Ashley Brown Durand of Secret Holiday & Co.

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Kristin Kelly

Some days, all we need is a little pick-me-up, a reassurance that things will be okay, or a reminder to be brave. Other days, a little whimsy or smile keeps us going. Ashley Brown Durand is the designer, curator, and creator of all such things. And these things you can hang on your wall. Hand-sewn and locally made, Ashley's banners remind us that a simple moment of self-love or empowerment is important, essential even, to one's life. Because of Ashley and her Secret Holiday & Co. collection, it's just that much easier to make it a good day.

If you had to have just one affirmation banner for your life, what would it say?
"IT'S OK" I originally created the It's Ok banner as a reminder for myself. I think it's an important sentiment for everyone to be reminded of - it's fitting in all situations, big or small. But it's also too easy to forget. 

Where do you go-- physically, spiritually, mentally-- for regeneration?
I guess it depends on the situation. It's usually something simple: floating in the ocean; snuggling my 22 year old cat; re-watching the same old movies on VHS again and again; singing alone in the car on a long drive; looking through books about old quilts and the women who made them; birthday cake. It feels good to take the time to do the things you love, regardless of how quick or simple it may be. Currently I am daydreaming about spring and laying in the grass on a sunny afternoon. 

I will never tire of being by the ocean. That's actually the only thing I don't like about living in the valley - it's too far from the ocean!

What's your spirit fabric? 
Probably some depression-era flour sack. Something beautiful in appearance and texture, and full of history. 

If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The perfect pair of worn in jeans that fit just right and never stretch out, and a comfy tee shirt. 

You love antiquing and vintage shopping. What's been your best find?
I've had so many best finds over the years! A couple things that come to mind: a stuffed duck with a creepy plastic face that I scored for $1 (I love creepy/cute old stuffed animals), and an antique quilt that I disassembled to find old dresses and coats lining the inside for warmth and weight. I love daydreaming about the past life of these old objects. 

A few years ago my mom gave me a beautiful old quilt top that my great grandmother had hand stitched. It was made from fabrics that my mom could point out as dresses she and her sisters used to wear. I carefully took the large squares of the quilt top apart, and reworked them into three separate quilts - one each for my mom, my sister and myself.

Given you are an expert in positivity and empowerment, if you were to write 5 rule for women to live by, what would they be?
I appreciate being called an expert in these things, but I am absolutely not. This is why I do what I do- I need these reminders just as much as everyone else. 

What's the "Secret Holiday" ... and how/where/with whom is it celebrated?
I think the idea of a "secret holiday" can be interpreted in many different ways. I like to think of it as a special moment that no one else knows about but you. A private little magical place inside of yourself. 

The Sea The Sea

Posted on January 04, 2015 by Kristin Kelly

Despite calling themselves The Sea The Sea, Chuck and Mira do not mirror one another. In fact, when you meet them, they seem each other's opposites. Chuck is fine-featured and almost quiet, handsome in that brooding but sweet kind of way. Then there's the goddess, Mira. If someone were to say she came from royalty, we'd believe it. She fills a room. And yet, when Chuck and Mira start to play, they make sense together. Perfect sense. Like two beautiful people on a musical seesaw, when one goes up vocally, one goes down. (Interestly, Mira often takes the lower register.) They totemically build upon one another–two faces, two voices, two beings converging into something of mythic proportions. For this interview, we asked them to do just that: build upon one another's answers...and they were game for it. They even rhymed!

Is there something you’ve wanted to write a song about but haven’t yet?
We take the backroads wherever we go,
So, maybe a song about the long way home.

Favorite holiday memory: 
Watching old family films that my grandmother found.
Standing on our heads, when the frames were upside down.

What’s do you each admire/respect/adore about the other?
Chuck has never met a stranger, he’s a beacon of brightness.
Mira filters the world through empathy and kindness.

If you were a superhero (which you both most likely already are), what’s your name and what’s your power?
The Sea The Sea is how we’re known,
Reminding people they’re not alone! 

If you could have one person’s talent for one day, whose would it be and what would you do for that day?
Joshua Bell with a swelling crescendo,
Or Banksy turning every wall to a window.

If The Sea The Sea created its own clothing line, what would be the vibe/look/color scheme:
Something bold, sold in red,
Something for feeling fancy.
Something to wear atop your head,
And something good for dancing.

What’s your resolution or wish for the New Year?
To go unafraid, to embrace what’s in store.
To be alive, every day better than before.


Staff Wish List: JESS

Posted on December 05, 2014 by Jess Dupuis

                                                           "Home for the Holidays"JESS, our native New Englander (and no stranger to the cold), made sure her Wishlist would keep her warm and cozy during both day and night during the holiday season.  For day: boyfriend jeans, a soft petal-back top, woven-wool chevron wrap, distressed leather booties, a classic cognac purse, arm warmers, and a cozy cashmere cap to top it off.

To set the holiday mood: hand-poured candles wrapped in bark to create a festive glow, and organic and locally handmade olive oil bar soap to keep skin moisturized during this dry season.

And for that holiday evening party: a silky beaded sillouette, the perfect suede pump, and stunning triangle drop earrings.  A polished leather0and-wool coat would perfect the outfit, and keep out the cold on those winter nights. 

Don't forget to come in and make your Wish List at Ode!  Make a Wish List with us and receive a $30 gift card to spend January and February of 2015!  More details on our Wish Lists here.

Muse: Kate Walsh

Posted on December 03, 2014 by Jenessa Cintron

No one has a face, bod, and spirit more made for "the selfie" than Kate Walsh. Lashes for days, hair and skin to die for, and those Mona-Lisa-meets-Angelina-Jolie lips all coalesce into one beautiful photo after another...after another. On top of that, she's got talent (a Vogue-aclaimed esthetician ), enviable edge, and Edie, the cutest dog EVER. Edie, Kate, and her celebrity-hairstylist husband, Aaron Grenia, made the trek to Western Mass and spent the day playing dress-up with Ode. Meet our Muse, Kate Walsh.

What’s your spirit animal?


5 Beauty/Skin Tips for the amateur:
Sleep, Hydrate, Exfoliate & SPF.


What inspires you?
My husband, Aaron. He's so passionate about his work, he really loves what he does. He works insanely hard and still manages to actually be a genuinely nice person. 

What’s your theme song?
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
The Future Freaks me out- Motion City Sountrack


Define beauty:
Being at peace with yourself.


If your dog Edie could talk , what celebrity would she sound like?
Sarah Silverman 

If you were to write a book, what would the title be?
"How to be grumpy and still have friends".

There are so many beautiful photographs of you. What’s your happiest photo?

                                                                    Our first family photo. 

What wins: Lashes or lips?
Lashes. Like, 100% of the time.

Most annoying beauty trend?

Favorite beauty products:
Natura Bisse Tolerance Enzyme Peel, eyelash extentions & My Turbie Twist hair towel. 


What’s your last meal?

What feeds your soul?
​Staying in bed all day watching an infinite amount of Friends episodes with Edie.  

Favorite spot in New York:
IGK Salon at the Dream Downtown, Meatpacking district NY. 

Who’s the most beautiful woman in the world?
Linda Rodin. ​Could she be more captivating?


Staff Wishlist: KATIE

Posted on December 02, 2014 by Jenessa Cintron

"My First New England Winter"

Our California girl KATIE's selects include a cozy cashmere sweater, a snug hat, a solid pair of skinny jeans, a beautiful infinity scarf, and of course a little K/LLER jewelry. The look is rounded out with a Kai candle for those warm nights indoors.