On my recent trip to Long Beach Island, I stopped in "Summerhouse," a cute home and stationery store in Beach Haven. As I was looking through everything, I came across this adorable kit for writing "the perfect note." It makes use of the beautiful calligraphy drawn by the amazing Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls.
I love the pretty blue color of the box, as well as the adorable illustrations of birds and flowers. The quality of everything in the box is so sweet! The kit comes with a wonderful variety of cards and note cards as well as perfect little envelopes, stamps, stickers, and a booklet that will inspire you to want to write hand written notes every day!
photo courtesy of chronicle books blog
While searching for more information about the kit, I came across the wonderful blog of Chronicle Books. Kristen Hewitt, who designed the kit along with Maybelle, wrote about her friendship and working relationship with Maybelle here.
The best thing about this kit is the price, it's only $25! It's gorgeous and so useful! Definitely pick one up!
Above is a beautiful print of a lovely painting by Jenny Heid. It is inspired by a little vintage doll named Charlotte. About this painting Jenny says, "Porcelain dolls figure big into our vintage collectibles and we just had to set them in a still life with our buttercream frosted cupcakes. Beside focusing on color and pattern, all these new paintings will serves as tributes to some of our favorite collectibles and inspirations. We literally filled a table top with inspiration when creating this piece...everything from lace doilies and tiny German doll busts, to sugar flowers and nonpareils."
Check out more of Jenny's sugary goodness at Everyday is a Holiday.
If you know me well, you know my obsession with all things wood grain. So when I stumbled upon the jewelry by Jessica Jane, I was in love. She makes beautiful pieces of jewelry, pins, and magnets. They are inspired by her love of nature. She describes her styles as "rustic and neutral" and "bright and modern." Be sure to check out her etsy site. You can also read her words, and see more of her beautiful work and inspirations on her blog, Unconditional Love.
Just some lovely summer goods that I found today... Roxy's Finnie Watch has an awesome tortoise shell band. I also think the way they set the 3 and the 9 is a lot of fun. Next, the Roxy 4 Everyday Tote will keep all your beach goodies safe and sound. I love the mix of patterns and color. Next is the beautifully designed Power tee by Jedidiah. I love the graphic designed by the lovely Kelli Murray. I also adore the message. Next is my favorite dress of the summer (I have it in 2 colors) the O'Neill Jewel Dress. I also heart the Hurley Addison Jacket. The style is very flattering and the nautical inspired closures are adorable!
I was very excited to hear about the new line that Quik will be releasing this fall. It is a new line for women ages 18-24 (and hopefully us later twenties women too). Under the direction of Summer Rapp, I'm sure it will be as beautiful as it is unique.
Summer started her career at Roxy. She worked there for four years, until she moved to Volcom, to be the girls design director in 2001. Summer took Volcom Girls from a t-shirt and hoodie brand to a more tailored line of very fashion forward pieces. It is because of my love for Volcom during Summer's reign, that I am more than excited to see threads that Quiksilver will showcase. Summer says, "This project is really exciting, and will ultimately be a huge success, because we will combine the Quiksilver brand’s incredible clout with the freedom of being a new business and a new player in the martketplace. I am privileged to be a part of an all new team with both action sports and fashion industry experience.”
“The collection will be designed for the edgy, independent young woman whose creative approach to fashion appears effortless.” added Bernard Mariette, President of Quiksilver, Inc. “The product will be linked to the Quiksilver young men's brand, but the overall feel will be very feminine, with an end result that is casual but chic."
To check out an interview with Summer and some photos from the line, check out Shop, Eat, Surf.
I discovered how adorable Betsey Johnson's accessories were on a recent shopping trip. I love the jewelry for it's collaging of different textures and visuals. The shoes are awesome too. I definitely need a pair of those cute ones on the right. We all know Betsey is a master of fabric, so it's awesome she's made sweet and fun accessories to go with her amazing works of cloth. Betsey's line can be found at her site and boutiques, or at select departments stores like Nordstroms and Macys.
Tonight on Espn make sure you catch the women's superpipe finals. It should be on sometime in between 9:30 and 11:30 pm. Riders Torah Bright, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, and some others are sure to tear up the snowflakes. I'm excited to see Torah, even though she won't be riding a board I designed this year.
Then on Saturday in between 3-6pm on ABC be sure to check out the women's slopestyle finals. They haven't posted who the finalist are that will be competing in that but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Alexis Waite, Erin Comstock, Tara Dakides, and Kjersti Buaas.
Back in August I posted about the amazing illustrator, Charley Harper. I was lucky enough to score that poster for Christmas, but now I want more!
Not only can you own beautiful Charley Harper artwork to hang on your wall, you can now have him in your kitchen. Towels, dinnerware, salt and pepper shakers and candles are available at Tag.
Back in the glory days of my undergrad at UD, during my senior year, I was approached by an adorable girl who told me she really liked my work. That girl was the amazingly talented Haley Smith. I was truly honored that Haley, a freshman at the time, took a second to come up and just share her thoughts with me. We've stayed in touch and since Haley's graduation from UD in May of 2007, she has done amazing things.
Not only does she design fulltime for Urban Outfitter's housewares department, but she's also got prints she designed showing up on clothing at Anthropologie. The adorable seahorse raincoat (pictured above), is awesome. I love the color and the organic shapes the seahorses make. Sweet job Haley!
"Get inspired everyday with the Starlets and Stars of Craft 2008 Calendar! Each month features a different super star of indie craft. The calendar includes the creative masterminds behind: If'n Books + Marks, Extreme Craft, Young Blood Gallery & Boutique, The Small Object, Croq Zine, Twospace, The Sampler, india*romeo, Crafty Bastards, Wonderland q, boygirlparty and the ICE Collective."
The calendar is not only a great homage to a bunch of talented crafters, but it's also beautifully designed. I adore that for each month, the day boxes change shape. It's like a new present every month! You can buy one for only $15, here.
Searching through the latest issue of N.E.E.T. Mag I came across the beautiful illustrations of Jen Oaks. I absolutely love the color palette and the adorable patterns and stencil like flowers mixed in with the delicate line drawings. You can see more of Jen's work here, and buy some giclee prints of her original digital paintings at her etsy shop.
So I know, you're like what happened to snowflakes and cupcakes, nothing is ever posted. Well I apologize sincerely, but I'm super swamped with finishing up my second to last semester of grad school. But I promise, I will get to updating this more frequently, very soon! In the meantime, here is an incredibly cute video the Roxy girls put together. It cheered up my night, so I''m sure you'll enjoy it too!
Yay for winter and christmas time. Tokidoki for LeSportsac released the 2007 Holiday print. It's adorable and complete with snowboarding skeletons, champagne, ornament bombs, honey jar bees, candy, snow monsters, and oh did i mention snowboarding skeletons? The bag designs are awesome as well; so so fun!