Monday Memo No. 152
Bodysuits, bags, baby books and beanies!
My dear friend Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific just launched the most insanely beautiful capsule collection with Pamela Munson. Days later, I still can’t stop scrolling and swooning. Since I don’t have room in my closet for the entire collab, I had to narrow it down to this one and this one (which also comes in Dark Sand and Flamingo Pink). If you’re in need of holiday gifts, have warm weather plans or just want a gorgeous woven bag bag to adorn an empty shelf in your home, this limited-edition collection has what you’re looking for. These are pieces you’ll use and love forever.
Not all baby books are created equal, which is why I have to share this incredibly beautiful A to Z Baby Poetry book. Written by my college friend Colleen Reding Mearn and Illustrated by E S Dolan Dix, A to Z Poetry is more than just a heartwarming read, it helps build your baby’s attention span and brain development with high contrast imagery and rhythmic flow. If you’re looking for a gift for a new parent, put this book at the top of your list.
I like my hair ties like my coffee: strong. But, a lot of times, strong hair ties can be too rigid and break my hair. After trying virtually every hairtie on the planet, I can tell you that these hair ties from L. Erickson have answered all my ponytail prayers and been my absolute favorites for years. They’re made from a soft, woven material that’s secure, without damaging your hair, and they come in dozens of colors! They’re exceptional quality and will last YEARS before stretching out.
This store on Amazon is your one-stop-shop for all things bodysuits. They carry every variation you can imagine—crewnecks, v-necks, square necks, turtlenecks, sleeveless, long-sleeved—in every color under the sun. There’s a bodysuit for everyone and every outfit and the quality for this price can’t be beat.
I don’t know if this technology is new or I’ve been living under a rock, but this Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray is a literal gift from the heavens (also available on Amazon). Yes, it’s as simple and genius as it sounds: dish soap in a sprayable bottle. Just spray, wipe and de-grease. They say you spend about a third of your life sleeping. And I’d argue I’ve spent another sixth of it scrubbing dishes. So, please send along some TV recommendations for all the spare time I just saved buying this dish spray.
I’m absolutely floored by the beauty of this Parker Sling that Rose of @Dadouchic designed with Sarah Flint for her Visions of Vienna Collection. Amber suede and satin and that knotted gold detailing at the toe make these timeless sling-back pumps the stuff of my dreams. I keep gravitating towards turmeric and amber tones this fall and can’t wait to wear these with everything. My $50 off code MARYOXSARAHFLINT is still active for new customers.
As we approach the festive season, I think it’s important to have these edible glitter packets from Fancy Sprinkles in your arsenal of party tricks. They are the perfect Hail Mary for a restaurant toddler tantrum or a glitzy way to add glamor to a dinner or New Year’s party. Truly, they look incredible in a cocktail glass!
Jenna Lyons has curated a collection of lip shades for Beauty Pie’s The Unlipstick and I’ve never experienced anything like it. It’s truly like velvet for your lips. The eight, gorgeous shades have a super natural, matte finish, while still feeling creamy and moisturizing. I will definitely be purchasing additional colors but my gateway drug was “Nothing On.” Use code MARYORTONSENTME for a discount.
This Sandwich Cutter and Sealer is basically a DIY Uncrustable sandwich maker. It’s a National Parenting Award-winning product that you can use to cut any sandwich into a heart, star or Mickey Mouse-shape. I also plan to use this cutter and sealer when baking this season as it’s perfect for making fun little apple or pumpkin pies.
Shit That I Knit is a female-owned company that handcrafts the coziest knitwear from eco-friendly and sustainable wool and cotton. They have an amazing selection of beanies, mittens, and scarves and they donate Knitting Kits to young adults undergoing cancer treatment who benefit from the therapeutic benefits of knitting. If you need to refresh your cold weather essentials, there truly is nothing more wonderful than their endless styles and color options. New to my collection is this beanie and this beanie with adorable matching options for the girls here and here.
