May 3rd, 2023
On My Radar

Random Bits

The Burberry scarf depicting an illustrated scene of the gardens of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire — the private residence of His Majesty King Charles III — is lovely. I am eagerly awaiting the Carrière Frères Yuzu scented diffuser to arrive — Yuzu is one of the key notes in my beloved Louis Vuitton fragrance On The Beach. All of my stationery is blue. I have Smythson note cards and writing paper in Nile and Bond Street, both with white engraving, and Pineider’s Empress cards in blue with white trim. The green trim would be a breath of fresh air. The Guest by Emma Cline is on a number of spring must-read lists.

  • The Guest looks so good! Love the stationary in green. Always love “Random Bits”

    LisaMay 3rd, 2023  8:56 PM

  • Dear Preston,
    You have featured one of my very favorite of all things in life ~ Pineider papers. I have used the outstanding Empress long rectangular cards with the soft wave, usually in the Old Pink on their customary pearl white paper. It is just beyond lovely, and I can’t recommend it highly enough for corresponding with your most loved. The dimensions of all of their papers are perfection and not at all common. I use their sheets and lined envelopes too, my favorite being a light brown paper sack color, hand bordered in white and envelopes lined in white. It is so crisp and classic for hot summer days correspondence, like putting on a camp shirt in the perfect khaki color. I also have sheets and envelopes bordered in an Apple Green. You simply can’t get these colors from any other stationer. I hear they are the stationer for the Vatican, but I haven’t confirmed this. If I were the Pope, I would choose these papers with a gorgeous embossed crest. Last comment – I first discovered this stationer at an amazing little, odd shop in San Francisco called Binnochio. It was one-of-a-kind and described itself as a notions store. Tiny and full of treasures. Sadly, it closed a few years ago. On my last visit, we observed the whole street had changed, making it somewhat scary to walk down the block. It was a sad sign of what was to come. The shopkeeper had a collection of notions and objects and papers like nowhere else! I used to select Christmas wrap there. One of many outstanding retail shops lost in the past years.

    PaulaMay 4th, 2023  12:15 AM

  • Preston, I can’t wait to read The Guest. It looks really good. Waiting patiently for the release on May 16th.

    Pamela TaftMay 4th, 2023  2:22 PM

  • Oh, that was Bell’occhio, closed during the COVID lockdown, sadly.

    AnnMay 4th, 2023  2:56 PM

  • Oops, typo ~ yes, Bell’occhio!

    PaulaMay 6th, 2023  12:26 AM


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