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PAYDAY FRIDAY!

PAYDAY FRIDAY!

Why not treat yourself this Payday Friday to one of our unique hand-bound notebooks, and we can personalise it with a hand-stamped message of your choice for you. You’ve earned a bit of sunshine this week 🙂

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CALLING ALL ALTERNATIVE BRIDES-TO-BE!

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It’s Wedding spritz hour with our Flora and Limone wedding invitations

We’re all unique, with different tastes and strong opinions on what is tasteful/cool/appropriate, never more so than in the run up madness that is planning your own wedding. You will have ‘said’ strong opinions, thrust upon you from all sides, almost entirely undesired and not requested, but you battle through, because you’re a Bridal Warrior! Thankfully selecting your wedding stationery is usually a decision you are (blessfully) allowed to make yourselves….and breeeathe. But what if, when you come to search for your dreamy yet bold, hip, fashion-inspired wedding invitations, you are met with reserved pastel cuteness, which doesn’t reflect you as a couple at all? It’s a problem we found ourselves when planning our wedding last year, we wanted edgy, bright, bold wedding stationery with a strong design/fashion aesthetic. Frustrated by all the prettiness, we embarked on our own printed stationery company, including a diverse and eclectic wedding collection.

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Our Limone with Victoriana type, Flora, and double-sided Flora with Classic type wedding invitations

While we have designed the above Limone and Flora invitations with an element of occasion and delicateness, they will also announce your big day with a bit of punch and fun with our vibrant prints. Inspired by holidays in Sicily, and English country gardens, they are perfect for Spring and Summer celebrations alike. 

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Our Tropicana wedding invitations come with a choice of 3 different type designs, and co-ordinating envelopes with sticker seals

We have created fun, quirky exciting wedding stationery, for fun, quirky exciting couples; this is not for lovers of the shy and retiring aesthetic! All of our wedding invitations come with our new co-ordinating sticker seals which can be personalised with your names, as well as a choice of 3 different typography designs-as we know how important it is that your wedding stationery feels ‘like you’. 

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So many options…our Azteca design made to suit you

Ou range includes co-ordinating designs for save the dates, invitations, envelopes, thank-you cards and notebooks. The possibilities really are (almost) endless, whether you’re having a full on Mexican theme, or subtle geometric accents, giving you creative control even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush in your life. So come along to CL.AM and have a play, it’ll be so fun, you won’t realise you’re wedding planning! We will be exclusively unveiling our wedding stationery range at The Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair, in Brighton on Sunday May 11th; a must for all you betrothed quirks 😉

 

 

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SUNDAY SCRIBING

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It’s finally here the day of rest for some (not us it’s, market season), the final day of National Stationery Week, and the day we at CL.AM have been championing the most; ‘Write A Letter Day’. Not least because it’s an important part of our ethos, and a chance for us to introduce our new FLORA design (coming soon, see above!). Above all, for the chance it gives us to step back from our favoured choice of gadget, and think about who have we really been neglecting of late? If you’re anything like me, this year is flashing before your eyes, and all your well-intentioned plans to really get in touch with old friends, elderly relatives, family may have been pushed aside as life’s relentless torrent washes over you. It becomes so easy to put off, writing a short letter to your Grandparents or an old friend-but just picture how touched they would be if today,a day dedicated to letter-writing, you actually did it. Imagine how their face would light up, at the sight of a beautifully handwritten envelope appearing through their letterbox, from a person they thought was far too busy to bother with them.

I know myself, that I get such a rush of excitement at the sight of a handwritten letter addressed to me on my doormat, partly because it is unfortunately so rare these days. It immediately invokes nostalgia for exciting events like birthdays, invitations, engagements or the teenage letter-writing essays I used to embark on with school friends; a time we had so much vital information to tell one another, it spilled onto several pages!

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So for one day, I urge, implore you to join in, and take some time out of your Sunday to reconnect with someone important to you. You may be surprised at the pleasure it brings you, and rest assured it will leave them smiling for the rest of the week.

Correspondence is cool x

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ORGANISATION…NOT REALLY MY STYLE

So it’s Day 4 of National Stationery Week, and the only day I’ve been dreading a little; ‘Tidy Desk Day’. Not being known as one of the most organised of people..I’m a creative- we thrive on chaos right!-the thought of tidying anything brings back teenage memories of being ordered to tidy my room, and I visibly recoil. However I do thrive on lists, lists, lists. While a lot of these go untended to for weeks and are therefore discarded, there is nothing quite as satisfying as crossing off (almost) everything on your daily ‘to do’ post-it, screwing it up and putting it in my mini recycling bin. I have day to day lists, weekly lists, and life lists-where the ‘to dos’ may take several years to get round to. I do find it cathartic to empty the mass of thoughts whirling round my head into paper though, it’s a visual map of my problems to solve. 

In the spirit of the day I will share some of my organised chaos, if anything it will make you feel better about how neat and organised your ‘office’ is. 

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This is about as tidy as my workstation gets; a masterclass in organised chaos!

