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Yup, it's trendy, but I love it.  Kale, that is.  I actually have this awesome t-shirt already, but that isn't stopping me from coveting this sweatshirt version.  If there was ever a sweatshirt for the farmer's market this summer, this is it.

Image credit to Suburban Riot.


Metaphore Totes

I own quite a few totes.  Most aren't particularly pricey, but they are usually patterned and colorful and practical (I really like being able to wash a bag - things spill, right?).  I have a few nice bags in my rotation for work, but you are just as likely to catch me carrying a reusable tote (my favorite of which is from an industrial waste conference Rob went to - thanks bud).  A few years ago, I fell in love with this tote, but it just seemed a little pricey for what it is (mostly canvas).  So, I was psyched to find these totes from Metaphore out of Istanbul in an assortment of patterns and at a much more reasonable price (under $100).  Which one is your favorite?  I love both of the polka dot bags... maybe the red?  

All images credit to Metaphore.


Nourishing Notes

I first posted about Nourishing Notes back in 2011 (a post I just deleted because all of the links are outdated), when they had an Etsy storefront and a much smaller collection of cards.  Sweet Ali just sent me a package containing a variety pack of Foodie Notecards that I love, so I checked out the company's website.  They create "paper goods for the food obsessed" and have expanded into kitchen towels, aprons, totes, and prints, as well as a broader selection of witty, food-related stationery.  The company is run by an adorable duo out of Chicago.  Check them out!  I've included a few of my favorites below.  I love that dish towel, although that leaving the dirty dishes for tomorrow is something I find impossible to do... can you do that?  To me, the dishes are just harder to do the next day and it stresses me out to know they are waiting for me in the morning.

All images credit to Nourishing Notes.


Marimekko & Banana Republic

I've been a fan of Marimekko for as long as I can remember.  The vibrant colors and crazy patterns and distinctly Scandinavian look is something I love.  Our guest bedroom sports a Marikemmo duvet and I have a few cute kitchen items as well.  Starting this weekend in select stores and on May 22nd online, you can purchase items from the Marimekko & Banana Republic collaboration.  Thanks to B for letting me know about this partnership - I love the long polka dot skirt (probably not great unless you are tall) and the shift dress.  The complete collection is 25 pieces and the prices will range from $39 to $149.  Check out this piece in Forbes for an interesting take on the cultural aspect of the collection.


Odd Daughter Paper Co.

Hello?  Are you still there?  It's been five months since I last posted.  Winter happened (well, it is still happening here - we are getting snow today) and much, much more.  I want to share (and I will), but when I'm ready.  And I'm not ready yet.

That doesn't mean I haven't been scoping out cute stationery in the past few months (scoping only, Rob, not buying).  I recently discovered Old Daughter Paper Co. and would have ordered one of each of their cards had I not made a deal with myself to use of stationery I already own in 2014 rather than buying new cards.  We'll see how long I hold out... I particularly love the Ice Cream (so true - lately life has demanded ice cream) and Oregon Trail cards.  

All images credit to Old Daughter Paper Co.