“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!