My 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.
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.
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.
Passing by Sur La Table the other day, I saw the nicest outdoor dinnerware in the window–tropical pattern melamine plates with faux bamboo trimming. Cute, kid-proof, festive, and dishwasher-safe! A great addition to your summer dining table. You can buy a 12-piece set for $130, or buy items individually starting at $10 for salad plates, cereal bowls, and dip bowls.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday break.
A bit of news here. I am going to take a “sabbatical” from posting here at the blog so I can concentrate on some other projects. Never fear, I will still be sharing my favorite shopping finds with you over on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, so please follow me at all of those so you don’t miss a bit. You’ll see, for example, the brand new goodies I discover at this month’s NY Now show, where I’ll once again be judging the best new products in the Baby & Child Division.
In the meantime, my best wishes to all of you for a happy and healthy 2015!
Pictured above: 2015 Calendar Print Poster at Etsy.
Before I disappear for awhile on winter break (I’ll resume posting on January 5th), I want to share with you my yearly roundup of favorite things from MyMomShops.com in 2014. I always love digging through my own archives to write this post because 1) Even *I* forget some of the favorite products I’ve recommended and 2) It is great trip down memory lane. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Also, feel free to check in with me on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram during the break.
Favorite Kids’ Clothing Find: Oil and Water Rainwear. You’ll want these in your size. Trust me.
Favorite Trade Show Find: Mistaken Lyrics Coaster Set. Check out these botched lyrics to your fave 80s tunes. Favorite Real-Life Store to Browse: Anthropologie. Can I have everything in this store? Pretty please?
Favorite Piece of Jewelry: Tortoise Necklace. I get so many compliments on this necklace–it is trendy and affordable.
Favorite New Website for Kid Stuff: Bumblebean. This is a go-to site for indie kids’ clothing, toys, decor and gifts. Check out my “expert” collections there.
Favorite Décor Find: Coney Island Photography pillows by Mina Photography. Gorgeous beach-themed wall art and other decor items, too.
Favorite Grandparent Gift: 70 Years of Memories. I had so much fun doing this for my dad’s 70th birthday.
Favorite Keepsake Gift: Baby Clothes Keepsake Quilt. This was on my to-do list for years–do you want to make one for your kids, too?
Favorite Post: 7 Ways to Glam Up Your Desk with Gold Accessories. This post got lots of traffic on Pinterest and Twitter and I had so much fun writing it.
Favorite Purchases for Myself: Shopping at Boden for my 20th reunion. Though I know it seems impossible that I graduated college 20 years ago (ahem), I celebrated my reunion in style wearing lots of Boden outfits.
Favorite Stationery: Personalized Halloween Notecards. Perfect for thank-you notes for my Halloween birthday gifts.
Favorite Celebrity Baby: Prince George (of course!).
You’ll have to hurry to receive this one in time for Christmas, but you should still bookmark this 21st Century Girl Journal by our affiliated Minted as a cute, thoughtful, and affordable gift. I gave one to my sister last night for Hanukkah and she loved it. These 5.5 x 8.5″ journals cost $16 and are actually available as notebooks, planners, or address books; plus you choose the binding you want (spiral or grommet), interior (blank, lined, or graph paper), and the cover color (gold or bright pink). Browse these and other custom journals at Minted.com.