A Look Back – “May Moments & June Joys”

I think the most fleeting time of year for me is fall. Perhaps it’s because I’m mildly obsessed with it, and this year, I’m extra excited to be stateside for the season after almost 7 years of being in Japan. Summertime is a wonderful, slower time of year for me. I LOVE that it passes by more like a bullet train, whereas fall’s timeline is analogous to a rocket launch or Dumbledore using Fawkes for a quick escape. Poof! It’s gone! So, to sum it up, they both go by way too quick, but summer feels a little slower, and I treasure the pace! Here are some “moments and joys” from our 2015 spring/summer.
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Photo shoot for one of our new Little Kuro Cloths in “Miami Circa 1982” with my beautiful sister, Evangeline. Now in our shop!
We received the sweetest box of goodies from our dear friends in Japan! Including Kaipher’s yukata in the photos below! He was so thrilled to have it for the summer festivities!
The night before Father’s Day, we took Nathan to the Birmingham Zoo’s “Zoo Brew” event. The zoo stayed open later than usual, and a local brewing company along with a local BBQ company were present providing delicious food and chilled adult beverages. We rode the carousel, checked out the animal “night life”, and while waiting in line for the zoo’s train ride we watched fireflies dance around the creek that runs through the zoo’s estate.  It was a pretty magical night!
As always, I get “grossly festive” for most holidays. Here are some creations I made for The 4th of July.
We’ve spent chunks of our spring and summer visiting friends and family in Florida. Kaipher will start preschool the end of August, so we took full advantage of having very few commitments in Birmingham and really maximized the amount of time we were able to see our family. I’m still missing a few dear ones, people I haven’t had a chance to catch up with, but I know being in Alabama greatly increases the likelihood of seeing everyone at some point. Anyways, here’s a little snippet of some Florida fun!
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We wrapped up the month of June with Nathan’s birthday. I had Kaipher help me bake an Amazing Raisin birthday cake for him. I put on some Miles Davis, prepared myself for a total mess, and it was not stressful at all for this OCD mom, haha!
Oh! and he didn’t turn “29”, but Kaipher had used our “4” back in February so “34” wasn’t an option, and I wasn’t about to do “35”! 🙂
Along with baking the Amazing Raisin cake, we also tried a yummy new cocktail recipe.  You can find the recipe on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess (click link for ingredients & directions).

Ok, now back to work on Oslo & Alfred’s Halloween 2015 goodies!


Credits ~ Photography by: Taren S. Black, and Nathan Black

O&A Everyday – “Little Kuro Cloth”

Hi everyone! We have been super busy preparing to launch our new website. We are also actively adding new products to our line-up. Check out this promo video for our new, “Little Kuro Cloth”!!!

We were inspired to create the “Little Kuro Cloth” after learning more about Japanese furoshiki (traditional Japanese wrapping cloth). The art of folding & tying fabric to wrap gifts and carry goods is noted as being a part of the Japanese history since the Nara Period (AD 710-794). Now, in modern times, leaders in Japan have encouraged the public to use furoshiki as a more eco-friendly choice in place of plastic bags, paper bags, and wrapping paper. Our hope is that our Little Kuro Cloths can provide a fashionable, earth friendly, and versatile way for people to carry goods and wrap gifts.
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We named our furoshiki designs, “Little Kuro Cloth” after the classic term, “Little Black Dress”. In our opinion, everyone needs a unique and eco-friendly way to carry their belongings and wrap memorable gifts. We hope that our new designs encourage you to try the “art of furoshiki”. Shop now at: www.osloandalfred.com

Credits ~ Original Music By: Nathan Black / Video and Photography Captured By: Taren S. Black / Video Edited By: Taren S. Black / Products Modeled By: My dear friend, Parisa, and Chie of www.vivatveritas.com

O&A Everyday – “Rainy Days in the Studio”

July has been incredibly rainy for us here in Tokyo. Here are a few photos of our current projects.
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New Rain Drop Textile!
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Goodies from Forever 21 for styling photo shoots
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Little twinkle lights help make our studio space cozy and inviting.
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Photographing our new product, The Little Kuro Cloth, for it’s upcoming debut.
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And creating goodies for the upcoming holiday season. We love Halloween & Autumn!

Hope you enjoyed the little window into our busy studio! Stay posted for release info on all
products and designs posted above!

Credits ~ Photography by: Taren S. Black

O&A Everyday – “Behind the Scenes LKC Shoot”

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Recently we did a small photo shoot in Kichijoji for our new product, The Little Kuro Cloth, and our dear friends Parisa and Chie (www.vivatvertas.com) helped me by modeling our latest designs. Above are some shots from the day. A huge “thanks” to Tim & Parisa for letting me use their lovely camera! Thanks again guys!!!

Credits ~ Photography by: Taren S. Black, Models: Parisa, and Chie of www.vivatveritas.com