Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Stress-Free Bridal Bliss with BOFC

So, it's December, we're knee-deep in holiday craziness, so let's talk weddings. Wait, what? Weddings... yup. Might seem random but let's get real. Maybe you or your bestie might get engaged over the holidays, or you'll be called to the all-mighty duty of bridesmaid sometime soon. Whatever happens, we've got you covered at BOFC. 

Here's a look of one of our most favorite brides, Sarah Castoro at her wedding in Savannah, GA. We handled the planning, vendor management, and day-of-event coordination for Sarah + Matt. Photos by Angela Hopper Photography

We do.

Sarah's bouquet

Upcycled Window Seating Chart
Chamomile, Rosemary & Craspedia

Matt + Sarah

Seriously, y'all. This is one beautiful bride.

Your planners!'

We're currently working with a gorgeous bride-to-be, Brittany Cofer, planning her upcoming Spring wedding in Athens, GA. Here's a little peek of Brittany + Derek. Photos by Laura Deas Photography.

Mr. & Mrs.

Derek + Brittany

Next up...  Wedding Day Hooray. On February 16, 2013, prepare for bridal-pa-looza. Wedding Day Hooray has everything you need under one roof: caterers, florists, stationary, cake toppers, jewelry, custom accessories, and more... ...minus all the cheesiness of a conventional "bridal show." So, mark your calendars! Want to be a vendor? It's time to apply!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

HBIC Volume 2: Yoga in Heels

We're Getting Physical with Yoga in Heels

When Donna Burke steps out in style it's often in something that she just stepped out of the gym in - but you'd never know. As the founder of YogainHeels.com, a fashion blog dedicated to keeping you cute while wearing your workout garb in or out of the gym, Donna shows readers how to keep the black yoga pant versatile and glamorous - just ignore the sweat. 

How did you get started being so awesome with Yoga in Heels? 

HBIC, Donna Burke
It was a fluke, I swear!  In 2011, I started posting “Fashion Friday” posts on Atlanta Yoga Scene to promote my sister’s store, Atlanta Activewear, to the local yogis.  All of a sudden, the editor of the site told me they were the most popular pages so I started my own blog, YogainHeels.com.  It blew up overnight. I’m still shocked and sometimes still think only my granny reads it….until someone mentions how funny they think my wardrobe malfunctions are.

Why Yoga in Heels?

I do it because I love writing it.  Yoga in Heels combines everything that I love: fitness, fashion, styling, social media, and writing.  Give me an excuse to wear stretchy leggings and rhinestoned heels so I can write funny stories about them and I’m there.

How do you stay inspired?

I randomly get ideas all the time and have lists upon lists everywhere I turn.  I keep a book in my handbag and have notes on my iPhone. I jot ideas down everywhere I go.  A lot of the time I get ideas from street style or people in the gym and want to turn their outfits into something bigger, better, and more functional.  I’m inspired by my own “Bridget Jones Moments”; moments that were supposed to go fantastically right but ended up going unbelievably awry. 

What advice do you have for people who want to get into the blogging? 

It’s not all sequins, high heels and runway shows.  If you want to be a blogger find a niche that you love, make it authentic, don’t sell yourself short, and be ready to become addicted to your iPhone. Blogging is a major time commitment;  a single blog can take over 6 hours to create between styling the look, hair, makeup, photo shoots, photo editing, writing, linking, promoting via social media, etc.  It’s hard to fit in, especially when you have a full time job and work on the weekends.  Also, be ready for criticism.  Not everyone will love you and that’s a hard pill to swallow.

You're on a desert island - what 3 things are you bringing?

iPhone...I should just have it surgically implanted. Sunscreen because I’m the palest person you know. David Beckham because you didn’t tell me I couldn’t. 

What are your top Atlanta finds and favorite places?

Your only stop for fitness fashion is Atlanta Activewear.  Noche Tapas and Tequila bar for good food, fun and $5 margaritas.  Vanquish Lounge for a night of dancing!

What’s next for Yoga in Heels?

Leopard harem pants, need we say more?
I’m hosting a Vintage Glamour party at Whiskey Park at W Midtown on December 8th with My Style Vita and The Fashion Lush.   It’s going to be quite the bash! 

Give us some words of wisdom:

Never leave the house in sweats.  A woman must be prepared to meet a dashing stranger or an old enemy.

What’s the craziest thing that happened to you since you started Yoga in Heels? 

