I’m thrilled to say Corvus Noir has a new logo inspired by my love for the 1920s and the art deco movement. Keep an eye out in the coming months for a brand new collection and a completely redesigned website. Big thanks to Rocman Design.
As Promised here is part two of our road trip adventure to Austin. The 2nd half of our trip we planned to stop in both Memphis and Dallas to explore the city a bit and take a much-needed break from non stop driving. Starbucks was consumed as we walked and explored different vintage stores, touristy areas such as Beale Street in Memphis, and the down town area in Dallas. We were on a mission to try some BBQ for dinner but everything was closed. And the sad thing is that we have still not had any BBQ since we arrived in texas. Maybe this weekend. When we finally arrived in Texas we were hit with some terrible weather. The radio was talking about a tornado that was pretty close to the area we were driving past in East Texas. We were pretty freaked that we would drive into it so decided to pull over for the night. It seemed like it took forever before we were able to pull over to a hotel. Those 20 or so minutes were definitely super scary. Imagine driving past tons of empty land with a tornado looming and no exit in site. Luckily we made it to the hotel in time and checked in and then the downpour of rain hit as well as the thunder. I have never seen weather like this before. I don’t think the tornado ever hit us but the thunderstorms in Texas are INTENSE. Anyway, enough of my talking.
Advertisement on Beale Street in Memphis. We did not stay too long since it reminded us of Times Square in NYC
Loved this Betty Boop tray I saw at a tourist shop. Wish I bought it since it has such a fun vintage feel
Who can resist a sparkling Elvis Tee. Although we bought a pink Elvis mug instead for Craig’s morning coffee
Red, white, and blue sequins yeah Craig!
Historical sign in Memphis
The coolest looking deserted bus station in a sketchy area of town in Memphis
Vintage 70′s looking Loves rest stop. Picked up many a snack here
Right before the storm hit in East Texas. Look how crazy those clouds are
Storm and signs road living
Cute little chick sculptures in Dallas.
Really wish I bought this wine from 7 11. Would look amazing as a desk accessory
My new shoes killed my feet as I walked around as a tourist hence the princess band-aid. The orange pedicure was painted during the rain storm
The biggest surprise, In N Out burger in Dallas. Have not had one in 5 years and it was amazing
Long time no write. I have been spending all of last week working and planning future blog posts. It has been so much fun and I am really happy to be working again. My next big project will be re doing our shop, can’t wait! Craig and I are still fixing up our new apt each night. Hanging up the last of our art work and other things and it is really coming together smoothly. Will be sharing pics in the future in many multiple apartment posts. It has officially been a little over two months since we moved to Austin. We are really loving the city and having so much fun exploring new things and places. I thought it was about time to show you our road trip pics. I am breaking these photos into two posts since there is soo many.
We left NYC March 30 and it seemed like the city did not want us to leave since we were stuck in 3 hours of traffic in Soho. Was not a good start to the long drive we had ahead of us. About three hours later we were driving somewhere in Pennsylvania when poor Rocco threw up in his cat bag. He basically let us know that he was ready to call it a night. We checked into a hotel down the road, called the vet, and then picked up a prescription for the cat for his motion sickness. I think it was around 11 pm when we stopped in AppleBee’s to have a bite to eat before bed. I must say the rest of the trip the cats were a breeze to travel with. Rocco had his daily pill each morning and slept the rest of the day as did his brother Rufus. Since the cats were traveling with us, we decided to only drive 8 hours a day with a few planned out trips. The first three days were spent on the road and we usually checked into our hotels around 6 or 7. We spent the night doing a little shopping at local Marshalls and TJ Maxx’s in West Virginia and Nashville. And ate way too much fast food for dinner.
