This Week’s Good Things 11.9.20
What. A. Weekend. I am so happy. So nervous. And proud. And so relieved. Basically just feeling all the feels. I feel like I was on and off crying happy tears all weekend long. Truthfully, it was hard for me to transition from feeling anxious and nervous (it was a really hard week!) to celebration mode. I felt weird being unable to sing and dance and jump around about it… I appreciated seeing others that way but my way of celebrating was more of a deep, deep exhale. So I had a really quiet weekend. I was glued to the news. I went back and read my blog post from when Trump won, which brought back a lot of old emotions. (Also wow, that post got a lot of criticism at the time but in hindsight I was so polite!)
Right now, I am feeling so thankful. There is a lot of work to do, we need to come together and unite, but in this moment, I am proud of our country and excited to see how we move forward. As Biden said in his speech on Saturday night, it’s time to heal.
On a work note, this week is gift guide week. There will be one new gift guide every day. I am REALLY excited about these guides. I think over the years (my own included) blogger gift guides have gotten pretty homogeneous, featuring all the same stuff. And I am only doing four main guides this year (under $25, under $50, under $100, over $100/luxury) and have worked really hard to find fun cool stuff that is hopefully a little less expected. There will be items from the big box retailers but also a lot of very cool small businesses and Black-owned businesses too.
Also! A word about this coat.
I love it so much but it runs very big. It was a bit of a shacket situation. I started out with a size 38 (which is a US 6). It was way too big so I exchanged it for a 36. Still too big. The 34 is perfect. This is a long way of saying that if you want this coat, order two sizes down from your usual size! It’s still big but you want your teddy coat to be oversized!
I recently learned about Chrome (they are a cute Texas boutique so it’s random), from my best friend who is friends with their buyer (Karen Meena, who was the was the buyer for Ron Robinson Fred Segal for decades) and they have so. much. great. stuff!
We are working on a potential holiday partnership (fingers crossed) but either way, the site is packed with an overwhelmingly good assortment of cool stuff that I haven’t seen other places. A few things I am loving are this Cat Suits tee and this Champagne Problems puzzle (just be forewarned: it’s HARD!!!). Oh and this book about Girls and Their Cats.
Madewell is doing their Cyber Monday deal EARLY, for just a couple days (this ends 11/11!) Take 30% off sitewide with code EARLYBIRD. I love these Chelsea boots, I want these super soft joggers, this is one of my all time favorite blouses, I live in this cozy flannel… I could go on and on, Madewell is one of my most favorite clothing brands.
I learned about Jess Ackerman (a Portland, OR based painter) via The Daily Good (one of my favorite daily newsletters) and love her work! Her paintings are bright and colorful and HAPPY… I love the bold, colorful botanical prints and abstract flowers in particular. She does pottery too, which is beautiful! Follow her on instagram for more.
Lovard Snake Mask Chain
Howwwww good is this gold snake mask chain? I am obsessed and just think it’s so chic. Lovard is founded by a mother daughter duo (Kate Falchi and Lee Gunn Falchi). They make beautiful bags and jewelry and I really love all of their jewelry (I have this necklace and it’s amazing) but their new satin masks (and SNAKE CHAINS) are fabulous. They also have a code; use SAFETYFIRST for 10% off.
The Undoing on HBO Max
I needed a break from the election stuff last week (I was basically glued to CNN for 3 days straight) and my aunt suggested watching The Undoing. Oh my gosh. New favorite show and just sad there aren’t more episodes to binge. It stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant who play a wealthy married couple in Manhattan. Their world begins to unravel when a mother at the school their son attends is brutally murdered (and Hugh Grant’s character is a suspect). This is the murdery thriller we all need right now to distract ourselves.
The Notorious Necklace
I love this! Back in 2012, Ruth Bader Ginsberg wore Banana Republic’s statement necklace as her famous “dissent collar.” To pay homage to her legacy, BR is re-releasing the iconic re-issued collar and donating 100% of the proceeds to the International Center For Research on Women (ICRW). Available in limited quantities, the donation affirms Justice Ginsburg’s life devoted to support equality worldwide. She was a public servant and an ally whom the ICRW awarded the Champions for Change award for vision. You can channel RBG, support a great cause, and preorder the collar here.
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photography by Carter Fish.