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I took the above photo in a historic home in Charleston, SC that I visited last year. The spiral staircase was exquisite.
My Latest Snags.
I did some Prime Day shopping this week, but is that interesting now that the promotions are gone? (If it is, my top purchases were my favorite dry shampoo, my beloved cocofloss, and this Smithsonian Zoology book Mr. Magpie bought for our children — somehow still almost 50% off. My children adore these kinds of animal encyclopedias and they make for great bedtime reading, as we can clearly limit each night to two animals without the inevitable “but that was so short! can you read another book?”)
I also restocked our spice supply a bit this week. I love the flat packs that ship free from Spice House, which I in turn siphon into labeled glass spice jars. Their cinnamon is incredible. Perfect for baking this ideal-for-fall banana bread. (The only banana bread recipe you’ll ever need!)
This Week’s Bestsellers.
01. DOEN MILANA DRESS // 02. STAUB MINI PUMPKIN COCOTTE // 03. GAP CORDS // 04. MADEWELL BUCKET BAG // 05. J. CREW BOOTS // 06. FOOD52 VINYL KITCHEN MAT // 07. APC GRACE BAG // 08. NORMA KAMALI DRESS // 09. LAKE PAJAMAS HOLIDAY JAMMIES // 10. L’AGENCE MULES // 11. SPANX PULLOVER // 12. LIVING PROOF DRY SHAMPOO // 13. KOHLS FLEECE JACKET // 14. CITIZENS GAUCHO JEANS (SIZE DOWN)
Weekend Musing: A Gentle Headspace.
Earlier this week, I asked: “How do you fill your cup when you’re short on time?” One Magpie replied: “The one that I find has staying power (for me) is acts of service. The old adage, ‘you rise by lifting others,’ holds very true for me.” It was a beautiful, unexpected nudge, and it reminded me of another Magpie comment from a few months ago that continues to reverberate with me on a weekly basis:
“When I feel nervous about a social situation, I try and remind myself to focus on making sure others have a great time, and to draw someone out who seems to feel out of place. I have told my children this many times when they haven’t wanted to attend an event they need to be at: “Just make sure _________ (a friend with a special need/ someone struggling) has a good time. That can be your purpose.”
Putting myself in this headspace this weekend, especially at a time when many need extra care and gentleness.
+These popular under-$100 flats are available in the coolest blue suede. I wish I’d found them before they sold out in my tiny pixie foot size. I actually love them in the leopard print? I haven’t been drawn to leopard in awhile but these are calling my name. The silver is also very on trend.
+Anthro’s Somerset dress is so flattering and comfortable (I own in a summer stripe), and I love this rich burgundy color for fall.
+I regret not buying this Stagg kettle while it was a Prime deal. So many of you messaged me enthusiastically about it — it’s treasured by many! One wrote: “I swear pourovers taste better because of it.”
+Have heard such good things about these eye palettes from Makeup by Mario.
+One of my absolute favorite sweaters is 15% off with code SWEATERWEATHER through Monday. 100% cotton, ultra-soft and plush, and wears like a sweatshirt. Je l’adore.
+A great everyday boot with a low heel.
+Another great Sezane cardi.
+A chic, fashion-y field jacket with its cropped, swingy dimensions.
+I know it’s early, but this Christmas tree topper is beyond sweet.
+Love this knit lounge set.