The pen is mightier. Always.

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A couple of years ago, I had the immense privilege of meeting a designer who was starting a new adventure of building her own stationery brand. Now, her brand is stocked all over the country, including Liberty of London. What an achievement! Imagine my delight, then, when that designer, Rebecca Cahill, owner of Betty Etiquette, got in touch with an invitation to one of her calligraphy classes.

Modern calligraphy has seen a burgeoning following, after the style found its way across the Atlantic and onto our home shores. Which is great, given how pretty it is and easy to grasp the basics! Rebecca’s class was held at Second Home, 68 Hanbury Street, a light and airy creative co-working space. It was so much fun reconnecting with Rebecca (who is expecting a little one!) and meeting the other apprentice calligraphers. Rebecca’s style of calligraphy is a little different to the joined-up writing, flowy styles you might have seen on Instagram – it’s the Betty Etiquette house-style, which feels more contemporary and unique to the brand. I really enjoyed how interactive the session was, and how her class taught the basics of classic pointed-pen modern calligraphy, which we were then encouraged to personalise to our own taste and natural handwriting.

If you are still stuck for a Christmas gift idea, pop on by the Betty Etiquette website and get in touch for a workshop voucher or some of her fun and colourful stationery.

 

Images: Courage & Dash

*This is not a sponsored post or an ad; whilst I was invited to the class at no charge, all views and opinions expressed are my own.*

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Calligraphy and Cake in Cambridge

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I’ve been daydreaming all week about swapping my Excel spreadsheets for life as a photographer, styling and shooting events and gorgeous products. Not sure where this urge has suddenly come from, but I suspect my time at NOVI with Immie Owen at Quill’s latest modern calligraphy class might have something to do with it.

For those of you who don’t know Immie, she’s a fab self-taught calligrapher who teaches regular classes all over the country. She was so fun+funny and super welcoming! I had actually already done a workshop in August and was only popping by her Cambridge class on Saturday to take photos for the blog (too focused on learning to write my name during my session…) but Immie encouraged me to stay and practise if I wanted. What better way than to spend my morning with a bunch of friendly people in a beautiful venue being fed pain au chocolat whilst learning a new skill?

Meanwhile, the husband spent his two hours supervising an administrative law tutorial not too far away (exciting, I know…), before we met up and spent the rest of our afternoon wandering around the beautiful city. Maybe I will have a city guide here at some point!

Pop over to Quill London or Immie Owen’s websites for more information and do let me know if you go for a workshop.
Images: Courage & Dash

An Indian Summer with Jennifer’s Paper

Ok, everyone. It’d mid-week, you’re tired, you’re wondering where on earth Friday is and if this week could have gone any slower. And why is it so dark?? What’s that about? Is it October already? I mean… COME ON LONDON!

Well, I’ve got just the cure for you… a Courage & Dash bespoke party suite from Jennifer’s Paper! It’s so beautiful, bright, lively, vibrant… I just can’t stop staring.

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Jennifer Curulli hopped across the pond to our lovely isles, and founded Jennifer’s Paper. She gets a buzz from telling each person’s story through stationery design, and loves details from font to colour to envelope style to pattern. You can tell from this beautiful set she designed!!

When Jen is not busy being featured by Style Me Pretty, she’s working with soon-to-be brides and parents, or designing colourful, tropical soiree suites for Courage & Dash. Aren’t we lucky?? We are so lucky Jen agreed to work with us when I reached out to her. Check it out…

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When Jen and I were discussing this party, we went through different ideas from Portuguese-inspired afternoon lunch, to American BBQ, to girls’ French-inspired brunch. Jen sent over her initial thoughts and an early inspiration sketch, before we narrowed down her ideas. I knew that I wanted something fun and almost frivolous, so Jen took our discussions and put them into a mood board with objects (naturally there were pineapples) and shades (BRIGHT) that would ultimately find their way into this suite. Jen knew that having a cohesive ‘brand’ for the event would be important, so she worked on details from the invitation, to the placecard, to the  menu, and even the little straw flags. LOVE!

