The Trendy Sparrow

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I've moved to a new site!


Hey darlings! I've moved the blog to a new site! You can now read my blog and shop my store all under one incredibly fabulous roof (www.thetrendysparrow.com).

Today is our blog launch day, and I'm so excited to celebrate this new chapter with you! Please stop by to see all of our amazing product and read our new blog. Rumor has it there is even a huge sale going on to celebrate the launch; stop by the new blog for all of the details!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Boss Babe Book Club June Selection: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Hey darlings! It's time to pick this month's Boss Babe Book Club read.... 

This book as been on my shelf at home for literally months....but with so many amazing boss babe reads out there, it's hard to get through all of them in a timely manner. Heck, as much as I love reading about other boss babes, I have to make sure I still have time to BE ONE myself! Either way, I'm so excited to get reading this month's book with you all! Unlike most of our reads, this isn't a typical novel. Rather, it's a collection of essays all along a similar theme...boss babe(ness). That's totally a word, right?

According to Amazon, the book is about...

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

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Don't forget to tag pictures of you participating in the boss babe book club on Instagram using the hashtag #bossbabebookclub and #readlikeaboss! This month we are doing a special contest! Everyone who tags a photo using the hashtag #bossbabebookclub will be entered into a drawing to win the next month's book FREE

Previous Boss Babe Book Club Reads:




Check out my Etsy Store, The Trendy Sparrow, for chic art prints, coffee mugs, and apparel.

Thanks for reading, dolls! Come back for more!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gift Guide: Ideas for the fabulous graduate

It's that time of year where both college and high school students graduate and leave to try something new and incredibly exciting. And what better way to celebrate a new journey than with a fabulous gift? Graduation gifts are always one of my favorite things to pick out (and I'm sad that the number I get to buy for is slowly dwindling as all my friends and family age) because the gift symbolizes the start of a new chapter is someone's life. I always try to find a gift that is stylish, personal, and will help that person grow in the next phase of their life. I've created a gift guide full of gifts that are both fabulously stylish and yet wonderfully functional. Who could ask for more?!
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For more ideas, check out my gift ideas Pinterest Boards.

Check out my Etsy Store, The Trendy Sparrow, for chic art prints, coffee mugs, and apparel.

Thanks for reading, dolls! Come back for more!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Boss Babe Book Club May Discussion: Tales from the Back Row

It's that time again! I'm so excited to dig into the discussion of May's Boss Babe Book Club read, Tales From The Back Row by Amy Odell. As always, don't forget to leave your comments and reactions to the book in the comments section. I'd love to hear what you thought of the book! This one turned out to be a new favorite for me. I'm a sucker for anything that is drenched in sarcasm, and this book had more of it than fashion lovers have black in their closets. 
So let's dive right in, shall we?

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Amy's book is first and foremost a memoir of her experiences in fashion. From assistant, to freelancer, to blogger, to editor of Cosmopolitan.com, Amy has seen so much of the ins and outs of the fashion industry....most of it from the back row. Her book is essentially a long satirical piece about the world of fashion and how it takes itself to seriously. Between snippy interactions with the infamous Anna Wintour and her quick encounter with Karl Lagerfeld himself, Amy writes about how even though fashion is amazing, life changing, and something to be loved...some people take it a bit too far with their obsessive, judging, and rigid approach to fashion. We can't all rock $500+ clothing on a daily basis and most of us will never see the inside of a fashion show tent...but does that mean we can't love and appreciate fashion? And if we do, but we don't agree with the masses (aka Vogue) at all times....are we not fashion people? Amy's book highlights a lot of the hypocrisy within the fashion world, emphasizing that it's okay to be your (super sarcastic) self in the world of fashion.

What Amy's book is mostly about is the benefits of hard work. Amy started out as an assistant, scrambled to get any freelance position she could, worked hours on end as a blogger for The Cut, and eventually became the editor of Cosmopolitan.com. She went from no fashion week, to back row views, to a prime seat on the front row; all while staying true to her own personal voice/view of the fashion industry and working her ass butt off. And as much as I couldn't help but literally "lol" and the majority of the things Amy wrote, the thing I loved most about the book was how much she emphasized working hard. Now, I realized I'm a lifestyle blogger who posts photos of themselves to the Internet...so Amy would probably be making fun of me somewhere for trying to obtain "instant fame" (not the case), but her message about hard work is one that I can absolutely get behind. Whether you're working as an unpaid intern, posting selfies to your Twitter account, or the CEO of a company....hard work gets you places. It really does, and Amy is proof of that.

So, whether you're looking for a motivational book about tackling challenges that come your way, working hard, and pursuing your dreams....or you're looking for a hilarious book about the fashion industry that's drenched is so much satire that you'll spend half the time laughing and the other half rolling your eyes...this book is for you. At the very least, it's a detailed behind the scenes look at what it's like to be "in" the fashion world...even if it's on the outskirts of in.

So babes....what did you think of the book?


Previous Boss Babe Book Club Reads:



Don't forget to tag pictures of you participating in the boss babe book club on Instagram using the hashtag #bossbabebookclub and #readlikeaboss! This month we are doing a special contest! Everyone who tags a photo using the hashtag #bossbabebookclub will be entered into a drawing to win the next month's book FREE

Check out my Etsy Store, The Trendy Sparrow, for chic art prints, coffee mugs, and apparel.

