Category: Fashionable Friday

Fashionable Friday: Marble Madness

I spent two days this week marbling paper for a project for work so I am in the “marbling zone”. It’s definitely a trend right now and fountain pens have always utilized marbled resins and plastics so this was an easy crossover. Hope you enjoy your own Marble Madness this week.

  • Genuine Ingenuity Sleeveless Top in Indigo Swirl $49.99 (via Modcloth)
  • Aurora Optima Nerla Perla Fountain Pen $445 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Palomino Blue Eraser-Tipped HB Pencil $13 per dozen (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • E+M Marble Nib Holder – Silver-Black $1.80 (via JetPens)
  • Paperblanks Mini Blank Journal in Rococo Revival Crystal Chandelier $12.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Pelikan Classic M200 fountain pen marbled green € 119 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Monteverde Prima Fountain Pen in Black Swirl $37.50 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Bookbinder’s Blue Coral Snake Ink (30ml Bottle) $12.50 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Delta Matte Journal Fountain Pen in Ivory $120 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Anderson Pens Special Edition $165 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun Ink (Old Man Winter) – 15 ml Bottle $13 (via JetPens)
  • Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen in Grey / Gunmetal aluminum € 65 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Hand marbled original artwork marble case – iPhone 7 PLUS – Aqueous Orbit in Silver & Turquoise – by Roo Bannister $57.14 (via Marbleous Roo on Etsy)

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Fashionable Friday: Snow Day


This week saw snow along the Eastern seaboard in the US and this weekend, the weather reports are threatening snow and ice throughout the Midwest and South and Southeast in the US so I was inspired to plan a Snow Day theme for this week’s Fashionable “Weekend”. I picked warm tones inspired by fresh chocolate muffins, hot out of the oven and icy tones reminiscent of the snow and ice outside our frosty windows. I hope everyone is warm and toasty indoors with their favorite inks and pens and projects to work on. Maybe you’re knitting up a new hat to keep you warm if you have to shovel the drive or wait at the bus stop? Or maybe you’re finally getting a chance to work on that craft project, story, photo album, or painting you’ve not had time to tackle in the past? Happy cozying with some of these lovely inspirational pieces from some of my favorite sponsors, friends and shops.

  • Handmade ceramic mug, in blue and white glaze $20.09 (MeganLouiseCeramics via Etsy) and consider Adagio Teas Sweet Tooth Sampler $9 (via Adagio Teas) in your mug.
  • J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie Ink (Amber Gold of Burma) (10 ml) Fountain Pen Ink $4.75 (via JetPens)
  • Rhodia Ice Pad No. 18 A4 Lined $13.75 (via JetPens)
  • Pilot E95S Fountain Pen – Burgundy and Ivory, 14K Fine Nib $136 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Stipula Netto Fading Gray (Grigio Fumo) Fountain Pen Ink (70ml) $17.10 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Caran D’Ache Paul Smith 849 Ballpoint in Pistachio Green with metal case €45 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Lace Doily Wooden Craft Rubber Stamp $15 (via Cute Tape)
  • PIUMA: Super Minimal Titanium Fountain Pen, starting at $75 (via Kickstarter)
  • Great Lakes Lacquer Freshly Fallen Snow (via Right on the Nail)
  • Purl Soho Snow Day Hat Pattern knit in Purl Soho Super Soft Merino (via Purl Soho Blog) and maybe use some awesome handspun yarn like Widdershins $39 (via Corner of Knit and Tea on Etsy)
  • Snow Day Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe (via Mother Nature Network) with Unbleached Kraft Cupcake Liners, starting at $2.05 (via Cute Tape)
  • Bamboo Plant Decoration Mini Roses $24 (via Decoy Lab)
  • Sailor 1911 Large Fountain Pen in Transparent with Rhodium Trim $248 (via Anderson Pens)
  • CDT Stapler $18 (via Fresh Stock Japan)

Fashionable Friday: Happy Hygge


With the cold, (and in my case) snowy days and long, dark nights of winter officially settling in, the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah, like a football cheer in a Scandinavian accent” according to the NYTimes) seems a fitting, if slightly odd, topic for Fashionable Friday. However, the concept of Hygge is all about coziness and happiness, which I think goes nicely alongside writing and stationery. Also many start-of-the-year goals pair nicely like writing more, journaling, going for walks, spending time with family, stay home more, cooking, etc. So, I hope you find this inspiring. I just purchased the book The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country which I hope will shed a bit of light on the Hygge phenomenon.

