I received so many shopping inquiries this go around, I will need to split this up into a series. As always, feel free to shoot me a DM or email if you’re on the hunt for something specific! (Sadly, none of us appear to be shopping for sequined frocks like the ones above, but they’re pretty to look at nonetheless. In case you are, though, there are still some great glittery little things to consider here.)
Q: Eye cream.
A: To be honest, I’ve never used an eye cream that has blown my mind or lived up to the expectation of actually treating/erasing dark under-eye circles. For that reason, I’m skipping the prestige beauty here and using Olay — relatively inexpensive, widely available, and the consistency is nice. (Thick but absorbs easily.) Does it do anything magical? No. Does it keep the area well-hydrated? Yes. Wrote a full review of this here.
Q: Sugar container.
A: If you mean for the pantry, go with this set by Progressive International, which has specialized containers for brown sugar, powdered sugar, etc. I originally bought all of those OXO Pop containers for my sugars and while they look pretty, I do not believe the seal works well. I’ve purchased several packages and none of them are airtight, which means that brown sugar dries out in an instant. I replaced with this brown sugar keeper and was CRAZY impressed. It actually keeps brown sugar soft — you just re-wet the ceramic insert every few months. If I could go back, I’d buy only the Progressive International pieces for flours and sugars. (I label all bins with my handy labelmaker.)
Q: House shoes/slippers.
A: Cannot rave enough about these ones from Birdies, which unfortunately keep selling out (but they have restocked a few times, so sign up if interested!) I also love these ritzy ones from Olivia Morris, these on-trend shearling ones, and some of the furlane styles popping up here and there, like these and these.
Q: Chic puffer.
A: I shared some ultra-chic puffers here and here, but the short-list: this reversible one, this chic budget pick, or this Moncler (on my lust list for next winter). I also never bought one of the “Upper East Side Mom” jackets that were so trendy last year or the year before, but I do like the recently redesigned style in the fun pastel lilac.
Q: Baptismal gown.
Q: Your Todd Snyder recommendation was a hit. Any other men’s clothing recommendations?
A: My most recent clothing purchase for Mr. Magpie was very trendy Maison Kitsune sweatshirt that he’s been wearing quite a bit. It’s smart enough to put over a collared shirt or wear with nice jeans — it has a tailored look. A few other brands I have my eye on for his next clothing infusion:
Buck Mason — elevated basics like this for everyday wear. Mr. Magpie has a few of their pieces and they last forever.
Q: A nice ottoman tray for corralling junk in a chic way.
A: Love this and applaud the motivation. I shared some very chic tray options at all price points here! This one is inexpensive and frequently sells out; this one is just straight up fun; and I’m lusting after this splurge from House of Cardoon!
Q: Waste bin for office.
A: Fun! Depending on your style…
THIS IS SO UNIQUE — THE BROWN WOULD BE EXCELLENT IN A TRADITIONAL-LOOKING LIBRARY-STYLE OFFICE
YAMAZAKI HAS A FEW SLEEK, MODERN STYLES — LIKE THIS
Q: Blue and white pillow shams — standard/king/lumbar combos please?
A: Check out Schweitzer Linen — love the Portland and Block Island collections for blue and white, but they have many more options. Biscuit Home also does fun whimsical prints! And a greek key style never goes out of vogue!
Q: Easy tops to wear with jeans (nothing cropped).
A: I swear by turtlenecks and cardigans at the moment, an easy and comfortable way to look like you have a perspective on life, but a few other vibes I’ve owned over the past year or two: striped tees from Kule (a bit more streamlined/less boxy than the bretons from St. James), chambray (love denim on denim; also currently eyeing this ruffle-trim style), a crisp white tee (<<this $14.50 style is my favorite, but Uniqlo u-necks are also worth a gander), and RL oxfords (I’ve owned some of mine since college!). All of these have a timelessly chic vibe and can be worn with anything from Golden Goose sneakers (gah! why do I want these?) to snakeskin flats without missing a beat.
Q: An outfit for mama for newborn photos when body may be looking questionable.
A: Ahh! It pains me to hear you talk about your body that way. It will have just given birth to a human — what?!?! You and your body are amazing. Still, I totally relate to the sentiment. I remember days of looking at my postpartum body and not recognizing myself at all. But I digress. For a newborn photo — I love several of the Sleeper styles for postpartum! I owned and loved their Brigitte dress, but this one is also super sweet. Both are flattering, loose-fit in the right spots, and nursing-friendly. Also love all of the Hill House nap dresses — this one would be super pretty in either the pink or blue toile depending on baby’s gender/your color reference!
A few other long, loose-fit dresses that I would have considered as well: I own and LOVE this caftan, which is super loose-fit but packs a powerful fashion punch; I lived in SZ Blockprints caftans this past summer and they are comfortable and loose-fit; Mi Golondrina does some spectacular embroidered styles; and this Sister Jane looks like a dream.
Q: Clothes for my 25th anniversary trip to Bermuda!
A: Congratulations! How fun?! I would probably pick one spectacular LWD (or white-with-bridal-leaning-pattern) to wear to a big celebration dinner — there are several phenomenal ones linked here (splurge: Markarian or Brock Collection; save: Knot Sisters or En Saison) — and then pack some great outfits that can be worn from beach to cocktails, like the aforementioned SZ Blockprint caftans, J. Crew coverups, and Juliet Dunn sundresses. Maybe also invest in a fun bathing suit? I love and own several of the ones from Marysia and Solid & Striped, but have been eyeing the ones from Agua Bendita, and Eres is timeless, Grace-Kelly-type perfection.
Q: High-waisted, no-compression leggings for lounging.
A: There aren’t zero-compression, but these Lululemons are the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn. (I basically wrote an entire post singing their praises.) Do not cinch. Like butter. The best the best the best.
Q: Running shoes.
A: These Nikes are my favorite pair. I’ve purchased a few pairs since easing back into running last year and those are my favorites! More of my favorite running gear here, and don’t miss the Lululemon sale!
Q: A diaper bag.
A: Can’t say enough good things about my M.Z. Wallace Metro tote. It’s not actually a diaper bag, but it’s great for so many reasons. However, before I had two children, I used a Tote Savvy organizer inside my Goyard bag and it worked great!
Q: Birthday gifts for a two-year-old.
A: Happy birthday, little one! My top picks would be Maileg mice, a Micro scooter, or magnetic tiles. A roundup of more excellent slow-burn toys for this age group here, and some other great gift ideas here.
Q: Big storage baskets for toys.
Q: Kitchen cabinet organizers.
P.S. More home and pantry org gear here.
Q: Men’s winter hats? Something that doesn’t make my husband look like a bank robber.
A: I had a good laugh over this one. I so know what you mean. I think the key is picking a color that isn’t black or navy? Mr. Magpie owns this Filson beanie in the red (it’s actually a brighter red than shown online) and it is SO attractive.
Q: A bookshelf to display kids’ books so they can see them.
A: I wrote about how much I love our Ikea Kallax shelving unit here — part of the reason is because it makes all of the spines easy to see and reach. A cart like this or this would also be good in a smaller room, and I have a friend who raves about this book caddy, which presents all the spines at a good angle for little eyes.
Q: So random, but absorbent dish/hand towels for the kitchen.
A: Not random at all — I wrote about these here, but I’m obsessed with our new and unfussy kitchen mops. We try to avoid using paper towels and instead go through a stack of these each day. They are SO absorbent! They aren’t the most attractive things, though, so we also keep some Williams-Sonoma ones out by the sink for hand drying. (More of my favorite kitchen gear here.)
P.S. More of what you might be shopping for here.
P.P.P.S. How do you handle interruptions?