Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Weekly Picks

FullSizeRender-22Wendy’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:

I’ve mentioned Stitch Fix before, but I finally tried it out for myself for the first time a couple months ago when I gave up waiting/trying/not trying hard enough to lose the last five pounds of baby weight that won’t budge and I decided to start shopping for the size I am now and not the size I used to be/wish I were. Stitch Fix is a personal styling service tailored to your taste, budget and lifestyle that sends five items of clothing and accessories right to your door whenever you schedule a delivery. You’re billed for what you keep and you can easily send back what you don’t want in the self-addressed stamped bag that is included in your delivery. It’s super easy and it’s a fun and convenient way to get new items of clothing with a professional stylist doing the work for you. Out of my two “fixes,” as each delivery is called, I’ve kept a pair of jeans (that are seriously more comfy than PJs), a sweater, and two tops, including the one pictured above which I wore tucked into my favorite skirt to our friends’ holiday party last month (the skirt is a couple years old, so isn’t available anymore, but this one is similar). Stitch Fix is a wonderful service if you’re too busy to shop, don’t like to shop, or need some help getting out of a style rut.

Drew splurged and got us a Roomba as a family Christmas gift this year. It’s amazing, especially for a clean freak like me, and it’s meant that I get about an hour of my life back each week since the Roomba is doing the sweeping and vacuuming I would ordinarily be doing (and it’s doing a better job of it, too). Bonus: it keeps the cats entertained. In fact, I’m pretty sure Miles got it pregnant a few days ago…

I got these beautiful Illume matches at the Anthropologie sale (an additional 25% off sale items), and though these have since sold out, I’m sharing the name with you so you can make a mental note to keep an eye out for them yourselves (and please share a link with me if you ever find them online!). I like to keep a book of matches in the bathroom and these are much prettier than anything else I’ve found. Here are some others from the same brand that I also like.

On Christmas day, we stopped by our friends’ for appetizers and cocktails before heading out for Chinese food, and I was taken by the lovely smell in our friends’ home. I commented on it, wondering if it was a new candle or what, and Mary was excited to tell me all about her new Lampe Berger, a Christmas gift from her brother and sister-in-law whose own Lampe Berger she was blown away by when she visited them a few months earlier. There are a variety of scents for this oil lamp — Mary was burning the pine scent for the holiday, but said she’s a fan of “So Neutral” which eliminates all unpleasant household scents, and orange — as well as different styles of the lamp itself. As soon as my wallet recovers from the holiday shopping and post-holiday sales I indulged in, I’m going to get one of these.

Eleven days ago it was almost 70 degrees here in New York and today it’s like 14 degrees. Good thing I just got these cozy — and pretty, and inexpensive — Yan & Lei gloves. They aren’t tech-friendly, which isn’t such a bad thing since I’m trying to reduce my mindless phone-scrolling, but they sure are warm (fleece-lined!). They’re also currently 57% off…

And now I need a recommendation from you. I’m on the hunt for long underwear for myself to guard against these frigid temps. Anyone have something that offers insulation and warmth under a pair of skinny jeans?

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    Sara January 5, 2016, 1:07 pm

    Silk longjohns are the best because they’re thin but still provide insulation, but also SOFT. I think you can get them from Eddie Bauer or Lands End. There is also a company called Cuddle Duds that has various forms of long underwear, including tank tops when you need some extra core warmth but don’t want something long-sleeved.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy January 5, 2016, 1:23 pm

      Thank you!

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      Sara January 5, 2016, 5:00 pm

      I really like my Cuddle Duds! (I grew up north of Duluth, MN.)

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  • call-me-hobo

    call-me-hobo January 5, 2016, 1:10 pm

    STITCH FIX HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. I’m a tall, busty lady with a long torso- which is the exact wrong body type for the current flowy, floaty fashions that are so popular right now. I’d go to a store, try on multiple pieces, and leave frustrated and sad that everything I tried on looked like garbage on my body. I’ve gotten 3 Fixes so far (I only get shipments every other month) I’ve loved at least one piece that I’ve received. I have yet to get an article of clothing that is too small. EVEN THE JEANS! It’s so easy to return, and if you’ve always wanted to do subscription service, it’s totally worth it!

