Paper Fancy.

I have LONG held a true love for beautiful, intricate and detailed paper goods. In another life I would have gone into a career in it (and wedding planning). Every opportunity I can find to use some kind of amazing cards, invitations or stationery I do. And I still obsess over other people’s wedding invitations- it’s such a spectacular way to set the tone for your event. And my GOD, the options available now!  Oh to be a bride in the time of Pinterest (when I was planning my wedding I only had magazine clippings and had to walk to the meetings two miles through the snow barefoot….)  No, I’m not THAT old, but I didn’t have Pinterest or wedding blogs to alert me to all the incredible vendors out there!

So here are two paper goods designers that I found that I’m quite keen on and thought you may be as well!

The first is Sideshow Press out of South Carolina.  Some of these wedding suites seriously made me weak in the knees. The liners, the detail, the unique quality to each….just spectacular.  Oh, and they do letterpress, which if you can swing it, is totally the way to go.  Such a rich tactile and textural option.

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I mean, incredible.

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An Amazing Bedroom Makeover

I was checking out the designs for the One Room Challenge and was totally blown away by the master bedroom done by Design Daredevil’s Jessie Miller.   Such a glamorous, awesome, amazing room! See the before pictures and more detail shots on her blog.  The only thing missing? A copy of my book on those bookshelves (would look AMAZE.) Take a peek, and see how to get the look at the end!

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Birthday Wishlist

So, I turn 35 next week and for the first time in my life I’m feeling a little ho-hum about my birthday. Usually I have a birthday MONTH and relish all things birthday, but his year, I’m kinda not into it.  35 sounds so much older than I actually feel and it’s been such a tough year personally, so I think I’ll just try 34 again instead. Is that okay with everyone?

I also don’t have a mega-specific wishlist this year either. I am grateful for my health, my house (especially all the new bits) and the success I’ve found in the past couple years so I plan to focus on that. I’m feeling rather quiet and contemplative this birthday, and will probably spend it in that manner. A nice dinner with Andrew, extra dog snuggles and some wine. Nothing fancy.

Of course, there are some things I wouldn’t mind getting.  There’s always a permanent wish list items (Tank watch/ Love bracelet/ baby goat/ safari in Africa) but here’s a little grouping of lovelies I have my eye on too. And clearly there is an orange and navy thing happening in my brain right now.

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1. As much as I love my iPhone, I perform better with a real planner.  So I think I need to go old school and get a new one. this monogrammable leather one from Graphic Image suits me just fine.

2. This bag is part of my permanent wish list. DUH.

3. I have a tassel addiction. Obsessed with this new J.Crew necklace.

4. I need new sneakers so I can get back to running a little more often. These have CHEETAH and you can customize the colors- plus great reviews!

5. DIE DIE DIE for this shearling vest. DIE.

6. I know you probably want to slap me over the number of times I’ve posted these plates but I still have not bought them for myself.

7. MORE TASSELS!

8. I have this brand’s White Rhino candle and it smells awesome and it’s HUGE- I’d love to give this one a go for my new bedroom!

9. & 10. More J.Crew- this navy blouse and cuffed hem jeans would be a fall staple.

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11. I love, love, love these lamps for my new bedroom but they are a bit too pricey for me right now.

12. Some really nice stationery from Crane for all the thanks you notes I suspect I’ll be writing this fall.

13. A beautiful rolling bag to pack in for my book tour this fall! Dates and cities coming soon!

14. A kayak. The one thing I really do want. Actually, two of them (or one tandem one but Andrew and I argue/ get competetive when we paddle together and then I try to smack him with my paddle…)  We have a little lake right by our house and I think this would be fun exercise!

15. Still obsessed with the white version of this little Adler vase. Need one!

16. We’ve been working with Mallory Page a lot lately and I love her work.  Original art is becoming more of a desire as I get OLD AS DIRT.

 

Target + Safavieh Roundup

Target’s latest line with Safavieh has me yelping “That’s from Target?!” left and right these days. I am dying to nab a bunch of these insanely good items for my new addition (which starts in about a week and a half so get ready for lots of renovation posts!)  Here’s my most favorite picks right now (get ‘em while they last!):

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