Birdie's Adventures

Nordstrom Fragrance Festival Rules

Last Friday, my good friend Mitzi invited me to the Nordstrom Spring Fragrance Festival.  It’s an amazing event – she promised me – with bubbles and snacks and all your favorite scents.  You try, and buy, and usually get a big bag of samples while you’re there.  Of course, it sounded like an interesting event and I had a couple scents in mind that I wanted to try, so I dolled up and hit the town.

What I Wore: Dolce Vita from Moxsie

I found out that there are a few rules when attending this event that one might follow if one is so inclined… Actually, we made these rules up for giggles (why so serious!?).

Fragrance Festival Rule One – you pay $25 to be there.  Therefore, we decided it’s equitable to drink at least 5 drinks and taste every snack that comes around to break even – even the rhubarb pastries.  (I don’t generally eat rhubarb, but these were pretty good.)  By the end of the night you’ll be having a hilarious time with the lady you met in the bathroom who totally just bought the Dior scent you’re wearing.  Or you could just purchase a yummy new scent and get your money back on the purchase!  Everybody wins.

Fragrance Festival Rule Two – Make best friends with the ultra stylish, very awesome guy who’s working the Chanel table – he has the hook up.  While they have the best scents, they don’t always offer gifts with purchase.  But because your Chanel guy is a sweetie, he may slip a trial size Chanel Rouge Coco lip color in Mademoiselle into your shopping bag if you pick up a bottle of No 5.  This is my new favorite lip color.  OH and did you know that the French government reports that a bottle of Chanel No 5 is sold every thirty seconds and generates sales of $100 million a year?  Also, he might let you set your bags down while you go retrieve another drink from the bar.

Fragrance Festival Rule Three – Are you a blogger?  Did you bring your camera?  Leave it in your bag.  I took ONE lousy photo.  LOUSY.  The lighting is no good… But the film grain on the Chanel bottles looks romantic, right? Trust me, don’t even try.  However, do carry cards because there are a million billion interesting people to talk to.  Also, you’re more interesting when you’ve got a drink in hand, right?  You know the bar is free?  (And it’s nice to discreetly tip your bartender).

Chanel at Nordstrom Fragrance Festival

I made this photo extra small so you couldn’t see the horrible lighting/graininess of the photo.

Fragrance Festival Rule Four – Try and buy.  But try it on a card… or spritzed in the air or… anywhere not on your bod. Trust me, if I had let them actually spritz me I might have hurled after about 10 minutes.  There’s a LOT of fragrance in that little room and you don’t want to spray something on you that might turn sour in an hour.  Oh, and if you think you like it?  Just put it in your bag (along with all the samples and free gifts).  You can sort it out later when you’re a little buzzed and trying to add up just how much cash that bag of pretty bottles is going to cost.

Fragrance Festival Rule Four… The Sequel – The one thing you DO want is that bag with the Donna Karan Cashmere deodorant in it because it’s hot, and you’ve been drinking, and I felt the need for an emergency application about halfway through the night.  I know nobody will notice, because you’re in a room full of perfume, but peace of mind is priceless.

Fragrance Festival Rule Five – Bartering… that might work?  Maybe if I retrieve a drink from the bar for this nice lady standing next to the Gucci table….

Rule Six – You’re never going to be able to use all the little samples you got, so share them with your friends!  Mitzi hands them out at parties (and I’m in the process of giving a bunch away).  Sending out gifts?  Great addition if you know someone’s signature scent.

So, tell me – whats your favorite scent?

What I Wore: A Nod to the 90′s

Friday was party-night; we celebrated Jess Estrada’s birthday at Hollyhood!  I was under the weather most of last week (hence the lack of posts), but it sounded like too much fun to miss out on.  I was waiting till the very last minute to pick something to wear, when I remembered this little frock the Clothes Horse sent over when she was cleaning out her closet!  It was the perfect party dress ….

what I wore: a nod to the 90's

Why yes – I am wearing a frilly dress with black tights and my Doc Marten Darcies!  I seriously wear these boots all the time.  They gave this dress a 90′s grunge rock, babydoll-dress-with-boots-vibe.  I was going to be taking photos – I wanted stability in my shoes.

