Need a little help for Valentine’s Day? Here are our suggestions for this year!
Annie Band — We fell in love with Annie Band’s Vintage Coral Glass Cabochon Ring at first sight. What makes it even more desirable? This made to order ring has “live” inscribed inside the band, custom inscriptions also available to ensure a personal touch. This comfortable fit ring gives off subtle glamour with its intricate vintage details and femininity. Available online at www.annieband.com for $368.
Olia — Everyone should have a personal mantra close to their heart! Olia’s Make Love Necklace, is an affordable and adorable keepsake. Simple yet statement making, this necklace is perfect for your former flower child mother whose heart will melt when she unwraps and discovers this special token on Valentine’s Day. Have a new mother to shop for or a friend expecting? The Make Babies Necklace will make them smile. Each hand stamped charm necklace is $47, available in gold and sterling silver.
Knock Knock — Knock Knock has plenty of playful and witty giftables under $5 this Valentine’s Day that are guaranteed to please. Already committed? Spice things up with their Sweet Nothing notepad ($3.75) and let your loved one know exactly what you’re thinking in one concise sticky note! Looking for love? The Paper Pick Up pad ($4.50) keeps things simple – the paper version of speed dating that allows you to show interest while saving face. READ MORE
One of my favorite daily clicks has been Color Me Katie, a blog by Katie Sokoler, freelance photographer and Brooklyn street artist, with the most fun, exuberant sense of color. Her site always brings a smile to my face with her cheery use of rainbow color that spans the spectrum of the Crayola crayon box. She uses her awesome color sense to construct playful, vibrantly hued, public installation street art and homemade crafts, such as hand drawn bird and balloon window etchings and these joyful, hand-drawn edible marshmallow figurines. With a small paintbrush, food coloring, and neon icing, Katie transformed each bland marshmallow into a unique personality, by hand-drawing a cartoonish mug and adding a rakish icing hairstyle, ranging from pompadours to mohawks. As she recommends, how fun would it be to have a bowl of these at a party? If you have young kids or nieces and nephews to dote over, I think this would be an awesome at-home project for a rainy day. Be sure to check out the rest of Katie’s blog, including a really cute series of public Pac-man pictures that will warm the heart of any old-school arcade lover. I look forward to seeing some more of Katie’s work live, brightening up dreary street corners and walls!
Okay, it’s February 11th–are you still looking for a Valentine’s Day gift?! I’ve got some quick ideas for you that any Valentine would love, no matter what your budget is! First up, l’Âge de Thé’s Love Blend loose leaf tea costs only $6 and would be a super sweet way to send your love to someone. It’s a black tea with strawberry, chocolate, and just a pinch of rose petals. And it tastes delicious!
Linda & Harriett put together a Limited Edition Goody Bag that contains a note pad, a box of note cards, a pencil, and a cute little reusable heart bag (tied with a handwritten gift tag!). Of course, the paper goods are the top-notch quality you would come to expect from L&H, and you can choose from a set of designs. The Goody Bag is $26 and would make a thoughtful Valentine, don’t you think?
Lastly, check out Elemis’ Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt. The name is a mouthful, but it’s so worth it. At $48, it’s the most expensive on this list, but oh so luxurious. Monoi is made in Polynesia by soaking frangipangi flowers in coconut oil, and the result is a silky, moisturizing oil that is a treat for your skin. It would be perfect to use for a sensual massage and is nicely fragrant, so I’m sure your Valentine would loooove it. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!
As I’ve learned from being a new grad student, you can never be too organized or too prepared. That’s why I’m already looking ahead to 2010, and so is Linda & Harriett. Their 2010 Calendar is available now, and I love it! (I loved last year’s, too.) Whimsical, charming designs adorn every page, and it is just so bright and adorable. It is all hung together with a pretty plum ribbon.
This year, Linda & Harriett have added an extra twist to this calendar that will charm you. When the month ends, instead of tossing the old page out, flip it over. You’ll find a postcard ready to be sent to someone special! The lovely designs have double the use, and of course, the calendar is letterpressed and on quality paper. Pick one up for yourself or send as a gift on lindaandharriett.com–then get ready for the new year and write away.
Check out these beautiful watercolor prints from Etsy seller, Aliette, with their gorgeously muted rainbow hues and storybook-esque illustrations. I’ve been visiting her page for a while, and I’ve been impressed by the new whimsical designs she comes up with every season for their fanciful, dreamlike quality. Unsurprisingly, her designs also appealed to my Francophile self, as her profile indicates that she is a graphic designer from France.
When I finally do buy an apartment of my very own, I plan to decorate my walls with her framed prints. She sells her prints individually printed on high quality paper for a very reasonable price of $24, or in a set of 4 for $80. What do you think of her delicately etched drawings? They remind me of the kind of hidden and subtle beauty you might find in a cloudy day, with their multicolored and varied shades of gray and pebble interspersed with highlights of a warm Fall color palette.
Visit her Etsy shop to see all of the prints she has for sale.
Recently, I had the occasion to send thank you cards to my some of my colleagues and supervisors for writing recommendations on my behalf. I wanted to be able to show some thought and appreciation that a plain card wouldn’t convey, so I turned to my go to paper goods and stationery brand–Linda & Harriett. I love L&H for its quality card stock and unique designs, sophisticated with just the right touch of whimsy. Here are the 3 different thank yous available, from left:
All the cards feature gorgeous calligraphy by Brooklyn-based calligrapher Jenna Hein and are $4.50 each. Or, pick up all 3 for $12.15 for 3 perfect ways to express your thanks.
Get a taste of May flowers, without the showers with this series of exhuberantly colored flower pop cards from children’s book creators Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. These cards are the perfect mix of cute, without being childish, and I love these bright surprise cheer of these pop-up floral bouquets. I used to love pop-up books as a child (I have fond memories of Fairy Places ), and these cards took me back to memories of chilly air-conditioned summers in the public library, where I used to sit for hours reading.
Each box comes with 8 pop up cards with 4 different colors, making them reasonably priced at $21.95 a box, and are perfect for some snail mail Springtime notes to send to a friend.
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