Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Weekly Picks

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Wendy’s Weekly Picks,” is a feature in which I’ll highlight stuff I like or recommend in the worlds of fashion, gift ideas, home decor, makeup, websites, entertainment, and recipes. Of course, many of the stuff I link to will be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! Here are my favorite finds this week:

My good friend Mary, the candy-maker behind Milis handcrafted caramels, has a couple of new springtime caramel flavors just in time for Easter: Sparkling Pastel Marshmallow Kisses, and my favorite, the candy-coated chocolate eggs. They’re sold in 6 and 12-piece boxes and would make a perfect hostess gift at your Easter brunch in a couple weeks.

Along with the Easter theme, how cute are these for the brunch table?

Have you heard of Stitch Fix yet? It’s a personal style and shopping service that sends a box of clothes and accessories right to your home every month (or however often you specify). You fill out a profile where you list your sizes, your style preferences, and how much you want to spend on various items, and a personal stylist handpicks five pieces of clothing and accessories for you to try (in the comfort of your own home). You buy what you want and send the rest back. There’s a $20 styling fee, but that can be applied to the cost of anything you end up buying. And if you buy all five items, you get 25% off your purchase. I haven’t tried it yet myself, and, although they do have maternity clothes, I think I’ll wait until after I have the baby and am back at my normal size (I’m sort of cheap about buying clothes I’m only going to wear a few weeks or months). But at our NYC meetup on Friday night, Lianne was wearing the prettiest top and scarf, both of which she got through Stitch Fix, so I’m excited to get my first box later this year. This is a perfect service for busy women who don’t have the time to go shopping for themselves.

Speaking of shopping, there’s a “last call” sale at Neiman Marcus, with markdowns on jewelry and watches up to 40% off and sunglasses up to 50% off. I like these earrings a lot, and these fun sunglasses, this lariat necklace, and this trendy ring that I’ve been seeing everywhere lately.

Gap is having a big sale through the end of the day. Purchase $100 worth of stuff, get $45 off with code “HURRY.” Here’s $100 worth of stuff (that you can get for $55!): this shirt ($20); this tee ($14); these jeans ($49); this thin leather belt ($20).

These are the dishes we own from Anthropologie and I LOVE them and we get compliments on them any time we have guests over. But I also love these and these and these. So pretty!

Jackson’s babysitter, who watches him three mornings while I work on the site, is on vacation this week, which means I’ve had to find a few activities to keep Jack independently occupied and entertained for an hour or two while I get some stuff done. Well, thank god for this, which we picked up at Target yesterday, and has already provided hours of fun, these Water books that have remained a favorite for well over a year, and this recently re-discovered book that Jackson loves mostly because he is so obsessed with writing letters (seriously, he will happily spend an hour or two writing letters over and over and over in a notebook or random pieces of paper or whatever he can find to write on).

I just read this book, North of Normal, last week, which I’ll talk about more in a few days. For now, I’ll just, woah. Woah, woah, woah.

Last week, on our way home from Jackson’s first dental appointment (and, yes, we were about a year late on that), we had a few minutes to kill before his favorite hot dog spot opened for lunch, so I dashed inside the maternity store a few doors down and found this tunic on sale for about $30 and walked out wearing it, happy to finally have a fourth item to add to my rotation of tops that currently fit. The brand is Everly Grey and it looks like there’s a whole line of really cute maternity wear if you happen to be in the market.

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    jlyfsh March 24, 2015, 11:05 am

    I was so impressed with the owner and product from Milis. If anyone wants to send something edible to someone and have it be a little fancier and feel special I highly recommend them. My friend said they were amazing 🙂 And the owner took time to write a little note for me to add in the box, which I really appreciated!

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      Dear Wendy March 24, 2015, 11:50 am

      I’m so happy to hear this (but not surprised). Mary’s been perfecting her caramel recipe(s) for a couple years and they’re amazing. And she’s one of the nicest people, too. I’m excited to see the general public get to appreciate what she does now that she’s started her own business.

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    ktfran March 24, 2015, 11:12 am

    I know four people who use stitch fix and all love it. I have a profile, and can receive my first box whenever I want, but I haven’t made the plunge yet. I do a pretty good job shopping, so I haven’t felt the need yet. I think once you sign up, it might take a few months for them to “accept” you and send you a box. That might have changed. It was purely do to backlog of people using the service.
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    My friends/family have said this about it, and again, they all love it: price point matters. You’re able to pick your price points for each type of item, i.e., accessories, tops, bottoms, etc. Your stylist usually sends you items at the higher $ amount of your price point. All highly recommend selecting the lowest price point for accessories.
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    Anyway, if you don’t like shopping definitely try it! Even if you don’t like the entire box, I promise you’ll like one or two things.

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      Lianne March 24, 2015, 1:04 pm

      Hi kftran! That must have changed. I got my first box fairly quickly – about 2 weeks later? I have only gotten one so far and I pretty much loved everything in it. Admittedly, there were two items I would have returned, but since I got the 25% discount if I kept all 5, it was more cost-effective to keep everything. And I have work each item, including the scarf and shirt Wendy mentioned, more than 3 times each in just 4 weeks. I may or may not wear the jeans all the time. I urge anyone who is in a style or shopping rut to try it. OR just don’t have the time or desire to shop…

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        ktfran March 24, 2015, 3:08 pm

        I think they hired more stylist maybe? Or improve inventory? Because I signed up a couple years ago – WOW! and there was a waitlist.

