Betsy who?

Betsywhite is a stationery company bent on blanketing the world with oh-so-pretty design at oh-so-attainable prices. So who is the fashion maven we named our company after? Well, there is no such person. Not that we know of, anyway.

Our story starts in Barbados…

Betsywhite is actually a word that sprung from old Barbadian dialect. It refers to the song of the local black bird, which sounds a heckuva lot like “betsywhite.”

Having grown up in the island nation, Gia Graham — company founder, lead creative and editor of Flights of Fancy — heard the sound every day. And it made her happy. As does fantastic design. And anything that’s reasonably priced. It’s a feel-good combination that serves as betsywhite’s raison d’être.

So why visit Flights of Fancy? Lots of reasons, really. We want to introduce brides to vendors we adore. And to showcase how wedding customers used our products in order to inspire other altar-bound couples. What better way than a frequently updated online source of inspiration?

Additionally, Flights of Fancy serves as a place to show off new designs and to keep customers up to date on news and special offers. We hope you visit often!

Meanwhile, get to know the team…

Editor/Founder: Gia Graham
Role at Flights of Fancy: Chief cook
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Place of Origin: Barbados
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Hold-everything handbag for sure.
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: Hmmm… I’d have to say my phone. Then my shades. Mentos are pretty hard to live without too…
Current obsession: Stripes. And Chevron.
Favorite source of inspiration: At the moment, Pinterest.

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Contributor: Laura Hankins
Role at Flights of Fancy: Former intern, current Color Palette Queen
Location: Kapolei, Hawaii
Place of Origin: Jacksonville, Illinois
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Hold-everything handbag, typically with a clutch or two tucked inside!
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: My iphone
Current obsession: Anything in a bold, golden yellow (and Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolates)
Favorite source of inspiration: Fashion and textiles

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Contributor: Candice Onodi
Role at Flights of Fancy: Former Intern, current Trend Seeker
Location: Detroit, Michigan (Well,15 minutes South of it)
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: It depends on where I’m going or what I’ll be doing. I like to use both, but for a typical day it’s usually a great hold-everything handbag!
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: I hate to admit it, but I’m kind of a germaphobe, so I’d have to say the one thing I always make sure I have with me besides my license is my hand sanitizer!
Current obsession: Anything with a graphic pattern.
Favorite source of inspiration: Books! My shelves are full of design books, art history books, makeup books and tons more. And of course, blogs are always nice too!

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Contributor: Aimee Strickland
Role at Flights of Fancy: Former intern, current Betsywhite studio designer and DIY Guru
Location: Atlanta, GA
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Usually, I go for a cute clutch, but sometimes you just need a big hold-everything bag, especially on those days where you want your book and a few extra pens and maybe a notebook and journal.
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: My writing utensil of choice. I like to have a wide variety of choices when it comes to writing down my next most important thought.
Current obsession: Anything vintage and a little bit rusty – it adds so much character to any piece.
Favorite source of inspiration: Pinterest is great, but magazines are a go-to for me (especially Real Simple and Dwell)!

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And Our Lovely Interns…

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Name: Meredith Goodwin
Role at Flights of Fancy: Intern (Winter, 2013)
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: I want to say cute clutch, but it always ends up being a hold-everything handbag.
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: Chapstick and my iPhone
Current obsession: Anything DIY! I’ve always loved crafting.
Favorite source of inspiration: Southern homes. I love how cozy and inviting they are.

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Name: Caitlin Onodi
Role at Flights of Fancy: Intern (Summer, 2012)
Location: Grosse Ile, MI
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Hold-everything. I like to be able to have everything that I need and more!
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: Chapstick and my iPhone……. whoops, can’t forget my headphones. They’re all my life savers!
Current obsession: Tribal prints, and lose tops.
Favorite source of inspiration: Tumblr/ magazines

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Name: Talia Cortez
Role at Flights of Fancy: Intern (Spring, 2012)
Location: Muntinlupa City, Philippines
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Definitely a hold-everything handbag. As a student, it’s so much easier to throw things inside while i’m half-asleep in the morning!
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: I can’t imagine ever losing my hard drive. It has everything.
Current obsession: Cursive and print font combos, neon colors with gray
Favorite source of inspiration: Pinterest, wedding blogs, & magazines

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Name: Lauren DeFilippo
Role at Flights of Fancy: Intern (Winter, 2012)
Location: New York, NY
Place of Origin: Madison, CT
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: I’m always carrying a colorful clutch when I’m out on the town, but living in Manhattan, plans change at the drop of a hat, so a larger bag during the week keeps me prepared for anything!
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: Probably my lip balm (I always have 4-5 on hand) but my phone and ipod are with me at all times too.
Current obsession: Grey tones with a pop of color, like tangerine.  And retro script fonts paired with bold type.
Favorite source of inspiration: I can get lost for hours on Tumblr, the Sartorialist & DesignSponge.

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Name: China Frost
Role at Flights of Fancy: Intern (Winter, 2011/2012)
Location: Dayton, OH
Place of Origin: Spokane, WA
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Cute clutch! I don’t like to carry too many things.
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: I would have to say my chapstick. It not only helps with my chapped lips but adds a little shine to them as well.
Current obsession: I would have to say that my current obsession is all things vintage… home décor, fashion, EVERYTHING!
Favorite source of inspiration: Wedding blogs, DIY blogs and Pinterest!

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Flights of Fancy team: About Elle

Name: Elle Goodyear
Role at Flights of Fancy: Intern (Fall, 2011)
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Place of Origin: Kansas City, MO
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: hmm…cute clutch (that doubles as a wallet) inside of my hold-everything handbag!
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: Right now, it’s my sunscreen but I’m also a little bit addicted to chapstick…ohh and my day planner- I’d be lost without it!
Current obsession: Mixing prints (floral skirt + striped top? Be still my heart!) and homemade friendship bracelets
Favorite source of inspiration: Recently, it’s been Pinterest but I love reading personal style and wedding blogs!
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Name: Christine Chen
Role at Flights of Fancy: Intern (Summer, 2011)
Location: Boston, MA (for college)
Place of Origin: San Jose, CA is my home, but I was born in Illinois
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Cute clutch! In a cute color too

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What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: Glasses – I’m quite blind without them
Current obsession: Soft colors like coral, seafoam, and light teal!
Favorite source of inspiration: Pinterest, Wedding photography, and magazines

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Name: Meghan Forry
Role at Flights of Fancy: Intern (Spring, 2011)
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Place of Origin: Originally VA, but I call Ellicott City, MD home
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Hold-everything handbag, being able to fit my laptop is a huge bonus
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: Definitely my Droid Pro. It’s like a mini computer!! I love it!
Current obsession: Ruffles…but that’s more of a permanent obsession.
Favorite source of inspiration: StumbleUpon! It takes you to the corners of the internet with one stumble.

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Name: Rebecca Huynh Thongkham
Role at Flights of Fancy: Intern (Fall, 2010)
Location: Brea, California
Place of Origin: Toronto, Canada
Cute clutch or hold-everything handbag?: Hold-everything handbag by day, cute clutch by night!
What’s the one thing in your purse you can’t live without?: My chapstick and phone (although my mini box cutter and tape measure come in handy so often!)
Current obsession: Panda bears and the color green
Favorite source of inspiration: Nature…and design/wedding blogs