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2016 Pantone Colors Announced

29 Dec

As Pantone released the new colors of the year and the winners are Pantone 13-1520 TCX (Rose Quartz) and Pantone 14-3919-TCX (Serenity), also known as baby pink and baby blue.  This year Pantone changed up their color predictions and selected not one, but two colors they feel strongly about. Pretty pastels.  Oh, we adore you.

dec-pantone-.001According to Pantone, “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

We think that these colors are soothing, sweet and perfect for the new year.  Some of our favorites items which reflect this color palate include these selections.

dec-pantone-.002It’s expected that next year many household goods will reflect these colors including nail polish, kitchen accessories, clothing, household items, stationery, party accents, notepads and more.  Color is meant to inspire moods and these are indeed happy and peaceful colors. These two beautiful colors are perfectly suited for so many items.

We hope the 2016 New Year will be as beautiful and sweet to all as the Rose Quartz and Serenity colors are.

Best wishes and Happy New Year!

Renee

2015 Holiday Gift Picks

17 Nov

nov-giftGuide2It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Are you looking for that perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift for family and friends this year?  Tired of the mall and trying to find just the right purse or sweater?   Have you ever thought about giving a personalized present?  It adds such a nice touch.  And it immediately elevates the product to something really unique and special.

It’s easy to find something great for that special person with our Holiday Gift Picks.  We’ve recently published an easy-to-shop guide which you can browse and see many areas which feature our top 10 gift picks and bestsellers.  The guide features many categories including Women, Men, Christmas, Hanukkah, Boys, Girls, Teens, Gift Packaging, Collegiate Gifts, Baby Gifts, Hostess Gifts, Sport Themed Gifts, DIY Cooking Gift Packaging Ideas, Pet Gifts, Party Items, Thank You Cards and Holiday Cards.

From a great box of notepads, a personalized set of Post-it Notes, to an engraved cutting board, a great set of coasters, custom printed stationery, monogrammed wine glasses, perfectly printed notepads for their desk, or printed luggage tags for their upcoming trip, you can find something absolutely wonderful and useful.  So visit our Holiday Gift Picks for the start of some great ideas!

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Within each category check out the great ideas we’ve curated or click on the gift box at the end of each category to be brought to our main boutique for each section where you can typically find hundreds of additional selections.

Best wishes for a fun, easy and happy holiday season!

Renee

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What Are the Most Popular Names?

7 Jul

july-baby-002Have you been wondering what the most popular baby names are? As you can imagine, we love personalized items, which also means that we are really into baby’s names.  Big time.  And each year we love to see what names are the most popular and what are some of the newest names on the block.

According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, the top name for a boy from 2014 is Noah and for a girl is Emma.   And the fastest rising new names for a boy is Bode and fastest rising girl’s name is Montserrat. Looking over the period from 1915-2014, Michael has been the most popular boy’s name the most often (44 years on and off) while Mary dominated for girls 41 times over the years, says the SSA.

This past year brings us these top 10 baby girl names: Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emily, Abigail, Bailey, Madison and Charlotte.  And the top 10 baby boy names for 2014 are Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, James and Daniel.   According to Parenting Magazine, some of the most popular old-fashioned names, which are back in style, include: Gertrude, Nellie, Ida, Clara, plus Elias and Elijah.

But there is a growing trend toward unisex names.  These are those names, which many celebrities also love to use for their new babies, that some think are unique or different or even strange.  But the fact is, they have become increasingly popular as millennials want their children to feel special.

For instance, is the name Aspen a girl’s name or a boy’s name?  How about Amal, Landry or Oakley.  What about Dakota, Armani or Emory?  And how about Quinn, Riley, Harley, Kamryn or Dallas.  Certainly they are interesting names and the might even help a child create a unique identity instead of being knows as Emma or  Jacob.  But is there any downside to a unisex name?  How will that unique name affect a child?  Perhaps a future recruiter will not really know if they will be interviewing a male or female for a perspective job until they meet in person (or until they Facetime)!

Can you think of any other ways that the gender-neutral names will be either positive or negative for the new babies being born this year?  What are some of your favorite names?  We’d love to know!

Best wishes,

Renee

P.S.   Since we also love (really love) our four-legged friends, we looked into the top 10 dog’s names for 2014.  According to a list of the most popular puppy names released recently by the Department of Animal Services, here’s the top 10: Bella, Buddy, Lucy, Max, Daisy, Charlie, Molly, Bailey, Boxy and Maggie.