Take a cue from the classroom and download these free school house inspired envelope wraps and oh so pretty pastel graph papers courtesy of Miss B over at The Blah, Blah, Blahg.  Enjoy the weekend back-to-school shopping everyone!

rocks_paper_scissorsenvelope wrap, download here & graph paper, download here


Check out these adorable and functional reusable sandwich and snack bags. Loads of cotton patterns to choose from, these saks are lined with a water-resistant, FDA approved, food safe nylon and close with velcro.  An eco-friendly way to tote around your lunch, pack your children’s lunches or carry with you treats for your pet.  Easy to wipe clean and when really dirty they can be thrown in the washing machine. Save money and say goodbye to vending machine woes… these bags are a great reason to tote around healthy snacks. I am not usually one to bring a lunch, but thanks to my friend Renee who gifted me these, I now have no excuse not to.


Snack bag $6.50 & Sandwich bag $7.50, WasteNotSaks.com


One of my all-time favorite events to be printed in Martha Stewart Weddings… Minhee Park and Truman Cho share their April 15, 2006 California grade-school sweetheart wedding. Having met in the 4th grade, the two stayed friends throughout high school and college but it took 14 years for Truman to ask Minhee out on their first date.  Fast forward to the result… a wedding full of whimsy, charm and delicate little details.


Photos taken by Meg Smith, courtesy of MarthaStewartWeddings.com

Notes on just a few of the details…

The bride and groom get nostalgic for photos by posing at small school desks.

Table settings included guest’s names outlined in chalk on rolls of black paper, single-flower arrangements set in vintage milk bottles, lattes bowls and tumblers and votive candles held in scalloped paper bags added a touch of luminary.

As owner of a design studio in Brooklyn called Paper + Cup, Minhee was able to create a custom school themed letterpress invitation suite. The invitations, maps and attendance reports, serving as reply cards, were each printed on vintage notebook paper. All components were then slipped into small manilla folders printed with the recipient’s name(s) and placed in envelopes stamped special delivery and closed with a round seal stamp stating the wedding date.

The groom and his groomsmen showed off their colorful patterned socks, a playful tradition they adopted for each friend’s wedding.

A desk loaned from a nearby school held apples which served as seating cards. Each apple carried a number sticker and sat atop a piece of vintage graph paper that read each guest’s name in perfect penmanship.  The placard on the desk paid tribute to Minhee and Truman’s fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Cogan.

Vintage lunch trays were supplied for each guest to receive their dinner cafeteria-style.   For dessert, ice cream was served in petite paper cups. All wooden utensils were hot-stamped with the couple’s names, and paper napkins were rubber stamped with the date.

A large blackboard served as the guest-book station. Guests were able to draw and write messages for the couple and capture their remarks on polaroid.  An already assembled scrapbook bearing photo corners was set at the station to hold the polaroids and guests could include any additional comments.

Adults received favors of custom school supplies and handmade journals in brown paper bags and kids got paper pails filled with toys and candy. The tops of the kid pails were sprayed with chalkboard paint and the names were written in chalk.

My favorite detail: guests were asked to take ‘pop quizzes’ about the couple and deposit them in drop boxes covered in paper. Minhee and Truman graded the quizzes and mailed them with their thank-you notes after the wedding.

This affair gets an A+ for effort and execution.


‘Back to school’ to me means time to make a fresh start.  With that, comes organizing my life and especially my work and work space.  Take a look at some of the very cool items to make work a little more pleasurable.  Whether it be a new way to file, some much needed storage or some pretty pencils to inspire your thoughts, accessorizing your office space may give increased motivation to succeed.  Who knows you may even end up writing the memo of the year…


1. Decisive Desk clips, 12 for $9.50, knockknock, 2. Moleskine 2010 Color-A-Month Daily Planner, 12 for $39.95, paper-source.com, 3. Do/Ponder/File File Folders, 6 for $9, knockknock, 4. Kassett magazine file, 2 for $2.99, ikea.com, 5. Day of the Week Clip Set, 7 for $8.50, SusyJack contemporary paper, 6. Work Reminder Magnet sets, 4 for $9.95, SusyJack contmeporary paper, 7. Mini Magnetic Strip $3.99-4.99 each plus magnets, containerstore.com, 8. pencil cup and pencils, 22 for $16, SusyJack contemporary paper


