Date Night: Buffalo Collective

Recently, we were invited to Buffalo Collective’s space over in South Buffalo for a DIY studio pallet night. Sure, we have all heard of the paint nights and probably have been to one (or ten), but THIS is something different. Cool. Like, Joanna Gaines cool.

Sometimes, Beau doesn’t listen. I had told him about ten times what we were going to be doing on this particular date night and when we got there- he said to me, ‘You didn’t tell me I would be painting! Oh my God, what if I mess up?’ The dude knew. Busted, hubby. Luckily, Buffalo Collective guides you through the whole process and in the end you step back and want to do another…and another….

Pic: @buffalocollective

With two locations- one on Abbott Rd. in South Buffalo and the other on Harlem in Amherst, Buffalo Collective was started by a duo of mamas looking to get their creative side out and to other people. It’s a more hands-on place than you expect. You use POWER TOOLS. Pallet boards are pre-cut and sanded for you but you get to put the board together yourself including the backing. The gals (we had one of the owners, Jill) help you through the adventure and offer tips on making your board clean and accurate. Pick your paints, learn about easy ways to pattern your pallets, and sip some wine while waiting for paint to dry. (Yep, you can get a drink at the ‘bar’)

Buffalo Collective has open and private parties available and the best way to get one started (we’re thinkin’ the ‘new’ bachelorette party, friends in town, gather all the ladies in the fam, roll in with your significant other…) is on their website. A private party is a minimum of 12 people, a group booking is 6 people, and you can choose your date online. There are even kid events you can do- perfect for a family date! Getting married? Buffalo Collective also makes signs and table numbers for weddings. Check everything out on their site!

So…here is how our night went:

Beau was in a room filled with ladies, yes, but who cares? Pallet parties are for the boys, too. He was so serious making his board for Chloe’s room that he proclaimed he wanted to return to do it again so he could perfect it. Oh, Beau!

Do something different. Do something fun. Gather your squad and book a night at one of the Buffalo Collective spots. You’ll be proud at the end, channeling your inner Fixer Upper style. We had so much fun!

DETAILS:

Buffalo Collective locations: see online (Southtowns, Northtowns) Street parking in Southtowns.

Instagram // Facebook

Perfect for girl night, fam time, date night, parties, solo, fundraisers.

Drinks for purchase, smocks on site, immediate assistance.

The Local Bloggers You May Be Missing Out On

Influencers. Bloggers. Storytellers.

The cool thing about our lives right now is that we can share our stories on different social media platforms. Media that speaks to us. Some of us are writing it (yea, we wish we had more time to write), some are visual documentarians (yea, we wish we had better camera skills), and some are mixing both into their platforms to share their lives and experiences (we like to think we’re in that realm).

A few are focused on straight up Buffalo and others have a more broad scope that appeals to the world (will we ever get there?). We’re sharing a short list of those who live among us here in the 716, but may be missing out on since they aren’t necessary screaming ‘Buffalo’ in your face. But they’re sending out gorgeous shots, fun stories, and cool vibes. (*all pics from handles)

@ktnewms

Ok, envy! This girl hails from our home county of Niagara and her shots have us in love. Follow her for stunning coffee pics, perfectly placed throws and flowers, destroyed denim, and cute baby shots.

@astoldbymama_

A mix of some blog posts and mainly shots on Insta, this mama has some adorable life stills that document her moments as a photographer and mother.

@craftbeerdeer

I mean, her name says it all. Beer. It’s like you step in to a magazine of editorial beer shots on every post. She’s showing you some great international hops along with beautifying the pour itself.

@prettyprchick

Brandi mixes Insta shots with YouTube videos filled with a makeup lover’s dream. I don’t think there is a lipstick color that looks bad on her…

@lifeaskristinab

I actually met Kristina when I was 16- seems like yesterday. A blogger turned social storyteller, follow her for fam life, punny real AF shirts, and inspo on getting off your a** in order to get healthy with her workout coaching.

@CaralynMirand

Stunning plus model Caralyn shares her Buffalo and NYC life via how-tos, stories, and fashion shots. This girl works it and makes us feel beautiful too.