Thanks for reading, dolls! Come back for more!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Inspiration and Sales

It's officially Memorial Day weekend...meaning lots of cookouts, time by the pool, and lots of mega sales! We plan on spending Memorial Day doing a little relaxing because Drew will be leaving on a plane that day (and gone for 2 weeks...waaaah!), but on Sunday we are hosting a fabulous BBQ! And because nothing says "kick off to summer" quite like Memorial Day, I wanted to round up some MDW inspiration to get you ready to celebrate this long weekend in style. The best part? Everything in the round up is on major sale this weekend! Seriously, don't you just love major holiday sales?! 
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A lot of my absolute favorite stores are having sales (incredible sales) this weekend, so in addition to my round up, I just wanted to share a few of those sales with you so that you have them all in one (very happy) place!

ANN TAYLOR // 50% Off Full-Price Purchase & Extra 40% Off Sale Styles
ANTHROPOLOGIE // Additional 30% off all sale items, in stores and online
ASOS // Extra 20% Off
BANANA REPUBLIC // Extra 40% Off
J. CREW // 30% Off Your Purchase
J.Crew Factory // 50% off Your Purchase (YAAAAAS)
LOFT // 60% Off Summer Faves & All Sale Styles + 40% Off New Arrivals
MODCLOTH // Up to 40% Off (extra 20% off sale)
NORDSTROM // Up to 40% Off

For more ideas, check out my holidays and fancy parties Pinterest Boards.

Check out my Etsy Store, The Trendy Sparrow, for chic art prints, coffee mugs, and apparel.

Thanks for reading, dolls! Come back for more!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

How I Get My Hair This Color

One of the questions I get most often on the blog and especially on Instagram is....

"How do you get your hair that color?"/"Which color dye do you use on your hair?"

I always seem to disappoint people when I let them know that, nope, this doesn't come from a drug store bottle. (Although I used to dye my hair that way....but it was so messy, didn't last, and was never REALLY the color I wanted). But rather than just saying...sorry, it's not a bottle, I wanted to shed some light on how I get my hair this color since so many people seem interested! I get my hair professionally colored at one of my absolute favorite salons in Chicago, Sine Qua Non.

One of the reasons I love SQN so much is that they truly GET what color I'm going for. Rather than trying to create the perfect color for me from a drugstore bottle, SQN custom creates a color that works best with my existing hair color (dark brown for those of you who've never seen it). Better yet, all of the products they carry in house are cruelty free (aka, they aren't tested on animals). Finding a salon like that was HARD because almost everyone carries the "big name" brands. And sorry to disappoint, but 99.9% off them test on animals...a big no-no for me (see my dog, Lilly, for why). Thanks to SQN, I'm able to get the color I want, keep it that way, and keep it healthy. They even help me pick out the perfect products to compliment my hair because they know it best!


So here are some of my tips/secrets for getting your hair this color:

1) Don't bleach it - I can't say this enough. Bleaching your hair is so damaging to it, and can break it apart easily. I know the urge to want to get it this color immediately, and bleaching might seem like the best idea at the time, but just don't....your hair will thank you later. I mean, what's the point of having a fabulous color if your hair just looks unhealthy?

2) Don't think it's going to be this color overnight - This goes hand in hand with the "do not bleach" rule. I've been a (fake) redhead for about 4 years now, but it wasn't always this exact color. Getting it to the true color you want takes time; especially if you have extremely dark natural hair like I do. If you're dedicated to changing your color longterm and not just a "oh, hey, I want my hair purple for like 2 weeks" mentality... then know that it takes time. Work with your colorist to help transition it to the right shade for you overtime. For me, that took about a year. 

3) Go to a professional salon you trust - I can't emphasize this enough. I'm one of those people that likes going to the same salon over and over again because you get to know and trust your stylist. If you're trying a new salon, ask them to assign you someone who specialized in color. There are some stylists who spent extra time learning all about the right coloring process and how to get it exactly the way you want it. Try to seek out those people. That's part of the reason I chose SQN when I moved to Chicago. I heard that they were experts with color, which is exactly what I was looking for. Combine that with the fact that products are cruelty-free, and they were the perfect salon for me. If you're in Chicago, I can't recommend them enough.

4) Find the right tools for your hair (i.e. maintenance) - So you've got your hair colored the way you want it, now what? I got news for you....red fades. FAST AND EASY. You've got to make sure you have the right products to keep your hair that color and to keep it feeling soft and healthy. My favorite shampoo/conditioner for keeping it red is Proganix. I also use R+CO Chiffon mousse for keeping it volumized and healthy (perfect for creating big curls).



For more ideas, check out my Girly Tips and Tricks Pinterest Board.

Check out my Etsy Store, The Trendy Sparrow, for chic art prints, coffee mugs, and apparel.

Thanks for reading, dolls! Come back for more!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Travel Adventures: Detroit

Traveling is one of those things that I have an extreme passion for, but seldom seem to get to do. Between constantly working and oh yeah, more working, it's often hard to find the time to travel. But Drew and I decided to take a mini vacation a few weeks ago to Detroit. Drew had that Friday off, so we knew we'd be able to make a long weekend out of it, and the Texas Rangers (our home team) were playing the Detroit Tigers (baseball - for those of you who hate sports). It would be the only time the two teams would meet in Detroit this season; so a road trip seemed serendipitous! 

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