Someone came into Atlanta Activewear while I was working, stopped dead in their tracks and yelled “OH MY GOD! YOU’RE YOGA IN HEELS!” I had no idea who they were, so it was my first celeb moment. 

We love you, do you love us?

Duh. You share in my love for ROGIANI leggings, Raw Bronzing spray tans and margaritas!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This is how EXCITED we are about the Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular

It's all happening! This Saturday and Sunday, November 17 & 18, at Ambient Plus Studio from 11 - 6 PM the Indie Craft Experience's Holiday Shopping Spectacular! Eat, drink, shop local, and get your 'fa la la' on. Here's how excited we are - and let us forewarn you - it's about to get real jolly up in here:




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

HBIC Volume 1: CommonCreativ ATL

CommonCreativ ATL Are TCB
And working overtime - work out.

To say the way Caroline Cox and Muriel Vega have developed CommonCreativ ATL as part online magazine, part blog, part cheerleading squad for the Atlanta art scene is 'awesome' would be an understatement. We're so pumped to present these Atlanta loving ladies (women after our own heart!) as our first installment of HBIC - our new blog series highlighting some seriously amazing women doing some seriously amazing things in Atlanta. Read on to learn more about CommonCreativ ATL and prepare to get inspired.

Caroline Cox & Muriel Vega, HBIC style.
How did you get started (being so awesome) with CommonCreativ ATL?

Muriel: Thanks! Well, we did not start CommonCreativ. We took it over earlier this year from two awesome ladies who did a great job putting together this publication about 2 years ago now. We really just wanted to highlight the creativity that's happening in Atlanta right now. 
Caroline: It started as a website and print magazine, then evolved into just a website, then it went dormant for a while. We took the reins and revived it! It’s been almost a year since we took over the site and it’s been a blast.

Why CommonCreativ ATL?

Muriel: This city has so much potential and these artists, writers and organizations are rising to the occasion. But we all lead busy lives, and it's hard to find the time to keep up with the current art scene. We wanted a publication that can tell you what's happening, where you should be this weekend and let you know about artists that are on the rise right now. 
Caroline: It’s not easy running the site by ourselves, especially since we both also have full-time jobs. But we love the local art scene—it’s so inclusive and welcoming. There are so many talented artists and creative professionals here that deserve recognition. They make our city beautiful and keep it thriving, so CCATL is how we give back to them, by exposing them to our readers.

How do you stay inspired?

Muriel: Talking to creatives around Atlanta, walking around the city and seeing art installations in a park or a mural in an otherwise ugly tunnel, attending events and just overall, trying to help this city love itself. It's our home.
Caroline: I love talking to artists about what inspires them and what they love about Atlanta. Going to openings and events and immersing myself in the local arts culture is continuously inspiring.

What advice do you have for folks who want to get into blogging?

Muriel: Well, I'm by no means a blogger, but I do read a lot of blogs and the main thing I see is passion. Passion for what you do is important and it will yield just best work. If you have something say and you need a creative outlet, whether it is a fashion blog, a portfolio of your work or maybe just a collection of photos, get it out there. Not for the audience, but for you. 
Caroline: There are a million and one blogs out there, so find a niche. Write often. Promote yourself as well as others, if you care about clicks and all that good stuff. Interact with other bloggers who write about similar subjects. Be thorough and honest and candid. 

You're on a desert island - what 3 things are you bringing?

Muriel: LCD Soundsystem's This is Happening CD, my dog Jack and a Kindle full of books.
Caroline: My cat Sid, my computer and plenty of sunscreen.

What are your top Atlanta finds/favorite places?

Sid: Yogi Style.
Muriel:  The Atlanta Beltline, definitely. I'm a huge fan of the Atlanta Food Truck Park and of Tough Love Yoga (Hi Neda!). Her Metal Yoga class made me appreciate yoga in a different way, plus she's awesome and definitely one of those people who's making Atlanta a better place.
Caroline: I feel like I am forever talking about Metal Yoga (that’s how I got Muriel to start going with me!), but it’s seriously one of the best parts of my week. I love exploring Highland Row Antiques, getting coffee at Joe’s in East Atlanta, sitting on the patio at The Midway… the list goes on!

What’s next for CommonCreativ ATL

Muriel: We are pretty excited about the New Year and bringing new features and giveaways to the site! 
Caroline: We’re also talking about throwing a party early next year, so stay tuned!

What’s the craziest thing that happened to you since you started 
CommonCreativ ATL?

