A Delicate State

Seeing one of my dear friends walk down the aisle last weekend brought back a flood of wedding memories that ranged from the exquisitely tender to the wildly exciting.  I remember feeling a thunderbolt of excitement every time I’d think about walking down the aisle to Mr. Magpie in the weeks leading up to the Big Day — the kind of jittery, ecstatic tumult that could only signal Big Things to Come — and then the incredibly sweet, quiet moments that led up to our I Dos.  Ahhh!  The entire weekend left me in something of a sappy, lovestruck state of mind (possibly enhanced by the champagne and hours of dancing Mr. Magpie and I enjoyed!), which has in turn led me to eschew the bold colorblocking and neon I’ve been gravitating towards all season and instead lean for romantic, delicate pieces that reflect this sudden break in mood.  Let’s begin with the under-things…just because — how beautiful is this Hanky Panky set ($42 for top, $25 for bottom, Nordstrom)?  Quite possibly the loveliest gift for a bride.

Spritz on some of Annick Goutal’s lovely fragrance ($120, Bergdorf Goodman) and light one of her gorgeously packaged candles ($57, Bergdorf’s):


For lounging at home, I’m envisioning this luxurious gold silk robe ($534, Journelle) and a fancy sleep mask (Mary Green, $26, Shopbop):

Perhaps layer it over this lacy little tank ($55, Calypso) and some soft boyshorts ($40, Les Pommettes):


Now — I would never spend over $400 on slippers (probably not even over $50…) — but can you imagine the luxury of slipping your tired tootsies into a pair of Lanvin cashmere slip-ons ($435, Brown’s)?  Talk about the glass slipper…(?)

Jot down notes and to-dos in a gold leather notebook ($139, Graphic Image) and a diamond-encrusted gold Tiffany pen ($3,500, Botier):

Ha.  A girl can dream…Back to real life.  Get comparable royal treatment by applying this hydrating “huile precieuse” from Diptyque ($78, Saks).  I just snapped up a bottle not too long ago and it leaves my skin oh-so-so soft and hydrated.  Meanwhile, luxe lip balm is always a welcome treat ($22.50, Sephora) and a well-manicured paw is always the sign of a well-heeled lady (Dior in “Red Royalty” — $23, Sephora):

Now, if we’re moving beyond the boudoir, how about this breezy “hello, summer” wisp of a dress (on sale for $285, Reiss)?


This would ideally be worn with loose hair and bare feet while wandering around a dreamy cottage on the sea in Spain, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.  Bring it into the real world with barely-there metallic sandals ($98, J. Crew):


In terms of accessories, all we need is a simple monogrammed necklace ($115 and up depending on metal, Ariel Gordon):



Love the idea of wearing one for me and one for Mr. M.  The only addition?  These delicate gold rings in a variety of styles, also from Ariel Gordon.  Bee-yoo-ti-ful.  (And for similar styles, check out the Jacquie Aiche collection.  Lovely, barely there stackable rings.)

Yes, please.  Especially to the rose gold.  Loves.  Or, maybe this lovely little “oui” (“yes,” in French) ring from Street Bauble ($45).  Snagged one for my baby sis and she practically did back flips — love meaningful little trinkets like this!

For a different look, try this simple silk shift (A.P.C., $445, Ssense) with a gilded feather necklace ($95, Max + Chloe):


Finish with strappy gold sandals ($855, Rupert Sanderson) and — while talking dreams — this Valentino lucite wonder ($3,695, Net-A-Porter):


Other additions I’m currently drooling over?  The entire “Words” collection from Sydney Evan ($770 and up):

In closing:

{Calligraphy from Letter Be on Etsy — check out the store for lots of lovely cards and stationery.}


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