  • The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living $11.75 (via Amazon)
  • Blue Border Letterpress Cards (Set of 50) $5 (via CuteTape)
  • J Herbin Spiral Glass Dip Pen in Sky Blue $20 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Noodler’s Georgia Peach Ink (3 oz Bottle) $15 (via JetPens)
  • Triangle Pennant Banner Washi Tape $2 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Lamy Scala Glacier fountain pen (special edition 2016) gold nib € 215 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Mercury Moonglow Candle $40 (via Anthropologie)
  • CDT A5 Notepad $11 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser $21.95 (via Amazon)
  • Mimira Mug $14 (via Anthropologie)
  • London Fog Hot Chocolate + Mapled Whipped Cream Recipe (via Kitchen McCabe)
  • Diamine Chocolate Brown Ink (30 ml Bottle) $7.50 (via JetPens)
  • Diamine Beau Blue Ink (80ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • PIUMA Super Minimal Brass Fountain Pen starting at $55 (via Kickstarter)
  • Bookbinder’s Ground Rattler Snake Ink (30ml Bottle) $12.50 (via Anderson Pens)
  • EDK Pen starting at $60 (via Karas Pen Co.)
  • Retro 51 Tornado Limited Edition Twinkle PPopper Rollerball $45 (via Anderson Pens)

Fashionable Friday: All That Shimmers

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In the spirit of the holidays and an urge to celebrate New Year’s with the proper sparkly pomp, I bring you “All That Shimmers” this week. I hope your holidays sparkle with promise and celebration this week and all of 2017.

  • Daisy Place Pencil Cup $20 (via Kate Spade NY)
  • Sailor 1911 Large Fountain Pen in White with Gold Trim $248 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Shimmering Moon Dust Ink (50 ml Bottle) $20.50 (via JetPens)
  • Mercer Large Bonded Metallic Leather Satchel $298 (via Michael Kors)
  • Zodiac Journal $18 (via Anthropologie) (30% off full-price gifts reflected at checkout)
  • Piuma Super Minimal Fountain Pen, starting at $45 (via Kickstarter)
  • Ananas Trinket Dish & Clips $18 (via Anthropologie) (30% off full-price gifts reflected at checkout)
  • Midori Brass Pencil $16 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen in Black Diamond with Fine Gold Nib $165.66 (via Pen Chalet)
  • CUBE- Machined Pen/Notebook Storage $95 (via Karas Kustoms) (Use coupon code “wellapptdesk” for 10% off your order)
  • Super Gold High Class Rubber Eraser $ 9 (via C.W. Pencil Enterprise)
  • Liquid Glitter Voila iPhone 6 Case $45 (via Kate Spade NY)
  • Glitter & Be Gay Polish $15 (via 1898 House)

Fashionable Friday: Pantone Color of the Year 2017


Oh, Pantone! You picked my signature color as the color of the year? Why, thank you. This year Pantone chose “Greenery” as their color for 2017. It’s also known as PMS 376C or PMS 15-0343 TCX, if you are familiar with Pantone’s color matching systems. Their theory is that 2017 will be a year of new beginnings and a year that we will need reassurances of nature, personal passions and vitality. I personally think Greenery is the color of every year but I’m happy to embrace it this year with abandon!