@rachellynjohnson

Rachel is a fashion blogger mama who channels through her site and Instagram. Follow her for all of the things we think silently in our heads as we try not to fall asleep at 8pm while attempting to Netflix & chill.

@seekaxiom

Total photog-inspo. Ryan captures moods through his shots and creates a semi-dreamlike sensation. Follow him for the art of the eye and to see some local familiar faces.

@sexyslices

Our go-to pizza guide on Insta. We literally click on pics of pizza that look scrumdiddlyumptious and order it. This is gonna help you on lazy nights where you don’t know where to order.

@alexisrusselljewelry

I pretty much hint beg Beau for one of these rings one day (for a right hand ring). Follow for custom engagement ring ideas and drooling all over your screen. A local handcrafted jeweler designing unique and stunning sparkly things.

Did you know we have some of these incredible Instagrammers? Make sure to follow them! You’re missing out if you don’t.

Colors and Magic at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Aren’t we so lucky to have these incredible museums right here in our backyard? As kids, we are exposed to them through field trips and as adults we get to relive those moments all over again but with fresh eyes and respect.

Beau and I have been Albright-Knox Art Gallery lovers for life. My school did field trips here and I was able to experience my Mother (now a retired Art Teacher) taking her students to it as well. We went as a family a few times and as a ‘big kid’, Beau and I have attended for live music and special exhibits. Now that we have Chloe, it’s a whole new adventure. We took her for her very first Albright experience last weekend and it was more magical than we expected.

AKG had a hands-on exhibit called ‘Art of the Senses’ which included works you could taste, touch, and hear. Great interaction for people of all ages, especially babies! Chloe was looking everywhere and seemed to love the bright art the most. The museum was packed and rightly so- the second exhibit featured the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami which was colorful, mesmerizing, and imaginative. (Think: the Japanese Lisa Frank)

AKG is stroller-friendly (can carefully take stairs, too, but there is a small elevator). There is a cafe inside you can grab lunch at- a sit down so you can enjoy your time. The gift shop is always fun afterward because you will find unique art supplies, books, and decor. You see classic artists such as Picasso, Monet, and Matisse and they even brought back the ever-popular favorite: The Mirrored Room by Lucas Samaras. *bring socks so you can step inside!

We’re pretty cheesy, if you didn’t already know. Every time we had Chloe take some pics, she giggled and posed- clearly she has the cheese, too. Must be in our genes! How can you not want to get a cool shot in the Albright-Knox though??

These exhibits I mentioned have ended their time at AKG, but the museum is constantly curating new exhibits and artists to come. The best place to see what is currently there and arriving soon is on their website: Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Follow their Instagram, too!

This is seriously one of our top fav date places in Buffalo! You can solo, grab a friend, bring the kids and baby, cross generations, or go on a date.

Grab your camera, grab your person…even download their app to play some fun games. We are too lucky not to keep going to AKG again and again, to expose our young selves once again and of course to enlighten the future youth.

Details:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery // 2182 Delaware Ave. Buffalo 14216

Tuesday – Sunday 10-5 // First Friday of each month is 10-10

Parking in lot: $5 for guests

Available street parking behind the museum

Family / friends / solo / date night / day date

Buffalo Go-To: Red Siren in Elmwood Village

We are always checking out places in and around Buffalo where we can get gifts for everyone on our list. Where are the best places for one stop shopping? What about unique gifts for someone that has everything?

Luckily for us Buffalonians, Red Siren opened up shop on Elmwood Ave. and has us popping in over and over. From gifts for the hostess to a sparkly holiday dress, men’s accessories to jewelry for your bff- Red Siren carries a lot more than your usual shop.

Here are some great finds we love:

For the Football lover. Sunday’s are for football around these parts. There are some really cool women and men’s pieces and accessories in Red Siren that are perfect for Bills day.

For the hostess: There is some seriously pretty host and hostess gifts at Red Siren. No one can go wrong with some handmade entertaining and serveware. There are some unique engraved decor pieces, too.

The cool dude: Red Siren even has a section for the fellas including attire for business and casual, accessories like socks and ties, and these cool pants. We’re diggin’ the red corduroys for Christmas.

