Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tulip Week: Day 3 - Stationary

I love nice stationary, I always have.  Perhaps this love was passed down from my dad who also loves a good business card or letterhead.  What makes me love stationary even more?  When nice paper, an organized format and my favorite flower are all combined into one.  Unfortunately I was unable to find a stationary set, but I did find two pieces that I believe are very attractive.  The first is a blank greeting card featured as part of the "Blooming" series on this website.  Check out the other flower cards available with pre-written or blank messages.

The next piece of stationary is a formatted as a gift tag sticker but could easily be printed on card stock and used as a nice notepad or even used as a business card (in the right setting - it is a little casual).  This print is a more childlike rendition of a tulip which adds whimsy and character.  Links to this gift tag sticker and other creative art can be found here.
As always, stay tuned for tomorrows favorite tulip find!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tulip Week: Day 2 - Bouquets

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!  Thanks for being such great parents.  Consider all these bouquets I post on here a gift to you both.  I love you!

When I get married - which wont be for a very long time - I am going to have tulips everywhere as centerpieces and bouquets.  Here are some of my favorites. 
I love the combination of tulips and the various pink and purple flowers in this bouquet.

I love how clean and simple these parrot tulips are in the rectangular vase.  The color and lines are so beautiful. 

This is what I imagine my bridal bouquet will look like, except with deep pink tulips.  

I love the inclusion of tulips in these bouquets.  Also, I couldn't help but notice that the bridesmaid dresses are from J Crew, which I love.  I think this color scheme is really pretty for an outdoor summer wedding.  

Stay tuned for tomorrows feature on tulip stationary!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tulip Week: Day 1 - Clothing

I have decided to have themed posts each week.  Not only will these themes help me look outside the box but it will give me items to post about on a daily basis.

This weeks theme is tulips.  I love tulips - no flower is more simple and beautiful at the same time.  This love comes from my mom's love of tulips.  My dad always gives her tulips on Valentines Day, Mothers Day, and their anniversary - which is tomorrow!  Two years ago, I had the opportunity to attend the end of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  Many of the heads had already been lopped off, which was tragic to see, but at the same time the festival opened my eyes to the many varieties of tulips that exist.  Nothing was more beautiful to me than the fields of red tulips, all perfectly arranged in rows.
May Day 2008

I began my hunt looking for tulip clothing - done in a non cheesy way.  The most common result to my search was a tulip shape dress or skirt.  The skirt below was featured on a blog titled La Catrina.  I love the tulip shape of the skirt and the interesting abstract print.  My only fear about this shape is that while it will accentuate a narrow waist, it might make one's hips look much larger than they actually are.
My next favorite tulip find is this dress from loveclose - T.  The blog appears to be a new business so I am not sure how well the clothing fits, but I can tell you, if this dress were a bit longer, I would buy in in an instant and pair it with a cute cardigan for Easter Sunday.  Is is possible that it is really only 18 dollars?!

If you have any suggestions for weekly themes, please let me know!  Stay tuned for tomorrows post featuring some of my favorite tulip bouquets. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Michael Kors

I love Michael Kors.  I love him even more because I can find his designs at TJ Maxx.  Last summer I saw many variations of this clutch and now I am regretting my decision not to buy one.
I also love all Michael Kors watches.  I am constantly scanning ebay looking for a bargain.  The gold and tortoise variations are my top choices.  What do you think?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Polo Olympic Gear

No designer represents American style like Ralph Lauren.  I loved the outfits the athletes wore to the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver BC.  Yes, the white sweatpants were a little casual but I loved the overall look, even the Denver boots.  I would love to get my hands on the knit hats they wore but I cannot find them anywhere, even on the Ralph Lauren website.  While scrolling through the gear I found this beautiful shawl sweater available for both men and women.
If you visit the website, take a look at the video featuring many athletes in Polo gear.  I love it.

Olympic Spirit

The blog was intended to be the location for my favorite fashion finds.  Instead it is going to be a collection of my favorite things - whatever they may be.  Right now, my favorite thing is the Olympics.  I love snuggling up in the cabin and watching hours of NBC coverage of the competition. 

Eight years ago, my family attended the Olympics in Salt Lake City.  We were fortunate enough to attend the mens 1500m short track speed skating and the first ever women's bobsled competition.  In both events, the United States took gold.  Most memorable was the short track where Apolo Anton Ohno skated to a second place finish only to have the first place finisher be disqualified.  I remember the Korean throwing his flag to the ice and skating over it in disappointment and the crowd erupting in cheers for Ohno.  Our seats were at the end of the arena and when the medals were presented, they were facing us!  Also that night in the Delta Center, the Canadian figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were awarded their gold medals after the judging controversy involving the Russian skaters.  I love the Olympics and as I watched Apolo Ohno compete the other night I couldn't help but be proud.  Not just proud that he is an American but proud that he is a fellow Washingtonian who is a great competitor with true Olympic spirit.

I am excited for the rest of the Olympics and I hope one day I can attend them again.  GO USA!