I have been meaning to blog about this some time now. I am a traveler. I travel – a lot. Strangely, because I HATE flying. But I love traveling. Is that even possible?
In 2013, I travelled to Houston, TX a lot – and I think Houston has the best stores for stationary and Filofax type stuff; other than Tokyo!
Paradise Pen: (Houston, TX)
The first store is located in the Galleria Mall. If you are expecting low discounts – look somewhere else. This place sells at the retail price – and sometimes higher. Not sure why, but I opted not to buy anything from here.
Dromgoole’s: (Houston, TX)
This was THE BEST place!
Franklin Covey: (Houston, TX)
FIT Japanese: (Houstom, TX)
The Papery: (Philadelphia, PA)
This store is located in Central Philadelphia. Parking wasn’t too bad, it was street parking. They were in the process of moving, so it looked a little disheveled. They had a lot – I mean a LOT – of old inventory, and not really the good kind. They had a bunch of old Kate Spades, one had a diary insert from 2005 and they were selling it at full price.
They had really cute paper goods, so if you are in Philadelphia, check the spot out.
When I return from Tokyo Japan in December, I will get into a nice detailed post about the planner goodies there!
Today I am blogging live from Ginza! Tomomi told me of this place she was obsessed with as a child and we just HAD to visit. She says there is a place called Itoya that has almost 5 floors of stationery and scrapbooking stuff. Can you tell Chiao and I were excited?I snooped over to the business side of journals and notebooks, hoping to find some Filofaxes. Sadly there weren’t any! But isn’t this display gorgeous??And how can I say I’m a paper addict if I don’t visit the paper section. Too bad this crap is heavy, I would have stocked heavily on the Japanese yellow canary papers!I have never heard of this brand – it looks Eupropean. **¯\_(ツ)_/¯** maybe someone can tell me more about it? Because all it needs is yellow and I am a new obsessed consumer with the product line.Tomomi helped me pull some adorable Japanese stamps that have fun sayings like “hello and thank you” for the happy mail I need to send out. Isn’t this just a stampers paradise? I am by no means a block stamper, but I for sure snagged some! I can’t wait to show you guys my haul.Ok.. let’s discuss how excited I am about this!! I asked Tomomi what this section was? It looked like cool seals, or tiny mini stamps with symbols on it. She tells me it is customary in the Japanese culture for what is called a name stamp.She says we can check the book to see if my name was in it. I highly doubted it. I looked up “Cathy” and sadly, there wasn’t any … but they did have this one:I was soooooooooo stocked!!!! Tomomi was just as excited as me – but seriously though, I was sooooooooooo excited i could’t contain myself. So she wrote out the form for me and there you have it!30 minutes later – and I am a TRUE Japanese! Just kidding, but isn’t this so damn cute???If you are curious, here is a boatload of other things to drool over in Itoya Ginza… So overall, Itoya was a good stop! Next spot was Muji. Tomomi knew how obsessed I was with kraft and letter writing, so we did a nice walk through. They even had a place where you can create your own notebooks! And we ended the night and trip at Loft. I will be listing 2 silicone Hobonochi’s in the standard size in my shop as well. Tomorrow, we are visiting the Nirita Airport Traveler’s store for more limited to Tokyo Midori Travel notebook goodies. Wish us luck! We need room in our luggage!!
Those who wander, aren’t always lost. That was my thought exactly when eyeing this adorable suitcase! Too bad I am on a “no new suitcases” campaign, because I have literally 5-6 suitcases!
Day 5 was getting tiresome. Loft in Shibuya is another favorite spot for me to shop, however the price is retail for everything so I purchase only unique items in there. I ran over to grab the Hobonochi planner and was pretty much in awe again of everything.
My girlfriend Evelin (aka an enabler) texted me to go look at these planners. Honestly, I saw no need for it in my life. But then … I held one and I was sold. Sadly, they are only sold at Loft or online. So I grabbed a couple for me and a couple for my planner friends. I was soooo happy to find out that Vivianna, the gal I became friends with via Instagram (but never met in real life – weird huh?) was wanting one for so long — why is she so special? Well she let me have her Kate Spade Hot Pink buckled Wellesley!! As you know in the planner world, that damn thing is pretty much extinct and if it wasn’t for her, well you know, there wouldn’t be no me owning a Kate Spade!I decided to go for the Techno size or original. I’m still learning about it. So bear with me! I loved that it gave me so much room to journal and make notes. Something that my Filofaxes and other ring planners lacked.Since accessories were pretty limited at the store, I had to do the old online purchasing. Sucks because I really wanted a Sunday start and all they had in the store were Monday starts.I ended up grabbing the blue and white design with the yellow interior for myself and 2 other silicone ones which I will be posting in my shop soon.Aren’t these colors to die for?? I grabbed the yellow one for a friend as well. And how about a book I can’t read? Haha! I needed this book in my life, it showed illustrations of how people organized in their Hobonochi’s … ummm, I died!Here’s my small planner posing with the A5 version. Lovely huh?
I also got lost in the stationery and notes area. I immediately was drawn to the neon cards.And of course, tote bags! I grabbed a cute yellow and canvas book tote bag shown in the Hobonichi haul photo above.So cool to see Amy Tangerine stuff in Japan – and they sold for a fortune!I never liked masking tapes, but these were too cute to resist, I thought they’d look good on envelopes.We also went over to the travel and home section. How cute is this Christmas tree?…And this travel section? OMG! I grabbed a strap thing that allowed you to weigh your suitcase! Something that Chiao and I needed of course with our heavy bags!
We ended the evening at a shabu shabu restaurant with my childhood friend William and his family. Will was pretty much my little brother growing up and best friends with my little brother.Jeremiah was very impressed with the soup!And my little family from across the sea!Right before going back up to the hotel, Chiao met up with a friend and we grabbed dessert at a famous dessert shop at the Shibuya scramble.
