*Image above from Lauren Napier Beauty.
My Latest Snag: Lauren Napier Beauty Wipes.
One positive thing I can say about quarantine is that I have found myself oddly determined to stay on top of my hair and skincare regimens — almost as if in resistance to the imagined pull of “letting things slide” given how few people I have interacted with over the past many weeks. I shared a couple of incredible new-to-me discoveries earlier this week, and am eager to test Lauren Napier Beauty’s well-regarded beauty wipes (more here). I bought the rose formula.
I asked my Insta friends what other hyped products are worth it — a couple that really intrigued me and received multiple votes of support:
SKINCEUTICALS C E FERULIC TREATMENT (<<CHEAPER HERE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE)
CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM (APPARENTLY ONE IS SOLD EVERY 15 SECONDS? MASSIVELY POPULAR FOR DECADES NOW…I’M LATE TO THE GAME)
You’re Sooooo Popular: A Well-Priced Runner.
The most popular items on the blog this past week:
+Lisa Marie Fernandez x Target magic! (Runs large!)
+Chicest block print dress ($64!)
Weekend Musings: What Are You Doing This Summer?
Nearly all of my friends and I have been texting one another, sussing out whether or not to send children back to daycare or invite beloved caregivers into our homes, cancel that trip, begin to consider postponing a fall wedding, visit aging parents, buy a car to get the hell out of dodge, finally part ways with the family we moved in with early into the quarantine, etc. All of us are desperately hoping to be told, “It’s OK; go ahead. Do it.” The reality is murky and depends on so many individual and local factors, in addition to personal risk tolerance and the meaningful ballast of community-sensitive ethics. Even small things buckle under the weight of caution: haircuts? teeth cleaning? dry cleaning or tailoring? Where to draw the lines? Even acts of neighborliness are freighted with concern: we have lovely neighbors who are over the age of sixty and I have on many occasions considered bringing them things: treats from Hill’s first birthday celebration, a parcel of Anne of Green Gable cookies, a couple servings of the nearly four gallons of hummus Mr. Magpie overzealously made earlier this year. I hemmed and hawed over leaving them a note with my cell number on it, as I was not sure I’d ever given it to them — would the paper be a violation of their wellbeing? How far do we go with precaution?
I found this guide from NPR helpful in terms of laying out the risks of partaking in various activities this summer, especially in its articulation of how to mitigate risks–and what might escalate them.
What are you doing this summer?
+I have been lusting after a Pippa Holt caftan for some time now, and especially love this white and blue colorway. I did find three artisans elsewhere who sell similar handmade/hand-embroidered huipils for a fraction of the price: this artisan on eBay (100% positive feedback), this boutique on Etsy (five star shop), and this Etsy shop (also five stars).
+Speaking of artisanal, hand-embroidered clothing: how beyond precious are these dresses from Luna Antigua, a boutique that sources and curates pieces from artisans in Guatemala?
+This well-priced wicker side table is back in stock and sure to sell out again!
+This dress is so me. Bows, blue and white stripes, and smocking! Under $60.
+Jason Wu for Mini Melissa jellies for a little girly girl. In summers past, I have purchased mini Igor brand jellies — I like their Tenis style — on sale here and here.
+Perfect summer top. Would wear with white jeans.
+Ooo these snakeskin slides (under $100) are perfection.
+I usually only like white socks for my children (easier to mix and match…and bleach), but the prints on this set (on sale) are so sweet!
+These are great, well-priced crib sheets in sweet patterns — I love the stripes, bees, and gingham. Hold up well in the wash, too.
+Love a good Florence Eiseman shortall on a little boy! Even better when on sale…
+I think Hill needs these baby-sized RayBan-inspired shades.
+Sweet eyelet hat for a baby girl (under $10).