Good Morning, everyone! I’m Maura!
You may know me from my Instagram handle, hauteinsouthie! Back in the fall, before we had eight feet of snow, I introduced myself to Kathryn at Neatly Nested’s 1st birthday party. It was the week before I was leaving my full-time job to pursue more creative work. Being surrounded by so many talented, creative ladies in one room that evening and lacking a new full-time job to transition to, I came up with the crazy idea to offer my time and gain some new learning experiences in the process. I had followed Kathryn on Instagram for a while and I not only loved her design style, but I was both comforted and inspired to see another smart, independent woman take a big risk and break free from her job to pursue her creative passions. I’m pretty tenacious so I decided to ignore the risk that Kathryn may be concerned that I was stalking her and went to her West Elm Friendsgiving event on a rainy Saturday morning to re-introduce myself. Then just after New Year’s, we caught up in her new studio and the rest is history!
Starting today, I’ll be giving you an inside look into the adventures as I assist with events and social engagement for the launch of Bash Studio’s new product, The Everyday Napkin! If this is [gasp] your first time hearing about The Everyday Napkin, let me tell you ten things that I personally love about Bash Studio's first product!
No. 1 They’re fun!
I’ve always used paper towels as my go-to napkin, which tend to be non-descript and pretty boring. When I use my brightly colored Everyday Napkins at home (even though I might be wearing sweatpants and sitting on the couch eating dinner in front of the TV) they make meals fun and I feel a little bit more put-together.
No. 2 Reusable and less wasteful
Unlike paper napkins, you can use The Everyday Napkin more than once. I usually don’t get my napkin very dirty (if at all) in one sitting, so it’s great to be able to reuse it all day; then toss it in the laundry when I’m done!
No. 3 Great for on-the-go
“Have napkin, will travel!” Kathryn often laughs because I carry my Everyday Napkins with me wherever I go and have been known to randomly whip a napkin out of my bag to put under my water bottle during a meeting or to use out at lunch.
No. 4 Easy to use and casual
Traditional cloth napkins tend to be larger and typically only used for formal occasions; afterwards many people send them to the dry cleaner and/or iron them. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the financial resources to dry clean my napkins. I also loathe ironing with the fiery burning passion of a thousand suns. [P.S. Steamers saved my life. Thank you fashion industry experience!] The Everyday Napkin is slightly larger than a cocktail napkin and all you have to do is throw it in the washing machine when it’s time to be cleaned. Easy peasy.
No. 5 The perfect gift, Really.
Gift giving can be challenging. Sometimes you need a hostess gift. Sometimes you need a ‘Meet the Parents’ gift. I’ve often been limited by my gift recipients’ personal styles, hobbies, and allergies. Guess what? No one is allergic to napkins and everyone uses them. You’re welcome!
No. 6 #theeverydaynapkin
If you’ve seen my instagram, you know that I enjoy sharing everything from my sleeping puppy to what I ate for breakfast, all while attempting to create a styled image. We all love to capture the things we are most excited about but sometimes wish we had that thing to bring the photo all together. Well there is no doubt that The Everyday Napkin helps us create these "instagramable moments." From coffee to cookies, beers and bar carts, check out all the ways our fans have styled their Everyday Napkins and shared them using #theverydaynapkin.
No. 7 One-of-a-kind
The Everyday Napkin is made from found designer fabrics that then create limited collections that we can be a part of. Once the collection runs out, she's on to creating the next one! Wait until you see what's coming out for Spring and Summer!
No. 8 Locally made with love!
Many people are starting to pay attention to where their everyday products are made and grown. You can feel happy knowing that by purchasing The Everyday Napkin, you’re supporting a local company and that the napkins are handmade by Kathryn and her mom here in Massachusetts.
No. 9 Make us stop and think twice about the environment
Not only will your trash can be happier with less paper napkins and paper towels but the simple design and construction of The Everyday Napkin allows Kathryn and her mom to use found fabrics rather than creating new materials that require additional resources and energy. As a sewer, I’m also impressed that they include the selvedge into the napkins and make it look beautiful! Less waste = happy Earth = feeling good that you did something to help.
No. 10 They can be used in so many ways!
I’m at an age where every season is wedding season and although I love the idea of wedding favors, it always seems like an additional expense to the bride and groom that guests don’t usually use or keep. Imagine incorporating The Everyday Napkin as part of your table linens and then having them double as your wedding favor for your guest. That’s a memorable favor I can get behind and wouldn't mind receiving! And I happen to know a couple who may be doing just that pretty shortly!
I look forward to sharing more with you all soon, and in the mean time, head over to our shop and check our latest collections!
Maura's photo by Amanada J Photography