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Accessories, Bridal, Cheap & Chic, Home, Paper GoodsMartha Stewart Pom Poms

I’ve found that springtime and being in your mid 20’s has meant one thing: multiple bridal showers and the emergence of wedding season in full force.  As friends have found love, my friends and I have been subject to being more bridemaids and maids of honors than I can count, resulting in lots of trips of Bed, Bath, and Beyond, plentiful manual labor involving cutting the crusts off those pesky tea sandwiches, and the dreaded ‘what to do for the decorations?’ question.

It’s not easy finding practical and beautiful decorations for a bridal shower that won’t detract monetarily from the amount you’ll end up spending for the wedding gift, which is why I was excited to find these homemade pom poms from Martha Stewart.  My friend, Katherine, came up with the ingenious idea of using Martha’s pom poms for a bridal shower she was responsible for decorating, and the effect was chic and cheap.  The materials only include tissue paper and cloth-covered floral wire, both of which can be found easily and affordably at your local craft store.

You can make the pom poms in any color tissue paper you can find  and hang them up to add some color to the room.  Best of all, it’s incredibly simple to make so that even your significant others won’t mess it up–trust me, these pom poms will win against  the “I won’t help you, because I’ll mess it up” argument.   After the bridal shower is done, you and the guests can even take these pom poms home–after all, they’re just too pretty to throw away.

Read on here to see the exact directions for how to make these hanging pom poms, as well as a napkin ring version.

Home, Paper GoodsA Memo from Pulp

I’ve recently been re-arranging my office and thus, have been looking for ways to get better organized. The kind people behind Pulp Products sent me one of their new Designer Fabric Memo Boards to help me out! Considering the fact that my office can look more like a disaster area at times and my desk is always cluttered with notes, I was more than willing to try it needless to say.  

When I received the memo board in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised by how large it was.  (Doesn’t it bug you when you run out of room for things to put stuff?)  The board measures 22″ x 22″ and comes in an array of patterns (18 to be exact).  I chose the beautiful Branches in White Linen, which complements nicely with my pale sage green walls.  The entire wooden frame is wrapped in this fabric and the back is made of a bulletin board material.  I really appreciated this as I felt that this helps make this board more durable and substantial.  It also comes with beehive hangers on the back corners for easy hanging.  I ended up hanging this over my bookshelves and it is definitely being put to good use. Ultimately, it ended up being the perfect inspiration board and finally, I have a place to properly hang my 2009 calendar.  All in all, this board is so wonderful that I’m thinking about getting another one for the kitchen. 

Order yours at for $39.  (The board also comes in a magnet version, in case you prefer that over push pins, for $42.)

Paper GoodsBe My Valentine

Valentines have come a long way since the days of passing your 3rd grade crush a tiny card that says “Bee Mine” (there’s a picture of a bee on it) or “I Choo-Choo-Choose You” (a train, obviously). Your cards can now be simple and sweet, gorgeously designed, with even a little twist of some grown-up humor. We’ve gathered a couple of Valentines that are sure to make you and your Valentine smile. From left:

  • Any of the Romance cards from Hard Cards are sure to get a laugh. Our personal favorite is the one above. The front of the card says, “I love you just the way you are.” The inside? “…well, I do now that I got to change you a little.” The Hard Cards have a funny familiarity that can make your Valentine smile like it’s an inside joke that you’ve shared.
  • My favorite is the Pig Love card from Linda & Harriett. Letterpressed and printed on L&H’s quality cardstock, it has two piggies with their noses just almost rubbing. The message is simply sweet: I like me with you. Who doesn’t want to be reminded of that? It’s adorable and loving without being overly sappy.
  • Erin Condren’s All You Need valentine captures her modern design aesthetic. I love the matching pink envelope and the fact that you can personalize it with your name and your very own address labels. Plus, it bears a universal message of love that you can send to anyone you care for.

These are our favorites; what will you be sending to your Valentine? Let us know your faves in the comments!

Paper GoodsErin Condren

Erin Condren is a charming line of personalized paper goods that would make cute gifts for your best girlfriend… or for yourself! Erin’s designs are modern and simply chic, with pretty much every paper good you can think of to help organize your life. For example, her line of Life Planners can pretty much replace the calendar on your Blackberry. It contains a birthday organizer, months-at-a-glance, and stickies to help you color code to your heart’s content. It’s perfect to keep with you on the go, and much better than my current system of marking down appointments on my Blackberry and then forgetting about them until the 5 minute reminder flashes. The planners are available in so many designs and you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for you–then personalize it with your name looking all pretty on the cover!

