*Image above via JamJar Flowers. (Wow!)
My Latest Snags: Final Easter Buys.
Despite writing about Easter and sharing Easter finds for weeks, I somehow dragged my feet on various elements for our own celebration, which is out of character as I am not only a plan-ahead type person, but I find particular joy and purpose in going all out for Easter, which is the highest of holidays in the Catholic Church. I even changed my mind on my Easter outfit and my daughter’s, too — originally I planned to wear this Hannah Artwear, with micro in a seersucker suit and mini in this La Coqueta, but I am instead wearing this En Saison and mini will wear this petal-color Sophie + Lucas. (Micro will stay in his blue seersucker — very coordinated!). The pivot was inspired by my chic friend Lauren Neff, who wore the dress here. Isn’t she spectacular?!
Meanwhile, our tablescape will center around this paper set and a bunch of boxwoods down the center of the table, which I thought was chic but also practical for the children.
You’re Soooo Popular: Spring Finds.
The most popular items on Magpie this week:
GOLD ANKLE WRAP LEATHER SANDAL
MULTICOLOR PATTERNED LINEN TUNIC WITH WHITE ACCENT
BRAIDED BLACK LEATHER FLAT SANDAL
TWO-PIECE WHITE SWIMSUIT WITH ASYMMETRICAL PUFFY TRIM AND TIE BACK
FRESH GRAPEFRUIT BODY LOTION
THREE-PIECE TOWEL SET WITH CONTRAST SCALLOPED EDGE
GUERLAIN TERRACOTTA BRONZER — GIVES A GORGEOUS SUNKISSED GLOW
LIGHTWEIGHT AND COLORFUL SLIP-ON SHOES FOR THE LITTLES
DOUBLE-SIDED COZY BLANKET IN A BLOCK PRINTED BLUE FLORAL PATTERN
BLUE PINSTRIPE PUDDLE JUMPER COVER WITH EMBROIDERED MONOGRAM
STRAW BASKET WITH CONTRASTING ORANGE LEATHER HANDLES
GIRLS’ PINK SHIRT WITH EYELET FLUTTER SLEEVE
RUFFLE SLEEVE A-LINE MAXI DRESS
MULTICOLORED ECO-FRIENDLY DRINKING CUP SET
LIGHT BLUE UNISEX CHILDREN’S CROCS
STAPLES RAINBOW COLORED RETRACTABLE PENS
Weekend Musings: To Live Is Startling.
I came across this quote from Emily Dickinson this past week:
“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.”
The quote is dense with interpretability, but I found myself focusing on the notion that life on its own, absent the dramas, heartbreaks, blessings, and windfalls that attend to it, is astonishing. Mary Oliver very much channeled this mindset in her writing, and I am drawn to her perpetual state of wonder. I love, too, the way Elizabeth Gilbert suggests we erase (or use judiciously) words like “horrible,” “boring,” and “annoying,” instead using “interesting.” What a mindset shift! It transfers me from a place of assessment to one of curiosity.
+This eyelet Ann Taylor dress is adorable!
+This hot pink scarf is beyond fabulous. A buy-now, wear-forever piece. Wear as a shawl on chilly nights / at weddings or throw on with a white t-shirt and jeans.
+Cute $35 bag — I would wear without the strap as an oversized clutch.
+The cut of this dress does not work on my body but I wish it did — the print and color are absolutely fabulous!
+When I was younger, I swore off khakis — I think I found them too similar to grade school uniforms — but I love this inexpensive pair in the khaki color. Imagine with a great white statement blouse like this or this or the aforementioned H&M tucked in.
+Liberty cocktail napkins!
+This $25 rug serves up major Serena and Lily vibes.
+This nap-dress-like confection comes in some fun prints.
+OO I love this La Ligne.
+Mr. Magpie and I made a recent pact about goody bags after accruing so many little trinkets and toys from birthday parties that we eventually throw away. They are always SO fun for the children (and so I hesitated) but we hate the sense of waste. Instead, I think we will give out art supplies (Ooly is our favorite — I might give each child a few crayons and a little drawing notebooks like this), books, or little Lego sets like these. Are we being weird? Ha!
+These slightly boxy sweatshirts from Les Gamins have been my favorite for micro. They come in such good colors and I like their slightly retro feel and lack of emblem/design on the front. I like to layer them over Lacoste polos and pair with skinny fit jeans and Vejas. Adorable.
+I am absolutely in love with this beautiful embroidered clutch. About half of my summer dresses are blue so I think it would be a perfect wardrobe fit.
+ADORE the colors of this striped dress.
+Brand I’m lusting after: Alix of Bohemia. Everything!