My Latest Snag: Recliner Pajamas.
I bought a second pair of Recliner pajamas (seriously, many thanks to the reader who suggested these at some point in early 2020) now that they have been finally, blessedly restocked! I cannot tell you how much I love these pajamas. They are so soft and drapey and absolutely my favorite thing to wear to bed. They also have pockets, which I deeply appreciate in the early morning, when I am toting Hill on my hip, or carrying laundry down the hall, or schlepping breakfast dishes back and forth (#momthings).
I also love these J. Crew “dreamy” joggers, which are also ultra-soft and non-restricting. They are a slightly thicker/heavier weight than the Recliners.
If you’re into shorts at bedtime, you must try a pair of Eberjey Giseles. So incredibly soft. (Love this updated whipstitch variation.) I also love my Roller Rabbit short set (you can match with your mini!*), though I would not describe the cotton they use as “ultra-soft,” at least in the grown-up styles. I find them more crisp, which was great when I spent a week with family earlier this summer; they felt a little more appropriate to wear while putzing around the kitchen in the mornings.
*One of the most-asked questions I have ever received on Instagram was about where micro’s heart print footie was from — RR!
P.S. Nightgown sleepwear I love here!
You’re Sooooo Popular: An Eyelet Maxi.
The most popular items on the blog this past week:
+This must be a record — I think this blockprint dress has been in the most popular list for months on end!
+Affordable LWD with the most fun ric rac detailing! My cousin wore this when we were away and it was ADORABLE. The quality is unreal for the price!
+These snack boxes are amazing for children — leakproof!
+Tennis lovers need this tee.
+Do yourself a favor a buy a six-foot-long charging cable for your iPhone. A strange and glorious luxury to be able to roll around in bed or sit at the dining room table without having to worry about unplugging your phone while charging it.
Weekend Musings: It Is Good.
I slipped into a post-vacation funk in the days immediately following our return from East Quogue, NY. The absence of any firm plans, the shock of isolation, the monotony of our routine left me angsty. Then, we received some bad news and I was distracted and then gripped with my guilt over my earlier self-indulgence. This seems to be the pattern of quarantine, doesn’t it, my friends? I feel like a wave rippling into myself, awash with insular feelings of frustration and exhaustion and a kind of grief for what could be, then rippling out with agony over the unfair fates of others.
But in that ebbing and flowing, there are moments of equipoise, and they are nearly always on the heels of telling myself to look for the good. We have talked about this principle a lot on this blog, in various permutations: savoring slices of joy; treasuring the small things that get us through these long days; burnishing our golden moments. But most recently I have been telling myself to not only look for the good, but to endear it to myself with that specific, simple phrasing: “This is good” or “This feels good,” a corollary to the relatively recent discovery that it is helpful to name what I am feeling when I am upset: “I feel sad,” “I feel angry,” “I feel embarrassed.” Naming the exact way I feel is like panning for gold: it enables me to sift out the debris and stare only at The Real Thing that’s worth weighing.
And it is equally helpful when, say, walking down Columbus Avenue on a sunny afternoon: “What is good, Jen?” And I think about the 76-degree temperature, the sun on my face, the welcome albeit brief break from scooping up toys and wiping off hands and negotiating with a three year old, the ease with which I move my able body, the comfort of my new running shoes, the generous words of a kind reader echoing in my mind. It is good, it is good, it is good.
P.S. If you need to hear it today: you are enough.
+My sister wore this exact, insanely chic Araks two-piece when we were together and it blew everyone in the house away. CRAZY chic. And now deeply discounted.
+This linen blend dress is $80 but gives me such Zimmermann vibes!
+LOVE this scallop-trim top with white skinnies!
+OMG this Loretta Caponi is marked down to $135!!!!
+Loving these bandana-scarf-tie sandals from TB.
+Very intrigued by this serum, which is specifically designed to treat hyperpigmentation — something common with pregnancy (happened to me!) And at a great price!
+These monogram journals have a Goyard feel to them — adore!
+Eyeing this bathing suit for mini’s next-summer wardrobe. So adorable.
+Swooning over this canopy bed for a little girl’s room. Meanwhile, I’ve always loved this “architecture” framed bed for a boy’s room — they come in the coolest colors! Imagine that fun tangerine color!
+Adding this (just released a few days ago) to my list of contenders for mini’s back-to-school outfit. How darling!? Love the trim!!
+This strawberry fitted sheet is SO ADORABLE. Only $15!