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Sunday
May182014

Nourishing Notes

I first posted about Nourishing Notes back in 2011 (a post I just deleted because all of the links are outdated), when they had an Etsy storefront and a much smaller collection of cards.  Sweet Ali just sent me a package containing a variety pack of Foodie Notecards that I love, so I checked out the company's website.  They create "paper goods for the food obsessed" and have expanded into kitchen towels, aprons, totes, and prints, as well as a broader selection of witty, food-related stationery.  The company is run by an adorable duo out of Chicago.  Check them out!  I've included a few of my favorites below.  I love that dish towel, although that leaving the dirty dishes for tomorrow is something I find impossible to do... can you do that?  To me, the dishes are just harder to do the next day and it stresses me out to know they are waiting for me in the morning.

All images credit to Nourishing Notes.

Tuesday
May132014

Marimekko & Banana Republic

I've been a fan of Marimekko for as long as I can remember.  The vibrant colors and crazy patterns and distinctly Scandinavian look is something I love.  Our guest bedroom sports a Marikemmo duvet and I have a few cute kitchen items as well.  Starting this weekend in select stores and on May 22nd online, you can purchase items from the Marimekko & Banana Republic collaboration.  Thanks to B for letting me know about this partnership - I love the long polka dot skirt (probably not great unless you are tall) and the shift dress.  The complete collection is 25 pieces and the prices will range from $39 to $149.  Check out this piece in Forbes for an interesting take on the cultural aspect of the collection.



Sunday
May112014

Odd Daughter Paper Co.

Hello?  Are you still there?  It's been five months since I last posted.  Winter happened (well, it is still happening here - we are getting snow today) and much, much more.  I want to share (and I will), but when I'm ready.  And I'm not ready yet.

That doesn't mean I haven't been scoping out cute stationery in the past few months (scoping only, Rob, not buying).  I recently discovered Old Daughter Paper Co. and would have ordered one of each of their cards had I not made a deal with myself to use of stationery I already own in 2014 rather than buying new cards.  We'll see how long I hold out... I particularly love the Ice Cream (so true - lately life has demanded ice cream) and Oregon Trail cards.  

All images credit to Old Daughter Paper Co.

Sunday
Dec082013

Muir Way National Park Prints

Our house is filled with art and prints that we have collected in our travels or that represent places we have lived or visited.  These prints from Muir Way would fit nicely into our collection and are available both as prints for framing and on canvas, which would be ready to hang.  Muir Way will even customize the maps for you - whether it is size or colors or even requesting a park maps for which they currently don't have maps.  The only bummer is that they hand make each of the wood frames, which aren't for sale (although I bet you could find a few good options on Etsy).   All images credit to Muir Way.

Thursday
Dec052013

Gifts for Women

I'm back with one last gift guide - gifts for the woman in your life (or your girlfriends)!

#1 - CB Station Sunshine Satchel - Perfect for weekend getaways, customize this classic bag with a monogram. This will be a tote that gets used for years.  

#2 - Loren Hope Alex Cuff - I love the art deco look of this cuff whether for a special occasion or for wearing to work (and unlike jingly bracelets, you can actually wear a cuff to work).  It's also available with a green stone.

#3 - Seabags Woolrich Tote - The sturdy Seabags tote combined with a Woolrich gingham print.  

#4 - Pave Clover Earrings - A fun way to add some sparkle to any outfit.

#5 - Madewell Sunglasses Case - I'm still obsessed with buffalo plaid and a stylish glasses case would make a nice stocking stuffer (there are other fabric options, too).

#6 - Seersucker Sunglass Strap - Speaking of sunglasses, how about a preppy way to keep track of your sunglasses?  These could be a stocking stuffer for a man or woman and if seersucker isn't your thing, how about plaid or leather?

#7 - J.Crew Ceramic Jewelry Tray - Decorative and helps you keep track of your jewelry, this tray makes me think of Morocco.  If you prefer a more simple version, try this.

#8 - C. Wonder Polka Dot Printed Leather Gloves - I wear black gloves most every day in the winter.  I'm thinking it would be fun to spice things up with these!

#9 - Ostric Strap Watch - A pop of color brightens every outfit and I'm always surprised by how well orange goes with many other colors.

#10 - Uppercase Notebooks - Notebooks are always useful, whether for personal use or work.  Rifle Paper Co. makes a variety of floral notebooks that are lovely, too.

#11 - Knotted Posts

#12 - Tortoise Cuff - Versatile and classic, this will go with everything!

#13 - Areaware Alarm Clock - Plug your iPhone into this docking station and you have an analog alarm clock!  thanks to Ali for telling me about these - Rob and I have asked for a set for our bedroom.  I hate having to look at my phone in the middle of the night to know what time it is!  You can watch a video about how it works here.

#14 - Monogrammed Bag Tag - For your favorite traveler! 

#15 - Customizable Yoga Mat - For your favorite yogi, the mats come in an array of colors and monogram options and all for only $40!