Monday Memo No. 91
Shopping for comfort, cool, and creative genius this summer.
It might be hotter than the surface of the sun outside, but if you spend most of your workday in air conditioning, you know how essential a cozy layer is. Lucky for us, Senreve has recently expanded its product offerings, and one of its newest additions is this cashmere coatigan. Part cardigan, part coat, all perfect, this glorious garment is made of 100% high-quality cashmere which makes it the perfect all-weather item. I have it in “meringue” which is a beautiful ivory hue, but it comes in four colors and I’m telling you, this super chic, lightweight, duster-length cardigan will serve you year-round, year after year, pandemic or not. You can easily dress it up (with a slip dress or silk tank) for an evening out, or wear it around the house with leggings as your favorite luxurious sweater. I’ll be sharing it on my Instagram stories soon if you’d like to get a closer look, and while you’re at it, you might also want to check out Senreve’s STUNNING cashmere throw blanket which I also got it in “two-tone almond.”
I am going to bake this tonight because I am STILL trying to make a dent in the accidental three bags of lemons I bought. It’s a long story, but who doesn’t love citrus amiright ? I also just acquired (on purpose) an entire crate of fresh, local blueberries. This is the perfect recipe to unite the two! Tune into my instagram stories to watch the drama unfold.
This is one of those products that’s whispered about in the Amazon ether and whenever someone you know mentions it, you wish conversations out loud came with hyperlinks. This is Thank Me Later eyeshadow primer by Elizabeth Mott which keeps your eyeshadow oil-free and crease-free all day, and I’m gonna need you to check out its ratings. Apparently this is the miracle primer the internet has been looking for. I DARE my eyeshadow to get any bright ideas while I’m wearing this...
Summer is taking its job VERY seriously this year. To combat, you know, ovenlike temperatures outside, this cooling towel is a great bandana-swap that works much harder than regular fabrics to keep you cool. You just wet it, wring it out, tie it wherever you tend to overheat, and stay cool, my friends! I recommend the smaller size for everyday wear and the larger size for more drastic situations like outdoor workouts, etc.
A good go-everywhere towel is priceless for summertime. It becomes a picnic blanket, a post-pool necessity, a way to make hot seats outdoors more sit-able, it’s just smart. This one by Dock & Bay is highly portable (and super highly rated) because of its lightweight microfiber fabric. It comes in a little travel pouch and is available in a ton of bright, fun colors and patterns.
If you need a little informative reading this week, I found this article really interesting. It delves into how blue light from our screens is affecting our skin. And, when you think about it, there was no way that tons of screen time was just going to do... nothing. The article examines the risks and provides information on how we can protect ourselves.
If you are extremely tired of dropping your keys, phone, goldfish crackers, and heaven knows what else down the gap between your car seats and the center console, this super smart gap-filler is going to make lost items a thing of the past. I have such a respect for inventors who see problems and SOLVE THEM. Geniuses.
If there’s a techie in your life, I have found your next awesome birthday or holiday gift for them. Breo Box is a subscription box that delivers all the latest tech-focused products and gadgetry to your door every three months! The value is incredible, you get so many full-sized, completely new products to try out and know about before all your friends. And can you put a price on bragging rights? You cannot.
Not to be dramatic, but this might be the last spoon you ever buy. The Dreamfarm Silicone Sit Up Scraping Spoon (aka, the SUPOON) is the kitchen utensil of dreams. It scrapes, scoops, measures, and sits up so you don’t get grossness all over your counters while you cook! Just watch the video on the product page. If you are a friend or family member, please know you’re getting one of these from me the next time a giftable occasion presents itself.
If you’ve watched everything on Netflix (totally possible), and you have an interest in photography, check out this list of online class offerings that touch on every aspect of the art form, all the way from turning on your camera through to post-production. Everyone is a content creator these days, whether you help running your company instagram or you just want to be able to better capture family moments. Improve your skills here.
I am obsessed with these gorgeous candles! Laguna, an amazing Black-owned brand, partners with local California artists to create the stunning reusable vessels their candles come in. Another reason they’re amazing, especially now, is that the brand offers a fragrance kit, where you get mini versions of their candles so that you can try out all of their scents! Absolutely genius.
They exist! Last week I told you about the new summer slippers I’m wearing 24/7 for comfy, cool feet indoors and outdoors all summer long. Truth be told, I've ordered several styles from this brand recently because they're amazing quality and SO AFFORDABLE. Seriously, these beauties are $22, machine washable and the most heavenly things I've ever seen. I rounded-up all of my favorite styles at the bottom of this post.