It’s been a minute since I’ve done a 10 pick post, and I know that many of you enjoy them over my other formats, so here we are! Today’s mash up!
Pick No. 1: The Fair Isle Turtleneck
Pick No. 2: The Silver Cleaner
As I’ve been unpacking all of our belongings, I’ve tried to take time to clean/shine/polish everything as it comes out of the box. It can be hard to stay on top of windexing and waxing all of our oversized vases and accent pieces when they’re situated. One thing I noticed is that all of our silver pieces — frames, julep cups, and cutlery — were looking horribly tarnished. I was delighted to find these highly-reviewed wipes ($5), which seem a lot simpler than using a cloth and silver cleanser as my mother has done for years. BTW, I love julep cups as an alternative to a bud vase or even, as is the case in our home, a pen holder or a toothbrush stand. We had a few of these traditional ones engraved with our initials years ago, but they’re no longer available; Mark and Graham has a more modern style that’s engravable, or you can get non-monogrammed ones here. I always get compliments on them scattered around our house — they sort of up the ante on what would otherwise be very basic decor items.
Pick No. 3: The Velvet Blouse
Pick No. 4: The Velvet Heel
Pick No. 5: The Shoe Storage Solution
I got a number of emails and texts in response to my thoughts on making the most of a small apartment and my Instastory about throwing away all of the shoeboxes that accompanied my favorite fancy shoes, and one of you recommended I look into the Container Store’s drop-front shoe boxes (also available in the fabric-sided style shown below). These won’t save me much space over the boxes I had before, but I like that you can so easily stack them neatly and see what’s in them. I’m thinking I might buy a few big bins for bulkier shoes and boots, one of these for my flats, and then a few of these for my nicer shoes and/or the shoes I wear all the time and therefore need easy access to. Thoughts? I’m sort of at a standoff with the boxes of clothing in my apartment — I’m at a loss as to how to organize it all in our limited space. I think we might be looking at a situation where I keep only the 15-20 pieces that I wear heavily hanging and rotate them in and out every few weeks, and keep the rest folded up in bins higher up in the closet or vac pacs under the bed. (I’ll just have to get into an intimate relationship with this.) We lucked out and were able to rent a 6×10 (!!!) storage unit in the basement of our building (seriously lucked out because apparently there is a several year waiting list for one of them! #newyorkproblems), so it’s like a whole other room for all of our overflow stuff, including off-season clothing. But still…as an aside, I love the idea of these for stowing clutches, which are notoriously difficult to organize neatly. I’m always stuffing mine in bins and drawers.
Pick No. 6: The Monogrammed Pouch
These hand-painted monogrammed canvas pouches ($49) have a Goyard air to them. Love the oversized letters and racer stripes. Would make a great gift for a friend — who doesn’t need an extra compartment? I’m the queen of compartments, and never did they come more in handy than during this nightmare of a move, where I was able to (pretty much) find things I needed quickly across about a dozen bags/suitcases.
Pick No. 7: The Texturizing Spray
I mentioned that I have a new ‘do, and it requires texturizing spray to “work” given my fine hair. I’ve been using this, which I love, but Mr. Magpie claims the smell of it “stings his nostrils” (LOLOL). It does have a strong smell — I don’t mind it, actually, but he’s not into it at all. I just ordered this as an alternate, which has strong reviews and hopefully a not-so-strong smell.
Pick No. 8: The Sweater Dress
Now this ($56) is the kind of thing I could absolutely live in all season. So snuggly. If you’re not into the dress situation but like the look, this gives me all the cozy feelings of a Starbucks holiday cup.
Pick No. 9: The KeyTag
I think I need one of these cheeky keytags ($15). How hilarious!? I know I’ve featured these or something similar in the past…getaway car?! HAHA.
Pick No. 10: The Face Oil
I’m playing around with my nighttime ritual when it comes to caring for my skin, and I’m thinking I want to re-introduce an oil into the regimen now that it’s winter time. I used this last year, but this and this have great reviews, too. Any other recommendations? P.S. My other favorite new beauty finds.