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A potpourri of thoughts and musings today…
+Are all of your friends around your age? I came across this quote in Leslie’s newsletter this week (from a reader of hers): “A friend once told me she had a goal to have a friend in every decade because everyone shares such a different experience of life in conversation.” I reflected for a minute and realized, outside of my mother and my youngest sister, I don’t have any female friends a decade older or younger than I am. Clearly, I’m missing out! What about you? How did you / do you make friends with women outside of your immediate age bracket?
+We kicked off the design of our formal living room with our interior designer, Kelley Proxmire, this week. I love the fabrics we selected (seen above). We’re basing the room around the rug seen above, which Mr. Magpie and I found at Jayson Home in Chicago several years ago. (BTW: Jayson Home is currently running an insane sale, with an extra 20% off sale prices — don’t miss this gorgeous table, these bar stools, these Staffordshire dogs for book case styling.) The room will have formal seating for receiving guests and enjoying cocktails, and a little game table tucked into the corner so Mr. Magpie and I can enjoy our game hours in style. (We have been very into Duel lately.)
+Some more recent-ish home finds here.
+Listening to Rhye’s album “Woman” on repeat. It’s over ten years old, but feels modern to me. Major Sade vibes; good beats for a low key work session.
+I just finished listening to Nancy Meyers’ interview on Ben Mankiewicz’s brand new podcast, “Talking Pictures.” I found Mankiewicz a little off-putting at first — the opener felt self-aggrandizing, and he occasionally talks over (and corrects!) Meyers, betes noires* of mine. I couldn’t tell whether these gaffes were the result of nervous energy or the speed bumps of starting anything new (it is the first episode of the podcast). Anyhow, one interesting part of the conversation: Meyers talks about the phenomena of “who almost played a character” in Hollywood, and how wild it is to imagine one celebrity filling in for a role that made another’s career. I love that game, too. Did you know, for example, Kim Basinger declined the role of Annie in “Sleepless in Seattle” before Meg Ryan was cast in it?! And can you imagine a world without Meg Ryan in that movie?
+Re: bete noire — a Magpie reader used this in a comment on one of this week’s posts and I could not wait to use it myself! I’d not heard the phrase in years. A bete noire is “a person or thing that one particularly dislikes.” Another source defined it as “anathema,” which of course brought to mind the charming Stanley Tucci; I think he used the word 323 times (exaggerating) in his memoir, which I cherished. The New Yorker described Tucci as “trim, gently muscled, bespectacled, a little arch, a little icy” in an article on his memoir a few years ago, and I’ve never forgotten the portraiture. “A little arch, a little icy” — ha! And yet the description does not quite capture what a charming companion he is in audiobook form.
+Re: Stanley Tucci. Have you seen this TikToker’s impersonation? It is spot on!
+I’ve heard SUCH good things about this well-priced cleanser, but it’s been sold out forever. Just got an alert that it was restocked this week and checked out immediately. Cannot wait to test. Description: “This skin-softening, humectant-rich glycerin cleanser effectively removes makeup, excess oil, and impurities while maintaining skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH.”
+I shared this brief poem by Jane Hirshfield on Instagram this week. I love its pithy multivalence. Is it apology? A public performance of something intimate? A gesture to the porousness of memory?
+Really want to try this under-eye-brightening product from Trish McEvoy. It’s their bestselling product!
+Yamazaki Home has such chic, minimalist home storage solutions. This double decker drying rack is brilliant for a smaller kitchen, and I love the look of this cutting board organizer. On the subject of home organization: just ordered these to better organize the kids’ snack section of our pantry.
+This past fall, I bought a heavy-duty denim overshirt similar to this and I love it! So versatile and unexpected (for me). Especially love styling it with white, ecru, or black denim. It’s a bit out of my personal style comfort zone (slightly edgier / more androgynous?) but I’ve loved having it.
P.P.P.S. Something hallowed and holy.