Ruffle + Stripe.

In Americana, Fresh Combos, Patterns on August 26, 2016 at 8:33 am

You probably saw this one coming based on some recent posts, but the hottest look right now are all of these striped, ruffled, frilled, cut-out-beladen tops.  And we can thank Johanna Ortiz for setting the trend here: her ruffled, be-volumed pieces have built quite the cult following.  Below, some ladies getting the look:






Get the look yourself with these picks:

+The OG — Johanna Ortiz’s top itself ($545).

+The lookalike ($52).

+Cute + frilly from TopShop ($58).

+Caroline Constas ($521).

+Asymmetrical from Zara ($35).

+Cold shouldered from TopShop ($65).

+Shoulder-tied from Pixie Market ($65).

+JCrew’s Edie ($59).

+Straightforward + affordable ($25).

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For the purists out there, a few styles in stark white:

+Frilled and cold-shouldered ($46).

+Minus the cold shoulders ($25).

+Ruffle-front ($68).

+Love the high collar ($15).


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Finally, in dress format:

+Victoria Beckham ($630).

+Asymmetrical, drop-hem from Zara ($40).

+TopShop ($90).

+Back to the OG: Johanna Ortiz ($590).

+Your basic shirtdress ($50).


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Finally, you might also like…

+This voluminous dress ($89).

+Striped + tiered from MDSStripes ($395).

+Bell sleeves from Theory ($265).

+Gingham ($395).

+And more gingham, for cheaper ($150).

+Major style + bang for your buck ($89).

+Johanna copycat ($98).

+Striped + OTS ($72).

+Bell sleeves ($55).

Round UP.

In Accessories, Americana, Beauty Products, Bombshell, Brights!, Fresh Combos on August 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

Hi loves.  This Thursday’s special assortment of things-on-my-radar below, BUT FIRST: for all my Jane Austen gals, you HAVE to see the just-out-to-rent movie Love + Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsdale.  It’s based on a less-well-known novella of Austen’s and is absolutely incredible: sharp, hilarious, even savage in its humor.  Beckinsdale is incredible.  The plot is delicious.  Watch!  Tell me what you think!  I’m now keen on reading it as well — apparently it is based on Austen’s Lady Susan?  My sister came by and we enjoyed a lovely little sister movie night, complete with a beautiful cheese board.  I don’t hit up Whole Foods as often now that I’m a few miles from the closest one, so it felt like a ridiculous indulgence to go to their fromagerie and ask for three fancy recommendations.  I added olives, oven roasted tomatoes, cornichons, honey, and fresh peaches to the spread, and we paired it with my favorite baguette in the city (and MAN do I love bread) from Floriole.  I think they have the best bread in the world — almost as good as it comes in France.  At any rate, my favorite little pairing was whipped ricotta with a fresh peach and a drizzle of honey — BOOM.  My mouth is watering just thinking of it.  So treat yo’self: invite some girlfriends over, spend an ungodly amount of money on cheese, wine, and accoutrements, and rent it.

Beyond that, some things to make your Thursday:


I was on the hunt for a gender-neutral shampoo that Mr. Magpie and I could share (I’ve traditionally used this on my own hair) and realized that I really like the products used at my hair salon (Salon Trianon — the best!  I get my hair colored by Pam and my hair cut by Abby and both are geniuses), so I swung by there and picked up this shampoo ($26 — and the scent is perfect for both genders!) and its conditioner ($30).  I’ve only been using it for a few days, but I’m loving it.

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But I’m probably MOST excited about this hair oil I picked up, also by the same brand.  My stylist has used it every time on my hair and I’m always obsessed with the scent (I literally smell my hair 234 times over the next day or two!) and love the way it really helps control my hair

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I’m loving all these bare-shouldered-but-conservative-because-of-the-stripes tops I’ve seen lately!  This TopShop steal ($65) is at the top of my list, but you know I’ve also already waxed poetic about this similar J. Crew find ($59).

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How hilarious are these brass key chains — one reading “town” and one reading “country” ($42 for set)?  I wish…

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I just LOVE these striped, heavy-weight knit dresses ($32 each!)  The rainbow stripe one is my fav.  So easy and chic.




These shades are 70% off — now marked down to $108.  They are READY TO PARTY.

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I know Fendi’s monster bag series (see here) is not for everyone and — I’ll admit — I have a hard time imagining spending several hundred or thousand dollars on something that feels a bit kiddish/immature…but these little pouchlettes ($350 for top, $300 for bottom) just make me happy.

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These Jouer liquid lipsticks (I know, I’m obsessed with these liquid lipstick formulas — I’ve already blabbed about Kylie’s Lipkits and BareMinerals’ tubes) come in the BEST colors.

