LL Bean Halter Print Tanksuit


I’m still sifting through dozens of my National Stationery Show picks for you and will share them soon.  In the meantime, I spotted this halter print tank suit by LL Bean in Oprah magazine and grabbed it in the blue bandana print for myself. It’s cute but comfortable, and, even better, is on sale (regular price was $74.95) through Memorial Day weekend (use code “SUMMER” for additional 20% off).

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Trend-Spotting at the 2017 National Stationery Show

brandI have tons of finds to share with you from my 1st day at the 2017 National Stationery Show (“NSS”). First up are examples of fun trends I noticed this time–everything from holograms to political activism! For a cool comparison of 2017 to past years’ trends, check out my trend reports from NSS in 2011 (cupcakes and bicycles); 2013 (macarons and gold foil); and 2014 (cassette tapes and sriracha). I wonder what’s in store for 2018??

Cheese.  Yes, cheese, especially served with puns:

The Witty Gritty Paper Co.:






Our 45th President:

Colette Paperie:



Sapling Press:



Skel & Co.:



Political Activism (speaking of our 45th President…)

Chronicle Books:



Warren Tales:



Anne & Kate:



Holograms and Shiny Rainbow Colors:

417 Press:



Up With Paper:


Warren Tales:



Famous Females:

She Paper:



Tay Ham:

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She Paper:



Stay tuned for more of my favorite picks from the stationery show, where I’ll be returning tomorrow to scope out the best of the best.

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First Glimpse of the National Stationery Show

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I’m putting together some of my favorite finds from the 1st day of the National Stationery Show for you, but, in the meantime, here is a cute snap I took of one of the booths (for My Little Day, a UK designer of party goods). I just love the use of balloons here–unapologetically over-the-top and festive. My photo on Instagram was noticed by PoppyTalk, a blog I’ve admired since way back when, and they kindly included it in a roundup of favorite Instagrams from Day 1 of the show (scroll down to #8).

Stay tuned for more coverage of the stationery show soon!

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Mini Cinema Light Box

lightbox2My 13-year-old daughter is doing a long-awaited redecoration of her bedroom. I happen to think she has a great eye for interior design (I’ll tell you another time the colors she’s chosen), and also for fun accessories that liven any room up. One of them is this Mini Cinema Light Box from Urban Outfitters (a terrific store for tween or teen decor). Inspired by old movie marquees, this small box comes with 72 letters and symbols for switching things up as often as you’d like. It’s on sale for $29 (regularly $39) at Urban Outfitters.

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2017 National Stationery Show Preview

I am hoping to attend this year’s National Stationery Show in New York City; this year marks 10 years that I’ve attended the show and it’s been so much fun spotting trends (even as they go from “in” to “out”) over the years. I like to quickly post my favorite finds in real time on Instagram and Twitter, but I’ll also do a fuller post here showing you my top picks. I am always partial to the debut exhibitors; I love to see them (hopefully) grow in stature and success in the following years! Here are a few I have my eye on:

Colette Paperie (Booth 1252). I spotted some Trump cards last year, pre-election, and I’m sure that we’ll be seeing even more Trump-isms this year.



The Witty Gritty Paper Co. (Booth 1737). Emergency stationery “kits” are growing in popularity as people have less and less time to write letters (or shop for the supplies).



Marble & Vine (Booth 1342). Tree-free giftwrap–a novel idea for people who love luxurious wrapping paper but don’t want to be wasteful.




Frog & Toad Press (Booth 1267). I love the classic look and texture of letterpress–I have since my first stationery show in 2007–and if there’s a cute message and graphic, too, I’m sold.land-on-your-feet-card__90704.1484853964.1280.1280


Adam J. Kurtz (Booth 1239). I’ve spotted some of his gift products at Fish’s Eddy (perhaps you have, too) but I especially like the paper goods such as the “1 Page at a Time” journal book with prompts.





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Kate Spade Initial Notebooks

51aVOU8P8hL._SL1500_I’ve always been a fan of the Kate Spade stationery and office products by Lifeguard Press, and its Kate Spade New York Dipped Notebook (available in most initials) is one of my go-to gifts. I love the color-blocked design, the rich colors with matching ribbon bookmarks, and the gold foil imprint of the initial. And, they’re just $16.75 each (with free shipping for Prime Members) at Amazon.com.

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Pom Pom Sandals


While other women collect Manolos, I am giddy over cute sandals. These Pom Pom Sandals at Boden are an eye-catching way to indulge in this summer’s pom-pom trend. I love the T-bar style, the mix of colors, and the wrap-around ankle. They’re a splurge–you can buy them for $130 at Boden.

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Indecision Pencils


I loved these “Indecision Pencils” so much when I spotted them in-store at Francesca’s that I scooped up a bunch to save as gifts for friends. Plus, one set for myself, of course. As someone who has just lost 16 pounds and counting, I can wholly identify with the opposite sentiments expressed here…particularly Gym vs. Nap and Kale vs. Cake! Also, the pencils are in beautiful metallic colors, i.e. not your average colored pencils and write flawlessly. They cost just $5.99 per set, and make a great end-of-year gift for teachers, too.

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Hello Again!

Hello everyone!  It’s been a while.  Much has happened in my life (too much to recap here) but for now I have to thank my daughter R. (now 13 years old….can you believe it?) for urging me to start blogging again.  So this will be the first of hopefully many more posts.  While I won’t be posting daily as I did in my earlier blogging days, I will continue to share plentiful finds with you, ranging from stationery to gifts to clothing to decor.

As a thank you to my daughter, I am first going to post this beautiful Mother’s Day gift she gave me yesterday–a 5 x 7, wood and gold Mom + Me picture frame from my favorite of all stationery stores, Paper Source.  Mother’s Day may have passed, but, really, this gift works year-round (and it’s on sale too, for $11.87; originally $16.95).

(Photo of R. and me, 2004, by Kate Burton).

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