It’s happening! Net-A-Porter is currently holding a massive 15% off seasonal edit sale. I highly encourage you to shop literally the entire thing (what else do you have to do today, work?). But if you do need to cut to the chase, might I suggest my absolute favorite tights, shapewear, candles, and longwear lipstick? And while I know we’re not exactly ready to go full-coat mindset just yet, it would really be a shame to miss out on 15% off this snuggly option.
Fall is the season of the good bootie, and if your collection is currently lacking, know that Sarah Flint makes a literally perfect one in two colorways and two heel height options. They are INEXPLICABLY comfortable from the second you slide your foot in and while yes, they look stunning online, you need to know that they are even more beautiful in person. Seriously, they’re the Halle Berry of boots. You can’t imagine how they’d be more amazing in person but somehow, yep, they are. You've heard me wax on about this brand a million times in the past (their Perfect Pumps and Natalie Flats are all-time FAVORITES), but just a reminder: Sarah Flint footwear is made in the same factories as Manolo Blahnik and Hermès, however, they’re sold direct-to-consumer, so they’re able to avoid middleman markups which means you get a luxury shoe for much, much less. Also, first-time customers can get $50 off with code MARY50 so you literally have no reason not to buy a pair. I swear, your feet will thank you.
You know what’s fun? Not doing your hair. I hope we can all agree that Baseball caps are a Saturday (or Sunday or Monday or Tuesday) morning’s best friend. However, I was receiving a lot of flack from family members who took note that I was consistently wearing a New York Yankees hat and wondered when I'd changed baseball allegiances. Battle lines were drawn and things got ugly before I even had the chance to clarify that it wasn't so much about the team, but about the fact that I had received a free Yankees hat years ago that just so happens to go with more of my outfits due to its black and white color scheme. My home team's brightly colored alternatives just didn't offer the same sartorial satisfaction. However, after much searching (and even more ridicule from my family), I recently found this brand and I really love them. The fit is spectacular and the styles thankfully include a black and white version of my home team so I can support them no matter what else I’m wearing. All is right with the world.
I initially just ordered this ingenious travel power strip for use near my bedside table, but it’s so minimalist and functional that I’m getting one for every room in the house. It’s meant for travel (and I can’t wait to take it on the road), but it’s so genius for home, too—especially in small places where space is an issue.
Can we talk about this price tag for a second? I love long sleeve tees in fall—they’re an essential layering piece that’s never not a good idea to have around in bulk. But sometimes I get sick of my basic black and white tees and want something a little more exciting. These leopard tees have crazy high ratings, and crazy low price tags. Honestly they’re a sneeze above being free, it's ridiculous. Also, there are endless cuts to choose from, and "there are too many great options" is a complaint that no woman has had ever.
Bare feet, it’s been real, see you in June. Fall marks the start of cozy sock season, and I’m kicking things off (I’ve got jokes), with the coziest pack of seasonal socks I’ve ever seen. They are so soft, so warm and the vintage patterns are the actual cutest. They're like your favorite Christmas socks with the bonus of not being so holiday-specific that you feel weird wearing them outside the month of December. Yes, pedicures are nice. But have you ever tried just couching it all day with really, really warm feet?
Not exactly a casual watch while you’re cooking or folding clothes but The Spy should absolutely be on your autumn watchlist. This Netflix original tells the story of Eli Cohen, one of the most prominent Israeli spies of all time, who infiltrated the Syrian government in the 60s. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, any fan of spy films needs to see this.
Oh, right, it's fall so we can eat hot food again! Now that heatwaves are a thing of the past (cross your fingers), it’s soup season, people! Good Stock soups are my latest obsession and if you live in NYC, they're the fastest way to satisfy soup cravings without totally demolishing your kitchen. New Yorkers can pick them up in-store or order online, and they come in perfectly-portioned frozen bags which you can heat up now or save for months in your freezer. They contain zero nasty chemicals or preservatives and are made from wholesome, local ingredients, so I've taken comfort during the postpartum period in knowing that I'm putting only really good things into my body. The flavors are DELISH and include all the classics you love like roasted tomato, bone broth or chicken and vegetable, as well as weekly specials for something a little more out-of-the-box. Or pot. Whatever.
My mind immediately skews toward candy when Halloween season approaches, I think it’s only natural. Kick off spooky season with slightly creepy themed candies that make such a cute gift, but are also simultaneously so adorable (and delicious) you’ll want to keep them. Buy in bulk, is what I’m saying. Scary is much more fun when it is also made of sugar, don’t you think?
Attention all breastfeeding mamas: Get ready for some cookies and some science. Miracle Milkookies are handmade, delivered-to-your-door lactation cookies that help boost your milk supply. That’s right friends: Eat more cookies, make more milk. These (scrumptious) cookies contain oats, yeast, and flaxseed, a dream team of ingredients when it comes to milk production. I've tested several different kinds of lactation cookies and supplements, and these are at the top of my list—both in terms of how amazing they taste and (of course) how well they WORK. There was a notable increase in my supply after eating them and a noticeable decrease in my supply when I ran out for a few days. So, needless to say, I'm 100% hooked. The oatmeal chocolate chip is fantastic, but my real favorite are the oatmeal raisin. DIVINE.
So you’re telling me I have to eat more cookies? Wow this is devastating news. Awful.
Colette INSISTED that I add this 4Moms Momaroo 4 to the Monday Memo, and given my level of sleep deprivation, I'm just not in a position to argue. She simply adores this baby swing from the future, and her father and I might just be dead without it. This isn’t any old back and forth nonsense. There are five different settings on the Momaroo 4 that lull tiny ones into trance-like tranquility. The motions gently bounce and sway your baby similarly to how you would when you hold or rock them. It also has five different sound settings providing a plethora of white noise options along with the ability to connect your phone to play your own sounds or music. Better yet, you can control the swing from an app on your phone, so changing the motions, speed, sound or volume can be done from across the room when you're trying to work, cook, or catch up on Netflix. Is this swing smarter than parents? Perhaps. Will you care? Doubtful.
There’s no shortage of great baby resources and books out there (I think Rich and I have officially tested them all). However, Taking Cara Babies was routinely cited by friends we trust as being their "holy grail" and now we know why. It has been incredibly helpful in getting Colette's sleep and nap schedule under control, in addition to helping us immensely with soothing and swaddling tips and tricks. I truly can’t recommend this class highly enough to parents of newborns currently trying to make sense of it all.
I know something this teeny and cute needs very little explanation to convince you, but these Bitty Bows baby hair bows really are genius. They work with even the tiniest amount of newborn baby hair, and stay in place—Colette and I speak from experience. There are countless styles to choose from, so have fun.