Thank you, Merci, Grazie


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Every Christmas my sisters would quietly, but not so secretly try to see who could write all their thank you notes first.  We don’t know who won (I did), but it’s become a tradition and a point of pride to write a good and prompt thank you note.  Even if the gift is small and maybe didn’t take that much time to get, it’s right to thank somebody.  It really makes a difference and makes that person feel appreciated.  I’m not here to lecture anybody on etiquette but it’s almost like a lost art these days.  The funny thing is, is that cute letter press thank you notes are everywhere so people should be scooping them up and writing their hands off!
Minted Color swatch

These color swatch cards are fun from Minted and you can buy tons!

Rifle Paper co

Say thank you in French!  Merci from Rifle Paper Co.


Etsy is literally home to adorable letterpress cards.  These black and white ones are simple and nicely packaged from KimberlyFitzSimmons.

Pink olive berry

Pink Olive has some of the cutest cards I’ve seen in a while. These Thank you Berry Much cards really get at me.

Pink olive beaver

How creative and sweet are these cards, also from  Pink Olive?!  This beaver card is irresistible.

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These cards are just simply beautiful, whimsical, and sweet.  From Paper Source–lots of great cards here even though it’s a chain.


Rock scissor paper heart

Thank you from the bottom of my heart with tons of hearts?  So cute and colorful from Rock Scissor Paper (one of my faves!)

creativity cards generosity

Who doesn’t love a card with a sense of humor and a compliment attached?  This awesome card from CreativityCards on Etsy.

Guttersnipe press bullAnother thank you card guaranteed to make the recipient smile while being self deprecating, as well. From Guttersnipe Press on Etsy.  Didn’t I tell you Etsy had the best cards!?


It’s nice to show gratitude for however large or small the gift was and let’s be real, email isn’t a thank you note.  Especially after you’ve seen all these!  So, do you guys write thank you notes?  Still writing some from Christmas (I owe one more to my Sister in law!)?


Alicia B.



Judging the Golden Globes Red Carpet

Here are my nominations for my only two categories: You Crushed it, and You Blew it/What where You Thinking.  Here goes.


You Crushed It:

Amber Heard

Amber Heard.  SO beyond gorgeous this girl but I felt super old and out of it because she is among many of the people that I didn’t know at all!

Emma Watson

Emma Watson.  OMG cutest dress when it moves–wish I could see the back again.

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale.  So much shimmering on this deco-ish dress, Kate Beckinsale is flawless.

Jennifer Lawerence

Jennifer Lawerence.  I just adore this girl.  Maybe this wasn’t the awesomest dress but it looked so comfortable like a giant potato sack with straps on it–in a good way.

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie.  Another girl I haven’t heard of (I know, she’s in Wolf of Wall Street which I really want to see now.) but she rocked this dress and was breathtaking.  Nice pinky ring, too.

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis.  I’m actually on the fence about this dress.  It starts out fun and sparkley but then I get bored at the bottom.  Also, I’m bored by her hair.  Shes so adorable and I think she’s bored too.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde.  Crushed. It.  Shes pregs and is absolutely ROCKING this green sparkley dress.

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara.  Who doesn’t love this woman?  Curvy, fabulous and so funny (loved when she said during a Red Carpet interview that she was smuggling Columbians under her dress).

Zooey Deschanel


Zooey Deschanel.  If anybody can pull off a crop top, it’s this girl.  A charming free spirited girl.


You Blew it/What where You Thinking:

Before I rip into these girls, I love most of them and think they are fabulous and am saddened that they had to have such bad stylists.  Better luck next time.

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana.  This literally looks like someones first pass at a dress before they get kicked off Project Runway.  That’s all.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham.  No. No, no no no no. I LOVE yellow, but this is a disaster.  People come in all shapes and sizes (myself included) and I don’t mean this in a body snarky way because I would never, but please hire a stylist that knows how to dress you for your body type.  She could look amazing if she wasn’t in a dress cut like this.

Juliana Margulies

Juliana Margulies.  I think I would love this dress if the background weren’t black.  I just don’t love the black and gold combo.  I love the shape though and the cut (and by cut I mean the deep-v).

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts.  A friend on Facebook (and amazing designer) put it perfectly when he said that it looked like she forgot to remove her make up shirt.  Yes.  From the neck up and the boobs down, she looks awesome.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore.  I get it, she’s pregnant and so cute and a free spirit but this isn’t right.  It’s actually the pits.

Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere.  She’s super cute and I really want to get into Nashville but this dress looks cheap and not good.


LIKE I SAID, all of these women are so gorgeous but when you hire a bad stylist, I will take you down.   Also, I wanted to give an award for Coolest Glasses to Meryl Streep but couldn’t find a picture!  Weren’t they awesome!? Next blog will be 1 picture of a rug that I’m obsessed with (and it’s not the red carpet!!)


Alicia B.


The Pretty and Proper Living Room





I love getting new design books, but I was especially thrilled to have this beautiful book by a family friend, Holly Holden.  The Holdens moved into the town I grew up in, Farmington, CT when I was younger, and into my favorite historic house! Holly Holden has impeccable taste and her book reflects that completely.








The emphasis of the book is “old school”  and traditional design and it really speaks to the old school prepster in me.  Especially the monogrammed handkerchief.  Pink.






This book is FULL of great tips or “sensible suggestions” about decorating, i.e. don’t put picture frames on a coffee table or this one, about poodles.  The pictures makes me smile and remind me of where I grew up.





Just having this book on my coffee table makes me want to add more pink into my life.  Pretty trim right?!





Like I said, this book has SO many practical tips.  Here is a whole page check list of must haves.  Other pages have information on cachepots, Herend China (love!), and needlepoint pillows.




Be sure to check out the “Forbidden Faux Pas” sections–there are many.  They are easy (and pink) little guidelines to follow so you don’t do anything embarrassing at a party (not that I would), or put an accessory in the wrong room.


I love the emphasis on using antiques, accessories that have history, and traditional design that never goes out of style.  Follow The Pretty & Proper Living Room on Facebook or if you’re in the Hartford/Farmington area, check out the book signing at the New Britain Museum of Art on October 10th at 5:30!  Thanks so much to Holly Holden for my book–I’m just in love with it!  Check out her website for more info and go buy her book–and some pink!



Alicia B.