The dress itself is interesting.  It’s three different textures in the same color – which I’m a big fan of.  The mesh top is so subtle, that accessorising was an interesting feat and I didn’t want to cut into that subtlety too much.  I opted for hair bling, pairing feathers and bold glitter in a light gray that almost matched.  I just happened to forget I was sporting that spoon necklace.

what I wore: a nod to the 90s

This is the point where I lament the fact that I didn’t have a tough moto-jacket to toss over the top.  I went with a long gray cardigan and Mister told me I looked like something out of Clueless.  Like, Woah. I attempted to wear a cute little blazer with studded epaulettes (for lack of a better description) but Mister told me I probably shouldn’t leave the house looking like I did.  Unfortunately, no photos of the entire outfit.  It was warm in the club that night, and I had to bribe a pretty lady to snap my photo.

what I wore: a  nod to the 90's

I admired all the party girls out that night in their cutest club outfits.  Pictured here, Birdie Royale in a striped bustier and gray pencil skirt, and Katie Marie in an amazing animal print number.  Me-yow!

I wore:

  • Rodarte for Target Blue lace dress
  • Doc Marten Darcie boots
  • Black sweater tights from Sockdreams
  • Spoon necklace found on Etsy
  • Sparkly feather headband from CharlotteRusse
  • Not Pictured: Gray cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft, Asymmetric coat from Allsaints

It was fun and hilarity.  And champagne and cupcakes.  My favorite kind of party.  If you were there, you can check out the photos on the Bonne Vie Facebook page!  Give us a like, little kittens!

Rain Rain, Go Away…

Salt Girl by SherrisInk on FlickrI must have like 800-million rain posts on my blog – because in the Emerald City, the rain just doesn’t stop.  Well… it doesn’t stop until at least Memorial Day.

It’s raining out now and I’m contemplating a run to the market in the horrible downpour we’re having right now.  And while I contemplate I’m looking at a few items that would make my rainy day a little less wet, and a lot more fabulous.  For example, since I find it almost impossible to find a suitably cute raincoat right about now…

Purple Trim Bubble Umbrella on Amazon

Purple Trim Bubble Umbrella on Amazon

I’m in love with that purple magenta color right now and how fun would the bubble be for our torrential downpours?

Or this:

Bella Umbrella Black and White Pinwheel Pagoda Parasol

Bella Umbrella Black and White Pinwheel Pagoda Parasol

You know you would be the belle of the ball toting around this pretty parasol on a rainy day.  FUN!

Until I’ve got a little extra money saved, though, I’ll be trodding around in my winter coat and oversized ugly rain boots.  But a girl can dream of splashing through puddles in some delectable rain gear, right?

Improve Your Workspace

Organization! Found on Vintagemint.comThis little bird’s nest is in the middle of some heavy duty spring cleaning!  You may have noticed the blog page changed (after it… broke… mysteriously last week), and is now more open.  I’ve also been working on improving my work areas – keeping junk off my desk, working out better ways to efficiently store things in my office.  I’m in the middle of cleaning out closets, I found a new way to organize my container garden.  I’ve been busy purchasing a few items here and there to try to keep all my stuff organized…

Last year I took on a couple new projects – Totally Blown Glassworks, Recycled LOOT! and Bird & Belle to name a few.  The work load was agreeable, but these projects required space.  I needed a worktable to set up my sewing machine, I needed a space for my light box, I had to have somewhere to store the catalogue items pre- and post- photo.  I needed a place to stack photographed items.

I made do as I could – things I didn’t need right away were shoved in the closet, trays of suncatchers were stacked in the corner.  I took in a bust form to take photos of the pieces for LOOT.  All the Bird & Belle goodies were stacked in bags under my worktable.  All of the sudden my workspace had grown out of control.  I had knit goods to store, I had craft bins out that I couldn’t put back in the closet because I couldn’t get to the closet.  It seemed like almost overnight, our office space became unusable.  There were shoe boxes spilling out of the closet, and bins pulled out with old paperwork piled on top.

So one day, after not being able to find the bin that stored my pliers, I decided we REALLY needed to do something about our workspace.  We zipped down to IKEA, picked up a shelving system and a couple bins, and got to work.

