Monday Memo No. 158
Hostess gifts, holiday recipes, a hair tutorial and the handbag at the top of my holiday wishlist. H who?
My friend Jacey just launched the most beautiful brand, Wyeth and it’s chock-full of classic essentials from their own in-house brand (like this beautiful sweater) as well as select pieces from Jacey’s favorite brands like Merlette, Kule and others. Currently in my cart: this vintage-inspired cardigan from St. Roche and this boat neck beauty.
After a weekend full of holiday parties, it can feel like my hair is more dry shampoo than hair. Thankfully, I discovered this clarifying rinse from Sunday Riley. The AHA/BHA-infused serum cleanses the scalp of product buildup and oil, leaving your hair clean and refreshed. Highly recommend.
In recent months, I’ve been wearing my hair in a French twist style constantly (that is, when I’m not adorning French braids with colonial bows), and loved this hair tutorial that Mary Hafner recently shared on her Instagram. It's a virtually perfect depiction of how I do it and if you’ve got medium to long hair, this is a polished updo that can be achieved in under a minute with just a few of these French pins.
Sometimes targeted Instagram ads live up to the hype and I’m pleased to report that those chic olive oils from Brightland are one such product. They’re sourced from a family-run farm in California, then cold-pressed into custom blends. They sell two of their bestselling olive oils AWAKE and ALIVE as a duo, which would make a great gift for the foodie in your life. I'm telling you, these olive oils are TOP NOTCH. I may or may not be using a baguette to soak up what's left of my Awake bottle as we speak.
I’m thoroughly obsessed with these detachable collars from Petite Chou. Adding a finishing touch to a sweater or dress makes virtually every outfit cuter and the best part is that they also make collars for the girls. The classic Peter Pan collars are adorable and all of their styles fit comfortably without adding bulk to an outfit.
If you’re already overwhelmed by the thought of all the food you need to prep in the next couple weeks, I’m here to remind you that Goldbelly exists. Goldbelly is like Postmates on steroids—they deliver from all of your favorite restaurants, all over the country. I plan to order another of these caramel cakes for Christmas Day and my mouth is watering at the thought. I had it for the first time last summer when I ordered it for my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary and it’s maybe (definitely) the best cake I’ve ever had in my life. If you’re a caramel lover, it’s a MUST try. But really, if any meal prep is stressing you out, it's time to call in reinforcements and check out Goldbelly's collection.
After hearing my friend Katie rave about Hoka sneakers for years, I finally tried a pair and WOW. Now I know why they have thousands of five-star reviews. I got them in the cantaloupe color, which are as beautiful to look at as they are comfortable. It’s truly like walking on (wonderfully supportive) clouds. HIGHLY recommend.
I’ve gotten a little sick of my matte lip colors—they can look dry, especially when the weather gets cold. While on a quest to find better options, I came across Kristina Rodulfo’s drugstore recommendation: Maybelline Super Stay Vinyl Ink. She describes it in a recent Instagram post as the perfect transfer-proof lipstick for holiday parties, and I love that this lipstick is a longwear option with a little shine. I ordered shade Wicked immediately and can confirm, this drugstore find is AMAZING.
If you’ve already done your annual re-watch of The Holiday and Love Actually and are craving a new holiday rom com, I loved Something From Tiffany's. It a new film produced by Reese Witherspoon, starring Zoey Deutch and Shay Mitchell and is out now on Amazon Prime. This is exactly the easy, heart-warming kind of movie to throw on while you're wrapping gifts, tackling the laundry or burning I mean baking holiday cookies.
I made this marinated Christmas cheese appetizer from How Sweet Eats for a holiday party and it was a HIT. It’s easy to make ahead, travels well, and looks so gorgeous and festive. Leftovers would make a great snack or salad topper, but you will never find out because people will eat every last drop of this.
At the very top of my Christmas list this year is this longtime classic for Gucci, the Jackie bag. The style first debuted in the ‘60s but its smooth black calf leather and curved silhouette make it a timeless piece. I hope Santa agrees that it’s time I add it to my collection. (Someone please send this to Rich, thanks.)
If you wake up every morning and complete the Wordle before finishing your morning coffee, I have the perfect gift for you. Or, if you’re having any Wordle-obsessed friends or family over this holiday season, this world board game is a must-have. For 2-5 players ages 14+ you can spend the evening discovering every five-letter word for fun.
Well, my favorite pastime continues to be stalking The Outnet for designer discounts. A couple months ago, I shared this rainbow scarf from Acne and it’s one of the most popular items I've ever shared, selling out everywhere in a few hours. If it eluded you, worry not—you can still have a rainbow of color around your collar if you check out this cashmere blend beauty from Carolina Herrera (at 60% off).
When I was sick a couple weeks ago, I think I spent five consecutive days wrapped in this blanket. If you haven’t tried ChappyWrap blankets, you are in for a treat. They’re machine washable and unlike anything you’ve felt before. Somehow they combine the smooth softness of fleece (without pilling) and the heft and longevity of a classic wool blanket. I recently ordered this striped beauty so we have a second on hand and this one as a gift for a new mom.
TikTok finally made me buy this SoftSculpt Transforming Skin Enhancer from Makeup By Mario and I absolutely love it. It’s a three-in-one tinted balm that offers warmth and sheer coverage to even out skin tone. I use it on “no makeup makeup” days largely on the outsides of my face in place of contour, then just spot the rest of my face with concealer.