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shop talk

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Let’s talk shop, shall we? Aside from asking Alise, every week we’ll be showing all of you some of our favorite things going on at Oxford Hall. From new merch to what we’re wearing, we’ll run it down for you in a series we’re calling {surprise, surprise} “Shop Talk.”

For this week, we are excited about a few new finds we have in the store. It’s no secret that we are travel addicts, and on a recent trip to Costa Rica we scooped up these wooden bangles. They’re all handmade from different local varieties of wood, and look spot on stacked on your wrist and paired with a tan {faux, of course} and some sandals.


Shop Talk - Wood Bangles
{Available at Oxford Hall for a limited time – $18 – $26}

On some adventures in Hong Kong we discovered these funky camera straps and couldn’t resist. They’re sturdy and well-made so that DSLR will never find itself on a free fall to oblivion, plus the fun, woven prints let everyone know that you’ll never take yourself too seriously {your shutter speed, on the other hand, is another story}.

Shop Talk - Camera Strap
{Available at Oxford Hall now for a limited time – $24}

We hope these finds inspire some travel of your own. Have a Cadbury-egg filled weekend {we call dibs on the chocolate creme} and we’ll see you next week!

oh, the places you’ll go

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Hooray, it’s time to graduate! For all you donning a cap and gown this month, that means you can officially put all those papers, exams and all-nighters behind you. We know what hard work it is getting through school, so we want to send a great big “congratulations” to the class of 2012! While we are always in favor of celebrations, we also know how daunting it is to step into the real world. After years of having your life dictated by a syllabus, the reality of freedom can be overwhelming. That is why, with the help of Russell and Hazel, we have decided to make your transition into the world of break rooms and pay stubs just a little bit smoother.

 Mornings can be hectic. They seem to be especially chaotic on days when you need to be somewhere important, like a job interview. In our experience, when mornings are at their worst (we’re talking mornings when your alarm doesn’t go off and your dog decides to make a chew toy out of the shoes you were planning on wearing), keys always disappear. Honestly, it’s like they know when you’re running late and they roll themselves under the sofa just to spite you. For this reason, we have fallen in love with Russell and Hazel’s Fringe Keychains {1}. They are adorable and BIG! How can you possibly lose your keys when they are attached to so much gold fringe? Of course, we cannot control the alarm clock or the silly puppy, but at least we know that when you are sprinting out the door to get to that interview, you will have one less thing to sweat over.

 Okay, so you made it out the door and you’re at your interview. We have been told that it’s those first impressions that are vital when convincing someone you are perfect for the job. To make your introduction memorable, we suggest Russell and Hazel’s Gold Folio {2}. Clutching one of these in your arm while going for that initial handshake (remember, make it a firm one!) is a guaranteed way to completely wow your interviewer. The folio is designed for an iPad, but also has room for a pad of paper, so you can be attentive and professional, but stay completely fabulous while doing so.

 Of course you get the job. Between your accessories and your charm, there is no way anyone could turn you down! Now that you have secured your first official job, why not spread the word? The business card holder we have from Russell and Hazel {3} is one of our favorite ways to show everyone how far we’ve come. Between their amazing leather scent and their beautiful purples and golds, we like to pull them out every chance we get. Plus, busting out a business card makes us feel oh so grown up! Congratulations, once again, to the class of 2012 and we hope your journey into the world is full of excitement, fun, and joy!

Better with Butter

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

In a 2009 airing of the “Late Show” with editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour, David Letterman pressed the infamously icy fashion icon as to what the average woman – spendthrift habits strangled by the recession – would do if her fashion budget had been reduced to $20 for an entire year. In the shot heard around the world, she smirked and replied: “well, she could buy a lipstick.”

Questionable grasp on the day-to-day decision making of the average woman aside, Anna Wintour’s comment got to the heart of the human response to the economic predicament by pinpointing the trait that everyone {editors of monumental fashion periodicals included} has had to draw heavily upon since the economy decided to turn belly-up back in 2008: creativity. From stretching budgets to “staycations,” no one has made it through the last three years without relying on some creative thinking {add sleepless nights and luck to that list, while you’re at it}.

Viv&Ingrid is no exception to this rule. To say the least, the past three years have been rough on retailers, and we’re thankful every day that we’ve enjoyed continued success and have been fortunate enough to open our new retail storefront despite the chokehold on the economy. We’ve been working hard to continue providing our loyal customers with classic, affordable jewelry and top notch customer service in the face of the recession. Since opening Viv&Ingrid at Oxford Hall, we’ve extended these efforts to stocking our store with happy little luxuries from vendors with interesting stories at a price point that won’t cause your checking account to go on strike.

Which is why we knew we hit the jackpot when we found Butter London. A self-proclaimed “three-free” company {their products do not contain DBP, toluene or formaldehyde – say that three times fast}, Butter London is an innovator in the nail business, working directly with designers to translate the latest trends into chic, very wearable nail lacquers. To top it all off, some of our in-the-know customers tipped us off to the fact that they don’t test on animals, so that mani/pedi is also Fido and Fuzzy-approved.

So if you’re looking for an alternative to the $20 lipstick, come give Butter London a try. Changing your look is only a manicure away – and with over 50 shades to choose from, there is a color for every mood. From the perfect, sultry hue of red to evoke your inner vixen {aptly named Come to Bed Red} to unique neutrals when you’re feeling more prim and proper, there is a shade {or ten} for everyone to love. And at $14 a pop, your wallet just might love them too.


What's in a name? From left: Jaffa, Tramp Stamp, Chimney Sweep and Marrow.