Muriel: Craziest thing? I don't know. I think that most exciting thing is seeing people share our stories and reading how excited they are about it. We have this little project and we do it by ourselves, but then people like it and they share it—it's a huge deal. We really celebrate the little things.
Caroline: Yeah, I mean, having people like you ladies at BOFC and Scoutmob recognizing what we do is pretty amazing to us. We don’t take any of it for granted.

Any words of wisdom?

Muriel: I think the best advice anyone has ever given me is to always have something in your life that you love doing. Whether it's your job, a side project, a hobby... something that makes you fulfilled and happy and keeps you going. And of course, follow your gut no matter what.
Caroline: I strongly believe in working really hard for what you want, no matter what it is. Don’t wait around for opportunities—be proactive and create them for yourself. 
We do!

We love you, do you love us?

Muriel: DUH. Will you marry us? Also, here's a cat gif because I love you guys. 
Caroline: What Muriel said. Us go-getting girls gotta stick together!

Check out CommonCreativ ATL here

Monday, November 5, 2012

New Blog Series! HBIC - Atlanta!

We're so excited to announce the launch of our new blog series - HBIC: Atlanta Edition!

We're taking a look at some of the most creative, driven, innovative, artistic and unique women this city has to offer and picking their brains apart until we figure out how we can become as cool as they are. We promise we aren't going to go all "Single White Female" on you...

First up, the beautiful and talented ladies of CommonCreativ ATL. Check back here tomorow to read about how Caroline Cox and Muriel Vega took the up and coming magazine and relaunched it into the awesome online resource for creatives that it is today.

Also, you might see some cool stuff like this: Cool Stuff.

See ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I'm Scared of Everything.

I'm the kind of person who is scared of their own shadow. I can't watch scary movies, go to haunted houses or even be alone late at night. I hear things...I see things...and worst of all, I'm totally convinced that monsters and ghosts are 100% real.

While normal people are afraid of things that could actually happen to them like being robbed, drowning or getting into a car accident I feel little fear about things that have the highest probability of truly happening to me. In short - I'm a total backwards freak.

Just as an example: Did any of you crazy kids go to the Scoutmob Halloween Party at the Goat Farm? It was a blast besides the fact that I was the only person there that was legitimately scared. Did I have a nightmares about the creepy guy in the black dress writing names of party attendees on a wooden door with chalk? Maybe I did. But I did take some pretty awesome Smilebooth photos to ease the pain.

Fashion Blogger, Disgruntled Goth Youth and Chicken Wire Ballerina

Fashion Blogger, Disgruntled Goth Youth and Chicken Wire Ballerina loving life!

Scary as hell homeboy at the Scoutmob party. Dang.

Here are the top 5 things that I think you should do with your Halloween even though I'm too scared to really do anything at all.

1.) Coathangers and Sealions at Starbar's 21st Anniversary Halloween Party. If you want to boogie then come out to this show. I love Sealions and one thing I'm not afraid of is shaking my groove thing.

2.) Chamber of Horrors. I wouldn't be caught dead here because there is a high chance I would pee my pants but if you like scary, blood curdling stuff you should like totally go!

3.) Shoot the crap out of some zombies. The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse is probably my worst nightmare but it's like a real life The Walking Dead. Grab a paintball gun and aim for the head.

4.) Uncle Shucks Corn Maze. This probably isn't scary unless you hate kids and let's face it, they're kind of freaky.

5.) Tour Oakland Cemetery. Grab a Ouija Board and some candles and scare the bejesus out of your pals.

Get out there and scare yourself silly, Atlanta. I'll be watching safely from behind the curtains of my home. With my cats. With all of the lights on.

- Jessi

Monday, October 15, 2012

Week in Review: Jack White, A3C, Pride Fest & Punkins!

We had a long & crazy week at BOFC and wanted to share some highlights. One of the our favorite things about what we do is the diversity in our clients. It keeps us creative, energized and loving all things Atlanta. Here's some highlights:

First, listen to this.

Tuesday: Jack White at The Fox Theatre
Brooke Waggoner on the keys
Opening band Pokey LaFarge
Thursday: Bright eyed & bushy-tailed at 5:30 AM, CBS Studios
Featured on CBS Better Mornings, Burn Unit
Saturday: Happy Pride!
Savasana with Tough Love Yoga
Goodbye pumpkins, Hello Christmas trees!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Your FALL Social Calendar

Birds of a Feather Creative is in Fall full swing. We're super pumped booties, capes, Indiana Jones hats, (vegan?) leather jackets, and all things sweater-y, cozy, bonfire-y fun.