Endless hours of packing with my little helpers before we left NY
Last view of Long Island City from our neighbors window before we hit the road
Finally making our way into New Jersey
Window view from Virginia. Lots of farm land
Inspiration reading for the long drive
New DV cork wedges found in Marshalls in West Virgina
Being escorted to their hotel room after a long day of sleeping
Beautiful sunset after a night of shoe shopping
Rocco enjoying his new room for the night. The cats loved exploring all of the hotel rooms
New Franco Sarto shoes, this time from TJ Maxx outside of Nashville. Love the 1940′s style
Stay tuned for part two of our road trip early next week
I know it has been a few weeks since I last posted but lifes been unusually busier for us. With packing up our old apartment in NYC, roadtripping with the cats half way across country, and finally making it to our new apartment in Austin I have been beyond exhausted. We had a great road trip which i will be writing about in the near future but our arrival to Austin has not been the greatest. Don’t get me wrong, we are very excited to be in a new city and see what there is to discover. But with any move, especially a really big one there are bound to be problems. When I left NY 12 days ago I was battling a cold. I seemed to be getting better until I hit Texas and my throat began to hurt again mixed in with allergies. Once my ear began hurting and my nose became stuffed again with a bad headache I called my ent doctor in ny since I don’t have one here. I was told last night that I have a lingering sinus infection mixed with allergies. So I am now on antibiotics, oral steroids, sudafed, zertek, and two nasal sprays. That really sucks since the apartment is a mess and we have yet to make a dent in our unpacking. I am going to try and take it easy with some rest and light unpacking and then kick it into full unpacking mode next week when I feel better. So it will definitely be a few weeks until I am back to regular posting. I am making it my mission though to re vamp the blog and bring alot more original content about my life on here since that is what I love to read about.
Another problem we are having is with our sprint cell service. We have been having lots of problems with our phones driving around Austin and at home have almost no service! Since we both now work from home it is just a major hassle and we have to look into maybe getting a new mobile provider. Last complaint before I go, the movers finally arrived on Monday and we were so excited to have our stuff back. We decided to work with a more expensive moving company to ensure that none of our stuff would get lost or stolen. Things were going well until the movers discovered that they never packed our mattress and did not know where it was. And then also realized that a box was possibly missing too but had no idea which it was. I am pretty sure it did not house any of my wardrobe which is a plus but as of now I have no idea what is missing. Hopefully it was just mismarked. Back to the bed issue, the moves gave us 100 bucks to rent a mattress until the matter was revolved. We never rented a mattress before and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to find one and bring it home. We finally did and it is like sleeping on a rock. The movers also seemed to have broken our bed too which creeks every time we turn over. So definitely making a trip to Ikea this weekend for new bed. We just found out that our mattress has been located in New Orleans and will take 2-3 weeks to get here. Feels like forever but I seriously can’t wait to have it back. It is literally like sleeping on a cloud and it doesn’t feel like home yet without it. Sorry for this long rant but wanted to make an update about life and keep it honest on here. Will be back soon with lots of fun pictures to share from our days on the road!
I can finally share the news I have been hinting at for the past few months. Craig and I are moving to Austin, Texas in 10 days on March 30th. We decided in September that we were ready to move out of NYC and decided on Austin. New York is just too expensive for us to have an enjoyable life together and we wanted to live in a cheaper part of the country. Start to save money and not have all of our money going to rent and our bills. The apt we found is much cheaper then our home in NY with a pool and a gym and only two years old. I think we lucked out. We are also very lucky that Craig’s job is allowing him to stay on and work remotely from Texas. So things are looking up and we are very excited for this new chapter in our life. I am going to continue to blog and work on the jewelry business. Some goals is to finally work on re designing the website and to make the blog better with more orignal content with my own photos. I think it is time to start sharing all of the vintage I have been accumulating all of these years. And start chronicling life in Texas. I can’t wait for all of the adventours and discovering all of the towns and cities in Texas. And of course to have some real fun thrifting and vintage shopping.
i am going to take a few weeks off from the blog to focus on packing, moving half way across country with our cats, and unpacking getting settled. I am also battling a cold at the moment which is making it more difficult to get work done. See you all very soon and enjoy some vintage postcards below.
Craig and I were wrapping presents when Rocco and Rufus demanded we send a special holiday message to all our fans out there.
Have a fantastic holiday season,
Rocco, Rufus, Craig and Lauren
We’re very happy to announce our winter holiday sale. EVERYTHING in our shop will be marked AT LEAST 30% OFF from Cyber Monday until Christmas (11/28 – 12/25). Feel free to treat yourself or a loved one to any of our handmade, one of a kind pieces.
The Corvus Noir collection is our signature line ($60, $218), combining vintage pendants with a medley of interesting vintage chains and rhinestones.
The Petit Corvus collection is our charm and chain line ($15-43), pairing an adorable vintage pendant with a vintage chain.
Chip Dillon’s collection ($29-174) is a fun, modern medley of chains, leather and natural gemstones.
Wishing you a great holiday season,
Finally home from vacation. It was very nice being away in Connecticut for 10 days with the kitties. They loved being away from home playing all the time on the carpet. We spent the hurricane there and unfortunately lost power at five in the morning. It did give me an excuse though to finally flip through all of my September issue magazines. We got back home last night and one of my pet peeves after vacation is coming home to a messy apartment. Of course I did not have time to clean before we left so will be spending the entire day unpacking and doing a big house clean. Luckily I cleaned the bathroom last night so I can check that room off my list.