For Mom or your Sister: Big fan of Nest candles and luckily we can pick them up here. The holiday scents are there! And how adorbs are the picture frames? Load it up with a family photo to finish the look!

Babies, future babies, Baby Mamas: well of course our fav section right now is where we can pick up some cute things for Chloe! Those baby socks are rattles and she has been keeping warm with her bear hat.

Whether you need holiday gifts, a new outfit, something fun for New Years…we bet you’re going to find something at Red Siren. Watch their Instagram for updates on new things that arrive at the store every week! @the_red_siren

There is easy street parking right on the corner of Elmwood and Bidwell. Afterward, pop over to Caffe Aroma for some tea to warm up! Red Siren is a surprising shop that offers a little bit of everything for everyone. Pop in and say hi to the girls there and leave with full bags of beautiful surprises.

Details:

Red Siren // 976 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14222

Holiday hours for 2017: Mon-Wed 11-7…Thurs-Sat 10-7…Christmas’s Eve 10-4…Closed Christmas…after Christmas from Tues-Sat 11-6:30 ((check website for usual times))

Parking: street

Follow on Instagram: @the_red_siren

Perfect for friends, family, babies, significant others, treating yo’self

The Perfect Basic Fall Day

Fall. It’s pretty. It’s sweater weather. It’s pumpkin  everything. Admit it- you LOVE busting out your plaid, having a PSL in hand, and doing super cheesy fall things like jumping in to pile of leaves and filming it in slow-mo.

We do, too. And we ain’t afraid to admit it!

We’re sharing our fall day with you, BabyLovebird in tow. It’s great for everyone- couples, families, and besties. Get the itinerary here:

Apple Picking and Hayrides: Becker Farms- Gasport, NY

Beau and Chloe

Up in country territory, Becker Farms has grown from a small cute farm to a destination filled with craft beer, donuts, apple picking, pumpkins, and winery. Dang. We drove up north to start with the apples- you pay only $5 to get access to the orchard experience which includes a hayride to the apple, a 4 quart bag to pick them, and apple education. A Family pack is $20 for 5 bags worth.

There is a ton of things for adults and kids including petting zoos, bounce house, goat races (yep), a haunted hayride, and a pumpkin patch.

Becker Farms // 3724 Quaker Rd. Gasport, NY 14067

Pumpkin Everything: The Great Pumpkin Farm- Clarence, NY

gotta get a pumpkin shot!

The ultimate pumpkin patch is here. You can find any size Pumpkin, super warty gourds, and a corn maze. Each weekend is a different festival with fun family things to do. The place is huge so plan on spending a good chunk of time here. Make sure you get a pick sitting on the benches amongst the pumpkins and make your kid do a pony ride.

The Great Pumpkin Farm // 11199 Main St. Clarence, NY 14031

Apple Cider & Donuts: Mayer Brothers Cider Mill- West Seneca, NY


Our ultimate fav spot each fall for cider is (obviously) Mayer Brothers. Right off Transit, you can spot the beautiful red building that is perfect for a selfie or filtering the heck out of an Americana exterior shot.

The small shop has Donuts, pies, soup mix, old school candy, and of course- cider. A great deal is the Harvest Pack for $21. You get a pie, a dozen donuts, and one gallon of cider. Make sure before you leave, you grab a couple apple cider slushies.

Mayer Brothers Cider Mill // 1540 Seneca St. West Seneca, NY 14224

Fall is a wonderful time of year to spend time with family and friends, especially doing fun outdoor things like picking apples, corn mazes, and buying pumpkins from a big or local stand to take home and carve. We can’t wait to continue making more of these places in to traditions for our family! 

Lindsay, Beau, and BabyLovebird Chloe
apples galore from Mayer Brothers
great hair spotted at the Great Pumpkin Farm
#babygoals

Champagne & Confetti: Meet Jill of All Trades

There is some badass hidden talent that sprinkles Buffalo nowadays. We get a glimpse of it at festivals, craft fairs, and pop-up shops…but we also have some cool people blowing it up on Etsy and Instagram- cause let’s face it, Insta has become our new omg-I-gotta-get-what-that-blogger-posted place to scroll.

