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, an expert confectioner and all-around awesome person, has spent the last two years perfecting her caramel recipe with plans to launch her own business, and I’m so excited and proud of her that that day is finally here! Milis caramels (Milis means “sweet” in Scottish), are now available for sale, just in time for hostess and holiday gifts for your family, friends, kids’ teachers, or co-workers. Until a few days ago, I lived just a few doors down from Mary, so I got to taste-test all the variations of her hand-crafted caramels often, and, as someone with a major, but discerning, sweet tooth, I can say with confidence that Mary’s final versions of her first four flavors for sale — Chocolate Malt, Vanilla Toffee, S’mores, and Espresso — are mouth-wateringly amazing (just look at that pic above if you need persuading). She was the talk of the Brooklyn food and wine fest last weekend, and I am sure the year ahead will be one of incredible growth and popularity for her. Sample some now before she sells out and just try not to eat the whole box in a day or two like I usually do! And “like” Milis on Facebook so you can be updated on any news or upcoming specials.

In the summer months, I slather a high SPF sunscreen on my face every day, but in the colder months I switch to a The Naked Bee Vitamin C moisturizer, which has an SPF 30. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, keeps my skin soft (and protected from the sun’s rays) and I love the scent. I will say that the citrusy scent is one that you either love or hate and, while it took me a few days to decide which way I felt about it, now I’m really into it. I also love the Naked Bee hand and body lotion (it would make a great stocking stuffer!).

I got this sweater for my birthday and it quickly became my favorite in rotation. I wear it once or twice a week, and, unfortunately, I was wearing it on Thursday afternoon when Jackson got a sudden and explosive (in more ways that one) stomach virus and vomited all over me. My dry-clean-only cashmere sweater, I’m afraid, is ruined, but I’m hoping it might be marked way down in a Black Friday sale and I can get a replacement. I hope, hope, hope.

I haven’t read Meghan Daum’s new collection of essays, The Unspeakable, yet, but I’m a fan of her cultural commentary in various publications, as well as her other books, Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House, and My Misspent Youth, and I have a feeling I will love this new one, which I plan to buy and read in the next week or so, even more. Written from the perspective of a Gen-Xer, The Unspeakable “[combines] the piercing insight of Joan Didion with humor reminiscent of Nora Ephron’s. Daum dissects our culture’s most dangerous illusions, blind spots, and sentimentalities while retaining her own joy and compassion. Through it all, she dramatizes the search for an authentic self in a world where achieving an identity is never simple and never complete.” Yes, please.

Piperlime is having a site-wide 30% off sale today only for insiders. You’re an insider because I’m sharing the code with you: INSIDE30. My Piperlime picks include: These Frye wedge boots, Mother Looker skinny jeans, this hot moto jacket, this sexy clutch (perfect for holiday parties), and this NYE-appropriate top. It’s all 30% off with code INSIDE30, ooh la la!

Gap is also having major sales this week always. I love this cowl scarf. Use code HAPPY to save 30% off your purchase.

Also! ModCloth is having a 50% off sale every day until Black Friday on select items. The selection changes every 24 hours, so be sure to check back to see if your favorite items, like maybe this awesome poncho or this sexy skirt, or this foxy sweater will get marked down.

Have a great week!

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny November 24, 2014, 3:24 pm

    Those are caramels?!? They look amazing!!!
    Also, that sweater is super cute, I’m sorry it got ruined. Is there anything the dry cleaner can do to salvage it?

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      Dear Wendy November 24, 2014, 3:29 pm

      I’m going to take to to the cleaners and see. I don’t know how it happened, but after Jakcson threw up all over me, the is confetti of red spots appeared all over the sweater. I can’t imagine the cleaners will be able to salvage it, but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

      And, yes, those are caramels and they taste even better than they look!

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray November 24, 2014, 4:21 pm

    Wendy, that sexy dress you recommended last week arrived – i ordered it in M and L in both the black and gray(ish) colors, just in case, and … IT IS SO SEXY, THANK YOU!

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    spark November 24, 2014, 6:37 pm

    Those caramels look amazing! I might have to order some… (By the way, I love that you’re supporting your friend’s business like this. I like to support small businesses, and I know the hardest part for them in the beginning is probably just getting noticed.)

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      spark November 24, 2014, 6:38 pm

      How long do they keep?

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        Dear Wendy November 24, 2014, 6:50 pm

        Two to three weeks at room temp. Up to a month refrigerated.

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  • coconot

    coconot November 24, 2014, 6:40 pm

    I love, love, love the Naked Bee facial moisturizer! I use it all year round, but I’m not quite as fair-skinned as Wendy. It goes on so smooth and also seems to play well with my blemish-prone skin. Also, unlike the Eucerin face lotion I was previously using, it doesn’t sting my eyes if I sweat or cry or accidentally rub it. Amazing stuff!

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  • Lyra

    Lyra November 24, 2014, 7:28 pm

    Speaking of the Gap, I think my next pair of jeans will be Gap. I’ve heard good things. Are they worth it? Discuss.

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    • Portia

      Portia November 24, 2014, 7:53 pm

      I stopped buying gap jeans probably about 10 years ago because they were terribly unflattering. Haven’t had a pair since, so I don’t know their current quality, but back then they were really bad. I’ve had better luck with other things from there, though.

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      • Lyra

        Lyra November 24, 2014, 10:52 pm

        Thanks for the feedback Portia! 🙂

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        Kate November 25, 2014, 9:28 am

        I was the same as Portia, they didn’t look good on me. I bought a pair finally this year and they’re just ok. They’re distressed ankle length skinnies, and what bugs me is they don’t have that stretch that other jeans have that make them really keep their shape and hug your body. They start to sag in the butt. And if I do say so, my butt is my best body part and it’s hard to make it look bad!

        In summary, Gap jeans aren’t worth the money for me. I’d rather pay more and get a great pair of, say, Hudsons or J Brand that last forever and keep their shape wear after wear and are super flattering on my body.

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        Kate November 25, 2014, 9:32 am

        Oh and my husband needed a couple new pairs of everyday jeans recently. He always used to buy Gap I guess but when he saw how much they had gone up in price he was like “fuck this, not worth it for everyday jeans.” We found better deals at H&M and American Eagle and he is really happy with them. So even for a devotee, today’s prices for Gap jeans aren’t worth it.

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        Portia November 25, 2014, 8:45 pm

        American Eagle is great! Well, usually great, the last few years the jeans have gotten stretchier than I would normally like, but they still fit well. Actually, one of my funemployment plans is to patch them up – I gained a bit of weight during grad school, then lost it, so they got a few inconvenient holes.

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      • Lyra

        Lyra November 25, 2014, 7:54 pm

        Ahhh, thanks Kate! I have a couple go-to stores for jeans but yeah, they wear out fairly quickly because they’re not the best quality. Not that I wear jeans every day and I *probably* should invest in more work clothes, but jeans are fun!

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    rocketgirl November 24, 2014, 10:53 pm

    Wendy – do you know if she will ship the caramels to Oregon? They sound yummy and would be great hostessy, secret santa gifts.

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      Dear Wendy November 25, 2014, 6:39 am

      Yes!

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        rocketgirl November 25, 2014, 9:05 am

        Yay!!! I will order some. And thank you!

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        Dear Wendy November 25, 2014, 9:21 am

        Be sure to get some for yourself to try, too!

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        rocketgirl November 25, 2014, 10:34 am

        Well, of course!! I have to try them before I give them to anyone, right?

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