I have waited six, long months to say this: “My beloved Armani Neo Nude Color Melting Cream Blush in #20 has been restocked!” Get thee to Sephora! For the uninitiated, I discovered this glorious creamy, lightweight oil-in-powder formula last fall and it has been sold out for an excruciating six months. I use the #20 cool brown cream-to-powder product for contouring and my everyday eyeshadow and it’s quickly become a makeup bag mainstay. You can read my original review of it here, but spoiler: I love it.
The housing market skyrocketed during the pandemic but after a long and arduous search, we finally found Coco and Liza their dream home! KidKraft has a ton of high-quality playhouses made from actual hardwood and the girls are obsessed. This Forestview playhouse has a working doorbell, a play kitchen, chalkboards and window boxes for flowers. I’ve even seen some parents paint their playhouse to match their actual house. I don’t think we’re quite there yet since we’re still awaiting an invite to their housewarming party.
If you’re like me, you’re always looking to add a little extra glow to your summer tablescapes. Enter these Totem Pillar Candles from Amazon. They come in four different sculptural styles and ten — yes, you heard me — ten different colors. Mix and match them to add a pop of style to any dinner table or bookshelf.
I used to go to HigherDOSE for infrared sauna sessions in Soho all the time. And, since you can take the girl out of Soho but you can't take the Soho out of the girl, I finally bought one of HigherDOSE’s Infrared Sauna Blankets to get my fix here at home. I COULD NOT LOVE IT MORE. In the two months since I got it, I’ve used the Sauna Blanket at least three times a week and have experienced first-hand all of the promised benefits: improved overall health, better circulation, glowing skin, and dare I say, BEST OF ALL: the most incredible boost of energy. For days when the workout is just not happening, I can lie in this thing for 45 minutes and sweat it out while answering emails or watching TV. Get ‘em while they’re hot!
I recently shared these gorgeous Sarah Flint Grear Sandals but, just as I do with my human children, I give love equally to the children in my shoe closet. So, I’d be remiss not to highlight Sarah Flint’s New Arabesque Slides too. They are the ideal wear-everywhere, crazy comfortable summer sandal. The footbed padding is next-level and the leather is so soft, I think I could run a half-marathon in them. You know, if I wasn’t so busy buying shoes.
Have you ever had a million things to do, but also needed the comfort of a show or movie playing in the background? Do you want to fully ingest the unspoken, dramatic storytelling that is Bridgerton, without having to look up from the very important task that is in front of you? Great, we’re the same person. I posted about this on my Instagram stories recently, but I need to make sure everyone knows about AUDIO DESCRIPTION because it's amazing. I discovered it while watching Colin Firth’s new film Operation Mincemeat on Netflix. It varies from streaming service to streaming service (why are there so many WHY) but on Netflix, you can find it by hitting the Audio & Subtitles button at the bottom of the screen and then hitting English - Audio Description under the Audio section. Audio description was developed for the visually-impaired which its primary, most important purpose and it effectively turns the film or show into an audiobook. On top of hearing the film's full soundscape (including the dialogue), audio description has a narrator pop in to describe all of the unspoken onscreen action.
I’m not sure how I went this long without the brand MME MINK in my life. If you haven’t heard of it, we both have a lot of catching up to do! I mean, how cute are these woven bags? Do I need to throw a party just to showcase this dress? Scrolling through their gorgeous collection of woven bags and sweet garden party dresses feels like jet-setting to the French Riviera, even though we all know I’m drinking coffee in pajamas. Bon voyage!
In my home, we praise the almighty Vitamix. We use it for just about everything under the sun: morning smoothies, soups, dressings, sauces, the list is endless. That being said, the blending cup accessory has totally changed the Vitamix game for me, especially when it comes to making protein shakes and smoothies because you can cut out the hassle of washing the large pitcher by using this blending cup accessory. The cup is dishwasher safe, attaches directly to the Vitamix base and comes with a spill-proof lid making it perfect for making smoothies around curious toddlers. I often make a smoothie first thing in the morning before driving Coco to nursery school, snap on the lid and hop in the car (yes, it also fits in the cup holder perfectly). If you’re still not sold on smoothies, these mixer cups are also a great answer to all your blended margarita questions.
Curling your lashes. Winging your eyeliner. Getting more than four hours of sleep. There are tons of tricks to give the illusion of refreshed, awake eyes. But, these daily drops from UPNEEQ are a whole different ballgame. Upneeq is an FDA-approved prescription daily use eye drop that contains an active ingredient that literally lifts your upper eyelids for a fresh-faced look. No nude eyeliner for your waterline or highlighter necessary. As of now, you have to get a prescription for it, but head to the Upneeq site or give your local med spa a ring for a quick consultation. I’m calling it now: we’re going to see these drops become a makeup bag mainstay within a year.
