"You Had Me at Hello!" Journals & Notecards in Modern Palm Boutique

These journals and notecards are so beautiful... 
they'll have you at Hello! 

Just one look at these journals and notecards 
and you'll fall in love with how darling they are, 
 but you'll also love the fun & unique decorative interiors of the journals 
and the different designs that are included in the notecard packs. 
From birds & owls, to flowers & trees, 
there are many different themed journals and cards.

**I personally love using journals to keep track of things my children say and do. Each child has their own journal and periodically I'll write down different quotes they say, cute or not-so-cute things they do, 
different facts or current favorites (food, colors, movies, books, etc.).
On their birthdays I'll write them a little note/letter in their journal. 
And someday, when they're older, they'll receive these journals. 
Also, in a world of technology, I still believe in the power 
of notecards and thank you cards... 
I personally love to receive a thank you card in the mail. 
The thought is so personal and lovely.

How about you? 
Are you good at keeping a personal journal or what do you use them for? 
Are you good at writing cards or do you still love receiving them?


The Whistle Bag by Jack and Lulu

I'm seeing at the bottom of the stairs? 

While flipping through my blessed magazine, Coastal Living, 
I spotted my favorite canvas bag inconspicuously placed in the beautiful home 
Julie happens to be the founder and owner of Jack and Lulu
a line that I happen to carry in Modern Palm. 
Julie's home was featured in the December issue of Coastal Living.  They restored a 1785 cottage in Rowayton, Connecticut, and it is sure a charmer. 
I loved seeing what they've done to this darling home. 
While the home now looks more modern and updated, 
they were able to still hold on to the character, charm, and old-fashion 
feel that really makes the home so timeless and welcoming.

Are you surprised that I'm loving obsessed with these yellow Tolix chairs?

This bedroom has a lovely antique iron bed with bedposts topped with pineapples. 
Love the symbolism of the pineapple= hospitality.
And how darling are those 1951 prints of birds from a 
book called "All About Your Canary"? Such a unique and personal display.

Julie, what a beautiful home. I am in love with your style and designs, 
and love having Jack and Lulu items in Modern Palm.


Cake Pops by Bakerella

This has got to be the best treat book ever!
Now I'm all about a yummy cupcake with delicious frosting... 
but these Cake Pops happen to be a new fave of mine! 
This Cake Pops Book  is darling and scrumptious and so fun for both adults and kids.  
I love the photography and organization of the book and think it has 
great ideas for a either a little activity or a big party. 

Some of my fave ideas:

Sweet Heart Pops: perfect for Valentines!
Pirate Pops: Great for my son's next birthday party
Game Ball Pops: I think I'll take some to my son's Basketball Game
Owls: I can't wait to make with my daughter...she'll love them
Sweet Snowmen: my kids loved, loved, loved making and eating these! We had a nice little activity during a cold, snowy day.

For some other ideas for Valentines click Modern Palm


Altitude Design Summit 2011

First off, aren't these retro lunch boxes just fantastic? The goodies that were found inside were so fun too! My kids were trying to take over my "treasure box."

Do you ever just FREEZE when you get overwhelmed? 
Lately, I have been doing this excessively... 
I just get so overwhelmed with things I should be doing, or want to be doing, and then these little insecurities sneak in too and it's like this triple paralyzing threat to me. Shouldn't I be able to handle life's stresses better as I age, instead of FREEZING?
I've been wanting to write about Alt Summit, but frankly, I don't think that I'm very good at putting my thoughts into words to express what I really would like to convey.  Regardless, I need to write about this just so I can remind myself why I enjoyed two days with some *crazy* amazing people. 

So, Alt Summit is basically a two day conference where there are keynote speakers, blogging classes, panels, DIY workshops, parties, and a lot of socializing with new & old friends!  I loved re-acquainting with those I met last year, and getting to know many new ladies. I am excited to apply my new-found inspiration and motivation to both my blog, a pina colada, and shop, Modern Palm
To complete the festivities, a series of mini parties were hosted at the hotel by the sponsors. The Kate Spade party was off the hook fun! Aren't the decorations fantastic? The black and white striped base with the fun, bright colors are P*E*R*F*E*C*T! Loved the black glasses, thanks to the Girls with Glasses who helped host the event. And the Kate Spade goody bag, filled with some lovely treats, was a great way to top off the event.
 The keynote lunch on Thursday featured Mondo and Seth Aaron from project runway, and the keynote on Friday was DJ Spooky. They were all very interesting, entertaining and informative! So fun meeting them all too. I was also excited hear from the lovely Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss. I really enjoyed her humor and honesty during the closing keynote speech. 

photo via Armelle
{Caitlin of Caitlin Creer Interiors
Kirsten of 6th Street Design School

It was great meeting the lovely ladies pictured above.
They are all very talented, wonderful, and fun! 

Here are a few of the lovely ladies and friends I was able get to know better: Rachel of Black*Eiffel,Stephanie of StephModo, Suann Song of Simplesong, Jane of See Jane Blog,Courtney of BeauCourt,Alma of Alma Loveland Designs, Kirsten of Simply Grove, Melissa of IS•LY, Dandee of Dandee Designs, Stephanie of Nie Nie Dialogues, Janie of We Heart Paper, Trina of La La Lovely, Madeline of Uber Chic for Cheap,Erin & Rachael of Today's Mama!  WOW! I could go on and on, and I think I just might, in another post...coming soon. :)I'm so grateful for all the new 
knowledge, motivation,and friends I gained from such a great conference.  I'm already looking forward to next year!  

All images courtesy of ALT Design Summit 2011 and 
photo booth images by angela and ithyle


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