minted stationery

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While I love collecting letterpress cards for every occasion, I prefer to say merci on personal stationery. I pride myself on great etiquette, and am quite formal when it comes to thank you notes. I always send them in a timely manner, and put a great deal of love and effort into each one. In the quest for something new, I fell in love with this design from Minted. I wanted something that felt both minimal and timeless…classic with a twist, if you will. The gold foil-stamped “flourish” suits me perfectly, and I get a kick out of highlighting my cool monogram. I opted for the TripleThick paper, which has a lovely texture and is so thick it’s unbendable. Combined with one of my all-time favorite stamps, this stationery is so very ME. I encourage you to go browse and find a design that perfectly suits YOU. Happy shopping mes amis!

this post is sponsored by minted…as always, all words + opinions are my own

poconos perfection

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We’ve just returned from our summer vacation at what’s become a very special place for us. Pocono Pines is only two hours away from us in Philadelphia, and Lake Naomi beckoned us there for a third year in a row. Having practically grown up on a lake, it makes me giddy to have re-created a special family tradition in our own way. I have my friend Chanee Vijay to thank for introducing us to the community there, and for so generously sharing her home with us (which you can now rent). We’re always sad to leave, but this time we won’t have to wait a full year, as we’re planning to return in the winter for our first family ski adventure! It ought to be interesting, considering three of us have never skied before, gulp.

 

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The highlight for us this year was our family bike rides! With the kids not knowing how to ride just yet, we opted for a bike trailer to tow them, and they had so much fun. We rode to the beach every day, and pretty much used the bikes as our sole transportation…we were so proud of ourselves. Of course I had it easy – mr. fleurishing did the dirty work. With quite a few private beaches to choose from, we tried to visit a different one each day. We even went to the pool a few times, which is a feat for us – we’re not pool people. But having kids makes us pool people by default, and the smiles on their faces are worth it every time. Their smiles are always biggest however, at the lake. Hashtag proud mama.

 

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desktop fleurish | la mer

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Well hello August! It seems we’re all seeking a bit of blue – whether it’s a pool, a lake (my personal favorite), or the ocean. This month’s design is cool, refreshing, and bold, don’t you think? I just might dive into my screen. Meaning “the sea” in French, la mer is also the title of this famous song, and the name of one of my favorite beauty brands! You can download both versions of this wallpaper below, designed by artist Lindsey Buck of The Hive Studio. Each month we highlight a French word or phrase…check out all the designs here. Give your desktop a refresh and download the FREE designs here:

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please note that these designs are for personal use only + not available for commercial usage.

 

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Marie and Henry are now four years old…and I’m still in shock. We surprised them with two nights in Manhattan, and a trip to this Martin Creed exhibit which includes a room full of balloons. I first discovered it here, and immediately thought it would be fun for their birthday since we weren’t having a party this year. I wasn’t sure how they would handle it, but they loved it so much, as evidenced in this video! These were the only decent photos I could manage while battling balloons and enjoying the moment with my family. Our time in the city was a bit of a blur (much like these photos), but it was full of fun, including an event at the CMA for Bastille Day, and an amazing suite with a view of Central Park (all of which I shared on snapchat: hutchsusan while there). I’m so proud of the people my children are becoming…they are thoughtful, playful, loving little ones, and I cherish each and every day with them. Happy birthday my beautiful babies.

the francophiles

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Today is Bastille Day, and I can’t think of a more fitting occasion to finally announce the secret project that I’ve had in the works for so long. You may have seen my hints here and there, but today it is official…@thefrancophiles is live!! What began as an a-ha moment last summer has developed into a full blown concept and (soon to be) community, thanks to my friends and co-founders, Kirsten Alana and Lindsey Tramuta. Our mission is to inspire, inform, and unite those who love all things French. What does being a Francophile mean to you, and how and where do you get your “fix”? Head over to Instagram and join the community by tagging and hashtagging your French-inspired images. Bienvenue!

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