Sometimes even minimalist chic needs a rest. Which is why we love Billet Doux, the new line of ornate English social stationery. "I wanted to create something glamorous for people to write thanks-yous," says owner Sasha Dorey of her pastel cards that come in four designs printed in gold ink. "We still do that in England. We don't e-mail to say thank you." $35 for 10 cards at The Cross (44-207/727-6760) and the General Trading Company (www.generaltrading.co.uk); www.billetdoux.co.uk.
—Ann Marie Gardner