One of my favorite things about my apartment is the spurts of color in each room. I love homes that are bursting with bright colors. Since I am renting I can’t really paint the walls so I add color in other ways. Lots of colorful plates that i find on my travels adorn my kitchen walls as well as different framed art work. I have a couch in my living room that my father gave me that has a nice jungle theme fabric in green, red, purple, and yellow shades Â with brown and green silk pillows. I painted a few pieces of furniture a nice shade of green and blue to brighten up the bedroom and my tiny office area in the living room. Craig will be building a new book shelf tonight for the living room and the cocktail books I collect also add nice hints of color to a boring black shelf. I did a little sifting on the site Apartment Therapy to find some really pretty uses of color. Have a look.
In other news we have the Bendels event next Thursday for Fashions Night out. I won’t be blogging as often this week and next because I have lots of designing to do. Only a couple posts for each week. Will be back to regular posting soon.
Today we are finally launching our vintage section on Corvus Noir. It comes as no big surprise that we have decided to open a vintage shop on our website. You know me, I just love and prefer everything vintage. I have alot of fun reworking vintage jewelry and turning it into more modern pieces yet some items are just perfect the way they are. Our vintage shop will not contain any clothing. We are keeping it small and curated and only planning on selling vintage accessories. Lots of jewelry, purses, and sunglasses, some designer labels and some not. Craig and I are on our way to Brimfield this morning to scout out amazing vintage accessories to feature in the shop. I already have a few really great snake bangles to add and much more so stay tuned. For now we have some great designer vintage from vintage dealer Lori’s Loose Ends. She sells at Artists and Fleas on the weekend with Grayson and gave us some really special pieces. Chanel, Dior, and Karl Lagerfeld to name a few. Visit the vintage shop to see more and remember lots more will be listed soon. If you are a vintage dealer or know of any who would be interested in selling on the Corvus Noir Vintage shop send us an email with some photos and details.
A sneak preview below, click on images for more details
Vintage Chanel Sunglasses
Vintage Christian Dior Purse
Vintage Karl Lagerfeld Bracelet
I’ve been hinting on twitter and the blog for the last few weeks about a new venture Craig and I are undertaking and today is the day for the big reveal! I think it’s important for any business to grow and evolve throughout the years, that’s the only way to truly meet your potential. My first love will always be vintage and antique jewelry, accessories, and clothing. Besides designing reworked vintage jewelry for Corvus Noir, I spend ALOT of my time on the blog researching and writing about other independent jewelry and accessory designers. I’ve always been a big supporter of artists who create wonderful work that is different from my own. After much thinking about the future of Corvus Noir I felt it would be a great idea to meld both of my interests together on one site.
Therefore, we’re transforming Corvus Noir into an online shopping destination that will house not only Corvus Noir jewelry, but also other independent jewelry and accessory designers. Ever since I was little I loved shopping and dreamed of owning my own boutique one day. The day is finally here and I get to run it from home and have it open 24 hours a day to the entire world! What is better then that? Each designer’s shop will have a small amount of pieces that I have handpicked and curated, which are mostly one of a kind and handmade. I’m looking for work that doesn’t directly compete, but complements each other. Besides selling other peoples work i will continue to design jewelry for Corvus Noir. Expect to see more reworked vintage lovelies on the site this summer. I will also be blogging about the designers on the Corvus Noir site and we decided to keep the name because we love it so much. Expect to see some giveaways in the future, short interviews on our designers, and much more. Each designer’s goods will be our site for about 8 weeks before refreshing their inventory. We’re looking to run a store that continuously has new items for sale so nothing will be on the site for too long.Â Besides our designer shop, we’ll also be housing a vintage section that will contain vintage jewelry and accessories (hink handbags, fun jewelry, and sunglasses). We’re looking for independent jewelry and accessory designers as well as vintage sellers. If you’re interested in selling on the site, feel free to contact us with your information and a link to your site or some pictures.
We’ve also decided to redesign our website, which will be launching by September to enrich your shopping experience. Until then, we have a few designers debuting shortly, the first being tomorrow… so stay tuned! I’ll be sending twitter updates when items debut as well as a blog post introducing our first new designer (so make sure you’re following us). I literally can’t wait to reveal it, you will LOVE his work! If you know of any designers or vintage sellers that you think would look great on the site feel free to contact us too. I am always open to suggestions and would love to hear any feed back.
Have a great day,