Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”

oh emily post. sometimes you seem so outdated to us. and sometimes you seem so right.

since we were children, we have been writing thank you notes for anything. and everything - the obvious paper required events (birthday and christmas gifts) and the not so obvious (a friend hosting a dinner, a boyfriend's parents taking you to dinner, a family member hosting you for a few days...or anyone hosting you for any period of time).

we've been brought up to believe that, while some customs may be outdated, a hand written thank you note never goes out of style. it's like a strand of pearls - classic and everlasting and worth handing down generation to generation.

today we recieved a thank you from kate spade for signing up for their newsletter. (i say 'their' and not 'her' because ms. spade no longer owns kate spade. tears.)

kate spade is utter perfection. it is emily post meets j crew meets the real world (meets a good stylist). we are loving the tiffany inspired blue with the red (pretty sure it's red, we have some color blind people on the other side of your screen could be pink...) which is one of our all time favorite color combinations. and thrown in with yellow - how perfectly spring?

kate spade does no wrong, especially with their paper goods. so it simply made our day to recieve a thank you from ks. even though it's not handwritten. it's still perfeclty sublime.


our kate spade paper picks:

the ps card. loving the blue. loving the white. loving the perfection.

fortune placecards. half off. order them. immediatley.

big card, small party. we need these. the green. the stripes. the wit. need it. have to have it. would you like to come for a dinner party? if we sent you this card, we think you would!

be sure to visit kate spade for selected paper goods and crane & co for the entire line.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

an american in paris

after finally seeing 'the september issue' (documentary about anna wintour and the '07 september issue of vogue) we've decided that today's french word of the day is 'mode' -- for fashion.

 and instead of just finishing the post with some pictures from vogue or covers from vogue, we thought it would be better to share some of our favorite fashion bloggers we're loving these days.

okay, okay, we love them every day.

keep in mind the key word here is *some* of our favorites....there aren't enough hours in the day to catalogue every one of our favorites. besides, what would we have left to share if we put them all out at once!

we hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 



be sure to love them all!

typography tuesday

mulling over our options for this weeks' typography feature, we came across a lot of great things we wanted to share with you. all of them have been put on the backburner since receiving yesterday's urban outfitters' e-mail for their spring break collections. 


first, we love anything vintage. we love anything that looks like it's vintage. we also love anything involving vacations, staycations, roadtrips, and music. and of course, paper.

urban's graphics, always satisfying and inspiring, certainly have our hearts aflutter thinking about spring break. 

and definitely tempting us into their online shop. what little minxes.

Monday, February 22, 2010

an american in paris

as-tu connu le mot 'cowboy' n'existe pas dans la langue francaise?
did you know the word 'cowboy' doesn't exist in the french language? (!)

we suppose, as we dream of being americans in paris (pictoral interlude...)

that there really isn't a need for the word 'cowboy' or wrangler. and they probably don't wear cowboy boots. which makes us kind of sad.

but not sad enough to not want to live there for a year or two ten.

so le mot du jour is mountains - les montanges (du wyoming!)

we were going to do a whole set of pictures of the tetons, but we think this one of the mountains with the snake river speaks plenty.

fantasy shopping spree mondays

he new week brings new lustworthy items to the house of herlongwayhome.

this week we are love love loving these pants

so we put together two sets for your lusting pleasure - one colorful and one neutral. be sure to click the links after each set to find out purchasing information.
bright anthropologie

we can always count on anthropologie for a colorful boost to any outfit. or a girly one.

neutral girly

for our neutrals we have the ever reliable jcrew, as well as anthropologie for a girly touch to a basic outfit. we are looooooooooooving this set. unfortunately it would cost us $592 to own it all. it's simply heartbreaking.

and then we have elephants. ever since dumbo, we've loved elephants.

okay we're not sure that's exactly true. dumbo made us cry and made our hearts ache when we were kids. but in the last few years our obsession with elephants has grown. it's expanded into little figurenes on our desks, right down to extra long necklaces.

they're a symbol of fertility, knowledge, and most of all good luck. so we like to rock them. and with all the options out there for the growing jewelry trend, we're sure you'll find one you'd like to rock, too!


what is so great about this trend is that there are some ultra affordable choices for these great pieces! well worth the gander!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

fantasy shopping spree mondays

this week's fantasy shopping spree is inspired by an upcoming interview. one thing about being young in the corporate world is our leway to wear colorful patterns and bold jewelry (as well as extra tall heels and crazy tops). 

these four looks are pretty basic - navy skirt, black skirt, purple skirt, and a silve/gray brocade skirt. we've selected a printed cardigan, a basic whtie bouse, a fun gray top and a fun plum colored top. the accessories add a pop to each outfit, and the louboutins add an element of glamour to each look. what we love so much about these looks is each item is interchangable and we can mix and match depending on our mood!

