Wednesday, August 31, 2011

frugal feathers: boring outfits and tap dancing

sometimes i feel like my outfits are too boring to be photographed and blogged about. and then i start to feel bad and think things like, poor outfit. just because you are boring doesn't mean i don't love you. i am wearing you, after all. and then i realize that my outfits are incapable of feelings and i shouldn't really be apologizing to them. and then i photograph and blog about them anyway...because i still feel sort of bad for hurting their feelings. it's like when i was little and i felt the need to snuggle with a different stuffed animal every night so that they all got a chance and no one felt left out. crazy? maybe. true? totally. okay, enough about me and my strange need to save the feelings of inanimate objects from being hurt. check out my boring outfit...




and since i don't want you thinking i am boring (my goal is always to entertain, my friends!), i decided to do a little tap dancing for you. in my alley. that's right. i don't want you thinking i am boring, but apparently i am totally comfortable with looking like a crazy person...



check out those sweet moves. self taught. hard to believe, i know.

shirt- Mossimo, thrifted (ARC), $2.99
jeans- F21
shoes- Marc Fisher, thrifted (ARC), $4.99
necklace- garage sale, $0.25
rings- grandma and H&M

xoxo, nora bird





love*birds 8.31.11

on sunday we met some dear friends for brunch. our friends had made the reservation for 10am upon my request because mimi would, of course, be joining us. there is a window of time, when you have a toddler (this is at least the case for my kid), that you can actually go out and run errands or get brunch with friends or do whatever needs to get done, before they start going crazy and getting loud (and sometimes crabby) and should no longer be in public. this window is sometime between when they wake up and nap time. we have mimi's window pretty much figured out, but it can still vary. and that can be scary. anyway, we walked into the fancy restaurant (the nicollet island inn, for those local or curious) and soon realized that it would be a five course, plated brunch. and we were scared. how was our 16 month old going to sit through a two hour, coursed meal? what if we have to up and run out of here when she starts screaming and throwing the fine silver around the room? soon after we began our brunch was when we realized that mimi has a taste for the finer things. at this restaurant, children are also served a coursed meal, which i found adorable (and kids under three eat for free! bonus!). during the meal, mimi was calm and collected. she ate her delicious food (as well as some of mine) reasonably mess free. at one point, the server came around to fill my unlimited mimosa (awesome!) glass, and she sort of leaned back in her highchair, gave him this silly little smile and started bobbing her head in this crazy little dance. we all just started cracking up. she was having the best time and being so good. anyway, i am sure this was a crazy fluke and we got super lucky. but it was totally awesome. we got to enjoy an amazing brunch with friends and they now think our kid is super well behaved and always eats whatever is on her plate! ha! we will just let them believe it...anyway, this was one of my favorite days of late. and the following are some of our favorite things. (see what i did there? seamless transition!)...

nora bird's picks


i am so inspired by this photo! i am looking to do a little framed photo collage in my dining room, and now i totally want to use colorful matting. i love it.


a super hot jumpsuit in the perfect fall color. um, yeah. must have!


these are the most adorable little pillows ever! they would add the perfect touch of cute to my living room.


yes. these are ridiculous. who needs a wedge that high or a shoe that blue? i do! this is why i love them.


i love statement jewelry. i love pieces that have a granny-cool edge. these earrings give me both. love them.

megan bird's picks

sheer and shimmer lbdd (little black disco dress)
i think this is the perfect little black dress for winter. so much so that i just might have to get it.

jeffrey campbell red cutout platforms
every week i wonder if i will be able to find yet another pair of jcs to post on love*birds...jeffrey, you haven't disappointed me yet. these shoes are fabulous!

dangly metallic feather earrings
i need these earrings. that's all i can say. i am trying to finish this post quickly so i can order them! see all three items above...hello outfit!

guess brushed buffalo watch
i am not a watch wearer, but i do love watches. this one is so great. it's big and vintage looking and...big. did i mention i like big watches?

this kitchen
the whole house is pretty amazing (click on the source to see the whole tour), but this kitchen is fabulous. from the farm sink to the wallpaper, i am in love!

what are some of your favorite things?
happy day, all!
xoxo,
two birds






Tuesday, August 30, 2011

inspiration picture for september 5

we know that monday is a holiday here in the us of a, so we didn't want to make you labor over what to wear. (ba doom ching) get it? labor day? nothing? crickets? anyways, we picked this beauty of a number as worn by kiera knightley. and hey, get the men in your life to play along, too!

kiera knightley
we hope you can join us for inspiration monday! for rules of the game, click here.

