Check Yourself

This past weekend, I celebrated the 30th birthdays of four high school friends until the wee hours of the night at my friend Dylan’s gorgeous family brownstone is Brooklyn.  Leah made her very own Confetti System-esque garlands in sunset colors, accompanied by matching balloons.  It was a spectacular addition to the space, and I will most likely be asking her to do a guest appearance on Mercier Beaucoup –  a step-by-step guide of DIY sunset garlands….

I happened to take note that nearly every single male guest at the fete (well, maybe like 70%) was wearing some kind of a checked or plaid shirt.  I know this is very Brooklyn and all, but there was hardly a stripe or solid in the house!  I only wish I had gathered all the dudes to take a photo of all the varieties just so everyone could witness the sheer volume of checks and plaids.  We’re talking, fat baby blue and cream checks, mini red and blue checks, red plaid, turquoise flannel, fat and skinny ginghams – and the list goes on.  Now I happen to like this look very much, but it’s a far cry from the stripes that dominated the man-wear scene just a few years back.  So what gives?  I dunno, but I’m happy to let this trend continue and below are some other plaid and check inspirations.

Steven Alan Boyfriend shirt – $89 (on sale now)

Jack Spade Woolrich plaid tote – $495

Anthropologie Maple Falls duvet set – $48-218

Cypress plaid skirt from J.Crew – $98

Evoca lambswool throw at Terrain – $158

Rifle Paper Co. Cowboy print (5″x7″) – $12

French Bull plaid storage containers – set of 3 for $32

Linea Carta dishtowel on Etsy – $19

Colour Block bedding by Scholten and Baijings for Hay

J.Crew Disco Tartan top

On-A-Whim mug from Anthropologie – $10

J.Crew purple gingham shirt – $79.95

Strawberry stationery

Gingham cupcake liners at Sur la Table – $5.95 for 40

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Etsy Valentine’s Day Round-up

I’m not really a big Valentine’s Day type, but any excuse to buy/send adorable stationery and tell people how much I love them is allllright with me.  I especially swoon over handmade cards.  Etsy can be a little overwhelming to navigate so I’ve collected a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day cards from the crafting capitol of the interwebs for your viewing and purchasing pleasure.  Happy weekend!

Valentine postcards by Rawarlt Letterpress – 6 cards for $7.50

Screen printed MINI love card by Vitamini – $4

Love Bug Valentine’s Day set of note cards by Ink Spot Workshop – $17.50


Tokens of Love letterpress cards by Spring Olive – 10 for $10

Set of letterpress cards from 1 Canoe 2 – 4 for $12

Felt LOVE cards from Fly a Kite – $5

Mini felt Valentine’s Day cards by Katagolda – 6 cards for $33

Valentine’s Day postcards by Sunday Hatch – 4 for $5

Confetti Birthday

This post is extra special for Leah – lots of confetti and sparkles and yes of course, a shout out to Confetti System (one of her faves).  Happy 30th Birthday, Leah!  You have been a sister to me since we were 12 and 18 years later, not much has changed….. thank god.  Love you 4 eva!

Birthday cake from Momofuku

Confetti photo shoot by Ban.do

Fabric flower garlands for events by the fabulous Ashley Meaders

Balloon sunset by Tiara Maria via Style Me Pretty

Felt heart confetti from Lilac Saloon on Etsy

DIY champgange poppers and instructions via Apartment Therapy

Spice jar from Fishs Eddy

Confetti sheets at Land of Nod


Confetti bags by MaeMae Paperie

Garland tassel by Confetti System

Sparkle Pump by Christian Louboutin

Tibi party dresses

Happy Birthday nail polish by Deborah Lippmann

Party time!



Weddings by Anthropologie

Brides, bridesmaids, and wedding lovers unite!  Could it be that Anthropologie is starting their very own wedding line?!  Yup, the rumors are true.  They will be unveiling (no pun intended) their wedding site on February 14.  Check out a sneak peak here. Did anyone else’s heart just skip a beat?  Buh bye J.Crew bridal……..

This just popped up in my inbox!

Snow Day!

I don’t always take the forecast too seriously. I have been burned in the past by news reports of major winter storms, only to wake up to a slushy mess. So needless to say, I didn’t get too worked up yesterday over the buzz of a major winter storm predicted to drop up to 10 inches in New York. I mean, that is a dusting for Boston……  I love New Yorkers and all, but Bostonians are a tough breed and seriously take the biggest beating from Madame Nor’Easter. I learned the art of walking over sheets of ice, tromping through two feet of snow to get to work on time (which is 8:30 there, btw), and hurdling un-shoveled street corners while being honked at by three cars annoyed you are in their turning space.  Slightly off topic?  Back to the snow……

I woke up this morning and couldn’t believe all the snow.  I had this faint glimmer of hope that there would be some sort of delay, or an unofficial delay getting into my office.  Ummm… but even better, Mayor Bloomberg announces a SNOW DAY for all City employees on my Blackberry!!!!!!!  Pinch me.  Naturally I can’t fall back asleep because I don’t want to miss a moment of this snow day so I took some pics from my apartment to memorialize this glorious day.

