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Omaha loves H&M

On September 18th, Omaha finally became home to H&M- a Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. No one was more excited than me!! Adding to that excitement, I was invited to join a local blogger breakfast by hostess and friend, Sarah of Fash Flood. What did Read the Rest…

Outfit of the Day – Casual and Comfortable

I have welcomed fall with open arms. I enjoy the crisp air, the smell of bonfires and the ability to have my windows open. But one day last week it was rainy and there was no sunshine all day. (Or maybe it was the entire week, right?) I found it hard to be anything but Read the Rest…

All I Need is this Skirt

I want to be fervent when I say my interest in this skirt began as a rebellion against the over-saturated market of showing a lot of skin. In a world where our summer trends tend to get shorter and more cropped by the season, (summer season, that is) this skirt kept me on track to stay Read the Rest…

An Evening Out

The Birdhouse Team decided to take a break from our crazy schedule and spend the evening out in Omaha. After a few drinks on a favorite patio, Dundee Cork and Bottle, we attended Dodge + Burn: Exposing Nebraskan Photographers at The Union for Contemporary Art. (Side note: the exhibition runs through June 27th, so if you’re Read the Rest…

An Outfit of the Day

Things around the Birdhouse/COOP camp have been really hectic lately as we’ve been figuring out new schedules and taking on a lot of fun, new projects. But now we are back on track and this beautiful weather has me reenergized. Yesterday, I had some unexpected time off and was happy to get out and enjoy Read the Rest…

What. Women. Where – Jen Beirola

I first met our next feature, Jen Beirola, at her Omaha tattoo shop, Grinn and Barrett, on 52nd and Center four  years ago.  Getting a tattoo is perhaps the most intimate experience to share with tattoo artist you don’t know. Luckily for me, this woman is crazy talented and has a very gentle hand – Read the Rest…

To Harem Or Not to Harem

Isn’t that the question? I say harem and here’s a little happy dance to prove it. Many women and men have shared their loath for harem pants (or also known as “hammer pants”). But this is my rebellion; my crusade toward making my life more FUN. At least, it’s about not taking opinions too seriously, Read the Rest…

Making the Creative Process Tangible

I met Heather Kita of Heather Kita Jewelry Design this past fall when she participated in the HOME event by Birdhouse Interior Design at Omaha’s Sweatshop Gallery. At first I wasn’t sure how we would incorporate handmade jewelry into a curated space staged as living and dining rooms. But I was assured by Kim Reid Kuhn, Sweatshop Read the Rest…

Man Repellin’

The phrase man repellin’ was coined by the genius behind the infamous Man Repeller website, Leandra Medine. What is a man repeller, you ask? “Noun – she who outfits herself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, Read the Rest…

Don’t Stop Believin’ in Camo

The best part about working in a creative field, and being my own boss, is that I can basically wear whatever I want. I can throw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and be good to go for the day. It certainly helps, on the fashion front, if those t-shirts are really stylish Read the Rest…

What. Women. Where – Noelle Sharp

Meet Noelle Sharp of Chicago, IL. (Though, photos are from her time in Iceland.) I started following Noelle after I discovered her handmade textiles company, APORTA. I was immediately connected to her products and design philosophy. “APORTA honors the tradition of honest, hard work. Local resources and local crafts people. Never outsourced. Never imported. You Read the Rest…

My Plaid Skirt and Me

I bought this plaid skirt at a local thrift store for $1.96. Since that day, come rain, snow, high winds or negative degree weather, it has played a large roll in my winter wardrobe. And much like I ruin every song I love, or food I crave, by repeating them too often – I think Read the Rest…

The Resurgence of Handmade

Colorful skeins of yarn have slowly, seemingly effortlessly taken up residence in my home. I can’t quite pinpoint when my casual interest in knitting transformed to a full-time hobby. But I can tell you that, on likely a subconscious level, I had grown increasingly weary of digital devices and can’t-quite-touch data that seemed to dominate Read the Rest…

