Woodland Wedding Inspiration

We recently collaborated with an insanely talented group of people for an autumn-inspired woodland wedding shoot. Tweed, lace, jewel-tones, s’mores(!!)—everything about this is my favorite and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

A big thanks to Ashley from Ashley D Photography and Carlene from Naturally Yours Events for coordinating the shoot & including our Eggplant Linen bow tie in the mix. These girls are seriously talented & an absolute pleasure to work with. The shoot was featured on Green Wedding Shoes this week, but I also wanted to share a few of my favorite photos.

Enjoy!

Fall Wedding Inspiration via Fox & Brie

photography: Ashley D Photography // planning + design: Naturally Yours Events // venue: Chicagoland, Cary, Illinois // florals: Field & Florist // dress: Anthropologie // bow tie: Fox & Brie // hair + makeup: Debra Petrielli Freelance Hairstylist + Makeup Artist // paper goods: Meghan Flow of Two Little Birds Press // furniture rentals: Shadow Box Dreams Vintage Rentals // tabletop rentals: Nimble Well // s’mores bar: Katherine Anne Confections // cake: Elysia Root Cakes

Style Finalist – Martha Stewart American Made Awards

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I’m honored to announce that Fox & Brie has been selected as a Style Finalist in the Martha Stewart 2014 American Made Awards! Check out our maker profile to learn more about our journey & process, as well as our vision for the future of Fox & Brie!

Fox & Brie - Martha Stewart American Made Award

Here’s where you come in: voting run from September 15 – October 13. We would really love your support, so head on over to our maker profile, cast your vote, and share the page via Facebook & Twitter. You’re allowed 6 votes each day, so that’s 174 chances to vote!

Now, please don’t think I’m trying to steal all of your votes…you could also share the love with some of the other amazing finalists. I’ll be posting profiles on a few of my favorite makers over the coming weeks, so you can see more of the incredible talent that is being handmade right here in the USA.

But for now…HOORAY!

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Haven’t heard of the American Made Awards? You can read the FAQ on the website, but here’s a quick overview:

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life. Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.

The 10 award winners will receive: $10,000 to grow your business; a trip for two to New York City to attend the American Made event; a spot in our American Made Market; a video produced by our in-house team; and the opportunity to be featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine, on SiriusXM radio, and on our website.

Fox & Brie Studio Tour

Recently, the folks from Renegade Craft stopped by the studio for a tour & interview. It was such a pleasure to share my space & thoughts with them and now I’d like to share a little with you.

This is just a quick highlight, you can check out the full tour & interview on their blog. Enjoy!

Fox & Brie Studio Tour | via Renegade Craft

Sometimes, it’s going to be the worst. You’re going to face exhaustion, self-doubt, failures, naysayers, and every other problem you didn’t even know existed. Some days you may look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What am I even doing here?”

Keep going. It means you’re on the right track.

If you are so afraid of failure that you never take risks, the best you can hope for is mediocrity. Failure is essential to creativity. Embrace your mistakes as a chance to grow, learn what doesn’t work and then find out what does. Become an expert at your craft and continue to experiment with new techniques & designs. Each time you overcome an obstacle, you will grow stronger and more confident in your
abilities and in yourself. Yes, sometimes owning a creative business is the worst, but it is also the most rewarding, fulfilling, fantastic experience of my life and it has made me a better person in spite of myself.

Just keep going.

Fox & Brie Studio Tour | via Renegade Craft

A big thanks to Hollin & the rest of the RCF crew…you guys are amazing!

Full Tour & Interview on the RCF Blog

“Much Loved” by Mark Nixon

The Much Loved photo series by Mark Nixon is a poignant look at the transition we have undergone as children entering into adulthood, and the silent friends that stood by us along the way. Each animal is accompanied by its own unique story and the overall effect is at times both humorous & heartbreaking. The images of these stuffed animals speak volumes of how loved and needed they were [and still are] by the children & adults who own them.

Selected entries from Nixon’s Much Loved series are available on his website and his book features 65 full-color images & stories.

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When everything was unknown, they were there.
When anything could happen, they were there.
These repositories of hugs, of fears, of hopes, of tears, of snots and smears.
Alone at night, they were the comforters, when monsters lurked in darkened corners, when raised voices muffled through floors and walls.
These silent witnesses, these constant companions, defenders of innocence.
Their touch, yes, but their smell, that instantly calming, all embalming musk, unique to each, soothing and smoothing the journey from consciousness to un, from purity to im, from infancy to adult-terre.
Sworn to secrecy, unconditionally there, unjudgementally fair and almost always a bear.
—Mark Nixon, Much Loved

 

Much Loved by Mark Nixon | via Fox & Brie

Much Loved by Mark Nixon - Peter Rabbit

Much Loved by Mark Nixon

Much Loved by Mark Nixon - Teddy Tingley

Much Loved by Mark Nixon | via Fox & Brie

Much Loved by Mark Nixon - Bobo

Identity: The Shawl Museum

Located 60km (≈40 miles) east of Moscow, the town of Pavlovski Posad is home to 320 examples of traditional female headwear from the 18th-20th centuries. Curated from the private collection of Vladimir Shishenin, the Museum was founded in 2002 to demonstrate the history of classical Russian kerchiefs and shawls as an integral part of the traditional national costume.

This beautiful identity system was created by Vova Lifanov, a Russian designer & illustrator based in Moscow.

Enjoy!

Russian Shawl Museum Branding | Vova Lifanov via Fox & Brie