Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dear Friend, || Stationery Favorites With Lauren Of Chic Éthique

Rifle Paper Co Stationery
If you've been visiting for awhile, you may have gathered that I  l o v e  writing letters. Sending and receiving mail is such a fun & beautiful way to connect with friends, family, or even people you haven't met. A couple years ago I started sending thank you cards to lovely people who have said kind words about my music. To my surprise, many started asking if they could send me mail too! My love for writing & storytelling only grew as I started exchanging mail with wonderful & inspiring people I have yet to meet face to face. A kindred spirit, Lauren of Chic Éthique, and I met through social media last year and have loved exchanging mail since. Her blog is filled with beautiful photos and the best recommendations for just about anything you can think of! She is so lovely & inspiring, I know you will adore her as much as I do! Because we both share a love for writing letters, we thought it would be fun to share our favorite stationery with you. 
Rifle Paper Co Stationery
For as long as I can remember, my friends and I have always exchanged letters, even when we saw each other in person on a regular basis. At school we'd leave envelopes in each other's lockers filled with memories, secrets, and jokes that only we could ever understand. We passed notes in class and made birthday cards celebrating every adventure we had that year. Most of my teenage years are documented in written words exchanged between those who experienced them alongside me...I wouldn't have it any other way. Among the letters I've kept in a box of favorite memories, there is one in particular I know I will cherish forever...
Beautiful Stationery
Upon high school graduation, an unexpected letter written in handwriting that looked vaguely familiar. As I read: "Dear Hayley, How are you? I have about a million questions to ask..." I immediately flashed back to my first day of high school. I remembered sitting on the gym floor surrounded by classmates I barely knew the names of, waiting to be given a blank piece of paper, and pondering what I wanted to say in a letter to my future-self. Four years later, I had this letter in my hands, made up of words laced with innocence, hope, and excitement.
Beautiful Stationery
I'm so thankful I wrote that letter, that I have a souvenir from a precious moment in time. That's what letters are don't you think? Souvenirs commemorating moments you felt one way or another. I've adopted the habit of writing a letter every time I have a story to tell someone, a thought to share, or words I wish I had the courage to say out loud to them. In fact, I've written quite a few letters I've never sent. Sometimes it's enough to just to write a letter and pretend it was delivered to the mailbox of the person you wrote it to. 
Happy Birthday Card
However, most of the time, I do send the letters I write - like this one :) I got this card with Lauren in mind as it is her birthday this month! I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to connect with kindred spirits like her. And of course, for the simple joy of writing down how you feel at the exact moment you feel it ❤️

Please be sure wish lovely Lauren at Chic Éthique a happy birthday & take peek at her favorite stationery as well as her links! // Instagram: @chicethique | Twitter: @chicethique | Facebook | YouTube | Pinterest | Snapchat: @flowerchildmuse

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1 comment

  1. I don't write letters often, but I sometimes feel like I really should. If nothing else, I would like to leave lovely little notes around the house for others to know how much I appreciate them. Maybe it is time to get some pretty paper!


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