Friday, 29 April 2016

Put Pen to Paper with Passion

Stationery... We all secretly geek out over it (admit it you're addicted!), we use it pretty much everyday and majority of people spell it wrong (it's station-e-ry not station-a-ry! A sureway way to drive me mad - goes hand in hand with people that write your instead of you're, or there for their - arghhh!)  You have a drawer full of notebooks yet you simply must pop into Kikki K (which has just launched in Selfridges - to add to its' already excellent stationery edit) on the way home from work (just to have a look...) and end up buying yet another one...or maybe this is just a true story!

Anyhoo, it's that time of year again - National Stationery Week - running all week until 1st May. It's a celebration of putting pen to paper, and the power of the written word. In today's super social, connected and digital world, we are constantly attached to our phones, tablets and laptops, and yet writing by hand still matters and is as important as it ever was. In fact, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by National Stationery Week, 92% of adults said they think writing by hand is important, and 97% of those polled said they believed it was important to children to be taught to write. So you see writing by hand definitely matters! Whether it's a personal daily journal, a thank you card, a love letter or travel diary, just put pen to paper and start writing!

To celebrate my most favourite week of the year, I've pulled together an edit of my current stationery favourites. You can never have too much stationery (aka my new motto and enabling mantra!).

Top L-R: 
Marble Daily Journal, £15, Urban Outfitters - Organise your days with this super chic planner!
Let's Squawk Leather Notebook, £14, Paperchase - Absolutely love this botanical print!
Studio Sarah Ideas Journal, £14.95, Liberty London - Love this grey and pink notebook with gold foil lettering!
Christian Lacroix Paseo Arty Print Notebook, £15.50, Liberty London - Absolutely adore this stained glass inspired kaleidoscopic print!
Kaweco Classic Fountain Pen, £21.50, Quill London - This duck egg blue 'grown up' pen is so chic!
Katie Eary for IKEA Giltig Notebooks, £3 each, IKEA - Fashion designer Katie Eary has collaborated with IKEA on a bold and bright collection - these notebooks definitely pack a punch!
Kate Spade Floral Thank You Cards, £15 for ten, Quill London - Send a chic handwritten thank you notecard - you will definitely impress with these vintage floral printed cards featuring gold foil lettering
My Bucket List Journal, £20, Urban Outfitters - Get round to compiling that bucket list in this tome featuring extras such as incredible stories from inspiring people who have pursued their bucket lists!
3AM Journal, £10, Kikki K - For all you night owls that have your brainwaves at 3am, jot those ideas down in this apt journal, featuring beautiful paper and inspiring quotes.

Why not take your writing to a whole new level by taking a class in modern calligraphy? Immerse yourself in new creative skill; learn about letter forms and then develop your own lettering style at this fun and rewarding workshop. For more details of workshop dates, click here.

Beginners Modern Calligraphy Workshops at Quill London

Where is your favourite stationery from? What do you like to write? Post pics to Instagram tagging me @msns_bowstreet and use hashtags #natstatweek  #writingmatters #lovestationery #stationeryaddict #keepwriting
Fascinating must read: The A-Z of why writing matters


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