Monday Memo No. 157
Cardigans, coats and cocoa, oh my.
The beautiful pebbled leather and playful bow shape make this mini bow bag from Cuyana the perfect holiday party handbag. It comes in five festive colors and can be worn as a handbag or crossbody with detachable gold chain. With the bow handle on top, it’s like a little present for all your party-going essentials.
A flyaway umbrella, wet hair, rain boots... It’s not easy to maintain a polished look when the weather gets nasty. That’s why I was thrilled to find this fit-and-flare waterproof coat from Wolf and Badger. It’s like a chic waterproof dress with a hood—the most feminine way to get caught in inclement weather. For some reason, the brand doesn’t have colorways consolidated on one product page so scroll through this page to see all the amazing prints and colors they offer.
When I posted this two-toned cardigan from Ronny Kobo two years ago, it sold out in minutes. Miraculously, it is now appearing in stock in both cream and emerald colors, in ALL sizes at The Outnet AND it’s 45% off. I mean it when I say: “Run, don't walk.” This is one of my all-time favorites and still looks good as new after countless wears.
Consider this a friendly reminder: tiny people are obsessed with tiny things. I got this Nutcracker ornament set for Coco last year before taking her to her first Nutcracker Ballet. My intention was to incorporate a few Nutcracker-themed items into her everyday so that she became familiar with the characters and themes before seeing the show. It totally worked because when it came time to watch the ballet, she knew what was going on and really enjoyed the experience. Fast forward to this year, both girls just want to sit and play with these tiny nutcracker ornaments at the bottom of our tree for hours. They love moving the tiny pieces from one branch to the next. Given this set’s popularity, I’m now thinking of expanding our collection to this Christmas set, and this one or maybe both? Anything to keep my toddlers occupied.
I’m not sure what brand of end-of-year burnout I have, but lately all of my pullovers have seemed too daunting a task to put on. Pull something over my head you ask? That's simply too much for a mother of two toddlers during Q4. All I want are cozy, zip-front options that won't cause me to dislocate a shoulder. Thankfully, these favorites from Varley fit the bill: this super-flattering longline hoodie (I love the side slits) and this metallic-knit bubblegum beauty.
These chocolate-covered oatmeal bites from Sugarfina are absolutely delicious—they’re dipped in dark chocolate, rolled with oats in creamy white chocolate, and sprinkled with cinnamon. They come in an adorable tin with a reindeer on it, making them a perfect hostess gift to bring to a party... that is if you don’t eat them all yourself first. Word to the wise: buy a couple just in case.
I’ve always seen my cell phone case as an accessory that I can change with my mood or the season. Or, is the phone case rotation due to the sheer number of times I manage to drop my phone and crack my case? Doesn't matter. In the past few months, I’ve gotten a slew of questions about my current favorite (thank you selfies). It’s this tortoise phone case from Amazon that I added this ring stand to, which makes it easier to hold and can double as a kickstand.
They say you can never have too much of a good thing and coincidentally, that’s also how I feel about coats. This quilted beige coat from & Other Stories is a REALLY good thing and also sort of fulfills my lifelong goal of just walking around wearing my comforter... except chic. The oversized fit leaves room to layer underneath, making it the perfect topper to throw on and go this winter.
After months of seeing every beauty guru I follow rave about LED masks, I’ve finally taken the plunge and ordered this one from Conscious Beauty at 20% off with code GIFT. It uses light therapy to plump, brighten and lift the skin, leaving it with a smoother texture. And, if you want to test something smaller and more portable, so many people I trust also rave about this microcurrent wand as well.
This velvet blazer from Banana Republic is truly the stuff of my holiday party dreams. It’s beautifully tailored and structured, with a peak lapel and double-breasted closure, and I feel like I could dive in and swim through this rich, dark teal color. Wear this blazer over jeans or stirrups to your next holiday function, or go full velvet by pairing it with the matching trousers.
These hot chocolate snowmen from Kate Weiser Chocolate are such a cute way to make a special cocoa treat for the whole family. The snowman is made from dark chocolate and filled with cocoa mix and mini marshmallows. Just heat up a pot of milk, drop the chocolate snowmen in and watch him melt into hot cocoa. If your kids love Olaf or chocolate, this is the treat for them! Also add it to your shortlist of great hostess gifts.
We recently came across this Story Time Chess game at a friends’ house and turns out, it won the 2021 Toy of The Year Award. Do you like how I said that like I knew that award existed prior to five minutes ago? Nevertheless, I can attest the game is a winner and if you're a chess lover and/or want your child to be, this is it. The box includes chess sets for kids and mini games that bring the game of chess alive and weave the rules and strategy of the game through fun and engaging stories. It's perfect for boys and girls ages 3-103 and we bought it for Coco for Christmas so she can live out her Queen’s Gambit dreams.
A proper sweater shaver works wonders, but this sweater saver is a fantastic, portable alternative. It’s basically a pumice stone for your knits—it removes pills and fuzz without snagging fabrics. Keep this sweater saver in your bag or your car and freshen up all of your winter knits so they're pill and fuzz-free while on-the-go.
When it comes to winter wardrobes, tights provide a practical layer of warmth. But why shouldn’t they also provide some fun? These swiss dot tights stand to make any little black dress feel festive. And, for an even greater dose of whimsy, try these larger polka dot tights from Spanx. The code MARYOXSPANX is still good for 10% off sitewide if you need any other holiday essentials (don’t mind me as I grab another pair of shapewear for the party circuit).
The TonieBox is one of my top gift recommendations for little ones—it provides hours of screen-free entertainment. Today is the last day to use my Tonies discount code before it expires: 20MARYORTON will take 20% off their starter set. My girls absolutely love it. Take a look at some of our favorite tonies HERE.
Apparently, I see it as a core part of my job to present you with a Mary Jane footwear option each week and this week’s is this stunner from Cole Haan. This Bridge MaryJane flat is arguably the most beautiful, classic black patent leather option whose objective perfection is made clear by the fact that they’re sold out nearly everywhere except for Cole Haan’s official website HERE. They’re also available in gold lizard and leopard prints, which are on sale. Get them while you still can!
ME+EM's new arrivals section is like walking through the inside of my sartorial brain. The legitimately have ALL of your winter and party dressing needs covered. My cart is overflowing, but I think I’ve narrowed it down to this flared corduroy dress, leather shirt jacket, and this chevron jacquard jacket.
Go ahead and file these large brass paperclips under extremely random things I love. I got these as a gift ages ago and am shocked by how much I use and love them. They’re from the adorable office supply brand Pocketo and these paperclips are perfect for holding your place in your planner and handling your holiday business, bills, greeting cards, wish lists, and gift cards. Trust me.
I’m in love with the gorgeous, customizable knits from Le Lion. I recently got the Laursie cardigan in palm leaf and it’s quickly become one of my favorite sweaters of the season. Size up on the knitwear and don’t neglect their accessories—I also got this structured, fabric vanity case. Everything the brand makes is impeccable quality and would make a gorgeous, personal gift.