snail mail favorites: blast from the pastel

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With each passing day, my stationery choices make me even more of a parody of myself! Cactus cards? Soft pastel unicorn notepads-repurposed-for-letter-writing? Holographic mermaid folders? Thank you, popular culture, for supporting my unabashed childlike quirkiness with your school & pen pal supplies selections.

As we inch closer to grad school go-time, you can expect this blog to become a little bit more of a stationery oasis – as someone who takes any excuse to organize my life in a cute way, I am already neatly tucking away all of my registration paperwork into these ridiculous folders. Is it madness, or is it mermazing? Only time will tell.

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snail mail favorites: sirens & sand dollars

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Even though I spent my idle teen years as an insufferable hipster–loath to like anything vaguely popular– today I’m utterly delighted that all of pop culture at large appears to share my fascination with mermaids. The way I see it, the mermaid trend is just another opportunity for the amazing mythology and folklore that surrounds these alluring sirens to be appreciated by a wider audience!

A bonus? It’s really easy to find stationery supplies that fit within a similarly enchanting theme – even if said supplies are almost too beautiful for me to dare use. (I’m looking at you, glimmering sand dollar washi tape!)

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Outfit of the [Yester]day: Broken But Bioluminescent

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I am so excited for my neck pain to vanish magically so I can continue my thrilling life as a regular blogger! I’m sure you’ve desperately missed me, and to make up for my continued absence, I have the world’s best skirt to show off today.

You’d think I would have now reached the point at which no novelty print could possibly surprise me–and then this “bioluminescent constellations of galactic ocean creatures” design from Lindy Bop found its way into my heart and closet. Nebulae of whales, seals, mermaids, hermit crabs, anchors, and seahorses dance across a midnight sky of polyester fabric. Every time I’ve worn this to work, many a colleague has commented that the skirt seems like “the most Keely thing ever”: at least I’m being true to myself!

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My recent fixation with Lindy Bop prints has led to some interesting discoveries about their sizing options. I can fit a medium dress quite well, but this medium-sized skirt is a little too big for my waist. The cut suggests that it’s supposed to be worn on the waist – and yet the poor thing keeps falling past my hips! I suppose I need a thin belt of stars to hold it in place.

(You know what else would be a great accessory for this outfit? A little softly glowing whale that somehow can live out of water and hangs out on my shoulder? And you know what would be even cooler? Shoulders and a neck that aren’t injured! See you the next time I’m feeling better…)

Happy holidays!

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Whether you are celebrating Christmas today or just want to rejoice in the beauty of the ocean & terrible puns (I wish there were a holiday specifically for that purpose!), I’m sending you all my best wishes. Thanks for reading my blog!

Crafting Haul: SEA-son’s Greetings

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It is, truly, the most wonderful time of the year: because in three weeks I’ll return to my family in the middle of the Pacific! I’ve been counting down to this trip since September and I could not be more excited to spend a warm Christmas in my childhood home, where the only snow around will be (maybe!) a light dusting way up on Mauna Kea.

Since I’m going away for nearly a month, I’ll keep up with my pen-palling while in Hawai’i (so those who write to me can expect letters with a postmark from the Volcano post office!). At the same time, I wanted to get a head start on my holiday snail mail packages before my trip, as craft stores aren’t exactly commonplace when you’re living 4,000 feet above sea level and an hour away from major retailers. I think this juxtaposition of wintry papers and tropical ocean stickers will perfectly capture that Christmas-in-the-Pacific feeling!

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how many wonders can one mailbox hold?

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For someone with only moderate affection for The Little Mermaid (of all the Disney ocean movies out there, I’d pick Atlantis every time), I sure tend to reference it in my post titles quite frequently! There is something Ariel’s-grotto-ish about my growing snail mail collection, though–even if it’s slightly more curated than a collection of found objects from shipwrecks across the centuries.

Yesterday I spent a lovely day at the New England Aquarium, and I can’t think of a better time to show off my most recent haul of marine mail. Today’s envelopes are sailing in from Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands!

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If Wishes Were Seahorses…Fairytale Collars Review

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If you were to graph the intensity of my love for Peter Pan collars over time, it would probably look like an exponential growth function. No matter that it’s been nearly four years since I first fell in love with this strange, rounded-lapel style: I just can’t get enough of them.

Of course, most of the Peter Pan collars I encounter are your run-of-the-mill dress-toppers. But what if there existed a magical type of collar that featured marine life or forest creatures or a sequined night sky?

Enter Fairytale Collars, an Instagram business that features the gorgeous creations of a sewing enchantress: whimsical accessories for clients like me who obstinately insist that being an adult doesn’t necessarily entail dressing in drab colors and the dreaded “business casual.” She lists ready-made collars for sale on a regular basis (though they disappear QUICKLY!) and also provides custom orders for those whose fingers aren’t speedy enough to catch one in time (i.e. yours truly).

I am absolutely in love with this sweet collar, and I will mention, as usual, that I bought it myself and am writing about it in my honest-and-Pollyannaish way. (My one disclaimer is that I am just about guaranteed to adore anything with a pink seahorse on it, so…just keep that in mind.)

 

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