Fashionable Friday: Year of The Rooster

Any chance to try to jumpstart my week, my month or my year over again, I will take. And Chinese New Year is one of my favorite holidays. Partially because it is so much about clearing away clutter, starting fresh and making a new start. For some reason, the Year of the Rooster is one of my favorite new years too so it has extra “oomph” start-over power for me. Maybe its one of the first that I remember celebrating, maybe its the association I have with that magical sinus-clearing Sriracha hot sauce? Whatever the reason, this is a great time to cock-a-doodle-doodle your way to new all those goals you might have set on January 1 that might have languished already. So, go order some pork buns or dumplings or other “purse-shaped” deliciousness and help to bring some wealth and good fortune into your life. Gong Hei Fat Choi!

  • Velos Gold Push Pins $5.50 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Rhodia Rhodiarama Notebook in Poppy A5 (5.5×8.5) Blank or Lined $24 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Sailor Jentle Four Seasons Irori Ink (50ml Bottle) $18 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Shimmertastic Golden Sands Ink (50ml Bottle) $20 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Red Dragon Ink (80ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • YEAR of the ROOSTER Letterpress Print Junishi $5 (via Tag Team Tompkins on Etsy)
  • Lamy LX Fountain Pen in Rose Gold $56 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Fountain K Mini in Red with Brass or Copper Grip Section $85-$90 (via Karas Pen Co.) Don’t forget the 10% Discount for Well-Appointed Desk readers! See the coupon code in the sidebar!
  • Kaweco Brass Sport fountain pen € 74,50 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Palomino Blackwing 530 $25 per dozen (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Japanese MT Red / Blue Fan Dots Washi Tape $3.50 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Lihit Lab Smart Fit Cover Notebook – A5 – Orange $24 (via JetPens)

PS: This week’s Fashionable Friday was created entirely using Affinity Photo. It was the first time I have used the software EVER after over two decades using Adobe Photoshop. If you’ve been thinking about trying it out but were afraid that it would be too difficult to switch, I’m here to tell you, it’s not. The key commands are the same for most functions as Photoshop. Spacebar is the hand tool. M is the marquee. B is for brush. T is for text. The masking tool is a little different and how Affinity Photo organizes some of the Live Effects like Drop Shadows is a little different but not so much that you can’t figure it out. There’s some cool extras to how it handles color layers and some micro controls that seem vastly superior to Photoshop. If you mostly send out JPG, GIF, PDF, PNG, etc files and do not need to build multi-page documents, seriously consider switching to Affinity!


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