Fornash Sale

It's getting to be that time of summer, and I'm pleased to announce that Fornash has its annual sale starting August 1. The longer you wait the more steeply the merchandise will be discounted - but the early bird gets the worm!

The best things will surely go quickly because this is a stunning store beloved by gals all across town. Fornash happens to be one of my favorite little gems of "colorful sophistication" tucked away inside Georgetown Mall. It's one of the best places to by ribbon by the yard, as well as to pick up unique jewelry, accessories, dresses, kiss-me-not bags, shoes, and the like.

One of my favorite purchases is a black patent starfish envelope clutch I picked up there last summer. This past June I saw a pair of matching starfish earrings in a little boutique in Edgartown, and they're on my wish list now :)
If you live outside the Washington area, you may shop online at the Fornash website. Happy summer sales!


My Very First Giveaway!

The Letter Tree has graciously offered to host a giveaway for my readers, and I am pleased to tell you that one of you will be selected to receive this personalized monogram decal. The Letter Tree is a very sweet monogram gift boutique and papery offering many delightful gifts and personalized stationery items, but I just love the versatility of this Monogram Decal. Made of vinyl, these decals can be used on just about any surface and are easy to apply. They look great on your laptop, car window, cellphone, flower pot, or even bedroom wall! Available in three different sizes and fifteen different colors of the rainbow, they are the perfect accent to anything acrylic, glass, metal, or any other smooth surface.

To be eligible for the drawing, please proceed as follows:

1. Leave a comment on my blog about which color you would most like to have. The options are white, yellow, green, pink, light blue, periwinkle, red, royal blue, plum, orange, lime green beige, burnt orange, apple green, or black.
Also mention if you prefer your monogram encircled or borderless.
2. Tell me if you already are or become a new follower of my blog to get an additional entry.
3. Signup for the Letter Tree's newsletter to get a third entry.

Happy summer!
I will be drawing the winner of the decal on August 3. Please tell your friends!

A New Neighborhood Cupcakerie Wows!

Pink and green balloons smiling against sunny blue skies made it easy to spot Something Sweet, the new bakery and cupcake cafe in Woodley Park. Bubbling with anticipation, I headed over yesterday during its opening hour to check out what the place was all about, and I must say it was delightful! Just a few cafe tables and a shabby-chic, fresh interior set a casual antiquey scene for enjoying one of seven cupcake flavors or their cookies, milkshakes, or tangy frozen yogurt. Glass jars of lemonade and iced tea sitting on little feet were touches of personality.

Sometimes if the ambiance and decor of the place itself is cute enough, I don't care quite as much whether the cupcakes actually taste better than another cupcakerie, but Something Sweet delighted even further on the epicurean side! I sampled only the frosting because the shop doesn't any sell gluten-free cupcakes, but my brother ordered the vanilla cupcake and said it was the best cupcake in Washington! It felt heavy weighing it in my hand, but it was dense but in a good way because my brother said it tasted very moist. I thought the frosting was perfect - very true vanilla bean flavor accompanied by just the right level of sweetness.

I wish my heartiest congratulations to Meghan and Bo Blair, the entrepreneurs behind this creative idea who seized the opportunity to open a cupcake spot over in the Cathedral neighborhood. I only wish it was there when I was going to NCS! I would have chosen cupcakes over Starbucks any afternoon :)

Adorable glass cantinas

Frosted Cupcakes


Painted Mural on the Wall

I love the old tin ceiling

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 10 pm


Pale Pink Bedroom

It was quite ironic for me that this morning's Home section of the Post cited Making It Lovely blog for its post "Picking Perfect Pink Paint." Just yesterday I popped the can on my Fifth quart of brand new paint that I've tested in my quest to find the perfect pink-without-being-pink bedroom wall color. I've been testing colors for weeks, and the painters are in the house right now so I must decide quickly. When I was a little girl my bedroom was pink, and when I redecorated my room in middle school in a pale crystal blue, I swore I would never have pink walls again.....that is until last summer when I saw my friend's Chevy Chase living room painted the most gorgeous soft pink, the kind that is at once sophisticated and shabby-chic, enveloping you in a little aura of comfort (the color was Dogwood White by SW). I realized that as long as the hue is in no way "candy" that pink walls can be quite successful.

My bedroom makeover inspiration continued with these images from a House Beautiful article:
This paint color is also Dogwood White!

However, when I tested dogwood white in my bedroom the hue was absolutely wrong with my Restoration Hardware pink/brown duvet. It appeared much darker and more candy-heart pink than in these photogrpahs. My room is about 12x15, and I think it takes a larger expanse of space to make the color appear less saturated. Meanwhile my godmother, who is just moved into a townhouse over in Chevy Chase Lake, decided her paint colors and recommended I use Benjamin Moore Frosted Petal, which she is putting on her bedroom ceiling with celery salt walls. Excitedly I tried this color on my walls, and it also read too dark and the wrong tone.

