+Poppy Flowers generously sent me one of their Poppy at Home flower arranging kits (seen above) last week, and I had the best time arranging my own bouquets! I have to say I learned a lot about flowers and arranging them while watching the instructional video by their founder. (And I am a cut flower lover!) For example, I never knew that you can remove the outer petals (“guard petals”) of a rose — or that by blowing into its face while spinning in your palms, you can encourage the rose to open up a little bit for a softer bouquet effect. This might be a fun idea for a flower lover celebrating the holidays solo, or even a surprise pick-me-up after the holidays. If you want to test yourself, they have offered you all a code — JEN10 for 10% off.
+One of the longtime members of this community (and frequent commenter!) is selling the sweetest collection of handmade hair accessories in her new Etsy shop, LouLou’s Atelier. I ordered mini the bow and bar shapes in this rose gold glitter. A portion of proceeds go to Brazelton Touchpoints Foundation in Boston. Congrats, Jen!
+I have to publish a correction: this Gehwol foot cream is actually quite good when used religiously, every night, for several weeks. I suppose I was expecting the near-instant results the LRP foot cream (RIP) delivered, but this stuff is very effective — just takes longer. Strongly endorse. (Originally discussed this matter here.)
+This $30 portable space heater has proven to be one of the best buys of the past decade. We first bought it for our basement in Chicago, which always — in the way of all good basements in old houses — ran cold and drafty. I have since used it frequently in our current apartment by my desk in my bedroom, which sits in front of two enormous windows, and where I am routinely shivering/draped with throws despite having a radiator in the room. Thought I’d mention this because I feel like many women run cold. I used to bring a space heater to my desk at work back in the day! This is great because it’s small/compact and it really works. (Can’t argue with nearly 26,000 five star reviews!)
+What are your thoughts on Taylor Swift’s new album? Pls share in comments. I am finding it highly polarizing! Tip of my hat: I am into it. Especially “No Body, No Crime.”
+Serena and Lily has just come out with a crop of gorgeous new pieces. I am swooning over this kitchen table (love love love), the pretty new ice blue color in my shams (we have the gray color), and this dramatic oversized table lamp (!!).
+One ridiculous splurge I have made on my children has been quilted Burberry coats. They are so sweet and beautifully made and I reason that I can pass down to little nieces/nephews in the future. I had to note that this one is 25% off. In a similar vein, I also love this simple/classic J. Crew style for little boys (currently 50% off) and this peplum style for little girls (and totally smitten with the similar vests, currently on sale!).
+If you are scrambling for a last-minute, show-stopping gift for, like, a wife…or yourself…what woman would not die to open the Dyson AirWrap? I am SO intrigued by this but also put off by the price. Can it really be so much better than our shared favorite Revlon One Step to legitimize the fact that it is 14x the price?! I do not know but I can tell you I’d positively squeal to give it a whirl…
+On the flipside, if you are scrambling for a last-minute, show-stopping gift for your husband, let me tell you that this Canada Goose parka (Mr. Magpie owns in the military green color — runs TTS) was one of the best-received gifts I’ve ever given Mr. Magpie. He would probably not have ever bought one for himself, but it is SO warm and practical and stylish for any well-dressed gent in a cold climate. I strongly prefer the styling of this particular Langford parka, too — I looked at all the styles from Canada Goose and I felt this was the most attractive, masculine version.
+A couple of other last-minute gifts that should arrive on time below. Let me divulge that while I did handle the bulk of my shopping around Thanksgiving, I added a couple of gifts to my list a little late in the game and have bought most of these items myself in the past few days:
BABY RALPH LAUREN MITTENS (SAME AS BOVE)
PICCASO TILES – – GREAT FALLBACK GIFT ANY CHILD WILL LOVE
MY FAVORITE $100 WINDBREAKER — JUST THE BEST. SO WELL-DESIGNED. I RUN IN THIS WHEN RAINING/WINDY. FREE 3-DAY SHIP!
+If you are panicking and regretting not buying a holiday dress for next week, never fear. This under-$100 green velvet tunic dress is the answer to your problems. Comfortable, on-trend, and on serious sale. Alternately, go for this deeply discounted tartan top (I own last year’s style!) or this velvet-trim tunic top with skinny jeans and the bow headband I’ll be wearing with you.
+This sweater is really speaking to me.
+This is urgent: my favorite lipstick, Chantecaille’s Lip Chic, is on sale in select colors for only $19 (50% off). This stuff glides on like balm and comes in the prettiest colors.
P.S. If you’ve not yet shared your five interesting facts, please do! The comments section is a goldmine! Did you know there is a Magpie reader who is the only person in the world pursuing an PhD in the history of carpets?! And another whose great-great grandfather was a robber baron?!
P.P.S. Wishing you sisu this season.