How we improved our work area in almost 5 steps:

  1. Sort everything out!  We realized that we had piles of this, mixed in with piles of that.  Important paperwork was mixed in with crap that comes in the mail.  We sorted out all the junk from the good stuff, and started a recycle bin.  Anything that looked important went into a pile to sort through a second time…
  2. Once everything’s sorted, decide if it’s important to keep.  Do we really need all the light bills for the past year?  Probably not – I kept the most recent copy that said our bill was up to date, and shredded the rest.  I went through the sorted piles and did this same thing.  Credit card statements from closed accounts?  As long as I have the account closed/paid in full sheet, I really don’t need to keep the statements.  I pared down 2 divider boxes of “semi important paperwork” into one.  That left one box free for other stuff – like my sewing kit!
  3. Stackable bins, shelf storage systems, tupperwares, etc – these are great for organizing small stuff that you use regularly!  We got a GORM storage system from IKEA – we can stain or paint the pine shelving to match the furniture in the room we’re storing it in.  We also got some of their folding media boxes because when you’re not using them, they fold right up!  They also look nice, if you’re going to have company over, or use the room for anything but work.  Clear tackle boxes are great for storing miscellaneous nails, craft tools and other small items.  The cables we decided to keep (ethernet cables, cable wire) went in a small clear tupperware bin.  All our paint supplies went in another small clear tupperware bin.  Everything was stored on a closet shelf, or on the shelving unit if it needed to be easily accessible.   If the boxes you use aren’t clear, an index card taped to the outside will give you a good idea of what’s in it.
  4. Create a system.  In our space, it’s best if I can see all the glass goods so that I don’t have to dig through a box to ship out a candle holder.  We created tall shelves for the suncatcher trays, and some not-so-tall shelves for single items.  All the glass sits on one set of shelves, craft goods were on another shelf, shipping supplies were on another shelf.  All the glass that hasn’t been photographed is marked, and has its own shelf.  Bird & Belle items, got a tall clear tupperware for storage.  Everything got labelled so it was easy to find.
  5. Maximize your large work areas.  My sewing machine sits next to our shelving unit, when it’s not on my worktable, so that I have my worktable if I need to cut patterns, box up items, or set up the lightbox.  The only necessity I need on that table is a good desk lamp – nothing else is stored there.
  6. Toss anything that isn’t necessary to keep – optional.  I know some people are stackers, and some people are tossers (haha) – and by that I mean, there are people who keep things, because they have some sentimental value, and there are people who say “this isn’t useful” and throw all the non-essentials out.  I’m somewhere in between – but generally if it’s not a photo and not SUPER essential, I don’t need it.  That’s not to say I throw everything out; I have a couple small trinkets like a little Eiffel tower statuette on my dresser.  BUT!  Any books we’d already read that didn’t have some sentimental value went in a box to be taken and sold or traded.  Old textbooks were re-sold.  Clutter was eradicated and the room felt much more open.

We created space, created a system, used creative storage bins, and made sure everything was organized. It was really just that simple.  We only spent about $70 at IKEA and have an organized system where we’re able to use our office again.  Next giant organization project?  My closet.  DUNN DUNN DUNNNNN!  It will be exciting.  I will tell you all about it when it happens.


What I Wore: Petite Francophile

I recently re-enrolled in French classes – it’s been a long time since I’ve studied the language, but it’s a labor of love and I feel the need to refresh my brain a little on the finer points of French conjugation.  To wash away my nerves, I decided to don a plucky little outfit and sip some café au lait while perusing my brand new textbook.

Luckily it was sunny and warm; perfect for cute little skirts, still paired with knee-high boots.  This outfit seems so fall-like, but since spring in the Emerald City is so much like fall (and winter for that matter), I figured I’d be fine just this once.

what I wore

I definitely felt a little “Francophone” in my knit beret and striped top.  Oh, hello!  Do not mind the mess, or little G’s dog bed in the background.  As for my outfit, I jazzed it up with my red Fluevog boots, and this crazy beaded granny-necklace.  The great part is all the red matched the lining of my blazer.

what I wore2

what I wore3

The color combo felt a little strange when I originally pulled it out, but with a few finishing touches, I think it came together well.

What I wore:

  • Striped sweater top: Banana Republic
  • Gray tank: J Crew
  • Gray skirt: Papaya
  • Black knee socks: Sockdreams
  • Red embroidered leather boots: Fluevog
  • Denim blazer: Thrifted
  • Red beaded necklace: Vintage – from Mr.’s Granny
  • Blue crochet beret: Bird & Belle (AKA: Made by Me!)

The weather held, and class was great!  I was a little nervous, but my nerves were swept under the rug toute de suite. It turns out I’d actually forgotten less than I originally thought!

Unfortunately, the weather was not as kind, and the very next day was rainy and gray.  I stashed my little skirt away for the moment – until the sun comes back out and the rain goes away.


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