xoxo,
two birds

tuesday remix: sister style

i caught the redecorating bug yesterday. while at the gym, pluggin' away on the treadmill, my mind began to wander and i began to redecorate my house in my mind. and once i got to thinking and imaginary moving around furniture, putting down new rugs and hanging new art and framed photos, it had to be done in real life. you know that feeling? once you get an idea in your head, it must happen and it must happen now! so mimi and i ran straight to the craft store after the gym and got some fun stuff for some DIY ideas i have. then, when jim got home, we made our way to Ikea and found an awesome new rug (that we didn't buy yet because jim says we need to measure! sheesh! doesn't he see the urgency of this situation???), some new throw pillows, frames for a wall collage idea and a few other odds and ends. let the redecorating and DIY-ing begin! i hope i can cure that bug...

we're mixing up the remix today! it's like a remixed remix. try and wrap your head around that! crazy, right? okay, maybe not that crazy. but for real, we are trying something different. with fall right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to take two of our favorite summer dresses (or in megan's case, the most adorable romper) and show you how we are wearing it now and how we will remix it when the chillier weather hits. it's transition to fall remix time! get ready...get set...here we go!

outfit one: it's not easy being green
(summer)



(fall)



dress- One Step Up, T.J. Maxx
belt- thrifted
summer shoes- Charles Albert, Delia's
summer bracelets- thrifted
sweater- Lux, thrifted
tights- Xhilaration, Target
boots- vintage, Up Six
earrings- UO
winter bracelets- H&M, thrifted

outfit two: romper room
(summer)



(fall)



beaded necklace- vintage, thrifted
gold necklace- F21
tights- Target
black shoes- Urban Original
sandals- Target
blazer- Target
summer earrings- F21
fall earrings- Heartbreaker
bracelets- F21
gold belt- thrifted

we hope you are having a fantastic tuesday!!!

xoxo, two birds












Monday, August 29, 2011

It's A Date! The Other Great Minnesota Get Together!

as you probably already know, we had an "It's A Date!" sale this weekend! thank you so much to all of you that came out to shop, have a drink, hang out, and give your support! the sale was such a success and so much fun and we just wanted to share some photos of the event! be warned! there are quite a few...

the "It's A Date!" dream team! John (Scout), Nora, Megan (two birds) and Amanda (Salvaged Strawberry). we love our little team!







yes. we had a lot of clothes!


and shoes!


and accessories!

john's mom helped to set up. she was so fun and adorable!

megan plans her next move...in perfect blogger pose, of course!

we are planning another sale for sometime in october! we will be sure to keep you updated!

and speaking of updates, big things are happening here in two birds' land! ideas are a-brewing and exciting announcements will soon be made!!! we are super super duper excited, so please stay tuned!

thanks again to all that came out in support! we couldn't do this without you!


xoxo, two birds
















inspiration monday: school's in

my son starts school again today. he's a big time first grader now. it's so crazy how time flies. i took friday off to spend some time with the kids and to set the sale up. we ended up going to this amazing place called skyzone. it's a huge warehouse filled with trampolines. and it's a-mazing. we jumped for 2 1/2 hours and it was so fun (and a great workout to boot). however, i realized that women who have had kids are not meant to jump on trampolines for 2 1/2 hours. it was so fun, i peed my pants (for real).

on the way home, my son turned to me and said, "mama, i think i figured it out. you can take all of your days off. and me, i can do this thing i heard about on the radio. you can take all your days off and i can go to online school. then we can spend as much time together as we want." cue my heart melting.

on to the inspiration. a fan favorite (or maybe just a bird favorite), olivia wilde. i just love her edgy feminine look.


megan bird




i love this dress for it's fluttery sleeves.

dress ~ two birds (yep, we shopped our own store this weekend!)
shoes, jacket ~ Target
earrings ~ F21
ring ~ Heartbreaker (another sister ring)

nora bird






jacket- Xhilaration, Salvation Army
shirt- Julie's Closet, hand-me-down
skirt- F21
booties- vintage, thrifted
necklace- Marc by Marc Jacobs, gift
rings- grandma's, H&M







happy monday, all!
xoxo,
two birds



Friday, August 26, 2011

it's a date!

our sale starts tonight, so nora and i are going to be a little mia today (and probably all weekend). but we wanted to throw out a big thank you to everyone for your support and kind words as we prepared for the sale. seriously, we haven't even met most of you and we feel like you are all our close friends. so thank you so much!! you guys are the best!

here's a few of our favorites that we will be selling this weekend.










we wish you were all here so you could come and shop and have a drink with us tonight!
again, thanks for all of your support!!
xoxo,
two birds