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

Get your desk organized in style

I don’t know if you are like me but Fall always hits me like a ton of bricks.  Even though I try to start getting ready in August it never seems to be enough.  There always seems as if there is so much to do and plan for and never enough time to get it done.  Getting my desk organized is one of the most helpful ways I find to stay on top of sports schedules, back to school nights, parents weekends and planning for the looming but oh so close holidays 
(yes I said it but as a retailer they are here already )
Here are some of my favorite desk accessories from some of our favorite vendors-
Sugar.Paper, Karen Adams and Kate Spade

Kate Spade Planner, Caroline Gardner Pencils and Journals

 

Dream desk from Sugar Paper Booth National Stationery Show 2015

We Moved!!

Well…..we had an exciting summer here at The Dotted i, WE MOVED!!!!! After 10 years at our old location (55 Main Street, Concord) packed up and moved around the corner to 1 Walden Street.
I have to say we love our new space and I think all of you our customers will too.

MOVING DAY

Thanks to our Gladly Do helpers who made our move so much smoother

                           and we are home!!!!