Little Red Fox Sweater

Lately, Ginger and me (and Wendy) constantly discuss our goals for COOP and Birdhouse. The interior design component is pretty obvious, and that is certainly where we focus. We want to give our clients the best designs possible. But we also love fashion. We put together outfits like artful armor and then face the day. Read the Rest…

A Dress That Goes The Distance

One GAP dress worn two ways. Dressed up… Mustard Tight, HUE. Black Wedge, Betsy Johnson. Red Clutch, Stella&Dot Or dressed down… Black Tight, Target. Army Studded Jacket, Forever21. Studded Flat, Lulu’s. Just another easy way to make your wardrobe go further.  

The Look for Less

For many years I have followed along with a handful of bloggers. One of them, Atlantic-Pacific, offers styling ideas that I always enjoy. However, I’ve had it up to my eyeballs seeing looks on these gals that have thousand-dollar price tags. With the popularity of style blogs, I can only imagine the amount of credit Read the Rest…

What. Women. Where – Anne Meysenburg

Introducing Anne Meysenburg of Omaha, NE. I met Anne through a mutual friend and I was immediately a little intimidated by this  power house of a woman. She was well spoken and knew a lot about Omaha. I found myself in conversations that she was in just to get to know her a bit more. Read the Rest…

Second Chance

The ever popular Second Chances Antiques recently moved into a new location on 14th and Harney in the Old Market. As a vintage clothing admirer (and sometimes collector) I was doubly excited about the large basement where all of the vintage clothing is sold.  Second Chance Antiques has been open since 1971, offering a wide Read the Rest…

Birdhouse Team Style: A Day around the Office

This is not a post to tell you how much coffee is consumed by two individuals who recently embarked on a career partnership together (even though it does start with several cups every morning). This story is about an afternoon in our office and what we choose to wear. We definitely have a style for Read the Rest…

What. Women. Where. – Daphne Eck

I’m excited for another installment of What. Women. Where. — an updated version. When I first started this series I wanted to focus on women who not only inspired me with their style, but also in terms of career and life. Interviewing Daphne, today’s featured woman, inspired me to ask more questions and has helped Read the Rest…

8 Pieces : 8 Looks

Today is a brand new 8 Pieces : 8 Looks. In case you haven’t read this post before, I’ll explain the concept. I take 8 pieces of clothing and make 8 different looks with those pieces (inspired by the girls of A Beautiful Mess). So you know, shoes and accessories don’t count. The goal is Read the Rest…

Forever 31

Outfitting one’s self seems as if it’s a no brainer. Put on what’s comfortable or what you feel great in and call it a day. I’ve always thought of comfort as a state of mind, so today I want to share my comfort with you in a form of a new project I have embarked Read the Rest…

A Day in Omaha Boutiques

Call me crazy–crazy about Omaha–-but don’t want to shop anywhere other than locally owned in this town. The idea of the money I’m earning being put right back into my community feels so right to me. Remember when I gave you a guide to my favorite thrifting shops in Omaha? Today, I’m happy to take Read the Rest…

What. Women. Where – Chelé Norrie

Introducing Chelé Norrie of Denver, CO. (who will be the first WHERE of my intended overall goal of this series). She currently lives with her bearded boyfriend (Mike Nyffeler a college friend of mine) and her two labs. I began to follow her thru knowing Mike, via the web. They traveled, they photographed and I Read the Rest…

What. Women. Where – Jill Rizzo

Introducing our first working mom: Jill Rizzo. She works currently as the Creative Director at hayneedle.com. “I have a huge passion for design and visual communication. I tend to geek out over it, the power of well-written copy, and inspiring imagery….” says Jill. “It is very fast paced and exciting to be on the cutting Read the Rest…

Consider the Loafer

These are boat shoe times we live in. Over the past few years seemingly everyone, myself included, has found themselves in a pair of Sperry Top-Siders. Nothing wrong with that. They’re an affordable shoe with a unique American history that’s perfectly suited to summer adventure. But it’s no loafer. Introduced to the American market around Read the Rest…