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    • LadyinPurpleNotRed

      LadyInPurpleNotRed January 5, 2016, 2:16 pm

      You’ve convinced me. I’ve resisted signing up, but I just did. My first one comes the 19th.

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      RedRoverRedRover January 5, 2016, 4:20 pm

      They don’t ship to Canada! I’ve been waiting for a couple years, but it doesn’t look like they’re going to do it anytime soon. 🙁 I’d love something like this, because I also have a long torso, but an extremely high waist (like an inch under my bust). This means that NO pants fit properly. Except my maternity pants, which look fantastic and which I want to keep for the rest of my life. Can we make stretch-top pants a thing? Because other than that my only options for pants that actually fit are yoga pants. 🙁

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      • Lianne

        Lianne January 5, 2016, 4:22 pm

        I love my maternity pants/jeans so so much. Everyone said they are the best things ever, but until you wear them you have no idea. They may be one of the best perks of being pregnant 🙂

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        RedRoverRedRover January 5, 2016, 4:34 pm

        My husband even commented on how good my butt looked in them!!! Which is so unusual because a) he’s not a compliments guy, particularly not on physical attributes and b) he’s not an ass guy, at all! So yeah, obviously they look better than any other pants I’ve got. Is it super bad to keep them after? 🙂

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    Lianne January 5, 2016, 1:39 pm

    Wendy, what brand of jeans are they? I have three pair I love from Stitch Fix. I have to say though, I was looking forward to a maternity fix just to see what they sent and if I liked it, but they sent me regular sized clothing! I was bummed because I checked that I am pregnant, but apparently I also had to explicitly tell them I wanted maternity clothes?? I mean, what’s the point of the check box, then???

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      Dear Wendy January 5, 2016, 1:50 pm

      They’re these jeans, which, as I said, are seriously the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn. I can’t 100% recommend them though because they do lose their shape pretty quickly. The ones I got are leggings but after a few hours of wear, they get a little lose in the knees, which, you know, leggings shouldn’t do. Still, I’m happy I kept them because as a work-from-home mom, they’re kind of the perfect thing to wear around the house and neighborhood, picking up jackson from school, taking him to the playground and play dates and stuff like that (cute and stylish, but also practical and comfortably). I’d totally wear them to travel in, too. But I would not, as the stylist suggested, wear them on a date with my husband. Even dressed up with heels and a nice top, they still look like jeggings with baggy-ish knees, and that’s not the night-time look I’m going for.

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      • Lianne

        Lianne January 5, 2016, 4:16 pm

        Ha! No, baggy kneed jeans don’t scream date night. I haven’t received that brand yet, but will look into them for after I have the baby and am looking to revamp my wardrobe. The ones I got from them that are so comfortable are Level 99. Not leggings but so stretchy and wonderful.

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        Dear Wendy January 5, 2016, 6:40 pm

        Yep, Level 99 are my favorite brand of jeans. I have three pairs. My friend was wearing a great pair of jeans today that she said she just got and they were Paige, which I haven’t tried in a long time and now I’m inspired, too.

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        snoopy128 January 5, 2016, 8:12 pm

        I love my Paige jeans. I’m looking forward to purchasing another pair or two for my office casual days and general life.

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      Kate January 5, 2016, 6:51 pm

      I’ve been consistently disappointed with Stitch Fix – done it maybe 5 times – but I’ve been told it’s because I don’t have a pinterest or any social media I share with them, so they’re just taking a guess and they don’t get my style at all. BUT I do have a pair of jeans that are surprisingly great. They are Just Black brand, which I think maybe was created just for Stitch Fix? They are “skinny” but not skin tight and are absolutely perfect for work or those times when you just don’t want a skin tight look. They’re plain dark denim and the most amazing thing is they are THE RIGHT LENGTH for a 5’4″ woman, unlike most designer jeans. So I’ll give them points for that. But not for the god-awful loose tunic tops and boring tanks and overpriced necklaces they send me.

