My Latest Score: The Floral Midi.
Some of you may have seen this post on Instagram, but I recently snagged this $35 floral midi dress (seen on me in photo above) and have been wearing it on repeat. (I guess H+M has my number these days.)
You’re Sooooo Popular: The Tibi Tunic.
Most popular items on Le Blog this week:
+The Eberjey Romper I wear every time I get out of the shower (on sale!)
+This floral eyelet J. Crew top, which was recently re-stocked in all sizes!!!
+This comfy striped tee-dress, even though I featured it over two weeks ago. I’ve had several readers comment and email to endorse this dress!
+The H+M eyelet dress I bought for minimagpie’s Baptism. I’m twinning with a bunch of y’all 🙂
#Turbothot: Jill Santopolo’s The Light We Lost
I just finished Jill Santopolo’s The Light We Lost, a romance that was indulgently enjoyable (I read it in like one night), and that read a bit like a YA novel in its over-the-top romantic flourishes. (It contains statements like “you are my light,” “we orbit around one another,” etc, etc………………[ellipses intentional]) At one point, I told Mr. Magpie that it felt a little bit like the book version of a Dove chocolate commercial–pandering to “what women want” in some sort of vague, marketing-driven way, but then, as we talked through what I meant by that statement, I clarified that it pandered to what millennial women want in some sort of vague, marketing-driven way. The narrator’s ethos around pursuing a career “that matters”–i.e., a vocation rather than a paycheck; her villainization of the i-banking-one-percenter who infantilizes her; her appropriation of significant, history-changing real-world events like 9/11, the election of President Obama, and the wars in the Middle East as milestones in her own romantic narrative. The solipsism of it all. If I’m being overly critical, it all felt a little too studied–or maybe, a little too familiar. The novel held a mirror up to my generation of women and I can’t say I was dazzled by the reflection. This is, of course, not to say that all of these aspects of The Millennial Ethos as reflected in the book are bad things. The narrative’s advocacy of the woman’s right to choose whether she wants to stay in the home or pursue a career, for example, was refreshing if overly heavy-handed.
There are, for sure, more plot-driven takeaways that many of you sharp magpies will be quick to offer, but this is the briar patch of thoughts I found myself entangled in as I reflected on the book.
Thoughts? Reactions? You know where to find me. (COMMENTS SECTION SVP.)
I’m now reading Chuck Klosterman’s But What If We’re Wrong? at the recommendation of several of you lovely magpies, the basic premise of which is: everything we take as a given–everything from the concept of gravity to the seemingly unimpeachable literary classics we revere so greatly today–is probably actually not fully true (or is in fact entirely wrong). I’ve been alternating heartier fare with pop lit and am trying to decide whether to start the new Lucy Sykes or Ruth Ware next as a palette cleanser after Klosterman!
Shopaholic: The Polka Dot Dress
+I think this may be a case where I’ve been living under a rock or something, but I just realized what a huge cult following Nars’ Turkish Delight lip gloss enjoys. I’m not usually a lip gloss lover (does anyone else have that issue where your hair is always stuck to your lips?), but people go nuts over the color and consistency of this magical wand.
+Cutest pajamas. OMG.
+Super cute, on-trend dress on sale now for $54.
+Love love love this polka dotted dress.
P.S. — Check out Le Shop for more recent discoveries!