Monday Memo No. 69
My very favorite thing about Monday is this list of my very favorite things.
Holiday parties are over, but that doesn’t mean the need for great style is, too. In addition to those sparkling special occasion dresses, Rent The Runway’s Unlimited membership is actually ideal for everyday style needs as well. I recently scooped up two pairs of fun earrings, a puffer coat, and the coziest oversized cardigan for January couch moments—all delivered to my door. As discussed in this post, RTR Unlimited is also great for anything needed on the workwear front—important meetings, presentations, or conferences you need to style yourself for when your current closet just isn't delivering. Right now, code RTRMARY will get you $200 off your first 60 days of Rent The Runway Unlimited, so it's an amazing time to try!
Cute name, seriously amazing product. I'm a big fan of Weezie Towels in general, but these makeup towels, in particular, are the ideal towels to use when washing your face (they’re designed specifically for that purpose). I mean, how many white towels have met their fate at the hands of a good mascara? These Weezie makeup towels are super soft and deep navy so there won’t be anything unsightly happening. Personally, I like traveling with them so that you never have to worry about staining your host's guest towels! Also, how cute are the style options? Obsessed with the adorable "stain me" versions.
I’ve noticed a recent influx of inquiries about how I do my hair, so thought I'd re-share this post in which I've compiled all of the detailed steps of my everyday process. Believe it or not, I love and use hot rollers, which are my absolute favorite hair tools. I also share my dry shampoo tricks and the hair spray I buy in bulk.
I love a lettered necklace look, but I know it can be tricker than it sounds to find the right options for your personal style. A few I’ve been loving lately are this letter necklace from K Kane Jewelry, this single letter style from Monica Vinader in really unique, eclectic designs, and this sweet, delicate diamond option from Stone and Strand. You can use them to layer, or just as one classic piece that becomes your everyday essential necklace.
If you’re in the market for a good wedding gift, or you just love the timeless look of a beautiful monogram, these napkins are the way to go. I received a similar style as a wedding gift years ago, and have absolutely loved using mine over the years. Recently, when trying to find something similar to give as a wedding gift, I discovered this style and fell in love. The elegant, timeless monogram makes them feel really special, and the champagne-hued embroidery will be super versatile for use with virtually any table setting. It's nice for entertaining essentials (that are intended to be kept and used forever) to have a certain romance to them, don’t you think?
I’ve spoken before about my love of Athleta activewear and I recently placed another order for a second pair of these life-enhancing joggers and this lounge-y chic funnel-neck sweatshirt. The joggers are without a doubt the ultimate comfy pants for an easy day (they are SO SO SOFT), but they still have a stylish vibe to them so you don’t feel like you just rolled out bed. Over the holidays, I spotted my sister-in-law wearing this funnel-neck sweatshirt and simply needed it. It looks so chic and is perfect for extra chilly days when you’re running errands (or running literally no errands). You understand my need for versatility.
You know that when I find a pair of sunnies I love, I refuse to leave the house without them. The pair currently claiming top prize are these black Alaia square-framed stunners with mod rounded edges, which are sold out everywhere but are magically available right here—provided you act quickly. They also come in additional colors found here and here.
Yep, Aveda makes tea. I’ve been enjoying this "comforting tea" for years at my Aveda salon, and I finally asked them what it was. It’s actually Aveda’s own tea, but it’s available for purchase (and consumption in front of Netflix) at Nordstrom. It’s a delicious blend of licorice root (which, shockingly, is DELICIOUS in subtle tea form) and peppermint that’s conveniently caffeine-free, so you can have it any time you’re in need of a cup of cozy. Personally, I'd suggest you add this to your bedtime routine, stat.
Breastfeeding is a massive time commitment. And, it doesn’t stop for work or travel. I love and use the Spectra as my main pump at home, but I was also really in need of a portable option that would allow me to pump while continuing to work. I did a LOT of research and decided on the Willow, due to its reviews and promises of the strongest suction. I’ve been using it for two months, and I feel like I can finally offer it my wholehearted recommendation. A warning: For the first week or so, these pumps will infuriate you. You MUST watch their how-to videos, because there are several little tricks to make them work that are not as intuitive as I’d like them to be! There were several times in the early days that I wanted to just give up, but then I watched more help videos (that are provided by the brand’s accompanying app) and got the hang of things. Now that I have, I really don’t know how I would have gotten through the holiday season without them. They’re a must-have, as are the storage containers you have to purchase separately to use in lieu of their bag system. I find that the containers are much easier and more efficient.
In addition to recent questions about my hair, I pretty much always get questions about my everyday makeup, too. If you missed it, I recently compiled my beauty steps and products into a very convenient post you can reference here. It contains details on the makeup I use for an average day at the office—striking that in-between chord where you're not in full-glam, but needing a step above couch potato. Happy bronzing!
This year, Memorandum is going to be going deep into career content. We all have things we want to accomplish, so let’s set ourselves up for success, together. To kick things off, you may have seen my recent post about how to wrap your mind around setting career goals for the year ahead. Hint: You don’t have to have everything figured out by January 1st. Check it out here, and stay tuned for the second half of the career goal setting guide, coming this week!