Monday Memo No. 29

My latest tech investment, the product launch I’m crazy excited for, the movie everyone is (rightfully) obsessed with, a recipe you need to try immediately, my favorite life-saving personal care kits, a new favorite cleanser, a hair styling device from the future, and the comfiest basics I just bought.

There will definitely be a full review after my new Apple Watch and I have spent more quality time together, but for now let me just say: two big thumbs up. I finally took the plunge and got an Apple Watch when they announced the newest model in early September, and while I've only had it for a few weeks, so far I LOVE IT.  The step counter, the reminders to stay active, and the ability to quickly see social/text/email notifications is absolutely amazing.  I also really like the new heart rate functionality—it is incredibly useful while working out and targeting certain heart rate zones.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 10/22 at 9AM ET OR REGRET IT FOREVER. One of my dearest friends, Blair Eadie, is launching the most spectacular collection in collaboration with Nordstrom's Halogen brand, and it's going to sell out—fast.  She's been sharing sneak peeks of the pieces on her blog, so stalk her posts to make your hit list of must-haves (a.k.a. everything).  Then you should probably prepare to start refreshing at 8:59 next Monday.

Sick of hearing about this movie yet?  Sorry. I saw it for the first time last night and I can emphatically confirm that the hype is very, very real.  This movie is SO GOOD and you need to see it, just be prepared to bring a kleenex or two.  Literally text your girlfriends right this minute and make plans. I could write an entire blog post on Bradley Cooper’s hair alone but I think I’ll just let you make this discovery for yourselves.  I also kind of really want to go back and watch the Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand versions now.

You know I'm obsessed with oil cleansers, and this product is a new favorite.  The endless quest to find a cleanser that does it’s job and also doesn’t make my face feel like dry ancient ruins afterwards is always a winner.  Also, I love it when brands make mini sizes of my favorite products for travel. (Unless you actually have time to distribute your favorite products into a million teeny vials, in which case—please come run my life.)

I chronicled my first foray into making this recipe last week on Instastories , and while I'm not necessarily Julia Child when it comes to cooking tutorials, I can confirm that this recipe by Half Baked Harvest is a KEEPER. Absolutely delicious, easy, and perfect for cozy fall nights (now that the weather is cooperating). Huge thanks to Liz Adams of Sequins & Stripes for this amazing find!

You’ve seen ‘em a million times, but there’s a reason for that.  I simply love this brand. Not only are their Minimergency Kits total lifesavers (their bridal kit literally saved my entire wedding) but they also make completely adorable, useful gifts.  Apparently, they're celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year and I say cheers to the next 10!

This hair styling device from the future was announced last week, and needless to say, I ordered it the next morning.  It hasn't arrived yet, so stay tuned for a full report, but I have high, high hopes for this sucker.  If you don't know what I'm talking about (perhaps you were on a digital detox—if so, I’m jealous), check out the video here, and prepare to be amazed.  Is Dyson the new Apple of personal care?

Last week I shared my new favorite workout wear collection, a collab between Lululemon and principal dancer Francesca Hayward. While I opted for an all-black ensemble (as I too often do), I also really love the other gorgeous fall hues in the collection, too. I also got these insanely soft pants and can't wait to watch Netflix...err I mean work out in them.  I also just ordered this pullover which isn't part of the collection but how cute/comfy?!

9 thoughts on “Monday Memo No. 29”

  1. Hi Mary! Have you come across any Apple Watch bands that look more like jewelry? I like the idea of the watch, but I think I’d only wear it regularly if it looked like a bracelet. Thanks, love your content!!

    1. Yes! I’m planning a full post on the apple watch and a few suggested bands that make them look more presentable 🙂 I just ordered a few to see/test in person so stay tuned for the verdict in the post once I’ve done my research!

  2. I’m a big fan of Dyson technology! My coworkers and I just make de exact same comment about them being the apple of the beauty tools =) I’m pretty sure that is what they are aiming for

  3. Hi Mary,

    I just gave your recommended ramen recipe a whirl this weekend and it was WONDERFUL! She is now on my list of “trusted cooking bloggers”. ThaNk you so much for the on-point recommendation.


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