May 18, 2015

Studdly Designs, Our New Favorite Jewelry

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Have you noticed how awesome all of the graphics on the website and inserts for Little Miss Party in a Box have been? For the past few months, we have been lucky enough to have the help of the lovely Maggie Antalek, who just recently graduated from Northeastern University with a BFA in Graphic Design. In addition to being an incredibly talented graphic designer, at just 22 years old, Maggie is also the founder and designer of Studdly Designs, a Boston-based jewelry company that she started back in April of 2013.

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Maggie started out making jewelry while studying abroad in Florence, Italy in the spring of 2012.  The business has since evolved to include not only bracelets, but necklaces and earrings. Maggie uses genuine leather and certified gemstones for all of her bracelets and necklaces, and every piece is hand made.

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The amount of time and attention to detail that goes into each bracelet is truly impressive.  She will even create custom pieces for you! She recently created a custom cuff for our friend Ilana of Mommy Shorts, which she posted to her @pinkinnyc Instagram account!  How gorgeous is this bracelet?!

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I know Maggie from Northeastern, and I have been been obsessed with her jewelry from the start.  My Instagram feed is peppered with pics of me sporting my Studdly’s, and I wear something that Maggie has made almost every day.  Here are a few examples:

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I take them everywhere with me, London and Bonnaroo included:

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Here’s a shot of me wearing my favorite Studdly bracelet at a recent LMP party, taken by Raquel Langworthy:

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I happen to have two more bracelets coming my way right now, and I am a little giddy about it.

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If you don’t already, you should absolutely follow Studdly’s Instagram feed for gorgeous pictures of Maggie’s work.  Take a gander at her shop on Etsy to see what she has available right now. You can also email Maggie at studdlybracelets@gmail.com if you’d like to place a custom order!

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Get ready to be obsessed!

xx, Abby

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April 29, 2015

Styling Mother’s Day

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What is cuter then your children admiring your style and all that you do on a daily basis? Mother’s day is the perfect opportunity to get the little ones involved and we’ve got our little ones all dressed up in the cutest outfits. They are party-ready.
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With large, bright flowers, tissue decorations and all of the party supplies you need from our Little Miss Party Party in a Box – we are setting up a table ready for a celebration.
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We found the most adorable dresses for the girls to dress up in for the party from Florence Fancy. Since we took these photos the girls haven’t wanted to take these dresses off.
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Michelle and I always enjoy getting dressed up. We found fabulous outfits from CAbi being both stylish and comfortable. I paired a navy jumpsuit with a large necklace and a headband. While Michelle wore a classic black A-line skirt effortlessley.
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We are always looking for creative new ideas when it comes to gifting and recently received the most wonderful package from Northern Brewer. Their Master Vintner Small Batch Wine Starter Kit is perfect for a mom who loves wine. Well that’s US. And since we love almost anything that is DIY…making wine is a great new activity for us to try!
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We also discovered Northern Brewer’s Creamery in a Box Starter Kit which also makes a great gift for the foodie or entertaining mom. She can set up shop in the kitchen and handcraft her own homemade hard and soft cheeses like Farmhouse Cheddar, Feta, Cottage Cheese and Queso Fresco. Um….Cool + Yum!
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March 24, 2015

Jewelry that gives back

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It’s no secret that we love to entertain. We’ve even managed to build a pretty successful business doing so. And being a successful woman owned and operated business is something that is very close to our hearts. Meet 31 Bits – A jewelry company whose mission is to empower people to rise above poverty. All of their products are handmade by women in Uganda, whom they buy from at fair prices while remaining intimately involved in helping them build better lives. 31 Bits was founded in 2008 by five college friends, and has grown from empowering 6 Ugandan women to over 170. Pretty impressive stats and an even more impressive story. They have received international recognition and press, including Martha Stewart Living, Fox News, CNN, The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, Harpers Bazaar, People Style Watch and more. When they came to us to help them showcase their new 2015 Classics Collection, we were honored.
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Today we are wearing “The Entertainer” necklace which is perfect for us.  We love to play hostess, while remaining the life of the party and are always dressed to the nines.
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It’s shocking to think these necklaces are all made from recycled paper – gorgeous!Being able to buy a great product while helping people in the process is a amazingly simple yet noble concept which more companies should employ.
Thank you 31 bits for including us in your campaign.