8 Pieces : 8 Looks

Today I’m super excited to be back on COOP with another installment of 8 Pieces: 8 Looks. The last time I tried this concept (inspired by the Fashion Mixology over on the A Beautiful Mess blog), I really stretched my creativity with existing pieces in my closet to form new ways to wear each piece. Read the Rest…

What. Women. Where – Katie Kemerling

Introducing: Katie Kemerling. She works at Ervin & Smith Advertising and Public Relations in Omaha as the Director of Account Planning. She helps create and drive marketing strategy and content marketing programs for her clients. What does she love about her day?  ”That I get a chance to work with really smart, creative and driven people Read the Rest…

A Random Roundup

Recently, I’ve noticed some products that I’ve used over and over and are making me happy. Since I always love to find out about new things, I thought I would share them. 1. Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes and 2. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask. My sister-in-law introduced me to both of these. The makeup Read the Rest…

The Cost of Being Cool

You can buy selvage denim at J.C. Penney now. The jeans cost $35. Pick them up and they feel a little light but that’s what you get for the nearly $100 price difference from most competitors. Roll up the cuff and there’s the telltale self-edge–where the jeans get their name–running up the outside seam. Turn Read the Rest…

What. Women. Where.

I tend to be a people watcher. Not to judge or make fun of them, but more for inspiration. I pull a lot of ideas and style tips just from observing others. Most of the time, women are pleasantly surprised by my admiration of their effortless, easy style. But style to me is a broad Read the Rest…

8 Pieces: 8 Looks

Today I am using one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, as inspiration for 8 Pieces: 8 Looks. Several ladies on their site take 8 pieces of clothing and make 8 different looks with those pieces (shoes and accessories don’t count). Feeling inspired, I wanted to share my 8 looks with you. It can be Read the Rest…

Classic and Whimsy Meet at Hello Holiday

  Custom Hello Holiday icon buttons. Photo by Hooton Images. Pinterest has become a grown-up girl’s playground. We spend our waking hours pining for and pinning the prettiest of pieces. We covet colors, prints, and patterns. In between checking email and browsing the web, dazzling shoes and glittering accessories continuously catch our eye. So we Read the Rest…

Favorite Trends of 2012

With the new year quickly approaching and all of the self-improving most of us will do to start fresh for the new year, I want to take a moment and reflect. Let’s strike up a conversation of what trends directly affected our personal style most in 2012. I’ve come up with my top three. Super Read the Rest…

Best of 2012: A Random Collection

First come the gift guides, then the year-end lists. It’s just the way the world works and I’m not here to upset the balance of the universe. Here are a few of my favorite things from 2012. It’s a random collection rather than a totally style-focused list to be sure, but these were the things Read the Rest…

Trend Loving : Wallet Hating

I lost myself in a black hole of selfish wants while scanning the Cyber Monday offerings at the beginning of this week. That is far from acceptable behavior for this time of year and if I kept this up I would undoubtedly be exiled from my home by my nine-year-old come the 24th of December. Read the Rest…

A Long-Lasting Gift Guide for Gentlemen

I have but one guiding principle when it comes to gift-giving: Give something that lasts. I hate the temporal. I am, perhaps, obsessed with the timeless. Why wait in a frigid line at 4 a.m. on Black Friday for $50 off the latest and greatest bit of technology when you can much more easily, and Read the Rest…

Upgrading Your Style Takes Time

I like to think that I’m somewhat stylish; I don’t even come close to our own Brandon Vogel, of course, but I’m improving my look all the time. I can admittedly still be lazy, and throw on t-shirts and jeans when just going out to the grocery store. I always see these pieces in GQ Read the Rest…

Summer to Fall

A full-on summer to fall transition is happening in the Omaha area. The days have significantly cooled down and the need to swap out your summer wardrobe for fall and winter wardrobe has come. However, if you are like me, there are a few staple pieces from the summer wardrobe I’m just not ready to Read the Rest…