Many of you have already bought this perfect fall blazer from Banana Republic Factory that I posted last week. Double-breasted with lightweight shoulder pads and gorgeous brass buttons, this blazer truly looks ten times more expensive than it is and I’m thrilled to hear you love it as much as I do. It’s the ideal topper for any cold-weather outfit.
The New York Candle from Hotel Lobby is the ultimate fall scent. You know I’m not a big pumpkin spice gal, so I appreciated Hotel Lobby presenting us with a delicious autumnal alternative. The company produces the highest quality natural soy wax candles for every mood and their New York Candle truly smells like the city at its best with a sophisticated blend of amber, sage, and cedar leaf. I’m telling you, it’s like a rich, warm blanket for your nose and makes me homesick for NYC!
I posted about the Win-Win Good Genes Duo Kit last week but it bears repeating—this product has been a mainstay in my beauty bag for a decade and from the looks of my DMs, many of you agree. The kit includes two sizes of Sunday Riley’s best-selling Lactic Acid Treatment serum—the 30ml and the 15ml—for the same price as one of the regular 30ml bottles. So, you’re essentially getting the travel size for free! They put “Win-Win” right there in the title because it’s a true victory for both your skin and your wallet.
Heritage British stationery and bag brand Smythson was inspired by research from the National Literacy Trust that claims “children who write regularly feel happier and more creative.” They designed this beautiful lambskin Soho Diary which is filled with activities and colorful writing prompts to get the creative juices flowing in writers ages 8-11. This can be a tough age to shop for so if you have any pre-teens on your list, this diary would make an amazing gift!
The Clear Acrylic Toy Box from All Modern comes in four cubed sizes and is the single most obvious answer to, “Where are my Anna and Elsa dolls?” Not only are these see-through Lucite cubes a great way to store and find toys, but they’re a chic way to store magazines, books, or a colorful stack of cashmere sweaters.
The only thing better than a matching coat and chunky scarf is a coat with a chunky scarf attached. Ted Baker understood that assignment when he designed this Jiliya Chevron Scarf Coat. I’m obsessed with the oversized chevron pattern, the scarf-style neck and the thick fringe.
When I say Post-it, our mind immediately go to the iconic yellow sticky note. However, they’ve branched out into other colors and fabrications over the years including my person favorite transparent sticky notes. These sticky notes are a fantastic way of adding notes to recipes or textbooks while still seeing the text or picture underneath.
I have wholeheartedly embraced sweater vest season and this Fair Isle Sweater Vest from Scotch & Soda (also available here) is among my favorites. The pops of pink and green give a modern spin to the classic Fair Isle pattern. Another favorite for its color and amazing sale price is this one from Brooks Brothers.
When I was little, we’d use potpourri sachets to add a subtle scent to drawers and closets. Today, I’m upgrading to these scented wax tablets from Angeli di Firenze. They’re made by hand with blue cornflower petals and chamomile flowers, come two per box, and make a lovely housewarming or hostess gift.
Scarves are one of my favorite cold-weather accessories and this mid-weight, cozy, colorful check scarf from Acne is my whole personality for the foreseeable future. I can’t even put into words how vibrant the fuchsia pinks, yellows and blues are on this scarf. Seasonal depression isn’t an issue with this beauty of a scarf in tow.
I have made my way through a few different shower speakers, but when I’m under the showerhead — which is obviously a lot of the time — I still have a hard time hearing. I recently ditched the shower speakers when I found these waterproof earbuds from JBL. They’re comfortable and waterproof up to one meter and now I can hear my favorite podcasts while I shampoo and listen to conference calls while I condition.
I’ve tried more than my fair share of wrinkle-removers over the years and my absolute favorite fabric steamer is the Conair Turbo Extreme Steam. This mid-sized steamer heats up in 40 seconds and combines the performance of an iron with the power of steam to keep your clothes smooth and wrinkle-free. This steamer is fast, super effective, easy to handle and also has a built-in creaser for perfect pleats and folds.