Casual Elegance

Casual Elegance

  1. You didn’t think I’d post so close to Halloween and not include candy, did you?
  2. This backpack makes the perfect carry on bag.
  3. I would buy this perfume just for the bottle.
  4. This is the perfect card for my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary this month!
  5. This coffeemaker is where beauty meets function.

 

By SSP contributor, Annie Steward. Also find her at Postcards From College.

Tropical Inspiration

Tropical Inspiration | Sycamore Street Press

The leaves may be turning colors here in the mountains where I live, but I’m still feeling inspired by the tropics. Tropical plant life mixed with modern architecture (like in the photo below) was a big source of inspiration for my Bright Brush collection of cards. (Other sources of inspiration: post-modernism, brightly painted macaroni necklaces, and Australian design.)

And then in August, we were able to have a family reunion in Vieques, Puerto Rico, which is where I snapped these photos. Crescent-shaped, white sand beaches rimmed with palm trees all to ourselves — it was paradise.

I’m sure I’ll be coming back to these photos for a little warm weather inspiration all winter long! - Eva

Tropical Inspiration | Sycamore Street Press

Tropical Inspiration | Sycamore Street Press

Tropical Inspiration | Sycamore Street Press

Tropical Inspiration | Sycamore Street Press

Tropical Inspiration | Sycamore Street Press

Tropical Inspiration | Sycamore Street Press

Also, Vieques with kids, 5 Favorite local spots in New York City, and stationery show tips.

Vieques with Kids

VIeques, Puerto Rico with Kids

Where do you go for a family reunion with small children involved? It’s tricky, right? In my extended family, there are 7 kids ages 4 and under (including my two). I’ve learned that the only vacations I want to take with that many littles involved are the kinds where we just stay in one spot. Preferably, with access to a body of water.

With that in mind, my siblings and I spent some time searching through several home rental sites. We considered North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the central California coast, and lots of places in between. But the location that had the nicest big houses for the best prices (within the US) was Puerto Rico.

Plane tickets to PR were the same as plane tickets to the East Coast, which seemed like a great deal. (And we’re scattered across the country, so flying would have to be involved no matter what.) In addition, none of us had ever been to Puerto Rico, so we were excited at the prospect. With all that in mind, we booked our trip. Despite some unforeseen hiccups, I’m so glad we did! It really was one of those memorable trips we’ll be talking about forever.

More about Vieques with Kids (including tips & recommendations) after the jump…

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Fall Entertaining

Fall Entertaining

  1. I love this growler - the chalkboard label is such a fun touch!
  2. Obsessed with the zigzag pattern of this pillow case.
  3. Invite your guests with this bighorn sheep card.
  4. These gold and teak appetizer utensils add the perfect touch.
  5. Laguna Salt Company’s collection of salts have my mouth watering…

 

By SSP contributor, Annie Steward. Also find her at Postcards From College.