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  • honeybeenicki

    honeybeenicki January 5, 2016, 3:52 pm

    I need a Roomba. Right this minute. With all of the snow and ick and whatnot, the ice melt shit is being tracked into our house and the baby likes to play on the floor and I don’t particularly want him eating whatever chemical that is. Plus, I bet my cats would have fun trying to get it pregnant.

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      RedRoverRedRover January 5, 2016, 4:30 pm

      To those that have them… are they really worth it? I’ve never felt like I needed one before, but we got a bigger house in 2015 and the dining room in particular is just constantly full of hairballs (we have two cats). Plus all the stuff my toddler drops on a daily basis. We have the Dyson that hangs on the wall, which is new, which is why I feel bad considering getting another new vacuum. But that Dyson, while it’s great for quick cleanups, doesn’t last long enough on one charge to do the whole main floor. Not unless I rush around and skip getting into the corners and stuff. We have a full-size Dyson too, but it’s usually upstairs where we have carpeting and in my pregnant state I’m not bringing it downstairs. Worth it to get a third vacuum? I know the two we have are expensive, but both were gifts, so it’s not like we were the ones to lay out the cash. 🙂

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        Ange January 5, 2016, 6:31 pm

        I got mine through a groupon type deal and I looooove it. With two cats it helps a great deal, though I got more use out of it when I lived in the tropics and my floor was all tile. Still, they are a fantastic way to keep on top if it between the big cleans. Mine isn’t roomba brand specifically, you can get them pretty cheap here in Aus if you look, around $99.

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        Dear Wendy January 5, 2016, 6:43 pm

        Yes, worth it! They are pricey, which is why it took years for us to make the splurge (and in full disclosure, it’s thanks to some inheritance money that we’re able to afford such a purchase right now), but worth every penny. I did an exercise where i ran the roomba after I vacuumed and it picked up so much more than the vacuum did. It’s like a deep clean — that you don’t have to do yourself.

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        snoopy128 January 5, 2016, 8:15 pm

        I love my Roomba. It takes much longer to clean an area, and doesn’t do well with slanted things (like my dining chair legs which are on an angle). I have the pet hair one and it sucks up all my dog’s hair.

        I usually just cordon off a room, let the Roomba do it’s thing (usually I go walk the dog) and come back to a squeaky clean area. It’s especially great for the guest room, which we hardly used, but needs a good de-dusting vaccuum every once and a while, which normally feels like so much extra and tedious work.

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        RedRoverRedRover January 6, 2016, 8:52 am

        Ok, thanks for the feedback ladies! We’ve got mostly hardwood on the first floor so it sounds like it would be good for us. We also have some dividing doors (on the living room, foyer, and basement) which would make it easy to cordon off areas to do. Well, I’ll start mentioning it a bit more often to my husband and see how we go. 🙂 Maybe we can find one on a good sale. Too bad I wasn’t thinking of it on Black Friday!

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      othy January 5, 2016, 4:51 pm

      When Othello gets a job (now that he’s graduated and all!) I’m going to get a Roomba for my splurge purchase. For him, a giant Lego set. Because he’s an adult 😉

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray January 5, 2016, 4:52 pm

    Hey hot momma. Your post is making me feel bad about the maternity pants and top I am currently wearing at the office, 3.5 months post delivery. Actually, I don’t feel bad. I do feel bad about not feeling bad, though. I should feel bad. But maternity pants are AMAZING. Stretchy waists for the win. It’s going to take a lot to get me out of them.

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    veritek33 January 5, 2016, 5:25 pm

    I love stitch fix and I have one of the old school Roombas from like 2009 that I got deeply discounted at Target many years ago. Highly recommend all the things. Especially stitch fix jeans. Like butter.

    And my only disappointment is that Walter Cronkite (my cat) totally won’t ride on the roomba. He just hisses. So disappointing.

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    Ele4phant January 6, 2016, 10:42 am

    I started out really liking stitchfix, but I’ve found that there clothes aren’t very good quality, and the things I’ve kept start looking shabby way too quickly.

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  • findingtheearth

    findingtheearth January 6, 2016, 12:55 pm

    I use Gwynnie Bee. It’s for plus size women. I really like it and it has really helped my confidence.

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