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        ktfran March 24, 2015, 3:12 pm

        Also… you bring up a good point. Do the math when you get the box. If you’re so-so about one to two items, it might be more cost effective to keep all because of the discount. If you only like one or two, you might not need the entire box.
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        I did the math with my sister on her box. There were two items she loved. One she liked, but didn’t love. And two she didn’t care for at all. So, she kept the two she loved. And even though she liked the third, it wasn’t cost effective to keep that and return the other three. Hope that made sense.

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        Lianne March 24, 2015, 4:21 pm

        Yes. Very good tips! Also, after I figured out it was better financially to keep everything, I thought to myself, man, I wish I had thought of this business.

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      kmentothat March 25, 2015, 1:26 pm

      I tried Stitch Fix, received a few boxes, and either did not fit in or hated everything with the exception of one maxi dress (which I had to have hemmed). I’m not even a difficult fit, very average in height and weight (5’4″, 130 lbs). I put a LOT of time and detail into my profile, what I was expecting, etc. I ended up getting things that frankly looked the polar opposite of what I wanted (after some misses, I asked not to send me bow neck or loose blouses, nothing a “fun mom” would wear, and to please send me color…and they sent me all navy clothes, loose fitting, conservative, and a damn bow neck blouse). I just wanted young corporate day to night looks with more fashion forward/edgy vibe and everything was something I could find on a Midwestern mom’s blog (no hate, but so not me). It was like they had stock they had to get out to people and did not care one whit whether it would fit you (I’d listed my pant size as 28 and they’d send me 26s). So…here’s to hoping they have changed.

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        Dear Wendy March 25, 2015, 1:39 pm

        Oy! That sucks! I’d be unhappy too if that was my experience. I’ve heard enough good things about the service and I feel like it’s a pretty low investment, that it’s worth trying so as soon as I’m back at my pre-prenancy weight — maybe early fall — I’m gonna give it a go. I think I’m somewhat hard to fit (big boobs and big hips like), so I’m keeping my expectations in check, but I’m hopeful I’ll get some things that are “me” and maybe not one I would find or pick out on my own from my usual online shopping spots. I’ll keep everyone posted!

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    Addie Pray March 24, 2015, 11:28 am

    Wendy, you have such good taste. How do you find all this stuff? Do you shop a lot and/or do you have friends who tell you to check something out and/or do you find them yourself by perusing websites frequently? One thing with buying things online is I’m always afraid it won’t be good quality or not fit right or otherwise just not look like what I thought it would. Do you take a lot of chances buying online and then return a lot of stuff or just get lucky or do you see them in stores and then find them online? I don’t know how to shop.

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      Dear Wendy March 24, 2015, 12:18 pm

      Thanks! I don’t shop-shop, but I like online window shopping (it’s one of my preferred methods of procrastination), and I like keeping track of styles and products other people are sporting or using that appeal to me. And I’m the on a bunch of store email lists that alert me of sales.

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        Addie Pray March 24, 2015, 1:47 pm

        Ahh so while you’re online procrastinating, you’re finding good stuff to tell us about on DW, which we’ll read about while we are procrastinating on DW. It’s kind of like the circle of life, somehow.

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        Dear Wendy March 24, 2015, 2:41 pm

        Exactly.

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  • Lianne

    Lianne March 24, 2015, 1:16 pm

    OMG. I love your dishes. I wonder if my husband would notice if I bought a full 12 piece set…?

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      Kate March 24, 2015, 1:23 pm

      Um, probably, since he has reason to be shall we say on alert lately!

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    Kate March 24, 2015, 1:41 pm

    Not to out her, but she went on a little spree.

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    • Lianne

      Lianne March 24, 2015, 1:52 pm

      And by spree, Kate means I bought one item that may or may not have been more than my mortgage. I’ve NEVER done that before.

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        Addie Pray March 24, 2015, 2:04 pm

        What was it? Link a picture.

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      • Lianne

        Lianne March 24, 2015, 3:26 pm

        It was a purse. One that I will love forever.

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        Addie Pray March 24, 2015, 5:01 pm

        let’s see a picture!

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        RedroverRedrover March 24, 2015, 3:14 pm

        I hope you mean, more than your mortgage *payment* and not your entire mortgage?!?! 🙂

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      • Lianne

        Lianne March 24, 2015, 3:24 pm

        HA! Yes, payment. God. I wish I had that kind of money haha…

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        RedroverRedrover March 24, 2015, 3:28 pm

        Pretty sure anyone who has that kind of money doesn’t have a mortgage at all. 🙂 Would certainly be nice!

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      • Lianne

        Lianne March 24, 2015, 3:34 pm

        I should also add I got this because I received a fairly decent bonus from work and decided I deserved a treat given recent events. I don’t typically splurge like this.

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        Kate March 24, 2015, 4:00 pm

        Haha, you *didnt,* but now you broke the seal.

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      • Lianne

        Lianne March 24, 2015, 4:01 pm

        Girl. Babies are coming and I can’t be spending like this!

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    jlyfsh March 24, 2015, 1:54 pm

    Does anyone have a go to homemade French or Italian bread recipe that is easy and doesn’t require a lot of prep or ingredients? I want to make a loaf of bread tonight to go with dinner.

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    • Lianne

      Lianne March 24, 2015, 1:59 pm

      I usually go to the supermarket 🙂 Sorry!!

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        jlyfsh March 24, 2015, 5:26 pm

        that’s what happened because I decided joining friends for wine sounds better!

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    Kate March 24, 2015, 1:55 pm

    It was less than my rent tho.

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    • Lianne

      Lianne March 24, 2015, 2:00 pm

      Thanks for making me feel better! 🙂 Or yourself feel worse?? 😉

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    Sandy March 25, 2015, 7:50 am

    I’ve fallen down the Anthropologie rabbit hole. So many beautiful things! I did not know I needed hand painted measuring spoons but I dooooo.

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