Favorite Things – Karma

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Octopus Shopping Bag

We’re back this week with more of our favorite things.  Here’s a link to Shawna’s Favorite Things in case you missed it.

Karma (yes, her real name) is our highly-esteemed and ultra-organized administrative assistant at Brush Dance.  In addition to answering the phone when you call with questions, Karma works with every department to help keep things on track. She runs reports, creates spreadsheets, dives into Facebook and Instagram, proofs all of our calendars, and much much more.

When she’s not working, Karma enjoys hiking with her boyfriend in the hills near her home, spending time with family, visiting museums, and cuddling with her cats. She says the Octopus Shopper Bag from BlueQ reminds her of trips to the aquarium.

 

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Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball
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Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Known to doodle, Zentangle, and bullet journal, writing instruments are important to Karma. In her own words…

I love my Pilot Metropolitan! It feels so fancy!  And I use the Triplus fineliners every day – love the fine point!

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Bath Seltzer from Jane Inc.
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Cat Monster Socks

And after all of that work, hiking, and museum-ing, some self-care is in order. A long bath with our effervescent bath seltzer is just the thing.  Karma is also reasonably certain that every cat lover needs a pair of these ultra-soft Cat Monster Socks.

Thank you for sharing your favorite things with us, Karma!

I also wanted to let you know that we’ve placed some new items in our Clearance section. Once these items are gone, we will not restock them. There are some terrific deals there and I hope you’ll check them out!

 

 

 

International Women’s Day

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A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until s he gets into hot water.

This Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD celebrates social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call-to-action to accelerate gender parity.

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A Fearless Woman

At Brush Dance, we celebrate women every day of the year.  The items we publish are (mostly) designed with women in mind. Women make up more than 80% of our customers. Four out of five of our employees are women.

We pay fair wages, offer flexible schedules, and contract with vendors who do the same. We don’t do this because someone is watching us – we do these things because it is the right thing.

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Hellraiser Socks

Whether you’re a hellraiser, a boss lady, or a delicate flower, raise your voice for women.

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Boss Lady Pencil Case
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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

Every person can play a part in driving better outcomes for women. World leaders, business professionals, LGBTQ+, black, white, purple, everyone. And you know what? Better outcomes for around 50% of the population means better outcomes for all of us.

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The best way to behave is to misbehave.

Want to know more about International Women’s Day?  Click here.

 

 

 

Favorite Things – Shawna

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La-Di-Da Crew Socks

Last week a  few of us got together to talk about the future of our website. Expanding our site to include products that we ourselves didn’t produce was a huge decision for us. We never want to detract from our own calendar and planner collections, and at the same time, other than our beautiful journals and thoughtful cards, we weren’t seeing a lot of visitors to our site between February and July.

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Hellraiser Zipper Pouch

Adding new products has been The Best Decision Ever. You can buy with 100% confidence that we are choosing the best of the best.  We only carry products that Brush Dance employees actually use in our every day lives. These items are high-quality, durable, and have gone through months of real life testing by us. We only sell what we love.

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Leuchtturm1917 Dot Journal

The items in this post are Shawna’s favorites. Shawna is our director of operations. When asked to describe what she does, I quickly reply that she does everything. In addition to being responsible for keeping things going smoothly at Brush Dance, Shawna is also a wife and busy mom to two kids. As a former chef, she enjoys planning and hosting dinner parties. She is busy.

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Micron 3-Pack

Shawna keeps track of various projects and planners in the Leucchtrum1917 Journal. She prefers the dot grid, but we also carry them in lined versions. While she’s used different systems over the years for managing it all, Shawna is currently embracing the popular trend of bullet journaling.  The paper in her journal holds up very well to a wide variety of pens and markers, including the the Microns shown above and the colorful Staedtler Tri-Plus below.

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Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

As for that Hellraiser pouch shown above? I don’t know what to say about that (other than the fact that I have one, too!). Oh, and it is just $6.49 on our website.  Want a closer look? Check out our quick video (there’s no sound – safe for work!).

