Raines turned 10 last week. If you follow me on IG, you might already know that Mike and I woke up the morning of his birthday and realized that we had nuthin’. No cake, no presents, no balloons. In our defense, we had only been home for a couple of days after spending our holiday break in Michigan, and that with an early Jan birthday this is his lot in life, but….still.
Thankfully, Uber Eats delivers Beiler’s Doughnuts as early as 6:30AM (!!), and Philly randomly had a snow day, so Pax and I snuck out to Momo’s Treehouse which is a little wonderland of a toy shop and came home with fun little things like unicorn poop and a Squishables taco pillow and water dancing speakers – all beautifully wrapped – as well as a dozen balloons. We walked in the door and Raines’ whole face lit up. And then friends came over and food was ordered and Mike played dungeon master for 14 kids as they battled goblins while the adults drank in the kitchen. Eventually there was cake (Metropolitan’s chocolate layer cake did NOT disappoint), and Gwen saved the day with this mini ping-pong table (you guys have been asking about it on IG stories) and I made it through almost the entire day before I broke down.
Ten. Ten years. Ten years ago, I became a mom. Ten years ago, I met this little boy who would become one of my life’s greatest teachers. This little boy who helped me realize that not only could I become a mom, but I would love being a mom. At least, I would love being his mom. This boy who fills me with an inexplicable joy just knowing he exists in this world. I hope he (and Pax) both know, someday, that just the thought of them – of their essence, of who they are – fills my heart so completely that it literally feels like it will burst out of my chest.
Ten years is a long time. But it has felt like minutes. And I realize, with each passing year, that Raines and I have passed our halfway mark. That the years we have together, our cozy little existence with just us and Pax and Mike – these years are numbered.
And so, when our friends had left and the kitchen was cleaned and the house was dark and the kids were in their room putting on PJs, I cried. I cried because I have been lucky enough to have these years, I cried because I’ll never have enough of these years. Mike, chuckling softly, wrapped me in a hug. (He is annoyingly unperturbed by LIFE.) As he absentmindedly rubbed my back, I heard Raines call from his room. “Mom? Can you read me a book tonight? Maybe that old one we used to read ? I think it’s called….Where Did Thursday Go?”
There was only one possible answer to that question. YES.
Ok Pantone. I’ll get on board. The 2018 color of the year is “Ultra Violet” which….IDK. Confusing? But then the interns rounded up a bunch of ultraviolet pieces in honor of 2018 (you’ll find them in this week’s newsletter) and….I like it. I’m seriously excited to try this lipstick (Scotti says it’s the best purple lipstick out there).
LOVE. If any of you have been lusting after Bella Freud’s vintage-looking sweater with 1970 across the front (UGH so good and so expensive)…..I found one with a similar vibe that is in the $200 range. Instead of 1970, it says….wait for it….LOVE. SWOON. (You can see it on my stories, @shanachristine.)
Two of my favs, together and on sale. Sundry and Lou and Gray (of LOFT fame) did a collaboration. Two things you need to know: one, it’s amazing, and two, a bunch of pieces are on sale. I’m especially loving this sweatshirt, these skinny sweatpants and – oh heck. It’s all good – here’s a shopping widget:
Sales, sales, sales….If you haven’t yet checked out this week’s Weekly Sale Report, it has a ton of good stuff….like this Madewell top that I (annoyingly) ordered while on backorder status, and is now 30% off. GRRR. Also? We have a separate sales report this week for home because it’s just soooo good. Example: I might order this bed. It’s a fraction of the price of most of the beds I’ve been looking at, but looks…..exactly the same. (Good find, A.)
What are you doing for MLK day? National Parks across the country will be fee-free on that day. I think I’m going to head over to the African American museum in Philly – have you been? (The one in DC is also high on my list.)
Wanderlust? The NYT just released 52 places to go in 2018. On a personal note, Mike and I are thinking of taking the kids to the Grand Canyon over Spring Break. Where should we stay?? Any off the beaten path, amazing suggestions?
Philly!! It’s a club night….for parents. I’ve been taking dance classes – both hiphop and latin – with my dear friend Laurel, who is one hell of a teacher. You can see what we’ve been up to on her IG, @solorhythm. She’s been hosting these monthly club nights at the studio and they’re…INSANELY fun. There’s a ton of us who show up – hubbies included – (with booze, obvi), Laurel does a little salsa lesson and then….we DANCE. We’ve been jokingly referring to it as Club Night for Parents and I seriously have been looking forward to it ALL MONTH. The next one is Friday, Jan 19th. You can find more information here. I’d love if any of you can make it!!
Get Excited: Budget-Friendly Week is Coming….Next week, we’re going to be covering all of our favorite budget-friendly finds. Whether it’s something on crazy sale or just a realllly affordable piece that we love, everything featured next week will be under $100. (Or at least on major sale.) I’ll throw a sneak-peek up on IG this weekend (it involves this jacket – the tailoring is shockingly good).
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