I also adore her flat card stationery. I think these small notes are a quick and thoughtful way to keep in touch with or send a thank you to your friends. The flat card designs range from whimsical and cute to sophisticated, and come with envelopes and matching address labels (personalized with your name and address, of course). Erin Condren designs are really just so charming and the paper stock is high quality, so what are you waiting for? Go to to see more!

Fashion, Fitness & Health, Lust List, Paper Goods, TravelLust List: January 2009

Paper GoodsThe Only Holiday Cards You’ll Need

If you’re still searching for holiday cards and don’t really want the drugstore’s generic selections, look no further. Linda & Harriett’s holiday card selection has such unique designs and is printed on high quality paper, so that your annual card recipients truly feel like they’re receiving special holiday wishes. Each design is simple, yet lovely, and perfectly reflective of the season. I particularly adore the Christmas Pigs Kissing and the pretty beading on the Trimming card.

You can see the full holiday card selection at Plus, enter the code FRIENDS to save 20% off your order, now till December 19th! (There is so much to peruse through, so don’t forget to check out their 2009 calendars that I love, too.)


If you’re the type of person who forgets birthdays and occasions, fret no more. is here to help! At, you can set up a queue of cards to be sent so that your friends and loved ones know that you haven’t forgotten those important dates. All you have to do is go through the site’s thorough selection of cards (some of my favorite designs above), personalize them with messages, and queue them to be sent at a date of your choice. All done, and perfect for people who mean well, but tend to forget to send cards. It’s a convenient service with a pretty and cute range of designs, as well as brands.

GreetQ has a wide range of cards for every occasion and at reasonable pricing. Plus, if you register with the site, you actually get 3 free personalized cards. I think that would be a great way to try out the site and see how easy it would be to use. Visit for the full selection of cards available and start your queue now so you’ll never forget again!

Paper Goods2009 With Linda & Harriett

It’s a bit scary to think that it’ll be 2009 soon. With the new year comes resolutions and new beginnings, and what better way to start it off than with a charming calendar? I love the Linda & Harriett 2009 Calendar because it’s simple in design, yet so so pretty! The calendar measures 4.5″ by 9″ and is strung by a ribbon so that you can easily hang it. Each page is hand-lettered with a unique, whimsical design that complements the month, like umbrellas for April’s showers and blooms for May’s flowers. Like all of Linda & Harriett’s paper products, the calendar’s paper quality is high.

I plan on hanging mine by my desk in my apartment, but I think the calendar would make a cheery gift for your favorite colleague or friend who is spending way too much time in the office. I can imagine simply tacking it up on your cubicle wall to colorfully brighten your days (and months). The designs are just so cute and charmed, and you can see for yourself at!

Accessories, Beauty, Gift Guides, Paper GoodsHoliday Gift Guide 08: Thrifty Gifts

Editors’ Note: Today, we’re launching the first of our annual holiday gift guides. We spent many hours sifting through hundreds of products to present you with our favorites in hopes that they will inspire and help you find that perfect gift this season. Make sure to look out for these guides over the next few weeks and hope you enjoy!

This year more than ever, everyone is counting those pennies they’re spending this holiday season. We think that the best trick is to find a gorgeous gift that doesn’t make you cringe when you check the price and pull out the credit card. Having trouble?  Don’t worry…we’ve already scouted six fabulous choices under $25 that will be sure to please the recipient!

ONE. Jill Bliss Flower Mini Journal Set — Know a friend who makes a New Year’s resolution every year to start writing in a journal? Make it easier for her this year to achieve this goal by gifting her this set of blank notebook by Jill Bliss ($15.95). The handcrafted design of these notebooks is so beautiful – very 60’s and reminiscent of Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides – that she’ll feel compelled to carry these around all the time to jot down her best ideas. Its perfect pocket size also won’t take up any extra room in her bag, and the blank pages are the ideal blank canvas for any recessionista with an artsy or writer type friend. – joie READ MORE

Paper GoodsWrite for a Cure

When I came across Crane’s Search for a Cure Caddy for BCA, I thought it was so fabulous that I had to post about it immediately! Sure I spend most of my time on Facebook, Twitter and GChat but there’s nothing like good, old fashioned handwritten notes or party invites.  This set from Crane’s is sweet and unobtrusive and perfect to use as invitations for anything BCA related you may be planning this month. And of course, true to Crane’s brand, it’s high quality, yet affordable. Check out details at their website.

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