Friday, November 13, 2020

Holiday Must Haves

It won't be the same, but it can still be cute! It's your...

Covid Compliant Holiday Dinner

(you'll stay safely distant until the champagne kicks in!)




Hundreds of dollars less than your Annieglass: wavy gold paper chargers and salad plates

Disposable and adorable: gold plastic silverware


Foam and frost ready to roll: festive frost and foam cups to grab and go




Everyone's favorite stationery brand

Because you always know someone who has moved: Return Address Stamps

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Come and get these great gifts because

That list won't check itself twice


You'll need lots of bourbon to drink off 2020: Waterford Bar Glasses

Weightless, Soundless, Waterproof, TSA proof, baby proof
and so stylish - the original: All Weather Bangles

Because they fancy themself a writer: Lamy Fountain Pens


A Compliment to their candle obsession: Pura Nest Diffuser
 

Stuff their stockings: Gifty Socks

Peony Bath Lovelies from K Hall Candles & Bath





Relax and recharge: Musee bath balms



You'll never leave home: PJ Harlow Loungewear



Cheese straw boxes and assortments: Mississippi Cheese Straws


They will enjoy sparkle all year: Waterford bud vases

Lightweight sustainable neoprene never looked so chic: nadachi purses



Witty and useful: weekend Waterford cups and napkins


Everyone coated-canvas favorite tote: the Codie tote


So fun to use for every celebration: stemless champagne flutes


Deck your bar cart for that perfect post with these: Stemless Gilded Glasses
Obsessed with these mini sets: makeup eraser

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They are just so hard to buy for

The Man Shop

(they buy themselves everything they want anyway)






All the man bath things: Shop men's Bath

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Things you can still get last minute because, you know,

Because you've just been so busy

(pandemic busy, that is)

Perfect price and personalized with personality: mix and match stationery

So chic and timeless in soft shades: mode de Paris

or make a donation to a worthy cause

like one of our favorite local organizations: Cheshire Abbey

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Still to come:
Spongelle
Corkcicle Whiskey Glass
Candy for days
Blue crane stationery with butterfly liner
Gourmet gift box
fir diffuser
horn candle
Our favorite modern acrylic photo frames
slim can coolers from brumate
New Rifle Gifties
Tin Plates
Museum Cards
Nest Holiday Candles
Bloody Mary Mix
Holiday Wrap Sheets (Idlewild)

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Meet me in New Orleans


Shop for Good

2020 Cafe Reconcile Holiday Market


Friday, December 4, 11-7pm

wine, nibbles and Jefferson’s bourbon signature drink 5-7

Saturday, December 5, 10-6pm

The Church of Sara & Paul Costello 

818 6th Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

10% of sales from each merchant is donated to Café Reconcile.

The market will be safe, distanced and masks required.

  • SUE SARTOR ~ artisan kaftans & tunics
  • Cynthia Cazort Collins ~ hand-sewn clothing, ready made in the USA
  • RICCIO ~ Belinda Nixon ~ curated European collections  
  • Lucy Cat Kimono ~ Marti Howe ~ Unique collection of vintage kimonos 
  • Lottie Mae Lounge ~ Art ~ Libby Tilley Hogg ~ art gallery in a vintage air stream
  • Fresh Ink - Elizabeth Upchurch~ stationary, sentiment & style.
  • Sotre ~ Grace Kaynor ~ curated home goods, holiday gifts and more 
  • B. Viz Design ~ Becky & Sarah Vizard ~ one of a kind hand made pillows, holiday stockings & textiles 
  • Amulet ~ Mimi Danovsky ~ statement jewelry reimagined 
  • Bene handbags ~ Eleanor Schwing ~ luxury leather goods 
  • Ella Bartlow ~ luxury fashion jewelry  
  • Noble 31 ~ on trend tops & pants 
  • BounBoun ~ eco friendly sacks & totes 
  • FIG & DOVE ~ Colleen Waguespack curated holiday home goods 
  • Oxalis Apothecary ~ Erin Wexstten ~ approachable natural skincare 
  • Bow Shoe Shoe ~ Bow Ties & Neck Ties made in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho 
  • Mimi Koch ~ Estate Jewelry
  • Moss New Orleans ~ a boutique florist
  • V’s bees | hand rolled organic bees Wax Candles, drunk cherries, organic honey  
  • Hazeltine Candles ~ candle line 
  • Nicki Epstein ~ holiday / seasonal potted plants  
Reception: 
  • Snacxs4U~ artisan charcuterie boards (cocktail reception) will be available to order for the holidays 
  • Café Reconcile ~ holiday gift goodies & hors d’ oeuvres for Friday happy hour.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Rush Packet Items

 

We get lots of inquiries about preparing presentation packets for girls going through recruitment or "rush." While there was a time when lots of money was spent on preparing elaborate presentation packets to try and impress the girls in the chapter, the reality is that now most active girls never touch the presentation packet because all information is submitted electronically. When you, as a mother or a potential new member, prepare a presentation packet, you are preparing it in a way that makes it easy for an referring member to submit your information online. The presentation can still be elegant but it does not have to be as complicated or expensive as it was before.

We like to use just a simple white folder from Office Depot for your materials. We encourage you to type your resume neatly on white paper just as you would for a job application. Fancy fonts and elaborate designs are really not needed.  We like a cute sticker on the front of your folder, and a thank you note that can be hand-written and included with the packet to the referring member or used for a follow up. Any photos that you include need to be labeled with a simple black and white LEGIBLE sticker on the back because if the materials are mailed in to the recruitment chairmen, they are scanned into their system and legible information is important.

