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The Whiff Co. – Gifting Fuels Connection

April 14, 2017

The Whiff Co. is a modern-day gifting service that exists to make gifting part of our daily lives. Wole Ajabe, the founder of the Whiff Co., noticed that gifting is typically centered around holidays, where gifts can be seen as an obligation and therefore some of the value is often lost. The Whiff Co. aims to solve this by curating seasonal boxes that are appropriate for any occasion and can be sent for no reason other than to tell someone you’re thinking about them.

Inception

The idea, Wole says, was inspired by a friend of his who was sending a gift box to their partner abroad. He watched the level of creativity it took to make this package, and recalled never seeing anyone put so much care into a gift box before. He then recalls thinking that not everyone is inherently creative, but still might want to send a unique and high-quality gift to someone. This is where the Whiff Co. seed was planted.

Since its inception, the Whiff Co has evolved a number of times to become what it is today. First, he started the Cerulean Project, a blog that was a display of his thoughts that he wanted to “share with anyone who would listen”. He then fleshed out the idea of gifting and started The Whiff Co., with specialty cakes in jars that could easily be gifted. These cakes were influenced by the time of year and were given a personality and emotion (Strawberry-Lemonade made an appearance at our first annual Sunday at the Mill, which was a cake that celebrated summer). The creation of the cakes, along with photoshoots, art direction, and a short film, brought them to life.

While the cakes were enjoyed by all, Wole found these distracted from gifting—people were more interested in buying a cake so they could eat it themselves rather than to gift. He also spoke to logistical concerns about not quite wanting to make them to order, but not moving enough product to make large enough batches – Cakes can’t really sit around! Wole still felt passionate about gifting and wanted to find away to bring his mission to life.

Birth of the Gift Box

Last winter, The Whiff Co. launched their first gift box. This box featured custom-made succulents by Close Call Studio and an accompanying handmade card. This box took a big chance on a new concept for The Whiff. Co., but it paid off. The Whiff Co. now releases boxes about three times a year for the following seasons: Winter/Spring, Spring/Summer, and Fall. With each box, Wole says he learns a great deal about his business and is able to apply it to the next box. One of the biggest changes implemented from his learning experience seems to be the new tiered pricing options available with Blanc, which acknowledges that not everyone wants to send a $60 gift, but maybe they’ll want to send a $40 gift.

The gift boxes are inspired by the seasons and are timely, relevent, and meaningful. Wole believes that “seasons carry a lot of emotions” and his boxes succeed in personifying the seasons through symbols, choices of colors, and other imagery.

With Blanc, The Whiff Co. draws on the sense of renewal that comes with the end of winter and beginning of spring. He points to renewal meaning not only rebirth but also a sense of excitement and adventure. These emotions guided the direction Blanc took as the gift box was being curated.  The gifts in the box align with these emotions as well. The box features a handcrafted mug, featuring the White Stag from Hollow Work (he chose the White Stag to symbolize this sense of renewal and adventure), teas from Shafa Blends & Wight Tea Co., and stag pins from Shiny Apple Studio.

The box features makers from both Baltimore and D.C., as The Whiff Co. is uniquely positioned in between the two and has found a way to participate in both communities. Wole acknowledges that the creative communities in the two cities function pretty differently (as well as the way the two cities approach community) but finds that makers in both places seem to welcome the opportunity of working together. The Whiff Co. is open to collaboration and trying new things, and utilizing both of these locations has seemed to really help that mission.

How We Feel Matters

The Whiff Co. hopes that one day their gift boxes will change the world, and believes that lives are changed when people feel cared for in a meaningful way. Wole believes that connection fuels relationship and hopes The Whiff Co. is able to encourage people to connect meaningfully with the people they love. The Whiff Co. believes that how we feel matters, and they want to be a part of how we show how we feel about the people in our lives.

 

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Girl-Powered Fashion: Clothing, Accessories, and Homeware

February 5, 2017

While many are focused on their Valentine’s in February, we wanted to take some time to recognize our Galentine’s—the women in the world who get shit done and look damn good doing it. With the recent climate, we’ve seen girl-powered fashion on the rise (and we are not mad about it). New graphic t-shirts with various empowering phrases, buttons and patches to declare #girlgang status, and housewares from pillows to shower curtains have been created to celebrate nasty women.

Here’s a collection of girl-powered fashion to celebrate ladies & people who love ladies everywhere (and to preemptively kick off our Galentine’s Day Celebration—details on our party at the end of this post).

