Category: Fashionable Friday

Fashionable Friday: Darkest before the Light

We have not seen the sun in nearly eight days and I have come to embrace the London-like weather in Kansas City. We shall embrace the darkness. Clearly, last week’s post was premature.

  • Vertical Lace Pattern Washi Tape in Purple $3.50/roll (also available in green and blue, set of three rolls for $6.50) (via CuteTape)
  • Take What’s There Shawl Pattern €3.90 (via Ravelry)
  • Kokuyo Neo Critz Large Pencil Case – Navy / Light Blue $22 (via JetPens)
  • Aurora Blue Black Ink (45ml Bottle) $18 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Kiriko Edo Komen Card Set $32 (via Egg Press)
  • Sailor 1911 Standard Fountain Pen – Anderson Pens Special Edition, Peacock Pre-Order, ONLY 100 PIECES AVAILABLE! $245 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Lamy Safari Petrol fountain pen matt blue (2017 Special Edition) €19,90
    (€16,45 Outside EU) (via Fontoplumo)
  • Pelikan Edelstein Color of the Year Smoky Quartz Sale: $31.50 (via Pen Chalet)
  • CDT Graffiti Pad $3.50 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen in Bourgogne $220 Special Offer $165.66 (via Pen Chalet)
  • INK Rollerball Pen (ON SALE! NO COUPON NEEDED 3/31-4/7) Starting at $70 (via Karas Pen Co.)
  • Platinum Citrus Black Ink (60ml Bottle) $25 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Copic Gasenfude Brush Pen $7.49 (via ArtSnacks)

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Fashionable Friday: Sunday Edition: I Pink You’ll Love This

I started working on Father’s Day at work so I’m fully engrossed in all things leather and camping and plaid and manly so I thought for sure that would inspire this week’s Fashionable Friday. But no. I went the opposite way completely.

We set our clocks forward last week so its brighter longer, the days are finally warmer and its getting balmy. And all the trees in Kansas City are starting to bloom with pink and purple blossoms that put me in the spirit of bright pops of colors and crisp whites. Add in some hints of gold and navy and I think of a pretty patio, a summery outfit or a fountain pen or desk set. Hope you enjoy this early spring fling.

Featured photo: Touring The Fearlessly Fun Home Of Julie Howard (via Glitter Guide) who integrates pops of color into her home with her children’s art, yarn wall hangings, garlands, and paper honeycomb against a background of white and neutrals.

  • Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Fuchsia Flood $9 (via Burt’s Bees)
  • How to Get a Designer Look in Your Home on a Budget (via Glitter Guide)
  • Platinum 3776 Nice Lilas Fountain Pen $200 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Sailor 1911 Standard Fountain Pen North American Exclusive Fresca Blue with Rhodium Trim $196 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Hot Pink Stripe “No.” MT Washi Tape $3.50 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • PIUMA Minimal Brass Fountain Pen $70 (via Ensso)
  • Baggu Small 3D Zip Bag $6.50 (via ArtSnacks)
  • Montblanc Miles Davis Jazz Blue Ink (30ml Bottle) $19 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Leuchtturm1917 100th Anniversary Edition A5 Journal in Gold $25.50 (via Vanness Pen Shop)
  • Pineapple Pencil Holder $16 (via Anthropologie)
  • Montblanc Golden Yellow Ink (30ml Bottle) $19 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Postage Stamps MASTÉ 20mm Japanese Washi Tape $2.50 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Paperblanks Lined Midi Journal in Brocaded Golden Fuchsia $17.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen in Cotton Candy (Expected in June, other colors available) € 14,95/ € 12,36 Outside EU (via Fontoplumo)
  • Velos V Gold Paper Clips $3 box of 75 (via Fresh Stock Japan)

Fashionable Friday: Everyone’s Irish (in March)

Since I’ll be in Little Rock next week for the Arkansas Pen Show, I thought I’d get a jump start on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with some green and gold themed Fashionable Friday. I’ll have more details about the event coming up soon but in the meantime, get in the spirit of spring with a little Erin Go Bragh!

  • PIUMA: Super Minimal Fountain Pen in Brass $70 (via Ensso)
  • Field Notes Portland $9.95 for 3-pack (via Pen Chalet)
  • Conklin Duragraph forest green fountain pen €55 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Misfit Ray in Forest Green with Green Sport Band $99.99 (via Misfit)
  • “The Farmer” Nail Lacquer 15.00 (via 1898 House)
  • ArtSnacks Travel Tote Bag $10 (via ArtSnacks)
  • Pelikan Souveran 400 Fountain Pen in Black $312 (via Pen Chalet)
  • MT Argyle Washi Tape V2 in Green and Yellow $3.50 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Script Washi Tape $2 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Monteverde Emerald Green Ink (30 ml Bottle) $8 (via JetPens)
  • Velos Push Pins in Gold $5.50 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Palomino Blackwing 530 “Gold Rush” $25 per dozen (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Midori Brass Pen $22 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Pelikan Edelstein Jade Ink (50ml Bottle) $26 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen in Retro Pop Green with Fine Nib $15 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Retro 51 Tornado Classic Lacquer Rollerball in Green $25 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Robert Oster Ever Green Ink (50ml Bottle) $16 (via Anderson Pens)

