Musings + Essays

Weekend Vibes, Edition No. 206: Snow, Slush Lagoons + James Joyce.

By: Jen Shoop

*Image above from earlier this week in Central Park, when I witnessed the coolest low-lying fog.

My Latest Snags: More Champagne Coupes.

I accidentally knocked one of our champagne coupes into the sink and it immediately shattered. Gah! Don’t you hate when you do something careless like that? Of course, these things happen, but I just bought them a month ago! Gr. I ordered a few more this go around. I absolutely adore these! We’ve had classic flutes for the entirety of our marriage, but the coupes are fun and festive to drink out of, and this particular style doubles (conveniently) as a cocktail coupe for drinks served up — which Mr. Magpie tends to gravitate towards. (I’m more of a shaken and served on the rocks kind of cocktail lover.) Can’t recommend enough if you want to shake things up in your at-home happy hour scene. (Just don’t leave them sitting on the edge of your sink.)

P.S. More glassware I love here.

You’re Sooooo Popular: Nap Dresses.

The most popular items on le blog this week:

+Nap dresses! Still a couple of the Ellie and Caroline in the pretty pastel trellis print available! And (!) some of the all-black in the Nesli, which is probably my favorite HHH nap dress style at this point.

+The scalloped side table we all adore.

+Coolest lounge-able jeans.

+Our new favorite bibs (such cute prints!).

+Darling gingham Marysia suit, on sale.

+Pretty tiered spring dress from J. Crew.

+Washable silk pajamas. These strike me as the kind of thing proper adults wear to bed.

+These Jo Malone candles are gorgeous, and I love all of her scents, too — would be so pretty on a shelf/coffee table.

+Unfussy and inexpensive jammies for little ones in great solid colors.

+Cutest retro gym shorts for littles. Just bought micro a pair in the muted green to pair with white Lacoste polos (<<as of time of writing this, 20% off!) this summer.

+Adorable pearl and straw tote.

+I think a lot of us snagged these adorable Native shoes in the cutest ice blue floral print for this summer, on sale for 40% off!

+Serena + Lily vibes for a fraction of the price.

+Ceramic robin’s eggs for your spring tabletop situation.

+Toddler rainboots in muted pastels for $20.

Weekend Musings: Slush Lagoons.

The other day, Mr. Magpie and I decided to have a very impromptu, very rare, very New York midday date by grabbing a few slices from a local pizzeria with the intention of eating our lunch while taking a stroll through Central Park. But can I tell you that carrying our meal through the slush lagoon (photos are absolutely disgusting — you’ve been warned) that is Manhattan in the aftermath of multiple snowstorms took the wind right out of our sails and that we instead made a beeline back to the clean confines of our apartment to eat at the table? Snow in Manhattan is magical for about 24 hours. Then the snow banks that line the curbs become icebergs of filth, excrement, and garbage that remind me how dirty the city is and how — it must be said — inconsiderate people can be. I know this is not a message I normally float in these parts, as I generally prefer to focus on the positive, but — ick!

All, though, part of the give-and-take that is living in New York. Because for those couple of hours when the city is blanketed in snow and children make snowmen on the sidewalks — well, it’s a kind unifying, cleansing magic across a diverse and edgy metropolis. It brought to mind, at last snowfall, the final paragraph of Joyce’s The Dead:

Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, further westwards, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling too upon every part of the lonely churchyard where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.

Post-Scripts: Clarins Serum.

+Clarins Double Serum for $59 (usually $89). Caveat emptor: always buy carefully from Walmart. I have heard that some of the sellers on their platform (as on Amazon) sell counterfeit goods, or are not authorized sellers of particular brands. I feel encouraged/reassured by this particular deal because the seller listed has earned “Pro Seller” status on the platform. But just a heads up! If you want to buy with 100% confidence, Clarins itself is offering 15% off all orders (no code required!)

+Cake pajamas — perfect for a birthday girl! I just updated my roundup of great birthday outfits for littles with this find.

+Speaking of birthdays, two party ideas (and all the best decor) for little ones: trucks and candy.

+I need this dress for this summer. This style would be convenient if pregnant/nursing.

+Sometimes you just need something that’s a little extra.

+Another Easter dress possibility.

+This top in the white deserves a spot in everyone’s wardrobe. So feminine and versatile!

+I have to say I have become quite the sweatshirt enthusiast this year. My favorites are by Kule (perfect length — a tiny bit long on me, but I am 5’0 — and level of heft) and Everlane (very thin so ideal for layering), but I’m now eyeing the ones from The Great. Love the embroidered flowers style, but this patterned style is fun, too (and on sale).

+And onward we go, pandemic-be-damned.

+And this $35 sweatshirt comes in such good colors. Love the unfussy styling.

+Tiny knit sailor look for a baby boy.

+The lining on this classic raincoat!!!

+A lot of you were very into the minimalist (almost all black) color palette here.

+What are you doing with your children this weekend? A few of you have reached out to share that you’ve adopted my Tuesday-afternoon-planning practice so that we can arrange to have all materials for sensory play and other activities ordered and organized by Saturday morning. This weekend, we are making play snow (mix 1/2 cup white-colored conditioner with 3 cups baking soda — I am adding glitter to the mix, too — #livingontheedge) and hoping to extend play time by introducing arctic animals to their sensory trays when they’re getting bored; coloring on a roll of kraft paper that I’m going to tape to the floor of our long hallway (imagine 15 feet of coloring space!); and using these paint-with-water pads I ordered. We also have a new Kiwi Crate mini will do with Mr. Magpie.

+Speaking of kiwis — check these $17 pajamas out. So cute.

+In case you want a St. Patrick’s Day treat for your little one — my sister recommended this book!

+What’s new in your reading/watching repertoire?

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