Monday Memo No. 175
I’m not trying to cause panic, but Mother’s Day is in six days. Get in here already.
Today’s the cutoff day at Mark & Graham for Mother’s Day shipping and free giftwrapping with code MOMSDAY. Not sure what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? I have an idea or twenty from Mark & Graham and compiled all of them in this handy gift guide. Mark & Graham offer so many beautiful products and every single one can be personalized (in about 20 different ways). I mean, show me a woman who wouldn’t love this adorable, personalized beach tote and I’ll show you flying pigs. Use code MOMSDAY for free gift wrapping and again, act fast because the shipping cut off for Mother’s Day is TODAY (5/8).
I made these white chocolate Rice Crispy treats from Broma Bakery with the girls last weekend and they were the biggest hit. The girls obviously adore anything with rainbow sprinkles but I’m telling you — these rice crispy treats aren’t just pretty, they are DELICIOUS. The recipe only asks for two extra ingredients on top of the classic butter-marshmallow-rice crispy combo, but the addition of white chocolate chips makes these treats truly insane (much like the girls after consuming three of them).
Mark your calendars for Wednesday (5/10) when my dear friend Blair launches her Atlantic-Pacific collab with Tuckernuck exclusively on tnuck.com. The collection will feature 20+ colorful styles all under $300, each one more beautiful than the last. If you sign up here, you can be alerted when the collection is live an hour before everyone else!
I have to confess something: I have absolutely no idea where my iron is. That’s because I haven’t used it since I purchased this Downy wrinkle release spray, which I now cannot live without. ESPECIALLY for the next 5+ months when I’m largely wearing flowy, lightweight dresses. It takes a lifetime to thoroughly iron or steam long maxi dresses because there’s so much fabric but this stuff is magic. With a few sprays, it smooths wrinkles, removes static and leaves your fabric fresh and ready-to-wear. I even use it on sheets and the girls’ dresses—two other categories of fabric items I refuse to spend time ironing. Whether you’re ready to retire your iron or not, this spray is an absolute must-have.
My girls have a new favorite product from their favorite brand, Super Smalls. These clip-on shoelace charms are a quick way to add a little glitz and glamor to any little shoe. Each set comes with five colorful charms that are easy to clip-on and when Disney dance parties fill your social calendar, these are a must-have.
If you want to secure your position as favorite child next weekend, here’s the deal: Get Mom an Aura frame. I don’t care if you’re dealing with someone who has been in a coma since the 70s and has never been on the internet before. This digital photo frame is truly foolproof and will be the biggest hit. And you don’t have to just take my word for it – everyone from the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to Forbes, Wirecutter and Oprah’s Favorite Things agree. Set-up takes seconds and you can upload photos and videos via their app or send them to the frame’s unique email address to display so easily, even grandpa can do it. These frames make amazing Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts and with the code MARY you can get $30 off Carver Mat Frames + FREE shipping.
Remember Aqua Socks? Personally, I’ve spent years trying to forget them. Extremely dorky, though extremely useful. So, when I stumbled upon these neoprene espadrilles from Minnow, I had to order a pair. I ordered them for myself and mini ones for the girls and they are a dream. These espadrilles have a cushioned rubber sole, which makes them BEYOND comfy. They will be an absolute must-have for all the beach and lake and pool days ahead because they are intended to get wet with quick-drying neoprene.
Over The Moon continues to be my favorite e-boutique to get lost in. I love their “Pretty in Pink” tablescape edit that showcases lots of different brands from around the globe. This dreamy pink Esencial Hogar tablecloth sets the stage for stunning details like these Issy Granger glass candlesticks and these floral dinner plates from Z.D.G. If you’re hosting a Mother’s Day brunch or any summer soirees, browsing this collection is a must.
Another week, another pair of Mary Janes I’m smitten with. These Mary Jane flats from Larroudé come in six colorways, but the flax floral colorway has put a literal spring in my step. I recommend going down half a size in this brand for a perfect fit.
If you aren’t familiar with Aera diffusers, allow me to introduce you. I’ve been using this smart diffuser for six months and absolutely love it. With their accompanying app, you can turn them on/off, set timers and even control the strength of the scent. See? Smart. The scent capsules are hypoallergenic, last for 800 HOURS and come in a ton of incredible scents. I’m currently loving this fresh linen scent but they also just released a dreamy collaboration with Monique Lhuillier that I’m dying to try. Code MARY20 is still active for 20% off!
One of my most frequently-asked questions is how I achieve so much volume at the root of my hair and my secret is this Aveda volumizing tonic. Okay, it’s not a secret. I rave about it constantly because I truly cannot do my hair without it. The problem is, I can go through their tiny 3.4 oz bottles in just a few weeks. So, I was THRILLED to stumble upon this 33.8 oz option on Amazon. If I’ve gotten you hooked on this product and you’re also going through the small bottles like crazy, opt for the big one. You get 10x the quantity for just over twice the price and you can refill the small bottle for on-the-go use.
My lifelong obsession with baseball caps continues. They can add a sporty flair to any outfit and are a chic way to cover up the fact it’s been four days since you washed your hair. Madewell understands, so they produced this lived-in baseball cap in every spring color you could dream ever want. With this many choices, I may never wash my hair again.
I sported a particularly nude lip on my Instagram stories this week and my DMs were flooded with questions. I was wearing this Armani lipstick (a longtime favorite formula) in a new shade – 102 Romanza. It was layered over my trusty NYX lip pencil in Nude Truffle for a little extra definition.
You’ve likely seen these feather-adorned PJs from Sleeper all over your Instagram feed for years now. They’re the best whether you’re lounging or styling them for the party circuit. Recently, I stumbled upon the fact that Tuckernuck carries them in black, pink and white AND allows you to monogram them. I recently ordered a pair of the white pajamas as a bridal gift and had them monogrammed with the bride-to-be’s new married initials. It would be a fun set to get ready in on your special day or just for lounging around as a newlywed.
This rainbow tote from Manebí is my dream bag for summer. Manebí is a Milan-based lifestyle brand known for its espadrilles and sandals, but I must draw your attention to all of their woven bags. Browsing these bags is like a quick trip to the Amalfi coast. I love the large rainbow tote because it’s the perfect size for all your beach essentials and the vibrant colors match everything.
I’ve raved about Spanx Air Essentials endlessly but there are three new summer styles I need to add to the hit list. In case you need a refresher, all of Spanx Air Essentials are super lightweight, silky soft and the most comfortable things that will ever touch your skin. These new arrivals for spring are no different: the mock neck dress, cap sleeve top and tunic tank and instant winners. The breathable, drapey material is perfect for warm weather and the code MARYOXSPANX is still active for 10% off.
As the weather warms up, I always find myself reaching for colorful bottoms that are often paired best with a “basic white tank.” This adorable option from Nation LTD is the answer, but the color is the only basic thing about it. I love the lightweight ribbed jersey fabric, the scoop neckline, and most of all, these poplin ties that add some fun to your shoulders.
I’ve never met a pleated trouser I didn’t love and that’s especially true with this pair from LPA in the most delicious pastel yellow color for spring. The official name of the colorway is “banana crème” and I get it, these pants are sweet. The fabric is super lightweight, the front pleating makes for the most beautiful draping and the back features one of God’s greatest gifts: elastic. Wear them with your favorite pair of white sneakers or a cognac brown leather sandal.