*This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Raelena!*
Alexandra Ferguson is the designer behind some of my favorite plush, eco-friendly pillows that boast tongue-in-cheek charm. My favorite for this month is her XOXO pillow. See the Alexandra Ferguson collection over at Wayfair!
With Valentine’s Day around the corner (tomorrow, kids), Wayfair is treating you to something sweet! One lucky reader can choose his/her favorite Alexandra Ferguson XOXO pillow color way. The pillow measures 10″H x 14″W, is constructed from organic cotton and recycled felt applique, and is made in the USA!
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Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen via Random.org on Friday, February 15th at 12midnight EST. Winner will be contacted via email within 48 hours of giveaway close.
Can you believe Valentine’s Day is this Thursday? After digging our way out of the recent winter storm, I’m looking forward to a cozy night in with my husband. Do you have special plans for February 14th?
Photo credit: Patrick Cline for Lonny.
Today has been another spent style crushing on Aerin Lauder. With discerning taste rooted in the classic and elegant, there’s no denying that opulence abounds in Aerin’s world. And her Aspen home is a prime example.
Photo credits: Vogue
*Update: this giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Elizabeth!*
While I turn to Pinterest, magazines and favorite design blogs for inspiration, my most profound moments of creativity stem from real-life experiences. From adventures abroad to people watching at our town’s little coffee shop, I always have my notebook and Sheaffer fountain pen tucked inside my bag to document all things fascinating.
My mother is an incredible artist. In a cruel twist of irony, I did not inherit the “incredible artist” gene (as documented below). Still, I sketch my concepts to further develop them on paper. This week, I sketched a winter tablescape. Developing the concept in my notebook helped me determine runner fabric dimensions and visualize each tiny detail. For me, sketching is very zen. Some of my best ideas have grown from my notebook and pen.
Aside from sketching, many letters have been penned with my Sheaffer fountain pen. I also journal editorial ideas for my blog on a tiny notepad kept on my desk. Do you keep your ideas on paper, too?
My favorite pen is the Sheaffer Intensity fountain pen. The Cornflower Blue stripes and chrome finish are so sleek and the thin grip is comfortable to hold. When I’m on the go, I keep my pen tucked inside its Sheaffer box to keep it in pristine condition.
And today, Sheaffer is giving my favorite pen to one lucky reader!
Entering is simple!
Leave a comment below telling us how you plan to use your Sheaffer fountain pen.
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Giveaway closes at 12midnight EST on Friday, January 11, 2013. Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of close.
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And we have another big surprise! Four of your favorite design bloggers will be sharing their pen to paper inspirations this week, too! I will link to each surprise blogger throughout the week, so be sure to check back each morning!
From my desk to yours, these are my 5 favorite discoveries from the around web this week!
Am I the last person on the planet to discover Tavi Gevinson’s blog, The Style Rookie? I found her this week via an article on NPR. Apparently, she launched her blog at the ripe age of 11 (which was only 4 years ago… you do the math.) Since, she’s written for and been chronicled in The New Yorker, French Vogue, NPR and launched her own online magazine, Rookie Mag. On the magazine’s first anniversary, a print publication version was born: Rookie Yearbook One. Jimmy Fallon even had her on his show to talk about it and other important teen issues. Like how to make a <insert pg-13 word>-face.
In other empowering lady news, Refinery29 published a great read this morning about a fashion editor bidding adieu to her high-gloss job as Executive Editor at Lucky Magazine to return to Fashionista and open up more time for… ahem… freelance writing. The message here being that sometimes stepping down is, in fact, a step up. Read on here.
Call this the week of kicking-butt-and-taking-names if you will, but I have a story of yet another inspiring lady-friend. Back in November, the Harvard Business Review published “The 40-Year-Old Intern,” chronicling an MBA and former PricewaterhouseCoopers careerist who took a five year leave from the corporate world to stay home with her kiddos. With an untimely return to work at the height of the 2008 recession, Kathy Bayert took a “returnship,” like an internship for experienced workers with gaps in their resumes. A reminder that it’s never too late to change paths. Read about “returnships” and the 40-Year-Old Intern here.
Feeling slightly pinched at times in our little house, I found solace in these beautifully designed 500 square foot dream homes, curated by Dwell. My favorite is this edgy Bratislava home with its curved concrete ceilings and exposed brick walls.
Oh. Em. Gee. My sister-in-law’s wedding is on the Shoshanna website this week! She chose THE most darling dresses for us to wear. A total treat to have departed from the typical fairy princess, eye-ball gauging dresses donned by many a bridesmaid. I will wear my gorgeous, shimmering Shosho frock again and again. And HELLO! My SIL is now famous!
Read our Shoshanna mini interviews here (and keep your eyes peeled for a hilarious tidbit from bridesmaid Katie.)
Only a few days into the new year, I’ve been privy to declaration after declaration of lengthy resolutions. I’ve listened to these lists of gleaming optimism rattled off about gym memberships, trips to the dentist and more calls to mothers while cringing at memories of my own attempts to change in Januaries past. Allow me to paint the picture. January 1, 2011: I publicly exclaim my swearing off of chocolate, only to whisper-curse myself in the dim midnight light of an open fridge while taking a spoonful of Nutella to the face.
This year, I’ve resolved to make different changes in my life. More meaningful and empowering. I want to compete in a physical activity. Nail an unassisted pull-up. Donate things in our home we never use. Master my grandmother’s Swedish meatballs. Travel abroad. Drink more water. (A lot more.) Ski a double diamond. Put my cat on a diet. (I’m serious.)
My favorite Mary Oliver quote (above) will hang at my desk in the new year. The personal challenge and stark reminder of mortality gives me chills. The conveyed sense of urgency to live life deliberately and with intention is wildly empowering.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?