A Thursday Prompt.

By: Jen Shoop

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I visit with this poem every few weeks. I love the entreaty to look at the world as though it were fashioned by love and designed for accommodation. A receptive, feminine energy. It draws me into myself: how good it feels to sit here, with the sun on my legs, and the refrigerator patiently cooling and housing my water for whenever thirst strikes.

It also brings to mind a poem I’ve often cited by Mary Oliver, titled “The Sun.” Its crescendo (below) is another reminder of the extraordinary gifts of everyday life and the natural world. Even the routine rise and fall of the sun occur to us as astonishing mag​na​nimi​ties, if we open ourselves up to them.

My prompt today: how do the everyday objects and sights around me model love? How might I respond in kind?


+More Mary Oliver to love.

+The world is vast, minute, and clear.

+The Dirge of Deronda: a grappling with fate, the lesson that “not everything happens to you, personally,” and writing.

Let’s Go Shopping.

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+The ever-chic Nicole Cassidy styled this dress on her Instastories last week sans belt — SO chic. A floating caftan!

+Two great H&M steals: this Celine-esque bag and this striped shirtdress. The variegated widths remind me of Staud!

+These remind me of my now-sold-out sunnies I found at Anthro — fun shape and color options!

+Love the length, silhouette, and back of this gingham from Posse.

+As you know, I’m an enormous fan of everything Sold Out does — I live in their iconically soft tees and this white tank! — and I’m so flattered they created a custom code for us: JEN15 for 15% off! Try those two staples — I promise they won’t disappoint. The quality is SO good.

+Nili Lotan released her wildly popular Shon pants in a great stone color. These work great on taller Magpies. If you’re more petite, try the Velvet Brylies. I own and love these.

+I’ve heard this $20 candle smells much more expensive than its price tag suggests. While you’re at Target: a very cute linen midi skirt.

+LaMareGold’s latest drop was SO GOOD. I’m so bummed I missed out on this dress in my size.

+So quirky and so cute.

+On-trend crochet shorts.

+This Hermes lipstick makes a great gift thanks to the iconic presentation in that orange box!

+Bought a few of these cherry print pouches to organize my daughter’s hair / toiletry situation while traveling this summer. These floral print ones are also adorable.

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