Because the packaging is almost more important to me than what’s on the inside, when I received Dwell Studio’s press kit at the gift show my heart soared.  A great way to show off a company known for their love of color and geometric patterns this tote and folio were both perfectly presented.  Dwell Studio was founded by Christiane Lemieux who began her career working in fashion for favorites such as Isaac Mizrahi and The Gap before joining Portico, a New York-based home furnishings company. In 1999 she launched her own company, Dwell, focusing mostly on bedding and home furnishings. Since then Dwell has grown into Dwell Studio, a team devoted to creating decorative and minimalistic design for table top accents, baby & kid friendly linens and accessories, wall art and stationery. See below their inspiration and product available through dwellshop.com.



at the NYC Gift Show…


1-3. It is truly amazing what can be done with die-cut paper.  I first saw this company and their amazing light fixtures just a short while ago, I blogged about my findings here.  When I stumbled upon their display at the show I was mesmerized by their ability to mix functionality with artistic expression.  Their light fixtures are absolutely stunning.  See more of their designs at artecnicainc.com 4. Next I came across this fun display from The Sarut Group, who produce bold and colorful novelty gift and home items.  I love this tabletop idea for a children’s center or playroom.  A fun but green way of recycling old unwanted barrels. 5. Lastly, the paper cocktail number.  Every show I head to Rag & Bone, to see what wonderful paper creation Ilira and the R&B team have designed.  A tradition always inspiring and they never cease to impress me with their patterned albums and book binding presentations.


This is the perfect time of year to bring a meal outdoors… whether it be a romantic outing for two, a family style shin dig, or a fun day at the park with friends.  Here are a few great ideas for making your picnic experience a pleasurable one. Get a handle on your wines using a square tablecloth that duel purposes as your sitting blanket.  Make up a batch of memorable totes that guests can use long after the celebration. Cook up a great pasta salad sure to be a crowd favorite, and invest in the best reusable flatware made of organic bamboo.  The ants should be the only ones left off the invitation!


1. Bottle Wrap, instructions included marthastewart.com, 2. DIY lunch favor bags, instructions included, stylemepretty.com, 3. orzo salad, photo courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com, 4. Bambu all purpose Veneerware, bambuhome.com

Greek Orzo and Grilled Shrimp Salad with Mustard-Dill Vinaigrette, from the kitchen of Bobby Flay, foodnetwork.com


  • 3/4 pound orzo, cooked al dente
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded, quartered lengthwise, and sliced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus additional for brushing shrimp
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled
  • 16 medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined


Combine orzo, cucumber, green onions, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Place dill, vinegar, and mustard in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and blend until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the vinaigrette over the orzo mixture and stir well to combine. Gently fold in the feta cheese.

Heat grill to high. Brush shrimp with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for approximately 2 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Divide orzo salad among 4 take-out containers or plates and top with 4 shrimp. Garnish with additional dill.


Heat up your mouth with a whole new hue… true red!  Because adding tints of orange, brown, and pink are out, what we are left left with is straight up classic red.  Think of your high school crush’s red mustang, Julia’s dress in Pretty Woman, & Gwen Stefani’s signature lip, do be daring enough to try it.  This perfect pout gets my seal of approval, kiss kiss.

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1. Gwen Stefani, signature lip, accessories.about.com, 2. J. Mendell Fall 09 RTW, elle.com, 3. Christian Lacroix Fall o9 RTW, elle.com, 4. H&M Fall Magazine, hm.com


As Summer begins to sail away have your correspondence embark with the same attitude of seaside manner.


1. Kate Spade Bon Voyage fold-over boxed set, 12 for $30, Crane & Co. 2. Vera Wang Engraved Sailboats small correspondence cards, 10 for $23, William Arthur, 3. Vera Wang Letterpress Anchor Notes, 10 for $32, William Arthur, 4. Nautical Stripes personalized notes, (more colors available), 50 for $120, Dabney Lee Stationery, 5. Starboard Box set, $28, Boatman Geller, 6. papervessels Recycled Nautical Map Envelopes, 8 for $4, etsy.com, 7. alishagould Set Sail Note Cards, 8 for $12, etsy.com


Because the clock is just not moving fast enough today, I take refuge looking at Dani Brubaker’s photography.  Her images of children are down right awesome.  Dani has an amazing ability to photograph her subjects with sophistication while maintaining the presence of their childhood innocence.  With categories like happy, pissed, zany, calm, naughty and nice you can easily get lost in the eye candy at hand.  Thank you Dani, for making me feel like a kid again… even if only for a moment.

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