A Thank You Note.
Thank you so much for your participation in the Good+ Foundation Amazon drive last week — in part because of the Magpie community, Good+ received 100% or more in every category requested, from humidifiers to warm winter coats to toddler beds to distribute to families in need. This incredible organization was also included in this heartbreaking article on the difficulty poor families have encountered in diapering their babies during the pandemic.
Thank you again for your enormous hearts!
My Latest Snag: Pretty Spring Dress.
Spring, I’m coming for you. I had to order this pretty sunshine-ready dress. It brought to mind some other dresses in similar patterns I’ve been eyeing, too — this LSF and this Reformation — but at $108, I couldn’t resist the price!
You’re Sooooo Popular: Spring J. Crew Dress.
The most popular items on le blog this week:
+Distressed, drawstring-waist denim. The perfect hybrid between athleisure and cool downtown wear. If distressing isn’t your speed, they also carry an olive green pair worth considering. I would dress these up by pairing with pointed toe flats and a fitted turtleneck or striped tee.
+Such chic chairs for a living space or breakfast nook.
+Who doesn’t love a quilted pullover for chilly early spring mornings?
+My $15 shades are reminiscent of Celine…but it hurts a lot less when you misplace or scratch them.
+These shades are amazing. (And under $100.)
+A cover-up that goes with anything and that will be a mainstay in your summer wardrobe forever.
Weekend Musings: Oh My God, It’s Lionel Richie.
I may be the only Magpie to tune into American Idol, but I still enjoy watching the audition episodes from this dinosaur of a show because — despite how formulaic it has become — there is something stirring about witnessing Americans from all walks of life baldly, occasionally ill-advisedly, publicly pursue a dream. These people are putting themselves out there, jumping into the arena, in just about as public a forum as can be imagined. Damn! They are brave! They go boldly!
In one recent audition, a contestant displayed a shrugging lack of confidence in himself. In the de rigueur pep talk that ensued, judge Lionel Richie said: “Do you know what I say when I look at myself in the mirror first thing in the morning?” He took a breath, rearranging his voice into the tone of a starstruck passerby catching a glimpse of a celebrity: “Oh my God! It’s Lionel Richie!”
Can you imagine the big energy that would bring to your day? To wake up, splash water on your face, and say:
“Oh my God! It’s Heidi M.!” or “It’s Jessica Clare!” or “It’s Mia G.!” or “It’s Brooke M.!” (To specifically name a couple of frequent Magpie commenters.)
I like the idea of bringing that enthusiasm and confidence into my morning. Even if it feels a little silly.
Do you have any morning routines that really rev the engines?
P.S. If you need more pep talk ideas, check out the amazing responses to this icebreaker.
Post-Scripts: OMG! This Dress!
+OMG – this dress! Under $30 and gives me Hill House meets Ulla vibes. LOVE. Can’t decide what color — black? green? pink? white? AHH!
+I always get questions about what to wear to a maternity shoot, baby shower, or newborn photos. This is a great pick for any of those occasions!
+This nail color is right up my alley. I love the matte, milky pink-whites!
+This floral crepe de chine dress is spectacular for a Baptism or more demure/conservative springtime event.
+More cute Easter/spring outfits for littles here.
+Seriously just the prettiest pillow.
+Everyone’s favorite stepstool — such an eye-catching upgrade from the metal collapsing ones.
+This floral puff-sleeved sweatshirt (at time of writing, on sale for $36) is so fun. I’d style it under joveralls or with high rise light wash denim.
+Added this to my list for ideas for upcoming car travel with mini.
+Everyone loves a vintage tennis tee.
+These shorts are too cute. (Fourth of July!)