‘The Future is Female’ T-ShirtOnesie, Otherwild ($25-$30)

This classic t-shirt was first spotted in the 1970s and Otherwild has recreated it. Available in men & women’s sizes, as well as kids & babies, this t-shirt was created to be worn by all feminists in the family. Currently, Otherwild is donating a portion of the proceeds from this design to Planned Parenthood, which is definitely something we can get behind.

Girl Power Pins, Brightside Boutique ($2 each)

Baltimore’s favorite boutique brings you these girl-powered fashion pins. You can buy them individually, but at $2 each it seems like a no-brainer to buy all three and adorn your favorite jean jacket (or better yet: one of the shirts on this list).

Nasty Woman T-Shirt, Franklyn ($25)

I’ve seen a lot of Nasty Women apparel since the infamous debate, but this shirt from Brooklyn-based design firm Franklyn is at the top of my list. Also available in navy & white.

‘Fight Like a Grrrl’ Patch, CreepyGals ($8)

If Sailor Moon were to display her feminism with one thing on this list, it would be with this patch.

Friends-Inspired ‘Girls’ Crew Neck, Black Anchor Apparel ($25)

Grab a ‘Girls’ crewneck inspired by Monica and Rachel (and Susan, in a much, much earlier episode). You can stick with the red & green originals, or branch out to something new. Available in many different colors and perfect for your whole girl gang.

Feminism Animal Sticker Pack, Sarah Duyer ($5)

These feminist animals found a place in my heart the minute I saw them! This six-pack of stickers includes two of each, so you can keep one set for yourself and send a message to someone who needs to be reminded that catcallin’ ain’t cute…

‘Don’t Tell Me to Smile’ Tote, &Morgan ($18)

Don’t tell anyone to smile. And don’t waste your time telling people not to tell you to smile when this tote bag can say it for you.

‘If it isn’t Intersectional…’ T-Shirt, Feminist Apparel ($29.95)

This is probably the most important message in this whole post. If your feminism isn’t intersectional, then I want nothing to do with it, and it isn’t really feminism. Feminism needs to celebrate people from all walks of lives and the different struggles those journeys entail. We need to make sure feminism supports and represents those from marginalized groups, and privileged feminists (yes, I am talking to white women) need to make sure we are paving the way and not prioritizing our perspectives over others. Feminism is more about gender (and if you realize it, this shirt is for you and can help others realize it).

Feminist Velvet Choker, Feminisa ($8.21)

This velvet choker is perfect for the 90s inspired ladies out there, who prefer to take a more understated approach with their girl-powered fashion.

‘No Fuckboys Allowed’ T-Shirt, Look Human ($28)

This pairs well with the ‘Don’t Tell Me to Smile’ tote bag.

‘Cats Against Catcalls’ T-shirt, Feminist Apparel ($29.95)

I love all cats, but especially these little kittens who also take a stand against cat calling! Way to go, cute lil kittens. Show these kittens your support (and take a stand against cat calling) in this shirt.

‘Not Your Babe’ Baseball Cap, Impure Thought ($15)

Another very important message. For the complete look, pair this with the ‘Don’t Tell Me to Smile’ tote and ‘No Fuckboys Allowed’ T-Shirt.

Feminist Mug, Wildfang ($12)

Feminism isn’t necessarily something you can turn on and off, and this mug is perfect for the person who realizes this fact. Go with this mug if equality rules everything around you…all day, err day.

Girl Gang’ Greeting Card, All Her Glory ($3.22)

Alright, so you’ve picked the perfect girl-powered fashion item from the above list and want to give it to your favorite person who is a woman/respects women. Make sure to write a kickass note explaining why this person is an important part of your #girlgang.

Girls Pennant Pin, Tuesday Bassen ($10)

Who run the world? Girls, obviously. Tuesday Bassen, the designer of this pin, also runs the world. Her art was stolen by a big corporate clothing company and stood up for herself in a badass way. Girls truly do run the world. Don’t fuck with us.

Boobs Shower Curtain, Gravel & Gold ($120 Preorder) 

I really love the Boobs collection from San Francisco-based Gravel & Gold, and this shower curtain brings that admiration to another level. And as much as I love this, it is important to note that not all women have boobs and not all people who have boobs are women.

Have some favorite girl-powered fashion not posted above? Share it with us in the comments below or tag us on Instagram.

