*Image via The Studio Melrose.
It is OK to take the long road,
to earn the title “wool-gatherer,”
to be the handwritten cursive subscript under the 12-point Times New Roman font,
to move beneath, rather than with or against, the grain,
with meanderings so under-the-radar that they are dismissed as insignificant.
It is OK to take the squiggly path,
that draws you from arranging name tags on the reception table at the Phillips Collection
to stammering through academic papers in ancient towns in Italy
to gliding through rehearsed presentations to large audiences
to starting and shuttering a business
to writing for a living —
just an example.
It is OK to feel that you have been searching for something you can’t quite put your arms around,
each phase a phantom hug —
but know that the footprints that brought you here
There is meaning-making in the tracks.
+You are enough.
+More on that ill-fated academic paper in an ancient town in Italy.
+The moment I realized how little my peers thought of my choice to pursue English.
+Do you see a difference between the way those of us who studied the humanities and those of us who studied STEM approach the world?
+Are you a perfectionist?
+This new-release at J. Crew is SO cute. I love it in that cherry red! Reminds me of something from Staud.
+We are going to put either a bunk bed or two twin beds into the large, open playroom on the top floor of our home. We will have two sets of young cousins visiting us this spring/summer and I’ve always thought it would be great to have sleepovers and the like up there as my children grow older. I’d like the room to feel fun but not too childish so that it can age with the children and also not to be too offensive for an adult to sleep in if need be. My top picks for bunk beds are this or this from Room and Board (so many fabulous colors) and this metal frame one from Crate and Barrel. I like how modern/architectural they feel. They will make statement bedding POP. My top pick for a set of twin beds is this spindle bed.
+In that vein: cute children’s rooms finds.
+These Hermes-esque bag straps are back in stock!
+If you feel like your hair has been through the wringer this winter, you might consider Oribe’s new formula for weak/damaged hair. I’ve written about this elsewhere, but IMO, Oribe is the only high-end shampoo worth the cost. (Otherwise, I stick with Pantene.) I really like their shampoo/conditioner for blondes. BTW, thanks to a Magpie reader tip, I now know you can often find Oribe on sale at Marshalls!
+Rope bins in GREAT colors.
+Darling little white top.
+These adorable Carrie Forbes mules just dropped further in price — around $60 now!
+Love these cheery earrings.
+Another great straw hat option for the summer.
+Brides, delight — apparently this dress sold out in an hour flat last time it was released! Now available again. SUCH a fun and unexpected rehearsal dinner dress.
+Cute and well-priced eyelet shirtdress! Love the blue and ecru colors!
+These play tents are adorable and so reasonable!
+This dress is seriously sweet.
+Cute gingham Easter baskets from Dondolo.
+People are obsessed with this detangling brush.
+Absolutely the most random thing in this roundup, but you need these OXO funnels for your kitchen. I can’t believe I didn’t think to include them in my post on great kitchen gear to up your cooking game. They are in near-constant use in our home, whether decanting liquid soap from the Costco-sized jug into the soap dispenser, transferring used fry oil from the pot to the jug, pouring peppercorns into a grinder, etc, etc. They’re fantastic because they are really lightweight so you can usually balance them in the neck of something and pour with both hands; there are two sizes that fit close to all of your needs; they are semi-sheer so easy to see what’s happening at the neck; and they are dishwasher safe (a must!)
+Just the coolest sunglasses I ever did see. You can get the look for less with these.