4.10.2010

Smitten Saturday

Storybook Style Darlings, by now you’ve probably surmised this yourself given my incessant chitchat about fairytales and the like; but just in case you’re not too swift on the uptake (though, in all honesty, we both know that you are), I see no harm in telling it to you straight…I am a bookworm! I could spend hours prancing up and down the aisles of Barnes & Noble poking my nose into anything and everything that catches my eye; days have been spent getting lost within the towering stacks of classics harbored within the musty old walls of libraries; and, when my nose isn’t buried within the crisp pages of a book, I quite like to tell a story with my ensemble. And that is precisely what Library: Archives of Fashion allows one to do!

The brainchild of Charleston’s Lauren Lail; Library is a Vintage Shop that one can peruse from the comforts of their own home while swathed in polka-dotted print pajamas, which intermingles the likes of designers whose names will forever be on the tip of the fashionista’s tongue – such as Lanvin, Chanel, and Diane von Furstenberg – with virtual unknowns. It’s a chic conglomeration that allows the consumer to weave a tale of wonderment with their newly-acquired wardrobe. Currently I’m lusting over the pretty purple Lanvin shades, the mod-inspired Candy Clutch, and the Elephant Scarf, which I just know will serve as a good luck charm come summertime. Tell me kitty cats…are you ready to browse?

The Dainty Diary As fashionable femme fatales, it is not only our wardrobes that we must be concerned about, my loves; we must forever remember to take the design of our accessories into consideration, as well – and that includes notebooks! We do not want to find ourselves styled in a pleasing pink, only to have a blotter in an unpleasant, brooding shade ruin the enchanting effect. We want something just as dainty and demure as we are; Paperwink offers just the thing.

Like the title indicates, Paperwink is stocked with charming notebooks, many of which are perfectly sized so that they can slip effortlessly into your handbag at a moment’s notice; but Paperwink’s true piece de resistance lies within the pretty pastel hues, and captivating vintage signs and labels that you can have personalized to your liking. Presently I find myself smitten with the Frames collection, which includes a trio of tablets in the color collection of your choice – Gelato, Sherbert, or Snow Cone. Which Paperwink pretty has caught your eye, dolls?

Your Name Here It was not so long ago that I was swooning over Carrie Bradshaw’s sassy nameplate necklace, and Lauren Conrad’s marvelous moniker spelled out in script across her knuckles via a sparkly double-finger ring. In fact, I am still plagued by days where I covet one of each – with my own name spelled out, mind you. But I digress; like many of you dolls, I am a geek at heart. A nerdy computer lover with a penchant for launching into technological speak at the drop of a hat. Therefore, it seems completely natural for me to find myself desiring a custom-made pretty from Survival of the Hippest.

Gone are the baubles proclaiming the nicknames we were christened with by our gal pals; no more are the glittering gems emblazoned with our chosen titles, or birth names clasped around our swanlike necks. Rather, in their place, sitting front and center for the world to see is…the names we are best known for on Twitter, of all places! Survival of the Hippest takes the haute handle you use Online, and transforms it into ambrosial accessories in 10 or 14K-Gold, or Sterling Silver. Obviously I’ll be styled in a 14K-Gold design with the words Café Fashionista dangling daintily from the petite chain. What will your Survival of the Hippest symbol say, darlings?

What were you smitten with this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to An Ordinary Girl's World and Paperwink for the pictures.


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68 comments

Joanne said...

I am smitten with those beautiful journals, love the colors. One can never have too many journals for jotting the details of life. And great idea from Survival of the Hippest. I don't tweet, but this idea makes me want to!

Leah said...

I'm always looking forward to Smitten Saturday... and thanks for introducing me to the Library. I love the site.

Happy weekend Erika! xoxo

Dancing Branflake said...

I love cute notebooks! I am smitten with poshy cute mini game books with stylish designs on the front. They have Sodoku, word games, etc and they look like the cute mini journals you would find at Borders.

Dina's Days said...

I'm a sucker for a cute journal or notebook

Jackie said...

Ooooh, those paperwink notebooks are calling out to me. I wish I had more money in my piggy bank. But, I suppose it's for the best; I have three other journals that I have yet to fill with my thoughts.

I am also smitten by this cup of coffee I'm currently drinking. It's the best cuppa joe I've made all week! yum :)

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous post, darling!!
This week I am smitten with sassy spring dresses... All I want to do is shop!!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)

xoxox,
CC

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I love all your links and must checkout the twitter bling--sounds fab! Hoping you have a great weekend Erika!

xo Mary Jo

ellie said...

beautiful scarf! I must admit, I'm taken with Vampire diaries. Makes me think I should look back at all my old diaries which I keep in a box under my bed.

R. said...

Those journals are so adorable! xo

daisychain said...