(please click here to see the product info)

here, we've added denim to show how versatile our choices for tops (and louboutins) can be for a casual friday look. adding different pieces of jewelry or layering sweaters on top of these basic looks will also allow you to change up your look with less pieces.
(click here for product info)

and for our much loved pick 10 monday, we have selected 10 pairs of louboutins instead of handbags and jewelry (scarves and belts and hats and....)

we're sure you love all of these as much as we do!


(click here for product info)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

an american in paris - word of the day

today's word of the day - fleurs - flowers!

as in: oh, mon amour, j'aime les fleurs, merci beaucoup!
(oh, hunnie, i love the flowers, thank you so much!)

just in time for valentine's day! 




eat drink and be merry

thirsty thursdays is what we really wanted to name this feature. we've blogged about our dishware obsession before (such as here), but there is so much good stuff out there, it's enough to have a weekly feature. 

let's face it, there's enough for a daily feature. 

we're not quite sure where we heard about fishs eddy, but it was definitely from one of our beloved bloggers (perhaps poppytalk or thekitchn?). i always felt like it was a place i wanted to visit, and being right outside of new york city it was certainly accessible.  i just never got around to it, and their website is sort of lackluster in terms of its merchandising. (we'd love to get our hands on it and revamp it!)

but then we went.

and then we fell in love. 

each piece is kind of whimsical and kind of childlike. and we can totally appreciate the sense of humor that is inherent in this institution.

fishs eddy is perfection. it's kind of like the kitchen section of anthropologie. their website definitely doesn't do it justice, and hopefully we'll post some pictures from our trip there (and a few things that we picked up along the way).  but everything there is just wonderful. so if you're in the nyc area you should certainly make a trip to this little gem.

simple colorware in pretty much any color you could want. great prices too! pedestal bowls for $6.95, dinner plates for $9.95, side plates for $6.95, and cereal bowls for $7.95. great staple for any kitchen! and at such great prices, you can stock up on all your favorite colors!


the carnival pattern is super cute too, and sort of whimsical. cereal bowls go for $6.48 (on sale), the tray is $12.95, these glasses are $6.00, and the jumbo mug is $11.95.


and we are simply smitten with the alice and wonderland pattern. every piece features one of the classic pen and ink drawings from the books. we love how the image floats off the side of the plate. we love the alice and wonderland pattern so much, we picked up the salt and pepper shakers while we were there! there are so many pieces to choose from for this pattern - side plates, square plates, rectange trays, oval trays, glasses, coasters, dishtowels and mugs. definitely worth a peak. or a purchase!

fishs eddy also has great flatware with open stock, so you can pick and choose the pieces ou need and want.

their glassware section also has some really great pieces (we picked up the wizard of oz set). there are some cute swimmers glassware


drink nyc tap water


and they have classic american glass pieces


and cake stands (better colors here)


and fabulous kitchen pieces

there's a sale on porcelain mugs (we're loving the politician ones!)


and there are the creepy  yet loveable hands (we picked up three miniature ones)

we also love the linens! they coordinate with each line of dishware

so take a peek at what fishs eddy has to offer, especially if you can't go to the store!

but we DO have a sneak peek for you!


don't you just love it?!

(all pictures of fishs eddy from poppytalk, pictures of stock from the fishs eddy website)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

girl crush

we can't say that this girl crush is new, we've been following emersonmade for a while. but the more we create inventory for our etsy shop, the more we find ourselves continually inspired by her incredible style - from her personal style, to her gorgeous flowers, to the incredibly perfect merchandising pictures. 

and so we wanted to share our girl crush with you on this snowy day, because nothing makes us warmer inside than emersonmade !





(ps the emerson mouse has a bloggie, too!

we're sure you've been crushing too!