Package Pals!

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When the lovely Gentri Lee first posted about Package Pals, I signed up right away!  For package pals, we were paired up with another blogger and after getting to know each other a bit, we sent each other little care packages.  I love sending and receiving packages in the mail and I loved getting to know my package pal- Cat of One Hand in my Pocket!  Here’s what I sent her:

Cat is from the UK and has never been to New York, so I thought it would be fun to send NYC to her in the form of these vintage inspired postcards!  Also, when I discovered that we shared a mutual love for nail polish, I knew I had to send her a bottle and I picked out this pretty purple color from Essie.  I also sent along one of the bows from my shop because I saw that she loves bows too!  Here’s what Cat sent me:

I just love the things she chose for me!  She sent me several lovely makeup items, including a pretty pink nail polish, a shimmery lipstick, and a glittery chocolate brown eye liner.  She also sent a delicate pink cameo necklace- it’s my first cameo piece and I’ve wanted one for a while!  Let’s not forget a classic UK symbol, the red double decker bus- so very cute!  Thank you so much Cat for all the thought and care you put into my package :D

I absolutely loved chatting with Cat and I want to thank Gentri Lee for organizing such a wonderful project!  If this sounds like something you’d like to do, don’t worry- Gentri Lee will be hosting another round in the future! =)

Handmade Holidays: Stationery

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Welcome to the first post in my new Handmade Holidays series! In these posts, I’ll be putting together some of my ideas/selections to hopefully inspire you during the holiday season. As I mentioned in this post, I’m making a conscious effort to shop handmade as much as possible this year, so those are mostly the type of items I’ll be showing you all. To start off, it’s not too early to be thinking about your holiday greeting cards!

Top: Keep Calm and Jingle On // Christmas Tree Mod
Bottom: Baby It’s Cold Outside Postcards // Twitter Holiday Cards

Top: Christmas Cards- Falling Stars // Holiday Cards- Snowfall
Bottom: Letterpress Holiday Cupcake Cards // Happy Holidays Eco-Friendly Greetings

Even if I don’t have the funds to buy presents for as many people as I want to, I can at least send them cards to let them know that I’m thinking of them! It’s so nice to receive a note in the mail and these handmade cards will make the note even more special :)

  1. Keep Calm and Jingle On: A cute twist on the popular phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
  2. Christmas Tree Mod: The design of the Christmas tree on these cards reminds me of stained glass- lovely!
  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside Postcards: The title of one of my favorite holiday songs, paired with a cute illustration of a girl and her puppy.
  4. Twitter Holiday Cards: This design was totally made for all us blogger geeks out there- so cute!
  5. Christmas Cards- Falling Stars: I love the dainty falling stars in this pretty design.
  6. Holiday Cards- Snowfall: Beautiful snowflakes (in my mind, they’re the holiday version of stars :).
  7. Letterpress Holiday Cupcake Cards: This reminds me of another wonderful thing about the holidays- all of the sweet treats!
  8. Happy Holidays Eco-Friendly Greetings: A simple and classic design.

Holiday Tip #1: Start writing your holiday cards now (or at least making a list of who you want to send them to)! My family always waits until the last minute and let me tell you, it is chaos trying to send out a 100+ cards to people on Dec. 23rd! It takes time to write a note in the card and address it and you may find that you need to update some outdated mailing addresses. Save yourself some stress and start early! Plus, if you start early and forget some people on your initial list, you’ll still have time to send out a spiffy card to them! =)

Tell me: Which set above is your favorite? Also, feel free to share any of your holiday card tips in the comments below! =)

Etsy Shop Update: New Colors and Headbands and Cowls, Oh My!

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Over the weekend, I updated my etsy shop with a few new styles!  These items are in limited stock, so if you like what you see you should snatch it up! :)  As always, I’d love to work with you on a custom order (for example, if you’d like something in a different color), so don’t hesitate to contact me!

Soft Knit Bow Headband- Pink

Soft Knit Bow Headband- Black

Turban Style Chunky Knit Headband- Cream

Cozy Chunky Knit Cabled Cowl- Red

Cozy Chunky Knit Cabled Cowl- Mustard

Birthday Nails!: Incoco Review

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c/o Incoco: Top to Bottom- Show Off, Pretty Thing, Call of the Wild

Recently, I had the opportunity to try some Incoco Dry Nail Polish Strips.  I was saving them for a special occasion, and what better time than my birthday to sport some pretty nail designs? =)  I absolutely LOVE the patterns I chose.  The best thing about nail strips is that you can give yourself a beautiful manicure with very little effort.  Everything comes in one handy kit and it took me about 20 minutes to apply the strips, and that’s just because I had to clip my nails first!

For my first go-round with these, I decided to start with this pretty pink chevron pattern (aptly named, Pretty Thing :). The application process is so simple: just choose the strip that best fits your nail, peel off the backing, apply to your nail, and file off any excess strip!  In comparison to other nail polish strips, I find the Incoco strips more flexible and easier to mold to your nails. They are also a little bit cheaper, ranging from $8-10 per set.  Incoco has an amazing selection of patterns, as well as many solid colors and french tip sets too.  I would definitely recommend Incoco Nail Strips for a chic and easy manicure!

I can’t wait to use the other patterns I choose!  You should definitely check out the Incoco website to see what colors/patterns they have.  I’m also excited for them to release their holiday collection- click here for a sneak peek! :)

P.S. I’m thinking of making my weekly manicures a regular feature here since I’m always trying out new colors/designs on my nails.  What do you guys think?

P.P.S. Check out my brand new Google+ page for my blog!  Who else is on Google+?  Let me know in the comments below!

P.P.P.S. Last one of these, I promise!  The lucky winner of my Birthday Month Giveaway was Jeanne– congratulations to her!