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Magpie Edit: Edition 19.

By: Jen Shoop
popular winter 2023 fashion

ORIGO SHOES. I was excited to learn about this recently-launched footwear brand — minimalist styling, great colors, and attentiveness to functionality. The founder, Cristina, generously sent micro a pair of their velcro canvas sneakers (seen above, with Minnow canvas pants), and wrote passionately about their design in an email to me: “Barefoot or minimalist shoes are great for kids and the correct development of their feet.  In fact, we learned about them through our daughter; she walked at 22 months and was able to do so only barefoot.  Usually when kids find these types of shoes, they do not want to take them off.  They can feel the surfaces and flex their feet for grip when they are playing, or climbing rocks or hills, for example.  Since these shoes allow for more space than regular shoes, the child’s feet develop as they should.” Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say! Love the impetus behind these shoes. And I have to say — my son has *only* worn these shoes since he got his feet in them! You can get 10% off your order with code MAGPIE.

MARYSIA SWIMSUIT. Marysia is running an incredible sale on select swimsuits — the gorgeous sunshine-yellow one is marked down to $111 (orig $369!). I currently have it and this rash guard for mini in my cart. My favorite swimsuit (I own in black) is also marked way down!

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK. Currently reading on the recommendation of one of my O.G. Magpies, whom I had the pleasure of getting to know from a short-lived in-person book club we participated in back in NYC, pre-pandemic. She said she couldn’t put it down, and thought it was a notch above your standard chick-lit — which sounded just right for me as I try to get back into a reading routine. Description: “An epic adventure about a female athlete perhaps past her prime, brought back to the tennis court for one last grand slam.” Very easy — compulsively easy — to read. It flies and I anticipate finishing within a week. I will be reading Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow next on the recommendation of many Magpies. Will report back on both! (And thanks, as always, for the fantastic suggestions.)

FLEECE BELT BAG. This under-$25 belt bag has been my best friend lately. I especially love it when taking Tilly for walks — can tuck my phone and AirPod holster in there and walk hands-free while talking to my mom or listening to a podcast. It’s adorable in the chocolate brown.

THE MENU. (Streaming on HBOMax.). I went into this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it — had heard nothing, had read nothing, didn’t even know what genre it was — but Ralph Fiennes is usually a portent of good things, and I gathered enough from the cover photo and positive Rotten Tomatoes rank that we just dove in. And oh my gosh — a complete shock! I don’t know that I *liked* it (high-stress, violent, a lot of snark/negativity), but I was riveted and on the edge of my seat the entire time. I can’t remember the last time I gasped out loud multiple times over the course of a movie! The premise: “A young couple travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.” There is startling heft to this movie — some interesting provocations about food and the food industry, consumerism, and authenticity. Mr. Magpie and I unpacked it for a good thirty minutes after it ended.

ALICE WALK ALPACA SWEATER. Still getting so much wear out of this classic cream alpaca sweater. I paired it with my white denim from Pistola (runs TTS — very stretchy) earlier this week for a winter white moment.

JASON WU DRESS. I just can’t…stop…thinking about this hot pink ditty. It is absurdly discounted, from almost $4,000 down to under $800. I keep wondering if I should buy it for an end-of-summer wedding? My birthday?! Eep! The color is delightful and on-trend, and the shape so interesting. A few other fabulous formal/cocktail dresses I’m loving…






TULIPIERE. My MIL gifted me two beautiful white artichoke-shaped tulipieres for Christmas and I’m obsessed with them. I’ve always admired her set, and now I have them proudly displayed on our family room bookshelves. Also looking forward to using them for their intended purpose (to house tulips) come spring.

FAMILY GAMES. During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, we played a lot of this version of Go Fish and Eye Found It with the children. I love that both are simple enough for my three year old son to play, but also entertaining for adults. While the children were preoccupied, Mr. Magpie played many rounds of Azul, a strategy game that is equal parts maddening and addictive. He and I love to play a quick round of something on weekend mornings while drinking our coffee (and children are watching cartoons). We’ve also enjoyed Jaipur and Patchwork — all three are great two-player strategy games that can be played in about 30 minutes/round, which is a must for us with young children around. We rarely get through a full round without multiple disruptions, but that’s OK.

BRIGHTS. I have been wearing a lot of brights lately — you can see me above in a hot pink sweater (mine is old J. Crew, similar here and also love this one), my Pam Munson tote, an Espacio bead bracelet, and my Nike Daybreaks (<<on sale for under $60 here). I’m also carrying my Goyard-inspired iPhone case in two snaps above and it is my most-asked-about accessory! Mine is from an Etsy shop that no longer exists, but this one is very similar.

LIBER ORGEAT SYRUP. Mr. Magpie put this cocktail ingredient in my stocking for Christmas, and we’ve been mixing up batches of Mai Tais with it! Orgeat is an almond syrup that Mr. Magpie once went through the hassle of making from scratch but it was REALLY labor-intensive and it went bad quickly. He’d read that this small, Texas-based business makes legit syrups/flavorings/cocktail ingredients, and it’s lived up to the hype. Another great cocktail idea for a tiki party / retro cocktail party.

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14 thoughts on “Magpie Edit: Edition 19.

  1. So glad to hear you are liking Carrie Soto!! Tomorrow tomorrow and tomorrow is also next up for me. Currently reading “Beasts of a Little Land” by Juhea Kim – great for fans of Pachinko. I am loving it.

  2. You and Mr Magpie should try out the game Hive. My partner and I are always searching out great two-player games and Hive has easily eclipsed all others. My parents are siblings are hooked too! It’s wonderfully portable too (only a few pieces!) and perfect for travel, a quick game before dinner, bringing to a coffee shop, etc. We’ll try Azul— I’ve heard good things before and your rec has convinced me to order!

  3. Yay for Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow. I loved all of the other books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, her latest is on my read list.
    Have you read or seen White Noise? I haven’t and didn’t realise it was a book until I saw a headline of it in WAPO.

    So many books, shows, and films. I do hope there is a second season of Gilded Age.

    1. can confirm re: gilded age – my family was on a day trip out to newport, ri this fall and several of the mansions were shut down for filming!

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