My Latest Snag: Starch.
I recently shared all of my favorite laundering products, and a longtime reader wrote to add a suggestion: Le Blanc’s Linenpress as a major upgrade in the starch department. (We both agreed that Laundress’s formula was underwhelming — and we both love most of the rest of their line.) I also bought a bottle of this rose-scented detergent to use just for our bedding — will continue to use tried-and-true Tide on our clothing. It’s the little things!
You’re Sooooo Popular: Marmot Rain Coat.
The most popular items on le blog this week:
+My favorite rain coat / outdoor coat / running coat ever (select colors on sale for 50% off — the pink is so good!). I love this coat so much, I wrote an entire post on it.
+My children love these magnets.
+These insulated rain boots have been haunting me. I already have rain boots and two pairs of proper snow boots…but do I need these for the in-between days?! (Sleet?)
+These unfussy clear pencil boxes have come in handy for closet organization — great for batteries, miscellaneous office supplies (clips/staples/etc), floss/toothbrushes, etc.
+These washable silk pajamas are on my lust list.
+Sweet piggy bank for a nursery. Cute gift for a newborn! My best friend gave my daughter a silver piggy bank when she was born and made an initial deposit in it!
+Swooning over these S&L-esque kitchen stools. Such a steal!
Weekend Musings: Salutations + Closings.
How do you start and conclude your emails?
I have to admit that I cribbed the title and sentiment of this post from my former boss, who ended all of his emails with a spiriting “Onward!” before signing his dash-offset name. I borrowed the sign-off when I was running my own business, especially in notes to my team, but even in missives to clients and prospective investors. There was something so encouraging and determined about it — momentum! positivity! we will get through this! don’t dwell too long! onward!
I’ve since shifted back to my former “Yours, Jennifer,” which has always struck me as an appealingly old-fashioned way to conclude.
For the entirety of my lates teens and early 20s, though, I signed all of my personal emails with just my initials: JMN (maiden name) and then JMS (once married). I don’t know where I picked this up, but it was so pronounced that a cluster of friends I made while working at Georgetown University Law Center addressed me as “JMN” in real life. (A friend of mine once told me that he had shared my phone number with an inquiring beau, and he’d had to explain why my name was saved as JAYEMEN, the phoneticization of my initials.). I’ve since moved on to a simple “xxx” for loved ones (why miss the opportunity to kiss them?).
One thing I cannot abide in email correspondence? A lack of a salutation! Even in the briefest of exchanges, I find it so abrupt when someone launches into the meat of their message without a quick “Hi!” or “Hello -“
How do you start and sign off your correspondence, business and otherwise? Why? Do any turn you off? Have you ever tried a salutation on for size and regretted it?
P.P.S. Some thoughts on language here.
Post-Scripts: Email Hygiene.
+Speaking of digital correspondence: an email hygiene tip worth testing.
+This $20 hoodie comes in great colors.
+MEEP! Sephora just released exclusive colors of Westman Atelier’s incredible highlighting stick…do I need the gold?!
+Cute weekend activity (or long car ride activity) for a slightly older toddler.
+Currently drooling over these nightgowns.