Today I'm off to Paris to visit one of my favorite boutiques, Vandal Shakespeare. Chances are you may have never heard of one of the most revered emporiums of fine stationery (and related products). It's one of those beautiful, old shops where one feels transported back to another age of refinement and gentility.
My Reason For Living In France and his family have been loyal clients at Vendel for generations. That is why I too order all my engraved notecards and stationery there.
I really should be more conscientious about handwritten letters and notes. The computer is so much easier, but an e-mail can never compete with the pleasure of a beautiful envelope in the post with well composed thoughts written in ink -- maybe even a fountain pen. Do you often write notes and letters?
My notecards are blue with navy engraving, my stationery beige with Bordeaux. This afternoon I plan to order notecards in pseudo engraving (I don't know what that's called other than "printing") that I would like to use with my book. I haven't decided on color combinations yet.
I'll let you know what I have chosen upon my return.