Weekend 8.29


School starts in T-3 days, so I’ve gotta keep this short and sweet. Obviously I have not finished shopping for school supplies. And if you immediately translated “not finished shopping” into “haven’t even started” than either you are a long-time reader or a dear, personal friend and either way a gold star(!!) on your chore chart!!

Or whatever they’re called. I’ve never had much luck with chore charts, either.

But in my defense, the school supply list this year, to quote the Insufferable Queen of Back-To-School Organization (Linzi, obvi) was, “a mess.”

Some teachers had multiple lists, some teachers asked for things to be brought if and only if your child is in their “homeroom” (I managed to find R’s homeroom ‘number’ but have no idea which teacher is attached to which number), and the school supply list included things like a $200 calculator, “intermediate” scissors, turtle food, a 3-inch binder filled with 67 sheets of paper, a single tissue if your last name ends with an ‘R’, and 3 wings of bat.

I decided to ignore the whole thing and just get Raines the exact same stuff he needed last year. I highly doubt anyone needs 100 lbs of turtle food on the first day, anyway. If Timmy the Turtle needs to be fed in February, I’m your girl.

Also, a friend of mine who is, shall we say, of similar mind, texted me that she was NOT buying 3-inch binders this year. Nope. They’re too ridiculously big, and she’s sick of having all of these barely-filled 3-ring binders around the house. “I’m going 2-inch this year,” she texted. “You IN?”

Oooo…I love when Jules tries to start something. Obviously I’m in. 


Now off to find some wings of bat.

Well, well, well…Not only is J.Crew’s new cashmere line gorgeous, but they’re the first US company to be certified by the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) as following The Good Cashmere Standard. This standard ensures the welfare of the cashmere goats, protects natural resources and improves the working conditions of farmers and farmworkers in Inner Mongolia. AND?? The line also comes in plus sizes. [cue the applause] My favs? This zip-front sweater that’s a dead-ringer for La Ligne (but is 100% cashmere), this oversized cashmere tee that is — finally — deliciously slouchy, and this textured cable-knit pullover with contrast trim. Oh hey! They also brought back their iconic rollneck…in cashmere. Whoa; this line is gonna be trouble.

Hi, cutie. This puffed-sleeve, rainbow striped sweatshirt is both sporty and girly. I’d wear with Frame’s Bardot flares and Converse sneaks.

Who the heck is Varley? One of the reasons I love perusing Verishop is because they source up-and-coming designers I’ve never heard of. They’re currently offering 25% off of a selection of full-priced stuff, and this Varley waffle-knit sweatshirt (and matching joggers) caught my eye. The texture, the cut — wow. Unexpected and gorgeous. Check out the whole Varley line here.

Um. For only $660, you too can have a pair of jeans that whisper, “I love being a girl”, or “My vajayjay is the best vajayjay” or maybe even “I’m going as Vulvarine for Halloween”.

Please say yes. Are shrugs making a comeback????

PSA: The Biossance Friends & Family Sale (a whopping 30% off) ends soon If nothing else, go grab some Rose Oil; I’ve loved hearing the rave reviews from readers, too. I’m also going to pick up a few things for Raines’ teenage skin — specifically the gentle cleanser and probiotic gel moisturizer (he ran out and started stealing my rose oil, haha).

Organization porn. West Elm’s new kitchen organization section is, and I don’t say this lightly, more fun to browse than the Container Store. It may not have as many things, but everything is just sopretty.

For the walls. I came across Black-owned-business Walker Noble Studio’s art on Madewell (of all places — see their edited collection here) and there’s something about it that sings to my soul. Enjoy.

Time for an upgrade. I’ve been using a men’s Gillette razor since high school, when I used to steal my Dad’s. Eventually, I started stealing Mike’s, and here we are, 20+ years later, and I find myself still trying to hunt down Mach 3 replacement razors. I’ve tried my share of women’s razors over the years, but they were significantly worse. Until, perhaps, now. My mom (who also used my poor Dad’s razors, haha) just introduced me to Schick’s Hydro Silk Sensitive Skin razor and WHOA. It’s so freaking good I was shocked. Even for underarms/bikini/knees, etc. it’s seriously amazing.

The easiest way to help Afghans (or other refugees). The nonprofit Miles4Migrants will take your donated airline miles (or vouchers) and reunite families, or help refugees get to their resettlement countries. It takes just a few minutes, and most of us have plenty of airline miles languishing, unused. Might as well put them to good use.

Happy weekend, everyone.




  1. Varley is the BEST!! I have the terry shorts that I wear constantly except when one of my daughters steals them. And just ordered the sweats (amberly pant) and they are fab. Feature their pieces. Pretty pls

  2. School starts tomorrow for some of my kids and despite being in high school and not getting school supply lists, we still managed to spend $500 at Target somehow. Can’t wait until they get they’re actual supply lists. #not All of that is ok with me though now, because I have literally been praying for J. Crew to bring back the rollneck in wool, but cashmere?!?! Oh. My. God. Ordering it immediately!!!! Good luck with back to school! We’ll all need it this year!

  3. Just to be clear, you are going to ask to help Afghan refugees and not give a way to assist the Americans left behind or how to help the families of military soldiers who were killed? Can’t say I’m surprised. Disappointed but not surprised.

    If you want to help the families who paid the ultimate sacrifice so you can have your freedoms this is a wonderful charity: https://soldiersangels.org/

    Here are the names of the fallen in case you don’t know them:

    Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah

    Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts

    Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California

    Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California

    Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska

    Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana

    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas

    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri

    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming

    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California

    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California

    Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio

    Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee.

    • Julia, it’s not one or the other, it’s both. We are allowed to care about both Afghan refugees AND Americans. To that end, thank you for the resource.

  4. Good to know I”m not the only girl in America still using the Gillette Mach 3!!! Never thought I would see that sentence. Even my husband has long since moved on, maybe it’s us 40somethings who are their market?

  5. For what it’s worth, I’m an Executive Function coach, and I think a 1-inch binder (mayyyybe 1.5 inch) is sufficient. Blasphemy!

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