Do you feel fat now or what??? Because I did – luckily Chiao and I must have walked over 20 miles a day! Thanks for reading along guys, see you tomorrow!
Going back in time again! These are from Scrapfest 2013 … so sad! For those of you who know about Scrapfest, it was hosted by Archiver’s which has since went out of business. It broke the scrapbook communities heart … but these memories will forever make me smile! Enjoy guys!
Some goodies I got from Scrapfest:
This morning Chiao and I got over 8 hours of sleep! We went to Wrapple to pick up a limited edition washi tape designed by Hello Sandwich made exclusively for Wrapple released today!
How cute are these MT tapes??
Check out the inside of this store — warning you. A few enabling going on here:
Next stop! Lunch!! Mmmm ramen noodles:
Tomomi found out I was obsessed with traveler notebooks. Chiao wanted to grab some for Amy too so we went bananas in this tiny store located in a quiet nook.
This was a travelers paradise! They had EVERYTHING THERE!!
Fun-filled day so far huh? We ain’t finished! Next was a 300 yen store called Cou Cou and then to the local mall where I glimpsed inside Home & Works (or Grandtree, there was 2 different names on the receipt).
You haven’t experienced Tokyo until you visit Loft. We have a Loft near us in Shibuya but we happened to run into one at the mall Tomomi took us to. This is a Saturday afternoon during the holiday season. OMG I was overwhelmed by the amount of people.
By 5, we were donezo! But no! We had to keep trucking along. And next was Seikado! By the end of the night, I was so over seeing washi. Who am I??
Stay tuned after our trip, I’ll be giving away one of the Limited Edition Hello Sandwich MT tape exclusive to Wrapple Japan!
Greetings from Tokyo!!! Chiao and I arrived late Wednesday evening but still managed to walk the streets of Shibuya. We have come very accustomed to the area since we just visited last July!
We ate the most amazing curry udon near our hotel. Wowzahs!!! Since it was our 1st night there, we did very little shopping. I grabbed a leather bomber I found at a local store (similar to a higher end H&M) since most of these stores carried my size! By the way, I’m a medium in Japan. Oh yeah! Big girl style!!
We got the red curry udon with tofu. Next time we are going to add deep fried pork cutlets!!!
The following morning we both got up UBER early! 4-5am to be exact.
Took a train to Shinjuzu and began our shopping adventures there!
I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with this vintage store called Rag Tag! I grabbed another brown leather cropped bomber, a beanie and some other must have essentials for my closet!
And how cute are these mini flower bouquets??
We finished our day at the Christmas tree at the Takashimaya Department store (similar to a Barneys). I had no clue the Japanese celebrated Christmas in the more westerner style.
Chiao wanted to pick up some makeup for her niece Cindy. She researched a lot of the cool stuff on line. Here’s some Japanese make up I snagged:
Ok, now here’s a funny story. Chiao and I have been CRAVING the street style meat sticks. I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s like barbecue. We remembered it being near our old hotel last visit but just kept walking. We finally found it and the place was PACKED. 2 European men were getting to-go and they said it was absolutely amazing.
We then go inside and saw no seating available, we went upstairs. Only to be yelled at by the owner telling us the restaraunt was full and EVERYONE waits! We were so embarrassed!!! I mean, the WHOLE place looked at us. Then a drunk man started taunting us!
After a good 20 minute wait, the owner came to us in line and took our order. I guess in this particular restaraunt, the only way you can be seated in a chair was you HAD to order alcohol!!!!
Being a long day it was, I GLADLY took one for the team!!
Chiao and I looooooved it. It was worth every wait. And when we went down to pay, the owner was so super nice. We told her it was the most amazing restaraunt ever. Even through it was a hole in the wall!! It was called Toritaki.
Day 2 was a wrap!
The next day, Chiao and I got very little sleep. We were so excited to see Tomomi and Hiromi today (the 2 girls we absolutely adore in Tokyo).
Ummmm how cute is this??? Hiromi’s daughter Licca made this for me! I’m the little blonde with the heels and suitcase!!
We had them take us to the outlet stores by Chiba (passed disneyland). When we got there I went completely insane in this store called Swimmer!!! It reminded me so much of a place I adored when I was younger called Hi John Stationery in the Bronx.
It was seriously heaven for Leila!!! Next stop was a stationery section in one of the department stores in the Aeon mall.
We were so rushed to catch a train back to Shibuya that we couldn’t enjoy the shop! But luckily, there is a stationery section in every corner of the city!!!
Aragato!!! See you tomorrow! 4 more days to go!
Do you Project Life in a mini album, or the large 12×12? I recently went back and looked at some older layouts and wow has my style changed! Enjoy these photos from January 2014! Week 1!
Are you guys doing a December Daily album?
I have decided not to. I decided to do one with Ali Edwards kit! But these are archived photos I never posted from last year! Enjoy guys!
Hey everyone! Went throuch my archives and realized a lot of blog posts that were never posted! So enjoy! This was from January 2014
Continuing on to my mini pink Project Life album, I’ve decided to stop after this spread. It was getting to the thickness I wanted it to without damaging the spine. Boring huh? How did I manage to only fit 4 weeks in it. Well it probably because my January was paaaaacked with adventure!
CHA was a pretty busy week. With tons of ephemeras, photos (of course) and story telling. I didn’t want to cheat it out of real estate simply because I didn’t have space. This was a problem I ran into with the large format. But if you may have noticed, I didn’t swear away from the 12×12 original size just yet. You see, what’s amazing about project life is you can do WHATEVER you want. I am working in 2-3 books at the moment. And I love it. It allows me to keep going and going — creating and creating — without restrictions.
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