Wednesday, November 25, 2009

holiday gift guide 2009 - part one

I've been collecting ideas for a gift guide series for a few months now. From books and stocking stuffers to some really beautiful vintage finds, here's the first part of the series – much more to come in the next few weeks. In the meantime, hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

First up, and pictured above, is a vintage classroom map from the trampoline shop on etsy. trampoline has lots and lots of specially curated vintage treasures, including the vintage dice collection pictured below.

Penguin Classics finally released their Coralie Bickford-Smith-designed cloth-bound collection here in the U.S. They are not just beautiful to display on your bookshelf, these are meant to be read – the absolute best classics, including Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights, among others.

These mercury pendant lights from Mothology are just so pretty. They would look as beautiful over a dining table as they would in your home office.

With the demise of Polaroid, Fuji Instax is a nice replacement. Available through lots of retailers, I found this one and refill film over at Urban Outfitters.

Another Urban Outfitters find is this antique-inspired industrial accordion table. The price is a steal, and it would look great in almost any space.

If anyone on your gift list is as wild about office supplies as I am, this bright orange Swingline stapler from CB2 would be a great stocking stuffer.

More office/school supplies! This full set of yummy colored pencils from MUJI at the MoMA Store are almost too pretty to use.

For the little ones on your list, I love this fun, stripey duck by Esthex, available at Twig.

And, Pink Chicken has adorable kid's clothing - this Tess Dress is so sweet.

Another one for the kids, or yourself, is this delightful, limited-edition alphabet poster from Anna Bond's Rifle Paper Co. She just opened her shop this week and it is incredible!

For the men in your life, this cool vintage-looking Stanley flask from Restoration Hardware would be a great gift.

Another nice one for the guys, or maybe more for you? Whichever it is, this garter and stockings set from Academy for Wayward Girls is just awesome.

{All photos in the gift guide are from the shops/designers listed with each item.}

Friday, November 6, 2009

weddings on minted






Yep, it's time for another contest at minted! You can see the beth perry DESIGN entries by following these links – pictured from top: Tortola, Quadrille, Beaufort, Tuileries, Madeline, and Augusta. For this challenge, designers were asked to make Wedding Invitations and Reply Cards.

If you have time, please take a moment to vote for mine. If you don't already have a free account at minted's site – it takes only a few seconds, just click here. You can also see which of my other designs are for sale on minted's site by clicking here. Thanks for your support! I appreciate it so much!

Monday, November 2, 2009



Library, Archives of Fashion has just launched a gorgeous new site. Based in Charleston, S.C., and owned by Lauren Lail, Library is a dream come true for lovers of beautiful – and one-of-a-kind – vintage fashion and accessories. Lail, inspired by the rich history behind her collections, sums up her love of vintage in the nicest way: "Vintage pieces have a story to tell – they are the books that make my library." {Found via Simple + Pretty; Photos: Library, Archives of Fashion}
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