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Organised Tropicana and Hawaii envelope stock preparation

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The CL.AM envelope range in reverse

Now I’m off to write another post-it or ten, happy desk-tidying Thursday x

 

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WEDDING INVITATION RANGE LAUNCHED

 

 

 

 

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SICILIA WEDDING INVITATION & SAVE THE DATE

 

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TROPICANA WEDDING INVITATION & SAVE THE DATE

 

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AZTECA WEDDING INVITATION & SAVE THE DATE

 

We are very excited to announce the launch of our shiny new Wedding Stationery range, compromising of 3 mini ranges; AZTECA, TROPICANA and SICILIA. So whether you’re planning a Mexican Fiesta, Hawaiian tiki W-Day, or an elegant do inspired by La Dolce Vita, we have it covered with our beautiful original designs. Shop the CL.AM WEDDING range now, also featured in this month’s edition of Perfect Wedding Magazine Out Today! 

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Turning over a new leaf in London

Spring has sprung and Tropicals are all around! With the weather starting to show the odd sign of breaking theres so many things to do to celebrate in London at the moment. You could take a walk around the snowdrop garden in Chelsea which gives you the chance to see a wide selection of snow drops and other winter flowering plants, go on trials around the gardens and even pick up some of the snowy delights for yourself; http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/special-events/snowdrops-days/

Or if you need a bit more heat than London is generally offering you could pop over to Kew Gardens to the Orchids show. Held in the Prince of Wales Conservatory this is a chance to “discover cascades of Vanda orchids, drapes of tropical flowers and a plant hunter’s camp and floating canoe bulging with plants destined for distant lands”
http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids/index.htm

Kew Gardens- Orchid Show

Kew Gardens- Orchid Show

Of particular interest to us here at CL.AM is the current exhibition at the Garden Museum http://www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/page/fashion-and-gardens inbetween Lambeth and Westminster Bridge. Fashion & Gardens is about the relationship between garden design and fashion design. Although a long established link has been accepted this is one of the first exhibitions to explore the relationship.
Featuring ”designers from Valentino and Alexander McQueen to Philip Treacy and Christopher Bailey”

Philip Treacy Orchid Hat

Philip Treacy Orchid Hat


it sounds like one not to miss, and of particular relevance to us as many of our envelope designs are fashion inspired.

Our Tropicana design along with Sicilia was in fact featured in last weeks ESmagazine in their Valentines special. A big thanks to them for sharing the CL.AM love and also bringing a bit of Tropicana to a very grey February 14th!

CL-AM Correspondence feature in ES Magazine

CL-AM Correspondence feature in ES Magazine

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ALOHA TIKI-TASTIC MENSWEAR!

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Fashion is having a serious love-in with all things tropical right now; and this time there’s nothing feminine about it. High end Catwalk Designers Cavalli, Phillip Lim, Givenchy and Paul Smith; through to American brand Engineered GarmentsScotch&Soda and Topman have all gone Tiki-tastic in their Menswear collections! From matching luxury leisurewear at Phillip Lim, tropical floral shirts in the Just Cavalli S/S range, plimsolls and shirts by Paul Smith to a host of gorgeous retro hawaiian prints throughout the AMI Mens Clothing range, this is a trend that demands attention. Even Just Hype trainers have had the hibiscus touch, it is a trend that is surprisingly wearable for Men as well as Women; and a sure fire way for both sexes to pretend they’re supping a Pina Colada under azure skies. That’s a trend we could all do with buying into this Winter. 

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So chaps you’ve seen it for yourselves, tropical florals are for Real Men! To ease you in embrace the trend by buying a pack of our Tropicana envelope and notecards; and send a little Aloha to your hula girl.

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OUR NEW WONDERFUL UNIQUE WEDDING STATIONERY!

Hello, we are very busy bees at the moment working away on expanding our Wedding Stationery range. We now have ‘Save the Date’ options on all of our lovely designs, which are all hand-stamped and embossed in gold ourselves. Shop the Wedding range now at: http://www.cl-am.com

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As we are keen to gain as much exposure as possible, we have entered our tiki-tastic ‘Tropicana‘ Wedding Stationery range into The Wonderful Wedding Design Off Competition currently being run by printed.com. The prize includes amazing advertising exposure for the top 5 entries in Wedding Ideas Magazine, and we would Reaaaallly Reaaallly appreciate your votes for our entry to help us win this super prize! To vote for our Tropicana entry, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/1aBvyzk and click ‘vote’ on Annahita

 

 

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Thanks, Fingers crossed! X

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OUR TROPICANA RANGE AND INSPIRATION

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We have always been a fan of the retro resurgence of the tropical print in fashion, and wanted to give it a twist and translate it into our stationery range. We wanted the Tropicana envelope to be like a little fashion explosion you can send/receive in the post, or use for a bigger celebratory event like a wedding. Roberto Cavalli has always been a strong fashion influence in terms of print, and he didn’t disappoint with his S/S 14 collection which clashed vibrant tropical florals, with punky plaids in patchwork effect (http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/S2014RTW-JUSTCAV). We took influence from this, as well as a variety of pretty, vintage tropical prints and holiday photos to create a softer colour scheme, and used the back of the envelope for a pastel plaid contrast print. All our designs are hand-drawn, and the idea is almost that the envelopes become a fashion accessory like a mini clutch, that you can include your own personal message with!

Shop our new Tropicana range of envelopes, notelets and cards at:

http://www.cl-am.com/#!shop–cart/c1hv9 

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