Monday Memo No. 153
Sharing lots of favorite finds and something very special that launches TOMORROW!
I am thrilled to share a special locket I created in collaboration with Monica Rich Kosann that will be launching TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 25th, at 9am. As many of you know, I wear a Monica Rich Kosann locket containing pictures of my girls every single day. Several months ago, Monica asked me if I’d like to create a special-edition locket together and it was such a joy to put my personal spin on one of her classic pieces. The result is a sleek, slim, rectangular locket in yellow gold or silver with a pearl station chain that adds interest to this classic piece without sacrificing its versatility. Each locket can be monogrammed in script or serif font for an extra personal touch and features a pearl station chain with three freshwater pearls on each side. I was eager to incorporate pearls into the locket as they have long-been a signature style for me and hold great personal significance. Pearls symbolize wisdom, strength, integrity, sincerity, luck and loyalty so it is no coincidence that the locket’s delicate chain is adorned with six pearls representing these qualities. And, since they are the only gem formed and found within a living creature, it seemed fitting to have pearls take pride of place when carrying images of those we love most.
Monica and I have always believed that jewelry should not just be beautiful, it should mean something, and that’s what makes this locket so incredibly special. The quality and craftsmanship of each piece is unmatched and it is truly something you will wear forever and pass on to future generations. I can’t wait to share it with you, but please be warned, quantities are extremely limited so set your alarm for 9am tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25th! I will post on Instagram the second it goes live so you can keep an eye out there too!
**UPDATE: IT'S LIVE! Shop my special edition locket here!!**
I've basically spent the past two decades in search of the perfect t-shirt. Something so simple yet so difficult for brands to get right. After countless orders (and returns), I'm happy to report that I have finally arrived at what I believe to be truly the greatest t-shirts in the game—the Almost Friday tee by Cuts. The fabric is lightweight yet completely opaque with a beautiful drape and it's pre-shrunk so it never gets stretched out or warbled in the wash. These t-shirts have anti-wrinkle fabric that look amazing all day and looks casual yet polished enough to wear with everything from sweatpants to a chic leather pant and blazer. A close second to this tee would be the Tomboy tee (also by Cuts) that has a thicker jersey fabric and is a more fitted cut. Both are just spectacular quality and wash amazingly well. The brand was nice enough to offer my followers 15% off with code MARYORTON. Also, it's worth mentioning that they offer the chicest color range!
Scrolling through the holiday collection from Hill House Home is like attending this season’s cutest holiday party. Wool sweaters, brocade party pants, velvet and lace—every piece in the collection looks like it should come with a mug of mulled wine. I narrowed it down to the red tartan Louisa Nap Dress for me and the Tiny Sienna Dress in matching red tartan for the girls... but it feels like I'm just getting started.
I showcased my current favorite trio of lip colors last week, but the real winner here is Buxom's Power-Full Plump Lip Balm. I love this balm because I’ve found that most lip plumping products are so damn GLOSSY. I’m just running a couple errands y’all, I’m not Hailey Bieber going to the Met Gala. This lip product plumps and hydrates my lips with a subtle wash of color and satin finish, perfect for everyday. I love it so much, I own it in three colors—Inner Glow, Dolly Fever and Big O. If I had to choose one, I'd say Inner Glow is my favorite, but Big O and Dolly Fever are close seconds!
They say “dress for the job you want” but by that rule, I'm dressing to be Steve from Blue's Clues. Listen, rugby shirts are CUTE. I wore this Oversized Rugby Shirt in pink from Good American last weekend and my DMs were ablaze with link requests. Now I’m eyeing this Limited-edition Marie Marot X J.Crew version. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I bought these rugby dresses for the girls.
I’m OBSESSED with this new personalized perfume brand Noteworthy Scents. You fill out a fragrance quiz online (I love any quiz I don’t have to study for) and they formulate four perfume options based on your answers. Then they send you samples so you can test them out and choose your favorite before ordering a full-sized bottle! They nailed my scent perfectly and are offering 20% off with the discount code MARY.
Elegant with the right amount of sweetness, my love of these velvet Mary Janes from Margaux knows no bounds. They have Margaux’s signature pointed-toe and the velvet colorways are beyond dreamy. My personal favorite is the rust, but I could see myself in all four. I recommend going up a half size in these.
