Friday Happy Hour: The Vieux Mot

This week’s cocktail recipe happens to be one of my personal favorites. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discovered that I am extremely sensitive to anything bitter, which explains why I usually gravitate towards fruity and sweet cocktails. Luckily, my husband found this recipe for The Vieux Mot, a St-Germain and gin-based cocktail that is really crisp and balanced.

Read below for the full recipe!

The Vieux Mot

1 oz Gin
1 oz St-Germain
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/4 oz Cointreau

This recipe originally called for three parts gin to just one of St-Germain, so if you like your cocktails on the dry side, play around with those proportions and omit some of the simple syrup or Cointreau.  Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker and shake for about 20 seconds.  Serve in a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a cherry, and enjoy!


The Vieux Mot (“Old Word”) is a fantastically simple, silky, and delicious cocktail.  It’s sweet, tart, and fruity without being cloying.  It features St-Germain, an elderflower-flavored French liqueur.  St-Germain is sweet and flowery and can easily overwhelm a drink, but I find it balances with gin very well.  At equal parts gin and St-Germain, the sweet elderflower taste really stands out in this drink but still leaves a delicious undercurrent from the juniper-flavored gin.  The Vieux Mot is a a new variation on an old cocktail, the Prohibition-era Last Word that mixed gin with green Chartreuse and lime juice.  Haven’t tried that one yet…

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

{happy weekend!}

After spending the early part of this week in New York for Bridal Market, this week practically flew by for me!  It’s been a chilly and windy couple of days back here in DC and I’m hoping that the beautiful fall weather will hold out for a few more weeks before winter starts to roll in.  I’m looking forward to spending a quiet weekend bundling up and staying warm.  I hope you all have fun plans for the weekend!  But in the meantime…

Photo Credit: Let’s Taste Autumn by Crushed Silence

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Welcome to the newest members of the Designer Rolodex!

I’ve got a cocktail recipe coming up for you a bit later this afternoon, and this week it’s one of my favorites!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Priscilla + Daniel’s Rock n’ Roll Vintage-Inspired Wedding Invitations

I’ve heard of some interesting sources of inspiration, but until today I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone being inspired by a FedEx form for their wedding invitations!  Priscilla and Daniel worked with Elise from Sweet Penelope to create a vintage-inspired invitation suite with a slight rock n’ roll vibe, all based around a purple and orange color palette – and yes, inspired in part by a FedEx form!

From Elise: Priscilla wanted something vintage, playful, and bold, while using her colors, purple and rusty orange.  She sent me a link to a FedEx invitation template to show me the direction she had in mind.  She also wanted to avoid anything frilly or cutesy, so I chose elements like the hissing lion’s head, sunburst, and hot air balloon, that were dynamic and strong.  Priscilla and Daniel volunteer together at rock concerts, so I tried to capture the spirit of a music festival (without being rock’n’roll specific, as requested by Priscilla) and incorporated the VIP/all access stub in the corner.


I designed each piece differently to avoid being matchy-matchy, but the palette and retro vibe are consistent throughout and help pull the suite together.  The invitations were digitally printed in my studio on 100% cotton 300 gsm paper.

Thanks Elise!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Sweet Penelope

2012 Calendar Round Up, Part 5 – Seasonal Food Calendars

Fruits, vegetables, and seasonal food in general have figured prominently in the 2012 calendar round ups over the last few weeks.  But since food is such a fun theme for a calendar, whether illustrated or photographed, that I thought it would be fun to pull together a round up dedicated entirely to foodie calendars!  Here are a few favorites that would be perfect for your kitchen (and any other rooms, too)…

Sweet Fine Day

KC Crochet

Tidbits Studio

Le Papier Studio


Maria Schoettler Design

Lily Jane Stationery


Kirtland House Press

Color Box Design

Did you miss any of the pre­vi­ous cal­en­dar round ups? You can find them all right here!

{images via their respec­tive sources}

Calligraphy Inspiration: Emilie Friday

When first I began looking into the art of calligraphy, you can imagine all the sorts of goodies I found.  Calligrapher Emilie Friday definitely comes to mind when I think of not only the art, but also the practice of calligraphy.  Emilie offers gorgeous envelope addressing, invitation design, address stamps and even calligraphy starter kits for those of you looking to try your own hand.  Perusing her website, shop and Flickr photostream, you’ll find elegant examples of her work, glimpses at her practice pieces, and the details that make her calligraphy so special.  – Julie

Emilie Friday Holly Golightly address

Emilie Friday calligraphy gold detail

Details of a wedding scroll to be signed by guests.  Note the delicate lines, fine touches and her beautiful watercolor illustrations.  Imagine how lovely a wedding certificate would look with these kinds of romantic flourishes!

Emilie Friday ornamentation and style

Emilie Friday card and addressed package

Emilie’s work can be very whimsical for a perfect touch to brighten up everyday correspondence.  She also does amazing intricate work, with use of some of the loveliest calligraphy swashes I’ve seen.

Emilie Friday calligraphy detail swashes

Emilie Friday full text metallic ink detail

Details like these really let you appreciate the work that goes into calligraphy.  Thanks Emilie!

Photo credits: Emilie Friday