Dear Wendy
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Wendy’s Weekly Picks

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 9.09.26 AMWendy’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:

A few months ago, I started styling my hair in this revolutionary new way. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s called blow-drying. Earlier this year, when I lost a bunch of hair (which happens around 4-7 months postpartum), blow-drying my hair gave me a much-appreciated confidence boost. And this time of year, when my hair gets especially frizzy, blow-dying helps to manage the frizz and smooth things out. I get asked a lot if I’m doing anything different with my hair, and, generally, all I’m doing is blow-drying it. Sometimes I don’t even put any product in it. I do love my brushes though and highly recommend them. I use this round brush and this natural bamboo brush. In the picture above, I used this shampoo and this conditioner, added a few spritzes of this root-boosting moose, blow-dried with my brushes, rubbed in a little of this for some shine, and finished with a spritz or two of some John Frieda hairspray (I’m not brand loyal to this hair spray — it’s just what I have on hand, but it works well and it’s cheap). It may sound like a lot, but the whole thing takes about ten minutes.

I ran out of my eye concealer a few weeks ago and decided to take the opportunity to try something new. Because I get so little sleep and tend to have dark circles under my eyes, I generally don’t mind splurging on a higher-end concealer, but this drug store concealer had great reviews so I decided to give it a go, and I really like it! It works at least as well, if not better, than stuff that costs three times as much. (I’m wearing it in the photo above, which was taken after about four and a half hours of sleep). I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a game-changer, though. In my book, the only thing that would warrant that title would be two consecutive nights of solid sleep (oh, one day again, right?).

Now is kind of the perfect time to buy sandals — you have at least another month to wear them this season (maybe longer, depending on where you live), they’ll still be in great shape next summer, and many of them are now massively discounted. These are super cute and they’re half off. They come in pink, too (which would look great with maybe some cropped chambray wide leg pants). Not sure how I feel about the “flatform” sandal that’s super popular right now, but, if you’re into it, these are a great deal.

It’s been a few years since Drew or I have bought new winter coats (every fall, when I take them to get dry cleaned for the upcoming winter, I also have various holes stitched up and buttons and zippers replaced or fixed). I thought this could be a good time to update our winter outerwear, so I checked Nordstrom Rack thinking there might be some deals, and, sure enough — there were deals galore on fall and winter jackets and coats! Like this beautiful faux suede moto jacket and this puffer jacket marked down from $250 to $90. I love this faux suede drape jacket, this field jacket is over half off, and this cute rain coat is over 60% off. Here’s an easy black jacket, perfect for fall, that has a great shape and was originally $330, now $130. And here’s a gorgeous wool coat marked down from $545 to $109! If we get pretty coats we’re looking forward to wearing, we won’t mind when the temperature falls below 50 again… right?

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    Anonymousse August 9, 2016, 3:40 pm

    Wendy, your humor lately is killing me!

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    Lianne August 9, 2016, 6:26 pm

    Love your hair in this pic, Wendy! This post reminded me that I really need to get my hair cut soon and that whatever I come up with needn’t be complicated so as to complement my new #momlife.

    Also, I recently shopped at Banana Republic for something to wear to a bachelorette party and fell in love with and bought this jacket, even though I wasn’t in the market for one: https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbananarepublic.gap.com%2Fbrowse%2Fproduct.do%3Fcid%3D1027264%26vid%3D1%26pid%3D307682012&pid=uid7024-24991532-18 (Wendy, feel free to make it an affiliate link!).

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    Ashley August 9, 2016, 10:44 pm

    I love jackets, but live in Texas and the navy blue pea coat is in the back of the closet most of the year:(

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    girltuesday August 10, 2016, 9:43 am

    That hair tho! I’m on a no-buy right now, but I gotta check out that Catwalk stuff later.

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    zombeyonce August 10, 2016, 11:14 am

    It’s hard to be on the West Coast, guys. By the time I see posts so much of the stuff is sold out; I’m assuming DW readers have gone and bought it all up. I want all of those jackets!
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    Wendy, it’d be awesome if you posted affiliate links to all the sites you have them on somewhere on the site (Donate?). That way, whenever I shop somewhere besides Amazon I can use your links so you don’t only get kickbacks from weekly picks and reader recs.

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      Dear Wendy August 10, 2016, 11:25 am

      That’s a good idea, but Amazon is the only one where I actually make a commission on purchases. I get paid per clicks on the other affiliate links that I include on these kinds of posts (weekly picks and reader recs). Thanks for thinking about supporting the site, though — I really appreciate it.

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        zombeyonce August 10, 2016, 5:05 pm

        That’s too bad. Alternate idea: A page that’s just a list of all the items that have previously been featured in past picks and recs (maybe sorted by item type like clothes, shoes, decor, etc.). Then you could still get paid for clicks and it has the added benefit of letting us find something we remember seeing posted about some time ago but not who recommended it.

        You could periodically run Check My Link (Chrome) or Link Checker (Firefox) to easily remove broken links for items no longer available.

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        Dear Wendy August 10, 2016, 6:47 pm

        Good ideas – thanks!

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    Kate August 14, 2016, 9:26 am

    Wendy, your hair looks great and impressively frizz-free! Have you tried the supplement Biotin? My hairdresser recommended it, it’s cheap and available on Amazon, and after 3 months I would give it a thumbs-up. There’s lots of new growth and my hair feels shiny and healthy. The combination of deep conditioning with a masque and biotin has massively improved the situation.

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      Dear Wendy August 14, 2016, 3:00 pm

      My hairstylist also recommended Biotin when my hair started falling out, and I got some but then got lazy about taking them. I should start up again and see if I see a difference.

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        Kate August 15, 2016, 6:25 pm

        The ones I got on Amazon are strawberry ones that dissolve without water so they’re not annoying to take. I keep them next to my face lotions and hair products and it’s easy to remember. I did a topknot the other day and it was much more substantial than it used to be.

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