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Painted Bird Shoes

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Painted Bird Shoes first caught my (Morgan's) eye on the feet of one of my fashionable friends, Alison, who was in town visiting from California. I immediately needed to know where they were from so I could run home, get online and copy her cool Cali style! So, when Painted Bird asked Carrie & I  how we would wear their shoes, we were MORE than happy to romp around the city in our favorite new accessory! What's not to love?  They come in so many unique color combinations and they couldn't possibly be more comfortable. We're always looking for something casual, but cuter than flip-flops. You know, something chic enough for dresses and skirts, but casual enough for cut-offs and jeans. Painted Bird just solved everything on our checklist– they are so versatile! Each shoe is artisan crafted & hand crocheted. They are seriously beautiful. Plus, Painted Bird was designed and created by two brilliant women (it's worth reading their bio) needless to say, we are huge fans!

PS... did we happen to mention how cute the packaging is?  We just loved the surprise of getting shoes in a printed muslin bag. Just too perfect!

It just so happens, the entire identity was designed by the very friend we spoke of earlier, Alison! Speaking of insanely talented ladies, Alison is high on that list as well. Her studio out of sunny California, is called Fable Design. Make sure to check out Fable Design's portfolio, full of great color,  one-of-a-kind graphic design and surface patterns!

Aren't they gorgeous up close? You should really own a pair to see for yourself. Good luck picking your favorite color though, that's all we have to say! We couldn't even narrow down our choices to two for days! As you can see, Morgan went with the ankle strap and Carrie went without, but never fear, most colors are offered in both options. And if you're wondering, they stay on without the strap (we wondered, so thought you might be too). They've been tested by us, and that's a serious test including  running around after (very fast) toddler boys all day long!

One last thing we wanted to share with you all is  that a select few pairs of Painted Bird can be found at Anthropologie! Yep!! It appears some are currently sold out, but we found the Tidal Pool Ankle Wrap is still there!!!!

Shop Painted Bird here!

and the winner is...

Ampersand Design Studio

Thank you ALL for playing along with our giveaway last week! We seriously loved reading all of your comments and seeing which party hostess you were feeling like that day! We were constantly checking the comments to see what you all were saying, so much fun! We used a random number picker and chose our winner: Rachel Lora Simmons!! She's "Classic with a twist, 100 percent." Rachel, hope you have fun picking out your set of four monogrammed salad plates!

And, we wanted to thank each and every one of you for playing along, so we're offering a 10% off promo code on anything in the Ampersand Design Studio Signature Collection!! Cheers to you all! XOXO – Morgan & Carrie

MONOGRAMMED PLATES GIVEAWAY!!

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We paired some of our favorite fashion images with our trend-forward melamine party ware to help you envision your next backyard BBQ, wedding shower,  or evening soiree! So let us know what kind of party hostess you are!! It's that easy!! We can't wait to be sending out four matching salad plates of your choice to our lucky winner! (PS, the party hostess you choose does not have to be the plates you choose to order if you win)!  You can peruse the entire Ampersand Design Studio Signature Collection for La Plates right here and see lots of fun options to pick from right here and more here.

This contest will run from today, Wednesday, February 26th through midnight Friday, February 28th. We'll announce the lucky winner on Saturday, March 2nd!

Here are all the links you need to enter:

• like our Ampersand Design Studio facebook page

• like the La Plates facebook page

• and...IMPORTANT: Don't forget to leave a comment on this post telling us which party hostess you are!! Even if it's your imaginary party for now!!

G O O D L U C K ! ! !

Share your picks with Ampersand on Twitter at @AmpersandStudio and instagram at @morgangeorgie, @carriekiefer, or the brand new @Ampersand Studio profile and with La Plates on Twitter at @LaPlates and instagram at @LaPlates!

{want to find all these fashionable ladies above? of course you do! here are the links to the snapshots from some of our favorite fashion bloggers and pinterest stars: Bright & Bold fuschia top  & red full skirt from Atlantic-Pacific, Poolside Casual ombre maxi from Popbee, Margarita in Hand from Like a Princess by Kuka, Mod Minimalist black & white dress from Atlantic-Pacific, Classic w/ a Twist denim, olive hat & red pumps from Frankie Hearts Fashion, and Boho Chic ikat top from Tory Burch}

introducing our new iphone cases

Ampersand Design Studio

Happy Friday to all of you! We always love Fridays, but today is extra-exciting because we are finally getting to share our brand new line of iphone cases with our beloved readers!! We've had the best time designing each and every one of these. Seriously! You might recognize some of our signature motifs or patterns, such as, eh-hem, the ampersand! So, we kept the classics but we also really wanted to have a way for you to own some of our latest pattern creations!  We are obsessed with phone cases because it's the accessory that you always carry with you, yet, it's such an affordable one to play around with! Don't you agree? Even on the days when we're wanting to wear all black, we can rely on our iphone cases for a little hit of extra fun! Don't you agree? Well, we hope so....and, we really hope you guys are as excited about our new line as we are.  Each one of these will be sold right on our very own etsy shop! so go on....click here and pick one for yourself!

We have iPhone 4 / 4S  and iPhone 5 options and a few of these designs will have additional colorways for you to pick from!

So tell us, do you see anything you like?

Do you have a favorite? We want to know!

we have a crush on "Inspire Lovely" etsy shop

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Judging by the number of sales and number of admirers, we are the last two people in the world to have heard of this shop, so, we may be late, but we are jumping on the bandwagon!! It's called Inspire Lovely, and if you've already visited this darling shop, then we are mad at you for not sharing it with us...but if this is news to you, you can thank us later! Isn't it great? Our heads are filled with all kinds of project and party ideas!!!! Just scroll on down, yours will, too!

And look at this, a 2013 mini calendar!

See? Are you freaking out as much as we were! Inspire Lovely, we heart you!