tis the season for Hostess Gifts

With summer in full swing, hostess gift giving is at its peak.  A great hostess gift leaves a lasting impression long after the party is over.  I love giving a gift that makes everyone think, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”  Here are some of our favorites from The Dotted i

Who wouldn't want a set of these Wine Glasses?

Who wouldn’t want a set of these Wine Glasses?

This Lily Sticky box set is a great way to be organized with a summer vibe

This Lily Sticky box set is a great way to be organized with a summer vibe

We think these Lobster Salt and Pepper Shakers are the perfect way to say "Thank you" ( also have starfish- so cute)

We think these Lobster Salt and Pepper Shakers are the perfect way to say “Thank you” ( also have starfish- so cute)

You will always find your keys with one of these bright fun key chains!

You will always find your keys with one of these bright fun key chains!

Everyone can use a Swell Bottle ( our number one gift this summer)

Everyone can use a Swell Bottle ( our number one gift this summer)

Lily cooler tote is perfect for a trip to the beach

Lily cooler tote is perfect for a trip to the beach

a little wine therapy!!

a little wine therapy!!

love, love,love these mar-y-sol totes. What a special hostess gift these would make!

love, love,love these mar-y-sol totes. What a special hostess gift these would make!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Your Stripes

Nothing says summertime to me as much as stripes. I am loving all the stripes in fashion this season and all the stripes in stationery and invitations as well.  Striped tees, skirts, dresses and pants. Classic navy and white is my all time favorite but I do love a fun color stripe like hot pink. Trends in paper definitely follow trends in the fashion world, or is it the other way around?? Crisp navy and white notecards are perfect to write all your summer thank you notes. Here at The Dotted i, we are bursting with stripes from pads and stationery to totes.  Below are some of our favorite stripes.

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Stationery Show Finds!!!

Travelled to New York earlier this week to attend the National Stationery Show. The show has certainly gotten smaller over the years but this year it was jam packed with wonderful new items arriving at our store daily!!  Below are some highlights hitting our store daily :

This is just a teaser of what is coming.....

This is just a teaser of what is coming…..

Think Mothers Day!

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We have put together some of our favorite Mother’s Day gifts to show Mom just how special she is!!

With a gold metal tassel and embellishments, the Zoe Bracelet is beaded bracelet perfection.

With a gold metal tassel and embellishments, the Zoe Bracelet is beaded bracelet perfection.

Say if perfectly with one of these trinket trays

Say if perfectly with one of these trinket trays

No Mom could resist these fresh scented lotions and candles

No Mom could resist these fresh scented lotions and candles

Say how much you love Mom with a beautiful pair of earrings

Say how much you love Mom with a beautiful pair of earrings

Give your Mom an initial necklace with your initials or hers, she'll love it!!

Give your Mom an initial necklace with your initials or hers, she’ll love it!!

Put your moms name to paper, its the perfect gift

Put your moms name to paper, its the perfect gift

Mother's Day is a great time to give your Mom a scarf

Mother’s Day is a great time to give your Mom a scarf

a summer tote with your Moms initials says you care!

a summer tote with your Moms initials says you care!

So come into the store, visit us online at thedottedi.net or give us a call (978) 369-6050 and we will help you put together a perfect Mothers Day Gift!

Boutique Envy

I just recently returned from a wonderful trip to Amsterdam and Paris. Being a small shop owner I truly appreciated all the beautiful, independent boutiques in both cities.  Their decor was gorgeous and their staff was above pleasant and helpful. In this age of online shopping there is something so special about going into a lovely shop and being greeted by a welcome smile and being able to physically touch and feel your way thru the store.  Don’t be surprised if you see some Parisian flair at The Dotted i.

I have become obsessed with round boxwoods which were all over, definitely going in The Dotted i's planter

I have become obsessed with round boxwoods which were all over, definitely going in The Dotted i’s planter

Beautiful and delicious!

