My Latest Hunt: The Birthday Dress.
I turn 34 on June 26th, and have been casually on the lookout for a dress to wear to my birthday dinner. I don’t need a new dress because I have plenty, and my fallback is a white tiered Self-Portrait that I have only worn once before but that is SO DARN PRETTY (similar in ethos to this) I have been looking for any excuse to pull it out of its garment bag. But still…it’s MA BIRFDAY. I love this (shown above), this, this, and this.
You’re Sooooo Popular: The Sale Summer Blouse.
The most popular items on Le Blog this week:
+The new “Gone-Girl-on-a-Train-in-the-Water-” thrilleryou must read this summer.
+I can’t believe the price on this adorable blush dress.
+Obsessed with this scent.
+People are losing their minds over this sunless tanner…
#Turbothot: Are You a Repeater?
My siblings and siblings-in-law and I got into a funny debate at our family reunion when it emerged that one of my sisters will occasionally like a song so much that she will replay it five or ten or even fifteen times in a row. This gave way to a protracted, passionate conversation about whether it was weird or not to be a “repeater” in the way only siblings or very close friends can dive into petty topics with fervor and hyperbole without royally offending anyone (to my knowledge…) — and we discovered that there was a fairly even split among us. About half repeated songs regularly and the other half determinedly did not. What was interesting about the conversation was that the non-repeaters were overbearing in their conviction that repeating songs was “weird” and “not how music was meant to be listened to,” and the repeaters were all sheepish about their habits: “I feel guilty, but I can’t help it!”
Was this a case of rule followers (non-repeaters) against rule skirters (repeaters)? A case of curfew-keepers against curfew breakers? And why did the repeaters seem to know that they were breaking some invisible law of music-listening?
What do you think?
For the record, I’m an alternative, third kind of music-listener: the very occasional repeater. (This seems consistent with much in my life: I’m a little of this, a little of that, but wear only a handful of labels comfortably: wife, Catholic, and — more recently, after extensive soul-searching — mother and writer.) Only rarely, when I’m really into a song, will I listen to it two times in a row or a handful of times over the course of an evening — but the thought of listening to the same song backtobacktoback feels claustrophobic to me.
What about you? Repeater? Non-repeater?
#Shopaholic: A One-Piece.
+I am DYING over this white one-piece. I very much do not need another swimsuit — I barely use the drawer-full of them I currently own! — but I think I might need it.
+I already own this Mara Hoffman cover-up kaftan in a different colorway, but it’s on sale, PLUS AN EXTRA 40% OFF NOW!
+I’m digging this easy tunic dress — I kind of like the shapelessness of it, with lace up brown sandals?!
+A straw bag with a hand-painted monogram?! YES PLS.
+My dad gave my mom a pair of these (with a little guidance from yours truly) for their 38-year anniversary. So sweet.
+Do you use a primer before you apply makeup? This stuff is supposed to be amazing.
+I love the look of these for storing dry goods.
+In love with this acrylic x-bench — though I should say I’ve had really good luck finding amazing x-benches at Target, and this in the gray-and-cream cabana stripe has my full attention right now! I might put it under the window in our bedroom…