Friday, March 27, 2015

Music Festival Style: What to Pack

What to Pack for Music Festivals (via Bubby and Bean
1. Challis Romper, S.O. Rad  //  2. Arrow Backpack, Mudd  //  3. Silver Tone Turquoise Cobochan Ring  //  4. Aztec Floppy Hat, Apt 9  //  5. Stacked Cat's-Eye Sunglasses, LC Lauren Conrad  //  6. Jersey Kimono,  Mudd  //  7. Women's Slip-On Footbed Sandals, Mudd  //  8. Tribal Jumpsuit, City Triangles  //  9. Hannah Women's Triple Buckle Ankle Boots, Muk Luks  //  10. Santa Fe Beaded Moccasins, Durango  //  11. Stick, Arrow & Triangle Earring & Ear Cuff Set, Mudd //  12. Border Print Wide Leg Soft Pants, Joe B  //  13. Gold Tone Simulated Drusy Teardrop Stretch Ring, GS by Gemma Simone   //  14. Emmy Fringe Crossbody Bag, Mudd  //  15. Destructed High Waist Denim Shorts, Mudd  // 16. Ramones Tee, Rock & Republic 

Those of you who are regular readers likely know by now that summer music festivals have been a big part of my life for a long time. I initially started my clothing line by vending at festivals (I exhibited at the first eight Bonnaroos, among many others), I produced the eco-fashion shows for Rothbury Festival (now Electric Forest), and I've attended many other festivals for fun along the way (Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits are my current favorites). My husband's career also has him working music festivals throughout the county all spring and summer long. Essley attended her first festival in 2013, in utero. It sounds a little cheesy, but we are truly a festival family.

Coachella begins two weeks from today, which means festival season has officially arrived. And although I'm (sadly) not going to be attending, I still have it - and music festivals in general - on my mind. So today I thought it would be fun to share some examples of the types of clothing and accessory items I recommend packing for fests this summer, as shown above. The biggest thing I've learned about festival packing over the years is to focus on pieces you can layer, because regardless of where you are geographically, the weather can change at any time. The same thing goes for shoes - pack a few pairs of different types of shoes, from sandals to boots. Make sure to include your favorite pair of denim cut-offs, a great music-inspired tee, a pair of flowy pants, a couple of lightweight dresses/rompers, and a kimono or cardigan. And don't forget the accessories - a big floppy hat and sunglasses can instantly make an outfit cool (and also protect you from the sun). I also suggest keeping comfort in mind - you're going to be doing a lot of walking and dancing! As for style, my rule of thumb for festival fashion is simple: wear what you love to wear. I gravitate toward more boho items which tend to be big at festivals anyway, but the key is showcasing your personal style, regardless of what that might be.

All of the goodies in the collage above can be found at or in Kohls stores. I just picked up #s 6, 12, 15, and 16 and am stoked to wear them at my first music fest of the summer in May. And stay tuned for a festival season What to Wear coming in a couple of weeks!

Are you a music festival goer? What types of clothing and accessories do you pack for fests? What are your favorites from the pieces here?

This post is in collaboration with Kohls. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing us to post occasional sponsored content.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GIVEAWAY // Win A Sterling Silver Charm Necklace from Helen Ficalora!

GIVEAWAY // Win A Sterling Silver Charm Necklace from Helen Ficalora and Bubby & Bean!

I was recently introduced to Helen Ficalora's jewelry designs, and I instantly fell in love. In fact, I can be found wearing one of her necklaces with a sterling silver Mom charm and 'E' charm (for Essley) almost everyday. Her work is timeless and personal - and she has a great business story too. She started her line inside her family beach motel in Montauk, New York, and became the pioneer of the alphabet-charm craze. Over the past decade, her business has grown to include hundreds of beautiful, timeless styles that have become a favorite among celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Julianne Moore, and Tina Fey. Pretty cool.

Mother's Day is only a little over a month away, and Helen Ficalora line just released a brand new collection celebrating how mothers and grandmothers bring sunshine into our lives. The inspiration for the new designs comes from the beautiful transformation of the seasons from spring to summer. As the earth around us is blooming and new life is being created, we remember and appreciate our mothers and the life and love they have given us. (I love this!) Helen's Mother's Day collection is available in yellow, pink, and white 14k gold with select pieces also available in sterling silver. The prices range from $55-$250, and can be found at and in select Bloomingdales stores.

And here's some really great news: We're teaming up with Helen Ficalora to give away one of her gorgeous necklaces! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader will receive an 18 inch fine sterling silver necklace with your choice of solid sterling silver alphabet charm or a solid sterling silver Mom disk charm (perfect for you mamas or as a Mother's Day gift!), a $95 value. (See top image for examples.)

To enter, just use the form below.  There are several ways to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through April 1, 2015 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced here shortly after. 