 

View from my apartment this morning

 

View down East 10th Street

 

View from my bedroom window

1 Canoe 2

You may have noticed I’ve been a little heavy on the stationery goods lately – there are so many talented designers out there!  I have been exploring all the amazing small businesses on Etsy and have been curating my very own gallery of stationery for another Valentine’s Day post coming soon…..  While perusing all the gorgeous letterpress and crafted goods, I came across 1 Canoe 2.  1 Canoe 2 is a two-person company based in Missouri.  They make gorgeous letterpress, colorful illustrations, and block prints that can be found at their Etsy shop here.  Most of their items can be customized or produced in large quantities for weddings, events, or gifts.  Wedding favors and housewarming gifts galore!

Set of nine letterpressed coasters – $25

2011 cloth tea towel calendar – $42

Letterpressed calendars – two for $40

New England letterpress print (comes in other states too) – $15

Kitchen cotton fabric – $9 for one fat square yard

“Things That Are Long” letterpress poster – $41

Tea Time

Last summer while visiting my grandparents in So Cal, we dug out my grandmother’s teacup collection.  I always knew she had impeccable taste, but had no idea she had such a beautiful and unusual collection of glassware, silver and china.  In honor of her 80th birthday, I am sharing six vintage teacups… some she bought new, some she inherited from my great grandmother, and some she bought as antiques.  I love mixing and matching china patterns.  It’s a luxury, but Nana’s collection has inspired me to hunt down a variety of unique patterns so I can throw my very own tea party – complete with crustless sandwiches and scones!

I am not sure the maker, date, and style of most of these so please let me know if you can identify them.  Cheers!

Nana’s Teacup Collection

Photo by Rachel Mercier

Photo by Rachel Mercier

Photo by Rachel Mercier

Photo by Rachel Mercier

Photo by Rachel Mercier

Photo by Rachel Mercier

Photo by Rachel Mercier

Photo by Rachel Mercier

Photo by Rachel Mercier

Valentine’s Day Cards from Hello! Lucky

More Valentine’s Day cards from San Francisco letterpress favorite, Hello! Lucky. I selected a few of my favorites from their Valentine’s Day collection – they remind me of the classic and hilarious Valentine’s Day cards that were passed around in elementary school, adultified.  Click here to view their entire collection.

Wishful Thinking

I realize that it is the dead of winter…. and I mean it couldn’t be any colder outside right now (0 degrees?!  Really?!) but these shoes are calling my name.

I just got back from a quick trip to Boston where I went to my very first co-ed baby shower (LOVED it) for Bets and Tim. I was able to squeeze in a quick trip to the Kate Spade store while waiting for a spot at a new and AMAZING sushi restaurant called Daikanyama at the Chestnut Hill Mall.  I dragged AP and my mom (let’s be honest – she didn’t need to be dragged) into the store and dropped everything in front of these beauties.  Let the summer countdown begin…………..

Kate Spade Clara sandal in Piper Print

Solid Gold

Perhaps it’s a little late in the season for all the glitz and glamour, but I collected a number of gold inspirations and am eager to share!  Ahhhh gold.  Gaudy?  Yup.  Over the top?  Sure.  A little granny and outdated?  Quite possibly.  I know not everyone shares my love for this lovely metalic, but I think it can be incredibly tasteful and just enough bling when mixed with the right colors and materials.  Here are some ideas for incorporating gold into your daily life.  Happy Friday! 

Antique flower cocktail ring (purchased one like this for the big 3-0 at Brimfield)

Chevron Spice Pillow from Room and Board

Jacks Tray Sidetable from West Elm (trying to sell AP on this one)

Gold cardigan from J.Crew

Gold and wood cuf at Camilla Dietz Bergeron, LTD

Layer cake by Martha Stewart Weddings

Confetti coasters from Kate Spade (Sarah got us these for Christmas and I LOVE them)

Nate Berkus Orbit Table Lamp

Crate and Barrel Dazzle Dinner Plate

Table boxes from Cursive New York

Kate Spade Bow Cuff

DIY Manzanita seating assignment chart via Martha Stewart Weddings

Suite of wedding invitations via Ceci New York

Wedding cake via Martha Stewart Weddings

Gold and pearl necklace via Etsy