Well this week was a doozy. Things weren’t necessarily difficult, but quite the storm hit here in the Bay Area. No it’s not freezing. It’s not snowing or hailing or thundering. It’s just raining. Granted it’s more rain in 1 day than in any 1 day since 1958 or something, but still… it’s water.
The wind and rain cancelled school, turned off the power in half of San Francisco and I’m sure other places too, and kept me and plenty others home from work yesterday. It’s crazy what rain can do!
So of course, this Friday all I can think about is boots and sweaters and scarves. *Please note that, again, it is not cold – just wet.* As such, Parc Boutique’s lookbook from last winter has me dreaming of snow and wishing wreaths were acceptable daily accessories.
For as beautiful as the knitwear is, I really think what gets me about this lookbook is the photography. Wing Ta of Canary Grey Photography is a self-proclaimed storyteller and I desperately want to move to one of these stories. The simple yet inviting aesthetic of Wing’s photos gives life to Parc Boutique’s pieces and has tempted me to book a ticket to Northeast Minneapolis, which is certainly a horrible idea for someone whose coldest day was probably 30F and whose idea of a storm is heavy rain. I’ll stick to dreaming for now!
What are you dreaming of this winter?
I’m sure that you are completely done with your holiday shopping. I know that you are because you planned ahead and snatched up unique gifts as you found them. What a friend you are!
Wrapping and cards, however, totally different story. While I can’t help with the wrapping paper (because I’m working on making some? maybe a mistake), I have cards covered! Here are my favorite holiday cards and in a variety of formats to suit your needs.
Who knows, maybe I’ll be mass-producing wrapping paper by next year and I’ll have you covered on all fronts.
What is your favorite gift to give?
For the modern miss looking to make a posh statement, from Sugar Paper:
For the elegant lady with timeless taste, from Le Papier Studio:
For the retro gal who’s a sucker for a twist on the classics, from Minted:
For the lovely tree-hugger with holiday spirit but who refuses to cut down a tree, from Paperless Post:
For the money-savvy DIY-er, from me:
Thank you so very much for the most relaxing and restorative weekend I’ve had in the longest time. While I anticipated jam packing every moment with hip local shops and overwhelming amounts of donuts and coffee, I spent most of the weekend in bed talking to my best friend.
This sounds ridiculous. You might ask, “Katie, why would you deal with that nine-hour plane process (shocking! there were flight delays at SFO!?), just to lounge for a day and a half?” Let me tell you it was so worth it!
When I get together with any close friend, particularly my best friend, the conversation is never-ending. I can talk about anything and everything to an absurd amount of detail. I love to pick things apart and get other perspectives. I love to listen and give input. I love to laugh at stories and tease out hypothetical futures. I would be a great candidate for therapy because I have a hard time not talking about things.
Friendship and the talking that comes with it are healing for me. Talking like this makes me realize that my life isn’t as hard as I thought it was and that my close friends are dealing with the same issues I am. My friends ground me when we talk. They bring me back to myself and help show me who I want to be. I walk away refreshed and ready to tackle things one at a time as they come.
Plus after all the talking we went dancing. So not only was my stress level lowered, but I burned a ton of calories. All-in-all, Portland, you were a heart healthy weekend.
Are you a talker or a listener? Do you find that real conversation helps you gain perspective?
Today I’m off to Portland. I’m so excited!! I really have no idea what’s in store, but I recently stumbled upon a local Portland label called Bridge & Burn so the stars are obviously aligning.
The brand has been around since 2009 and is perfectly Pacific Northwest… utilitarian chic to endure the seasons and the years. As the founders put it the “clean, well-crafted, and functional” pieces are “anchored in quiet confidence and make-it-your-own versatility.” Mix modern photography styles in with all this and you will be left with a longing for Portland.
Perfect timing on my part! See you soon Portland!
Any Portland must-see recommendations?
I know I say this maybe too much, but oh my word last month flew by! November is already over!? How did that happen!? Where was I!?
I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely because mine sure was. Not only did I have an incredible Thanksgiving meal but I also finished some Christmas shopping and helped pick out, set up, and decorate my tree! December, you are already in full swing!
This month, while of course I am thrilled for the typical December festivities, I am most excited to kick things off on the highest note of them all! I have officially launched the calligraphy services portion of this endeavor here at lovely letters. Calligraphy services! Eeee!
So, December (and friends), the next time you’re looking for a little pizzaz for your party… calligraphy!… lovely letters!! Let’s get in touch and work out the details together.