My Latest Snag: The Farm Rio Dress.
My latest happy acquisition: this whimsical Farm Rio dress (more sizes here, but close to sold out!). This brand has such playful, fun pieces for a summer that promises to be more joyful than last! I think I might actually wear it on my birthday. So fun. I also love this one, which reminds me of one of my most-worn-at-home dresses from Frances Valentine (this colorful version is on sale!).
You’re Soooo Popular: The Quilted Sham.
The most popular items on le blog this week:
+My favorite inexpensive bag strap — under $10 and I have worn mine all winter as a fun way to refresh an old crossbody!
+Melamine dinner plate set at a fantastic price — reminiscent of Juliska Berry + Thread.
Weekend Musings: What Is Yours to Carry.
My sister and I have a long-standing joke about serving as pack mules for one another in the sense that neither of us can sustain a sad thought without sharing it with the other. It is, I think, a peculiar and common habit of sisterhood to commune openly around the grievances and challenges and disappointments of life together, no holds barred. With a sister, you rarely have to say: “I know it’s not a big deal, but…” With a sister, you can just jump in, no excuses or preambles, lay it all out, vent and cry if you need to, blow off disproportionate steam. I am grateful for this gift three times over, as I have three supportive sisters who will listen to me at any hour of the day about any subject under the sun.
I came across an interesting quote on this general subject earlier this week that left me thoughtful, though:
“Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.”
I hope I have never weighed my sisters down. I hope that they have learned to draw boundaries, to listen but not necessarily assume the burden of my own concerns. It is a tricky business, isn’t it? To love wholeheartedly, to accept, but also to protect yourself? To understand what you can and cannot control, to understand what you should and should not carry?
There are other profound applications for this phrase that get at social and cultural conditions, but on the narrow surface of it: a gentle reminder to perform a quiet accounting of whatever is weighing on you today, and to perhaps sift what is yours from what is not.
Post-Scripts: Hunter Bell Top.
+That Hunter Bell top I mentioned last week is on sale here!!!
+Ramekins are in constant use in our home. Great for mise en place.
+Everything about this top is perfect — the sleeves, the bow at the elbow, the pattern, the neckline!
+Just added this simple bodysuit in white to my cart to wear with maxi/midi skirts this summer.
+Ooh! I absolutely love these Margaux x Schumacher flats!