Gift Guide for Your Guy: The Designer

As a designer I know buying gifts for a designer can be tricky sometimes. Designers, by trade are connoisseurs of the art, music, fashion and culture around them. We continually test the new gadgets, trends and equipment, finding exactly what we like and what works for us. So knowing what your designer uses can be key to buying them gifts they’ll enjoy and use this holiday season.
For example, I am in constant need of liner brushes, bottles of ink, Micron pens of all sizes, fine art papers, sketchbooks, and more. If you know what your designer guy uses on a daily basis, it makes for some cheap and easy gifts.
1. Specific Supplies (Nearest Art Supply Store) [$2-$20]
Remember that designers always need inspiration so magazine subscriptions, art books, design books and art prints are always good purchases. Here’s a selection of gifts that will inspire your designer guy.
Subscription to:
Design Books:
Artist’s Books:
Prints:

DIY Post: Festive Backdrop

It’s the holiday season- There are a million celebrations happening- maybe you’re even hosting an event of your own? Here’s a simple, cheap and festive way to decorate and give a little extra whimsy to any event. This backdrop texture also works WONDERS for photos. We chose bright colors for this DIY for the ease of visual instruction, but we’ve previously used all white tissue paper and this same technique for occasions and the positive feedback hasn’t stopped yet!

Step 1: Fold 3 sheets of tissue paper in 1/2, long ways (crease at the top).

Step 2: Fold the tissue paper in 1/2  and then in 1/2 once again, and cut the left and right bottom corners off of your tissue paper to form a point at the bottom.

Step 3: Fringe the bottom of your tissue paper, about 1/2 way up.

Step 4: Unfold back to the form you made in Step 1

Step 5: Seperate the top layer from the back layer and stagger to make the appearance of 2 layers. Then crease to this form.

Step 6: Tape these sections to your wall or location of choice working your way from bottom to top. Make sure to tape on the top crease and from the crease inside as well. The interior tape holds the multiple sheets of tissue paper in place.

 

That’s it. Really. It’s that simple. Try it out, let us know how it works for you and if you’re super inspired, send us a photo!

Happy Handmade Holidays!

Fashion Post: Holiday 2012 Video

Meet Chanelle – one of our most cheerful and contagiously happy models- We couldn’t have picked a better model fit for this short video! These Jeffrey Campbell boots also turned out to be contagious… so dreamy. Did we make that fake snow our selves, you ask?? Of course we did- the pinecones and present wrapping too!

Anyways, what we’re trying to say is we hope this clip brings cheer and inspiration to your holiday season!

 

Libby Story Holiday 2012 Promo from Libby Story on Vimeo.

Music Post: Bye Bye Birdy

                            Jennica of Bye Bye Birdy – styled in Libby Story -  Photo Credit: Joe Gall

Many of you may have seen our “Traveling Soles” commercials recently, or seen or newest videos here on our blog or on our Vimeo account- if you have, then you’ve already been introduced to the melodic and catchy music of Bye Bye Birdy. We were totally enthralled when we heard her song “All The Things”. This Michigan native’s got gyspy soul, and we like it! If you haven’t heard her yet, hold on to your seats– you’re in for a treat.

Click here for a listen:

“All The Things” by Bye Bye Birdy

Want more? No problem.  Here’s a first hand interview with Jennica- the super cool lady behind it all:

How and when did Bye Bye Birdy come to be and where did the name come from?

Bye Bye Birdy’s first show was in March of 2011. I always wrote acoustic songs on the side from whatever full band I was in, but did not take it seriously until after I had my son, Aubin. When he was born I would always play and sing for him. He inspired me to keep writing music and doing what I love. The name is a metaphor of basically freeing a caged bird. Or freeing whatever is inside you. I think everyone should always do what they’re passionate about no matter how tough life gets. Being creative & expressing your inner most thoughts are so therapeutic. There is also the musical “bye bye birdie” which I did not intend to name the project after.

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing music?

I find inspiration in so many different ways. Obviously through my own hardships & life experiences, but I also tend to find myself being extra inspired by other people’s situations… I think stranger’s stories intrigue me so much, that I tend to put myself in their shoes and think “how would I feel if I were in their situation?” Plus not actually going through what they went through gives my imagination a wide open slate to feel & even grieve what they may have grieved.

Do any of you do any other kinds of art?

Not really. Music is my main thing. I do however, play in another band called The Scenery.

Do you ever get your own songs stuck in your head? (They’re sure stuck in ours!) If not, what song can you currently not help but hum?

haha! Yes definitely. I have one particular song called “grain of salt” that I will be recording super soon. It will be my first full band recording for Bye Bye Birdy. Otherwise… Rivers & Roads by The Head & The Heart has been stuck in my head for awhile now.

Where are you hoping to be in five years?

5 years! thats so far away! haha Honestly, my only hopes are to have a happy family. I play music because I love it & feel it so much, but I’m not doing it to make a ton of money or become crazy famous. I feel like once you set that as your goal… you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.  Its like anticipating the world’s best cupcake and then getting it… & having it taste like a hostess. The music industry is a rough industry to try and wrap your fingers around. I can only play the music  I play because I absolutely love it and feel it and believe in it… & if anything more comes of it, I will accept it with open arms… and with that being said… logically I should have a full record out by then & hopefully a small tour as well.

You  are obviously immensely talented when it comes to music, but do any of you have any hidden talents? (Breathing fire, lion tamer, mind reader, etc.)

Yes. I restore antique airplane engines……. totally not true but that would be SO awesome! I actually danced my whole life… and taught dance at various high schools here in Michigan. Its my second passion next to music… yet they go hand in hand. A dream of mine, has been to write a dance song and then choreograph a routine to it and see it all come together. Maybe on the next next record.??

Lastly, any words of wisdom you can share with other creatives?

Don’t try too hard. And don’t be too hard on yourself. Sometimes the best creations just occur when you let yourself completely free of any expectations anyone could possibly have of you… and you just…. let it out.

 

Wish this interview was still going? Learn more and keep up with Jennica HERE

DIY Post: Free People shop-in-shop

If you haven’t been into our Ridgeland location recently, now is the time to do it! We just wrapped up our renovation of the front portion of our store, which has now morphed into a Free People shop-in-shop (meaning a full space devoted solely to the FP brand)! And, it’s pretty dreamy if we do say so ourselves. What’s even better than that?? Come in tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 6th) and receive 20% off all Free People in celebration of National Fashion’s Night Out!