 

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  1. Marissa

    Good on you for supporting such an awesome initiative!!

  2. Marissa

    Good on you for supporting such an awesome initiative!!

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February 4, 2015

“Playdating” in New York City

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When we are young, it kind of feels like life is a fairy tale. That’s certainly how you will feel after looking at these photos of Gavin and Mazzy…
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Gavin and Mazzy who have been friends for almost half their lives now, went out on a little play “date” after school to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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Little kids in the big city can sometimes be a bit challenging. Fast cars, icy snow, constant stimulation! These two know how rock it though and they had a blast. They spent a solid 2 hours laughing. At one point they said “let’s run ahead of the grown ups” so we can be in charge. They were doing everything in their power for some freedom in the most innocent way.
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Growing up I had a boy “friend” who I pretended to marry. I cannot imagine having photos that documented our child hood like this. Looking back at them now would be so fascinating. Gavin and Mazzy’s date was captured by lifestyle photographer Dave Robbins. Dave’s photos document their date telling the story exactly as it happened.
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The kids began their after school play “date” at an adorable little flower shop called Very Special Flowers which can be found on 10th street in the West Village. Gavin and I arrived a little early and chose a few pretty pink flowers to surprise Mazzy with. They were giggly and gitty when they first saw each other.
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We carried on for a “mocktail” at Jeffrey’s Grocery. The kids said cheers and gabbed it up for a few minutes. They felt VERY independent sitting at their own table!
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Moving forward they hit up Magnolia Bakery. Cupcakes before dinner? Why not! We’re celebrating Valentine’s day. Let’s be spontaneous and romantic!
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Before we could even tell him to do so…Gavin was opening the door for his little lady like a perfect gentleman.
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Together they chose their flavors…
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Waited patiently for their cupcakes…
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And threw them back with great delight!
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I think that it is darling to see these two share their youth as such close friends. You never know what the future holds but no matter what that may be, these two will forever have these memories.
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To see more on Gavin & Mazzy’s date including all of the details for their adorable outfits from Gymboree click over to Mommy Shorts.
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January 29, 2015

Chic, Stylish and Comfortable clothing from Heucy

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People are always asking us “how do you do it all”? Moms, business, managing the home and keeping our relationships with our hubbies and friendships so strong. It’s a good question! It’s not easy. But somehow we find a way to keep it all together. While our days are filled with a mix of sitting at our computers and running around like chickens without a head on…it’s really important for us to always be dressed as comfortably as possible.
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Boy has this changed from our days in the corporate world. I used to put on a dress, high waisted skirt or black riding pants with a 5 to 7″ high heel and walk on over to the office feeling confident and powerful. Now, I’m lucky if I get a slab of eye liner on my face and a pair of matching socks on my feet. I miss those super stylish days and that’s why I was pretty elated when I recently found out about Heucy.
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A friend introduced us to the owner of this line of super comfortable and very stylish women’s wear. With classic black dresses and jumpsuits in solid colors as well as soft prints the line is chic, sustainable and versatile. Perfect for the working mom who wants to feel and look good when walking out the door.
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Michelle and I put on our new classic ditties to set up for Valentine’s Day. Hanging tissue fans, styling our new favorite gold brushed balloons from One Stylish Party and drinking coffee…we couldn’t have been happier.
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See the Heucy blog for their write up on our new outfits and our Little Miss Valentine’s Day Party in a Box!heucy5

All photos above where taken by Raquel Langworthy of Raquel Bianca Creative.

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