Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NOTEPAPERS

Quality stationery has become a staple at Leta Austin Foster Boutique.  In recent times, we all have been lured into a high-tech world of e-mails and texts, but nothing will EVER take the place of good, old-fashioned snail mail.  

Everyone enjoys receiving a personal note by post.  When the note is written on beautiful paper with a whimsical design or a classically engraved monogram which is then tucked inside a tissue-lined envelope, the receiver feels pampered.


Boxed Notecards from The Printery of Oyster Bay

Boxed Notecards from Dempsey & Carroll

Mrs. John L. Strong's Tulip Notecards 

Crown Notecards from Mrs. John L. Strong

Wonderful placecards are a good way to show our guests that they are special.  The Boutique offers a large selection of them including Bernard Maisner's hand-painted and engraved placecards that are truly works of art.      


Mrs. J.L. Strong has simple, but elegant placecard designs -- Gold Crown, Sit Here ! and Pig That Ate Roast Beef to name a few.


The Printery of Oyster Bay has little white foldover cards with colorful letterpress designs that are very popular.  Just as popular are their enclosure cards with designs printed on contrast-bordered colored  papers.  We sell these more for use as placecards than for enclosures.


Popular with the entertaining crowd are our Coaster sets. The Anchor and Seahorse sets are always perfect in our seaside community, but the humorous ones really were the biggest hit this year.





I think our most frequently purchased papers are our notepads. Our selection runs the gamut from cute to practical to irreverently funny.  The Printery has Zip Code and House pads (POOL HOUSE, BEACH HOUSE, CITY PAD). Palm Cottage Goods offers sea-life themed notepads that can be personalized upon request.  Mrs. John L. Strong has a blank-pages notepad enrobed in a cardboard jacket with an embossed Crown, Telephone or other design....very classy !


Monogrammed notepads can be printed in any color you can think of and our wooden holders can be color-coordinated to match.



Alexa Pulitzer makes notepads with images of crowned animals such as Royal Giraffe, Royal Seahorse, Royal Pelican and King Gator.


Last, but not least are our Jotter Papers. I wrote a post on jotters several months ago. These little leather holders can be fitted with cards sporting your monogram, a picture, or both. They fit in a purse or pocket and make fabulous hostess presents.



Did I mention that many of our personalized papers can be ready in a couple of days ? What better way to show you care than to take the time to customize a present of a notepad, jotter or notecard pack with your friend's name or initials. While you're at it, order one for you .



XOXOXOX
LETA


Thursday, January 22, 2015

A NEW BLOGGER—HONEY AND OATS

    
I had lunch with a beautiful young girl this winter, sitting down under an umbrella at the Bath and Tennis Club in Palm Beach.  This girl, Marina, is a lovely girl, half Greek and half Spanish, with just the thickest, most luxurious hair and smooth satin-y skin for which two things she makes wonderful products----Conditioners, Washes and Scrubs----the recipes for which she puts on her blog, "Honey and Oats".


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All of her treatments are made with natural foods that most of us have at home. It turns out that wonderful fruits, honeys, milks, yogurts and oats that nourish us on the inside can also revive and nourish our hair and skin.





Marina's blog is also peppered with recipes for decadent yet easy to prepare desserts, so beware, you may find yourself making a chocolate concoction to apply to your face and wind up treating your gullet instead after baking this concoction into a gooey brownie !!





                                      
She also posts latest trends in fashion accessories whether it be boots, lipsticks or fabulous backpacks, and (if that was not enough) she shares art show openings that she feels worth viewing.

Treat yourself to a peek at this new blog and enjoy all it has to offer.

XOXOX
LETA



Sunday, January 11, 2015



          ALL THE BEST
I LIKE RHONDA CARMEN; I LIKE HER BLOG --"ALL THE BEST"--SHE USUALLY HAS IDEAS AND ITEMS ON IT WHICH ARE INTERESTING TO ME.  NOW THAT I AM LAID UP--FLAT ON MY BACK--IT'S HARD FOR ME TO TYPE, SO I THOUGHT I WOULD INTRODUCE YOU TO HER POST TODAY.  THE RECIPE SOUNDS YUMMY, AND MY DOING THIS WILL INTRODUCE YOU TO ANOTHER GOOD SOURCE FOR YOU--IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW IT (WHICH YOU PROBABLY DO).

A Beautiful (and easy) Breakfast

         
Baked-Egg-in-Avocado

 

GOOD, EH?  XOXOX  LETA


Sunday, December 28, 2014

SLIPPERS


Cozy winter days are coming. It's time to treat your pieds to a new pair of slippers.







We have added a few new styles to our selection this year. We still have CHLOE in pink and in blue soft-quilted terry, GISELLE in white leather, COCO in quilted pink leather and
LES FLEUR in black silk.






New styles we have added are GLAM in red and in black velvet, and WHISTLER in unbelievably soft and decadent mink (for the diva in you) !





Scuff on over to the Boutique for your new pair.

XOXOXOX
LETA


Monday, December 15, 2014


NEW BOOK


Room by Leta Austin Foster
Photograph by Edward Addeo

Well, I just sent in a possible preface to the author, Brian Coleman, of a book that is being written about our firm, Leta Austin Foster and Associates.  I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but Gibbs Smith, the publisher of Brian’s best-selling book, Farrow and Ball, the Art of Color, and also his other books, including one of Fortuny, one of my favourite sources, is publishing this book, with beautiful photographs by Erik Kralsvik.  I was very honoured to be asked to have this book about us.  It is a wonderful thing for both me and my daughters, who work with me and of whom I am so proud.  A fabulous and loyal client, Carole Jankowsky, has always wanted there to be a book on our work.  I hope this next book makes her very happy.









Since I am neither writing it or shooting the pictures or publishing it , I blithely assumed it would require nothing from me.  How foolish I was.  Every picture in it has, apparently, to tell a story, and they all need factual identification, such as what fabric here? Who painted this? Who designed this cornice?  Made the curtains?  And, of course, I want all this known, since all these sources are what allow me to do what I do.

So, since I can’t show the new pictures until the book comes out—next fall, a year from now, just in time for your Christmas shopping, I think I’ll show you some of the wonderful pictures from the former book in which we were presented before, the Farrow and Ball book.




Room by Leta Austin Foster
Photograph by Edward Addeo




Room by Leta Austin Foster
Photograph by Edward Addeo



Room by Leta Austin Foster
Photograph by Edward Addeo



Room by Leta Austin Foster
Photograph by Edward Addeo




Room by Sallie Giordano
Leta Austin Foster & Associates



Room by Sallie Giordano
Leta Austin Foster & Associates



Room by Sallie Giordano
Leta Austin Foster & Associates



We loved doing all of those houses—just as we loved doing the houses—and clubs and apartment lobbies—in the new book.  Hope you enjoyed that book—which you can still buy at Amazon.com—and will equally enjoy the next one.  We are very excited about it.

XOXOXOXOX 
LETA