*I don’t know why, but lately, I’ve been revisiting a lot of my photos from my time in New York, specifically the summer during which my son was born there. That time in my life felt exhausting and constrained by small spaces and small intervals in which to accomplish things, but I also felt so proud of myself: I was doing it! Raising two little kids in the city! I look back now and of course remember mainly the sweet, tender moments. The magic of strolling through Central Park with an iced coffee in one hand and a baby strapped to my chest. The ebullience of successfully getting two children to a music class on time! The way we made our tiny apartment a true center. It feels good to sit with those memories and remind myself that I can do hard things, and that everything turns out OK. Which reminds me that one time I asked my Magpies: “What do you wish you could tell your 20 year old self?” and about half of the answers were permutations of: “It’s all going to turn out fine.” If you’re in it this weekend — in whatever phase of life you are in — know that the wisdom of an enormous community of Magpies are here to tell you it’s going to be OK.
My Latest Snag: Ecru Denim Skirt + Makeup!
My favorite purchases this week were this ecru denim skirt (also available in a great denim wash; some styling inspo here) and a mini Sephora haul, that included two clean beauty products for brow recommended by Magpies over on Instagram: this Westman Atelier pencil and this brow gel. The impetus for these brow purchases? I really like the way my makeup looked last weekend when I went to a party with my college friends, and I realized after the fact it was because I’d applied brow gel — which I rarely do! — because I feel like my face looked better-defined, or better-framed? I was really feeling myself — ha! Anyway, the tube I’d used was pretty dry and cakey so I wanted to upgrade and pick up some new clean products. Both of the ones I got came highly recommended, though one Magpie noted that the Kosas one really does expire within six months — FYI.
I also picked up this blush that went viral on TikTok (I’d been eyeing for months) in the happy color — note that reviews claim this is hyper-pigmented, and you barely need a drop to see color! It’s not clean but I really did want to try it.
I also picked up this make-up setting spray (clean!), recommended by a few Magpies, after my two girlfriends both INSISTED that makeup setting spray is crucial to having your makeup last a full night!
This Week’s Bestsellers.
01. G. LABEL STRIPED SWEATER (ON SALE!) // 02. NEW BALANCE 327S // 03. VERONICA BEARD JEANS // 04. DOEN STRIPED DRESS // 05. OLD NAVY SHORTS // 06. FIRST DAY / LAST DAY SCHOOL PENNANT // 07. KNIT VEST // 08. POMADE STICK FOR PERFECT SLICKED-BACK BUNS // 09. STEVE MADDEN SANDALS // 10. DOEN DRESS // 11. LONGCHAMP MINI BAG // 12. AZUL BOARD GAME // 13. SPEEDO GOGGLES* // 14. BEST INEXPENSIVE SLEEPING PILLOWS // 15. J. CREW COCKTAIL DRESS //
*These are really a fantastic product. The elastic strap is so much better than the rubber one! Little ones can pull them on/off themselves (!!) — even my four year old son! — and they don’t snag in hair as easily.
Weekend Musings: A Word I’ve Eliminated from My Vocabulary.
Back when I was leading a team, what feels like four lifetimes ago — before my start-up days, before my babies, before NYC or Bethesda — a mentor told me: “Eliminate the word ‘just’ from your vocabulary.” She said this pointedly, as a woman-to-woman confidence. Ever since, when I feel my fingers itching to type “I’m just checking in on –” or “Just wondering if –” or even “It’s just a blog,” I think of her and I remember her point: that “just” undermines the seriousness with which I approach my work. It implies a fluttering kind of marginality. “Just” suggests that whatever follows is caveated by smallness. Now imagine the same inquiries without “just,” and reform them to communicate crispness and the absence of apology:
“Would up update me on the status of…?”
“Where are we with regards to…?”
These changes are more than mere semantics. They are small, actionable, relatively low-lift ways to stand up for yourself in a professional or personal setting.
Do you have any similar words or phrases you avoid?
+A dress that does it all. Can’t think of an occasion it wouldn’t work for!
+This caftan has SUCH great colors.
+Love this linen maxi – such an unusual color and great details, too.
+Adore this sun hat from HHH’s high summer launch!
+Sweetest floral bubble for baby girl.
+The teachers at my son’s new preschool (where he’ll wear a uniform) suggested we order a bunch of these inexpensive Cat and Jack shorts in navy because they have a drawstring waist but look like uniform shorts! Genius for little boys still getting the hang of buttons, zippers, etc!
+This Khaite bag…SO good.