Musings + Essays

Fireflies – 7.3.2022.

By: Jen Shoop

We’d sat on the back porch for hours, a lazy volley of conversation over plates of hot chicken and cold pickles, returning again and again to the matter of

Why we’d left New York, what we saw in ourselves, where we’d wander together,



“Come outside and see, Jennie –“

He called me out to the cul de sac in front of our home in bare feet, darkness ensconcing us like a warm blanket, the pavement still-hot from the noontime sun,

And lights twinkled in the trees,

Hundreds of tiny bulbs against the suburban silence,

A mute symphony of light,

A personal semiotics,

These fireflies calling me



+On wayfinding in nature.

+Finding meaning in bird-watching.


Shopping Break.

+This dress is one of my favorites to throw on during a peak-DC-heat-and-humidity day. Inexpensive so I’m not fretting over the sweat, lightweight, sleeveless. The yellow polka dot pattern is so unexpected, too. I like to pair it with a bold statement crossbody or belt bag in a contrasting color.

+I love the dog leashes from Mark and Graham — always such fun patterns and you can get them personalized.

+Had to order these wear-with-everything kitten heels for summer.

+A perfect side table. One of the occasional chairs our interior designer is having upholstered for our family room has a spindle design and je suis obsessed with that detail.

+This navy shirtdress has such fabulous details — the subtle cut out detail reminds me in a way of something Lug Von Siga would do.

+Dreamiest outdoor seating and dining sets.

+A great long-length linen striped tee, on super sale.

+These $50 statement earrings remind me of ones from Mercedes Salazar.

+This small $20 Coleman cooler comes in the best shade of muted blue!

+Another fab crochet dress option — but don’t forget this similar $15 steal!

+Can’t get this hat out of my head. Love the shape, style, etc.

+I am IN LOVE with the patterns on these shirtdresses from new-to-me label Elisamama.

+Adorable and inexpensive (under $10) striped romper for a baby.

+Rice x Rice makes the cutest children’s melamine plates and cups.

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