The next few months are full-steam-ahead so here's what you won't want to miss:

Take me to the river!
Friday, September 28: The Urban Hoedown

Hot Air Balloon Rides + Kiddie Activities + Shoppin'
Saturday, September 29: The Riverview Landing Fall Festival

Hey Fifi!
Wednesday, October 3: Fiona Apple at The Tabernacle

One (long) word: Galaktoboureko. 
Thursday, October 4 - Sunday October 7: The Atlanta Greek Festival 
Go for the Galaktoboureko. It will change your life. OPA!

15 years of Young Blood magic. Bravo Kelly + Maggie!
Saturday, October 6: Young Blood Gallery's 15th Anniversary Retrospective

Tuesday, October 9: JACK WHITE at The Fox Theatre

Breakdancing competitions. mmmkay?
Friday & Saturday October 12 & 13: The A3C Hip Hop Festival

Start shopping for your meat dress, pronto.

Keep an eye out for the Tough Love Yoga ZOMBIES!
Saturday, October 20: Little 5 Points Halloween Parade

Cabbagetown's finest.
Saturday, November 3: Chomp & Stomp

Shop local. Get 'cho craft on.
Saturday & Sunday November 18 & 19: Indie Craft Experience's Holiday Shopping Spectacular

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Top 5 A3C Picks #ThisIsWhatHipHopLooksLike

BOFC is gearing up for a busy concert season... and we are pumped about the 3-day A3C Hip Hop Festival October 11, 12, & 13th. 

Coming into it's 8th year in Atlanta, A3C is widely acknowledged as the largest hip-hop festival in the United States. Many of today's most unique artists have gotten their start at the festival, including B.o.B. and Yelawolf. A3C 2012 headliners include RaekwonTwista and CunninLynquists

Here's what you won't want to miss:

1. #ThisIsWhatHipHopLooksLike Photo Campaign: A3C Hip Hop Festival hopes to promote the diversity of A3C fans and hip hop culture through using the hashtag.
Currently using Instagram and Twitter as a place to showcase what their own personal idea of hip hop is, A3C fans have posted everything from baby photos to snapshots of home studios to highlight what hip hop means to them.

2. Breakdancing. For realz. Watch this video featuring Atlanta's own Burn Unit. 

3. Seeing legendary Wu-Tang MCs Raekwon (The Chef) and GZA (The Genius). My betrothed is super pumped that GZA is playing his "stone-cold classic" album Liquid Swords. Take note.

4. New Talent: The country's brightest unsigned talent to showcase their talents in this industry-attended cultural celebration of hip hop. Who will be the next Snoop Dog (err..Lion)?

5. It's in our backyard! Atlanta's doin' big things, y'all! Local venues including The Masquerade, Five Spot, Criminal Records, Star Bar, and Highland Ballroom will be hosting artists, panels, in-store promos all weekend long.

For more information, visit: www.a3cfestival.com and www.fb.com/a3cfestival

Let's do this! xo, xtina

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Riverview Landing Fall Festival | Urban Hoedown 2012

We all know that Atlanta loves a festival but if there is one that you really can’t miss this fall it’s Riverview Landing’s Urban Hoedown. Seriously. This two day event, Friday, September 28 & Saturday, September 29, is going to be pretty much everything we’ve ever dreamed of.

Friday, September 28 kicks the fest off with a super duper cool line up of local bands that we are STOKED about. The Constellations, Turf War and Sealions are ALL PLAYING ON THE SAME STAGE. OHMERGERD.

PS – Needs tickets? Visit Ticket Alternative or Criminal Records to get you one.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ba Da Ba Ba Ba... I'm lovin' it!

Stuff I'm into, Part II:

1. Living Walls is doing some big things, ya'll. Follow them on Facebook here. There are the brains behind the majestic street art you see going up all around town: Cabbagetown, Edgewood, Old Fourth Ward, and Downtown. Seriously lovin' it. 

Artist: La Pandilla Photo credit: Dustin Chamber Creative Loafing

2. My summertime jam: Jack White | I'm Shakin'

3. Erica Weiner's new 1909 Collection. Inspired by her favorite vintage and estate jewels, this collection is magical. Also, a size 5.5 will do.

Bow Ring, Erica Weiner

4. Sent from heaven, my new German mid-century buffet. I got a killer deal at Highland Row Antiques and the kitchen clutter is gone! win-win. 


5. While we're shakin' and groovin', you gotta listen to the only and only: Mrs. Wanda Jackson | Shakin' All Over