Feel free to think I’m crazy…

…because I’m nowhere near being pregnant nor do I plan on it anytime soon, but I really am coveting this body pillow by the bump nest.

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Now, I realize it’s made for aching backs carrying extra weight, and I know it’s probably more comfortable when you’re “with child,” but honestly, I just like the feeling of being cuddled while I’m sleeping and this seems like it would do the trick! Plus, once you check out the gorgeous fabrics available for its (machine washable!) cover, you might just want one too.

Another detail that’s beautiful in a less literal way: the company takes scraps from the fabric they use and make them into baby beanies that are donated to children in need around the world.

Don’t worry, if I cave and decide to splurge on one for myself anyways, I’ll be sure to take some gratutious selfies to share.

Gift Idea: For the Writer (or Aspiring One)

Q&A A DayAlthough when it comes to gifts the focus tends to be on the centerpiece – the big gift that you’re sure will wow someone – the accent gifts can’t be ignored. The Q&A a Day: 5 Year Journal is a perfect small gift for the person in your life who loves to write, or the one who has been meaning to for years.

The journal has a page for each day of the year and poses a different question for the writer to answer each day, with room for five years’ worth of responses. My mom gave me one last year; I think it’s a great little book to keep by your bedside and scribble a quick response into before you go to sleep. The concept of seeing how your answers have changed over the years is cool too. In my opinion, having the ability to look back and remember yourself at a different time is one of the biggest benefits of keeping a journal. This little book allows you to reap that benefit while a commitment of only a sentence or two a day. There are other versions without the daily questions, or in editions made for couples or kids. A great little gift for under $20!

Sweater Weather Must-Have

At the risk of sounding “snooty,” as my boyfriend so kindly calls me from time to time, isn’t the only downside to a cashmere sweater the fact that you will inevitably have to wash it? Maybe it’s a me-thing, but I cannot stand the way clothes smell when they come back from the dry-cleaner…that nasty petroleum scent just doesn’t do it for me. Also, because I tend to perspire pretty aggressively, (full-disclosure) especially in sweaters (get it?), my clothes tend to require some extra oomph when being laundered unless I want them to have those unfortunate stains under the arms. (Let’s be honest, no one wants those.)

The LaundressSolution: The Laundress New York Cashmere Wash (available via J.Crew). Realistically, I probably should have talked about this yesterday when it was available for 30% off, but even at full price this bottle is worth the money and then some. Think about how much cashmere costs. Then think about how much dry cleaning costs. Now look at the price of this bottle in comparison. That’s a bargain my friends.

I can tell you firsthand that since acquiring this, I will now always wash cashmere (or any other fine, fluffy knit) on my own. You can either throw some of this in cold water and do a sweater by hand, or (for the brave) you can actually wash your cashmere with this in a normal washing machine. Seriously. If you choose the latter option, I highly recommend the most delicate cycle possible and suggest that you turn the cashmere inside out and then put it in a mesh bag or a pillow case with a knot tied to keep it closed. Your sweaters can then be air dried, but not wrung out! The result of either method will be sweat-free, fluffy sweaters that smell faintly of lavender. I can attest to the fact that either way works – if you do it right and stick with cold water and gentle cycles, only the smallest amount of tightening will occur. The natural botanical oils in the formula also ward against pesky moths. Bonus!

Write On

Obviously, if I’ve mentioned multiple times how much I love writing notes, I also love the materials that go with the writing process. I’m in the market for some new stationery soon (or perhaps a re-order of my current stock) so I’ve thrown together some of my favorites below.

Write On

Details on Each: Continue reading

Cross(body) Examination

I’m one of those people who either has a large bag (generally a Longchamp Le Pliage) or is going out with only my wallet in hand. Although I own a lot of pretty clutches, in my mind they’re practically the same as just having the wallet because I have to actively hold them alongside my drink and whatever else I have in my hands at a bar or event. Clearly, I’m lacking the perfect in-between, a pretty crossbody bag. Enter these selections:

Crossbodies1. Kate Spade, Bright Light Carah in rose gold, $158.Love the bow!
2. Brahmin, Mimosa Crossbody Bag $195 Might be the one I buy…their leather products are fantastic and they’re locally manufactured in southeastern MA! #USAmade
3. Tory Burch, Marion Quilted Crossbody, $250 Navy is always perfect and so is its pretty chain strap. The quilting is interesting too.
4. Asos, Ostrich Across-Body Bag, $27 Inexpensive, unique, and chic!
5. Tory Burch, Thea Mini Fold-Over Cross-Body, $225 Would really work across all occasions and comes in black too! Love the tassel detail.

Now to be fair, I actually own several (like 4+) crossbody bags already, but they’re all Coach in that sort of mid-range, rectangular size. You know, the size that still feels like you’re carrying around a lot of everyday stuff, all of which apparently needs to be flat to fit? Not knocking Coach at all – they were lovely gifts over the years and I have friends who swear by those very bags. Currently though, my tastes run towards something a little more “night-time” and a bit more neutral (the Coach bags all included a lot of pink…) so definitely keeping my eye on these for my next investment leather purchase!

Side note: in a completely different size range, but I also love Pink Pineapple’s Envelope Clutch – inexpensive enough to purchase to match a special outfit and monogramable – always a deal-maker in my books!

Which ones are your favorites? Any other recommendations?