In Praise of Tweed

As a person with a pair of degrees in the humanities, maybe I was predisposed to owning a tweed jacket. I got mine before a graduate school class in Boston one day. I wan’t really looking for one but I had some time to kill and there was the neighborhood vintage shop right there. In Read the Rest…

A Day Thrifting in Omaha

In a backwards sort of shopping event (you know the kind–you buy the shoes first and then find a dress to match them), I decided I wanted to share with you my favorite thrifting and vintage shops in Omaha as I looked for the dress to match the shoes. It just so happened that I Read the Rest…

Put On Your Boots

Of all the great things about dressing for fall–tweed, corduroy, wool socks, sweaters, denim jackets, waxed cotton–the best might be wearing boots. Once the temperature starts dropping below 80 degrees it will be about the only thing you’ll see me wearing for the next six months. There are no shortage of options for a great Read the Rest…

Ready for Fall: In 5, 4, 3, 2…

Lookbooks for Fall/Winter 2012 from all of my favorite clothing stores are filling up my inbox and hindering my ability to pick out an outfit every morning. I am fully and whole-heartedly inspired by all the new looks that 2012 F/W has to offer–I want to jump face first into layers upon layers of clothing Read the Rest…

Enough With the Flip-Flops

Winter in the Midwest can be a miserable thing. Sure, people will go on and on about how pretty it looks when it snows, and even I prefer my fall and winter wardrobe, but that moment that the weather warms up enough that I can first put on a pair of flip-flops? I love it. Read the Rest…

The Good Stuff

All of these items are either environmentally or culturally responsible. Basically, they are really good-looking, accessible, and do good things for the Earth and for the people that live here. The Silver Lining Necklace Jess LC is an independent jewelry company. The Soc Chic line donates 10% to a non-profit for each Soc Chic necklace Read the Rest…

Style vs. Space

It seems quite natural that our closets run parallel to the style of our living spaces (or the style we want in our living spaces). I tested this on myself to see if it’s true–pairing an outfit of my own with an interior space that I found and LOVED via pinterest. I followed the color Read the Rest…

The Everyman’s Blazer

I come from a small town. If it had a stoplight you could call it a one-stoplight town. It doesn’t. So I call it a one-sport coat town. Formal wear isn’t foremost on the minds of the farmers and ranchers where I grew up. There are only four real events–all held in churches–that require a Read the Rest…

Holidays & Cool Kids

The thing about Omaha is that it is truly a special little city. I cringe every time I hear anyone from larger cities refer to it as boring or hear them judge the city’s stature by the size of its downtown skyline. I can tell you right now that if you’re spending all of your time in downtown Read the Rest…

Sensible and Stylish Summer Ties

Everything’s supposed to be breezy this time of year. Summer vacation, summer movies, summer books, summer jamz–they all are born out of a cultural imperative to “kick-back” which puts some pressure on the tie-wearers among us in a season symbolized by the open collar. But there is a solution. The summer tie. Operating under the Read the Rest…

Working Through the Summer

Green blouse: Anne Klein via Marshall’s. White jeans: H&M. Gold flats: Michael Kors. Necklace: Francesca’s Collections. Bag: Aldo. My summer staples take up only a tiny piece of the wardrobe pie in my closet and mostly get swallowed up by the blazer collection that I have going. I have never been a great dresser in Read the Rest…

The Picture Show

We had the fortunate experience a few weeks ago to work with the fine couple who own and run Hooton Images on an editor-in-chief photo shoot. Inspired by a newspaper room from the 1940s (plus an outfit change into something a little brighter), we brought in some sassy attitude and old Hollywood glamour. We basically Read the Rest…

Romper Room

Yesterday was one of those days where the universe just threw a bunch of stuff I needed into my lap. Do you ever have those days?  They are the BEST; and as a result of this, I was able to piece together this outfit. It’s a weird and funny story: I found the ruffled shirt Read the Rest…