Perfectly Simple: March Monogram Tableware

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I’ve become such a fan of simple, white tableware. It goes with every setting, can be dressed up or down, and let’s face it: Instagram shots of croissants look better when said croissant isn’t competing with a pattern for attention. Since moving to London, I’ve become attached to my Emma Bridgewater Utility dishes, and I know many of you love them too, as I field “Where can I purchase?” inquiries whenever I feature them. Sadly, they were discontinued some time ago, and despite my pleading (or perhaps because of my pleading?) for more Utility, there seems to be no plans to revive the pattern any time soon.

So, I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement. Something basic, but with a bit of fun, and I think I’ve found it. March (which just happens to be one of my favorite shops ever) has just released a Monogram Tableware collection. Creamy white porcelain, in simple shapes with a touch of personality thanks to the monogram (“M” pictured). Fantastic! My only wish would be that they’d add a set of plates with March’s logo, which is a beautiful pair of Ms inside of a circle. But really, it’s all good. Thanks to March, Utilitarian Luxe® has a seat at the table.

Ben Kist photo courtesy of March

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Fall 2015: Jasmin Shokrian

jasmin shokrian fall 2015, look 1 | simple pretty

look 1

I am crazy, back-up-the-truck-I-want-it-all in love with Jasmin Shokrian‘s fall collection. From the delightfully simple-yet-fancy skirts to the casual-chic coats to the oh-my-goodness-too-cute shoes, it’s perfection. See the full presentation at

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look 2: the coat! the totebag! the shoes!!!

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look 19

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look 23

jasmin shokrian courtesy photos for

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Photo Favorites: March 2015

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palais royal, paris

Is there anything better than a few days in Paris? Not to me, there isn’t. I still pinch myself every time I board the Eurostar. And I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface, so a few return trips are in order before we end our expat experience. I’ll be sharing a slew of photos at Instagram, doling them out so you’re not overwhelmed.

But Instagram is not only for sharing the internet’s collective love for Paris. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the past month:

  1. such a nice day.
  2. Early morning at @artinstitutechi.
  3. We’re now stocking the most beautiful Burford Blue eggs …
  4. wool colors, tags and line sheets
  5. Sun is out! Happy weekend.
  6. from further away. …
  7. tough decisions.
  8. We sent some of our notebook prototypes out …*
  9. Who knew you could be allergic to hyacinths? …
  10. As you can see by today’s playlist, …
  11. thank you NEW YORK TIMES …
  12. So it’s three weeks …
  13. Lovely breakfast at Brick House Bakery …
  14. my latest obsession
  15. A rustic trio …
  16. A touch of formality …
  17. When we were at the flower market, …
  18. The days have felt like summer …
  19. untitled
  20. One day in Amsterdam…
  21. It is only the farmer who …

so excited for the successful Kickstarter launch of Appointed, Suann Song’s beautifully designed collection of notebooks + supplies.

photo at top by jane potrykus

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Felix Doolittle for Paperless Post

felix doolittle for paperless post, 'spring duckling' | simple pretty

spring duckling

I’m such a fan of Paperless Post, and the company’s endeavors to lend online design of cards and invitations a touch of elegance. Using the site is easy and fun, whether you choose click-and-send or flat print. Not to mention, their roster of designers is top-notch. I’m so pleased to announce that one of my favorite stationery talents in the analog world, Felix Doolittle, has joined the Paperless Post “digital” family. I think Felix Fu’s watercolor illustrations work wonderfully online (notice the lovely detail of ombré watercolor for the envelope liners). Have a look at the new collection, launched just in time for UK Mothering Sunday (which I’ve just learned is halfway through Lent, and that means Easter is just around the corner!), and congrats to Felix, Loren, and the Paperless Post team.

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peony bouquet

felix doolittle for paperless post, 'country barn' | simple pretty

country barn

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paint samples

images courtesy of felix doolittle

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Fall 2015: Theory

theory fall 2015, look 9 | simple pretty

look 9

Theory’s presentation for fall is a parade of utilitarian luxe® goodness. A refined cape (with a patrician pose to boot), a bit of fur, and what can I say: look 13 is so very clean, it’s perfect. See the complete collection at

theory fall 2015, look 11 | simple pretty

look 11

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look 13

theory courtesy photos for

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