ode boutique

November 2011

Featured Look

What’s on Your Wishlist?

November 30, 2011

With the holidays swiftly approaching, we can't help but have our eyes on a few things in the store.  Here are some of our personal favorites for holiday gift ideas.

Jenessa's picks

A versatile print scarf, a wide brim hat, a sheer maxi skirt and classic black leather Frye boots.

This print scarf is my favorite because of its geometric, Southwestern inspired print. The color-way lends itself to be worn with both warm and cool colors. The long, sheer maxi skirt is great for a girl who likes to layer up. It would be fun to wear with printed tights, or with opaque colored tights paired with knee-high socks. You can dress it up with heels and a pretty top, or down with a pair of boots and a sweater. To keep warm, a fuzzy wide brimmed hat. And a classic pair of black Frye boots that look even better as they age would be amazing to unwrap.

Liz's picks

A crossbody satchel bag, geometric turquoise and carnelian necklace, cognac leather gloves, and a cashmere print scarf.

I love this satchel, with its combination of black suede, charcoal wool, and brown leather details. The turquoise and carnelian stones in this double crescent statement necklace are great colors, and the shape is unique and elegant. The cognac leather gloves are a luxurious and practical winter staple that would make anyone happy. And it's hard not to covet a cashmere scarf. It's amazingly soft and they come in lots of fun prints and colors.

Artist Interview

Home Body

November 26, 2011

For Arts Night Out this December, we're very excited to feature Home Body: the dreamy electronic duo, Haley Morgan and Eric Hnatow. These two creative spirits are among our favorite Northampton locals. They are sure to warm your heart with their genuine, positive energy and rich, playful sounds.

Home Body will perform live at Ode on Friday, December 9th from 6-8 pm.

Photo credit: Niko Para

How did Home Body get started?
The band sprouted out of us doing other cool things with each other, and wanting to explore what else we could do with our powers combined. We both make things (Haley makes accessories, visual art, videos & produces public art projects, and Eric makes sculptures, masks, installations & other music) and figured it'd be fun to make more things together, since we like each other so much. Plus, Eric was getting sick of his own music and playing by himself, and Haley had been itching to get onstage and perform again.

Once we started playing music together it took a while for us to find The Magic. We wrote several series of songs that we ended up dropping, but kept work-shopping our sound and our aesthetic. Eventually we ended up just booking a show (for New Years, 2011) and forced ourselves to play.

What are some of your influences?
Musically, we are influenced by the sounds our friends make, The Knife, Kate Bush, Numero Group Soul Compilations, Kraftwerk, The Eurythmics, Talking Heads, Brian Eno & related projects, Melanie, Tune-Yards, Shira E., the B 52's, Harry Nilsson…

We also like thinking about sonic vibrations in a bigger sense, in relation to energy, light, pattern, and movement.

What are your plans for the future?
We are going to make music videos, record a full-length album, and tour as much as possible. We intend to live the dream.

What is your dream project?
Home Body

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book? 
"Gotta, gotta get up to get down" - Coolio

If you were a piece of clothing what would be and what color/pattern?
Eric would be a black v-neck shirt, and Haley would be something big, old, soft, and gold.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
"A path is formed by laying one stone at a time" – Agent Dale Cooper

Where do you find inspiration?
We find inspiration in so much—the human experience is so grand and magical!

We love bodies- how they look, how they can be dressed, how they can move, how they function, etc. Therefore we find a lot of inspiration from dance, fashion, and anatomy.

We also love the concept of home. What is home, and how do you know when you're there? What can a home look like? How does one make a home, and what does 'home' mean in the greater contexts of today's society, economy, and state of the environment? Can a group of people feel like home? Can money buy 'home'? Can a body be a home? We could go on and on! We love learning about ancient history, architecture, and astronomy.

We also find endless inspiration from our community, the art others make, as well as from light (natural and unnatural, literally and figuratively), rituals (of all types, cultures, and scales!), and materials (especially plastic).

This is a photograph of fireworks, a comet, and lightening all happening at once off the coast of Australia in 2007. What a show, huh?! We love this photo for the many forms of light present at one moment, and how special and electrifying that moment must have felt! (Photo credit: Antti Kemppainen)

Featured Look

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