Monday Memo No. 143
Snacks and sandals and sheets, oh my!
After literally every person I follow on social media has now raved about this Illuminating Nail Concealer, I finally tried it. But Mary, what is a nail concealer? I’m so glad you asked, because I have no idea. This product is an enigma. The only way I can describe it is to say that it is basically an Instagram filter for your nails. I got the pink shade, but it also comes in milky white. It’s a vegan, cruelty-free, all-in-one brightener thats sheer color covers any staining, yellowing or breakage to give your nails a healthy glow. No base or top coat needed! It’s so easy to apply and stayed on me — without a single chip — for two full weeks. And, to be clear, I’m someone who can’t make it home from the nail salon without chipping my nails when using regular polish. I'm telling you, try this stuff.
How cute is this tulle midi dress from Monique Lhuillier? I love an LBD just as much as the next girl, but this periwinkle “Hyacinth Blue?!" Come on. Ever since I wore this periwinkle dress last week (seen here) I just can’t get enough of the divine color. Someone, please invite me to a wedding so I have a reason to wear this.
If you have kids, you know that one day “the beach is boring” and the next day, they spend two hours playing in a cardboard box. However, all children — every single one — love bubbles, always. The science is clear. That’s why this Bubble Gun is a must-have. It has LED lights, comes in blue, pink, and purple and is the gold standard in entertainment for the under-ten crowd.
I rediscovered my favorite polka dot Beck Flats from Caroline Constas this weekend. They'd been hiding in the back of my closet and oh, how I missed them. They’re currently on sale at Shopbop but are on the verge of selling out. Have no fear, I wouldn’t bring your attention to these sweet slingbacks without a solution. They’re still fully stocked on the Caroline Constas website.
You should never judge a book by its cover. But, no one ever said anything about judging a pasta by its packaging. How CUTE is this Good Hair Day Pasta? They’re stocked at Bergdorfs and Neimans and come in tons of different shapes like fettuccine, tagliatelle, and spaghetti. The creative and (ahem) award-winning packaging makes these noodles a great Get Well or Housewarming gift. When moving into our house, my sister-in-law gave us a huge basket of "pantry stuffers" including her favorite pasta from an amazing local Italian grocery. These boxes would be perfect for that kind of gift. And, if the reviews are any indication, these noodles taste as good as they look!
If you’re in the market for a sweet treat that isn’t too indulgent, look no further than French Squirrel Berets. They’re the nutrient-dense, protein-packed, vegan and gluten-free answer to Reese’s peanut butter cups. They’re stuffed with nut-butter, organic dates, and coated in 100% pure, unsweetened chocolate. WARNING: they are addicting.
If you need an amazing gift for a new mom or mom-to-be, may I suggest this Neely & Chloe x Dondolo changing pad?. It’s a wipe-able, portable changing pad for any surface, but it’s not just practical. It comes in two gorgeous floral patterns that are almost too pretty to put dirty diapers on. Check out the entire Dondolo collaboration because everything is gorgeous including these matching diaper and tote bags.
If you saw my Instagram or this recent blog post, you might recognize this Michael Kors denim puff-sleeve cropped jacket. Mark my words: this is going to be your summer-through-fall layering MVP. It’s especially flattering layered over anything high-waisted because the cropped silhouette accentuates your waistline. I recommend going up one full size as it does run snug.
Boll & Branch gets how much I love their buttery, breathable high-quality bedding and they are nice enough to let me share that love with all of you. The discount code MARY20 will get you 20% off nearly everything on their site including all of my favorites like their percale embroidered sheet sets and heritage quilt set. Don’t sleep on this discount code which is they best they're offering!
If you are looking to live in vacation mode in your own backyard, let me direct you to this Novograts Outdoor Shower from Amazon. It has three rows of waterfall and all you have to do is attach your hose! Perfect for washing off after the pool, beach or whenever you want to close your eyes and imagine you’re under a waterfall in Tulum. Just don’t forget to turn on your Out of Office reply.
Buru finally restocked their cult-favorite knee-length swing coat and I finally snagged one, after eyeing it for ages. The nautical stripes, the ultra-comfy stretch-knit fabric, the pleat in the back and relaxed fit — I 100% get the hype! It’s an ideal top layer for traveling, over jeans, a dress or even over the Amazon leggings you’re wearing to school pickup for the fourth time this week.
I just bought these recently re-stocked black Nomasei Birdie Sandals and “obsessed” is not a strong enough word. They have been sold out for ages but were entirely worth the wait. With the softest insole, most beautiful leather and ideal low block heel, I never want to take them off. The design was inspired by sea birds and trust me when I tell you to fly over to the Nomasei website to buy them in every color (gold, white and red) before they sell out again. FYI, they also come in higher heel options, too!
We recently celebrated my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary with a big weekend-long extravaganza at our lake house and as a fun treat, I ordered a bunch of their NYC favorites from Goldbelly. If you're not familiar with Goldbelly (aka my favorite website), you can explore and shop offerings from your favorite restaurants and chefs all over the US which can be delivered to your door. There are too many delicious options to count, but big hits from our NY order included spicy tuna crispy rice from Blue Ribbon Sushi (which was SO EASY to put together and tasted as good as it does in the restaurant), Ess-A-Bagel (best bagels in NYC and a babka about which I could write a 20-volume epic novel) and Caroline’s Caramel Cake (we got the gluten-free version but they have both and I will dream about them forever). Goldbelly makes the perfect gift for a foodie or special occasion meal.
I just ordered this Rebecca Taylor smocked peplum top and it is SO FLATTERING. If you want the same vibe that I had in this reel without the shoulder exposure, this is the top for you. The pleating details and cinched elastic waist make it a perfect duo with denim for a dinner date! It also looks great paired with a skirt.
There are few core childhood memories more cherished than those from the days we went shopping for school supplies. I recently stumbled on this incredible design store Present & Correct, which sells pages of vintage-inspired paper and office objects. This checkered planner, leather pencil case, and 90s sticker sheet (!!!!) almost make me WANT to sit down at my desk and do calculus homework. Almost. Do not miss their "Ephemera" section. It's all too good.
I’ve been wearing this Jennifer Behr Pearl Choker nonstop lately. Can you blame me? The graduated glass pearls are a quick add of shine to your neckline. I love that the varied sizes of pearls make for a slightly more modern take on the classic pearl strand.
Am I about to rave about another denim jacket? Yes. But they couldn’t be more different. For starters, this is a denim SHACKET from the women-owned label ABLE It’s a workwear-inspired chore jacket, complete with patch pockets and vintage details. It’s a super soft non-stretch denim and makes a great transitional, layering piece. Plus, let’s be real: you can never have too many jean jackets. As evidenced by this video, it also moonlights as a Coastal Grandmother all-star.
Let's set aside the fact that when I schedule a dentist appointment, I try to catch up on six months of flossing in six days. I want to be someone who flosses every night, and anything that makes flossing easier is welcome in my bathroom. That includes this flosser dispenser. HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS EXISTED? It’s hygienic, well designed, and holds up to 88 flossing sticks. Goodbye giant hideous bag of flossers that previously marred my vanity.