Fashionable Friday: Bibliophile

This is one of the biggest Fashionable Friday posts I’ve ever put together and I could have crammed even MORE into it. I love books, bookstores and biblio-puns. I even have a board on Pinterest where I’ve collected posters, jewelry and other goodies that I like that is bibliocentric and where several of the items that ended up in this week’s FF originated. I suspect many of you analog writers are probably also analog readers as well, or avid readers in general. I am a reading enthusiast and read both digital and analog books. I like art books, knitting and craft books analog but I tend to get my genre fiction digitally these days. How do you read?

  • Book Nerd enamel pin $10.50 (via Rather Keen on Etsy)
  • Book Shop enamel pin $10 (via Rather Keen on Etsy)
  • Night Owl Book Club embroidered patch $6 (via Rather Keen on Etsy)
  • “I Like Big Books” Tote $20 (via Barnes & Noble)
  • “From The Library Of” Custom Embosser $19.99 (via Amazon)
  • Knock Knock Personal Library Kit $18.49 (via Amazon)
  • “Go Away I’m Reading” Bone China Mug £9.95 (via Literary Gift Company)
  • “Literary Art for Booklovers” Letterpress Bookmarks $15 for set of four (via TagTeamTompkins on Etsy)
  • Uni Mitsubishi 9850 HB Pencil with Eraser $1 each (via JetPens)
  • Caran d’Ache Chromatics Fountain Pen Ink in Infra Red (50ml bottle) $33.20 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Librarian Enamel Pin Badge $6.31 (via Etsy)
  • MT Encyclopedia Washi Tape Japanese $6.50 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Paperblanks Nova Stella Nox Blank Grande Journal $31.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Aurora Blue-Black Ink (45ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Walnut Butler Pen Pot $38 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Raymay Easy-to-See 15cm Grid Ruler $1.95 (via JetPens)
  • Diamine Twilight Ink (80ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Field Notes Front Page Reporter’s Notebook (2-Pack) $12.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Fortuna Mosaico fountain pen Rome white €210 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Factis BM2 Mechanical Pencil Eraser $8.95 (via ArtSnacks)

Fashionable Friday: Indi-Ana Jones and The Pens of Doom

This week I’ve been absolutely smitten with all things Traveler’s Noteboook-y. Rich worn, leather covers and brass fittings and all the trappings of having my very own archaeological artifact like Indiana Jones. So, this week, I donned my own fedora and boots and went spelunking.

  • Grail Diary Hero Prop Replica from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (via S’wak Props and Indiana Jones Wikia)
  • [TSLxBK] “Travel for Life” brass plate $24 (via Baum Kuchen)
  • Nakaya Sumiko:A Skull [no.13016] Fountain Pen $2,300 (via Nakaya)
  • Visconti Fountain Pen Ink in Sepia (40ml bottle) $17.50 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Japanese Washi Tape THIN GRID Blue Green Brown Grid 18mm $4.25 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Traveler’s Notebook Regular Size Starter Kit in Camel Leather $53.50 (via JetPens)
  • Aurora 88 Ottantotto Big Black Fountain Pen with Chrome Trim € 495 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Diamine Ancient Copper Ink (80ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • The Temple Bespoke Hat, starting at $375 (via the Penman Hats)
  • Telegram Stationery $12 (via Letter Writers Alliance)
  • Midori Brass Pencil $16 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Don’t Call Me Junior T-Shirt $24 (via Hieroic)
  • “We Do Not Follow Maps” Art Mini Print $17 (via Society6)
  • Alden Men’s Indy High Top Blucher Workboot in Natural Chromexcel $585 (via The Shoemart)
  • Waxed Canvas Leather Messenger Bag $55 (via Rock Cow Studio)
  • Rohrer & Klingner Glass Dip Pen in Blue Gold $27 (via Pen Chalet)

Fashionable Friday: La la land

Seems only fitting that this week’s theme be LA-centric with the LA Pen Show being in full swing (pun fully intended) and Lalaland up for 14 Academy Awards and the Oscars are next week. So, the walk of stars are on my mind.

I haven’t gotten to see the film La La Land yet but if there’s ever been a movie made “just for me” this is probably it. I love musicals and the fashion in the film looks right up my alley. As much as I think this film looks fabulous, I am secretly pulling for Hidden Figures to bring home the big Oscar prizes because at our house a film about NASA is always going to be “best picture.” And I still get sassy, smart talking ladies in vintage clothes so I still win.

