Hostess Gifts for Fall

Lucky you! You’ve been invited to an autumn dinner party at a friend’s house. Aside from figuring out what to wear, you need to decide what to bring the host or hostess with the mostess
To me, this is opportunity to express your gratitude in advance, for what is sure to be a memorable evening. If you’ve hosted a party (big or small) yourself, you realize how much thought, planning and last minute scrambling is involved. How fun for the host to blow out the candles at the end of the evening and open a thoughtfully chosen gift form you.
So, what should you take?
Pair this silver tea strainer with the aromatic and beautifully packaged Bellocq Tea – available at And George.
Put together a “breakfast basket” for the morning after…include an earthy wooden cutting board, fresh bread or croissants and your favorite jam or honey.
Know your hosts favorite color? 
At $55, these throws from Company C (thanks, Traci!), paired with a hip box of matches ( are a lovely way for your host to relax by the fire after the big night.
No matter what you take, like all things, it is the thought the counts. And, it’s always appreciated when you consider the recipient and what they might enjoy!
Here’s to a wonderful weekend and lots of invitations coming your way!

Calming Candlelight

Is it really Monday already? This month is flying by and is about to get busier.

Our long awaited, much talked about renovation begins today and I may need to light a few candles to find a little calm amongst the rubble.

I love how just a flicker of candlelight can change the ambiance of a situation. Dinner by candlelight seems romantic. A bath by candlelight feels decadent. And, don’t we all look just a little bit better by the gentle light of a candle?

So, if you find yourself running through your week…take a few minutes to light a candle at the end of the day and see if you don’t feel calmer.

What’s flickering in your world?

images: Christy Ford for And George

Erika Jack – Bespoke Stationnaire

It was Love at first sight! 
Searching for some holiday gift tags, I stumbled upon Erika Jack and her stunning “print meets calligraphy” graphic design style.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Erika put her degrees in Interior Design and Graphic Design to use by joining a Residential design firm, that also specialized in event planning. 
Then, due to a job opportunity for her husband in Charlottesville, VA, Erika found herself in a new town looking for a job.
Her realtor, knowing her background, took her by the “shelter mag favorite” And George shop, where Erika met one of the owners, Jan Roden. Erika soon had a job working on the company’s web page and designing print materials for the And George furniture line.
Every now and then, Erika would dabble in making invitations for co-owner, Christy Ford’s parties. One day, Christy (whose daughter is named Tulip….not kidding!) suggested that Erika try her hand at a line of stationery….and the rest is beautifully written history.
You can find Erika’s work exclusively at And George

From logos and gift tags to save the dates and wedding invitations…Erika can do it all. Look at Erika’s work which was recently highlighted in Southern Living Weddings

Wanting something special that you don’t see on the And George website? Contact Erika directly for custom work at

Here’s what she did for me!

And, because I want to share the Love…..I’m giving away one set of Erika’s “Love” gift tags
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Winner announced on Monday, with a flourish!