5 favorite unique Bachelorette Party Ideas

We love bachelorette parties at One Strange Bird, and summer is filled with them! Check out some of our favorite ideas for gettin' down with your gals before the big day.

1. Manis & Mimosas. Every girl loves getting pampered, and bonding over a day of beauty is always a fun option. Book a salon trip complete with mimosas, or hire a professional to come to you! Check out this gorgeous post from Trueblu for inspiration. (via Trueblue)

2. Winery Day Trip.  Plan a getaway to a nearby winery! Rent a limo and after your tasting, check out some of the cute local stores and restaurants in the area, or plan dinner at the winery complete with pairings! If you're in Chicago, check out Refinery29's list of winery getaways nearby the city. (via Refinery29)

3. One Strange Bird Art Party. Get in touch with your creative side! One Strange Bird offers private art parties for all kinds of activities, like painting, printmaking, collage, and jewelry making! We had a blast printing custom tote bags for this fun bachelorette crew!

4. Glamping. For the flower child, rent a camper or cabin for the weekend with your girls! Grab the pups, growlers of local beer, s'mores & games, and don't forget the flower crowns! Bridal Musings has a must-see post for some beautiful ideas. (via Bridal Musings)

5. Big Girl Slumber Party. Just like when you were a kid, but with tastier beverages! Have everyone come in their best onesie or pj's,  pick some favorite movies and board games, and all the junk food you can eat! Set up a DIY photo booth to capture the action. Don't forget your sleeping bag! Check out this sassy slumber party for serious slumber party envy! (via 100 Layer Cake)

xoxo,
Amanda

Shop Alert: Product Highlights

Though spring has yet to sprung, we here at OSB are ready. The shop is looking extra flush with new products and loads of cute gifts options and stylish accessories. Who doesn't deserve a special treat after all? And with a our online store brimming with items, you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home to check out all the new goodies. Happy browsing!

Witchy Gems

It's no surprise gemstones, rose quartz and druzy ear studs are at the top of our list when it comes to sparkling accessories. These pieces combine earth mother tendencies with a touch of glam and, if we say so ourselves, make for a show-stopping statement look. Layer on the rocks or pick one bold piece. Either way, channeling your inner mystic never looked so good!

With multiple stones and hues to choose from, we dare you not to collect all the druzy sets!

With a touch of blue, this sleek and sophisticated stone pendant is sure to amp up the drama when paired with any outfit. Add an edgy touch to a chunky knit or layer atop a trapeze dress and denim jacket to preview this year's music festival style.

Stick 'em Up!

Jazz up your school supplies or work notebooks with some perfectly springy stickers. Oh-so twee, we can't help but use these everywhere, seriously!

Burn Baby Burn

Who doesn't love a new candle? Though the season generally calls for fresh florals, this time around we decided to feature some muskier, richer scents - it is still February after all. Amber and smoke lay a warm and comforting vibe throughout any home while we adore the sea salt and sage combo: the quickest way to feel like you are in southern France, on the shore in a striped boatneck top and black capris. Plans for Spring Break anyone?!

A Hair Do!

These cute headband shortcuts come in three colors and we can't help but drool over the different ways to style hair with them. Topknot your mane and toss one of these on to hold back bangs or go for a sweeter princess style with a half pony and loose tendrils. No matter what, there is sure to be several videos and how-tos on Pinterest to help navigate which way to rock the twist scarf headband.

Starry Knee-Highs

After months of wearing big boots, heavy wool socks and getting feet down and dirty with the winter blues, a new pair of socks is just the ticket to feeling fresh and lively again. We have added quite a few fun and funky pairs but shoot for the stars with these constellation knee-highs.

Totes

If you have taken to the coloring book craze like we have - you know you want to! - then you know a special tote or carrier for your colored pencil and supplies is a necessity. Grab a large accessory bag like this one with the Eiffel Tower across the front to feel artsy yet organized and keep all your coloring tools in tip-top shape. Not into the coloring trend? A tote is a tote and who doesn't need another bag to carry all the day's necessities around in?!

Brick and Mortar at 2124 W. Division

Though online shopping in pajamas is hard to beat - maybe with a mimosa on your bedstand too! - don't forget to check out One Strange Bird's brick and mortar location. With additional products to peruse, Alliance Bakery down the street and Wixter Market next door, an official shopping day might be just what the doctor ordered.

'Til next time!

- KCH

Family Friendly Summer Activities in Chicago

Check out our favorite family activities for summer in Chicago! Whether you're trying to beat the heat or enjoy the great outdoors, get the kids together and enjoy everything beautiful Chicago has to offer!

photo via  The Real Chicago

1. Chicago Parks. Chicago has so many parks and free programs, it would be a shame not to take advantage! Some of my favorite activities and places to visit are:

  • Lincoln Park Zoo. Go see the animals and check out the beautiful walkway around the pond!
  • Movies in the Park! Check out all of the listings here or search by park here.
  • Free Swimming at Holstein Park and Smith Park.
  • Garfield Park Conservatory. Go take pics with the kids!
  • Millennium Park. Take the kids to see the bean, or check out some of the upcoming events and shows at the Pritzker Pavilion here!
  • The Lake and Beach. The lakefront trail and beaches are hard to pass up with their scenic views! Let the kids splash around some water or rent bikes and ride the trail!
photo via  Lincoln Park Zoo

2. All Ages Art Classes at One Strange Bird. Come cool off in the air conditioning and enjoy our all ages art classes! Come with the kids and enjoy painting, collage, or seasonal art crafts together! Only $25 per class!

3. Farmer's Market. Check out the wide variety of seasonal produce during the summer! Enjoy strolling the Logan Square or Wicker Park farmer's market on Sundays and pick up some watermelon to share. Yum!

4. Museums. Chicago is home to many world-class museums, from the Art Institute to the Adler Planetarium. Take the kids to check out the fishes at the Shedd Aquarium or learn all the wonders of our world at the Science and Industry Museum (take them to the coal mine tour!).

photo via  Pursuitist

photo via Pursuitist

5. Ice Cream! We couldn't leave everyone's favorite summer treat off this list! Our favorites in the neighborhood include Mr. Kite's, Jeni's, and Black Dog Gelato!

Get out there and have some fun!

Amanda