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Whilst spring cleaning this Bank Holiday weekend I was transported back to 1997, pre-mobiles phones, pre-Facebook and pre-Instagram, think All Saints (I see cargo pants are back in style again – groan, I learned the first time they do me no favours, give me a midi skirt nipped in at the waist any day), Sun-In, Leo & Kate in Titanic, frosted lavender lipstick… and pen-pals. It was a box of stationery that I have had for almost 20 years.

My writing paper and notelet box with my newly rediscovered Oscar Wilde quote cards 
My Oscar Wilde notecards which I bought on a summer holiday in Stratford-upon-Avon still make me smile almost 20 years later

Fast forward two decades to the instantaneous age. Technology, the internet, next day delivery, scratch that, same day delivery; everything is so fast. Information, emails, texts, calls, must be processed quickly, turned around quickly and responded to quickly. Impatience is rife.

Not twenty years ago. Twenty years ago I had patience and I had pen-pals. I wonder if anyone has a pen-pal anymore? The nostalgic part of me really hopes they do. My pen-pals were other children I met on summer holidays who lived in another parts of the UK. I also received letters from schoolfriends in the summer holidays detailing plans we would hatch in anticipation of our return to school. I received postcards. I recall the pure excitement I felt when an envelope arrived on the doormat. An envelope addressed to me.

Today a letter landing on your doormat, that’s not a Christmas or birthday card, is a rarity indeed. Yet there are few things as joyous as an unexpected handwritten note. In that envelope is thoughtfulness, care, friendship, love and time. With that in mind, it is time for me to update my stash, dig out a nice pen and get writing. These guys are taking it to the next level. Move over WHSmith 1997, this is stationery 2016.


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all images c/o papier.com

Flamingoes. My current favourite (I love this notebook too). I have just ordered these but here a few of the others I was Torn (Natalie Imbruglia, 1997) between:

Not only are the designs gorgeous but you can personalise them with the colour, font and envelope of your choice. I told you. Next level.


Here are some of my other favourites. I love their quirkiness and if they don’t encourage you to pick up a pen and write then I’m not sure what will:

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Royal Goldfish

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Kissing Gators

Slightly Left of The Middle (thanks again, Natalie Imbruglia, 1997), I have one of Katie Leamon’s marble notebooks. I really like it because not only is it a good size (not too small) and the pattern is gorgeous, but the quality of paper is thick and heavy.

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I have no doubt that this writing set would be just as nice:

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Feather Set

Finally, I found these notes of gratitude from Bread & Jam on Not in The High Street. Whether saying thank you to a present, a dinner party, someone helping you out or if you just want to let someone know that they are great and in your thoughts, these are the noteless for you:


Note of Gratitude


Do you like receiving letters? Do you write them yourself? I’m going to be making a concerted effort now and with these gorgeous designs I’m sure it won’t be difficult.