Thanks again to Helen Ficalora for giving our readers the chance to win one of their beautiful necklaces!  Good luck!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Getting Organized: Why I Love Baskets

Getting Organized with Baskets // Bubby and Bean

When I was growing up, my mom used baskets for everything. I mean everything. Fruit was displayed in baskets. Magazines were organized in baskets. Our toys were kept in baskets. Even toilet paper was stored in pretty baskets in our bathrooms. I'll admit that I thought it was a little weird as a kid, but as an adult, I get it. I really get it. Our house always looked beautiful, and I genuinely think that her creative use of baskets for everyday items was a big part of it. It felt organized, but not in a bland, sterile way. It was artistic, a little eclectic, and really quite lovely.

Speaking of organization (or lack thereof), over the past year, the space that was once our living room (ha) has slowly morphed into a giant toy box for Essley's ever mounting collection of stuffed animals, books, puzzles, and dolls. (The kid is the first grandkid on my side of the family. People like to give her things. A lot of things.) And although we do try to keep her belongings in her bedroom and teach her (as best as you can teach a 14 month old) to tidy up after herself, the reality of the situation is that she tends to play in the living room during the day, which means toys end up collecting there at a rapid pace.

I started thinking the other day, as I watched Essley dump a massive container of Legos out onto the floor, about my mom's basket collection. I suddenly felt inspired to take action myself. I turned to one of my favorite brands, West Elm, and started basket hunting. And you guys - I found so much goodness. Ideally, I'd like a mix of sizes and types to use throughout the downstairs - for Essley's toys, yes, but to organize other things as well. The pieces you see above are my favorites. I'm especially eyeing #1, #5, and #6. They're very different styles but I think they'd look so cool mixed together in the same space.

Do you use baskets for storage and decorating in your home? Which one from the examples above is your favorite?

This post is in partnership with West Elm.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Our Favorite (Affordable!) Large Art Pieces

By Home Contributor Paige Ronchetti
Our Favorite (Affordable!) Large Art Pieces // Bubby and Bean
left: top // middle // bottom                   right: top // middle // bottom

We've been in our house long enough (2.5 years) that I've collected a nice little hoard of smaller artwork, but now I need some big kahunas to make a statement. And anybody who's ever wanted to buy something larger than an 8x10 knows that art can get a wee bit expensive. I'm pining after a sassy abstract cow for our dining room--which is now on backorder, ugh--but we still need some sizable pieces for a few other places. I bet I'm not the only one in this boat, so today I shouldered the burden of research and found some lovely artwork on the bigger side (at least 16x20) that will set you back less than $100.

Side note: you can always DIY your own big ol' artwork, but sometimes I just like to buy something and be done with it, ya know?

If you're really looking to save money or need something totally huge, embrace a poster. If you put it in a real frame with a mat, it will be nothing like what you had on your walls in high school. (We have two vintage travel posters in the family room and they look very snazzy thanks to nice frames.) Another tip is to see if an artist you like sells print versions of their original paintings. Several of these are from Etsy or Society6, both of which are great places to poke around for prints and photography. The prices will vary a bit from shop to shop, but for the most part, deals abound.

Ready to see why I'm all up in your business about large art today?

Boosh! Something smaller could still go there, I suppose, but it wouldn't have the same impact as this trio does. Using something that fills up more of the wall actually makes the space look bigger, which is always a plus.

Where do you like to buy big artwork? Have you ever made your own? What's your favorite piece here? - Paige

I love everything about this post, but the best part is the Grand Canyon print above - not just because I'm smitten with it (I am, so much), but also because as you're reading this, I'm literally at the Grand Canyon. And neither Paige nor I planned this. Bubby and Bean team psychic connections are strong. In addition to writing for Bubby and Bean as our Home Contributor, Paige works as an Interior Designer (check out her biz, The Room Kit) and blogs over at Little Nostalgia. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram


Friday, March 20, 2015

GIVEAWAY // Win a Cosmic Box Curated Sampler!

GIVEAWAY // Win a Cosmic Box Curated Sampler from Bubby & Bean!

Happy first day of spring! To celebrate the season of rebirth and renewal, we're teaming up with our friends at Cosmic Box to offer a very special giveaway. Cosmic Box is a brand new monthly curated subscription box for free spirits to sample and discover cosmic, eco-conscious goods for life, home, body and soul. Each box contains an eclectic mix of organic small batch edibles, beautiful gems, toxin free body care, and more. Also, 20% of all profits will be donated to a different charity each month. (We love this!)

Cosmic Box was founded by holistic RN Kat Davis, who was born in London and has since traveled and lived all over the world, taking a bit of the magic and inspiration of all these places with her. After dreaming of the idea for some time, Kat has finally made Cosmic Box a reality. She is currently accepting orders, with the first box schedule to ship mid-May. We are very excited to receive ours. And we're even more excited about the fact that one lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going to get to win one of their very own!

To enter, just use the form below.  There are several ways to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through March 27, 2015 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers in the U.S. and Canada.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced here shortly after. 

Thanks again to Kat and Cosmic Box for giving our readers the chance to win one of these incredible boxes! Good luck!

Background images for top graphic: crystals, feathers