August 16, 2017

Planning a Party with Paperless Post

We LOVE Planning Parties. From the invites
all the way down to the decorating, we love
everything about it. This month, every Wednesday
we are going to be sharing the process of our
party planning for an event we have coming up
in September.

So where do we start?
 The invites of course!

Some people can find invitations to be a hassle.
 But honestly who can blame them? Finding the perfect one,
or having to design one cause you can't find one.
Then having to get them printed, stuff envelopes,
stamp and mail them. We get it. 

Personally, we LOVE designing invitations.
We always do our own, but not having to
get them printed and address every envelope,
then the risk of one getting lost in the mail?
That's why we always use Paperless Post.

It's ECO-Friendly (huge bonus!),
completely customizable, offering your invitations
a super personal and unique look,
and you don't have to worry about 
getting out your black book to hand-write
all the addresses. And huge bonus,
you can do it ALL from your desk, with coffee!
No post office lines (yay!)
Design, upload, send!

We love using Illustrator to creat
fun invitations for our events and parties!

I mean seriously, sprinkle lined envelopes?!

Be sure to check out Paperless Post for your
next big party, and stay tuned each Wednesday
for the progress of our planning!

Happy Planning!

fox + gypsy

August 15, 2017

Tunesday; Imagine

John Lennon's anthem for world peace
Imagine, seemed to be appropriate for this week's 
Tunesday. Listening and relating to it now, when it was
written in a time of social wreckage, seems almost
inconceivable and just downright heartbreaking.
But let us not forget,

"Peace is not something you wishe for;
It's something you make, something you do,
something you are,
and something you give away."

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
and the world will be as one.
-John Lennon

all images via google image

Happy Tunesday

fox + gypsy

August 11, 2017

Flair Fever; Our Favorite Pin Shops

It's official; we've caught the Flair Fever!
And it's highly contagious. We just can't get 
enough of all the cute pins out there!
Stop the Madness...but also don't because
we love all of them. We thought we'd 
spread the fever and share our favorite
pin shops with all of you!

1. Hipster Pins

Hipster pins is a Boss Babe run company based in San Francisco,
California. Their pins are creatively designed and curated
to suit just about any interest. Our favorite is by far
the Unicorn Cupcake...WITH SPRINKLES!
Take all of our money now!

Check them out on Instagram!

2.  Luella

Female owned business based out of Austin, TX. 
Spreading female empowerment across the world.
Proud members of the Big Booty Club! 

Check them out on instagram!

3. WildFang

Live the Wild Life with WildFang flair. These
pins are designed by a team of 8 BA women in
Portland, OR, and range from Golden Girls to
this amazing La Croix pin. 

check them out on instagram!

4. Little Arrow

Little Arrow Studio is maybe the most magical
of pin shops with a mix of quirky. You can find
anything from unicorns, to rainbows, to girl gang pins!

Check them out on instagram!

5. Creature Type

We are lucky to have lots of amazing local Indie Artists,
and one of our favorites is Michelle Volansky of Creature Type.
She is also the creator of the Amazing Boss Babes
Coloring book, and still holds the number one
cat spot on our jackets. It's just our favorite!

Check her out on instagram!

6. Daily Disco

Another favorite local artist of ours is Abbeym
owner and creator of Daily Disco.
Her pins are just FUN. We are particularly
fond of her Rose glitter pin.
Rose all day forever!

Check her out on instagram!

7. Shop Golden Gems

And last, but absolutely never least, the lovely ladies
of Shop Golden Gems. Simply put, they make
cool shit, and we love it all. Our absolute must have? 
The Diver Girl!

Check them out on instagram!

Happy Pinning!

fox  + gypsy

August 9, 2017

healthy mac & cheese

We're not health nuts, we swear, but who doesn't love 
a good substitute recipe to relieve the guilt
of over indulgence? We certainly won't pass on that!

Today's guiltless recipe: Mac & Cheese!
as seen on A Pinch of Yum
We were a little skeptical when we heard
"healthy mac & cheese". Not possibly we said,
but we were wrong! It's as good as the real thing,
if not, better! 

You will need:

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni - 
  •  you  can use whole wheat, gluten free... any will work!
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 butternut squash about 4-5 cups cubed
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup milk - We used Cashew Milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup shredded cheese-any kind 
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

To Make:
as seen on A Pinch of Yum!

1.    Cook the macaroni according to package directions. 
Drain and set aside. Heat the butter in a large skillet over
 medium low heat. Cut the onion into thin rings and add to
 the butter in the pan, sauteing over low heat until fragrant
 and golden, about 20 minutes.

2.    Meanwhile, remove the skin and the seeds 
from the squash. Cut the flesh into small cubes. Bring the
 broth to a boil and add the squash. Cook for 5-7 minutes or 
until fork tender. Drain, reserving ½ cup broth, and transfer squash
 to the blender. Add the onions, milk, salt, and reserved broth
 and puree until completely smooth and creamy. This should yield about 4 cups sauce.

