Cards for Thinking of You Week

Next week is Thinking of You Week, an event developed to encourage people to send each other cards and handwritten notes. Say what you will about these “made-up holidays,” but there’s no denying that little burst of joy we feel when we open the mailbox and see a hand-addressed envelope peeking out between the store circulars and utility bills. 2020 has been a grueling year on so many fronts, and a little kindness and an extra effort to connect with the people we care about goes a long way. You don’t need a fancy card or a beautifully penned letter to say “thinking of you;” a ragged-edge piece of notebook paper is just as efficient a carrier of well-wishes, handwritten memories, and a “how are you?”. But if you would like to make your snail-mail missive extra-special during Thinking of You Week, Bas Bleu has you covered. Continue reading

Celebrating the Nineteenth Amendment

This year marks the centennial of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution’s Nineteenth Amendment, codifying the right to vote for American women. The final battle of the long, hard political war for women’s suffrage was won on August 18, 1920, in Nashville, Tennessee. On that day, the Volunteer State’s all-male House narrowly approved the amendment, thanks in large part to the last-minute defection of twenty-four-year-old Harry Burn, who famously changed his vote upon receipt of a letter from his mother, Febb: “Hurrah and vote for suffrage and don’t keep them in doubt.” Continue reading

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is just two weeks away! (Where has April gone?) If you’re planning to celebrate in person with your favorite mom, lucky you! But we know many families will be kept apart by enduring shelter-in-place orders. Bas Bleu is open for business—albeit with stringent safety measures in place—and ready to help you brighten Mother’s Day for your mother, grandmother, aunt, wife, or any other lady you love who deserves extra-special treatment on May 10. We created this Mother’s Day gift guide to make shopping a little more convenient…and, yes, to show off some of the wonderful new books and gifts that landed on our shelves this week! Continue reading

Christmas Reading Recommendations

open book with holly sprig and red Christmas ornament laid on top

On December 5, we hosted a Christmas book giveaway on the Bas Bleu Facebook page. To enter, readers shared their favorite Christmas read. The result? An impromptu, “crowd-sourced” holiday reading list from the Bas Bleu community! Several beloved classics made the list (Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is an overwhelming favorite). Other books have been featured in past editions of the Bas Bleu catalog. And we were thrilled to see so many titles we weren’t familiar with…because our editors love recommendations, too! With December 25 just around the corner, we compiled a list of these Christmas reading recommendations for your holiday bookshelf. Feel free to tell us in the comments section about your own favorite seasonal reads! Continue reading

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

child's hands holding wrapped Christmas gift

We’d hardly made a dent in the Thanksgiving leftovers when we realized: December is here! But there’s no need to panic. We know you’d rather spend the holiday season enjoying yourself—decking the halls, baking delicious treats, visiting with friends and family, and (of course) reading—instead of rushing through chaotic big-box stores and sitting in mall traffic. That’s why we’ve made Bas Bleu your one-stop shop for everyone on your gift list. Just check out our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Continue reading

Counting Our Blessings

wooden heart on pile of leaves to illustrate Counting Our Blessings blog post

Just like Santa’s workshop, Bas Bleu begins working on Christmas long before the calendar turns to December. For weeks now, our call center and warehouse have hummed with hardworking “elves” taking phone orders, packing boxes, wrapping gifts, and shipping out your holiday purchases. When we’re so focused on the retail season, it’s easy for Thanksgiving to get lost amid the hustle and bustle. That’s why we make a point every year, here in the Bluestocking Salon, to focus on counting our blessings. Continue reading

7 Unique Advent Calendars to Count Down to Christmas

Moonlight Silhouette Advent Calendar

Once upon a time, Bas Bleu’s founder spied a beautiful German Advent calendar and thought: “Our readers might like that.” Two decades later, Advent calendars are a staple of our Autumn and Holiday catalogs, flying off the shelves faster than Rudolph zooms out of the North Pole! But what are Advent calendars….and, for that matter, what is Advent? Continue reading

11 Spooky Books and Treats for Halloween

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A tense cultural divide exists in America today, between those adults who think Halloween is strictly for children and those who spend months planning their costumes and designing elaborate decoration schemes for their homes. We’re somewhere in the middle: We love bite-sized candy and carving pumpkins, but we draw the line at buying the special tool that shoots fake cobwebs onto your roof. If you’re happy to leave the dress-up and trick-or-treating to the wee bluestockings, but enjoy the thrills and chills of All Hallows’ Eve, Bas Bleu has you covered with this collection of 11 spooky books and treats for Halloween. Continue reading

10 Treats for Love Your Pet Day

photo of woman and dog sitting side by side on the shore of a lake at sunset

If you’re reading this with a four-legged family member sprawled in your lap or sitting on your computer keyboard, congratulations! You’re ahead of the pack celebrating National Love Your Pet Day. We’re not entirely sure how this day is different from the other 364 of the year; most of the pets we know are spoiled rotten all year long! But here at Bas Bleu, we think National Love Your Pet Day is a great opportunity for an extra snuggle with your furry friend…and the perfect excuse to peruse a handful of our purr-fect (sorry, we couldn’t resist) animal-centric offerings. Continue reading