Warms my heart



My Mom recently made her first purchase on One Kings Lane. If you haven’t signed up, where have you been? They have the most fantastic things for making your house a home. But I digress. As a thank you, they sent her a set of note cards. I thought that was just about the nicest thing ever! I wholeheartedly agree with their sentiment: “In this digital age, a note in the mail feels more personal and special than ever.” And I really love their promotion of snail mail–very novel for an e-commerce company. Cheers One Kings Lane!

I hope some letter-writing is in your weekend plans!

a letter for the ‘wedding whisperer’


I know I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t want a wedding. Don’t get me wrong, I love weddings–other people’s weddings. I found my best friend, someone I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with and that’s good enough for me. But I am an only child and I know I’d be disappointing a lot of friends and family if Adam and I didn’t do something.

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A letter to a chef


Thanks for sticking with me friends. My apologies for the unplanned four-day disappearance. I traveled down south for some Easter rest and relaxation (and a wee-bit of wedding stuff). It was a blissful vacation full of family, friends, good food + bunnies! Consequently, not many letters were penned. Since my return, I’ve been dreaming of chicken salad.

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one hundred and seventy-three: a letter for a very patient receptionist

Isabella is the receptionist at my new dentist. This woman is a saint. I have a very tricky schedule—every day is different. And yet she manages to schedule my cleanings with expert skill. Thank you + props necessary.

June 23, 2011


A big thank you for your unfaltering patience with me—I so appreciate it! I know my work schedule creates difficulty when making appointments. Thank you for always squeezing me in and working with me until something well, works (even if six messages are involved). You are a gem! And I just love getting appointment reminders from you—you have the best accent!

Thanks so much,


Sarah Drake (graciously donated–thank you)

one hundred and sixty-eight: a letter for a lobster roll (essentially)

The lobster roll is a wonderful thing friends—it is the most delicious mark of summer. Should you ever find yourself on County Road 39, en route to the Hamptons, do not miss East End Clambakes.

June 18, 2011

Dear East End Clambakes,

How do you do it?! Your lobster rolls are unlike any I’ve ever tasted. Chunks of fresh claw, a hint of lemon + herbs, all heaped on the most delicious brioche roll. The coleslaw and krinkle-fries round out a meal of perfection. I find them completely habit forming and dream worthy (especially during those winter months). Thank you for creating such a splendid compliment to summer weekends at the beach! You guys are the best!

Full + Happy,


paper + envelopes from Paper Presentation

WARNING: photo may make your mouth water and your belly grumble …





one hundred and sixty-five: a letter for Anne Marie

I have a particular fondness for pretty things, especially art. Generally my art is more affordable than it’s frame. So, I count my pennies and wait for the quarterly A.I. Friedman framing sale. This year I got a little ahead of myself, but the ever gracious Anne Marie accepted my canvas early. Thank you Anne Marie!

June 15, 2011

Anne Marie,

Thank you for your wonderful customer service today! I sincerely appreciate you honoring the framing discount so I wouldn’t have to make a special trip back. And am bubbling with excitement to see the finished product (this canvas has been sitting in my closet for more than a year). I am always pleased with your store’s work and I am sure this will be no exception. Best of all, it will be ready for pick up just before my birthday! Thank you again for such stellar service.

All the best,


R. Nichols (graciously donated-thank you!) 

one hundred and fifty-nine: a letter for a salad star

I’m a veggie lover through and through. Salads are generally my lunch go-to, so imagine my delight when I came across the salad star, Sade. This woman is an expert chopper—really, she could win a contest. She’s always smiling and has my preferred dash of dressing down to a science. People like Sade make the world a better (+ tastier) place.

June 9, 2011

Dear Store Manager,

I am writing today to sing the praises of Sade! I frequent Hale + Hearty locations, all over the city, and have yet to come across a more talented chopper! Sade provides superior customer service, and always with a smile. She expertly mixes ingredients and really listens when the customer says “just a little bit of dressing please.” I always sigh when I see her ladle-ing soup or ringing at the register because every salad she makes is perfection! Please pass along my appreciation!

Many thanks,


R. Nichols (graciously donated-thank you!)