3.    Pour the pureed sauce over the cooked noodles and add the
 shredded cheese. Stir to melt the cheese; add water or milk to
 adjust consistency as needed. Serve with parsley, salt, and pepper to taste.

Enjoy Guiltlessly!

fox + gypsy

August 8, 2017

Tunesday; The Revivalists

Best known for their hit single; Wish I Knew You,
The Revivalists have been one of our favorite
soulful rock bands since we first heard their single
Soulfight back in 2015 (link to post).
 Their unique sound immediately gained our interest, 
and we found ourselves completely obsessed.
 The 7-piece New Orleans root band
is making their way to St. Louis this September,
but we are excited to be catching them at 
Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin Tennessee!

Happy Tunesday!

fox + gypsy

August 2, 2017

Golden Gems

Like cool shit?

 So do sisters Amanda and Susan,
badass boss babes of one of our favorite local shops
Golden GemS.  We are absolutely
OBSESSED with their killer pins and skull planter.

We are super excited for these ladies
to be celebrating their first birthday of business 
month. We got to chat with the brilliant minds behind
the Etsy shop and pick their brains about all
their successes and inspirations!
Check it out below!

And don't forget to stop by the party
this Friday August 4 from 7-11pm!

­­ F+G: We LOVE your shop. Can you tell us more about how 
you developed the concept for your shop?

GG: The idea when we started was to make cool shit and take no shit.
We want to make things that make people feel like the badass that they are and
we want people to feel empowered.

F+G:  How did you decide to get started in this business together?

GG:  We’re sisters and since we were little we’ve been making things.
 Creativity runs in our blood. So for years we’ve been talking about starting
a business together.  We both had started our own brands with moderate success.
Then a year ago we decided it was time we joined forces and it’s just more
 fun to be in it together! We really are amazed and so grateful everyday for all of the
support we get from people! 

F+G: Do you both come up with the designs for the shop?

Yes! Everything we come up with is a merging of our individual aesthetics
 and every item is born out of an honest collaboration. We both come up with
ideas and then go back and forth about how to perfect each one. 

F+G: How often do you come up with new designs?

GG: We are both constantly coming up with things. But we each come
 up with the best stuff when there is a looming deadline.  So pop ups,
 markets, shows, and parties are a great kick in the ass to bust our new
 products and designs. 

F+G: What is your most popular item?

GG: It’s hard to pinpoint a single item.  Online it’s a tie between our black
 give em hell banner, the diver girl pin, and the bastards key tag.  Whenever
 we do local pop ups though, the STL banner and the neighborhoods
of St. Louis prints do the best.

F+G: Where do you get inspiration for your designs?

GG: Inspiration comes from all around.  There’s definitely some
everyday moments that inspire particular products.  Like our pocket knife that says
“don’t call me baby”, that is taken straight from a time I was walking through a
Goodwill and a man stopped me to say “hey baby can I call you sometime?
”  Umm hell no!!  But we can be inspired in an old antique shop in small
 town Illinois, walking down Cherokee street, or looking through our favorite
blogs and instagrams.  We get inspired to ‘give em hell’ from women who do just that!
Whether it’s real life badasses like Elizabeth Warren and Beyonce or some of our
favorite badass characters like Jo March and Rory Gilmore, inspiration is all over! 

F+ G: What is your favorite part about owning a small business in St. Louis?

We love the local community here! All of the local makers and store
owners are so awesome and supportive. Everyone is always willing to go
out of their way to be helpful. We feel like St. Louis is such a great place for makers
and artists, we have such a great support system.

F+G: Do you have any plans in the future to add more to your shop?

GG: Of course! We’re always adding new things. We hope to do some
collaborations with some other local makers in the near future!

F+G: Where do you see your business in five years?

GG: We hope to be doing this full time! Right now we both have full time jobs
so we do this on the side.  We’d also love have our own brick and mortar space!

F+G: What are some of your favorite shops in St. Louis?
GG: May’s Place, Urban Matter, Flowers and Weeds, Living Collective,
R.Ege Antiques, Future Ancestor, Mesa Home, there’s so many!

F+G: You two both have great style! Where do you get some of your
 fashion inspiration from?

GG: Thank you! We draw from a lot from vintage icons.  Some of our
 favorites are Debbie Harry and Madonna in the 80’s. They were such badasses.
  But we also love the vintage bombshell style of Marilyn Monroe.
Then some days we’re into menswear and minimalism like Patti Smith.
We love to mix and match different era’s and styles with new pieces.  

See you Friday, and 
Happy Birthday Golden Gems!

fox + gypsy

August 1, 2017

Tunesday; CAAMP

We are suckers for a good band that incorporates 
a Banjo. If you are too, you must give CAAMP 
a listen. The childhood friends Evan and Taylor
are the power duo behind the band's authentic sound
and lyrics.

all images via Google Image

Happy Tunesday!

fox + gypsy