This European Brass Spice Mill from Meridian is a stunning addition to any kitchen. I was lucky enough to snag one on their most recent restock and could not love it more. With this spice mill on my table, I look like a world-class chef—even if I’m just seasoning Coco’s macaroni and cheese. They’re handmade in Greece and are designed to grind peppercorns and coarse salt, rather than smash them, to maximize the spice’s natural flavor. For the chefs in the room, you have the option of choosing between a coarse and a fine grind. It’s definitely worth getting your name on the waitlist for their next restock. There’s a reason these keep selling out!
Most people think of photo albums when they think of Shutterfly, but given their insanely adorable collection of picnic essentials as recently displayed in this post, I'm starting to think of them more as a décor company that moonlights in pictures. As discussed, I’m stocking up on their melamine plates for summer picnics and beach days. These plates are scratch-resistant, dishwasher-safe and honestly, way better than the pricier “designer” alternatives I've tried. With over a thousand patterns to choose from (you read that right), there’s something for every season, every holiday, everyone! I mean, how can I even call it summer if these watermelon seed plates aren't involved.
Collectively, we have long-since confirmed the glory that is a collared layering top and even Kate Middleton agrees. At our next stop in this journey, I'd like you to observe the magic that is this Lele Sadoughi Neck Tie Collar. Collars like this one transform a crewneck top, sweater or tank into a whole new shirt. They add a bit of polish to your outfit and are as easy as putting on a necklace. FYI, this sweet seersucker version is on sale!
I recently discovered these Contigo Kids Cups and they are so good they make my entire journey as a parent up to this point feel like a lie. They are the perfect size, they don’t tip, they don’t spill, they’re dishwasher safe, and they’re BPA-free. They even have a straw that twists apart for easier cleaning. These cups are basically indestructible. And, believe me, my kids have tried. (One may or may not have been thrown like a missile over the staircase railing to crash onto marble twenty feet below with not a crack. Not even a dent.) They come in 12 or 14 oz. and are available in a ton of additional colors and patterns here.
As a frequent tablescaper (yes, it’s a word, no, don’t look it up) I often get asked how I keep all of our china and flatware organized. For flatware, I rely on drawer organizers like these from Joseph Joseph. I can fit an entire set of flatware in one of these and keep them lined up in a pantry drawer. They have a ton of storage solutions to maximize space all over your house, so we don’t have to stop at knives. Who’s ready to organize their cosmetics next? (Not me.)
Being a human who has children… and also has the nerve to wear something other than the color black, means that I need to have an extremely effective stain remover at the ready. At all times. Kids and stains go together like peanut butter and jelly—jelly that inevitably ends up on their clothes. This stain remover is designed for use with children and pets, and as such, is a true “parental essential.” It’s great at lifting stains from clothes, rugs, car seats, and even upholstery. It works with lightning precision but is also non-toxic and gentle enough for use on baby clothes. The formula is biodegradable, free of harsh, toxic chemicals and dyes, so it’s a big thumbs up from me. They come in packs of two, so you can leave one at home and toss the other in your diaper bag. Then, serve all the cranberry juice, ketchup, or chocolate ice cream you want, stress-free. Just maybe not as one meal.
I look at necklaces like guests at a party, the more the merrier. But when I layer some of my favorite necklaces, they wind up overlapping and getting tangled. Then I discovered an easy solve in these necklace extenders. Connect them to the clasp and you can instantly change the length of any necklace and wear as many as you want. I don’t know why I didn’t buy them sooner!
And for my next Amazon knitwear find, I give you this incredible ruffle-detailed beauty! I purchased the knit pullover in apricot and absolutely love the cut, fit and ruffle details. Available in fifteen colors, these knit pullovers have a button front that allows for customizable coverage. This summer, I will be layering it over tanks while I sit and roast marshmallows by the fire. The only thing I can’t stop asking myself is… should I order s’more?
If you know me, you know Cerebelly is the only pre-packaged baby food I give my kids. It’s the only baby food scientifically formulated with sixteen brain-supporting nutrients, formulated by a mother who also just happens to be a neurosurgeon with a Stanford PhD in Developmental Neurobiology. When it came to feeding her own kids, she noticed that many baby foods were packed with sugar and lacked the nutrients needed for proper brain development. Cerebelly is offering up to 35% off your first order with discount code: MARYORTON because buying organic, farm-fresh food for your baby should be a no-brainer.