My Latest Snag: Early Summer Fitness Finds.
I picked up a few fitness finds for early summer this week: this fitness dress (more sizes and colors here), which I intend to wear on morning walks / active days; this tank and skirt (guess I’m in my lilac era), and these running shorts. Shopbop also surprised me by sending me my first pair of On sneakers and I can’t wait to try them — I know many of you are big fans of this brand.
P.S. These $12 running tanks are still my favorite. They are a really soft, almost brushed material and I like the loose fit. Come in great colors!
This Week’s Bestsellers.
01. MADEWELL FITNESS DRESS // 02. KULE TEE // 03. OWALA WATER BOTTLE // 04. STEVE MADDEN SANDALS // 05. REEBOKS // 06. JOE’S JEANS // 07. RAINBOW ARCH SPRINKLER // 08. JOAQUINA BOTANICA MOISTURIZER // 09. TUCKERNUCK DRESS // 10. POCKET SCISSORS // 11. SPICY PEACH HONEY // 12. FARM RIO DRESS // 13. AMAZON HOOPS // 14. PICASSO TILES (50% OFF!) // 15. COTOPAXI ANORAK // 16. ZARA SANDALS
Weekend Musings: On “Close Looking.”
I’m currently listening to Wild and Precious: A Celebration of Mary Oliver, which is part biography, part oral history, part poetry recitation, largely narrated by the appealingly raspy-voiced Sophia Bush. About a dozen of you emailed me about this book (thank you!), as I write a lot about Mary Oliver. She exemplified so many of the virtues and ways of being to which I aspire — care, attentiveness, naturalism, discipline in her writing, humility. At one point in the audiobook, the celebrity chef Samin Nosrat (and fellow Mary Oliver devotee) identifies herself as a gardener and observes the parallels between poetry-writing and gardening. She describes going into the garden each morning “to look,” studying the way the light hits different parts of her yard, how things are growing, the minute but miraculous changes 24 hours can yield. She notes that poets, like gardeners, spend their time “looking.” Later, the poet Ross Gay — a poet and gardener himself — comments that all gardeners know that you can do everything “right” and still your garden may yield nothing. He doesn’t draw the line here between writing and gardening but I was struck all the same by the parallel. Sometimes you can be in a good headspace, putting pen to paper, filled to the brim with thought — and yet the tilled soil bears nothing. And so you learn to be patient, and humble, and wait.
Today, I am reflecting on these insights. What does it mean “to look closely”? Poets and gardeners train themselves to “look closely,” but it is more a mode of being than a function of trade. So: how might I live this out today in the realms that matter to me? I am thinking personally about “looking closely” in matters of parenting, marriage, writing, my home environment. Taking a minute to verbalize something that has impressed or touched me in one of these realms is a good start. Last night, I really stopped and studied the plants my husband has been hardening off, and I told him how much I admired his attentiveness to their well-being. He was standing at the Weber kettle, grilling a ribeye and some asparagus, and we both stooped over to look at the different seedlings, and to talk about the devotion they had required of him. It felt good and right to look in this way — to see my husband, to praise his efforts, to observe the fruit they had yielded.
How might I look closely today?
+Keep saying I’m not a shorts gal but finding exceptions to the rule. These Kule shorts are in my cart. So cute! Kind of want to pair them with the matching top so many of you ordered for a little spring set with my Gucci rubber sandals.
+Speaking of stripes, love everything about this yellow-and-white striped tee — especially the contrasting collar.
+I raved about both these Spanx pants (SERIOUSLY, so good – take your true size) and this ultra-plush-soft sweatshirt a few weeks ago (I have in olive green and love to pair with pink), and the Spanx team reached out to offer us 10% off orders with code SHOOPXSPANX!
+Obsessed with these dining chairs.
+Love this pitcher — looks handmade but under $30.
+This dress is so understated chic.
+This Zara jumpsuit is SO chic. Very Isabel Marant. Pair with dressy sneakers or flat, unfussy sandals.
+Girls’ bike shorts in cute colors/patterns for $5.
+The current “It” sandal.
+SERIOUSLY fun patterned pants.
+Hunter Bell is running a sale, and I’m deeply tempted by this 50% off style.
+The pattern on this La Double J dress is…wowwwww.
+Cherry print Tevas!
+Neon sneaks. So fun!
+Lake has a really cute new cover up out.