January 31, 2013

bright young things

The Bright Young Things, or Bright Young People, was a nickname given by the London tabloids in the 1920's to a group of young bohemian socialites . These Bright Young Things threw elaborate and fancy parties, went on elaborate treasure hunts through nighttime London, and drank heavily. They inspired a number of writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald.  A title most fitting for the way our modern generation now lives.
Decidedly so, we were most definitely born in the completely wrong decade. How can we not feel that way with all the inspiring aspects of the roaring 20's?  The distinctive culture, Bright Young Things, art-deco era, and most importantly the fashion. We love it all.
"The Great Gatsby" is one of our favorite stories from this time. It's truly timeless. We were inspired to use the elements of this time period and the whimsy and romance of  "The Great Gatsby" for our themed birthday bash. We had been pulling images weeks before the party that captured the time period at its best: hair, dress, Art-Deco inspired jewelry, carefree attitudes and we tied these pieces into an homage to this prohibition period. With the upcoming movie we were also inspired to use modern elements as an unique and whimsical update to the everlasting classic.  Who says you can't repeat the past?  We do it every day <3
 “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” 
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all images c/o tumlr.com and google+ image

January 30, 2013

Party Decos DIY

party garland

you will need:
fabric - canvas, muslin, chiffon, lace, etc

how to make:
Start by cutting a piece of twine to the length of your choice. This will be the base for the garland. Then, cut your fabrics in strips of various width and length.  The easiest thing is to cut a small slit at the end of your fabric and tear it all the way to the other end.  Take your strip of fabric and tie it to your piece of twine.  there is no method to which pieces should go where or how long the pieces of fabric should be.  Get creative!

paper puffs

you will need:
tissue paper- color of your choice

how to make:
Take your tissue paper {we used a whole pack per puff} and lay it out on a flat surface.  Take the shorter side and start to fold the tissue paper in an accordion style {"hamburger" fold}.  We found that wider folds work best, but you can certainly fold in any width.  After you are done folding, cut yourself a piece of twine.  You will be using the twine to hang as well, so make sure you leave it long enough so it will hang the way you want.  Tie the twine in the center of your folded tissue paper.  Take one end, and fan out the accordion folds.  Begin to pull the individual tissue pieces apart from each other.  Voila!

If you want to get creative, before you pull your tissue pieces apart, you can cut the ends to make a more interesting paper puff!

fox + gypsy

January 29, 2013

Speakeasy style

To capture the era of the twenties we knew we'd have to go all out with the decor. The party took place in two main rooms: our garage and our living room. The living room was decorated like a swanky lounge, complete with busts, champagne glasses galore, homemade poms and garlands and lush curtains. The garage was decorated with the men in mind: a cigar parlor with bourbon, whiskey and lots of gambling. We decorated the parlor with lots if canvas, rustic lace for garlands and vintage bottles.  Overall, it was a fantastic party with great friends.

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January 28, 2013

a very {gypsy} birthday

Today marks a quarter of a century of life for me, gypsy.  What better way to celebrate than in style and in one of my favorite time periods, the roaring twenties, with a Great Gatsby themed party.  We will be sharing all the fun and details from the party this week, but today, we celebrate another successful year of life.  24 was a fantastic year and I can't imagine that 25 will disappoint me in any way.  I got to travel so much with family and friends to some pretty rad places, I watched one of my best friends get married and my brother, I became an Aunt to three perfect munchkins, I started this blog with my partner in crime, and enjoyed every moment in between.  So today, for those friends and family and anyone else  reading, thank you for making 24 years one of the most epic thus far.  I love all of you wherever you may be.

Cheers to another happy year!

fox  + gypsy

January 25, 2013

A few of our favorite things

mother nature
real life super heroes
our fantastic household lighting 'crew'
craft nights
preparing for one epic themed party 

This weekend, we are hosting a Great Gatsby themed party.  We can't wait to share all the details of it next week.  Be sure to check it out!

Also, be sure to follow us on Pinterest and Instagram {@foxandgypsy} as we begin to prepare for 'St. Louisians do New York Fashion' week.  Help us decide, "to pack or not to pack?".. that is the question!


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January 24, 2013

the dish

Although neither of our teams made it to the Superbowl this year {St.Louis Rams & Chicago Bears}, we still can't wait to celebrate a day of American tradition. We loved the idea of personal pan pizzas but took it up a notch--Chicago-Style deep dish. However, we added some St. Louis touches.We live in the neighborhood "The Hill," which is nationally known for it's authentic Italian restaurants, markets and people. The pizza sauce we chose for this recipe is from "The Hill" and we recommend this area to all visitors. This recipe is simple and super quick, twenty minutes tops.

What you'll need:
crescent rolls
shredded cheese
pizza sauce
toppings of your choice
muffin tin

How to:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and grease the muffin pan. Shape the crescent roll pieces into cup of the tin. Use a tablespoon to spread the sauce in the crescent cup. Add your ingredients and top with cheese. Bake for 7-10 minutes and top off with some oregano.

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