Pencil This In

I love strong, graphic prints and colors on just about everything. One of my sisters showed me this tres chic mini line of planners, notebooks and card by California homemaker Sarah Pinto. Just in time for the New Years! (For some reason, staying organized and having at least 2 planners is always my go to NY resolution). I’m in love with the anchor planner (surprised? Didn’t think so) but the elephant comes in at a very close second. I’m a sucker for pretty paper products – and if the cool graphics aren’t enough to tempt you, Sarah donates a percentage to the CPMC Pediatric Cardiology center. PS: I love her logo – a well played pink pinto bean!



I love going into a stationary shop. I actually get really excited about sending Christmas cards. Some of my favorite paper goods are from the fabulous kate spade paper collection, which are also easily found at Crane & Co (they have their own line of great paper, I especially like their fashion thank you notes). I came across the Smock paper collection earlier this summer and I’m in love with their designs, use of typography and their vivid color use. I know I’ll have to get my Christmas cards + thank you notes from them for this year… What makes you feel even better about buying from Smock is that their paper is made from Bamboo. Basically, it’s better in every direction to have Bamboo paper than regular cotton paper – it uses a lot less water to grow, with no fertilizer or pesticides, the plant itself grow much, much faster than what’s used for regular paper and essentially, require less oxygen. Even better, it is a prettier paper than what cotton provides anyways. Smock (located in upstate NY, just outside of Syracuse) is the only paper company in the US that uses bamboo paper to date (apparently Europeans love it). I also really like their own customization. You can pick you own font, colors, patterns, even the envelop lining and outside pattern. They cover every kind of occasion you would need paper for – thank yous, holiday, weddings, social invitations, baby showers, and more.

First item on the list…

I’m a very plan and list-oriented person. Therefore, even though I am fresh out of college living at the boyfriend’s house and searching for a big j-o-b, I have already begun my “apartment must purchase” list. At least window shopping (is that still the same thing when you do it online instead of in stores?) for pretty decorative things to fill a future apartment will keep me in a happy mood while the search continues!

First stop, providing that I can land a salaried job before the new year, will be modern chic home. I looove the owner’s blog site and through reading that, I came across her store. (Modern Chic Home). I adore just about everything in there, from the wall paper to mirrors and graphic rugs! A all time favorite includes the black and white “keep calm and carry on” bath towels, that would make my bathroom look all the more tres chic. A (rather large) sampling of contenders for the future apartment:

cupcake salt and pepper shakers! almost as amazing as the real thing.

I loved the vintage-y mail holder – nothing quite compares to receiving letters in the mail and opening them, that’s for sure. As much as I love my BlackBerry, clicking the “open e-mail” button does not give you the same feeling.

I could probably post about 50 more things from the store, however that would be what the boyfriend calls “overkill”. On a side note, I’m also stopping to start my second chess game of my life… I played my first game today with him (apparently he was the Elementary School champ back in the day, even beating the Middle School champ… aww!) I’m a reluctant learner because I like to win at games right away and chess isn’t something you really pick up in 5 minutes. I am determined to learn it though! I bet a nice antique chess set would be great for a Christmas present…