the waitress appeared with two beers and told us that some gentlemen at the bar enjoyed our song so much that they wanted to buy us a beer. and here is where the argument started...

you see, when i told chris about the funny incident, he assured me that these kind men did not, in fact, send us the beers because they truly enjoyed our singing. he told me that they wanted us to come over, say thank you, and see where the night took us. he said it's an easy way for men to get women to talk to them.

i see his point, except...when the waitress brought us our beers, she gave us no indication which men bought us the beers and, as such, we were not even given an opportunity to walk over and say thank you.

so there you have it, the argument. i am the trusting person who thinks that men can buy women a drink with no expectations. chris however, is the sceptic who believes that men think nothing comes for free. what do you think?

and on to the inspiration (aside from our glorious singing, that is) for the day. nora found this fab texas (or canadian depending on where you are from) tuxedo outfit that jessica alba is rocking. i love her easy boho style, and she is one of the celebrities whom i would dress like on an almost daily basis.

the inspiration

megan bird

jeans ~ Target
boots ~ Nordstrom Rack
tank ~ Gap, thrifted
sweater ~ Alloy
scarf ~ swap
hat ~ vintage, thrifted

nora bird

shirt ~ vintage, thrifted
tank ~ Marshalls
jeans ~ William Rast, thrifted
scarf ~ thrifted
boots ~ birthday gift from sister (thanks, izzy!)

link up below to show us your denim tux look. (do you call it texas, canada, neither, or something else?)

happy monday!!
two birds

Sunday, November 27, 2011

a holiday family photo shoot

we forget to send out holiday photos in time every year. so, this morning, i got the kids all dressed and made them sit outside in the cold (in the manner of any true fashion blogger kids) and we took a few photos for our card. here's a sampling.

i think they turned out pretty good, even though you can tell we are cold (henry in particular). do you send out holiday cards every year? do you send them out in time? ours may still not get out in time, even though i have now documented the fact that we do indeed have a photo!

megan bird

Friday, November 25, 2011

black (sick) friday

sorry for the lack of a post today. nora bird is out of town visiting her in-laws, and me...well i've been kind of sick all day. i'm not quite sure what it is, but i have a fever and even started crying this morning because my neck and shoulders hurt so bad. not that i was planning on being one of the zillions of people waking up at 3am to shop, but instead of enjoying this beautiful day, here is what i did.

the majority of my day was spent here

wearing my new fuzzy robe

drinking this

and then when i couldn't take lying around anymore, i decided to paint my son's bedroom

painting is a pretty sure-fire way to sweat out the fever.

so now i am back in my robe, snuggling with the kids. hopefully i will be back at 100% tomorrow.

how about you, did you shop today? did you get any good deals?

i hope you are all having a fantastic friday!
megan bird

Thursday, November 24, 2011

inspiration picture for november 28: jessica alba

i tried and tried to find a celeb that we hadn't featured yet. okay, i didn't try that hard. when i saw this outfit that ms. alba wore on a recent outing with her hubby and kids, i thought to myself, "how cute! i would totally wear that"! and so, once again, jessica will be our inspiration for monday. next week we will try to find someone new, i swear!

image via here

cute, right? we hope you play along with us! (don't know the rules? check 'em out here! it is super fun)!

see you monday!

xoxo, two birds


happy thanksgiving!

we are so thankful to all of you who take time to visit us here and leave us sweet comments to read every day! it really means so much to us and we truly count you all among our friends! thank you so much!

we also wanted to share a few photos of our family who we are also so thankful for! we wouldn't be the women we are today without these amazing people that we get to share our lives with. thank you all for being so incredibly fabulous! we are so blessed.

again, thank you all so much! and have a very happy thanksgiving!

xoxo, two turkeys birds

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

love*birds: 11.23.11

things i am loving this week...
~ short work weeks
~ our growing etsy shop. we are having so much fun coming up with stories for each of our lovely items!
~ the fact that when my daughter asked me if everyone was perfect, and i said no, she still said, "you are. and papa is."
~ did i mention short work weeks?
~ mashed potatoes
~ vegetarian stuffing
~ green bean casserole
~ pumpkin pie
~ all of the above, twice in one day
~ the fact that both my mom and my mother-in-law are excellent cooks
~ karaoke twice in one week
~ new friends
~ old friends
~well, the list goes on and are a few other beauties that nora and i are admiring this week:

megan bird's picks
wool trim booties
 i have been looking for an affordable pair of wool-trimmed booties. these might be the ones!

60s cocktail dress
how perfect would this dress be for a holiday party? i love it with the double strand pearls, too!

black and white breast plate necklace
i think this is such a unique and beautiful necklace. it really makes a statement all on it's own!

vintage polka dot dress
i know it's fall, but that doesn't mean i have to stop loving summery dresses. this one is so cute and whimsical and i love it!

vintage amethyst ring
this is my birthstone, so i am especially partial to it. it's gorgeous, though and would work so well with so many different outfits!

nora bird's picks

i have been admiring this cocktail ring for far too long now. i may have to get myself an early christmas present. or a belated birthday present!

not only is this an awesome faux fur hat, but it is also a scarf. with pockets. and bear ears. that's right. bear ears, people. you're never too old.

this top is so unique and unlike anything else i own. i love the asymmetrical hem, the sheer fabric, and the cool cutouts on the back. must have!

um, seriously? how cute is this sweater? i absolutely love the "belt"! this would look so cute with some black tights and great orange wedges...

like these! am i right? cutest holiday party outfit ever!

and because we love you so much, we wanted to share a sweet little link with you! LuLu*s is having a seriously amazing black friday sale. like, seriously, everything is such a great deal! and you don't even have to leave your house (or wait until friday!) to shop! check it out here!!!

have a fabulous day!!!

xoxo, two birds