The Fashion Magpie Weekend Vibes

Weekend Vibes, Edition No. 267: Finding Joy in the Middle.

*Image via Stuffy Muffy.

My Latest Snag: Micro’s Third Birthday.

My son turns three at the end of May and I’ve been planning his birthday — we are having a petting zoo come to our house (Squeals on Wheels, if you are local to DC) and I asked the uber-talented Erin Wallace to dream up some invitations, which of course she did and will soon be posting to her site for others to use. The design is below, with details omitted. How beyond adorable?!

toddler petting zoo invitation

I also managed to purchase micro the perfect little gingham shortall set for the occasion at 40% off at Bellabliss (use code SPRINGSTYLE)! They have a whole suite of adorable spring styles on sale at this discount here. I am thinking I will finish with his red Natives or Supergas. I few party decor finds I’ve been eyeing for the occasion below…

You’re Soooo Popular: Spring Finds.

The most popular items on Magpie this week:

bestselling spring clothing and accessories

RED AND PINK STRIPED WINDBREAKER FOR THE LITTLES

MIDI BUTTON-UP SHIRTDRESS IN BLACK GINGHAM — LOOKS SO CHIC PAIRED WITH A STATEMENT BELT

HANDWOVEN PICNIC-STYLE CROSSBODY BAG WITH WHITE LEATHER ACCENTS — BOUGHT THIS MYSELF AFTER JESSIE WORE IT AND SAID IT WAS MISTAKEN FOR MARK CROSS SEVERAL TIMES…$36!

SET OF FLORAL COCKTAIL NAPKINS WITH SCALLOPED EDGE DETAIL

EMBROIDERED FRENCH LAVENDER SACHETS

PASTEL BASEBALL CAP WITH PERSONALIZED INITIAL APPLIQUE — MADE IN SIZES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

SQUARE NECK FLORAL MIDI DRESS, IN MY CLOSET TOO

LIGHTWEIGHT BLACK A-LINE DRESS WITH FLUTTER SLEEVE

EFFORTLESS SLIP-ON LOAFER WITH WOVEN SOLE

LINEN SHORTS WITH ELASTIC WAISTBAND

HEELED GOLD LEATHER SANDAL WITH ANKLE TIE DETAIL

RAFFIA HARDSHELL CLUTCH WITH BEADED TRIM

STRAIGHT LEG LINEN PINSTRIPE PANTS WITH PAPER BAG WAIST FROM EMERSON FRY

HIGH NECK EXERCISE DRESS IN BLUE GINGHAM

CHIC WOVEN BUCKET HAT…ON SALE IN SAGE HERE, OR A SIMILAR LOOK FOR LESS HERE

LASTLY—ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE PIECES IN MY CLOSET—THIS MULTICOLOR CELIAB TIERED MAXI DRESS WITH TIE-SHOULDER DETAIL

Weekend Musings: Finding Joy in the Middle.

Revisiting a recurring personal mantra today: finding joy in the middle.

It can be anything, really: opening an ice cold can of your favorite flavor of La Croix, sitting for two minutes with no phone on the back patio, digging your favorite pen out of your bag to make a list, pouring a second cup of coffee, snuggling with your child on the floor of your Magnatile-littered family room. A strange personal favorite of late: sitting in my parked car in the driveway of our home after drop-off just to read emails, check Instagram, and sort of gather myself before I transition into “writer Jen” upstairs in my studio.

Life is a rush —

This weekend, going to pause, find, and appreciate the slices of joy that intersperse my day.

P.S. More on the notion that happiness may not be a persistent state of mind but rather little dots of joy along the seams.

Shopping Break.

+Anthro just released this popular dress in a bunch of cute summer/spring patterns.

+Mama and mini Liberty tees. Adorable for Mother’s Day. (More Mother’s Day finds here.)

+A cute Magpie mom emailed asking what her 22 year old daughter should wear to a wedding on a Ranch in Billings. Doen or Reformation were the immediate answers, and this dress from Doen’s new arrivals would be beyond perfect (Doen is just killing it this season – I want this dress too!) as would this Ref!

+More wedding guest dress ideas here and here.

+Sezane offers customization on their button-downs and tees — how chic?! The tee would be cute with a nickname embroidered on the chest as a gift for yourself or a dear friend or a mama!

+These tortoise cateyes deliver a lot of style for under $13.

+These popular LR platforms have been selling out everywhere, but found pretty good stock in a range of sizes here. Your perfect summer wedding guest / party guest shoe — comfortable, on-trend, work in grass.

+Super attractive folding chairs for beach or backyard.

+Staud has some fabulous statement dresses that are guaranteed to turn heads: this maxi and this cut-out style. The patterns are fantastic!

+Just discovered tabletop boutique Casamia with tons of adorable gifts and home finds, including these CIAO cocktail napkins and this oyster plate.

+Love these trousers.

+My neighbor has been raving about the SPF products from MDSolarSciences and lent me this tube last weekend. I was SO impressed for one main reason: the product really glides onto skin with ease. I find most of my “sticks” and “tubes” do not have as much oil/emollience in them (?) so are a bit more difficult to glide on and rub in. I tend to only use mineral sunscreens but have to say I was impressed.

+Sweet $10 beach hat for a baby.

+The prettiest green coupes.

+Cute basic tee for summer in a great range of colors and stripes.

+Is this not the sweetest dress?

+This ODLR is fabulous.

+These earrings are beyond fab.

6 Comments

  1. Sitting in the parked car after getting home from drop-off — I do that, too! Haha. There’s something to be said for the peace in that slightly unexpected setting!

    Really love the cut of that Agua Bendita dress — so elegant!

    xx

    1. Yes, exactly!! It’s such a comfortable spot to catch your breath and exist, unbothered!

      xx

  2. Hi – first time commenting. Love your writing and enjoy drooling over the fashion. I grew up in Chevy Chase so also feel the DC feels. When my girls were small my dear friend told me that she noticed I now sat in the car once we arrived home instead of dashing out per usual…loved the moments to gather one’s self and have continued it ever since.

    1. Hi Molly! Welcome! Thank you so much for writing in and reading along. That’s EXACTLY it — a quiet, contained, usually uninterrupted space to gather myself. I love it too!

      xx

  3. The recent New Yorker fiction piece “Just a Little Fever” by Shelia Heti touched on this theme (living in the middle, not just rushing by) and I really appreciated the theme of the story. Makes me want to consider reading some of her books. I was gifted one years ago, but haven’t opened it. Happy almost birthday to Hill! 🙂

    1. I’m not familiar with Heti but intrigued by the description here – thank you for the rec. So many good ones from my Magpies over the years…

      And thank you on the birthday wishes!

      xx

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