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Do y’all have dogs?  I should probably do a whole post on dogs/puppies now that I’ve had Tilden for so long.  Tilly is the smartest, sassiest little lady out there, and she picks and chooses which toys to be rough with.  She’s absolutely shredded/destroyed a few — but then she has a handful (her squeaky duck and her squeaky rhino stuffed animals) that she’s kept around for the long haul.  I love to surprise her with new chew toys (especially after being very good / when I feel bad for leaving her at her doggie daycare for the weekend / when I want to distract her from my furniture…so, pretty much all the time) and I have to tell you a great secret: you can score some adorable, affordable ones at HomeGoods!  They have a pet section and I’ve snagged multiple precious toys for less than $5 there.  But then, I came across Waggo and was obsessed with their preppy, happy toy sets!  I love these buoys ($15 each) and these rope chews ($10 — Tilly LOVES this kind of toy).  I have a feeling these will show up under the Christmas tree for Tilden this year.

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Disregarding the model’s sourpuss face, how incredible is this $138 eyelet dress?  That green is so unexpected, and I love the frilled sleeves.




Yes, we’re nearing the end of the summer, and if you haven’t invested in a straw bag, the days for its use may be short, but HOLY COW do I love this Clare Vivier circular bag ($199)!!!  Such a unique shape!  I also love this open-weave rattan tote ($100) and this tasseled lovely ($113).

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Finally, a little bonus: an 11th pick.  I’m always on the hunt for great statement jewelry.  I’m over big necklaces for the most part (they got SO overdone), but big, dramatic drops?  Yes please.  Here are two great styles that won’t break the bank: these bejeweled lovelies ($60), these woven tassels ($60), and these loud-and-proud, large-and-in-charge beauties ($88). YAAAAS.

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In Mini Magpie, Mini Magpies on August 24, 2016 at 8:57 am

I have had the incredible honor over the last year to become the godmother to TWO adorable babies, George and Rhett.  In the Catholic tradition, the godparents are kind of a big deal (brushing my shoulder off), and aside from being incredibly touched that two sets of dear friends/family think highly enough of me that they believe I can steer their boys in their faith and support them however they need, and aside from the fact that I am seriously looking forward to building life-long, sturdy relationships with both of the boys, I was also a wee bit excited to have the opportunity to shop for some adorable baby things.  Let the spoiling begin!  If any of you are becoming godparents, or if you have close friends/family expecting un bebe, let me share some of my finds…below, my top 10 gift ideas for a new little one…with a huge caveat that I’ve never had a child so I have no idea if these are actually practical.


First up, some good Baptism gifts: I’ve given several babies religiously-oriented reading books — I think I’ve actually given four or five sets of parents a combo of this, this, and this, and have heard from a few of the parents that they try to read from them every night!  I had wanted to give a baby’s Bible away but couldn’t find any that were non-tacky looking.

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I’ve also had this little christening dish inscribed with my nephew’s name and Baptism date, and the priest used it during the ceremony.  I also considered this little engraved dish.


Mr. Magpie and I love the idea of giving classic toys as gifts — we can’t wait until the godsons are big enough to, for example, order them a classic Radio Flyer wagon ($139) or sled ($91).

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Speaking of sleds — for those friends living in colder climates (ahem, Chicago), I’ve heard that these 7 AM cocoon things ($189) are fab.

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I wish I’d seen these little customizable booties ($32) in time, but how precious?!




Sapling Toys has all kinds of great, classic wood toys — I’ve bought a few teethers for friends from here — but this little rocking horse ($120) is the ultimate.  (How 21st century is this teether, BTW? #yikes)



OK, NOW we’re getting to my favorite topic: clothing.  I don’t know the children’s clothing scene too well, but even from afar, I have a sense that the super well-heeled babies (think princesses in European countries and the elite of the UWS in NYC) wear Jacadi and Bonpoint, French labels whose wares cost more than I usually spend on my own clothes.  But still, for a godchild?  That you spoil?  Maybe some exceptions can be made.

+I mean, doesn’t every baby need a cashmere lounge suit? ($295?  Yes, you read the price right).

+In case you have a JFK Jr baby on your hand, these little john johns ($89) are de rigeur.  Also, Jacadi is having a HUGE sale right now, so these are marked down to $34!

+Embroidered dress ($185).

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Other spots to check out if the parents are into these preppy looks for the wee ones: Beaufort Bonnet Company, Neck and Neck, and Baby Braithwaite.



These little sleep sacks from DeBuci Baby come in the greatest prints ($95).  The store also sells bedding!

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Also over the top: these Hermes booties ($415!!!).  But you could get these (also Hermes, shown below) for $130.  Still ridiculous, but how freaking precious?

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Great places to find unusual prints for baby clothing — i.e., not just GapBaby: Hanna Anderson ($38),  Polarn O Pyret ($28), and Rachel Riley ($55).  Also: for hipster babies, check out the prints at Winter Water Factory (these are awesome).

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Finally, if you want to go very Catholic, how adorable are these saint dolls?  Pretty precious, especially if the saint name happens to coincide with the godchild’s name.