Sadly, we don’t have any upcoming weddings or birth announcements or christenings, but if you do, check out Jennifer’s Paper. Jen was absolute dream to work with (this is not a sponsored post!) and so fun and collaborative – not intimidating at all.

For more, visit Jennifer’s Paper at http://jenniferspaper.com/.

 

Images and styling: Jennifer Curulli (Jennifer’s Paper)

Stationery We Love: Sparrow + Wolf

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Stationery time! Small stationery addiction going on at Courage & Dash. We discovered Sparrow + Wolf on Facebook (sometimes it’s good for something!) and wanted to share their fun+colourful products with you. Gold foiled notebooks, origami print wrapping paper, pom pom cushions… all packaged with neon wrappers and string.

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Sparrow + Wolf is a Birmingham based stationery and homewares design studio. Their designs start off life as illustrations which are then digitised and turned into patterns for those sweet little cushions and gift wrappers. Oh, they also have temporary tattoos! Cute.

Even better, they strongly believe in supporting British Manufacturers and working with environmentally responsible suppliers and printers. Big thumbs up from us!

For more Sparrow + Wolf goodness, visit http://www.sparrowandwolf.co.uk/.

 

Images: Sparrow + Wolf

Favourite Finds from Violet & Percy

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One can never have too much stationery or storage, I think! Although the husband agrees regarding the storage bit, he has second thoughts on my love of stationery. I found Violet & Percy on Instagram, and really enjoyed their selection of writing instruments (the Kaweko pens are too cute), notebooks, and prints. I browsed through their website and found some of my favourite items for the study…

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Clockwise from top left: 1. Mini flip calendar clock (£79.95), 2. Let it Grow poster (£12.80 – Sale!), 3. Time Capsule (£29.99), 4. White pegboard – 8 large and 4 small pegs included (£31)

For more, visit http://violetandpercy.com/.

 

Images: Violet & Percy

The Curious Shop: Ink + Thread

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Eeek! We are so excited to share this AMAZING shop we have just discovered. Well, we haven’t just discovered it, per se…. We’ve been following their Instagram profile, and after a while of fan-girling, finally asked to have them on the blog, and here they are: Ink & Thread!

Ink & Thread was opened by Emily Baker in November 2011 in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter. The idea was to have a store that stocked the best of British made things that were both useful and good-looking. To be honest, that does go back to the bones of British products – design with purpose.

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“I’m very proud that we only stock items made in the UK – we have an ever growing range of design items from fantastic, small creative companies,” Emily tells us. Emily has always had a love for interiors and design, which comes through in her store layout and the items she has chosen to stock.

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“I wanted to showcase and support all the fantastic independent makers out there who care about great design, and not just that, they care about how and where their products are made. Every item in the shop has a story.” We love that!

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We absolutely adore the fun and colourful products – the shop has such a lively feel, and it’s pretty clear that Emily has an excellent eye for curating collections.

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For more British-made goodies, visit Ink & Thread at:
No. 28 The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BE | http://shop.inkandthread.co.uk/
(Images: Holly Booth, via Ink & Thread)

Pastel Stationery: Berinmade

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Yup, it’s just about wedding season! My photographer friends are missing (“sorry hun, first free weekend end August?” – well, either they are working or trying to avoid me…), the New Covent Garden Flower Market is extra busy, Coast dresses are flying of the racks… We don’t have many weddings to go to this year, although we know someone who as about 7 in a row to go to. Yikes!

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In that spirit, I thought we could spend some time being inspired by the gorgeous wedding stationery of the lovely Berinmade. Having just got back from rural Dordogne, I am very much in countryside, floral and greenery mode.

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Aren’t the pastels and shades of pink so refreshing? I hope you aren’t too bored of peonies yet, by the way – social media is undoubtedly filled with images of fluffy pink/white ones? In any case, the colour palette of the invitations above could be inspiring when choosing wedding outfits, if  like me, you have not gotten them yet… Alternatively, wouldn’t chalk or wall paint in those colours be great? Hmmm. I can feel some upcycling ideas coming up!

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Images: Lucy Davenport for Berinmade