We recently decided to invite guest editors to contribute occassionally, and our first guest is Jess Tringali, who boasts a winning triumverate: great taste, great style, and a great sense of humor. Her charming San Luis Obispo stationary boutique, Paper Sky, is the area’s go-to hub for creative invitations, whimsical greeting cards, and one-of-a-kind paper goods. While staying competitive as a brick-and-mortar shop in the stationary industry is no small feat in this era of dwindling paper correspondence, Jess has grown Paper Sky into a local institution with her attention to detail and offbeat eye for design. An avid blog-reader, Jess has graciously curated a list of lifestyle blogs for The Dish that she follows to keep her finger on the pulse of current trends. Take it away, Jess.
“Cup of Jo is the work of lifestyle blogger Joanne Goddard in New York (I love, love, love New York). The tagline for the blog is “Fashion, Design, Photography, Bikes, and The People I Love,” so you can get an idea for how broadly she writes, but the common theme is an unabashed delight in beautiful things. For instance, some of her posts cover vintage engagement rings, a New York apaprtment tour, vacationing in Palm Springs, and avocado popsicles. And as a writer for Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine and the like, Jo is always an engaging blogger.”
“Desire to Inspire is about one Canadian and one Aussie blogging from separate hemispheres…all about design. This blog features beautiful pictures, not much to read (sometimes a girl just wants to soak in a good image), and it’s totally inspiring.”
“Black Eiffel is another great all-around lifestyle blog. Blogger Rachel Jones is a graphic designer based in Northern California who, according to the blog, “decided to catalog and share her everyday inspiration including her love of design, music, food, travel and more all in one place.” While Rachel has been featured in Glamour, Design Quarterly, Lucky, and Martha Stewart Living for her design acumen, it’s her “Music Mondays” that have turned me on to a ton of great new musicians.”
“Smitten Kitchen is my foolproof cooking headquarters. EVERYTHING I’ve made from this blog has been amazing!!! Just look at some of blogger Deb’s irresistible concoctions from her 24-square-foot New York City kitchen: pear cranberry and gingersnap crumble, cumin seed roasted cauliflower with yogurt, and apple and honey challah. See? Irresistible.”
“Creature Comforts is written by a local blogger…what’s not to love? The tagline is “The simple things that inspire and make life sweet,” which totally speaks to me. Author Ez (pronounced eee-ZEE) culls the web for the prettiest, most delightful things to wear, decorate with, make yourself, and inspire. Some recent posts featured artfully personalized family trees, clever Halloween flower arrangements, and favorite finds under $30.”
Paper Sky Boutique
778 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401