Monday Memo No. 84
Hello Summer! Outstanding resources and smart, helpful finds for right now.
If you’re quarantining in a shared space, perhaps away from your usual vanity situation, you might not be able to spread out your cosmetics. OR CAN YOU? This genius and quite frankly argument-preventing contraption is a cosmetic bag that opens to a completely flat surface, so that you can lay out all your items for the sake of visibility and easy access, and then just pull the drawstring to turn the whole situation back into a cute little pouch that doesn’t claim the whole counter. This is designed for travel but I’m also loving it for shared or small spaces!
If you’re not yet obsessed with the new Food Network show where Amy Schumer gets cooking lessons from her chef husband Chris Fischer, friend, do I have a treat for you. Every Monday at 10pm EST, 9pm CST, one of our favorite comedians ever basically looks very uncomfortable in her kitchen and we get to watch. It’s hilarious, and honestly it’s what we need right now.
I know we’re all trying to get our outside spaces in good working order, because it’s looking like that’s basically where we’re going to hang out all summer (and fall and winter?), so start from the ground-up, literally. These VERY cute mats are vibrant, durable, and reversible. If you need a little pop of color on the patio (or want to pretend that your living room is an outdoor patio?), these mats help you level up your exterior decor game for warmer weather.
The Lancer skincare sale ends today, and if you’re not familiar with the brand, it’s the one developed by the celebrity dermatologist beloved by Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, and other human beings with incredible skin. The ratings are outstanding, and a few of my personal favorite products include this Clarifying Detox Mask, Advanced Retinol Treatment, 3D Hyaluronic Eye Serum, and Caviar Lime Acid Peel. Again, the sale ends TODAY. Missing 25% off top-tier skincare is not something you want weighing on your conscience.
With life looking as different as it does these days, you may have noticed you’ve let go of some habits and picked up new ones. This article is a great read on the benefits of tracking your habits, especially if you have a few new ones you’re hoping to adopt. (It’s easily implementable stuff, not to worry!)
Did you know that MasterClass (the content subscription that gives you access to literal masters in their field teaching you how to do what they do) is only $180 for the year? That’s a ridiculous deal when you think about the amount of access and education involved. I actually gifted MasterClass to my brother for Christmas, and he’s loved it. From cooking classes by Gordon Ramsey to lessons in filmmaking by Martin Scorsese himself, the course selection is incredible. Quarantine is the perfect time to explore new interests (or even just fascinations) and there’s no higher quality content out there. I mean come on, photography taught by Annie Leibovitz?? Absolutely.
Outdoor beverages of all kinds are about to become a daily routine, so make sure you’re prepared with a drinking vessel that makes sure your ice cubes last longer than a Toyota commercial. Personally, I love Corkcicle wine tumblers for everything from cocktails to iced coffee, because they work so well, they're the perfect size, and they come in so many adorable different options. They even have a version that’s designed for champagne if that’s your beverage of choice! If you’re looking for a more affordable version, you can also check out these very highly rated options from Target!
I know we’re all missing people we love. Sometimes, it can be helpful to send them something in the mail that lets them know you are thinking about them and wish you could all be together. The sweetest thing I can think of to send (literally) is The Sampler from Milkbar. It includes the famed bakery’s most beloved treats, in adorable packaging, and is a guaranteed good gift for anyone you know who appreciates the fine art that is quality deserts. This should be your absolute go-to for upcoming summer birthdays, fyi!
Finances are top of mind at the moment, and if you’re looking to educate yourself on financial best practices, especially investing, Ellevest should be your go-to. The team’s mission is to close the investment gap between men and women, and there’s no better or easier way to get started on your financial plans for the future. If you’re new to Ellevest, a great place to start is by watching a recent chat between my college friend Cameron Rogers, and CEO Sallie Krawcheck.
Today is actually Memorial Day, and therefore is the last day for many major sales happening right now. And there are a TON. Personally, I’m spending lots of my day shopping the Williams Sonoma and Anthropologie sales (because I'm transitioning my quarantine uniform from sweats to flowy
nightgowns day dresses like this one). Also, Wayfair is offering 70% off outdoor decor and furniture in anticipation of summer. Am I crazy for thinking we need a daybed with a canopy? I mean I hope not because I can thoroughly see myself enjoying this one, or perhaps this. Wait, wait what about this one? Why is it so hard to choose? BRB moving my entire home office outside.