Whether you be in sun, or in snow, may your Christmas be full of good cheer and much warmth.
Whether you be in sun, or in snow, may your Christmas be full of good cheer and much warmth.
Yes, a decision has been made. Last week, Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2013, and Emerald — “a lively, radiant, lush green” — is in. (Read all about it .) Which means Orange, so 2012, is out.
Green does make an appealing color story (see this palette of images from Pantone, above), but please forgive us if we sniff a bit of a marketing strategy — Pantone bedding now available at jcpenney! Green nailpolish at Sephora! — rather than an authentic prediction. And now what is everyone to do with those orange kitchen appliances they bought just this year, when Tangerine Tango reigned as color supreme?
Fortunately, we have a much easier way to stay on-trend here at J.Falkner. Simply chose to send one of our emerald-hued birthday cards (below). We first featured these a few months ago, and here they are again, ready to join the new Color of the Year party.
Find them at stockists across the country, or online .
With the merry month of December just beginning, it’s time to get our dachshund dressed for the holidays. Of course, he’s just porcelain so very amenable to decoration (above).
Because of a previously peripatetic lifestyle it was hard to have a pet, but we’ve always said if we did — it would certainly be a dachshund.
So, in the anticipation of the day we might have one for real, we celebrate him in our cards. For the holiday, we have our dachshund joining in on Reindeer games with his red nose (above). Available in boxes of 8 cards from our online store . here, and we even offer gift wrapping.
And, as an early holiday treat for doxie-lovers, here are a few pics of choice dachshund owners we thought everyone might enjoy!
Even famously cantankerous Picasso was mollified by his dachshund, Lump (above, in photo, and as drawn by Picasso).
Andy Warhol had two dachshunds (Amos and Archie), but the portrait (above) is of a friends pet, Maurice.
But perhaps most fabulous of all dachshund-owners was uberchic clotheshorse Millicent Rogers (1902-1953) — see her above, with two of her seven dachshunds, and one of her three husbands (Arturo Peralta-Ramos). The Standard Oil Heiress was said to go everywhere with her coterie of dachshunds, even when travelling to California to court Clark Cable (a courtship which failed — though whether it was the 7 dogs or the 20 trunks of luggage she brought that he found more oppressively extravagant, who is to say?).
(You can read a great piece about Millicent Rogers from the Wall Street Journal, .)
And one more Millicent before we go (below, with the perfect blonde hair she became famous for) ….
Of course Christmas is about snow flakes and Santa and lots of ho ho ho, but here at J.Falkner we are always looking to find a way to bring a bit of the unexpected to the world of paper. So why not turn to the world of fashion to see what’s new and now.
And there is one trend that seems to keep coming back, season after season: Leopard print (see our montage of tearsheets, and mens evening slippers, above). You might say, if you were as inclined to easy puns as we are, it’s a print with nine lives.
Now let’s have fun. Anchor the print in a bright Christmassy red, pair it with an amusing greeting — and, voila, a rather unique and playful new holiday card (see below). This is definitely a card that will stand out among a pile of haloed angels and lambs.
Plus! It’s now fashion-endorsed. This month, People Stylewatch features it as one of the best holiday cards of the season (see it peeking out on the lower left hand corner, below).
Order a box for yourself from our online store , and send some holiday cheer to all the pussycats in your life.
Perish the thought that there’s an occasion for which we don’t have a card, so bright and early this morning we decided to magic up with a Thanksgiving card (above). Which is really just an excuse for us to have an opportunity to talk about what we’re thankful for … and, truly, it’s you.
It’s people like you who read our blog, and support our business, and buy our cards. We know we’re living in a world with so many choices, and much faster ways to communicate, so when people choose a J.Falkner card to hold their words and communicate with their loved ones, we are genuinely touched.
Thank you for believing in what we’re doing — that it’s not just a card, but a little piece of love, delivered.
Now, back to the turkey … or the leftovers, and hopefully there is still a bit of pumpkin pie left (since somehow it’s always more delicious the day after!).
We know how you feel. We really do. It generally starts some time this week, and it’s called Gift Guide dread. They start arriving innocently enough, slipping through the mail, popping up in emails … but then those first helpful snowflakes become a storm of pre-holiday pressure, and suddenly it already feels too late to get all your Christmas shopping done.
So we’re here to help. We’ve created a little at J.Falkner online, designed to make your life easier. Just ten items, lovingly selected — including a few sets we created just for the online store. Nothing is over $20, it’ll be delivered to your door (or to anyone on your list), and we’ll even wrap it up in tissue and ribbon.
That cool chick who knows her fashion? Try our flirty fashion mix (above) — glossy lipstick, sexy lace and python print, all matched with gold envelopes.
Your trendy son/boyfriend/colleague? Try these dapper notes for men (above).
A little stocking stuffer for your daughter, wife or girlfriend? How about this xoxoxo-adorable box of little note kisses (above, there are 10 notes to a box).
