Monday Memo No. 53
My new exercise obsession, my go-to place for baby registry options, HOW TO WASH SILK AT HOME and lots more!
If you’ve seen this all over your instagram feed and are wondering if the hype is real, allow me to clear things up for you: IT REALLY REALLY IS. At first glance, the mirror looks like any sleek floor-length mirror you might hang on the wall in your home. However, inside this beauty lives a magical HOME GYM. When turned on, the mirror transforms into an interactive LCD screen with instructors ready to take you through just about every possible workout class under the sun (barre, boxing, cardio, chair, dance, yoga, ERRYTHANG). It’s completely personalizable (can even sync with your apple watch!) and workouts range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes, so you can always squeeze in a workout no matter how busy you are. I’ve had mine for three weeks, and am here to testify that The Mirror is the best investment you can make in yourself and your health. It’s $1,495 for the mirror and then $39/month going forward for the gym subscription. If the price tag seems daunting, a couple thoughts: (1) I can’t think of a better place to invest your money than in getting (and staying) active and feeling amazing, and (2) if you’re someone who regularly goes to exercise classes (i.e. SoulCycle, FlyWheel, SLT, etc.) think about how quickly the price of those classes (plus the price of your gym membership) adds up over the course of a year. Personally, as someone who runs two businesses and has an extremely jam-packed schedule, I’ve found that I’m getting my workouts in much more often with The Mirror because I’ve completely eliminated (a) commute time to a gym or class and (b) can complete classes at any time, completely on my schedule. No more signing up for a barre class and having something at work pop-up that forces me to both eat my money AND miss my workout for the day. This is also a fantastic option for moms and dads who can’t always leave their kiddos at home to make it to the gym or exercise classes. I could go on for days, but now seems to be a great time to share that the team over at The Mirror were kind enough to give me A PROMO CODE FOR YOU. Use code ORTON3 when you check out for three free months of The Mirror. Go forth and work out in the comfort of your own home.
Something I’ve learned in recent months is that navigating the endless baby options out there can be SO overwhelming. But, any time I’m looking around on Pottery Barn Baby (which is OFTEN these days) I don’t feel that way. I think it’s because the selection is so curated that I don’t feel the need to go down a two hour internet research rabbit hole for every item—the hard work has already been done for me. Pottery Barn Kids has always been my go-to for cute baby gifts because their quality is top-notch… but also because nothing (and I do mean nothing) is cuter than personalized baby stuff. However, now I’m also realizing that they are amazing for baby registries too and my own registry is chock full of their pieces. They have all the classic essentials that you would associate Pottery Barn with (bedding, furniture, bath, toys, etc.) but they also have the best-of-the-best in third-party baby brands as well. Think Uppababy strollers, Nuna Playards, or the Inglesina Fast Table Chair. Three items that are on the top of my list!
Meet my new pajama obsession, please. These minimalist-chic PJs are so unbelievably soft and high quality, but they also wash really well which is really important for anyone who has ever looked at their pilled pajamas with frustration. I will have these for years (probably decades). They’re definitely a pajama brand you need to know and lounge around in all weekend.
If (when) you need advice on what to read and why, please go directly to my favorite source, Grace Atwood. Grace recently also shared where she gets advice on what to read next, so essentially she’s let us in on the literary goods in a BIG way. If your summer reading list is feeling lackluster, it won’t for long. Check out her post on the best bookstagram accounts to follow now.
If your answer to this is typically “send it to a professional,” you’re not alone. But my friend Jean Wang of Extra Petite just shared an immensely handy guide on how to wash silk (the right way) at home, and I am incredibly grateful. This is a very practical breakdown that hits on every aspect of washing silk yourself, so you walk away feeling really informed and maybe also like you’re not about to ruin your clothes (or your bank account).
If applying lip scrub with a washcloth or like, your hands has always felt a little gross and maybe also not super effective, may I draw your attention to THIS handy tool that’s going to be a complete lip scrubby game changer for the bargain price of $7.99? Get really good at working this into your beauty routine now and by winter chapped lips won’t even remember your address.
People, it’s Shakespeare in the Park season! If you’ve never attended this classic New York institution I really encourage you to make it a priority this summer. The experience is nothing short of magical, the kind of thing that becomes a family or friend group tradition forever. Coriolanus begins July 16th, and a variety of ticket acquisition methods can be found on their website here!
We’ve all got that plastic garlic press or wobbly pizza cutter we know we need to get rid of but kind of never do. Can you imagine then how sweet this chic seven-piece set of kitchen essentials would be to receive as a house-warming or hostess gift? Help your friends pull together a kitchen that’s on point (and toss anything that’s stayed at the dinner party too long). I know you’ve got that arsenal of scented candles for these types of occasions, but why not mix it up?