Musings + Essays

Weekend Vibes, Edition No. 215: Are You a Mirror or Candle?

By: Jen Shoop

*Image above via interior designer extraordinaire Jenny Wolf. I love the blue color of the cabinetry and of course my beloved antelope rug, which we have in our living room!

My Latest Snag: Le Floral Shirtdress.

I shared a bunch of my latest acquisitions in this post earlier this week, but I have to brag about this floral style I found at Brooks Brothers. It is SO good. I love the colors, pattern, shape, details of the collar/sleeve — just too perfect!

You’re Sooooo Popular: Cult Gaia Dress.

The most popular items on le blog this week:

+This gorgeous Cult Gaia dress. (More sizes here.)

+This timeless and versatile black top.

+This cropped fitness tank is excellent. Very soft (similar to Lulu align material) yet supportive and I own it in the dusty blue!

+Chic gingham frock from J. Crew.

+Le nap dress.

+Arcona’s refreshing triad pads — these are SO wonderful as an all-in one cleansing/toning solution while on the go/traveling.

+Liberty headband!

+$30 smocked floral dress for a little lady.

+A chic rattan umbrella strand.

+LWD of dreams.

+Floral Jack Rogers.

+Chopsticks for your tiny man.

+The soap dispenser you never knew you always needed.

Weekend Musings: Are You the Candle or the Mirror?

Some Edith Wharton to chew on this morning:

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

I love this quote. A reminder that we don’t always need to shine the brightest on our own, to be the center of attention or flame itself, to do good and spread light.

What do you think? Which are you?

Post-Scripts: Wine Glasses.

+Fun wine glasses to enjoy rose in on your porch or patio with your best girlfriends.

+These counter stools are 50% off and so chic.

+A delicious spring dinner to serve with rose and more entertaining-at-home ideas.

+WOW this chandelier.

+I’ve seen this planter used as a utensil holder in the kitchen — chic!

+This lightweight floral puffer has been mini’s most-worn coat the last few weeks.

+I have loved these pull-on jogger jeans for micro — so cute with a Lacoste polo and sneakers for playground trips.

+This DVF dress (on sale!) comes in such a great print.

+A great facial cleanser — clean, inexpensive, and effective. I use this while traveling since it comes in a small travel size!

+Lele Sadoughi face masks on sale.

+In case you’re sprucing up your backyard set-up.

+For your next date night at home.

+Love this white bow-shouldered cover-up.

+Gorgeous Zimmermann blouse, on sale!

+Such a pretty botanical print dress.

+Adore LWD for a little lady.

+OK, THIS is a dress that celebrates your first vacation in over a year…

+Great Amazon finds.

+I love this daisy embroidered dress.

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5 thoughts on “Weekend Vibes, Edition No. 215: Are You a Mirror or Candle?

  1. Oh, I LOVE that floral-print Brooks Brothers dress! I just saw one came back into stock in my size, so I snapped it up (it’s on ridiculous sale now!) It looks perfect for the warm weather, and will transition nicely to workwear once I’m traveling again. Yay!


    1. Yay!!! It is one of my favorites!!! I’ve already worn it once a week since purchase! SO easy, so chic. Love the colors and length.


    2. I’m so pleased to hear it … you’re making me excited for its arrival!! Thanks again for the great find!


  2. Oh love that quote. It’s also a good reminder for those of us who are the candle— and sometimes burning at both ends 🙂 — we can take a step back and be the equally powerful mirror.

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