I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but Shopbop is running its epic sale right now — 20% off any purchase under $500 (including sale items, WUT), or 25% off any purchase over $500 with code EVENT17. Stupid. Just when ya think to yourself, “OK, I’m going to give the ol’ credit card a little breakerooski.” […]

I loved this honest blog post by blogger Joanna Goddard, who, while weathering a bumpy patch in her personal life, turned to this article by Google’s former “happiness guru” (insert eye roll) on seeking and recognizing “thin slices of joy” in everyday life.  In her words: “Happiness doesn’t have to be a constant overarching feeling.  It can come […]

Are any of you country music fans? As I chronicled previously (lol to the word chronicle — can you use it without thinking of that SNL skit, “the chronic-WHAT-les of narnia”?!), Mr. Magpie converted me into a country music lover while we were wee undergrads at the University of Virginia.  In fact, we recently re-discovered Randy […]

Happy weekend, Magpies!  If you are reading this in the morning, this is what I’m doing, plus nursing or pumping: And also, trying to sneak in a few minutes here and there of this book, which I started reading during a middle-of-the-night feeding session and it scared the bejesus out of me. Also, update on […]

Last Easter was exceptionally special: mild, spring-like weather after a biting winter; Ella Fitzgerald floating over our speakers; family and friends flown in from around the country; and a long, boozy Easter lunch-that-turned-into-dinner-that-turned-into-late-night-night-hang, progressing from effervescent glasses of pre-lunch Mirabelle Rose sparkling wine (my personal favorite) to magnums of pinot noir my brother-in-law had packed in his roll-a-board […]

…Two months later… I finally finished Big Little Lies. It should have taken me a few days to tear through, but I kinda had a major interruption.  I have to say, I’d probably add it to my list of favorite beach reads.  It was juicy and trashy in all the right ways, but with enough […]

A long-standing bugaboo between Mr. Magpie and I is my use of the phrase “fruit cup.” He insists that “fruit cup” can only refer to those pre-packaged Dole containers filled with syrupy, soupy lumps of colorful…stuff (is it really fruit??), and that the correct term for a bowl of sliced fruit is “fruit salad.” Which is […]