My Latest Snag: Shiseido Facial Cotton.
If you’ve been a longtime reader, this is old news, but I just restocked my supply of Shiseido Facial Cotton. I did try a few other brands recently that were recommended by others, but there is simply no cotton softer, thicker, or more absorbent than Shiseido and I’m permanently locked-in. If you’ve not yet tried it, do yourself a favor! This will be a small but noticeable upgrade to your makeup/skincare regimen.
I do also use these reusable generic-brand “makeup erasers” in the 5×5 size when cleansing my face, but still reach for the cotton when applying certain products, especially my beloved Living Libations Cleansing Oil. I wet a Shiseido square with warm/hot water, then apply 1-2 pumps of the oil, and wipe all over my face. Then I rinse the cotton in more water, squeeze, and wipe down my face with the opposite side.
You’re Soooo Popular: The Longline Cardi.
The most popular items on le blog this week:
+Elegant J. Crew cardigan.
+Tapered utility pants.
+Chic food storage.
+My new pullover.
+My favorite everyday lip product, sold as a value deal.
+Chic everyday Target dress.
+Hand-painted dog bowls.
+My new devotional.
+Comfy slippers for home.
+A sleek and slim console for an entryway.
+Stunning tiered floral skirt.
+Adorable puffer for a little love.
+$35 clogs to nail the trend without spending a fortune.
+Washable wool trousers — so chic and functional!
+Inexpensive Halloween jammies.
Weekend Musings: Worrying.
The ultra chic Stephanie Trotta shared a quote this week on Instastories:
“When we worry about things, we end up living them twice.”
I am a professional-grade worrier. Mr. Magpie usually counsels me to ask myself: “Is there anything I can do about this concern right now? If not, I need to try to let it go.” I find this particularly quieting when I am awake at 3 a.m. circling around specific concerns and imagining every possible negative outcome. Whenever I think about Mr. Magpie’s advice, I realize that worrying is strenuously unproductive, and I try to practice mindfulness instead. I imagine myself actively slicking away the worrying thoughts that bubble up and attempt to disturb me, as though swatting away flies or wicking away raindrops on a windshield.
But the notion that worrying in fact doubles, or prolongs, the possibility of pain or disappointment, is an equally useful prophylactic. Why would I want myself to endure that twice?
Easier said than done, but if you are wont to tossing and turning, maybe it is helpful to imagine affording yourself the kindness of only experiencing a negative thing once.
P.S. More thoughts on gaining a sense of perspective.
Post-Scripts: Paisley Dress.
+This gorgeous paisley dress is $100 off at the moment. Another good fall wedding contender.
+This reversible coat keeps selling out!
+I have been using this primer lately, and while I hate adding an extra step to my already over-long getting-ready routine, it really does make a difference. Tinted moisturizer/foundation/concealer stick around much longer!
+This sleeveless cashmere peplum tank is marked way down to $129. Dreamy with trousers!
+A casual weekend jean.
+So many of you love this dress in the midi length — now available as a mini in fantastic fall colors/prints!
+These sweet handmade pumpkins are made of repurposed sweaters — so cute to decorate a little one’s bookshelves for Halloween!
+This rainbow stripe sweater brings a smile to my face. Cheeky like Kule, chunky like La Ligne. Perfect.
+This corduroy dress is fantastic in that amazing green hue!
+A great quiet activity for little ones at Church/a restaurant.
+Oo I love this plaid button-down — just great details! Love the puff at the shoulder, the tunic length, the pattern!
+Natori underwire bra on sale for under $30 — love the pretty posy pink. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know these are my favorite everyday bras, though these inexpensive seamless racerbacks are a close second. The latter are super comfortable but don’t offer the same silhouette.
+This Petits Vilains puff-sleeved turtlenecks for littles sell out every year lickity-split! I’ve written about this before, but I really like their retro running shorts for micro. He owns a few pairs and is wearing them to soccer on the weekends!
+These Tory Burch clogs are on sale for $90 off in a gorgeous marigold color.
+This ruffle-trim swimsuit was just marked down to $7. A good fallback to have for next summer!
+Love the logo on this bag!
+I know summer is fading but this dress is spectacular.
+This shelf is darling.