Mike and the boys have been using my shampoo. Apparently theirs ran out. And technically speaking, it’s mainly just Mike using it. Pax likes to shower approximately once per quarter (give or take a few, depending on how distracted Mike and I are in any given month) and Raines doesn’t wash his hair – it gets too fluffy. Raines is always better off with just a bit of conditioner. Which – crap. Now that I think about it, he’s probably using my conditioner, too.
Okfine. It’s $46 a bottle. Which is still shamefully expensive. It is decidedly not kid shampoo, and hell-to-the-no is it Mike shampoo. Mike, who literally can’t tell the difference between any bottle in any shower, EVER. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard, “Babe! What IS this stuff???” only to peek in the shower and find him rubbing facial scrub into his hair….or trying to wash his face with shampoo, bubbles everywhere, etc. I usually restrict him to bar soap (it’s easy) and the ONE bottle of shampoo that is for him and the boys. I buy it in jumbo size and leave it in prime location in the shower – lest the man have to look for it.
This method usually works. Unless, apparently, we run out of the jumbo shampoo and then all bets are off. Mike was, however, almost smug about how he managed to switch – effortlessly – from the empty container of jumbo shampoo to mine. 20 years in, and he’s getting better at reading labels.
“Mike,” I said, exasperated, “my shampoo costs $46 a bottle! It’s not for you or the boys!” He gives me a blank stare. “That’s…a…lot?” he asks, wincing at my dumbfounded look. He’s serious. I narrow my eyes. “Babe?” I ask, faux-innocently. “When was the last time you bought shampoo?” This is clearly a trap, and Mike is NOT fooled. “UH…” his eyes dart around the room, looking for an escape. “I, uh….” he backs away slowly, then executes the Classic-Parent-Escape-Manuever, “Raines!” he yells. “Come pick up your shoes!!”
It occurs to me, if I do the math here, that this man’s last shampoo purchase was probably….1996? I cannot even fathom a world where Things I Need And Use Daily just show up – as if by magic – for over twenty years.
Mike peeks back in and sees the look on my face. He cracks up and wraps me up in a bear hug, Frankenstein-walking me backwards to the couch. “STOP THINKING WHATEVER YOU ARE THINKING” he laughs as we crash down on the couch. By the time the boys come running in (correctly sensing a wrestling opportunity) I’m all breathless giggles as Mike throws them around like pillows, keeping me pinned. “NO THINKING ABOUT SHAMPOOOOOO” he intones.
Twenty-two years, though. Must be nice.
Needed: baggy leggings. But cute. My leggings have a shelf life of roughly 4 hours per day. I’ve tested it. If I’m in leggings longer than four hours, I start to get annoyed by all of the fibers touching me so TIGHTLY. And if I do this day after day I start to LOSE MY MIND. I have vowed to find some cute workout pants that are NOT leggings…but neither can they be sweatpants (too hot and sweaty). I’m still looking, but early results are pretty grim. The top contenders (just ordered) are either this pair of side-stripe joggers, or these “attitude pants” (am I crazy to like the cream??) both from Athleta. RECOMMENDATIONS WELCOME.
If Carrie Bradshaw became a mom…. she would wear this insanely glamorous (yet comfy) PJ set around the house. Top linked separately here. I mean…WOW. Adding immediately to my holiday wish list. Someone tell Mike.
(ps. A reader recently requested that we pull together a capsule wardrobe if Carrie Bradshaw became a mom – I can’t stop thinking about this idea. Fun, right?)
Like spackle, but for eyes. I’ve been using Smashbox’s under-eye photo primer under my eyes lately and it’s basically magic. I use it pretty liberally, and it de-puffs, moisturizes, and fills in my laugh lines quite nicely. Even holds up through really long days (and a few overnight flights), too.
Still going strong. Silk midi skirts show no sign of slowing down. I’m still wearing my old Realisation Par midi skirt (despite the issues with the waist, as I mentioned here) but it might be worth a styling video? Maybe showing 5 ways to style up silk midis for various events? I can always use my old one as an example, or maybe I should try Reformation’s gorgeous option. They fixed the waistband issue by adding a zipper, DUH. (FINALLY.) And a similar plus-size option is available here.
Sale. My fav Levi’s are on sale for…drumroll please…$50. The sale lasts through the weekend, I think. Size up (I’m wearing them – here – in a size 26.) They made our sustainable short list, and are also available in plus sizes (which aren’t on sale?? Wha??).
It’s called fashion, Brenda. Tights for $650. Don’t worry – they have lace and fringe.
“Ok but those boots are wild.” If you guys don’t know Syd, she’s one of the staff over here at TME Philly, runs our IG account, and is a huge gaming nerd. (You might remember her recent article about the best video games for kids.) She has a knack for finding the most random stuff. Like these boots. OMG.
I’ve gotta go and get ready for a Diwali party some of our friends’ are throwing. It involves lights, and Saris and Indian food and mayyyybe even fireworks. (Fingers crossed on the fireworks.)