Beautiful and delicious!

love the name of this boutique and the shoes

love the name of this boutique and the shoes

Ines de la Fressange boutique, a quintessential Pariasian shopping experience for sure!

Ines de la Fressange boutique, a quintessential
Parisian shopping experience for sure!

My AMAZING shopping buddies !!!

My AMAZING
shopping buddies !!!

 

I hate to PACK……Love to TRAVEL

 

I am so fortunate to be heading to Amsterdam and Paris with girlfriends to celebrate one of my dearest friends Birthday. But this packing thing is a daunting task for me……..

First, I am not a good packer, I am an overpacker. I have a hard time deciding what to bring so I opt to bring everything. My goal for this trip is to really try and edit my outfits and not bring my entire closet.

I’ve been searching all different sites for what to pack for a Parisian trip and there is alot out there. The bottom line …BLACK is the answer, which I must admit makes it a bit easier. The other must is a trench coat and of course a scarf.  Full disclosure I tried on every trench coat at the Burberry outlet finally settling on the classic double breasted. The next stumbling block was the suitcase. My girlfriend and I debated and researched this ad nauseum – there are so many choices ; hard cover, soft cover, weight, size, color.  I decided on the Brics Bellagio in an olive, hard cover. We shall see how it works. I also picked up a MZ Wallace tote on the advice of my girlfriend and so glad I got it. Very light but roomy with lots of inside organization pockets.

Leave us a comment on your packing ideas and tips.  Bon Voyage!!!

MZ Wallace Travel Tote

MZ Wallace Travel Tote, comes in a variety of colors and sizes

 

this mersea travel wrap is a must for all my trips, packs up into a pillow. Available at The Dotted i

this mer sea travel wrap is a must for all my trips, packs up into a pillow. Available at The Dotted i

this is my trunk

this is my trunk

and this is the coat

and this is the coat

Tres Chic!!

Tres Chic!!

and you need to have the black flats to go with the outfit, these are by Stuart Weitzman

and you need to have the black flats to go with the outfit, these are by Stuart Weitzman

Need to practice my knot tying skills to achieve this beautiful look

Need to practice my knot tying skills to achieve this beautiful look

 

Picking the Perfect Wedding Invitation

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You’re getting married, Congratulations!

Now its time to pick out your wedding invitations so where do you begin? With so many choices out there it is hard to figure out just what will be the “perfect” invitation for your perfect day. Are you modern, classic or somewhere in between. What printing method do you like, engraved, letterpress, thermography or offset?

We’ve put together some of our favorite wedding invitations showcasing all the different elements out there.

simply beautiful!!

simply beautiful using gold foil and letterpress printing

Gold foil stamped is so elegant

Gold foil stamped is so elegant on ecru thick card stock with pink hand bordering

This classic white beaded invitation reminds us of a strand of pearls and has been one of our most popular thru out the years

This classic white beaded invitation reminds us of a strand of pearls and has been one of our most popular thru out the years

nautical thermography

nautical theme in classic navy and gold thermography

The font style makes this invitation so beautiful

The font style makes this invitation so beautiful

This is a great example of carrying a theme (palm tree in this case) thru out all your wedding pieces

This is a great example of carrying a theme (palm tree in this case) thru out all your wedding pieces, printed in thermography

Make a statement with a beautiful gold foil stamped invitation

Make a statement with a beautiful gold foil stamped invitation

As you can see your choices are endless. We would love to meet with you to help you design the perfect wedding invitation that is truly unique to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set a Fab Thanksgiving Table

I’m thinking about my thanksgiving table and how I want to set it this year.  
I splurged  a few weeks ago and bought new plates from Ballard Designs, which I love.
Now I need a fun centerpiece to go with them, hear are some fun ideas we found on Pinterest
This is a great way to incorporate blue into a fall tablescape
Love this rustic feel

Will definitely use my cheese plate from twos company (available at The Dotted i 😉 )

a few other items that will hit my table, these adorable pumpkin salt and pepper shakers &candles

Now what to wear????
Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!!
Stay tuned for our first ever Dotted i gift guide