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What I’m Wearing to the Holiday Party

November 14, 2011

What I’m Wearing to the Holiday Party

One of the most highly anticipated makeup collaborations is dropping at the end of this month. Gareth Pugh's wildly dark and futuristic cosmetic collection will be available at MAC counters November 23rd and internationally in December. Pugh, an English designer, has been hailed for his "architectural genius" and as the "latest addition to a long tradition of fashion-as-performance-art that stretches back through Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Vivienne Westwood to the eighties club culture of Leigh Bowery." Impressive, considering the designer is just 31 years old. Since his runway debut in 2006, Pugh has experimented with radical shapes in a monochromatic palette which has amassed his brand a cult-like following.

Like his fashion label, the makeup comes in sleek, black geometric compacts. Lip shades range from grayed nude, to blackened berry, and lavender grey. Shadows come in a frosted gunmetal and a frosted burgundy. Limited-edition face powders will be available in translucent beige and a mid-toned nude. Nail varnishes include grayed nude, a grey with blue violet reflective pearl, and a deep blue with violet pearl--all are sure to be fast sellers. I'm beginning to find that nail polish is the new lipstick. As interesting manicures are becoming more popular.

I'm not sure how I am going to incorporate the sharp angular false eyelashes into a "look" for everyday,  perhaps a special occasion party (Ode Arts Night Out December?) but they are definitely on my list of "must-haves."

Stay tuned for more Holiday beauty ideas!

What I’m Wearing to the Holiday Party
What I’m Wearing to the Holiday Party
What I’m Wearing to the Holiday Party
What I’m Wearing to the Holiday Party

Artist Interview

Saskia Larraz

November 9, 2011

Our featured artist for the month of November is jewelry designer Saskia Larraz. Saskia designs elegant and simple handmade pieces, using primarily glass beads and semi-precious stones. She creates designs that appeal to many different people, incorporating a wide range of colors and styles of beads. Her pieces range from great every day pieces, to special occasion pieces that are specially made to order.

Join us for Arts Night Out on Friday, November 11th from 6-8 for a chance to meet Saskia and see her collection.

Saskia draws inspiration from her travels and love of nature. She is particularly inspired by the rugged beauty of the desert. The Sonoran Desert is one of her favorite places and sources of inspiration.

You’re building a robot. What does it do?
My robot would sort and organize beads (and legos).

If you were a piece of clothing what would be and what color/pattern?
A pair of frye boots.

What super power would you like to have, and why?
My super power would be to control the weather…sometimes a beautiful sunny day is all you need.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Find what makes you happy and make that your job”



Women Who Inspire Us: Sabine Merz

November 9, 2011

Women Who Inspire Us: Sabine Merz

Whenever Sabine steps into Ode, she always brightens our day with her lovely smile and cheerful disposition. Sabine came by the store to pick out a few things before she left on a trip to Germany. We love her style and her positive attitude, and we were delighted to see her take a little bit of Ode with her to Europe!

Sabine was sweet enough to send us a note about her travels, as well as some adorable photos, including some of her Ode bag in action:

"It was time to go home, Germany that is. And at the end of a fabulous visit, the plan was to visit some friends in Switzerland as well. Of course, I took my favorite Ode clothes with me, such as a black and white Dolan jacket that kept me warm and cozy through various climates. There was also nice Graham & Spencer sweater, if a fancy occassion should occur, and occur it did. Oh, and there was also an Out of Print T-Shirt dedicated to Darwin's Origins of the Species, because I do think that we evolved.

"...And there was my Ode bag: because I ask you, how can one travel without one? And I did promise Kristin to take some pictures.

"Once arrived in Switzlerland, I shamelessly flaunted and showed off my Ode bag...on an antique sled, in the snow, in the high mountain air, on the unexpected half meter of snow, or during some crazy fun. And why not bring Ode to Europe? I had the bag and knew how to use it. So Grüzi Ode!"

Thanks, Sabine, for sharing your travel log with us!

Don't forget to send in your pictures for our "Where Has Your Ode Bag Been?" Send your photo of your Ode bag, with your name and contact info to Liz@odeboutique.com, and we'll enter you into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to Ode.