We will be hosting our 3rd Annual Galentine’s Day Party and we’d love to see you there!
Monday, February 13th 7-10 PM
Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar
RSVP on Facebook

This year, Galentine’s Day is benefitting the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

 

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One Look Three Ways: mywalit Blogger Bags

January 3, 2017

Hello Internet friends!! We are back from our hiatus sabbatical and can’t wait to share some of the things that have been happening in our lives! Danielle completed her barre teaching training certification, Julie moved to California AND started a new job in a new field (she made it out of the #retaillife and Danielle and Shae are so jealous) and Shae ended her daily commute to Bethesda by switching store locations (go say hi to her at the Free People in Harbor East).

We thought the perfect way to get back into the swing of things was to share a post all three of us have been working on for a little while now. A few months ago, mywalit asked us to partner with them and review some of their beautiful leather handbags. We’ve been testing functionality, durability and the ease of styling of three different kinds of bags from the Italian leather company. The three of us have unique styles and taste in hangbags but mywalit has enough variety to suit all of us (we also admired their line of wallets and the men’s collection). The quality of the leather is superb – Julie and Shae’s are soft and buttery, Danielle’s structured bag is sturdy and all three have worn well through daily use. The bags have proven to be practical and easily incorporated into our on the go lifestyles #bloggerlife.

 

Danielle – New York Medium Work Bag in Black

I like its classic shape that can go from work to happy hour with friends to a publicity event for the blog. My super portable laptop fits right in the side sleeve, and it has an optional long strap I can use when I need free hands for taking pictures for the blog – or holding a drink! Perfect #sidehustle bag.

 

 

Julie – Copenhagen Shopper in Sahara

When zipped, it’s perfect for going between meetings at work, when I’m bringing a folder/notebook/maybe ipad around etc. When it’s open it’s a perfect weekend bag, it’s big enough to carry a small makeup bag, wallet, v light sweater, etc. so it’s good for weekdays and weekends alike.

 

Shae –  Santa Monica Backpack in Black

I’m all about the perfectly sized backpack (not too mini but not the kind you had in school either). It’s ideal for keeping both hands free to hold my camera/phone/coffee/flowers/a loaf of bread or all of the above. In the rare occasion I’m not carrying anything else, I love that I can grab it by the loop handle on the top which also makes it easy to hang up when not in use.

 

You can get your own mywalit bag (or wallet) from their website or, if you are local to Baltimore, from The Store Ltd in The Village of Cross Keys shopping center off of Falls Road. You can find mywalit on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Bags provided by mywalit. All opinions are our own.

General

An Announcement from 30th & Weldon

September 22, 2016
**OFFICIAL STATEMENT**
 
Hey! As you may or may not have heard, 1/3 of 30th & Weldon (Julie) has moved to California! While this is a super exciting move for her, we’ve had lots of people ask us what this means for the blog & the future of 30th & Weldon, so we wanted to take a second to answer some questions.
 
What does this mean for 30th & Weldon? Thankfully, we’re a business that is mostly run on the internet. We will be able to focus our efforts on our blog (30thandweldon.com) and our online store (shop.30thandweldon.com). We will be able to communicate with one another via FaceTime/imessage/other internet and keep our business a success. Julie will be able to focus on the back-end (web/email maintenance, shop maintenance, etc) while Danielle & Shae stay local. We will all continue to write.
 
What about the Baltimore piece? With Danielle and Shae still in the city, we expect to stay very much a big part of the Baltimore community, you’ll just be seeing Julie’s face less often at events and things of the like. We still want to host events and go to other awesome local events. Having been established in Baltimore (and for Baltimore), we are still very much tied to our roots. Our goal has always been to increase awareness of our wonderful city—what better way to do that than to have someone writing from the opposite coast and broadening our readership?
 
Can I audition for Julie’s spot? No. Sorry. We will not be holding auditions at this time. Stay tuned for internship opportunities though.
 
We’re excited about this next chapter for 30th & Weldon. We’ve taken a bit of a blog break since Sunday at the Mill, but we will be back shortly with curated weekly content. Lots of love and light, and many thanks for the support.
 
