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September 2011

Falling For Jewel Tones

September 12, 2011

Recently I was scrolling through the CFDA Fashion Awards photos--checking out all the designers and models celebrating achievements in the industry--and was floored when I saw this photo of Karolina Kurkova. I love the pop of color that the red shoes add to this jade jumpsuit. It has a throwback yet futuristic glamour it. It's made me thrilled and excited for the jewel tones of Fall.

Inspired, I've decided to incorporate more jade and red into my wardrobe this season. And the quickest way to do that is to put it on my face. After experimenting with different products, I've come up with a "how to" for any of you so too jewel-inclined:


This metallic green cat eye and exquisite red pout combination is bold way to revel in Fall beauty. To start, use your favorite complexion polisher, whichever works for you. There are so many liquids, pressed powders, mineral powders, etc. out there, I recommend just getting that face flawless!

Then swoop Chanel's Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Jade to the outer corners of your eyes.

Here are a few different shades to try. Starting from the top left:



  1. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip color in Excessive
  2. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense in 43 Moulin Rouge
  3. NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave
  4. NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Funny Face

I'm loving the bright cherry red lipstick from Chanel. It's long lasting and goes on smoothly. Makeup Forever makes some of my favorite products. They have a nice Aqua Liners and a great metallic blue green. If you have a hard time applying liquid, their pencils come in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. Their lipstick always holds up and you can wear it all day without having to reapply. NARS offers great lip color. To change it up a little try an orange red lipstick like Heat Wave, or to soften the look, try a pink like Funny Face.

This Makeup Forever lip pencil is amazing, in that it's colorless, and you can use it with any color lipstick. It acts as an invisible line around your lip to hold color in.

So, start playing. Have fun with it! I'd love to see what you come up with. And if you still need a little assistance or color-advice, you know where to find me...



September 12, 2011


In April we teamed up with Rachel Simmons and The Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) of Northampton through our "Fashion With Compassion" program. GLI offers camps and workshops designed to teach girls, educators, and parents the core practices of emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, and assertive self-expression. Five percent of our profits for the month went toward a scholarship fund.

In July, we teamed up again for a project the girls were working on called Operation Beautiful. The mission of Operation Beautiful is to end negative self-talk or, "Fat Talk" by anonymously placing sticky notes on mirrors. Caitlin Boyle, the founder and editor of the Operation Beautiful website started with the idea that even small acts of kindness invite a smile. Girls and women tend to tear themselves down in front of a mirror, disliking body parts and zoning in on the slightest imperfection. Armed simply with a pen and paper, Caitlin would post notes in public restrooms, take photos, and upload them to her site. Word spread and soon women and girls everywhere were inspired to pay forward the compliments, some even starting clubs at school.

We went up to the Smith College campus to talk to the young ladies in Rachel's summer program about how we strive to create a space where women feel comfortable in their clothes and confident in their bodies. Together we worked on our own version of the Operation Beautiful sticky notes to display in the store. The girls came up with the affirmations on paper they hand dyed. We all had a great time creating our individual color combinations.

These affirmations continue to grace our dressing rooms and compliment women. Thanks to the girls of GLI for helping Ode's customers feel deserving of beauty, love, and inspiration. We'll see you next year!


Artist Interview

K/LLER Collection

September 1, 2011

For Arts Night Out this September, we're excited to feature jewelry designers Katie deGuzman and Michael Miller of K/LLER COLLECTION.

We had the opportunity to ask them a few questions:

How did you get started?
We met in 2000 at Parson’s in NYC where we both majored in furniture design. After graduation we trailed each other in our careers throughout the jewelry industry and other sundry projects. In 2010 we had both left our jobs and decided to come together to create K/LLER COLLECTION. We did a pop-up shop in SoHo which sparked interest in other NYC boutiques and we’ve been going strong ever since!

What do you love about your job?
We love being able to work for ourselves, being in control of our destiny, doing what we love and working with our hands on a daily basis.

If you weren't doing this, you would be...
Kd: a private investigator or a dentist (same tools).
MM: I’d be digging up dinosaur bones.

What's your go-to "happy" song?
MM: “All My Friends” by LCD Soundsystem
Kd: “Home” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

What is your least favorite board game?
Kd and MM: RISK. It makes us cry and break out in rashes!

What super power would you choose?
Kd: Flying.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
We laugh to tears A LOT from finding dropped tomato slices in our handbag, broken airplane seats on redeye flights, falling asleep with pretzels in our mouth, and watching Katie fulfill her life time dream of meeting and hugging Carrot Top.

A photo that inspires you:

We are inspired by this image not just because we love vintage antlers and skulls, but also because the lines that are made by the antlers in the image, it really captures the essence of the current collection and the forms we are creating with the jewelry on the body.

Check out the collection at Ode!

Window Design


September 1, 2011


Be sure to check out the dreamcatchers in our window this month! We took a little inspiration from the neo-native prints that are so popular for fall. Dreamcatchers were originally crafted by the Ojibwa, or Chippewa people to protect their children from bad dreams. The idea was that you could hang a dreamcatcher over your bed while you sleep, and your bad dreams would become caught in the web and disappear with the sunrise.Whether you just think they're cool looking, or you suffer from night terrors, dreamcatchers are super fun and easy to make!

Here's what you'll need:

Flexible sticks or dried vines, hemp twine, leather cording (or you can substitute ribbon), beads, and feathers.

  1. First you'll need to collect some sticks or dried vines to make the hoop. Go for a walk in the woods! The fresher, greener sticks will work best. A lot of websites I looked at suggest red willow branches. I can't say I know much about finding red willow branches, but you can soak less flexible sticks in water to make them more pliable.
  2. Next you'll need to make the hoop. You can use just one stick to make a small dreamcatcher, or tie multiple ones together to make a bigger one. Bend the sticks into a circular shape and wrap the joints in twine to keep them together.
  3. To make the web, you use the same stitch all the way through. This site gives really good instructions and diagrams for stitching the web. As you're weaving the web you can also string on beads.
  4. Now you get to decorate the dreamcatcher. You can play around with this and do it in different ways. I used some wooden craft beads, leather cording and feathers from the craft store. Tie pieces of the leather cording (you can also use ribbon instead) to the bottom of the hoop and cut it however long you'd like it to hang. Then you can string some beads on the cord, and tie a knot to hold them in place. You can then stick feathers through the holes in the beads and tie a knot around the quills of the feathers to secure them in place. The idea behind this is that good dreams will be able to glide down through the feathers and into the dreamer's head.

Sweet dreams!