Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blush and Nude Style

Blush and Nude
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Okay so I may or may not have my wedding dreams and ideas (specifically color theme) stuck on my mind lately, but I am currently head over heels obsessed with the look of blush and nude tones--especially mixed together and worn with gold details! I am so ready to rock these feminine colors come Spring along with my all-time favorite Spring staple: an abundance of floral!

What are your favorite items currently gathering dust in your closet (or even your imaginary closet!) that you just cannot wait to flaunt in warmer weather?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Thank You Card Finishing Touches

Here is a quick little addition to The Timeless Thank You Card blog post from yesterday.

I felt like my post was long enough as it was (and I just could not bare to take anything out!), but my finishing touch on most any thank you or "just because" card is an encouraging Bible verse.

I typically try and save a whole side on a folded note card for writing out a verse, but if you are writing on a one-sided notecard, then the verse reference works just fine!
My inspiration for metallic and neon colored pencils highlighting my favorite verses seen here:

Here are just a few of my favorite verses to use that vary greatly depending on the situation and person:
  • "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26
  • "I thank God whom I serve..as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day." 2 Timothy 1:3
  • "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus" 1 Corinthians 1:3-4
  • "..You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27
The above verses are in ESV (English Standard Version).

In a nutshell, my intentions when writing the verses is to let the person know they are loved, cared for, prayed for, a precious child of God, and that I am incredibly thankful for them!

What are some of your favorite verses or inspirational words you like to include in your personalized thank you cards?

XOXO,
R

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Timeless Thank You Card

This past Sunday, three days post-birthday, I spent the sunny afternoon writing handwritten thank you cards for the sweet someones who planned a few extra special celebrations for me.

Although I work with most and see them in person at least five days a week, a thank you card is still an absolute must! I take very seriously the Southern charm and etiquette that I was taught growing up (and am continually learning). A thank you card is a definite yes in almost every circumstance possible.

Via a few Pinterest pins, web searches, and etiquette book research, here are some tried-and-true tips and advice for the timeless thank you card:


Best Format
  1. Write the full date in the top, right corner. All the better for scrapbooking and memory boxes!
  2. Start with "Dear [Name]". Although I have many the nickname for a few of my closest friends, I usually stick with their full first name, however difficult it may be to want to throw in a private inside joke. Use their title as a formality if necessary (Mr., Mrs., Ms.).
  3. "Thank you for the..." (Name the gift--be specific and use fun, descriptive words) I adore using not-so-typical descriptive words for things..sometimes so much that I get the occasional giggle, like the time I described someone's cute sweater as "raspberry" instead of just plain, old "pink". By the way, there is a huge difference between a raspberry-colored sweater and a pink sweater. Thesaurus.com may or may not become one of your go-to websites for this.
  4. Next, state how you plan to use the gift. This can be a toughy if the gift was something you already devoured (the pink lemonade cupcakes were delish!) or you may have to return because it was the wrong size or simply not your style at all. Just promise me that you will NOT lie or exxagerate. If you tell Grandma just how much you loved the oversized, orange knit sweater with a monkey on the front I can almost guarantee you will get something similar next holiday!
  5. This section is one of my favorites: tell why you are thankful for the person (or people) who gave you the gift. Think about this one beforehand and really mean what you say. Starting with "I am truly blessed" or "beyond thankful" is always a go-to for me.
  6. Close it out--you are almost done! I know how much of a change it can be to write a whole note by hand instead of just grabbing your iPhone and texting your thanks. Simply end the note by thanking them again.
  7. "Sincerely," or if you are close with the person you can personalize this with "Love", "Best", or my personal favorite "xoxo" then your name.



Thank You Note Tips and Favorites
  • Buy pretty stationery or cards! My girlfriends know how much I melt over gorgeous thank you and blank notecards, so they are almost a given as a gift-giving idea for me! For the gal on a strict budget: check the clearance endcaps at Target and hit up your local Marshalls or T.J. Maxx for some designer paperie at a discount!
  • "Better late than never" is a saying I probably live out a bit too much in my day-to-day, but it is certainly true in this case. Sending a late thank you note is much better than not sending one at all!
  • Personal handwriting versus typed fonts (because yes, it MUST be handwritten) can get a bit sloppy if you are not careful, so be sure to take your time, maybe even write it out on scrap paper first, and indent your sections/paragraphs for easy readability.
  • Use a nice ink pen, if at all possible. Pencils just will not do and fade quick over time. Ballpoint pens typically do not look as nice or fancy, but if that is all you have then go for it.

Here are a few of my absolute favorite thank you and blank notecards:


Find them here: Gold Foil Thanks, Confetti, Champagne, Merci

Happy writing!
xoxo,
R

Friday, February 22, 2013

Day One

Hi hello! My very first post in my very first blog--how so incredibly exciting!

After much encouragement from loved ones I have finally decided to take the leap..into some seriously unfamiliar blog-writing territory. I am not a stranger of blogs--oh no, not at all. I am an avid daily follower of at least 30 (yes, eep THIRTY!) focusing on varied themes and categories from cupcakes (well..now macarons!), tulle skirts, tried-and-true cocktail recipes, and all things pretty and fabulous!

I am excited to see where Darling Cashmere (named ever-so-sweetly after my precious pup Prince Cashmere decided upon over countless e-mails, phone conversations, and text messages with my patient girlfriends) takes me! I am confident that this will be an exciting journey for me..and hopefully you!

XOXO,
R