egg press Sample Sale!


One of my faaavorite, favorite stationers is having an online sample sale.

egg press is offering a ‘grab bag’: 10 cards for $10. This is one heck of a deal, considering one of these beautifully letter pressed cards can run you up to $6. (This is honestly on the low end of the cost spectrum. egg press is competitively priced in the world of letter press.) The catch? It’s a toss up as to what cards you’ll receive in the 10 pack. Is this a risk I want to take? Obviously, $10 isn’t a huge investment; but I don’t want to end up with a half dozen cards that don’t suit anyone or that I’m not in love with. (I love most of what they do, so the chances are fairly slim, I suppose.)

What do we think? To partake or not to partake?

Visit egg press to check it out for yourself.


Local Goods: Spring Finn & Co.


The Architect Bag from the folks at Spring Finn & Co. is one of those items that would nicely round out my wardrobe repertoire – if I only had the funds to scoop it up. With its slim profile and sustainable, tough design, this meeting/laptop bag marries beauty and functionality, a combination so hard to come by. (Believe me, I know . . . I’ve Google searched “most beautiful microwave” with no success.)Like the leather on the trim of a Louis Vuitton bag, the top-grade leather used in Spring Finn & Co. products patinas and darkens to perfection over time. Another plus? All components of the line are sourced from the good old US of A. That’s something I think we can all get behind.

Talin Spring, the genius behind the Minnesota-born brand, is a Parisian at her core (especially enticing, being a bit of a Francophile, myself). Talin used Paris as her homebase and launching pad for worldwide travel over the years. Now stationed in Minnesota, she is, in the words of her website, “producing a rare sampling of these bags in collaboration with local artisans.” Très bon, I say.

Visit to purchase any item in the assortment. The Foundry Home Goods in Minneapolis’s up-and-coming North Loop area and Brightwater Clothing and Gear in Excelsior each stock select Spring Finn & Co. items, as well.

The High-Low Costume Jewelry Game

J.Crew is killing it in the costume jewelry department. They continually roll out new looks each season that never fail to garner my attention and dwindle the funds in my wallet. The good news is that the fund-dwindling is relatively low impact – the goods deliver maximum style punch with a moderate price tag (especially compared to other of-the-moment costume jewelry designers out there). A few of my current favorite pieces aren’t available online (not sure why that would be), but it wasn’t hard to choose some other definite winners to highlight. The other pieces in focus are obviously wonderful – if you have the cash to justify them. Take your pick, but just know that when your pocketbook is feeling a little slim, you have options. And it will hardly feel  like a compromise.



Lulu Frost for J.Crew Wing Necklace, here

Auden Flynn Necklace, here

J.Crew Crystal Bauble Earrings, here

Dannijo Harper Long Earrings, here

J.Crew Crystal Color Stone Necklace, here

Tom Binns Crystal Bib Necklace, here

J.Crew Crystal Crush Bracelet, here

Dannijo Skylar Bracelet, here

J.Crew Flower Lattice Necklace, here

Erickson Beamon Hello Sweetie Necklace, here

J.Crew Neon Rose Crystal Necklace, here

Dannijo Julie Necklace, here

J.Crew Pastel and Neon Necklace, here

Dannijo Gallilee Necklace, here


Six spring scents for your home

It finally, finally feels like spring in Minnesota. I cannot think of another year when I’ve felt this overcome with cabin fever and this relieved to feel the warmth of the sun. The chirping birds and melting snow were looong overdue. New life and rebirth are synonymous with springtime, and what could suit the symbolism better than fresh-smelling flora? In honor of the season, I’ve made a selection of six of my favorite candles. I guarantee that they will fill your living space with liveliness and help you to overcome your major vitamin D deficit (sunshine and supplements recommended).


1. Oyédo, Diptyque

2. Choisya, Diptyque

3. Periwinkle Hyacinth, NEST

4. Vintage Gardenia, Jo Malone

5. Aloha Orchid, Capri Blue

6. French Tulips, MELT