The headlines this week: no one was sick, I started running again, and (per usual) lots of fun fashion and home finds.
It was cold this week! I wore my boxy Barbour (I sized up — I prefer a boxy, borrowed-from-the-boys look) most of the week, and found myself wearing a lot more athleisure than usual, as I went on a number of cold walks and runs, and frankly — I’m tired of my jeans and just wanted to be warm. I shared some of my favorite athleisure finds earlier this week, and this roundup included the little $22 sherpa pouch I’ve been wearing all the time, seen above. It’s actually pretty well-designed for the price, with an interior mesh pocket and a decent amount of room for the standard essentials. As you can see, my current “essentials” include this Merit lip gelee, which has turned me into a lip oil person. I promise I won’t make it my entire personality, but it is good.
On the subject of “being tired of jeans”: I did buy a new pair this week, inspired by some of the pleated styles I’ve been observing, seen on Abby Hernandez, Maria Valdes, and Yatri below. I liked the cropped length (no need for tailoring) and light wash. They also come in a chic natural color. Will share photos once they arrive and I’ve styled. They could be a disaster but it’s fun to try new things.
Before we move on from Joe’s Jeans, I know I’ve featured these a lot, but I wore these pants twice this week and have probably worn them once a week since purchasing. They are so comfortable — a good amount of stretch, a nice weight. I find them oddly flattering on me. Take your true size! I wore with this top (actually part of a lounge / pajama set — really soft and has a cute silhouette, a little longer/wider in the back, almost trapeze-esque? — and the cuffs are fab!) and this adorable little Paris64 bag. The other day this week, I wore them with a white long-sleeved tee and a navy and white striped La Ligne sweater around my shoulders.
On the food front, I was startled by how many of you enjoyed this Grub Street-style food diary I shared earlier this week. Thank you so much for letting me know of your pleasure! I am going to make this into a more regular series. I mentioned in that post that Mr. Magpie and I usually have a lunch plan in place by 9 a.m. each morning (if not the day or two prior), and we try to eat together every day, but sometimes, things go haywire and it’s suddenly noon and we’re famished. One of our “emergency lunch” go-tos lately has been these packaged Momofuku noodles. They are actually quite good. Don’t be deterred by the price — I was at first (hey, you can get ramen noodles for like $2/package), but you get three packages of noodles per box and honestly I’d rather spend an extra few dollars per bowl of ramen for something superior, and it’s still a meal under $5. This week, we tried a new flavor, these “tingly” noodles with some leftover Peking duck and a quick sesame cucumber salad Mr. Magpie whipped together! Avoid if you don’t like heat/spice, but they have other varieties. (Note: you can spy the colorful chopsticks I mentioned earlier this week here.)
On the children front, a couple of fun new bundles of clothing from Zara and Bisby. How fun are these bright floral shorts, this ric rac tee, and this dress from the latter?! Such joyful patterns and colors. I picked up a bunch of really cute things for my son at Zara. For some reason I’ve been really drawn to this forest green color for him at the moment. I thought these jean shorts with this little linen top would be a smart “weekend birthday party” look for him, finished with his Floafers. I also got him these little shortalls. Could not resist!
In my studio, I’m constantly re-shuffling and re-organizing items on this side table. It’s almost like a 3D mood board. I have books I’m liking, bags I’m wearing a lot, pretty notebooks and boxes I’ve received, etc. Below, I am spotlighting a beautiful jewelry case Calpak sent me along with this cosmetics organizer and this tech organizer. I love organizational products like these and I didn’t have a proper jewelry case for travel — normally, I put my pieces in tiny clear plastic envelopes and then toss all those envelopes into a pouch. This little guy is so thoughtfully designed, with snap tabes to use to keep necklaces separate from one another, a big pouch for your earrings and watches, and a snap pillar for rings. It’s already making me very excited for upcoming trips. I love having everything properly sorted. Not seen here, but I’m also totally over the moon about the large cosmetics organizer. It’s really big and can actually fit everything I need in one place versus the 2-3 smaller cosmetic bags I usually schlep with me. I’m going to try to take some photos or maybe a video of it so you can get a sense for what can fit this week. More great travel gear here!
(You might also peep a few long-time Magpie favorites, including this Eero WiFi extender, my beloved Courant charging pad (20% off), Appointed notebooks (I did just snag one of the gridded weekly planners they just launched!), and Linnea candle.)
Last but not least, how funny are these “Club Pour” cocktail napkins from my friends at Half Past Seven? I actually wrote a little something for their blog that will be going live in the next week or two. Will share once it’s posted!
P.P.S. On living care-ingly.