Wrapping Up 2016 and Get Ready for 2017

Hi all, It has been such a looong time I haven't posted anything. Wow, since October – and now Christmas is right around the corner! I think it's time to write a post talking about what we have been doing and wrapping up our 2016. First of all, Huy and I can't wait to meet our baby ...

5 Ways Handwritten Notes Enrich Our Everyday Life

It's true that the first reason I started Chic+Nawdie was because of my watercolor illustrations. I taught myself watercolor when I was still working full-time as a graphic designer and this medium captivated me so much I wanted to create a product that can carry my illustrations and transform them into useful everyday objects. However, a ...

A Rainy Day in New York City: Raincoats, Coffee, Phở, Noguchi Museum and the Beach

It has been raining for the last few days in New York City. While the rain erases the annoying heat (goodbye heat dome!), it can be tricky especially on Saturdays or Sundays since you feel like you can't do all the things you have been saving up for your precious weekends. However, unless it's a storm ...

Working With Watercolor for Beginners: My Process and Tips

  Watercolor is a fascinating medium and is often considered difficult. It blends when you don't want it to, you have to be very patient for layers to dry and sometimes things just can't be reversed or fixed at all... This post is about my watercolor process but don't mistake it for a how-to tutorial from ...

National Stationery Show ’16: Our 10 Tips for First-Time Exhibitors

  Hi all, It has been awhile since I last posted because we just wrapped up our first National Stationery Show (NSS) and (as everybody probably knows) it takes quite a lot of time and energy preparing for it especially when we are first-time exhibitor. As I am sitting here and writing this post, it suddenly strikes me how ...

Mini Collection Spring ’16 “Unstoppable Kawaii”

  Hi all, I'm happy to introduce our new Mini Collection Unstoppable Kawaii. Inspired by our trip last October to Japan where everything can be miniature (hence the word "kawaii" in the name), we decided to create a mini collection of mini cards. We also have heard friends and customers said that they do wish to send more cards ...