Haven't we all read lately that the handwritten note is a thing of the past? That email has become the preferred method of social correspondence? While it is true that email has made our lives easier in some regards, it cannot replace the graciousness of a handwritten note. I love receiving notes of thanks and well-wishes, and I make a real effort to return the favor every chance I get.
Of course, bespoke stationery is wonderful. You might want to have at least one set of engraved stationery for more formal occasions. However, you also have the option of purchasing motif stationery- plain paper or cards with a motif engraved on the top. This is a wonderful (and less expensive) way to express your style and personality. Fortunately for us, there is an abundance of stylish stationery on the market.
For the ultimate extravagance, why not consider a set of the Chinese Dragon cards from Mrs. John L. Strong? Yes, they are pricey, and yes, you may want to reserve using these for only the most special people in your life. But aren't they a splashy way to send one's well-wishes?
Dempsey & Carroll has numerous options for motif cards. For an ultra feminine card, I like their floral motif cards such as the Japanese Spider Mum or the Red Hibiscus.
Or, for something more whimsical, their London Taxi cards might just fit the bill.
Smythson, the London stationery purveyor, has some simple but chic correspondence cards. I think their Lipstick cards would be great to send to makeup mavens.
And now for the hard part- what to write? Well, who can forget Strunk and White? Their writing manual/bible was updated in 2005 with charming illustrations by Maira Kalman. The Elements of Style Illustrated is not only helpful in guiding us letter writers, the illustrations also make it fun!