This Week’s Good Things, 8.3.20.

This Weeks Good Things 8.3.20

How was your weekend? Mine was really peaceful and nice. On Friday I stayed in and read this book. It was so good (and suspenseful!) that I ended up staying up late to finish it… I needed to know what happened. It’s twisty YA thriller set at an elite Long Island prep school, involving a secret society. Someone described it as Gossip Girl meets One of Us is Lying, and that’s a pretty perfect, v v accurate description. Rich, unsupervised teens crossed with murder and a secret society = my ideal summer read. My reading list will be up tomorrow with my full review of it, but you may be able to tell that I highly recommend it.

I spent Saturday with my sister and my cousin Sarah. We took my niece Zoe to the park in Carroll Gardens, went to Lavender Lake (our local fav by my sister’s house) for to-go cocktails, and then my cousin and I ended up back at my place for al fresco rosé. Yesterday I had a nice little day at home. I did a bunch of chores, got a bit of work done, and watched Dr. Foster on Netflix (an instagram follower suggested it in the comments section of this instagram post, given my taste in books!). It’s a highly bingeable series about a woman whose life unravels upon suspecting her husband of having an affair… and a perfectly spot on recommendation. If you know of similar shows, I’d love to hear ’em!

Anyway, here is this week’s list of good things. Lots of fun stuff to share this week. XO

This Week’s Good Things 8.3.20

This Weeks Good Things 8.3.20

Gemma Correll

Given my love of caftans and house dresses, SO many of you sent me this illustration by British illustrator Gemma Correll. It made me lolololol because… it’s the absolute TRUTH. My most favorite dresses, especially during pandemic times, are gigangic sacks. Anyway, I’m now following her (I’d seen this illustration a million times before but didn’t know the source!) and love her sense of humor. Trends that men hate had me howling, as did forbidden fantasies of post-pandemic life. Gemma, let’s be best friends.

This Weeks Good Things 8.3.20


This one is for my fellow tequila drinkers: wanna support a cool small business AND take your cocktail to the next level? I thought so. Meet Mezsal! I am working on a project with Chambord (coming soon!) around summer cocktails and they introduced me to Mezsal (founded by mixologist Deena Sayers) and I am verrrry into this brand. They make artisanal salt blends, specifically designed to pair well with mezcal and tequila. They use organic produce, herbs, and spices and dehydrate each one using low heat before milling. You can add them to your cocktails, use them to rim the glasses, sprinkle over fruit… the sky is the limit. I personally LOVE the hibiscus mole!

Local Eclectic

Affordable, Unique Fine Jewelry

Local Eclectic has been one of my go-to’s for unique delicate pieces of jewelry for a while now and I absolutely love “Family Gold,” their in-house line of fine jewelry: heirloom quality pieces at attainable prices. The pieces are made from solid gold and precious materials, designed to last a lifetime. It’s really hard to pick favorites – there’s something for everyone and most of it is under $200.

A few highlights of the collection: this organic freshwater pearl charm pendant, this white sapphire pendant necklace, these diamond and gold huggies, this diamond signet ring, and this gold glimmer chain.

Rock Vases

Rock Vases

My local flower shop (Fox Fodder Farm!) carries the most beautiful vases…. similar to the one above they are hollowed out rocks. But they’re incredibly expensive (like $500-$1000)… I admired for a minute and then quickly put them back down! Last week, I received a PR mailer for a beauty brand and as an extra they included a rock vase. I immediately looked it up and found out that it came from Funky Rock Designs, up in Maine.

Better yet, it’s extremely affordable… priced between $18-44 based on which size you choose. I love mine and think it would make such a special gift!

Tanya Taylor’s Summer Pajamas

Tanya Taylor has released a new collection of pajamas! As with the last collection, the pajamas are made from remnant fabric (from the SS20 collection). I love this sustainability effort, and they are just CUTE! I’m particularly obsessed with the orange set (robe + pajamas). Available in sizes XS-3X.  Also: just noticed my Tanya Taylor “Tevas” are now half off, yay!

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  1. That dress shape graphic really spoke to me, LOL!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

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  2. Angela:

    I thought to myself “that dress was made for her” but then I realized that quite literally, she made that dress for herself…

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  3. Kerry:

    Have you watched Dark yet? I’m about halfway through and I don’t think I’ve ever loved a show more. It’s SO good. The thought that must have gone into choreographing the cause and effect of different events and actions across time (there’s a lot of time travel) is unreal and I don’t think I’ll get over some of the things that happened. Also v highly recommend watching it as original German with English subtitles!

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  4. Sounds like a good week! I love the jewellery pieces you linked! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  5. Karen:

    So, hi, this is weird! But! I saw the Susanne Kaufmann bath oil on sale for half off at and thought of you. They’re in the middle of a going out of business sale – pandemic-related, I think. I’m not affiliated with them in any way, just remembered a recent IG story where you said you had used up a bottle. Have a great day!

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    • Oh! Thank you! Heading over to check out, appreciate the note. It’s amazing and yes – used the bottle up last night!

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  6. raq:

    LOVE the rock vase- would you say it leaks water at all?

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  7. Rachna Relwani:

    Broad church is a series on Netflix, very good. So is the Stranger. British mysteries.

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