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Wendy’s Picks

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Wendy’s Weekly Picks,” is a feature in which I 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 things 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:

When I was in Chicago last month, I stayed at my friend Chad’s place and he had this amazing GelPro mat on his kitchen floor in front of the sink. It had been a Christmas gift from his boyfriend’s parents, who have several of these mats themselves, after Chad had admired theirs the last time he visited. And then I admired his and came home and ordered one for our kitchen. Because if you have to stand in front of a stove or sink for several hours a week, you may as well be standing on a fantasic “anti-fatigue” mat that puts a little pep in your step faster than you can say “ginger shot.”

Speaking of which, have you tried them (ginger shots, I mean)? Do you like them? One of our local grocery stores sells this brand, which is handcrafted here in Brooklyn, and I’ve had a few…annndd, I mean, I’m not saying they taste good (not on their own anyway), but, man, they’re so powerful I believe all the healing powers they’ve been hyped to have.

It’s April, which means it’s time for some spring wardrobe updates. I’m excited because peasant tops, a style I tend to gravitate toward, is actually trendy this year. I like this top, this one, this one, this one, and this one. And this isn’t a peasant top and it’s not exactly springy, but I bought it during a sale recently and it’s one of the more flattering things I’ve tried on lately and also seems like something that would look good on various body types and would be a versatile wardrobe piece (with the multiple five-star reviews kind of confirming that).

Here’s a kickstarter project that sounds amazing and necessary: a magazine for girls aged 5-10 that will give them “tools to create, build, explore, dream, play and ask questions. KAZOO will be published quarterly and feature sections on art, nature, science, tinkering and tech, cooking, travel, sports, emotions, citizenship, and critical thinking. Regular features will include: science experiments; comics; art projects; recipes; interviews with inspiring women from athletes to astronauts; and fun activities, including secret codes, jokes, mazes, search-and-finds and more.”

When I was in Chicago last month, besides admiring my friend’s new kitchen mat, I did a lot of lounging around shootin’ the shit with my pals, drinking cocktails, going out for meals, and playing a bunch of Ping Pong. My friend Nikki has this handy dandy portable ping pong net set (comes with a net, two paddles and balls), which turns any long table, a group of friends, and some beer into an instant ping pong tournament. I can’t remember the last time I played Ping Pong before this, but, like riding a bike, it’s something you don’t really forget how to do. Pro Tip: wearing running tights and pink pumps is key to kicking ass. (These are the shoes I’m wearing. They’re pretty comfortable, for being 4-inch heels, and they’re on sale for less than 30 bucks).

At the end of the month, we’re going to have a baby-naming ceremony for Joanie. (This is a Jewish ceremony done in the first year of a baby girl’s life — though typically much earlier than we’re doing it — wherein she is given a Hebrew name and a special blessing by a rabbi.) I bought Joanie’s dress for the occasion several months ago, but I still have to find something for myself to wear. Help? So far, I’ve ordered this dress (15% off the sale price, yay) and this dress and maybe one or both of them will look ok. (That silhouette seems to work pretty well for my body type, fyi, and I want to stay under $100.) I really like this one, but it’s a bit more than I want to spend and it’s on back order ’til the end of May. I’m gonna have to keep my eye on it and see if it goes on sale this summer though.

Finally, Bloomingdales is having a 25% off sale all week with code FRIENDS. Now would be a good time to get a new pair (or two) of sunglasses. I’m really liking a lot of the Kate Spade shades this season.

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  • Lianne

    Lianne April 5, 2016, 12:49 pm

    I love those peasant tops! I have a feeling they will become a staple of mine after I pop out this kid. Also, maxi dresses.

    I am swooning over Joanie’s dress. And thanking the Lord again that I am not having a girl. As it is, I was over at zara.com earlier today looking at something else and happened upon the baby section and wanted to buy everything.

    I also love that anthro dess that’s on back order. I wish I had other ideas for you, but I don’t remember the last time I looked at adult clothes that weren’t maternity…soon!!!

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      Lianne April 5, 2016, 12:55 pm

      OK, I did a little looking as I procrastinate at work. I love a lot of the styles at J.Crew Factory. And they are well under your $100 budget: https://factory.jcrew.com/womens-clothing/dresses.jsp?iNextCategory=-1

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        Dear Wendy April 5, 2016, 5:10 pm

        I’ll check them out — thanks!

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        ktfran April 6, 2016, 8:03 am

        I liked the nine west dress a lot and I think it would look flattering on most figures.

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      Dear Wendy April 6, 2016, 8:44 am

      This dress arrived yesterday and it fits and looks pretty good, so I’m going to keep it. Not sure if I’ll wear it to the baby naming or not, but I only own 2-3 dresses that currently fit and look decent on me and they’ve been in heavy rotation for every dress-wearing occasion for the last few years so I’m happy to add to the wardrobe.

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      • Lianne

        Lianne April 6, 2016, 9:45 am

        I like that one a lot. Great colors.

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    Anonymous April 5, 2016, 6:17 pm

    Wendy, dear beautiful woman with a tiny active child and a beautiful, intelligent infant,
    You are so amazing and doing so well and I am trying so hard not to piss off my phone! Your fashion, clothing is great!
    I am trying not to go back too far.

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    snoopy128 April 6, 2016, 9:24 am

    Wendy, if you need idea for your next set of picks, I’m looking for suggestions for a dress to wear to a summer wedding (in a warm venue) that needs to be knee length at least because I’m going surfing before and I bruise like a peach and dresses to wear on vacation in a warm place where I will be doing lots of walking around.

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    for_cutie April 6, 2016, 10:25 am

    Yay Wendy’s Picks is back! I tried on this dress at Macy’s this weekend and it was very comfortable and flattering. I am going to wait for a sale to nab it.
    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/lauren-ralph-lauren-satin-a-line-dress?ID=2725790&CategoryID=60098#fn=COLOR%3DPink%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D18%26ruleId%3D98|BS%26slotId%3D5
    I don’t know about other areas of the country, but my Macy’s in NY has a “last act” sale now with many designer brands at reasonable prices – $150 dress for $30-$50. Some were winter colors, but they had some nice neutrals. May be worth a look. I bought Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and RL all for the price of just one piece retail. Happy spring shopping!

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      Dear Wendy April 6, 2016, 12:17 pm

      I find that Macy’s always has great sales — I just ordered there news shirts for Drew this morning for about 75% off the original price the various coupon codes on top of a sale, etc. That said, I do 99% of my shopping online instead of in person because I simply never have time to go shopping. Maybe one day when both kids are in school I can go shopping in actual stores again…

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      • Lianne

        Lianne April 6, 2016, 12:26 pm

        I do too. Going to a store and trying things on is so time consuming and I would rather do it at home with the right shoes, undergarments and complementary articles of clothing.

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