My Latest Snag: The Ulla Johnson Indah Dress.
I’ve written about this somewhat obsessively over the past many weeks (and already shown myself in this dress on Insta), but I finally tracked down an Ulla Johnson Indah dress (still available for rent!) in my size and it is even better than imagined. The sleeves are delightfully full and the waist is flatteringly nipped. I’m smitten. I’ll be wearing this on Thanksgiving and have also been into the look of wearing it with brown boots after, though I’m not normally a boots-and-dress kind of gal.
You’re Sooooo Popular: Le Best Hand Wash.
The most popular items on the blog this past week:
+My favorite Molton Brown body soaps and hand washes are heavily discounted at Nordstrom Rack. I stocked our linen closet and my mother bought sets for everyone on her Christmas list. This scent is my all-time favorite, but I also bought this for the holidays.
+The chicest way to gussy up any old thing for the holidays. (Reincarnate an LBD from seasons past!)
+Into the cut and plaid on this trousers.
+The sexiest/sweetest dress — and at a reasonable price! — for a winter formal occasion.
+An activity tray for a toddler for your upcoming car ride home for the holidays.
#Turbothot: Very Ralph.
Have you seen the two-hour-long advertisement…I mean documentary (…?) on Ralph Lauren on HBO? It’s a stirringly beautiful spectacle that will leave you reaching for your tweeds and silk charmeuse gowns (ha ha), which is, to be sure, the intent. On a purely aesthetic level, I enjoyed it. I love the brand and ethos and have worn Ralph Lauren since I was a baby. The “documentary” (cannot use that term without quotation marks) reminded me of their perfume advertisement for Romance in the late 90s or early oughts — do you recall it? It was shot in black and white with two beautiful young people running through a field and embracing on a rope swing? I bought into that image hook, line, and sinker and wore their fragrance for several years of college as a result. The man is a genius at marketing his products as the gateway to an elegant lifestyle, and this film is no aberration. I’m curious about the provenance of this film and his role in its direction and design because the entire thing reads almost like a eulogy to a god — what brilliance! what enviable panache! what industriousness! (none of which I dispute, by the way) — while not-so-subtly asserting the relevance of the brand today.
It’s interesting in the sense that Ralph Lauren may be one of the only fashion labels that has not lost much (any?) brand equity in my thirty-five years on this earth. It’s a solid label that people have worn non-ironically for decades — can you say the same for any other? I mean, even when 90s labels like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein boomeranged back into popularity a few years ago, it felt a bit self-aware, rather heavy-handedly “throwback” with its label-mongering. Even Lacoste can feel dated, retro. RL polos, by contrast, always feel relevant and modern. (Ahem, this button-down.) He makes this point in the film, too: that he has never been interested in “fashion,” in the sense of flash-in-the-pan trends. In fact, at one point, he describes his label as “anti-fashion fashion.” But all that to say, given the timeless appeal of his clothing and his seeming continued success, I wonder what the impetus for this film was. Why now? Why this moment?
I suppose the label can read stuffy and exclusive in a moment where inclusivity and rule-blurring are de rigueur. Maybe this is his way of re-entering the conversation? Or maybe this was just part and parcel of the 50-year anniversary the company enjoyed last year? Or…?
Just some scattershot musings. Curious to hear how others received the film!
Post-Scripts: Toddler Tights and a Showstopping Sidetable.
+Love this three-pack of tights for a little one. I’m usually pretty traditional/avoid things like prints on tight, but the colors and shapes on these are so darling!
+This nightstand in the indigo is showstopping.
+Intrigued by this diaper/children’s bag by Birdling — is anyone else familiar with this brand? I like the simple styling and the built-in pockets. Note you can unzip the bottom to shake out sand, crumbs, and dirt. So smart!
+These dome pendants are amazing — love the unexpected teal color!
+Ordering this gray sweater. I love everything about it — proportions, shoulder detailing, texture!
+I have been looking for a lace-up winter boot and they seem to be all over the place right now. I love this Sorel style with the shearling!
+Most toddler moms will appreciate that this has made it into mini’s Christmas shopping basket. She is going to FLIP. You can record your voice with it!!! I remember my first Fisher-Price tape recorder. There is something so entrancing about recording your own voice as a little one!
+MINI IS OBSESSED WITH THESE.
+At the recommendation of so many Magpie moms (I did an informal poll on Instagram to solicit input), I have bought micro a Woolino sleep sack and it is beautifully made. SUCH high quality. Kyte also had a lot of upvotes and will purchase one of them for when Woolino is in the wash.
+Just ordered mini the cutest hat from this new-to-me knitwear label! OBSESSED with all of the designs.