Women Who Inspire Us: Sabine Merz
Women Who Inspire Us: Sabine Merz
Women Who Inspire Us: Sabine Merz
Women Who Inspire Us: Sabine Merz

Window Design

Masquerading Main Street

October 28, 2011

Masquerading Main Street

If you have walked by our window within the past couple of weeks, then you have seen the masterful creations by Eric Hnatow resting atop our usually headless mannequins. As soon as we adjusted the masks to the forms, it seemed as if they were ready to take off into an "Electric Forest."

In order to create this "Electric Forest" in our window, we called upon our favorite photoshop magic maker, Joanna Chattman. Hot pink trunks and branches burst out of a neon green pathway, while vibrant purple and blue shadow the arboreal space.  We wanted to give Main Street a surge of bold energy to spite the fickle New England weather.

Eric Hnatow is also in a fuzzy electro-pop band with Haley Morgan called Home Body. Follow this link to see Home Body's performance at Flying Object earlier this month.

And mark your calendars: Home Body will be performing for Arts Night Out at Ode on December 9, 6-8 pm. Expect more electricity.

Masquerading Main Street
Masquerading Main Street
Masquerading Main Street


Women Who Inspire Us: My Nguyen

October 13, 2011

At Ode, we're fortunate enough to meet amazing women every day. We all notice My when she stops by the store, always looking fabulous. She contacted us with information about the Valley Community Development Corporation, and we're happy to be donating 5% of profits to them this month, thanks to her suggestion. Her style is impeccable, and her dedication to the community is an inspiration that we felt was well worth sharing.

How did you get involved with the Valley CDC, and can you tell us a little about your experiences working there?
I grew up in Oklahoma and then moved to Connecticut for college. I think that the combination of my experiences as a first generation immigrant and the transition between living in two completely different places spurred my interest in the ways communities develop, which is why I focused on housing policy and community development in my degree. When I moved to Northampton about two years ago, Valley CDC seemed like the perfect place to learn more about both of these issues. I feel so privileged to be involved with an organization that has done such great work for an amazing community. Being there for the opening of the King St. Apartments, their most recent development that provides ten affordable apartments for homeless and low-income residents, was an amazing experience. It was truly awe-inspiring to see that old house reconstructed as beautiful apartments. I was amazed by how much a small nonprofit could give back to the community.

Do you have any words of advice for people considering volunteer work?
I think it's important to start locally – to find nonprofits that support a community cause you care about. It's great to work for a large organization with a lot of support, but I think it is the small, local nonprofits that often need the most help because they don't have the same national platform to fundraise and recruit volunteers. Volunteering with organizations in your own community also allows you to have a more substantial impact.

What are your fashion influences?
I can't even begin to count the number of hours I've spent watching movies and I think that my style is the culmination of viewing almost the entirety of Edith Head's body of work. The movies she designed for – especially Rear Window, The Lady Eve, and Funny Face – shaped this beautiful ideal of the 50s and 60s for me. I love the balance of structure and femininity in the looks she created and I think that definitely comes across in my style. I tend to draw a lot of sartorial inspiration from films in general. It's difficult not to be inspired by visually stunning movies like The Wind that Shakes the Barley and I Am Love.

What are your favorite trends for fall?
It's really exciting to see more unexpected combinations of texture, pattern, and colors. I've always had a soft spot for mixed prints. I also love that there seems to be a 60s revival going on thanks to Mad Men – lots of tailored pieces that are still really feminine. Every fall I try to make capes the new 'coat,' so I'm ecstatic that I've been seeing so many!

If you were a piece of clothing, what you would be and what color/pattern?
Most definitely a cape in a beautiful Harris tweed – dramatic and highly impractical but well intentioned.

What inspires you?
The places I've traveled to and the places I want to go inspire me the most. My wandering heart is never satisfied so I'm constantly researching new places and planning dream vacations. I love not just going somewhere but learning everything about it – from the agriculture to local folklore.

[Chattman Photography]