My Latest Snag: Last-Minute Items for Mini’s Back to School.
Mini head back to school this Thursday (after a phase-in period), and I feel 22 ways about it. For one thing, though it has been a long few months since her school closed in early March, I am dreading the silence of our apartment without her in it. I can barely imagine what a day will feel like without her always-sprinting feet, her shriek-y laugh, the way she performs a kind of recitative when playing with her toys (always singing), her sing-song “but mamaaaaa!” punctuating my mornings, noons, and nights. Mr. Magpie and I have frequently, over the past few months, bemoaned the fact that it feels like someone or something is always underfoot in our small apartment, and it is usually her, clawing her way for a better view, hanging onto my skirt, flopping her tiny little body onto the floor of the kitchen while we are preparing dinner. I balance these sentimentalities with the nodding reasoning that school will be so good for her.
I am also wincing at the imminent change to our sprawling summer schedule, to the sudden disection of my day into the frenzy of getting ready for school before 8 a.m., the process of taking of her to school, the reciprocal process of picking her up. It is life, it must happen, and it will all settle into place, but still, I find myself steeling myself for the upheaval that this week will bring.
And then there’s the whole COVID thing, of course, the burden under which we are all operating with grimacing concern.
A few last minute back-to-school purchases I thought I’d share…
THIS BALLOON TO INFLATE AND SET BY HER BREAKFAST THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, JUST TO PUNCTUATE HOW EXCITED WE ARE FOR HER
You’re Sooooo Popular: Affordable Everyday Bootie.
The most popular items on le blog this week:
+A fantastic everyday bootie for $70. I own a nearly identical pair that I wore into the ground last winter.
+My favorite dry shampoo. (Seriously MAGIC.)
+Loeffler Randall sandals for $75. I own these in a different colorway and love.
Weekend Musings: How Do You Keep in Touch with Friends?
A Magpie reader put this question to me not long ago, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. There must be a more methodical way to keep in touch with my girlfriends. Currently, it’s haphazard and slapdash, only disciplined in the sense that I force myself to stop what I am doing and jet off a text or email whenever one of them crosses my mind, because if I don’t interrupt my day to do so, I’ll forget and then I’ll never remember to tell my friend that I cannot pass by the small, overstuffed antiques shop a few blocks from my home without thinking of her. She first introduced it to me, as she first introduced me to the group of friends who would become my closest here in Manhattan when I moved here three years ago. That is to say, that she is present in my daily life even when we cannot see one another.
How do you stay in touch?! Please share your secrets.
P.P.S. Awhile ago, I resolved to just pick up the phone when it rings — this, too, helps with keeping in touch with friends.
P.P.P.S. On letting friendships go.
Post-Scripts: Faux Boxwoods.
+These faux boxwoods are on sale for about 50% off! So cute for a console or entryway or mantle or kitchen window or bookshelf…!
+A couple of really good finds from Bagsy, an online second-hand children’s boutique that features tons of finds from great brands either with tags on or gently used.
+Baggu’s new MET collection is so fun. These are great reusable grocery bags to toss in your purse as they fold up into virtually nothing. I also love that they are machine-washable!
+These kitten heel black booties were a total wardrobe MVP last year for me — I had them last year in a black suede and I wore them into the ground (literally – had to have the heel tip replaced). I like the smooth leather they’ve released this year, too. The profile of this bootie is so much more “me” than a lot of the chunkier styles that have been in vogue for the past few years. I especially liked them with skinny jeans or with maxi dresses and tights. They also come in an on-trend python.
+I received an amply-sized sample of Sunday Riley’s retinol sleeping oil and I have to say that I noticed my pores were virtually invisible after I woke up one morning about three or four days into use. I checked the bottle and was surprised to see it specifically lists that as one of its effects. I’ll share more on this in an upcoming honest review post, but initial results seem very promising.
+A reader recently asked for recommendations on everyday china. I cannot encourage plain white china for everyday enough. You never get bored of it and it shows food beautifully. It’s also highly versatile if you’re into setting a proper table with linens — they’ll go with any tablecloth/placemats/napkins without issue. My two favorites are Juliska’s Berry and Thread and Pottery Barn’s Emma. Both project a kind of down-to-earth, lived-in grace. I also absolutely adore my Aerin Lauder scalloped plates, but they’re not sold as a full china set (with bowls, etc).
+Loving this ribbed cashmere tee in the black. Very Jackie O.
+How pretty is this quilted botanical sham?!
+These moto leggings for little ones (on sale for $11!) are not even mini’s style but I had to get them for her. She does go to school downtown, after all. Ha!
+ADORE the scalloped edges on this affordable blouse.
+Positively smitten with this “house dress.” SO speaking my language!
+I have also received a lot of questions about how I care for my children’s clothing. I do spend a lot of time in the stain removal process, to be honest. I find the best thing to do is to remove the article of clothing as soon as it’s soiled and dab liquid dish soap (no really! dish soap! Palmolive specifically) directly on the spot with a small cloth before adding a few spritzes of Dreft and throwing immediately into the laundry. The sooner you get that item cleaned, the more likely it is to resolve itself. I’ve tried tons of detergents and I find Tide is really what you need when you’re dealing with stains. For most other loads of wash for the children, I use the Laundress, which I find to be very gentle on clothing (especially delicate/higher-end pieces) and beautifully scented (probably if I am honest the main reason I still use this product — nostalgia for their newborn days!!!) but not as tough on stains.
+Have heard great things about these gel-based crayons!
+If your man is a fan of Polo undershirts (these are the only Mr. Magpie wears — tagless and ultra-soft), they are on sale here.