I know it sounds dramatic but the Ergatta Rower has… changed my life? I don’t know why rowing isn’t marketed towards women more, it’s the most efficient full body cardio workout on the planet. This sleek, foldable rower burns calories at two times the rate of spinning or running and utilizes 85% of the muscles in your body. My favorite part—aside from discovering all those muscles I didn’t know I had—is Ergatta’s game-based workouts. Instead of just staring at an instructor, you do intervals and race for tokens and high scores. This means I get completely distracted and before I know it, 30 minutes have gone by and my workout is over. If you have a competitive side or just like to sweat, you can get $200 off my beloved Ergatta Rower plus free ground shipping ($150 value) with the discount code MARYO200. Be sure to select self-assembly for the discount at checkout.
Everyone recognizes the Little Black Dress (LBD) as a closet staple. But I’d like to submit the Long Black Trouser (LBT) for consideration. A nice, black pant is a closet mainstay, especially as we head into winter. My two favorite pleated styles are the Robert Trouser from Undra Celeste New York and The Favorite Pant Pleat Pants from Favorite Daughter. And, if you really want to invest in a pair with amazing tailoring and quality, the Waverly Pleated Tapered Pants from Lafayette 148 New York are utter perfection. The slightly cropped length makes them versatile for any shoe height.
My level of obsession with these metallic socks has been unmatched since I discovered them. The shininess comes from their laminated silk-blend. I got them in the “Rosso” colorway, which I plan on pairing with loafers and ankle-length trousers this entire holiday season. Nothing more fun or festive!
If you’ve listened to a podcast in the past few years, you may have heard of Athletic Greens. One, daily scoop of Athletic Greens contains 75 vitamins, minerals and whole-food sourced nutrients. It promotes gut health, supports immunity, boosts energy and helps with recovery. Rich and I have been taking AG1 every single morning for the past nearly two years and it makes such a difference for us. I have come to crave the drink in the morning and can't recommend it highly enough.
Have you ever done enough damage in one shopping trip that you felt compelled to call your credit card company and apologize? While I definitely ravaged Anthropologie’s earring section, not a single pair cost more than $50. (No one at the credit card company thought for a second my card had been stolen.) I went all in on their selection of gold statement earrings — hoops, shells, small links, big links. Gang's all there.
These needlepoint Bauble Stockings are hand-stitched by a community of single moms in Haiti and they are quite simply, GORGEOUS. The brand’s founder Kate Stice Stewart had a family tradition in which the “Bauble Stocking” was kept as the final Christmas surprise and contained jewelry, concert tickets or a clue to find the final Christmas present. Not only is it an incredibly special family tradition, but the miniature stockings make perfect holiday décor, too. You can hang them on your Christmas tree, staircase, mantle—they can even be incorporated into a holiday tablescape. These stockings are high-quality pieces that you’ll have forever, and 5% profit of each sale goes back to the Haitian community where they’re produced.
Rue de Verneuil is a luxury French luggage brand that produces the chicest everyday tote bags. They come in so many different sizes and styles (truly something for everyone) and they’re made from the most beautiful, elevated textiles—everything from denim to tweed to herringbone and more.
If you’re not following Brunch With Babs on Instagram, close the Monday Memo, pull up Instagram and remedy that. Not only is Babs the self-proclaimed “Internet mom you didn’t know you needed” but she’s got recipes and home hacks that have changed the way I live my life. Two recent videos she’s shared have already been adopted in our home: pumpkin brie with homemade pumpkin butter recipe and this pumpkin carving hack. (WOW, I’ve been doing Halloween wrong my whole life!)
Ok I guess I'm not done with the Anthropologie earrings... These Rose Garden Earrings from Anthropologie are 50% flower, 50% firework and 100% me (you saw the pearls, right?) These statement earrings feel so fresh and fun, but still versatile. I could see myself wearing them to holiday parties, baby showers, or New Year’s Eve for years to come.
When I saw this post on my Instagram explore page I had to immediately find WHERE DOES ONE GET THIS ELEGANT VELVET WRAP. I simply can’t get over the image of that cascading velvet off her shoulder—so chic. Spanish brand Un Prado Rosa sells this drape-y dream online in a dozen velvet-y colors (and two patterns) so we can all go out looking like autumnal Grecian statues.
The collaboration between Glenda Bailey and The Peruvian Connection is stunning. The collection brings a touch of luxury to the heritage knits and everything—I’m serious, everything—is beautiful. If I had to pick favorites, I’d say the Interlaken Baby Alpaca Turtleneck Pullover and Windsor Buttoning Alpaca Waistcoat are definitely stand-outs for me.
I was recently on the hunt for the perfect pair of washed black, straight leg jeans for fall/winter and my hunt ended in success at Everlane. I ordered The Way-High Jean and they are utter perfection. They’re made from premium cotton with a touch of stretch and the high-rise fit is ideal. They come in seven different colorways and two length options, which is a Godsend for tall girls!