Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Crane & Co.

Hey girls!

As the Holiday Season approaches, I am so excited to order some new stationary for my post holiday thank-you notes!

I always shop at one of my favorite spots. I loved to visit Crane & Co. in Rockafellar Center on the way home from work!
Crane & Co. not only offer stationary, but also, great pieces of valuable information for correspondence! Normally, I focus on Emily Post, but how wonderful that Crane & Co. promotes how to write a note on the beautiful stationary they provide.

Here are a few of the gracious tips they offer toward correspondence.

How to Write Thank You Notes for Gifts
Etiquette dictates that a thank you note should be written to the giver of every gift you receive. Handwritten notes are a simple, elegant and thoughtful way to express your appreciation for gifts of any size.

The steps to writing a proper thank you note are as follows:
Greet the giver.
Express your thanks.
Say something nice about the gift or its intended use.
Mention the past, allude to the future.
Repeat your thanks.

I cant wait to write my thank-you notes this year!
I have always loved to have great stationary! It is so essential to each an every person, because thank you notes are an absolute must! At least, that's what I generally use mine for!

Crane & Co. provides the most beautiful paper.

Here are a few of my Holiday Favorites that I have added to my wishlist this season!

My first choice, I have had my eye on for quite some time! The colors are so beautiful!

Initial & Name Personalized Letter Sheets

This stationary is so classic, and the initial at the top just makes it!

25- $105

My second pick is gorgeous as well!

Monogrammed Ecruwhite Correspondence Cards

Also, as I was paroozing the website, I found a section entitled "The Essence of Etiquette" I got so excited, I just have to share it with you!

The Essence of Etiquette
It's not about rules, it's about guidelines that help make our personal and professional relationships more comfortable and effective. We tend to feel more at ease when we understand what others expect of us. The etiquette we follow when sending a letter or invitation, like etiquette in other areas, revolves around three basic building blocks: common sense, courtesy and usage.
Common Sense The foundation of etiquette is common sense. On an invitation, for example, you must convey essential information if you want your guests to show up at your event. Your guests need to know who is inviting them to what function. They also need to know the date, time and place. A properly worded invitation includes all of that information and presents it succinctly and coherently.
Courtesy Courtesy, the spirit of etiquette, makes for better and more rewarding relationships. It also requires us to be considerate of others. You may come across some guidelines that might not work in your situation. If you followed those guidelines, you might, perhaps, offend someone you love. Is your relationship with that person more important than the wording of your invitation? If so, courtesy demands that you find an alternative. Etiquette is proper only when it facilitates and strengthens relationships.

Usage, the third building block is usage. Etiquette has evolved over the years and will continue to evolve. Many of the customs that were proper 50 years ago have faded away, like a gentleman tipping his hat. Likewise, many of the customs we practice today will be outdated 50 years from now.
A Natural Evolution As old customs become obsolete, new ones take their place. Not long ago, for example, reply cards were considered improper, even offensive and insulting. Wedding invitations were always answered in your own handwriting on your own stationery. As our lives became busier and busier, many of us no longer had the time to sit down and hand write a reply. Since hosts and hostesses could not risk not receiving responses, they began to send reply cards with their invitations. This made it easier for their guests to respond. The courtesy extended to their guests was a common-sense approach to the problem of late and never received responses. As more and more invitations were sent with reply cards, reply cards became more and more acceptable. Today, they are sent with almost every wedding invitation.
In other words, at some point the traditional way of responding to wedding invitations was not working. Common sense suggested that a solution was needed. The solution was simple: Extend to guests the courtesy of an easy-to-use card with a stamped, pre-addressed envelope. This solution worked and through its usage reply cards have now become perfectly proper. These three building blocks — common sense, courtesy and usage — are the basis for all the guidelines that social etiquette provides.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!!

Have a great Wednesday, y'all!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Holiday Pieces!

Hey girls!

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching! I couldn't be more excited! I wanted to share with you one of my very favorite websites! The furniture, and all of the accessories that go along with it are just absolutely gorgeous!

Look around, and dont hesitate to treat yourself to a little Christmas Cheer! WOO HOO!

Here are just a few of my very favorite pieces, and accessories!

