Monday Memo No. 137
A Spring-forward (get it?) lineup for warmer days ahead.
These intricate, beautiful embroidered linens were designed in a collaboration between Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and The Monogram Club to contribute to relief efforts in Ukraine. The designs were purchased from a Ukrainian artist, and 100% of your purchase proceeds will be donated to The Salvation Army who are responding to the current crisis by providing emergency food, housing, counseling, transportation and other essentials for people impacted by the crisis in Ukraine. This is an amazing way to support Ukrainians while prepping for your Easter celebrations next month.
If you’ve started thinking about spring and summer decor, Nest has a new, effortless way to bring warm-weather texture into your space. In addition to just being incredibly charming, these rattan candle holders, are reusable on any Nest candle! I love adding timeless pieces to my seasonal decor, and these have the added benefit of helping create both a visual and aromatic atmosphere.
Friends, meet my new beverage obsession: OLIPOP is (hear me out) soda that’s actually good for you! We have a terrible picture of what “soda” is, and for good reason. Most conventional sodas are packed with tons of sugar and zero nutrients. But each can of OLIPOP has just 2-5g sugar and 9g of fiber, plus microbiome and digestive health support! It comes in seven vintage-inspired flavors and I dare you to try and pick a favorite. I have a feeling that Root Beer and Cherry Vanilla will be in HEAVY rotation around my house this summer.
You know what I do not love? Having to pack a separate set of wired headphones in order to enjoy in-flight entertainment. At last, this little gadget called an AirFly allows you to pair your AirPods to essentially anything with a headphone jack. Truly one of the most game-changing devices I’ve seen in a long time, this is going to save room (and even more annoyance) in my carry-on bag. Grab one for yourself and for anyone you know who loves to fly.
Ah, the intricate balance-wrist-on-counter-or-against-ribcage-to-fasten bracelet routine. Who among us hasn't done it? Let’s just stop and use this clever little bracelet grabby thing (that's what I'm calling it) to hold your bracelet clasp in place while you connect the other side, effortlessly, and without screaming across the house for assistance. Perhaps the most helpful $6.20 I’ve spent in quite a while.
There are possibly no words to describe my affection for Nicola Bathie’s timeless charm and delicate elegance. I’d like you to please direct your attention to the earrings section, where you’ll find some of the most delicate, noteworthy jewelry pieces I’ve seen in years. These aren’t just earrings, these are heirlooms. Whether you have a special occasion coming up or just want something special to wear for your next zoom conference, grab a glass of wine and get lost in the details. The bows! The strawberries! It's too much.
It’s always good to refresh your resources for home decor items because it's easy to get into a rut checking the same sites over and over again. I'm currently finishing up the redecoration of our sunroom and stumbled upon Kouboo when desperately trying to find new sources for wicker and rattan pieces. This site is incredible for perking up the outdoor, outdoor-adjacent or outdoor-inspired areas of your home, particularly if you love rattan and wicker. Their prices are reasonable and the designs are beautiful without feeling overly trendy. How gorgeous is this mirror?
If you pay attention to one and only one item in this Monday Memo let it be this one: Papaya is officially the most effortless way to pay your bills (and keep them organized) that I’ve ever seen. We've been using it for the past several weeks and are AMAZED by how seamless it is and how much time it saves. You simply upload an image of your bill (literally, any bill) and Papaya pays them for you–even if that means sending in a check on your behalf! If you’re ready to be a bit more hands-off with all of those cumbersome, individual bill payments to electricians, plumbers, doctors, etc., let Papaya do the heavy lifting for you. This is streamlining at its best.
If you’re ready to never buy a bottle of (strongly scented and potentially harmful, yikes) glass cleaning product ever again, try the Kaywos cloth, a product that provides a streak-free clean on glass and a variety of other surfaces using only water! This reusable cloth (which has a nearly perfect Amazon rating, by the way) polishes as it cleans and when you’re done, you just rinse and let it dry for next time. I doubt we’ll find a greener way to clean our glass, mirrors, and other challenging surfaces, maybe ever! My children love nothing more than to cover every mirror, glass table, and window with tiny, sticky fingerprints so I've started keeping a few of these throughout the house to quickly wipe smudges away without the use of nasty chemicals. And, I love that once dirty you can just throw it in the washing machine!
If you’re looking for spring loafers for work, play and beyond, check out this pair by Tory Burch. These Jessa woven flats come in black, pale yellow, and a colorful version which make for such a fun and seasonally-appropriate play on the classic leather loafer. I recently purchased the black pair and was shocked at how soft and comfortable they were on the first wear. One thing to note–I recommend going down ½ a size as they ran slightly big on me.
It's official: I found the most adorable, classic striped top for spring and summer. The square neck of this long sleeve tee makes it stand out from your other basics, and the classic stripes will let you pair it with pants, skirts, or even the right pair of shorts for summer. I bought mine in both red and white options, but love the black versions too. This is a fairly fitted top, so you might want to order one size up for a slightly looser fit (which is exactly what I did).
If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, last week I rounded up all of my favorite cropped jackets for spring from Saks. If you’re ready to pack the coats away and start having a bit more fun with outerwear, look no further. Pay special attention to this Generation Love jacket, which comes in both black and ivory and has the prettiest details.
The Adam Project, a new release from Netflix, was a bit of a departure for me since I typically don’t like sci-fi movies. However, this movie, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana is the ideal light, heartwarming, FUN distraction from…*gestures generally at life.* Press play, as soon as possible, and be prepared to laugh and cry.
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This is my new favorite dress, period. After another long pandemic winter, a bold red statement dress with classic details and a surprisingly flattering fit feels refreshing and FUN. I'm excited to wear it as a dress but also feel like it would work as a great duster worn open over a tank and jeans or your comfiest leggings. You can find it here or here, and you’ll want to order one size up as it tends to run slightly small.