  • Oscar Bingo Cards Downloadable PDF, free (via How About Orange)
  • Pelikan Souverän M400 fountain pen tortoiseshell white, 14k nib €315 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Visconti Michelangelo White Marbelized Venus Fountain Pen with Fine Stainless Steel Nib $179.40 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Gun Metal Gray with Rhodium Trim, Broad Nib $148 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Karas Kustoms Ink Fountain Pen – Aluminum Gold Body with Fine Nib $95 (via JetPens)
  • GOLD Morning Field Star Pattern MT Washi Tape $3.50 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Hidden Figures, nominated for 3 Oscars (via IMDB)
  • Diamine Shimmertastic Golden Sands Ink (50ml Bottle) $20 (via Anderson Pens)
  • La la land, nominated for 14 Oscars (via IMDB)
  • Midori Brass Pencil $16 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Cross Stitch Washi Tape Chugoku $2 per roll (via CuteTape)

Fashionable Friday: Hodge Podge

This week is a hodge podge of things I’m excited about right now.

One of my favorite local shops is Wonderfair. They made some postcards to send to politicians, just in time to keep up with InCoWriMo, and express your personal displeasure with political decision makers or anyone else. I like the one that just says “NO”. I feel that way about Mondays, moth holes in my sweaters and stale donuts too.

After a succession of misplacing my keys, my work badge and other items, I invested in the Tile. It is a bluetooth device tracking system that works with your cellphone (and everyone else’s) to help track your missing items. There are several different styles available now that can be attached through a loop, adhered with adhesive or slipped into a wallet or purse. Should an item go missing, you can use your cell phone to “call” the item and it will play a little tune so you can locate it in your home, under the couch or in the seat cushions. If you left it at a friend’s house, at work or in your car, your phone will show you on a map, where your item is. And, if the worst case scenario has occurred and your item was stolen, you might be able to see on a map, where your item is now. In my case, I can just figure out where in my house, where my badge is instead of spending 40 minutes every Monday morning turning my house upside down trying to find it only to discover I left it in the cup holder in the car.

One of my favorite European online retailers is now stocking KWZ inks! Fontoplumo now has all your favorite KWZ inks including the iron galls and the standard fountain pen inks available, starting at £9,95.

I am so nerdy I subscribe to the Star Wars weekly newsletter so I now know I can make Death Star chocolates for Valentine’s Day and that Kay Jewelers makes licensed Star Wars jewelry. Kay created an amazing replica of Jyn Erso’s kyber pendent but it was really pricey and completely sold out. They also make a fancy Rebel Alliance pendant with black manmade diamonds that says “Use the Force” on the reverse side. That’s my idea of Valentine’s Day jewelry!

While we are on the subject of Star Wars, Etsy creator Andrew Brozyna Design & Illustration has made some excellent enamel pins. His C3PO “We’re Doomed” is oddly appropriate presently. But I also like his “Fly Casual”. His lettering is fantastic. He also has some for the bookish crowd and fans of Gilmore Girls. How do you pick just one?

Then there’s the new Sailor 1911 in Fresca Blue. So, beautiful! It’s a North American exclusive available in a standard body or large body and can be pre-ordered at Anderson Pens right now.

I also learned about yarn bombing which is a sort of urban art/graffiti using knitting and crochet and other fiber art that is wrapped around trees, public art, telephone poles, fences, benches and other objects in the urban landscape to beautify, make a statement, amuse or surprise. Kristy Glass Knits has issued a Share The Love Yarn Bomb challenge on YouTube to all the knitters and crocheters out there for Valentine’s Day.

I’ve tried not to get too political here on the blog because I know that it can be divisive and this is a place to disagree about ink colors and nib widths not political rhetoric and ideology but there have been some things that have come up recently that make me roll my eyes back in my head. So bear with me on this one as I feel that this statement is important for so many women… still. I am pleased to see that this downloadable “Nevertheless, She Persisted” Print from Imaginarybeast is donating all the proceeds to The Black Youth Project, Planned Parenthood, and ACLU. I’ve had days I need to be reminded that I need to persist, don’t you?

Since CuteTape joined as a sponsor, I have been trying to figure out what to do with all my many, many rolls of washi tape so I now have a Pinterest board of Washi Tape Crafts. Go forth and washi tape the world!

I get so annoyed with X-Acto and the craft knives I use at work. The quality of the blades and blade holders are subpar. X-Acto, despite being the name most often associated with craft blades isnot very good. I’m thinking about trying out Olfa Craft knives and blades. I’ve heard really good things about them. I need a better quality knife and blade. I make a lot of paper mock-ups of greeting cards.

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