Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What A Year It's Been!!!

I want to take a moment to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. I hope you all had a wonderful and productive year and I look forward to seeing you again in 2009!

I have to say 2008 has been my best and busiest year yet. Here is a brief timeline of the past year of my life:

We finally got married!!! The best celebration of our lives, with our closest friends and family members all in Jamaica. I still get chills thinking about how perfect everything went.
I left my job as a product designer for Jonathan Adler to start my own stationery company. I can't wait to launch my website and collection early next year. I was hoping to get everything up and running by the end of the year but then a little something happened...
The biggest and best surprise of my life, I am six months pregnant!!! Patrick and I couldn't be more excited!!! I can't wait to share thoughts and design ideas about preparing for this aspect of my life. It was so amazing to share my wedding planning process with you and in return fall in love with anything and everything weddings! But because I am now entering a whole new planning process, I look forward to sharing my finds and thoughts with you on my blog!

I want to thank you all for your support and visits to Thoughtful Day! I look forward to seeing you back in the New Year and I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2009.

p.s. Please send me an email if you would like to be notified of the launch of my website. I can't wait to show you all!

{photo by thoughtful day taken at the rockefeller center anthropologie, with a little doodle made by me. happy holidays!}

Monday, December 22, 2008

'Tis the Season

Every year we head up to midtown to look at the annual holiday display windows along 5th Ave. And as always, Bergdorf Goodman outdid it's competition (in my opinion) with their over the top, glamorous and decadently excessive window displays. Click here to see last years Bergdorf's (and Barney's) windows. So much work and thought goes into these!

{photos from thoughtful day}

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Crissy's DIY Bouquet

Crissy left a comment with a link to the bouquet she created for her own wedding in Italy (without any practice!). It's simply beautiful! Also posted are a few gorgeous shots from her wedding in Siena.

Thanks Crissy!

{photos from italy weddings}

DIY Flowers

A while back, A Cup of Jo posted about supermarket wedding bouquets and after finally getting around to looking at the guide on Real Simple I couldn't resist posting a few of my favorites. You could easily get a few bouquets out of $20-30 worth of supermarket flowers!

{photos from real simple}

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Absolutely beautiful. Need I say more?

{via swissmiss}

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Uplifting Eye Charts

These eye chart cards by Ohkayk have uplifting messages by famous people, my favorite one being the top quote by Helen Keller. I love their graphic layouts, but to be honest I have a fondness for eye charts, I wore glasses from the age of 3-11 and anything that reminds me of those eye visits makes me nostalgic. Despite my soft spot, I think these card sets or even the larger prints would make great gifts!

{photos from ohkayk}

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mary and Matt

I came across Mary & Matt's General store while perusing Kate Spade's Behind the Curtain, and I am so glad I did. They offer a small selection of really simple but great designed products. I absolutely love their stencil cards and there chocolate pie chart is not only a brilliant idea but balanced just the way I would want it!

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Girl Can Dream...

This gown is part of J. Mendels Pre-Fall 2009 collection. I love the colors and the draping is absolutely stunning. A modern grecian goddess gown I could only dream to wear!

On that note, have a wonderful weekend!

{photo from wwd.com}

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Convenient Style

I absolutely love this top carafe set. Domestic and wild animals screen printed onto the glass with silver ink, it is so lovely! It would also help limit all of my water trips throughout the day, sometimes I think I drink too much water! But then there are these colored glass carafes, which I have written about before and when it comes to colored glass I am usually sold. Either way both are great options for desk or bedside convenience!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Free NYC Wedding Workshop Tickets!

The New York Wedding Workshop is offering 4 complimentary tickets to their event this Saturday, December 13th to Thoughtful Day readers! Tickets are worth $50 each, plus you will receive a complimentary goodie bag. What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon than learning how to save money to get what you want for your wedding! Expert planner Lindsay Landman will be sharing her tricks of the trade and will teach you how to get the best value for your money.

The first 4 individuals that email me at thoughtfuldayblog@gmail.com will each receive a ticket. Please be sure to send me the best way to contact you for registration. This offer stands until Wednesday (12/10) at 3 p.m. eastern time.

Good Luck!