  • Butter London Greenery Polish $10 (via Butter London)
  • Pantone Greenery Mug $25 (via Pantone)
  • Metaphys Gum Flat Eraser $7 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Uni Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation 0.5 mm Mechanical Pencil (Green Body) $7.50 (via JetPens)
  • Midori Color Paper A5 Lined Notebook $3.25 (via JetPens)
  • Pilot Parallel Pen Light Green Refill (6 Cartridges) $2.75 (via JetPens)
  • Penco Clampy Clip in Silver $3 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Bookbinder’s Emerald Boa Snake Ink (30ml Bottle) $12.50 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Shimmertastic Golden Oasis Ink (50ml Bottle) $20 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Clairefontaine 1951 Collection Lined Memo Book (5.75″ x 8.25″) $4.50 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Sheaffer VFM Eclectic Green Ballpoint $12 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen – Retro Pop Green, 1.0mm Stub Nib $15 (via Anderson Pens)
  • TWSBI Eco lime fountain pen € 35 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Lamy AL-star charged green fountain pen (special edition 2016) € 26,90 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Kikkerland Potted Pen Stand $11.50 (via Amazon)

Fashionable Friday: Godspeed, John Glenn.


This week, we lost another great, a true hero. Astronaut and politician John Glenn passed at the age of 95. The fact that for the last two days I’ve been awakened by an internal soundtrack of David Bowie singing “Starman” and “Major Tom” seemed to be a clear sign I needed to recognize our collective loss.

John Glenn was born with The Right Stuff and he was the last surviving astronaut of the Mercury program. He is also the oldest man to ever go into space having gone back out on the space shuttle in 1998 at the age of 77. So, in honor of the legend, this week’s Fashionable Friday is interstellar and out of this world, just the way John Glenn might want it. Godspeed, John Glenn. The stars await you.

  • Voyager Poster starting at $25 (via Chop Shop)
  • Diamine Shimmering Moon Dust Ink 50ml bottle $20 (via Anderson Pens)
  • EDK Tumbled Aluminum Pen starting at $60, remember to use the coupon code “wellapptdesk” for an extra 10% off your purchase! (via Karas Kustoms)
  • Fisher Space Pen in Black Titanium Nitride $48 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Blackwing Long Point Pencil Sharpener $7.50 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Mitsubishi No. 772 Red-Blue Pencils $10/dozen (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • Field Notes Lunacy Limited Edition $12.95/3-pack (via Anderson Pens)
  • Doane Paper Moon Camera Idea Journal – Large $16 (via JetPens)
  • Retro 51 Tribute Apollo Edition Rollerball $36 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Vintage Project Mercury 4¢ Postage Stamps (set of twelve) $3 (via Enfield Post on Etsy)
  • Noodler’s Midway Blue Ink $12.50 (via Pen Chalet)

John Glenn photo credit: NASA

Fashionable Friday: Peppermint Mocha


While I’m a novice when it comes to Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I’m a master at Peppermint Mochas.

  • Star Wars™ Chewbacca™ Holiday Apron $24.95 (via
  • Red and White Washi Tape 15mm x 10mm $3 (via Fresh Blue Mornings on Etsy)
  • Johanna’s Christmas: A Festive Coloring Book $15.95 (via JetPens)
  • Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Squared Pocket Notebook – A6 in Taupe $13.95 (via JetPens)
  • Karas Kustoms Fountain K Fountain Pen in Red $80 (via JetPens)
  • Sailor 1911 Large Fountain Pen in White with Gold Trim $248 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Shimmertastic Cocoa Shimmer Ink (50ml Bottle) $20 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Diamine Shimmertastic Firestorm Red Ink (50ml Bottle) $20 (via Anderson Pens)
  • Lamy Econ Ballpoint Pen in White $17.50 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Trusco Ridged Tool Box $30 (via Fresh Stock Japan)

And, in case you want to make your own peppermint mochas at home, try this recipe to make your own peppermint syrup and mocha from the Kitchn. The comments are great for lazy, ghetto solutions too! I’m partial to the one about dropping a couple mint chocolate kisses into a cup of coffee!