A few weeks ago I played hooky from the studio and went to Florida with friends for a few days of fun. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the crazy, kooky Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Isn’t the water gorgeous?! I could have stared at the cool green blue water all day. Oh, and there were mermaids. Real ones. Loved it!Pin It
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Today I’m super duper excited to share a preview of my Charleston neighbor’s stationery line, Sideshow Press. (Heeeey, neighbor!) I’m thrilled for them as they venture to the Javits for the first time as exhibitors (they’re setting up as I type this) with their fab new line, which includes letterpress cards, wrapping paper, totes, pencil holders, journals and other desktop necessities. All inspired (obv) by the outdoors: canoe trips, crackling campfires, cabins and other woodsy adventures. I’ve got my eye on those handy note pads, which would, indeed, be handy for storing all those darn passwords that I keep forgetting.
If you’re headed to the show, be sure to stop by to see the ladies of Sideshow Press at booth #1852 and tell them “hey.”Pin It
I just finished packing up the last box of goodies for this year’s NINTH (!!!) Annual Paper Party Meetup!!! I cannot believe I’ve been hosting these meetups for nine years already. The years just fly by, and I’m so lucky to be able to spend my birthday each year with my “other” family — all you paper peeps! See you in New York.Pin It
I’ve been using big 17in laptops for nearly 10 years … and I’ve been searching for a cool laptop bag to fit my 17 inch laptop for nearly 10 years! After fruitless searches (they’re all too ugly, too boring, too small, or too expensive) I’ve resigned myself to using a big tote bag as a laptop bag instead of a traditional laptop bag. The Orla Kiely one I have now is awesome for day to day toting around my MacBook Pro, but not perfect for traveling because the handle isn’t long enough to go over my shoulders if I’m wearing a jacket. It looks like I’ll be doing a bunch of traveling over the next few months, so it’s the perfect time to invest in a new travel tote bag. At least this is the way I’m justifying the expense. Which one do you like best? I bought one … can you guess which?
SOURCES // top left: yellow tote top right: emerald green tote 2nd row: canvas tote 3rd row left: cognac brown leather tote right: mint green leather tote 4th row left: navy and white stripe tote right: brown leather totePin It
There’s something dreamy and romantic about rusty ironwork. Loving the random juxtaposition of garden statues, succulents, rusty garden carts, and that fabulous spruce green wall at Antiques on Cedros in Solana Beach, California.Pin It
I’ve been back from Paper Camp for about a week now and am still trying to wrap my head around all the amazingness that happened there. We covered a lot of topics: wholesale, wedding albums, etiquette and ethics, trade show logistics … the information shared was phenomenal. If only TSBC existed 10 years ago when I launched Delphine! It would have saved me so many headaches (and quite a bit of money spent on mistakes).
Lucky for all of you, Katie just announced a few minutes ago that she is releasing five more seats in the sold out Tradeshow Bootcamp webinar series that starts later this month. If you’re interested hop on it, these seats are sure to fill up by the end of the day!
Oh, hello, February! How did you sneak up on me like this? It’s going to be a fun month: we’re busy in the studio working on some brand new Delphine wedding invitation designs, which I’ll preview soon. Valentine’s Day is around the corner … the perfect opportunity to mail out valentine’s day photo card to all your loved ones if you never did get around to Christmas or New Year’s cards.
Also this month I’m headed back to Cali for Tradeshow Camp’s PAPER CAMP. I’m so excited to meet all our new students, catch up with some of my favorite paper peeps, and visit with my family & friends.Pin It
The schedule for the Spring 2013 season of Tradeshow Bootcamp has been released and I’m so happy to let you know that I’ll be a speaker at Paper Camp in Los Angeles, CA next month.
I will be discussing developing a wholesale stationery product line, developing a wholesale wedding invitation album, industry standards for pricing, terms, ordering, shipping and packaging. If you have any specific questions feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to cover as much as possible in the workshop. Cannot wait to see everyone in Los Angeles.
One of the things I’d love to do this year is visit Angel Oak Tree more often. It’s just a few minutes from my house, and every time I go I leave feeling calm and centered. I snapped this photo with my iPhone the morning after a rain.Pin It
I’ve been invited to a wedding industry party with a “wear something white” dress code. Thus, my search for the perfect little WHITE dress. I need something that works for fall, must be comfortable, not too short, preferably with shoulders covered (I get chilly). And it has to be fashionable enough for the Big Apple. So far I’ve rounded up five little white dresses:
1. White dress with black embroidered bodice from Anthropologie 2. White belted tank dress from J. Crew 3. White long sleeve lace dress from Banana Republic 4. White and taupe striped long sleeve shift dress from H&M 5. White cap sleeve lace cocktail dress from H&M.Pin It
In just a few days I’ll be in New York! Of course I’m looking forward to all the trade shows and seeing a ton of great designs (and designers); but I admit that I’m most looking forward to a visit to the Met with a dear friend to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit.