Linda & Harriet Recycled

Speaking of brooches, Linda & Harriet has come up with a gorgeous way to reuse their letterpress misprints. These flower pins are each hand cut and sewn together with a vintage button. How brilliant! And how gorgeous are their gift tags? A perfect way to adorn your gifts this holiday season!

{photos from linda & harriet}

Monday, December 8, 2008

Add a Little Flair...

The last issue of Lucky had a great selection of brooches, which are always a great way to add a little style and flair to your outfit. This top Jubilee pin in particular is my favorite, it has so much character and color. I, for one, have always been obsessed with little pops of color here and there. I also love the bottom simple Long Stemmed Iris pin, it is more understated but would still add drama to any outfit.

{top photo from the clay pot}
{bottom photo from alexis bittar}

Friday, December 5, 2008

Cute Holiday Cards

Christine of Wonting has created some super cute holiday cards this year. Each card is handpressed with a greeting inside. She is offering a special right now, buy 3 and get 1 free, just email her the design that you would like for free.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

{photos from wonting}

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Colorful Champagne Toasts

These glass champagne cups are a colorful and festive way to celebrate this holiday season. I absolutely love these, and what a great bargain, 4 for $18!

{photo from pottery barn}

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Customize Your Table

Through Shapeways you can customize your own napkin rings or LED light holders through just a few simple steps on their website. You can pick your own font and send in a favorite saying or even an announcement and voila, your very own customized object!

Napkin ring holders range from $7-10 and Light Poems range from $90-110. All prices include shipping.

{photos from shapeways via style files}

Postnuptial Depression?

Time recently did an article about postnuptial depression which I find really interesting because after our wedding last May I was a little sad that all of my hard work for the year leading up to our wedding, was done in one night. I will admit it, I even got a little teary eyed towards the end of the evening; 1) that it was over with 2) that our wedding turned out more amazing than I thought it ever could be and 3) when are we ever going to get all of our favorite people in the world back to Jamaica with us??? At the end of it all, I realized it was more of a happy sadness than depression ( a bit of a fancy problem if you will) and I bounced back to marital bliss pretty quickly. But I am wondering....

Have any of you ever felt postnuptial depression???

{photo by mary pearson ball}

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

His & Her Blanket

I love this his & hers graphic blanket, what a great gift for this upcoming holiday season. With a $79 price tag, it is really affordable compared to most blankets on the market.

{photo from modern seed}

Monday, December 1, 2008

Wedding Tapestry

A friend sent this vintage wedding tapestry over to me and I couldn't resist posting it. It is so simple and sweet, a lovely heirloom.

{photo from reference library via thanks christine!}

Precious Wedding

Did any of you catch Joanna's lovely wedding post last week on her Smitten blog? These are some of my favorite wedding pictures!

{photos from Smitten via thanks Joanna!}

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

When in Paris...

It is not a successful trip to Paris without gaining a pound or two, right? Patrick and I ate more macarons, salted chocolate caramels and crepes than two people should ever be allowed to consume over a 5 day period. When in Rome applies to Paris too!

One of our favorite stops, in St. Germain, was GĂ©rard Mulot. Macarons, so light, airy and just sweet enough, perfectly melted in our mouths. The same for their salted caramels. Luckily we are still enjoying those back home in Brooklyn, chocolate keeps better than pastries.

One of the nights we were there, we splurged and spoiled ourselves in a decadent dinner at Joel Robuchon. Above is a photo of the insane dessert we had, the photos do not do it justice, but I hope you can see the gold dust that was scattered all over the plate and spoon. It was amazing and a great little note to end on.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and hopefully a long weekend. I will be back to posting every day next week.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Couture Choiseul

One of my favorite shops in all of Paris was called Couture Choiseul. Sadly, I can't seem to find it's website on the internet, but if you are interested in checking it out next time you are in Paris, it is right across the street from UltraMod (here is the location).

Couture Choiseul had an amazing selection of buttons, tassels, ribbons, trim, you name it, both old and new. A definite dream store for a designer, craft maker and admirer of beautiful things. I wasn't able to get any photos of the inside or products, I was already scarred from getting yelled at one too many times by this point. But I did try to capture the feeling and the beauties inside the store through it's display windows. Why is Paris soooo good?

Note: Thankfully a reader corrected me on the actual name of the store, it is Couture Choiseul and not Mercerie as shown in their window. Thank you Alice from Paris!

{photos from Thoughtful Day}