Stamp of Approval – Magnolia Postage

2017-06-03_07-17-20_284+(2017-06-05T01_07_16.458)When Vashti Davies decided to dress up her wedding invitations with customized, vintage stamps she had no idea that it would lead to a career doing the same thing for others.

Magnolia Postage elevates paper correspondence with beautifully curated postage. New York wedding? Texas themed reunion? Seaside birthday celebration? You can have a set of coordinated stamps to put that finishing touch on your invitations.2017-06-03_07-44-39_581 DSC_5533-4 DSC_5562-29 FullSizeRender IMG_2132+(1) IMG_4810 IMG_4818 IMG_4822 ZOLA3+(15+of+29)Whoever receives an invitation as beautiful as these will surely give them their stamp of aproval!

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Kate Schelter – Classic Style/Creative Soul

033117_KateSchelter_LeadI’ve read some good books this summer, but the one that has jumped to the top of the stack is Kate Schelter’s Classic Style.

I thought it would be a light romp, peppered with her art (which I adore), but it was something much more deep. Part stylist tips, part life hacks….Kate shares her life, her path and the nuggets that she felt were most important to pass along. And, of course, her whimsical watercolors are found throughout.

I’ve always been drawn to artists and creatives….and Kate is no different. With a background at Vogue, assisting Annie Leibovitz on photo shoots, as an artist and illustrator, a stylist a brand expert….her careers and life experiences are not only fascinating, but worth learning from.

I love to see what creative people surround themselves with, so was delighted to find these photos of Kate’s current home with her husband, Chris and daughter, Charlotte. Bright, happy, colorful and full of personality…I was tickled to see there was a heavy dose of pink. I even spotted my favorite pink tulips.033117_KateSchelter_33033117_KateSchelter_22033117_KateSchelter_26033117_KateSchelter_34Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 10.30.33 PM033117_KateSchelter_36summer-exhibits.0dbcb76c6557c8b751ebd1e81675650dPerfect to read and keep, but also perfect to give…Classic Style is the kind of book that you’ll enjoy now, reach for later and will stand the test of time. As Kate says…”Hand it down, dress it up, wear it out.”

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images: One Kings Lane

Dana’s Bakery – Macarons

Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 11.48.41 PMHappy Bastille Day!!

I thought for many years that I didn’t like macarons. And, then I went to Paris and discovered I had actually just never had a good macaron. These little morsels (gluten free and kosher) seem to be having their moment in the sun – perhaps taking the place of cupcakes and cakepops.

I was happy to discover that there is an American pastry chef (and former photo editor) in NY, Dana Loia, who has combined American flavor favorites with the French style of dessert. At Dana’s Bakery you can find flavors such as strawberry shortcake, fruity cereal, cookie dough, peanut butter and jelly, red velvet and champagne! Packaged perfectly for gift giving, these make a darling hostess gift of birthday surprise.

They ship nationwide, but also offer daily delivery to NYC! And, there are even macaron making classes this Fall!Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 11.52.56 PM Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 11.53.57 PMViva la France…the American way!

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