How She Wears It: Karissa

How She Wears It: Karissa

This 5’9 beauty knows a thing or two about pulling an outfit together… she rocks amazing office ensembles during the week, and hones her skills as a stylist on the weekends. Probably my favorite thing about her is her unapologetic approach to wearing sky high heels even when she towers over the rest of us […]

How She Wears It: Farial

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How She Wears It: Farial

When you think fashion and lifestyle PR in LA, picture this amazingly talented woman. Wickedly smart, incredibly honest, and just about the funniest person you’ll ever meet. But we’re not sure what her new life goal is after she finally met Bradley Cooper… Name: Farial Current City: Venice, CA Personal style in 15 words or […]

How She Wears It: Audrey

How She Wears It: Audrey

This is my dear friend Audrey who is always effortlessly fabulous. We met while living in Austin, TX – a true Texas sweetheart, with sass – but she now calls Los Angeles home. A fellow flea market fanatic, she’s one of my bridesmaids that inspired petite.v! Name: Audrey Current city: Los Angeles, CA Personal style […]

What’s in a name?

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The first electric typewriter was produced by the Blickensderfer manufacturing company, of Stamford, Connecticut, in 1902. We didn’t name our company after them… “Blickensderfer Jewelry” just didn’t have the ring to it.

Shift your thinking.

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The shift key was a game changer for typewriters. because it allowed for 1 key to perform 2 roles, manufacturing costs (and therefore purchase price) were greatly reduced, and typist operation was simplified. We like to say the shift key is your efficiency inspiration: twice the work, half the price.

How She Wears It: Chloé

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If you know my sister, you know that you want to be her BFF within the first few minutes of meeting her. When we were younger I once asked her if she could help me to be cooler… she never let me live it down. This girl radiates positivity and pulls together effortless looks on […]

False advertising got them nowhere.

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In the early part of the 20th century, a typewriter was marketed under the name “noiseless” and advertised as “silent”. It was developed by Wellington Parker Kidder, and the first model was marketed by the noiseless typewriter company in 1917. It failed to sell well, leading some observers to the conclusion that the “clickety-clack” of […]

Typewriters are still in.

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Did you know that as of 2009, typewriters were still used by some U.S. government agencies?! In fact, in 2008, New York City spent almost $1,000,000 to purchase a few thousand typewriters for use by the New York police department – mainly to type property and evidence vouchers on carbon paper forms. Although the newer versions […]

Do it fast, but do it well.

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According to the standards taught in secretarial schools in the mid-20th century, a business letter was supposed to have no mistakes and no visible corrections… This seems like a no-brainer, but keeping in mind that their backspace key wasn’t quite as efficient as ours is today, you can imagine how stressful that must have been […]

The origins of qwerty.

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The 1874 Sholes & Glidden typewriters established the “qwerty” layout for the letter keys and has become the de facto standard for english-language typewriter and computer keyboards. The most likely explanation for the qwerty arrangement is that it was designed to reduce the likelihood of internal clashing of typebars by placing commonly used combinations of […]

The longest word.

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Did you know that “typewriter” is the longest common English word you can type using purely the first row of keys?! I think that tasty little nuggest will probably come in handy during a game of Trivial Pursuit…

When you lack the tools, fake it.

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Many old typewriters didn’t include a separate key for the numeral 1 or the exclamation point, and some even older ones also lack the numeral zero. Typists who trained on these machines learned the habit of using the lowercase letter l (“ell”) for the digit 1, and the uppercase o for the zero. These characters […]

Cut and paste… seriously.

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Remember when iPhone didn’t have the ability to Cut and Paste? Oh, the agony! Next time we want to complain about re-typing a word or sentence (we’re so spoiled), we should think about what paragraph positioning used to involve… a very manual process for the editors! Copy was positioned, pressed down with a brayer, or roller, cut out […]

petite.v featured on Cayley Pozza’s blog

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Big hugs to Cayley Pozza for this amazing write up! On her date with Chris, Maynard scaled the outside of a building, and she did it in style. A piece that personally caught my eye was this Petite. V, Type Writer ring, handmade out of none other- then an old vintage type-writer key. Not only is […]

List makers, this tab is for you.

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I love lists. Every Saturday morning I wake up and create a to-do list for the weekend. Like seriously, it’s the first thing I do after making a cup of tea. And truth – if I’m feeling like a need a boost to feel productive, I’ll include “morning tea” as an item, just to check […]

petite.v featured on Accept this Rose

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I’ve been a devoted fan of the Bachelor for years, so when my friend Lisa said she could help me get a piece to gorgeous Emily, I literally squealed with excitement. Emily requested the letter R, for the true love of her life, little Ricki. Let’s see if there is room in her heart for […]

petite.v featured on Possessionista

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Possessionista had mad love for us too – which was just too good to be true. This is where people come to shop the looks from this show… and we all know Ms. Maynard is the best dressed Bachelorette we’ve ever had… I am obsessed with these vintage Chanel button rings that I’d have to sell my […]

Jack Kerouac was speedy.

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Jack Kerouac, a fast typist at 100 words per minute, typed On the Road on a roll of paper so he would not be interrupted by having to change the paper. Within two weeks of starting to write On the Road, Kerouac had one single-spaced paragraph, 120 feet long. Some scholars say the scroll was […]

Great novelists work with the best.

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David McCullough, Hunter S. Thompson, and Cormac McCarthy all work(ed) on typewriters. And I hear Tom Hanks is a fan too.

petite.v featured on Accept This Rose

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If you’re a fan of The Bachelor(ette) and you don’t already know about Accept This Rose, then you, my friend, are missing out. Mary and Danielle are positively hilarious, and deliver amazing site recaps and analysis that keep me in giggles long after the final rose of the night has been handed out. Mary and […]

Possesionista giveaway!

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Back in 2012, we partnered with popular blogger Possesionista for an exciting giveaway. A winner was selected at the end of January, but still thought I’d share..   If I were on Gossip Girl, I’d probably be Dan Humphries, all flannel and emo, with dirty hair and a knack for writing things that ultimately piss […]