Monday, January 19, 2015

Audrey Grace & Co.

Attention everyone who shops for tiny, stylish humans of the girly variety.   My friend Nadine just launched her new children's line!  She's incredibly talented and it's been so cool for me to be a part of this exciting process.  Check out the press release and lookbook:

Local Designer Launches Children’s Clothing Line 

St. Paul, Minnesota (January 16, 2015) – St. Paul native Nadine Ryther has expanded her custom clothing creations, launching a new Children’s line named for her two daughters, Audrey Faith and Meredith Grace. Her new company, Audrey Grace & Co., specializes in unique clothes and accessories for adventurous girls.

Ryther’s love for sewing and custom design started in high school, where she made mostly special occasion garments for herself and friends. She excelled at her craft through those years, and the decision to sell her wares was largely influenced by her friends, who weren’t satisfied with ‘off the rack’ choices.

Children’s clothing wasn’t on Ryther’s mind at first. After the birth of her daughter in 2006, she found a new passion in making clothing as happy, fun and adventurous as her own girls, without sacrificing their active personalities. “I didn’t want them to look like ‘mini-grownups’,” Ryther said. “I like that they are girly, but still want to jump on the furniture.”

 Ryther wanted to start her business for the past several years. “The timing just wasn’t right,” she explained. “The kids are a little older now. My husband Scott and I realized that it’s time for this new venture. We can finally move forward with our dream.”

Audrey (age 8) and Meredith (age 3) provide Ryther with much inspiration, and also double as her clothing models. Audrey Grace & Co. is “clever clothes for happy, sassy girls”.

The local community is also foremost on Ryther’s mind. She’s chosen to launch her first line at Teeny Bee Boutique on Selby and Snelling in St. Paul. “I like that they are local. I was raised here, I’m raising my family here, and now I’m building a business here,” she said.

The full line (sizes Newborn-5T) can be found at Teeny Bee Boutique at 1560 Selby Ave. in St. Paul, MN. Shop hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Audreygraceboutique 
Instagram: audreygraceco
Email: snryther@gmail.com 


Friday, January 16, 2015

Vinyl of the Month: The Best of Andrae' Crouch & the Disciples

I didn't know that turntables were actually making a comeback.  My obsession began with Kiera Knightly's character in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.  Then was further solidified watching Almost Famous.  Several times, I talked myself out of the seemingly ridiculous notion of owning a record player.  The drawback simply being that I didn't own any records.

And then there was Taylor Swift's speech at the AMA's.  "To the fans who went out and bought over a million copies of my last 3 albums - what you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you're saying you believe in the same thing that I believe in, that music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated..."

Damn you, Taylor Swift, for how obnoxiously perfect (and right) you are.

I love music.  But the last time I purchased an album?  Long time.  Mainly because there's something about the digital medium that just doesn't do it for me.  I never have enough space on my phone for music.  In the car, I listen to the radio or old CDs.  I've been a lazy music lover and it was time for that to change.  I could get excited about records.

Christmas Day, guess what my in-laws had under the tree for me?  The cutest, lime green, portable record player!  And with that, an invitation to raid their old box of records to get my vinyl collection started.  Steve helped me pick out some good ones.  I hope to share one new (or old) record with you here every month.

Buy it on iTunes or find it on Vinyl
One of the gems we dug out of the basement was The Best of Andrae' Crouch & the Disciples.   This great man of gospel music passed away on January 8 this year.  There would be no better choice for my Vinyl of the Month.  One of my favorite church songs of all time is My Tribute (To God be the Glory).  I had no idea so many other great, familiar songs belonged to Andrae' Crouch.  The ones I grew up with in my music-centric, charismatic, inner-city church - like Soon and Very Soon - didn't surprise me.  It's the songs from my yuppy-conservative, Christian private school - like Jesus is the Answer - that made me realize the extent of his influence.  Andrae' Crouch blurred lines between urban gospel and contemporary Christian genres.  He crossed barriers between black and white artists, and between religious and secular worlds.  I think that's awesome.  Long live his legacy.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hustle Reserves

Shirt: Levi's,  Sweater: thrifted,  Vest: Wilson's Leather
Skirt: Forever 21,  Boots: c/o Crocs


Just after I announce to the world that my word for 2015 is 'hustle', I fall into a serious bout of laziness.  I may be subconsciously reserving all hustle until after my winter vacation, which starts a week from tomorrow.  This year, we're cruising on Royal Caribbean.  After the mess on last year's Princess Cruise, we thought we'd try again with a different cruise line - Belize, here we come!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Serenity Prayer Project

Hi!  Welcome to 2015.  It's going to be a good one.  Yes, I say that every year.

Last summer, Hungry Pug Studios was hired to produce a music video for the Serenity Prayer Project.  I'm honored to have been a part of it, singing with some of the sweetest people and voices that I know.  It went live on YouTube a few days ago.  Check it out and share it with your world.


"These words, taken from the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr, were first shared with me by my grandfather.  I have always felt that they are incredibly far-reaching and can not only bring peace to those with chemical addictions, but also to those who have experienced loneliness, depression, food disorders, mental illness, physical illness, financial difficulty, discrimination, oppression, and all forms of abuse."   - Lori Werch