So feeling very discouraged at the paint store the other day, I found another article from House Beautiful featuring a living room by Steven Shubel with walls painted Benjamin Moore Bridal Pink. These walls appeared to have the warmer, slightly more peach tendency I believe my room needs:

I first tried this color out at 25%, but it was way too light. I've found that 75% Bridal Pink is absolutely the perfect color for me! This is my bedding:

I am adding this chocolate brown coverlet and standard shams to my ensemble during the winter to add a little weight to all the white:

If anyone else has Restoration Hardware linens from their Italian Bedding collection last year or an linens from RHBaby's new line of petal pink/chocolate brown, this color will be perfect. I have tried the RH's petal pink paint, and while it is a beautiful hue it is quite saturated and you cannot get a custom lower percent paint from them, so this is a nice alternative.

NOW.......After all this, I loved the effect of the pink ceiling. I'm torn between bridal pink walls with a ___?___ (pale aqua? pale green? pale silver?) ceiling OR if I should paint my walls white or celery salt with a bridal pink ceiling. If I do go with pink walls, I will paint the ceiling a light green or blue and tie it into the rest of the room probably by adding a boudoir pillow in a print that has brown, pink, and also this tertiary color in it. Up for consideration:

(from Pine Cone Hill)

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!!


Something Sweet Coming Soon!

I'm sharing a special announcement especially of interest for all Washingtoniettes! Tomorrow there is a darling sweets parlor opening its doors for the first time on Macomb St. in NW Washington. It's just a short distance from NCS, the Cathedral, and my house so I'm absolutely bubbling over with anticipation of having another cupcake spot to bop into!

Owners of favorite DC hot spots Jetties, Smith Point, the Rookery, etc. are hopping on the cupcake bandwagon. As Daily Candy put it this morning, "Dearly beloved, we shall gather together tomorrow to witness the happy union of tongue and frosting in blissful matrimony. In honored tradition, we assemble with Something Sweet, something new, something borrowed, and something to chew."

The shop will not only sell cupcakes but also delectable indulgences like brownies, biscotti, and old-fashioned layer cakes in flavors like German chocolate, carrot cake, and coffee buttercream. I wonder if they will have anything gluten-free? I can't wait to scope it out! Part cupcakerie and part old-fashioned ice cream parlor, Something Sweet is harkening back to the early days of Giffords of Bethesda by selling milkshakes, custom "chipwiches" (anxious to find out what these are) and custom ice cream sundaes complete with a full topping bar.

Something Sweet
3706 Macomb St. NW
Washington, DC


The Paper Cottage

Today I'm delighted to share with you a wonderful new stationery and fine gifts boutique, the Paper Cottage. Its adorable name gives it away, but this beautiful shop sells all kinds of unique and preppy invitations, stationery, monogrammed notecards, notepads, agendas, bulletin boards, tumblers - anything you could wish for to accessorize your desk, home, and lifestyle. Take a look at these gorgeous products!

A sampling of Calling Cards

Personalized Cocktail Napkins are the perfect thing to have on hand for entertaining

Monogram Bulletin Board

Personalized Note Pads
(many more styles online!)

Custom Designed Note Cards

I love them all! There are so many lovely designs to choose from that it will be very difficult for me to make up my mind. I've saved the best for last, which is that Michelle, Paper Cottage's owner, has graciously extended a discount code to all of my readers for any purchases at her new stationery and monogrammed gift website, www.papercottage.net. Enter 10Preppy to receive 10% off all orders until December 31.


A Tierney: Chic Geometric Travel Accessories

One of my favorite new products over at A. Tierney is the:

First came Tory Burch, now comes A. Tierney! If you like the sophisticated, chic style of the graphic geometric prints that have been hitting the runway then you'll love this travel toiletries bag!

The tote is available in three luscious colors: pink, blue, and apple green. It is perfect for packing your toiletries, shampoo bottles, etc. when you are traveling, and the interior is lined with plastic, making it easy to clean in case there are any spills. The inside of the case is divided into two large-size pockets and two medium-size pockets, and there is a handy large pocket on the backside of the tote as well. Best of all, you can personalize it for just $10. Additionally, A. Tierney makes matching jewelry bags and smaller make-up bags, if you wish to complete a matching set. Check them out at A. Tierney today!

Special A. Tierney Promotion

A. Tierney currently has a special promotion on their Downeast Summer Totes, with a special free shipping promotion for readers! Originally $49.95, they are now selling out quickly for just $15! Snatch yours before they're all gone. Your can get them personalized with your monogram, and they are available in sizes small, medium, and large. Perfect for toting your essentials wherever your summer adventures may be taking you. I myself cannot wait to get up to "Down East" later this summer, it is always my favorite thing during the month of August.


Thank You, Pink Martini!

Thank you to the Pink Martini for giving me this special award! It means a lot to me to have readers who are this caring and sweet. I'm so happy to have met you and my fellow bloggers, and I hope you're having a lovely summer out in Southern California!

I have such fond memories of Laguna Beach and Balboa Island from when I visited a few years ago - my first and only time in California!! I fell in love with the beautiful weather, combination of mountains and sea side-by-side, and the delightful atmosphere of boutiques, boats, and creative cuisine. Hopefully it was my first visit of many to come!