Monday Memo No. 165
Totes, blankets and a smart mattress that does just about everything but kiss you goodnight.
Please, someone who does not have a growing watermelon in their abdomen, buy one of these J.Crew skirt suits and tag me so I can live vicariously through you. I’m lusting over this perfect, periwinkle long-jacketed set and this gingham tweed set that comes in bright pear or warm rose. They’re the epitome of chic suiting for springtime. An ideal Easter ensemble!
Post-It has come out with a whole collection of cute office supplies called Noted by Post-It that goes leaps and bounds beyond their pale yellow roots. I got these cuties at Target to help with some habits I’m working on turning into rituals. I like to stick these post-its to the sides of my vanity mirror and check them off when I’m getting ready for the day or winding down for bed.
I was recently asked for a good laptop tote recommendation for work and this leather tote from Tory Burch was the first one that sprang to mind. I actually just gave it to a friend for Christmas and it’s been a hit. She uses it every day and it’s held up beautifully. Definitely disregard the one bad review that says the light umber colorway appears different in person. That’s the color I ordered and it’s exactly as pictured.
If you’re looking for a healthy snack that still satisfies your sweet tooth, these SkinnyDipped almonds are a great option. The company was founded by a mother and daughter who became obsessed with creating these snackable dipped almonds that are lower in sugar, but still high in taste. The variety pack comes with almonds dipped in dark chocolate, dark chocolate peanut butter, lemon yogurt and super dark + sea salt. I’m still trying to pick a favorite flavor.
There are so many factors that go into a good night’s sleep: the temperature in your bedroom, the breathability of your sheets, whether or not a toddler wakes up from a bad dream at 2am and crawls into your bed. While Eight Sleep can’t sleep train your children, its Pod 3 mattress does pretty much everything else. @SarahKunst recommended it because this smart mattress can heat or cool to 55°-110°F, track your health and sleep metrics, and even wake you up with a gentle vibration. It’s a step up from, “Moooommy!”
I love this small business made famous by Princess Diana... but made classic by their utterly perfect sweatshirt styles. I have several of their “collar 02” styles (my all-time favorites that are always sold out), but I recently tried one of their high neck sweatshirts and I absolutely love it. Pay special attention to their size chart as they have unique sizing. For context, I am a tall size 4/6 right now and usually order a size medium in most things. In Sloppy Joe, I wear a size 2 in both styles.
If you’re looking for a cool wallet for the guys in your life, My friend Kelly (better known as @The_Car_Mom) recently recommended this chic card wallet from Andar. It holds bills on one side, 1-2 cards on the other and then has a genius center slot that fans out with space for six cards. All seven leather colorways are currently sold out because it’s that GOOD. Enter to get notified when it’s back in stock (you’ve got time, Father’s Day isn’t until June).
In case you missed it, Hill House dropped their spring collection and it is breathtaking. Some of my favorites include: this checked button down set, this perfect puff-sleeve beauty, and the nap dresses I got for me and the girls which are featured in this Instagram video (that also offers an essential parenting hack.)
There’s no better hack for reducing puffiness and waking up your skin than ice. Ice shrinks pores, promotes circulation and improves the health of your skin, but it can also give your hands frostbite. If traditional ice packs and ice rollers are not cutting it, you need to go straight to the source without freezing your fingers off. That's where this silicone ice roller recommended by @AmyHavins comes in. You can even customize it by adding toner to the water before freezing. Genius.
This is the houndstooth tote from Kate Spade I’ve been using nonstop this winter. The tote is super sturdy with leather trim and a glorious array of interior pockets perfect for work or mom duty. The large, chenille houndstooth matches everything in my closet and instantly elevates any basic outfit. Best part? No one notices that you haven't showered in three days when they're hypnotized by the gorgeous black-and-white bag on your shoulder.
Whether you choose gold buttons or silver, Veronica Beard blazers remain the gold standard. I continuously find myself reaching for these closet mainstays — many of which I bought nearly 10 years ago that are still in perfect shape. As my life has transitioned from a very formal corporate setting to a more casual work-life set-up, I am especially in love with their blazers that allow for dickey jacket inserts so I can pop in cool layering pieces like this gold striped dickey or this denim options. All the style of a layered look with none of the bulk.
Dondolo has always been a favorite place to for precious things for littles (and lots of matching pieces for moms too). They just launched their Easter collection, which is absolutely darling. There’s no shortage of toile, pastel florals—they even have fabric Easter baskets that can be personalized with embroidery.
This cream, cable knit hoodie is a seasonless closet staple. Because it’s thigh-grazing, you could wear it as a tunic over jeans in the winter or linen pants in the summer. Alternatively, you can ditch the pants and pair it with tights and thigh-high boots or throw it in your beach bag to throw over your suit as a cover-up at sunset when temps start to drop.
The kids’ spring collection at Boden is so cute, I forgot to even browse it for myself. But, these are a few of the adorable items I got for the girls: this embroidered knit skirt, this vintage-inspired dress, these daisy embroidered jeans, and this adorable pink playsuit.
I’ve mentioned Chappy Wrap blankets before, but it bears repeating because they're our our favorites and they just dropped new styles for spring. They are the most glorious, ultra-soft blankets that have the softness of fleece but at a higher quality that doesn’t pill. I snagged this one from their new collection because you can never have too many blankets, especially after you try Chappy Wraps and want to burn every other blanket in your house.
The Butterluxe line from CRZ Yoga on Amazon is the best, most legitimate dupes for Lululemon I’ve come across. From tops to bottoms, everything in the line is ultra soft, comfortable and holds up wash after wash. If you're new to the line, I suggest you start by trying these leggings which check every box for me: multiple length options, pockets and 20+ colorways.
There’s no need to take your fine jewelry to a jeweler to be cleaned when you’ve got this great diamond cleaner pen. This portable cleaner is a quick, easy-to-use tool that reduces the appearance of scratches, removes grim and makes your stones sparkle.
This glass coffee mug has a classic striped design and a lid that not only keeps contents warm, but can also double as a coaster. It comes in clear glass or, for a little more pep in your morning joe routine, a subtle iridescent color.
This stroller wagon from Wonderfold has truly been one of the best investments we've ever made. Its deep carriage features four seats with safety harnesses, an adjustable UV-protection canopy, and tons of baskets and panels for storage. The heavy duty all-terrain tires are ideal for sidewalks or sand and the whole wagon collapses for easy storage. It's the only thing we use these days for our girls — ideal for a park run or an outing to the beach. Please remember to tip your driver.
1 thought on “Monday Memo No. 165”
How I wish that J. Crew would lengthen their skirts. It’s easy to shorten a skirt but – when the item is too short – they lose a sale. I should add that, after decades of mini-skirts, I’m tired of seeing them on anyone over the age of 20.