It’s Thursday morning, and as you’re reading this, I’m likely en route to D.C. for a family reunion. It will be our second time flying with minimagpie (see my packing list here, and my reflections on traveling with an infant here) and I’m feeling bullish and elated and I JUST CANNOT WAIT to see my family and I just know it will fly by in the blink of an eye—-
So I need to take a minute and prepare myself to enjoy every second of it, to truly live in the present, which is–as you know–a challenge for me.
Hoping you’re heading into the weekend with equally exciting prospects.
But anyway, I thought, today, I’d share some inquiries I’ve received in recent weeks. I loveeee hearing from you and I am exceptionally good at spending other people’s money (ha!), so please feel free to ping me with questions. Mr. Magpie and I often joke that we are both “jacks of all trades, masters of none” — perhaps this is the entrepreneurial condition?! — but I consider myself an expert shopper, and this bloglet stands as a testament. It’s my one domain of expertise, as unfortunate as that is for my wallet.
At any rate, a few questions I’ve received recently:
Q: Where is that floral bedding from in the Instastory you posted recently?
A: The floral print is actually a nursing pillow cover from Etsy store IvieBaby (this one, to be exact). However, if you’re after something similar for your bed, I *love* the prints from Biscuit Home, especially the Jenny print and the Bloomsbury. Alternately, consider a fun printed sheet set — Serena + Lily has some AMAZING prints, like this tiny fern print set or this ADORABLE ship print one for a boy’s room or the guest room of a beach house?! — underneath a classic Greek Key duvet like this one. Or, go with a straight-forward white duvet and white sheeting set (we have Restoration Hardware’s Italian Hotel bedding, though I’m considering changing out the pillows for Hill House Home) and swap in funky throw pillows every now and then. I love these Caitlin Wilson Design chinoiserie-inspired ones, or these loud otomi-inspired ones.
P.S. — Another way to liven up your bed situation? A custom upholstered headboard, like this one! Love! Great price, too.
Q: Where did you get that little straw monogrammed bag in your Instastory?
A: It’s this one from Kayu Design. If you want to forgo the monogram, J. Crew has the bag on sale for 40% off! I also received a bunch of inquiries about the embroidered shirt I’m wearing in that snap, and it’s this one (on sale!), as well as the nail polish color — OPI’s I Stop for Red.
Q: Where do you get your nails done?
Salon Zazazoo. It’s super clean and well-decorated (everything is white and chrome, with lots of glass and mirror! — it sort of feels like you’re inside a Tesla or something), they give you free LaCroix, and they always have chick flicks on the TVs. I love gel manicures, and I usually wear OPI’s Let’s Be Friends (a faint pinkish-white color) or a bright and loud red color, like the OPI I mentioned in the previous answer. When I occasionally do my own nails, I absolutely swear by these nail polish removing wipes. They are THE BEST.
Q: How do you find time to blog and care after minimagpie?
A: I am super fortunate to have a loving nanny come by three days a week for a few hours at a time. I use that time very efficiently, whether to work on my business with my husband, run errands, exercise, or work on the blog. I recently picked up this day planner and it has been life-changing: I now plan out exactly how I’m going to use each hour she’s around, and keep a check-list of todos for every day of the week. I also spend a lot of my day nursing minimagpie, which affords me a ton of time to collect the inspiration for posts.
Q: What kind of formula do you feed minimagpie?
A: We use Hipp’s organic formula — the Dutch version, not the UK one. It’s gentler on minimagpie’s stomach than any of the other American brands we tried (less gas!), and it doesn’t have that horrible foul smell that most powder formulas do. It also has less synthetic acids in it. I’ve had to supplement minimagpie with formula since day 1, and it’s made me feel better to give her the highest quality formula I could find. Also, I often store a few portions worth of formula powder in this OXO formula dispenser so it’s ready to go when we’re out and about, or even when I’m in bed in the middle of the night.
Q: I’m having an engagement shoot and want to wear something that won’t look too trendy. Suggestions?
A: I hear you. Asymmetric tops and OTS dresses may look super dated in about a decade’s time. My first thought is to go with an LWD, not only because it’s your wedding, but also because there are SO many great LWDs out there right now!
Q: Where do you get minimagpie’s bows?
Q: What can I give as a gift for the woman who has everything?