Chels’ Favorite Things #16

Paper Source

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Paper Source has been one of my all-time favorite stores for as long as I can remember. When I was in college I would drive to the Cambridge location (using mapquest directions, it was clearly 2001!) to spend hours in the store trying to take everything in. As a graphic designer and creative person, Paper Source is as close to Heaven on Earth as you can get.

After a while, I found myself stopping into the store at least twice a week to get supplies for wedding invitations I was working on, restock my supplies, or just to kill some time. About a month ago I decided I spend enough money and time in the store, I may as well get a part time job there. So, that’s what I did. And that explains why I’ve been MIA on the blog, too! I’m still trying to adjust to a new schedule 🙂

It’s been so much fun working at Paper Source so far and I find it silly to even call it “work” because it’s actually a lot of fun. Helping people put projects together, decide which colors to use, and pick their brains to help them reach their creative goals is something I’ve always loved to do, so this just made sense. Also, having coworkers who literally geek out at all things pretty isn’t too shabby either. I’ve never had friends to literally scream out loud and do a jig with me when the most gorgeous handmade paper is set in front of us, and my new coworkers at Paper Source will do that with me 😉 It’s just nice to be around people who “get” each other in that sense!

A little project I’m working on now:

I saw this antique silverware paper in the store and had been eyeing it for some time. I bought a sheet of it, cut it to size, and placed them in these black frames to hang in my kitchen. I love how quickly you can transform a simple piece of paper and turn it into art at such a low cost. I’ll post a photo when they’re all hung! 🙂


I’m sure I’ll have lots of new projects to work on so I’ll be sure to update you all! To find a Paper Source location near you, click here.

The Breakfast Club


I’ve always considered myself a brunch person, yet I rarely go out for brunch. Go figure. But between my friend Melis spending Saturday night at my place and my roommate Liza knowing lots of good brunch places, the three of us decided to head to The Breakfast Club in Brighton. I’ve heard lots of things about it, but have never actually gone. We got there a little after 1ish when the crowds were dwindling down (supposedly the line can be out the door on most weekends) so we didn’t have to wait long at all. We all ordered a ton of food and orange juice and the total was only about $30. The food was the perfect kind of diner food (delicious, duh!), the menu items are all named after characters or moments in The Breakfast Club (which is obviously awesome for anyone who loves that movie!), and it was just a fun but laid-back kind of vibe. Perfect for a Sunday brunch and easing your way out of the weekend.




If you know one thing about me, it should be that my love for scarves is just about as equal as my love for bacon. I have an obscene amount of them and I’ll almost always find a way to incorporate one into whatever it is that I’m wearing. So when my brother’s friend, Mac, emailed me and told me to select two of his Native(X) scarves to test out I’m almost positive that I stopped whatever it was I was doing to dilly dally on his website a bit 😉

Mac is senior at Cornell and the founder of Native(X,) a company that sells indigenous scarves, shorts, and skirts using Pendelton wool. The first scarf that I chose was the Casca Wrap Scarf (above) which is 128″ long and 3.5″ wide and makes for an insane amount of wrapping and comfort on the coldest of days. And the second I chose was the Kinzel Scarf which is 65″ long and 5″ wide and just stunning with it’s purple, turquoise, gold, and black color combination. I may or may not have said multiple times that Native(X) needs to make a wool adult onesie because I’m always cold. 🙂

Also, become a fan of Native(X) on Facbeook and be suuuure to enter their latest contest for your chance to win a beautiful Native(X) skirt (a $70 value, for the ladies) or a pair of Native(X) shorts (a $100 value, for the gentleman). All you have to do is a post a photo of yourself on their Facebook page wearing your favorite scarf (any brand is acceptable!). More ‘how to enter’ details here. You might just see my mug on the page, too!

Everything Native(X) is woven and constructed in the USA and is so reasonably priced that it’s quite tempting to buy one of everything. For holiday gifts, of course and not myself 😉


13 Responses to "Chels’ Favorite Things #16"

  1. Monique says:

    awesome ideas! Loving them! and I like the paper and frame idea! I do the same with bright colors of paper. like a wall pop… but not so permanent. lol.

  2. Erica says:

    I wish I was more creative! That store sounds very cool. You know I’m a brunch fanatic too – it is my FAVORITE meal. And I love that the restaurant has a parfait like option 🙂

  3. I used to work right near the Breakfast Club and we always went there for “meetings” 🙂 It must be so fun working at Paper Source!

  4. kimz says:

    The Breakfast Club! As a Jersey girl, I appreciate the diner feel to this place. As a lover of all things John Hughes, I appreciate the menu names and the posters all over the wall. Love it!

  5. Kelly says:

    I love that you went off and got a job there! How do you find the time woman?!? I’d love to do that at Williams-Sonoma or Sur la Table.

  6. Sarah says:

    Love the antique silverware idea!! BTW I picked up the revlon creme eye shadow and it’s my new favorite thing in my make-up bag. 🙂

  7. Sharlene says:

    I love what you did with that antique silverware paper! I’ve never been to the Paper Source in nearby Princeton but I think I have to check it out. Love these Favorite Things posts!!

  8. Simply Life says:

    I love the Paper Source -what a great idea with the pictures!

  9. Susan says:

    I love Paper Source too! I had to get married to discover its wonders, but now I’m hooked. My friends introduced me to The Breakfast Club a while back. They’re from Jersey and claimed that MA doesn’t have enough diners, until they stumbled upon this.

  10. Joanne says:

    Ooo I did not know that you were a graphic designer! I think that has to be one of the coolest jobs ever. Just seems like a ton of fun.

    Somehow I managed to live in boston for four years without even knowing that paper source existed. Which is a tragedy because it sounds like I would have loved it there.

  11. Kelly says:

    Wow thats really cool that you work at Paper Source 🙂 I find all stores like that to be major time suckers for me, I just get so into all the different things I can do… of course I don’t end up actually doing them all the time after I buy the stuff, but hey!

  12. Daisy says:

    love your list Chels. I was in paper source often when i lived in Brookline, so glad to hear you are loving your new job there! The breakfast club sounds super cool and now I am off to enter that scarf contest!!

  13. semiURBAN says:

    Love the paper and frame ideas! We’re always looking for ways to change up a room. Thanks!

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