ninety-nine thank yous for Lori


Weddings are stressful. There I said it.

Everyone is all smiles and hugs when you get engaged offering words of wisdom like, “just enjoy this time and each other.” No one tells you wedding planning is tricky business. There are lots of decisions, lots of people to please and lots of dollars in question. I know it will be an unforgettable day filled with memories to last a lifetime. And as my Gramma says, I’ve already got the prize. But some days, the drudgery sucks the wind right out of my sails. My sweet friend Lori gave me a little present, “to get me in the wedding spirit,” the good kind of wedding spirit as I see it. What a darling!

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Thoughts for Jen


My coworker Jen recently got some disconcerting health news about her brother. Tests are being run and naturally minds are running wild. I really admire her positive attitude despite the circumstances and have been keeping her in my thoughts. Sometimes, its nice to hear from someone else that it’s just not fair.

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one hundred and fifty-two: a letter for Jess

My friend Jessica is a real star. We worked together, back in my magazine days and have been friends ever since. Jess is a brilliant reporter, an amazing athlete and a killer pizza maker. She even got me to rock climb once—yeah, this girl is the real deal.

June 2, 2011


It was so great sharing tacos with you love! I know we both always lament that too much time passes between our dinner dates, but I love that we pick up right where we left off.

Thanks for your sweet encouragement—it means so much to me. And I so appreciate you always thinking of me when opportunities pop up on your radar. I am very lucky to have a friend like you in my life.

I’ve got my fingers crossed for you too friend. Hopefully we’ll be sharing a bottle of bubbly soon to celebrate!


Lauren xxo

Cheree Berry

one hundred and twenty-one: a birthday card for Judy

Judy is my Mom’s dear friend and my sometimes boss. She owns two lovely shops in Larchmont and particularly fancies frosting. And today she celebrates her sixtieth birthday! Happy, happy!

May 2, 2011


Wishing the snazziest sixty-year old I know a very Happy Birthday! I hope today is full of frosting (hold the cake please) and everything sweet! You don’t look a day over 29, even if you have a grandson.

Wishing you good health, happiness, and lots of Pink on Palmer and Clutch shopaholics, in the year ahead.

Lots of love,


paper-loop  +  Archie Grand

one hundred and eleven: birthday love for Larkyn

Larkyn is a lovely lady from the deep south. We worked together for a bit at the magazine. I adored listening to her subtle twang as she answered phones in the cubicle adjacent to mine. I tried to set her up once–really, that’s how adorable she is! And while we don’t see each other as often as I’d like, I think she is just swell!

April 22, 2011


Happy Birthday darling! I loved bumping into you in my elevator (of all places) but it just wasn’t enough! We need a proper catch up and celebration. And soon! I hope today is filled with confetti, bubbly and kisses from cute boys. Lots of cheer for you my friend!



Twice as Nice (sorry, no website available)

seventy-eight: a letter for Jen

Jen and I worked together—she was my boss for a hot second. In a few short weeks, this bubbly blonde made quite a favorable impression. I respect her very much and will miss her dearly.

March 20, 2011


As far as I can tell, the only upside of this whole situation is the ability to consume bananas freely. You should know I would gladly trade the doctor-recommended potassium to hear your laugh echoing up the stairs.

I don’t know what’s what, and I never need to know. You were beautifully composed, but I’ve worked enough years to know an ‘exit’ when I see one. I’m so sorry and really hope the beer garden and the seventy-degree day offered solace.

Let me know when you’re jones-ing for some jam butter and biscuits and we’ll meet for a proper brunch with cocktails. And in the meantime, sincere well wishes. I know encouragement goes a long way when you’re at a crossroads in your life (I should know—I feel like someone so gave me the wrong road map!). I do hope we’ll stay in touch!

Lost without you,


Sugar Paper

sixty-six: congratulations for Debra

Debra and I work together at a little shop in Larchmont (one of my many side jobs). She has great hair and an infectious laugh. And now she’s got a grandson. I still maintain she’s far too fashionable and young at heart to be a Grandma.

March 7, 2011


Congratulations! I am so happy for you and the whole family! A real grandbaby at last—no more practicing on Graham—you’re in the game now. I know you will make a wonderful addition to Jack’s circle of love. He is one lucky little boy. Best wishes to the whole gang. Here’s hoping he sleeps like a teenager!



Mr. Boddington’s Studio

sixty-four: a letter for my co-worker Kevin

Kevin might be the most patient person I know. He got stuck working with me for my first close, total luck of the draw. This man deserves way more than Hi Chews.

March 5, 2011


Big thanks for your patience the other night. You’re the best! I promise next time you get stuck closing with me I will be lightning fast! And in the meantime, an offering of Hi-Chews to show my appreciation. Marci said you liked them. :) Thanks again!


heavy white cardstock + a yellow envelopes