Saturday, March 1, 2014

Nicely Noted Review

The founder of the delight Nicely Noted might be my hero. Not only has she served as the Online Director of one of my favorite magazines, Dwell, but she has a severe passion, along with a deep respect, for beautiful stationery. Paired with her sentimental longing for handwritten letters, Nicely Noted was created.

I wouldn't say I love stationery. It's something a bit more than that. Stationery entices me, makes me want to learn more about different forms of paper, type, processes. It enthralls me and ignites the desire to educate myself and to gather. I own enough stationery to pass down boxes to my great-grandchildren, but that doesn't mean I've stopped or will stop collecting.

Nicely Noted is a subscription service that delivers a curated collection of letterpress cards and stamps every month. Included with the cards is a band that gives you the name of the press where the card was made, along with a few details about each card. The collection I received for review features three beautifully designed cards from Wishbone Letterpress, Greenwich Letterpress, and Sycamore Street Press.  

Each card is beautiful, a little sassy, and perfect to have on hand. You never know when you'll overlook a birthday card or want to send a meaningful thank you note. These letterpress cards look and feel special. I also really love that forever stamps are included! I can't be the only one to write out a card and be ready to send it, only to realize we used the last stamp to send out the payment for the AT&T bill.

Value: At $20 a month, this monthly subscription might seem a bit steep, but it does offer amazing quality letterpress stationery, from a variety of presses, that is handpicked (by someone qualified to pick it), and unique. The cards I received are truly beautiful. You can rest assured that your best friend won't receive the same card you give her from anyone else.  Nicely Noted will make the right impression, by letting the receiver know that you care and that they mean a lot to you. Enough to receive a special card, celebrating their day. Or to remind them that the best is yet to come. Isn't that what giving a card is all about? 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Primped & Polished

Here's a round up with short reviews of some of the nail polishes I've tried lately... For pictures of the polishes on my nails, be sure to check out my Instagram!

I love Tom Ford's Indian Pink ($32) for all the right reasons. The polish goes on smooth and is a fun bright pink. It looks great by itself, but also is a great base for glitter! It lasted almost a week without chipping. It's a little expensive, but the polish has impressed me so much that it will be a go-to for me this summer. 

I'm not usually into purples, so I let my baby seester handle this magenta shade named Oui from Marc Jacobs ($18). She said the polish went on smooth, resisted chipping for almost a week and had an incredible shine.

Burberry's Oxblood ($21) was my favorite when it came to shade, the color is just gorgeous and perfect for the end of winter. So beautiful in fact, that I got a serious amount of compliments from strangers. Unfortunately, both times I've worn it, it's chipped on multiple nails within a day. I could not believe how fast it chipped! I hope Burberry reformulates their line of polishes; the color really is perfection, but the formula/brush/chipping is just horrible!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monogram Pick of the Month Meets Wedding Wednesday

Obviously I have a case of bride-to-be brain. At work and with friends I try not to talk about it all the time, but in my blog entries, I feel like I speak about it a lot. I'm sorry if it drives y'all crazy, I have some wedding-free posts coming up soon. Promise.

This month's monogram pick is sort of cheating, it's a single initial instead of a monogram. But, it makes an amazing impression,  and is wonderful for sealing wedding invitations, Christmas cards, thank you notes, the power bill, or really any outgoing mail or card. I really wanted an inexpensive wax seal to seal our wedding invitations, which are a huge DIY on our end, but I wasn't able to find a "font" on the seal that I liked. I checked out eBay for vintage stamps, but instead, I found this simple but classy stamp and handle for under $5. That's right, both pieces shipped to under $5. There are other handle options if you're looking for something a little more distinctive.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: February

This needs to be filed under epic! I've used Rent the Runway before for dresses, but I had no idea that they had so many accessories available and at such great prices! I love clutches for date nights and special occasions, but I need bigger bags during the week, so I buy a clutch use it a few times, then it disappears inside my closet. The same thing happens when I buy statement necklaces. I love/am-mildly-obsessed with Kate Spade Book Clutches and was shocked to find the Age of Innocence is only $10 for a four day rental on Rent the Runway. There are lots of Kate Spade (along with loads of other designers) accessories for rent starting at only $5. The Solarium Bib Necklace will be mine, for four days at least!

I'm gravitating towards outfits that pair a leather jacket with feminine details; like an updated Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  A modern floral print dressed paired with a leather jacket and a knit hat, and tights is the perfect ode to the 90's, while still feeling fresh. Or trade the dress and tights for a pair of skinny jeans and a light pink chiffon shirt. The combinations are endless and it's perfect leather jacket weather!

Lately, I've been feeling a lot less flexible. It really upsets me that my body can't do what it could just a few years ago. One of my friends, who knows a lot more about yoga and pilates than I, recommended a few stretches to help. My favorites include The Hundred and the Reclined Hip Stretch. Both instantly make me feel better.

I love having red hair, but I don't love how fast the color fades. I go in to the salon to get a Paul Mitchell PM shine every four to five weeks, but for a few weeks in between colorings, sometimes my color needs a little help. John Frieda Color Refreshing Gloss is my perfect solution! I've tried Warm Red and it is a great shade with just enough splash of color and such amazing shine. Each box comes with enough product for six treatments, meaning for me, a box will last a little over two months.

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