Thank you for sharing your favorite items with us, Shawna!

 

 

 

Color Trends – Spring 2017

 

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Shown above are the Pantone colors for Spring 2017. We’re embracing each of them in own way at Brush Dance.

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Leuchttrum1917 Ruled Journal

Finally, we are on the other side of winter and heading fast into spring. Winter isn’t my season. Spring – yes!

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And then the day came when the risk to remain in a tight bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.

We have had so much rain in the San Francisco Bay Area this winter. It’s nothing like the snow in other parts of the US, but it does make everything just a little more of a challenge. I’m looking forward to those easy breezy days.

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Embrace the Chaos

Get that bright pop of color you’ve been looking for all winter.

 

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Joy is not in things; it is in us.

Want to be on-trend with color, but not spend a lot?  Brush Dance has the answer. Most of our items are under $20, many under $10.

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Aquiesse Travel Candle – Shoreline

Take a trip to the beach with this gently scented candle from Aquiesse. Just $5.99.

How is the end of winter going for you?  Surviving? Thriving? We’d love to hear all about it.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Hello Love Journal

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.

We usually keep it casual at my house. One year, we might exchange small gifts, the next just a card. We were once in Las Vegas for Valentine’s Day – along with about a million other people (won’t be doing that again). This year, we have a houseguest arriving.

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Duchess of Sassy Town Socks

I can imagine my husband giving me a a bouquet of pretty wild flowers – or a pair of hilarious sassy socks from Blue QHe gets me.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Maybe you have a Galentine’s Day party instead (or in addition to?)

P.S. All of our 2017 Calendars are on sale at huge discounts.

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In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.

Leuchttrum – Available Now

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Leuchttrum Notebook – Red, Dot Grid

At Brush Dance, we’re picky. Picky paper people. Our Weekly Planners, for example, feature luxurious 120 gsm paper that holds up well to most types of pens. We like quality.

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Leuchtturm Notebook – Blue, Ruled

Years ago, I tried my first Leuchttrum Notebook and have been using them ever since. I love all of the features – the elastic band, sturdy covers, ribbon markers, numbered pages (!!), and a handy index – but I really love the paper quality. Pencil, pens (including fountain pens), fine liners – nearly every writing instrument works well with these notebooks.

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Leuchttrum – Lime Green, Ruled

In carrying these versatile notebooks, we are keeping our promise to you – to only sell you the very best items, items that we ourselves actually use.  At $19.50, these are more expensive than your usual back-to-school notebooks. However, if you are looking for a truly satisfying writing experience, Leuchttrum Notebooks will not disappoint.

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Leuchtturm Notebook – Black, Dot Grid

We’re carrying the popular “medium” size (A5) in a variety of colors. We have them lined and with dot grid paper. Check Them Out Here.

 

Take Care of Yourself

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Premium Bath Items

Here we are, deep into winter. I hope you’re staying warm. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we don’t get the kind of frigid winter that other parts of the country experience. (I lived in New York for a long time – I get it, I really get it. Slush is serious business, right?)

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Less Stress

Today, I’m wishing you less stress. More relaxation. A slower existence – even if just for a little time each day. We give so much of ourselves – work, husbands, wives, partners, children. We simply must take time for ourselves. We must rejuvenate.

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Mandarin Tea Travel Candle

I have some go-to stress relieving techniques. Big deeeeeeep breaths and I’ve started meditating this year (I think it’s going to stick this time), and one of my tried-and-true-forever-and-ever stress relievers is to light a candle, put on some gentle music, and climb into a hot bath.

 

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Sandalwood Vanilla from Aquiesse

I nearly always bathe right before bed. The coziness of it all puts me in the right frame of mind to fall asleep quickly.

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Organic Cotton Eye Pillow

At Brush Dance, we carry luxury candle and bath items at reasonable prices. With just a few items at your fingertips, you can create that spa experience in your own space.