Longtime readers of this blog may recall that I was a big fan of Princess Diana since the time of the Royal Wedding in 1981, when I was 8 years old. I was lucky enough to meet her in person several times. And I’m lucky again to have been called upon as a Diana “super fan” by ABC News, who will include a clip from a recent interview with me in their upcoming August 2017 four-part documentary about Diana’s life and death.
The 20th anniversary of Diana’s death has also coincided with the de-cluttering of my childhood home, where I kept most of my collection of hundreds of Diana books, magazines, and pieces of memorabilia. I just don’t have room for it all in my Manhattan apartment, so while I’m keeping favorite items for myself, I am selling the rest of it on Ebay–check out my shop “Remember Princess Diana.” (By the way, I’m also on Instagram as @RememberPrincessDiana and have almost 10k followers, much to my 13yo’s chagrin).
Here are some of the goodies you can purchase directly from my shop (personally, the old People magazines are my favorite because they are like little time capsules of pop culture from the 80s and 90s!):
Life Magazine: “Once Upon a Time…12 Years of Charles & Diana (February 1993); $10.95.
People Magazine: “The Woman Who Will be Queen” (July 16, 1990); $15.95 with free shipping:
Charles & Diana: The Tenth Anniversary (by Brian Hoey, 1991); $17.95.
Royalty Magazine (February 1985, special issue about Prince Harry’s Christening); $12.95 with free shipping.
Diana:The Last Year (by Donald Spoto, 1998); $10.95
There’s plenty more at my shop and I’m adding inventory every day, so please take a look!
Pineapples are on-trend again for Summer 2017, and I was pleasantly surprised to find my daughter’s favorite new Old Navy yellow pineapple shorts (pictured above) in the June issues of Oprah Magazine. Good thing she bought hers earlier, because they are now sold out! However, aware of customer demand, Old Navy has quickly produced a more upscale version–these Mid-Rise Linen-Blend Shorts with a gold pineapple print. They’re on sale (just $12.45, originally $25) and still available in every size 0-20.
One of my favorite new exhibitors at the National Stationery Show was the Inclosed Letterpress Co., hailing from Nebraska. This letterpress shop includes several of my favorite things, including (obviously) letterpress cards, pop culture references, gold foil imprints, state-themed notepads, and beautiful and unique gift wrap (which is actually made from using the “dirty” rags with ink from the letterpress machine). Take a look at these samples from the stationery show, and browse online here.
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).
I 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:
Skel & Co.:
Political Activism (speaking of our 45th President…)
Anne & Kate:
Holograms and Shiny Rainbow Colors:
Up With 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.
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!
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.
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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.