Oh my those notebooks, I might have to treat myself for my upcoming hospital stay

michelle_ said...

i do love those lanvin shades very much ! i love ur smitten saturday posts veyr much too :D

have a nice weekend !
MICHELLE || Glisters and Blisters

FASHION SNAG said...

I used to buy so many cute journals and notebooks and then I was afraid to use them or mess them up. I just wanted them because they were so pretty =) By the way, love the photo in this post! x

www.FashionSnag.com

Fashionography. said...

I love little notebooks, and those by Paperwink are wonderful!!

meg said...

I so love journals. A beautifulf scarf too.

Rachel Scarlet said...

Hi Erika! I am smitten with coral shade lipstick and gloss. I love the natural flush it gives to the face. xoxo!

P.S. I love the Archive of Fashion Library. Vintage = love!

monica said...

love diaries and nameplate necklaces. i need one like carrie's

ceo said...

love the journals.....

xxx
ceo

xoxoKrysten said...

I want one of those snazzy name necklaces. So cool!

Shop N' Chomp said...

I heart those notebooks!

Rick said...

I knew there was something I liked about you (ok there's a lot to that list! :) The latest is finding out we are kindred bookworms! I'm smitten by fine, textured paper to write letters on (although it's been a while since I mailed a handwritten note).

English Rose ♥ said...

Those journals are too darling for words!

Merci beaucoup for your lovely comment darling =]

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

ediot said...

im smitten-(what does that really mean?) by coffe- ive become addicted to coffee this week. my boyfriend's mom is making this yummy latte - i cant seem to get enough of- also addicted to candy- ive eaten wayyy too much candy - its scary how addicting it is.
id love an name-necklace too - its so cute.
have an wonderful weekend still.

xx ediot

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

I reeeally like those notebooks! I always keep a notebook in my bag, mainly for to do lists and those look like they'd be perfect!

J-Diggety said...

I have a weakness for notebooks and journals. I have so many that I haven't even written in yet, because I buy them all the time! Ones with floral prints, Audrey Hepburn, vintage ads from Spain, etc... the list goes on and on! :)

Happy Saturday!
xoxo J

janettaylor said...

What a cute notebook! OMG!

ak said...

to me there is nothing better than a great book..i will never be into the kindle or ipad. i just love the feel of a book and a great story

xx

Josie said...

I LOVE Barnes and Noble... I can spend hours there. And those Paperwink notebooks are adorable. I always feel bad writing in such pretty notebooks and journals... I feel like they should just be on display! Today I'm smitten by the gorgeous weather we're having outside!
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Aury said...

I would so love to have the name aury4eva or aury written out on a beautiful chain. I go by that name in so many places it would only make sense and up my cool quota, lol :)

Happy Saturday my darling!

Lady said...

I remember seriously considering putting down a lot of money for a nameplate, and then I wanted a ring, and now I don't know if I want either haha. This week I am smitten with my pajamas. My warm flannel pajamas that keep me nice and toasty when my heater isn't working haha.

Vampires and Tofu said...

Oh my...I'm kinda digging that @ necklace, altho "Vampires and Tofu" would be a really big necklace lol...

J. said...

Thanks for the link...I'll probably be browsing it for the rest of the afternoon!

I'm not sure you'd call it smitten, but I'm obsessing about a job I applied for...

Anna Jane said...

Damn, now I'm beginning to feel really terribly bad about my scratty bad-quality notebooks. Next time I'm out stationary shopping I'm opting for something more stylish!!!

I have to admit I can be an incredible bookworm too - there's nothing more relaxing than curling up with a really gripping novel.:)

- Anna Jane xxx
(PixelatedBlonde.com)

Tяainwяeck Tяagedy said...

Thank you for introducing me for paperwink! Not only are the notebooks adorable, but I'm using their invitations to send out for my wedding. I absolutely love your blog. :)

Melmo said...

these notebooks are so cute! I'm always looking for nice ones as i have lots of things to write in :D

Francy said...

The Library is incredible! I could spend so much time browsing there. I love the notebooks too. Those are so adorable!

junghwa by amy stewart said...

Stripes. Definitely stripes. Smitten.

Christen said...

I totally agree that we should surround ourselves with beautiful things... including notebooks! Love the ones you found!

madeleine said...

I always tend to buy cute journals/notebooks even if I have no purpose for them. It's like I collect them!! as for the Survival of the Hippest name plate necklaces, theyre so cute and funny! If i were to get one it would have to be a funny word.

Elizabeth Marie said...

ahhh I want one of those twitter necklaces! SO CUTE!!!

Happy Saturday love!

Margaux. said...

This week I'm smitten with For Audrey nail polish.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I am smitten with this post! ;)

Such lovely ideas and guess what: just got my mark lip gloss and LOVE IT!! Thanks for the suggestion, hon. xoxo

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

Awe. I secretly wish I were a book worm. I really do. There's something really quaint about going to a little bookstore and picking up a bunch of old novels and engrossing yourself in them!

