Weekend Vibes, Edition No. 229: It Doesn’t Have to Be the Blue Iris.

By: Jen Shoop

My Latest Snag: Children’s Bath Restock.

Just fully restocked all my favorite bath and body items for my children:






I had contemplated trying a bunch of Tubby Todd’s products this go around since we absolutely love their all-purpose ointment but I just SO love the scent of Mustela. Maybe next time…

You’re Soooo Popular: Melamine Dishes.

The most popular items on le blog this week:

+Such a chic set of melamine plates.

+…and great bamboo cutlery to go with them!

+Plaid dress (40% off!)

+Puff-sleeved top in a great khaki color.

+Gorgeous hydrangea print dress.

+Reusable makeup removing cloths.

+Lovely swivel armchair at a reasonable price.

+Slim velvet hangers — the best the best the best!

+Easy-to-wear striped tee.

+Fabulous fall purse.

+Letterpress stationery at a great price.

Weekend Musings: It Doesn’t Have to Be the Blue Iris.

This Mary Oliver poem, titled “Praying,” struck a chord with me:

“It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.”

Post-Scripts: Cocktail Napkins.

+Oyster cocktail napkins.

+Most adorable gingham one-piece.

+These battery-powered, rechargeable table lamps are SO chic for an outdoor dinner party! The height and colors are so dramatic!

+Love all of the prints that this skirt comes in. Wow! So fun and so easy to pair with a white tank/tee now or a button-down when a little cooler.

+Speaking of skirts — guess I’m in a skirt mood?! — still swooning over this gorgeous full white skirt, this slip skirt to pair with a crewneck cashmere sweater in fall (look for less), and this stunning drop-waist floral.

+Adore this “lime cherry blossom” print!

+Great striped basic tee for micro’s fall wardrobe. $6! Love it in the olive/white. I also have to say I have bought multiple batches of the face masks from Old Navy for mini over the last year — they are inexpensive, come in fun seasonal prints/colors that coordinate nicely, and I find they are the easiest for mini to wear. I think they’re the perfect mask for everyday use at school. Not so precious you’ll cringe at buying replacements, too! Will be buying a new set for fall!

+Such a fun sweatshirt for a little one!

+When you feel like everyone is criticizing you…

+Love this simple gray rug! I almost impulse-ordered it for my office, but I’m still not sure what color palette I want in here.

+Mini has proven to be highly prone to carsickness. I have heard children’s dramamine works well, and I might consider that for longer car rides, but this is a case where sometimes we’re just driving twenty minutes and she starts complaining that her stomach “feels funny” and I don’t want to give her dramamine all the time. Any suggestions? I did order her these anti-nausea wristbands to try — when I was having my c-section, the anaesthesiologist had Landon press down on the same pressure points on my wrist to help with nausea/shakes, so I’m willing to give it a go. I also found these anti-nausea lollipops but I have a feeling she’ll claim she’s not feeling well all the time if it means a lollipop is at the other end? (In the meantime, I did order emesis bags for the car, and THANK GOD for her washable carseat!).

+This cleansing oil is an instant-reorder for me as soon as I finish a bottle. I use it every single morning.

+SERIOUSLY chic gold and pearl ring. Looks one-of-a-kind!

+If you find yourself in the wrong story, leave.

+This gingham dress comes in such great colors. Especially love the sage green.

+Love the brand Mushie for unexpectedly chic children’s mealtime finds. This little snack cup is amazing!

+These floral Supergas!!!

+These are the days that must happen to you.

+Are you traveling anywhere soon?

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10 thoughts on “Weekend Vibes, Edition No. 229: It Doesn’t Have to Be the Blue Iris.

  1. Hope Mini is feeling better with carsickness! My niece has dealt with this as well (notably after transitioning from city life to suburban life, which may apply in Mini’s case too!) and the bracelets have helped a lot, in addition to just being in the car more (exposure therapy?) In any case, I hope she feels better with car rides soon!

    Also — LOVING that Natalie Martin skirt! The print is so pretty and I love that it’s OSFM. I reach for dresses over skirts in the summer, but this is a good reminder to wear the little selection of skirts I do own, too!


    1. Interesting — my MIL also has a hunch maybe repeated exposure will help? Maybe she’ll figure out (per another commenter) that she really needs to keep her head up, etc.

      Love that skirt, too!!

  2. The bands work better than Dramamine for me! They were the only thing that saved me on a very rocky boat cruise years ago and I’ve kept a pair in our car ever since.

  3. Hey Jen!

    Mary Oliver’s Devotions has to be one of the things that got me through 2020! My absolute favorite poem of hers is Lead:

    “Here is a story
    to break your heart.
    Are you willing?
    This winter
    the loons came to our harbor
    and died, one by one,
    of nothing we could see.
    A friend told me
    of one on the shore
    that lifted its head and opened
    the elegant beak and cried out
    in the long, sweet savoring of its life
    which, if you have heard it,
    you know is a sacred thing.,
    and for which, if you have not heard it,
    you had better hurry to where
    they still sing.
    And, believe me, tell no one
    just where that is.
    The next morning
    this loon, speckled
    and iridescent and with a plan
    to fly home
    to some hidden lake,
    was dead on the shore.
    I tell you this
    to break your heart,
    by which I mean only
    that it break open and never close again
    to the rest of the world.”

    Sometimes I repeat that last line — that it may never close again to the world — over and over to remind myself I’m alive 🙂

    1. Ooh I love this one. Love. Re-reading it here sent the good kind of shivers down my spine. Thank you for sharing it.


  4. I still get carsick at 28 while sitting in the front seat (Looking at my phone for even 5 mins sends me over the edge)! I’ve been around the block and I’ve actually never taken medicine for it. These ideas might work better when she is older but you never know – sit in the middle back seat and look straight ahead out the front window, no reading or activities (it’s always the looking down that got me), and some type of drink with bubbles/carbonation to settle the stomach helps in a pinch if you’re out and about. I hope this helps!

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! The point about not looking down is something I’m going to try to enforce. Thanks for sharing these tips!!

    1. Hi Jerri – Such a good point! We had a hunch this might be the case, but she still gets sick without the patch :(. xx

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