I had the most delightfully anti-social weekend. I feel a little guilty writing that (or to anyone who has kids, I feel like a huge jerk.) I’ve always needed a decent amount of quiet and downtime though… it’s neither bad nor good, it just is what it is. And what I needed was to reset: a weekend where I just enjoy the peace and quiet! Between my family trip and a lot of plans and dinners out, I was craving a weekend of hibernation and that’s exactly what I did.
I did a million chores and so much laundry. I made juice and cooked healthy meals. And I read two entire books (They’ll Never Catch Us and The Girl in the Mirror) and started a third (the new Jasmine Guillory!). I watched some great TV (the last few episodes of The Bold Type were SO GOOD, I CRIED) but also watched a whole lot of medium-to-bad TV (I hated slash was semi-terrified of Sexy Beasts, the casting for The Last Letter from your Lover just felt wrong to me, and I just can’t seem to get into the new season of Never Have I Ever? Help! I need some good new TV… right now my favorites are The White Lotus and the new Gossip Girl).
Anyway, I feel rested, recharged, and ready for a busy week. I have plans pretty much every night this week and then I head to New York next Tuesday. Downtime is so good for the soul. I hope you had a great weekend and that you enjoy this little hodge-podge of good things I’m loving right now.
A Newsletter for Aging Millennials + More Good Things
A new-ish newsletter that speaks to my soul.
Have you heard of Gloria? I cannot for the life of me remember how I found it, maybe Becca? Or Claire and Erica? But when I saw the description I knew it was for me. “Gloria is a weekly newsletter and media company for women who aren’t yet old, but aren’t still young. It’s for women embarking on midlife and those who are curious about what the future holds. What does aging look like when you still feel 25?” I felt so seen reading that description and since subscribing, I’ve gobbled up each and every newsletter. It’s fresh and fun and relevant to my life, so I thought you’d likely feel the same.
You can sign up for the newsletter here but they have some really great content on their site as well. An essay called “My One-Piece, My Self,” a thoughtful review of the Augustinus Bader cream, lots of good stuff.
Olive Garden Salad Dressing
If I had to pick a favorite chain restaurant, I am pretty sure that it would be Olive Garden, only because I love their salad and breadsticks so much. The soup too I guess, but it’s really just the salad and breadsticks. I don’t know how I only just found this out (and hopefully this is news for someone else too, or I’ll feel silly!). They sell their salad dressing! I ordered it immediately and have been having it on my salad pretty much every night. It really is the little things in life.
The most perfect pearl necklace.
I haven’t worked out whether this is a Charleston thing or an everywhere thing. But I have seen so many stylish women here wearing amazing freshwater pearl jewelry. I really love this trend, especially when layered with a few gold chains. So I recently purchased this pearl + bead necklace from Mignonne Gavigan and love it so much. I really appreciate that it’s adjustable, allowing you to get the perfect length depending on how you choose to layer it.
We’re just going to go ahead and blame Mary for this one. And if you don’t follow Mary Hafner on Instagram (above!), you should be… she is one of the people who influences me most when making fashion purchases… she finds such incredible brands and pieces that I’m not seeing elsewhere. She posted this Monica Nera dress and I immediately ordered it. I went with the pale blue and took a small but wanted to share it now as each dress is made to order and won’t ship for 2-3 weeks! Monica makes incredible pieces… you can peruse them all on her Instagram or at Tuke Bazaar (another recent shopping addiction!).
Mister Michelle Poster Prints
I am a big fan of Mister Michelle, aka Michelle Robinson’s work (I first featured her work here in this roundup of artists). And I love the geometric prints and how she incorporates gold leaf into her paintings. I would love to own an original someday (I was devastated to miss this one, it’s pretty much perfect) but I really love that she is selling poster prints of her work, priced at just $55. So cool, and in my opinion just perfect for the aspiring art collector on a budget. (Also: follow her on Instagram!).
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