Or take a stationery safari with our bestselling animal cards. A set of 8 different cards to cover so many occasions — birthday, wedding, congratulations, thank you. (In fact, this is the box we make up for our nearest and dearest, and we thought you might find it as handy as they’ve done.)
And as a special thank you to our regular readers, we’d like to give you free shipping on any order made by December 1st — just enter FSHPB at checkout. So, go on, have a look at our store .
It may seem counterintuitive to start a post about holiday cards with an envelope, but if you’re reading this, you know that here at J.Falkner we love the details. After all, in this world of first impressions, the envelope is the first thing your sendee will see.
The paper on our “gold-leaf” envelopes has a smooth iridescent finish that resembles metallic specks. And when they catch the light they really do shimmer (above).
For the cards themselves, we knew we wanted to do something very simple, and very chic. Just a few playful images, a restrained color palette (above), and a luxurious use of white space to appreciate the thick card stock. Finally, we tucked the holiday greeting inside the card so the design outside is crisp and clean.
Of course we love a cute reindeer, but are they really the only animal in the God’s kingdom that gets to celebrate Christmas? Surely there is some fabulous Santa Claus somewhere who would welcome a leaping Rudolph Zebra into his herd (like the one, above).
And step forward Flamingo. You’re every bit as able as a turtle dove to spread good holiday cheer, and — perhaps it’s our Florida-bias — rather more elegant.
These cards are now available at fine retailers across the country, and online holiday cards can be ordered from our own shop . Or just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to let you know of a store that carries them near you.
Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that inspire us. Our new card collection for men happened to get its start from a cocktail napkin.
Though not just any napkin (see above). A martini glass, hand-stitched on a fine linen napkin, with an olive the single pop of color — the kind of simple chic design we love. (Though we can claim no credit for finding them; instead, these charming napkins arrived with a particularly generous dinner party guest.)
So when we started building the mood board for men’s cards, the cocktail napkin was one of the first items we pinned (see it in the top left hand corner). It was joined by images of dandy accessories, Mad Men suits, and 60’s movie icons like Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.
Inspired by the cognac leather jacket that Steve McQueen folds around Natalie Wood (top middle image of our mood board), we decided upon a rich, luxe color story of burgundy, olive and navy, accented with metallic silver ink (anniversary card, above).
The elegant martini glass naturally found its way onto its own birthday card (above).
To distinguish this line of cards, we printed them on a premium, textured paper and — because these are men who discern the details — splashed out on envelopes with deckled edges (see above).
Finally, we designed a trio of small note cards. The debonair icons — cufflinks, bow-tie and martini — and the “stitched” border detail are meant to evoke, no surprise here, a cocktail napkin. (Easy personalization idea: run these through any home inkjet printer to put a name or initials on them.)
And forgive us for leaping into a holiday frame of mind already, but this little box of 10 notecards (just $12.95) is a pretty swell stocking stuffer for men. Find them at select retail outlets, or order them online .
Since Palm Beach is, after all, an island, the idea of coastal living is second nature to us. This view of the Australian Dock, with its sleek white boats twinkling in the waters of the Intracoastal waterway (above, photographed just this morning), is one we count ourselves lucky to see every day.
So we were delighted when the editors of magazine found us, many months ago, in the crowded, and rather less sun-dappled, waters of the National Stationery Show at the Javits Center in New York.
Now here we are at last, with the new issue on our shores (photographed on sandy Palm Beach, above), and our card featured in their wrap-up of the best nautical-themed stationery (below).
Perhaps you can spot the bright blue and red J.Falkner card in the center of the page (above).
Our Lifesaver Thank You cards are available at fine stores across the country, including our fave local shop, here in Palm Beach. And naturally you can also find them at our online shop .
Sometimes, we just get a feeling. And what we’ve been feeling lately is … Lace. Yes, that’s lace with a capital L, if the recent runways and red carpets are anything to go by. We’ve been pinning tearsheets of lovely lace dresses for the last few months (see our mood board above, featuring Jennifer Lopez, and fashion from Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Dolce Gabbana), thinking there must be a card in there somewhere.
After all, if we promise to be the card company that really delivers the latest fashion trends — and we do — we have to get down with lace.
The new approach to lace that makes it modern sees it being used as a overlay against a solid, often vibrant, color. Erdem, the talented young Canadian designer based in London, is proving a master at this, with fans such as Kate Middleton (top left) and, most recently, Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery (right).
We were inspired to create a similar effect with our design. We wanted the lace to appear like a drape of fabric over the rich pink panel, much like Michelle’s dress. Ok, now we have the visual — what about the words?
Think of lace, and the first thought that probably comes to mind is sexy. Which is not a word that sits immediately on our list of chic, witty card words. So we pondered, and discussed. Until finally someone exclaimed, with a measure of exasperation: “Surely no one would ever really mind being called sexy?”
So there you have it: Happy Birthday, Sexy. We hope you won’t mind receiving this card.
(This card is fresh from our brand new collection of greeting cards that mix up the latest fashion trends. Lipstick kisses, leopard patterns, and python prints — each is paired with a gold metallic envelope. Have a quick look at them .)