*Image via Velvet Dynasty.
My Latest Snags: Parterre Dress.
On the heels of writing a post about great everyday dresses “to live in,” I discovered Parterre’s Day Gown and had to have it in the evocative green color. Just gorgeous! (Would work while pregnant!) It comes with a sash, which is not pictured on the site, but an absolute must for me to afford some shape. I feel like I will be wearing this dress all spring and summer long and love the unique print and shape. I ended up ordering a plain pair of Vibi canvas flats and also these raffia mules and feel both will be the perfect complement to the dress while puttering around the house and chasing the children.
You’re Soooo Popular: Spring Finds.
The most popular items on Magpie this week:
BELTED FLORAL PRINT ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT
BLUE AND YELLOW CHILDREN’S SUBMARINE TOY
KID’S STACKABLE TRAVEL TUMBLERS
OLAY EYE CREAM
PERSONALIZED MOUSE-EARED CHILDREN’S SHIRT
WOVEN BACKLESS LOAFERS
BLACK SHIFT DRESS WITH EYELET DETAILING
CANDY-COLORED GLASS SPOONS FROM ETSY
SMOCKED FLORAL LONG SLEEVE TOP
SET MONOGRAMMED ENCLOSURE CARDS
POLARIZED ROUND SUNGLASSES FOR THE LITTLES
HANDMADE GICLEE PRINT
GOLDEN GOOSE LOW TOP SNEAKERS
WOVEN GOLD NAGHEDI TOTE BAG
CANVAS COVERALL DRESS FROM MADEWELL
PRINTED SMOCKED SHORT SLEEVE DRESS — OVER HALF-OFF RIGHT NOW!
Weekend Musings: Happy in Small Ways.
Edith Wharton wrote: “Be interested in big things and happy in small ways.” That’s it, isn’t it? Maintaining a sense of perspective and awe and curiosity when it comes to the Big Stuff, and yet finding joy in the middle, in the slenderest of details?
I’ve been unwell with a bad bug this week and Mr. Magpie has capably held down the fort in my absence. I can’t remember the last time I slept from 7 PM until 7 AM — not even with COVID, which had me pretty badly down and out — and yet I needed that rest and Mr. Magpie gave it to me. One of the mornings, I listened to him run the A.M. routine like an absolute pro, and strained to hear to the footfall and chatter of the three people I love best in the world float out the door and down the back steps to the garage, on their way to school. A few minutes later, Mr. Magpie texted me the following picture and added: “Pic taken at 8:08 a.m.” Which is shorthand for — he had them dressed, fed, brushed, and out the door well before we normally do (around 8:11, 8:12 is typical) — and he was deservedly proud of this accomplishment. But what struck me most was the fact that he’d taken the time to tie my daughter’s hair and put a bow in it, and had even brushed my son’s hair (and I normally just let him go out as he is, since he squirms and shrieks when I wield the brush). This little gesture of care made me glow with love and the joy of being cared for, and having your loved ones look after, too. Happy in small ways, yes.
P.S. I’m reminded now of an earlier essay I wrote in which I suggested that maybe happiness is not a continuous state of being but rather little gems to be found and treasured throughout the day: “These are the little moments of glee, of near-reckless happiness, glimmering sequin-like throughout the drag and pull of everyday parenting and adulting which — let me be honest — has felt particularly leaden-footed these past few weeks…Now that I think about it, is it possible to experience a full day of happiness? A full afternoon? Or does happiness always exist like this: in startling sips?”
+Adore the print on this Doen dress. Wow. WOW.
+Cute fitness dress in a great moody shade of blue.
+Beautiful espadrilles with fun laser cut details on the trim.
+A clever solution to bringing your lunch in to work/on the go.
+Brides rejoice: a perfect LWD. So, so chic! Linen!
+Oo La Ligne sweater, on sale!
+Just bought a friend one of these footies for her new baby and was reminded how much I adore this brand for layette. My favorite ever for my children. So soft and I love the intricate trim on the neckline/wrists.
+This midi skirt (newly on sale) is just so pretty. Love the print.
+Love these stone bunnies.
+ADORE the dramatic black bow on this.
+Keep these in your closet for a slow weekend with little ones.
+Adorable summer pajamas in a cute nautical theme.
+Another great everyday dress.
+Cute and inexpensive coveralls for a little boy.