But I LOVE note books. I have SO many. They have all these supposed purposes when I buy them, but I never end up using them! Especially the really nice ones - I don't wanna ruin them!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
QUIRKYEXPLOSION.blogspot.com

Hope said...

I really want one of those necklaces! They look so chic!

Kristin said...

Well as a proud member I am a gatorgrrl!!!

S.Elisabeth said...

I'm a bookworm too! On one of my school trips to Baltimore, I left the dolphin show early to spend three hours in the Barns & Nobles there. My mother was dying!
And my symbol would probably say Modern Dreamer or S.Elisabeth

annoiii said...

These diaries are gorgeous, thanks for posting!

Ladyulia said...

brilliant about that books
thx for sharing dear

xoxo
YULIA RAHMAWATI
Get Up,Survive, Go Back To The Bed

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

Ohh Erika I wish I could be smitten with anything at all since quite sometime now! :( Major killer exam coming up--you've probably noticed the lack of my comments! Plus, I just deactivated my facebook too...Ahh I just hope I will catch up with all that blog-literature that I missed out! Anyway, I love books too and can spend hours together just flipping pages and choosing the book...and I am a major stationery fan as well!! :)

Sherin said...

That Library is amazing!! I think I can imagine hours of fun there.

Wow at Survival of the Hippest! That's such a cool idea!

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

i still want a carrie-style necklace!

Leia said...

The paperwink noteboooks are too cute!

Missy said...

Fab post and I love your blog!

Missy
For everything about fashion:
http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

Princess Liberty said...

Beautiful post ! I like these notebooks

sexylegsandbody said...

Erika, you always amaze me with your way with words, you really have a special talent. Thanks for sharing, and I wish for you a fabulous week.

Colin.

meraldia said...

This Sunday I am smitten with floral dresses!

thetragicallychic said...

i was totally smitten by a Balmain jacket that im very very very tempted to buy :(

Luana said...

As a stationery addict, I NEED those diaries! I'm always writing things down in little notebooks that i take everywhere. This week I've been loving fruits, especially plums, kiwis and strawberries.

SabinePsynopsis said...

What a beautiful website! I so agree, Erika, nothing compares to a good book and every girl needs at least one note book (if not more). Wishing you a lovely Sunday. xxx

Cindy Whitehead said...

I love your ideas and links - just checked them all out - love the "library" and the name plate necklaces. Thanks for posting such awesome things!

COCAMIA said...

I love beautiful journals! I am smitten....xo

girlnextdoorfashion said...

I am TOTALLY the same with books. I'm studying English at uni and even though it means I have to do one hell of a lot of reading of things I often don't enjoy, it has not so far robbed me of my love of reading.
my best friend bought me 1001 books you must read before you die (which I have been desperate for FOREVER!!), and finding out I've only read 40 of the books has made me desperate to read more!!
I could spent forever, and one hell of a lot of money in bookshops!!
also, I've had a Charlotte name necklace for about a year now, but managed to snap it right down the middle (I have half Char and half Lotte!!) as it was only plastic. But my new one arrived this week!!
You can get them from www.punkypins.co.uk :]]

Charlotte
girlnextdoorfashion.wordpress.com

xxx

Sara Lynn said...

Erika you find the best pics! The one on here is too sweet :)

I really like that paperwink mention, I have been in love with journals forever...even if i never fill them completely. :P

There is a place in Royal Oak that you would like, it's called "The write stuff" and it is dedicated to stationary.

hrm...I don't know, but I think I have been smitten with sleep all week lol.

Ariella said...

Lovely post! I cannot think of what I am smitten by at the moment, but name languages are really lovely.

Rachel said...

I'm loving that Paperwink site. All of the notebooks are so pretty! :)

OceanDreams said...

I am loving the Paperwink site and I checked out the Fashion Library site as well, beautiful finds!

Robyn said...

This may be my favorite Smitten Saturday yet! I loved the Library: Archives of Fashion web page. The collection of vintage was lovely, and the layout had the same whimsy as the inside of an Anthropologie store... no easy feat!

And I just ADORE these Survival of the Hippest rings. I wish all bloggers would get them... and then I picture us fist-pumping them together and, "with our powers combined," saving the world, one fashion crisis at a time...

My imagination got a little away from me there, but you get the idea. :)

Robyn
ChiChiSaysRobyn.blogspot.com

Robyn said...

Also, on this "Survival of the Hippest" site, one of the products is broken "Best Cyber Friends" friendship necklaces. Which, if I had more money and less self-consciousness, I would probably start sending out to random bloggers to cement the best friend relationship that I've been aware of for years.

Hey Erika... want a necklace?
;-)

Robyn
ChiChiSaysRobyn.blogspot.com

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