Danielle, Julie, & Shae
30th & Weldon
connect@30thandweldon.com
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Things to Do in Baltimore Before Summer Ends

September 1, 2016

Today is September 1st, which officially makes Summer 2016 the *fastest* moving summer I think I’ve ever experienced. School has started for a lot of people an summer vacations are winding down. To those who hate the heat and can’t wait to break out their boots and scarves, the beginning of September means that fall is on its way. But to those like me who would rather move across the country then experience another East Coast winter (lol), September brings about a lot of sadness about the warm weather ending. I mean, don’t get me wrong I don’t love sweating for hours on end in the Baltimore humidity, but I also don’t love navigating snow and ice and cold and all the “joys” that winter brings.

Although September has now ended, I want to be very clear that summer is NOT over yet! There is still time to enjoy the end of this season and for our readers who are local to Baltimore, I’ve compiled a small list of things to do so you can really enjoy the last of summer.

WTMD First Thursday Concert Series (Thursday, September 1st)

via Baltimore Magazine

via Baltimore Magazine

TONIGHT is the last First Thursday Concert Series, hosted by WTMD. Join musicians OJR, Joseph Arthur, and the Slanted Sound at Canton Waterfront Park for some outdoor tunes, food, and drinks. Admission is free and doors start opening at 6:30.

End-of-Summer Twilight Swim at the Patterson Park Pool (Friday, September 2nd)

The Patterson Park Public Pool is hosting an adult-only twilight swim to say goodbye to our sweet summer. Admission is $5 and you can bring food & drink into the pool (of course, no glass). They’ve got a DJ spinning for the entire night—get your swim on TOMORROW from 8-11 PM.

 

Bengie’s Drive-In Theater 

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via Bengie’s

Enjoy the final few nights Bengie’s Drive-In this Labor Day weekend. Bennie’s has been open for the past 60 summers just outside Baltimore. You can hang out in your car and catch the movie, or bring blankets/chairs and enjoy the films under the starts. Make sure to READ THE RULES before heading out there—I’m almost certain that Bengie’s has more rules than the most chaotic Kindergarten classroom…

Hampdenfest (September 17th)

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Hampdenfest is a free neighborhood festival in Hampden. Musicians play throughout the day and local vendors and foodies line. Beer provided by locals Union Brewery & The Brewer’s Art, and if you’ve got the stomach for it, enter the pie eating contest hosted by Dangerously Delicious Pies!

Maryland State Fair (Until September 5th)

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The Maryland State Fair brings together live music, carnival rides, and festival food and the huge fairgrounds in Timonium. Tickets are available through the MD State Fair website!

Maryland Sunflower Festival (September 11th & 12th)

The Maryland Sunflower Festival allows guests to enjoy the beauty of one of Maryland’s most historic sunflower farms. Local artists & musicians will be at the festival, and food & drink available from local vendors. It’s also a great opportunity to get that classic instagram pic of you standing amongst the sunflowers.

Que at the Zoo (Saturday, September 10th)

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Que at the Zoo brings musicians and DJs together for a day-long concert experience at the Maryland Zoo. Drinks & BBQ available for purchase

Outdoor Dining

Photo of the patio at Blue Pit BBQ, via Baltimore Magazine

Photo of the patio at Blue Pit BBQ, via Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore has a great deal of sidewalk cafes and outdoor dining experiences, and September is a great time to take advantage. As it begins to cool down, being outdoors is still enjoyable. Some of my favorite outdoor spots in Baltimore include the back patio at Blue Pit BBQ in Hampden, the outdoor seating at Barcocina in Fell’s Point for daily brunch, and the seating at Gertrude’s which allows you to eat by the sculpture garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Farmer’s Markets

Although the Farmer’s Markets in Baltimore stay open well into the end of fall, I personally find them much more enjoyable when the weather is nice out. Allow yourself to linger at your favorite Baltimore market a little bit longer than you  typically would—grab some lunch and stay a while. The Jones Falls Farmer’s Market is a great one to stay and enjoy—you can release your inner child and do some hula-hooping, enjoy whatever music is playing, and do some non-food shopping with other local vendors.

Sunday at the Mill

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Last but not least, a shameless plug for our end-of-summer celebration, Sunday at the Mill. Come out to the Union Mill Courtyard in Hampden and enjoy the last days of summer. We have a great line up of local Baltimore acts, artists & vendors from the Baltimore area, and food & drink provided by Artifact Coffee. Tickets can be purchased HERE! This year, we’ve got a VIP ticket that includes unlimited dranks as well as festival admission. RSVP on Facebook.

Have an outdoor event you’re looking forward to in September (besides Sunday at the Mill, of course…)? Let us know in the comments below!