A Newsletter for Aging Millennials + More Good Things.

A Newsletter for Aging Millennials + More Good Things

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

PS – My swimsuit above is Karla Colletto. It’s older so no longer available but they still sell it in classic black! The yellow and white towel was an inexpensive Amazon find. Highly recommend.

Gloria Newsletter A Newsletter for Aging Millennials

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

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.

pearl + bead necklace from Mignonne Gavigan

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.

Monica Nera dress | A Newsletter for Aging Millennials + More Good Things

Monica Nera

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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  1. Jessica Camerata says 7.26.21

    Never apologize for an anti-social day! Those are the best days. I am in need of one, I spent the entire last week eating out at least one meal a day which is NO not like me. Especially after the last 18 months. Signing up for the newsletter now!

    xo Jessica
    an indigo day

    • grace at the stripe says 7.26.21

      Couldn’t agree more. Sometimes you just need a quiet night in of cooking and relaxation! XO

  2. mary says 7.26.21

    I’m just coming off a large, extended family weekend myself and whew, my brain is screaming for a quiet couple of days. I will be following your lead next weekend when I get some time off of work, which is also loud and hectic. I can’t wait to read and cook and watch TV in pajamas.

  3. Heather says 7.26.21

    I discovered “Good Trouble” sometime in the past year (it’s on Hulu; it’s Freeform a la The Bold Type which I also loved!) and have been into it! It’s apparently a spin-off of ANOTHER Freeform show (The Fosters) which I haven’t watched, but I don’t think that you need to have seen The Fosters to enjoy Good Trouble on it’s own!

  4. HC says 7.26.21

    Gloria really grabbed me too. I also feel like I’m still 25 even though I am in my 30s.

  5. Kelli says 7.26.21

    We’ve loved Kevin Can F**k Himself. It’s the first season and the lead is Annie Murphy from Schitt’s Creek. We liked Rutherford Falls too, but that’s on Peacock.

  6. Nicole says 7.26.21

    Love the Monica dress Grace! You said you ordered pale blue, but I only see baby blue on the site. Just wanted to confirm- LOVE the color you ordered. Do you know what color Mary ordered? Hers looked metallic. Can’t wait to purchase- thanks!

    • grace at the stripe says 7.26.21

      yep that’s the one. Mary’s is a pale purple one. 🙂

      Edited to add – I guess the proper color names are lavender and baby blue but I figured it would be pretty easy to tell as it’s the only light blue one she sells!

      • Nicole says 7.26.21

        Thank you- wanted to make sure! Just ordered 🙂

  7. Becca says 7.27.21

    I love a good anti-social weekend. Of course I respect your feelings but I just wanted to say I don’t think you need to feel guilty, you are filling up your cup. And not having kids shouldn’t make you feel more guilty either, there is too much pressure around kids and I know my childfree choice is in somewhat because I want to be able to have complete relaxation and that is an absolutely ok choice!

  8. Vanessa says 7.27.21

    Thanks so much for recommending Gloria! I’ll be 40 next year and that description really hit home for me, too. I’ve subscribed to the newsletter and bookmarked the blog.

  9. Cynthia says 7.27.21

    Sounds like an amazing weekend to me- a perk of being child free! No need to feel like a jerk.