The Poodle Ornament

.Hand crafted
.Unglazed matte white
.Comes with hanging loop & blue ribbon
.Each ornament is boxed
.Perfect for holiday or to display all year long!

Yellow Stitched Bird Pillow

.Inspired by Mexican tapestry
.Embroidered yellow on white linen
.Feather/down insert
.Ties in back to close

The Lemon, Pear, and Apple Pillows
(Because, you cant just order 1!)


Of course, I need a couch to put my new favorite pillows on, so, in my dream world, I would choose,

The White Bamboo Loveseat

.Unique faux bamboo side rails
.Faux bamboo base and legs
.Newly painted white semi gloss
.New custom made upholstered cushions
.Chocolate brown durable fabric

For my future kitchen, I would just love to have these chairs!

The Red Chippendale Dining Chair

.Faux bamboo detail Chippendale style
.Newly painted red orange
.Original cane seat
.Chocolate brown outdoor fabric
.Custom made box seat cushions
.Tailored ties in the back & self welt
.Frames show some cracking and imperfections from history
.Original frames have been repaired


Now, for such beautiful chairs, in my dream world, I need a table that is just as beautiful, so I would choose this one!

The Faux Bamboo Metal Dining Table

.Newly painted white semi gloss
.New glass top
.Faux bamboo detail
.Metal surface shows some age


Please visit Pieces whenever you get the itch to do some shopping, or even just to look around! All of their items make me smile! I love the bamboo furniture!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wear Tucker Blair!

Tucker Blair

The Tucker Blair Classic Chatham Polo recently made its long awaited debut! You can take a look at it on the website, but for your convenience, here are a few pictures! All 3 colors are included here on the blog!

I hope you love it as much as I do! I know for a fact, many of my friends will be graced with one of these fabulous polo’s for Christmas!

Along with the polo’s, are Key Fobs, Sandals, Dog Collars, and Belts. If you, or your significant other are a mix & match person, you can buy different needlepoint patterns for each item. However, if you are into matching, each item comes in each design!

I own each of these headbands, and love them! My favorite headband is the pink with white polka-dots!
This may or may not be because it was featured on Gossip Girl!

Tucker Blair goes above and beyond to satisfy each customer’s specific needs.

On that note, custom products are also available! College products are growing each day throughout the Tucker Blair family, and we would love nothing more than to serve you, and your Alma Mater!

Being the Tucker Blair Representative for my school has been an absolute honor! The company is incredible to work with, and the customer service is impeccable! As far as reputable, Tucker Blair is one of the most reputable clothing companies in the business. They did not just waltz their way into the world of Preppy Clothing, they took the time to develop, and grow a great product name. A lot of hard work, time, and effort is put into Tucker Blair on a daily basis!

Trust me, I love it!
I’m excited to be able to share with you the products that this wonderful, high quality clothing line has to offer!

For more information on Tucker Blair, or their products, please visit the website at, or contact Taylor M. Llewellyn ( today!

Have a great Monday, y'all!

You Betcha'! Sarah Palin Will be on Oprah Today!

You betcha'!
The former Govenor of Alaska will appear on Oprah today!!!
Are y'all watching??!!

I am excited to see how this all unfolds. To be quite honest, I am a bit shocked that this is taking place! This event is much bigger than most realize! Some say Sarah is only going on Oprah to promote her new book, well YEAH, I mean only Oprah can get the ball for new books, movies, ect!
I am just shocked at the whole thing because Oprah clearly endorsed comment!

In my opinion...YES I said, MY opinion, so take it or leave it, Sarah is putting politics aside, just as she did by withdrawing her position as Govenor, and taking a new lease on life. I have no comment on her running for the Presidency in 2012, I just believe today is a day for her to talk about her book, and of course that little bitch, Levi...eww, we all know hes getting Father of the Year!

Reguardless of reasons for her appearing on Oprahs Show, I am just excited to see how they interact! They are both extremely classy women, despite what most thing, it takes courage and persistance for any woman to get as far as either of them have! They are both amazing people, so this proves to be an amazing show!

Comments are always welcome, and I know many of you will not agree with me here, and thats okay! I respect and understand your views as well!

For the record, Obama has courage and persistance as well, he has come a long way, and America is lucky to have all 3 of these people.
Have a wonderful Monday!