The National Stationery Show (NSS) is only 5 1/2 weeks away (GULP). I am SO HAPPY to not have to plan a booth this year. It’s a super stressful time suck. However, I still plan on going, for lots of reasons. I will be wearing many hats: designer, friend, buyer, licensor, licensee, blogger, writer, cheerleader, Stationery Show Meetup planner. What badge to wear?
For all you newbies, remember to pack an umbrella. It’s the best way to ensure good weather ; )
Here are four chic umbrellas, in various shades of my latest favorite color, yellow. No. 1: Burberry “Kensington” umbrella from Bloomies No. 2: Marimekko Silkkikuikka umbrella from Umbrellas.net No. 3: Clear bubble umbrella with yellow trim from Target No. 4: Yellow & Gray travel umbrella from Jonathan Adler.
I’m coming out of hibernation (deadlines, deadlines, deadlines are killing me!) to let you know that the 7th annual National Stationery Show (NSS) meetup is happening Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 in New York, so please save the date. This year I’m organizing the meetup with Brooklyn Bride, Cat Seto, and Paper + Cup. I’m so looking forward to catching up with everyone in New York for Design Week 2011! Details will follow soon … we’re still trying to find the most perfect location.
Normally at this time of year I’d be starting to freak out about trade shows. Atlanta just passed, NYIGF is going on right about now, and the National Stationery Show is coming up in just a few months. In years past, I’d be a hot mess right now, trying to finish up collections, make travel arrangements, scrape together pennies, design my booth, and schedule meetings on the other side of the country, all the while juggling running my business, design projects, and family life.
This year I’ve decided to take time off from the shows. That’s right: Delphine will not be exhibiting this year. A lot of factors went into this decision, but the major one was my sanity. I was a little worried that I would feel left out as the tweets started pouring in from Atlanta and NYIGF, but instead I just feel relief. I really can honestly say that I don’t miss the shows at all. I do miss seeing my friends, but the shows themselves: nope.
Not doing the shows left me with time to fill my calender with some of the things I’ve always wanted to do: like enjoy lectures and design conferences. This year quite a few are right here in San Diego (BlogHer, Engage11, and my favorite conference: the Y Conference). I haven’t decided if I’ll go to all three yet, but for sure I’ll be at two of them.
In preparation for the Y Conference, I am hoping to splurge on a few things I’ve been needing wanting for a while now: 1} a brand new field note book from russell+hazel, and 2} a bright yellow Caran D’ache pen to record all the genius things I learn at the lectures. Nobody will want to be near me if I’m not properly caffeinated, so 3} a new yellow travel mug for coffee (Crate and Barrel) is in order. I swear we used to have a dozen travel mugs and they’ve all managed to disappear. Does that happen at your house? Where do all the travel mugs go? It has been a few years since I got a new pair of glasses, and I’m totally in love with everything about 4} these Warby Parker frames.
It can get chilly in lecture halls, so a bright yet cozy scarf like 5} this lightweight yellow and white scarf from J. Crew would be lovely to have stashed in 7} a chic and understated waxed canvas tote bag (also from J. Crew). John, I can hear you … and the answer is no, it is NOT POSSIBLE to have too many tote bags. Besides, I don’t have anything as cool as this one. For real. When attending design conference, there are almost always swag stations sponsor rooms. For these, it is imperitive to have a supply of up to date business cards. Plus, it’s always nice to be able to hand a new friend a fresh card from a 8} swanky metallic leather business card holder, not a beat up one from the bottom of your tote bag that’s covered in gum, pen marks or cracker crumbs. It goes without saying that 9} new shoes—stylish but comfy ones by Tom’s—would be super nice to have, too.
A friend has convinced me to join the Greeting Card Association. I was on the fence about it, until I realized that the annual conference will be in 6} Austin this year. My two best friends in the whole world live there, (surpise R + D! I’m coming to visit this summer at long last).
Using souvenirs from my travels in photo shoots gives me a legitimate reason to save ephemera from my trips. The M button is from a visit to the Met in NYC last spring after the National Stationery Show.