The Art of the Card


The Handwritten Card — A Lost Art

I received a handwritten card recently from a new friend and member of the Meetup group, Boutique Ladies. I can’t think of the last time I’ve received such a sweet surprise. With the advent of emails and smart phones, few of us take time out of their busy lives to sit down and write. Don’t get me wrong, I am delighted when I receive an email or text from someone just checking in to see how I am or just to say hello. But a note is magical.

I imagine her sitting in a quiet place — perhaps her dining table or a side table with a fringed lamp and a bouquet of anemones perched on a white lace cloth. I imagine a fountain pen. The scene unfolds before me as out of an Edwardian novel — a slower pace when ladies had time, and indeed it was one of their duties to correspond.

Our lives have become so filled with hubris. We are in a constant state of motion. I think I’d like to slow down a bit, perhaps pick up a fountain pen and some fine paper . . . or a card?

Pattern Mash-ups & Making the Most of Resale


Pattern Mash-ups 101 – Resale Wardrobe Hints

We all like to play in the safe sandbox, where we won’t make any faux pas. But it’s fun to play in a dodgier area when it comes to fashion.

I often see ladies pick out a brilliant pattern and then express bewilderment as to what to match it with. Surely such a bold pattern must surely cry out for a solid partner. But patterns can play well together when you know a few rules.

Being able to work with patterns effectively will greatly improve your resale shopping experience.  reFresh Boutique recently held a class on pattern matching. It turned out to be so much fun, that I’m sure we will repeat it later in the summer.  I put together a dozen different outfits, all of which bravely mashed up patterns that might have boggled the mind until they were seen working together. Then the ladies were encouraged to walk about the shop and put together their own mash-ups.

I had put together a hand-out that was much to onerous to print and have attached it here for you.

Pattern Mashups 101