Correspondence Club: February 2012

Correspondence Club

Images via: Alex, Carrie, Rehana, and me
All participants: Hope, Camille, AlexCarrieRehana, Imogen, Carmila, Natasha, and me

Yay, we’ve successfully completed the first month of the Correspondence Club!  When I dreamed up this idea, I was so worried that no one would want to participate and that I would be writing letters to myself, but instead, the eight lovely ladies I mentioned above signed up!  As little thank you for joining the club, I sent each of the participants a note and set of heart-shaped stickers :)  Then the real letter-writing began in earnest and it is so exciting to see how creative everyone has been with their letters!

Carrie, of Petal by Petal sweetly shared her experience with me- here’s what she said:

“I was so excited when a red envelope decorated with zebra-print tape landed in my mailbox! Camille’s creativity showed in the letter, the pretty necklace, and the collage wrapping. What I like best about Correspondence Club is that sitting down to write a letter vs. dashing off an e-mail means I need to slow down — something I need to do more often.”

I agree 100% Carrie!  Taking the time to slow down and write a letter demonstrates a thoughtfulness that I certainly appreciate, especially when I’m on the receiving end of the letter :)  For me personally, on the day I received my letter from Natasha I was having a not-so-great day, but coming from work and finding the sweet letter and pretty notebook that Natasha sent absolutely brightened my day!  A letter is a little thing, but it can certainly make a big difference :)  I’m so excited and ready for the March round of letters!

Do you want to join the Correspondence Club for March?  You’ve still got time!  If you would like to participate in March, please send me your information by the end of the day today (February 29th at 12:00am EST).

Cobalt Blue Night

Cobalt Blue Night 2

Forever 21* Cardigan, StyleMint* Tee, Thrifted* Skirt, Shabby Apple* Necklace,
Lulu’s* Purse, Enzo Angiolini* Boots (all photos taken by Alex)

I wore this outfit to work a couple of weeks ago, then met up with for dinner later that night with Alex.  I love the color of this pencil skirt that I picked up in a little vintage shop here in the East Village.  For my first time wearing it, I decided to pair it with my first StyleMint purchase, the striped Broadway tee in blue.  And if I wasn’t wearing enough blue already, I had to add this pretty necklace from Shabby Apple that I won in a giveaway on Laura‘s blog.  Blue is my favorite color and I guess I just couldn’t get enough of cobalt blue in this outfit :)  Also, how cool is the detail on the back of Alex’s coat?

Did you guys have a good weekend?  I just spent most of my time relaxing and taking care of a few things around the house.  I also just finished up the Hunger Games trilogy and I cannot wait for the movie to come out!  It’s going to be so entertaining!  Since I don’t have a TV, I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I did follow along with the fug girls as they live-blogged the event- I always find their commentary so funny!

Tell me: Did you watch the Oscars? Who was your best-dressed pick of the night?  Also, what do we think of the mini-layout change I made?

FBFF: Tech Tools

my computer, iphone, DSLR-2

It’s that time of month and I’m ready to tackle this next set of FBFF questions :)  This time we’re talking about something that goes hand-in-hand with blogging: technology!

lol at this decal- it used to say “love!”

1. What are the tools you use to blog? Numero 1- my computer of course!  I would say 95% of my blogging is done on my computer, including writing posts and commenting on other blogs.  A close second is my iPhone, which I use to stay connected through Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest while I’m on the go.  I’m seriously checking these apps constantly throughout the day because I feel like I never want to miss a good tweet or picture post!  I’ve also got my DSLR (Nikon D40) for outfit posts and just generally capturing snapshots of my life.  Other tools in my repertoire include Alex, who has taken most of my outfit pictures since I moved to New York and my trusty little Ikea couch, which serves as the background for many of my still life shots (Exhibit A: see picture above).  Also, I’m old-school in the sense that I still like to write things down, so I carry a notebook with me most of the time.  They come in handy when I need to quickly jot down an idea for a post, or sometimes I even draft out a full post in writing, then put it together on my computer.  Does anybody else do this?

2. What technology item is on your wish-list? An iPad, definitely!  I’m sure I would have a lot of fun playing around with it and I feel like it would just make traveling so much easier.  It’s definitely a wishlist item though- those things are expensive, especially for someone on a tight budget!

3. Through the barrage of posts, tweets, pics, poses, messages, etc… how do you avoid becoming a slave to the constant infiltration of information?  Ahhh yes, how to avoid getting sucked into all the technology! Honestly, I’m not very good at this!  I’m usually on a computer (at work or at home) and if I’m not on a computer, then I’m on my phone.  However, on the weekend I’m much better at turning it off (the social media itch, that is).  I like to have at least one full day to myself, where I can catch up on my favorite TV shows, or my knitting, or my current read.  It’s definitely important to unplug from time to time!

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)

Fashion Beauty Friend Friday was created by Katy Rose of Modly Chic. Become a member at the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group to join in the discussion!

Also, there are two quick items of business that I wanted to remind you guys about!

– Google will be shutting down Google Friend Connect next month and I want to stay connected to y’all!  There are several ways to stay connected to my blog: you can follow me on Bloglovin’, subscribe to my RSS Feed, or follow me on Google+ where I share all of my favorite finds on the web.  There’s also TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest!  I would so appreciate it if you could follow me on one of these other platforms! :)
– Missed out on the Correspondence Club in February?  Well now’s your chance to join in on the fun for March!  If you would like to participate in March, please send me your information by February 29th at 12:00pm EST.  I’ll also be doing a round-up post of all the February letters that day and I can’t wait to hear about everyone’s experience! :)

On Nnenna’s Needles #27: This is Your Home Now

Ten-Stich Blanket 1

Ten-Stitch Blanket

If you recall from this post, I started working on this blanket last summer!  I had just moved to New York and I wanted something special to make my new apartment feel more homey.  Fast forward several months later and I finally finished it!  I really love the way it turned out and I think all the different shades of blue look great together.  Right now, it is the perfect lap blanket size and it adds a pretty personal touch to the little living space I’ve created in my bedroom.  It’s so nice to be able to curl up on my couch with this cozy blanket, my current book (just started Book 2 of The Hunger Games), and a tasty cup of tea!