Most importantly, include an email address or phone number for the referring member to contact you if they would like to get your materials electronically. There is nothing more time-consuming than retyping someone's activities from a beautiful packet when it can be simply copied and pasted from a forwarded email.

We encourage people to pick out a sticker they like here for the front of the packet first:

https://freshink.printswell.com/category/adult-gift-tag-stickers.html

Most of these stickers have coordinating thank you notes that will be displayed as you review the products.

The 1.5" round sticker shown here is great for the back of photos:

https://freshink.printswell.com/products/diy-15-inch-label.html

As always, your friends at Fresh Ink are happy to help in any way!

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

This beautiful invitation featured a watercolor illustration of the venue for the envelope liner. This special touch complimented the most elegant invitation in shades of blue with a custom vintage monogram.












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Friday, August 21, 2020

Best Stationery for Men

How do you chose stationery for a man?
Our guide for the perfect stationery will help you make the right selection.

When shopping for stationery for a gentleman, whether young or old, we usually ask a few questions:

1. How soon do you need it (ie is it a gift needed quickly)

2. Do you have a ballpark budget for your purchase? Is it a little happy, say under $50; a bigger purchase, say $50 to $200; or are we splurging on a unique creation with a budget bigger than $200. From your budget, we will provide options that are budget-friendly versus ones that are splurge-worthy.

3. What format do they want? A flat correspondence card is preferred for most gentleman over the age of 12 so we will focus on flat options for men. Sheets are often also requested regularly for men so we will discuss those options.

All of these topics are discussed in the options below that go from fastest to slowest and least to most expensive in the explanation below.

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If you need something yesterday, like your guy needs to write thank you notes right now! We stock single letter flat correspondence cards in the store in 18 letters for easy grab and go. These are $19.95 per pack of 10 with envelopes and are shown below. They can be ordered online here and you can choose to pick them up in store or have them shipped.


Additionally we stock select styles of classic Crane flat correspondence cards for men like the ones shown below. Sheet/envelope sets are also in stock for grabs and go purchase. These range $24 to $26 for a box of cards/envelopes or sheets/envelopes depending on your selection. If you are shopping for this long distance, our selection rotates so just call us and we can text you pictures of the ones we have in-stock.



The above items would be those you would "grab-and-go" with either the initial already on them or plain.

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Now let's talk about personalized options that are also relatively quick.

The flat correspondence cards shown below are printed in-house and paired with a colored envelope for something stylish but fast and cost-effective. In the typestyles shown, they are $20 per set of 10 personalized notes and envelopes and can be turned around in 3 business days as long as there are no design changes or requests. They are great for grads! Click here to shop more and you can also add envelope liners to this collection.



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If you have about a week you can shop selections from our vast library of digitally printed stationery. The Corey Harrison sample below is from this library. On the web site, you can do your own proof, see how the names look in the fonts selected, and complete your order online or we are happy to do it for you. These are flat printed options but they look great and ship quickly. You can order as few as 10 but the price is better if you order more like 25, 30, etc. You will see really simple classic styles but also some more updated styles like the one shown below if your gentleman likes a little color or contemporary look. Most of this will be around the $50 to $200 range depending on the quantity you need.


$25 of the one shown above is currently $47 plus shipping (as of 8/21/2020)
Click here to shop more flat printed, personalized stationery that ships quickly.

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If you have more like a week and a half or two weeks, and you want to purchase at least 25, that opens the door to one of our favorite brands, Embossed Graphics. They offer two types of stationery that men really love. Type 1 is a flat card where the name or print is in color. Type 2 is when the personalization is  "blind embossed" which means raised impression with no color. Some might argue that "ink" stands out more and is more memorable, while blind embossing is a little more personal and subtle - but you decide! This stationery is going to be in the $50 to $200 range depending on your quantity.

The images below are our top sellers for gentlemen from these collections, but you can shop many others via the link below the product. All pricing and ordering can be done on the web site as well, or we are happy to help if you are "technically challenged" as some of our clients like to say. These cards start at about $50 per set of 25 after shipping, but the price goes down considerably with higher ordering so it makes sense to order in higher quantities like 50 or 100 to maximize savings.
(shown above) The best raised ink card: Colonial card - click here to shop

(shown above) The best blind embossed card: Banner Card - click here to shop



(shown above) Great options for personalized letter sheets at a good price point. Click here to see or order other personalized sheet options from this brand.

If you want to see more options,
so many more great flat cards for mens can be found by clicking here.

All the items in this section can be ordered online just like if you were in the store! Shipping is incurred whether you order online or order in store since these items are printed off-site.


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If you have at least 3 weeks time (for ordering) and a budget of at least $200, then we can get into the realm of some of our heirloom printers like Crane and Arzberger. When working with these brands, anything you could possibly want in stationery can be brought to life. Thermography, engraving, edge paint, bevels, custom liners, the options are limitless. Images below are from Arzberger (Luther Harris Dudley suite) and Fresh Ink's instagram (collection of Crane projects).




If this is the direction you would like to go, we will need to curate option for you. Let us know a little big more about the individual. Knowing his age is helpful. Knowing if he tends to the classics or likes something with a little more updated design is also advantageous. We will also ask if this will be for personal or professional correspondence since that can dictate selections as well. Once we get this information we can email you some starting ideas and price points to go down this path.

Whatever you decide, we are here to help! Contact us via 601-982-0245 or text us via the same number for more information or to schedule a phone or in-person appointment.

Thank you!




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