Nieve, our dog, got spayed this week. The vet has instructed us that there is no running, jumping, or playing for at least 10 days, and only very short walks until her stitches are fully healed. While they *did* provide a sedative (in addition to painkillers) she seems unaffected by everything, including the drugs and the surgery itself. Which makes her 50 lbs of BORED PUPPY and here is just a small sample of what she has managed to destroy, while supposedly “sedated”.
- A brand new, soft and beautiful dog bed that I mistakenly thought would help her “recovery”.
- This (very creepy) dog toy that she did love, but love too hard as well as Horse (which had previously lasted 10 months, go figure).
- The wall next to the crate.
- The other wall next to the crate.
- All kitchen cabinets within her reach.
Soooo…bottom line, we’re only talking, what: thousands of dollars of damage?
Good times, good times.
In addition, the team has been working hard pulling together some holiday content, specifically Black Friday sales because they have started record early. There must be something in the air because I, too, have already started holiday shopping. This has happened before exactly NEVER.
But I am also craving nothing but sugar and have all but stopped working out so all of my Big Holiday Energy is starting to resemble stress eating soooooo….
I’m basically NIEVE. Chewing on walls.
Bags, you say? A reader emailed recently, pointing out that we’ve been light on our bag recommendations. Too true. I basically hate everything except this Balenciaga, har har har. But I am in a weird bag mood – the only bags that have caught my eye (in addition to that vintage-y one that sold out at Nordstrom – more in stock here), are, oddly enough, navy bags (this Staud or this nylon Balenciaga – they look especially good with silver footwear), this absolute STUNNER from Brother Vellies, this oddly shaped Thermoire, a bag that looks like a straight-up doctor’s bag from 1919, or this mini faux-fur tote (which is basically a winter version of my usual straw bag). What are you guys carrying right now?
More things I don’t hate. I may not have gotten enough sleep last night (why so grumpy, S?), but whatever. Let’s continue on in this vein. One, I finally got my hands on GAP’s faux-leather puffer in ivory and it’s freaking fantastic (and really warm, too). Two, I also ordered a bunch of stuff from Free People, and basically hated everything except for this seriously cool cropped puffer. The peach color is shockingly pretty, and the jacket is wildly unique. I like it MUCH better than FP’s Packable Pippa Puffer. And three, J.Crew’s shrunken cashmere sweaters (also in cable knit) are quickly becoming my go-tos. They vibe like cropped sweaters (and look perfect with tricky denim styles) but don’t actually show much skin, so are dead easy to wear.
Stop everything: this new Samba collab is worth downloading the Adidas app to order! Like, seriously ANY of the colors – I’m BLOWN AWAY.
Okaaaay. Have you guys seen these Nike sweatpants (at Nordstrom)? That waistband looks epic. And it turns out that there’s a zipper at the bottoms, too, so they can be worn like old-school sweatpants or more like straight-leg. Also, the lighter colors have seams down the front and WHOA: soooo good. And if you’re wondering about a matching sweatshirt…omg THIS. Nike, whaaa???
I would also accept these Re/Done jeans, as another option.
Let’s talk about silver boots. If you clicked the silver boot link above, it goes to this pair of under $100 boots, which is not my usual move. In general, I’m deeply suspicious of footwear that cheap. But those boots look almost as good as this SIMKHAI pair and better than this Philip Lim pair. I’ve basically been wearing my silver ballet flats so often that I’m thinking silver boots will likely come in handy this winter.
Early Black Friday Sales. Athleta’s just started, and I’m grabbing these fleece-lined tights and this fleece-lined longsleeve top. I found that on really cold days, this set, layered under my ski gear, was the warmest, most comfortable combo ever. I have the black, but am going to grab the ‘spiced cabernet’.
Do I need to try this on? I keep coming back to this seriously cozy-looking dress (in ivory). It’s likely too long for me, but with that raw hem…can I just cut it to fit? (This is a good question for Jeni, our fashion design grad). I also like the idea of this almost-sexy flannel shirt, but have no idea how I’d actually style it. Hmmm…maybe I should just put in a big order, because here’s another really pretty flannel shirt option (I like plain ivory) but would I actually wear it??
Plus size pick. The best answer to jeans-and-a-cute top.
For Mike, the weirdo. Whenever we’re all cuddled up watching a movie together, the boys and I are in some sort of cozy sweatpants, while my husband is in…jeans and a button-up. I’m thinking these superfine, almost sweatpant-like cords might be a good compromise. Oh HAHAHAHAHA – paired with this button-up, made from t-shirt fabric.
Two of my favs. Morgan from ShopBURU teamed up with blogging friend Mary Orton for a Holiday Collection that is so perfectly both of them, I die. They are both much fancier than I am, but this vest would be seriously cute with a pair of wide-leg jeans.
We’re trying. We’ve been attempting a kitchen reorganization project for the past couple of months, off & on…and anyway, this water bottle organizer brings me joy. That’s all.
That’s all I’ve got. Hang in there, Gang.