One such hidden gem in our city is Jill of All Trades– an online blog and shop filled with style inspo, fun graphic-wear, and unique gift boxes to send out to WNYers. We had to talk to Jill and get the scoop on her!

 

Jill of All Trades herself!
Hi, Jill! Tell us a little bit about you:

 

Name: Jill DiGioia – Jill of All Trades

Currently living in: Downtown Buffalo – Hi! I’m new here!

Day job: This is it! I am a T-shirt Maker, Gift Box Curator, Baker, New Blogger, and I also do some Social Media Management on the side!

Website: jillofalltradesofficial.com

Etsy: etsy.com/shop/JillofAllTradesLV

Insta: instagram.com/jillofalltradesofficial
Being new to the area, we have to ask- what is your favorite place in Buffalo?: Canalside! There is always something going on there. Concerts, movies, workouts, festivals, Artisan Markets, and my favorite- water activities!
How did you first begin Jill Of All Trades and when?: I have many passions in life which has lead me to be a “Jill of all trades”. I’ve always had trouble narrowing it down to focus on one main trade, so about two years ago I thought why can’t I do them all? This lead to the name and now the new blog!
Gift boxes- I have always enjoyed putting together thoughtful gifts and really going outside the box to find something different for every occasion. A couple years ago, I was a Concierge in Las Vegas and received many requests for unique, personalized gifts. So I began customizing gifts for the guests and now to everyone!
T-shirts- I am a big believer in spreading kindness and good vibes. Two years ago I tried to find a shirt to promote this and at the time there was not much out there. So my husband and I designed a “BE KIND” shirt and learned how to screen print to make our own. To this day, the “BE KIND” shirt is my biggest seller in the shop and I couldn’t be happier!

 

custom order gift box

graphic-wear
It looks like Florida is your original home- what brought you to Buffalo?: While living in Vegas, I met my husband who is from Buffalo. At the end of last year we both decided it was time to be near family and he received a great job opportunity here, so we made the move! This is my 1st time living anywhere with a “real” Winter, so please send any tips/tricks!
Your gift boxes are what caught my eye- how do you design one and what do you typically have in one?: I love customizing every box for each client and special occasion. I try to get as much information as I can about the recipient to really put some thought into each gift and make it aesthetically pleasing. I like to include fresh flowers, gourmets chocolates, special soaps (I’m a sucker for pretty packaging), candles, a t-shirt/tote bag, fun mugs & glassware and of course any special requests!
How can people get their hands on a gift box to send to someone?: You can order them here: jillofalltradesofficial.com/gift-boxes 
Your t-shirts are fun, too! Do you make them or have a printer? Are custom orders available? Thank you! We design and screen print all of the shirts ourselves! I am happy to make custom orders too.

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you & your bff need one, duh

Who are some of your favorite local bloggers/shop owners in Buffalo?: stepoutbuffalo.com and buffalovebirds.com! Before moving here, I spent a lot of time on both sites reading about Buffalo and all it has to offer! Since moving, I still love to follow along on the adventures in and around buffalo. Also, I have recently found nickelcitypretty.com another awesome blogger who is fun to follow and has a great page showcasing many of the amazing murals and public artwork in Buffalo!
Your blog covers your clothing style- how would you describe your style and how do you hope to inspire your followers with it?: I would say my style is bright and cheerful! I am drawn to things that are colorful, feminine, fun, and in a perfect world- on sale! I love a flowy maxi dress & sandals but also like to glam it up in a cocktail dress & heels. My goal is to inspire followers to have more fun with fashion, try wearing new colors and even add a little sparkle!
Where do you see Jill Of All Trades going next/next steps for you?: I can’t wait to explore and meet more of Buffalo! I hope to keep spreading joy through my Gift Boxes, T-shirts and the Blog 🙂
We’re gonna say it Jill of All Trades is where you will be getting your next gift. Her customizable gift box is what sold us: we had her create a box to send to someone who helped us with something big (*hint: Chloe) and it was a huge hit. Something different, something fun. That’s what Jill of All Trade is all about.

gift box mini’s!

the custom order Jill did for us- so stinkin’ fun!