Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Weekly Picks

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I’m starting a new feature called, as you can see in the title, “Wendy’s Weekly Picks,” in which I’ll highlight stuff I like or recommend (disclaimer: it probably won’t actually be every week). My picks will include fashion, gift ideas, home decor, makeup, websites, entertainment, and recipes. Of course, some of the stuff I link to will be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! Here are my favorite finds this week:

cn63966221. I purchased this black and white striped pencil skirt from Old Navy during their big Mother’s Day sale a couple weekends ago and I LOVE it. It’s super comfy, flattering (I had my doubts it would be; it’s a tight pencil skirt and I’ve got some hips on me, but it looks good!), goes with a lot, AND it was a steal (with the promo, I paid 13 bucks for it and I know I’mma wear it like three times a week all summer). There are a variety of colors, but I’m always partial to the black and white stripes, myself.

 

 

images2. I bought these Eric Michael Petula Espadrilles two years ago to wear on the Today Show (I was five months pregnant and feeling sorta unattractive, and these definitely boosted my confidence; funny how shoes can do that). They’re super cute and comfy, and the leather is nice and soft. I like them so well that I just bought a similar style (same brand) in black. (I found a great deal on 6pm.com, but colors and sizes are limited).

 

shrimp-fried-rice-6463. This shrimp fried rice recipe from Bon Appetit is currently my favorite thing to make. It’s easy, it’s delicious, you can adapt it to use whatever you’ve got in your fridge — broccoli, carrots, some fresh greens, chicken, pork or tofu instead of shrimp — and it’s pretty good for you, to boot. And it photographs well. Did I mention how easy it is? Also, it tastes great left over, cold or hot.

 

41WxDW4RzEL._SY445_4. Who knew Alyssa Milano made such awesome t-shirts? I had no idea until I stumbled upon this one in Marshalls last week (another great find for 13 bucks!). Originally purchased to wear to work out in, the shirt is so flattering and comfy — it’s seriously the softest item of clothing I think I’ve ever owned — I immediately upgraded it to regular-wear attire. I’m gonna head back to Marshalls in the next few days and see if I can score another. If not, I may just pay full-price on Amazon.

 

 

 

5. “Before Midnight” was released in limited theaters this week and Drew and I actually, for the first time since Jackson was born, went to a movie theater together to watch it, and we loved it. I’m a huge fan of the first two movies in the trilogy, too — “Before Sunrise,” and “Before Sunset.” If you’re unfamiliar, “Before Sunrise,” made in 1995 is the first film in the series and follows two 20-somethings — Celine, from France, and Jesse, from America — who meet on a train in Europe. They have only one night together before they each have to travel home, and by morning they each are smitten and promise to meet again in six months’ time. Viewers have to wait nine years, until the release of “Before Sunset,” to find out whether Celine and Jesse keep their promise. And now, in “Before Midnight,” which The Week calls the most important cinematic love story of all time, we see what their relationship is like 18 years after they first met.

What I especially love about this series is that the films are actually made over the span of 18 years so we see the actors and characters age, just as we have all aged since 1995. I was 18 when the first film came out, and watching how Celine and Jesse have evolved reminds me of my own trajectory and that life is short. That’s not the most pleasant thing to think about, just as it’s not pleasant to think about how the day-to-day challenges of real life can take a toll on even the sweetest relationships. But, it is nice to be reminded that love can endure — that it can survive life’s ups and downs, and even as our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate — perhaps something we’ll see more of if there’s another film in the series nine years from now — the love and connection that holds two people together can grow stronger (although it, too, looks different in older age). Everyone should see this movie, seriously.

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    lets_be_honest May 30, 2013, 1:11 pm

    Yay! Was bummed you hadn’t updated the picks on the right this week. Not a fan of the disclaimer though! Would you wear the skirt with a t shirt and flats, or too dressy for that? I have a striped dressy one already. I’d like a more casual one.

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      Wendy May 30, 2013, 2:51 pm

      Yeah, you can definitely wear it with a t-shirt and flats!

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      Jessica May 30, 2013, 3:14 pm

      I have that exact skirt in blue stripes and in red and I love it because it is so versatile. I’ll wear it to work with a t-shirt and flip-flops (super casual dress code) one day and then wear it on a date with a nice blouse and heels the next. I highly recommend it!

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    mf May 30, 2013, 1:42 pm

    Neat! I like this feature. And that striped skirt is adorable. I may need one for myself…

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    kerrycontrary May 30, 2013, 1:44 pm

    I love the skirt! Especially since summer has hit DC and I need more easy breezy stuff to wear to work. Today I actually got jealous of a ten year old boy I saw who was wearing jean shorts and nike sneakers. I wish I could be that comfortable all the time.

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    csp May 30, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Wendy:

    You should add books too. I just finished Dan Brown’s new book Inferno. Loved it and missed it when it was over.

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    • katie

      katie May 30, 2013, 9:26 pm

      i can always use book recommendations. the library is overwhelming…

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    • othy

      othy May 30, 2013, 9:30 pm

      I love and hate the missing a book when it is over feeling.

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle May 30, 2013, 2:08 pm

    I have…never heard of that trilogy? I don’t know where I’ve been! But your description of it was enough to make me weepy.

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  • mylaray

    mylaray May 30, 2013, 2:36 pm

    I first heard about this movie a couple of months ago but had no idea it was a trilogy until you mentioned it yesterday. Now, I’m very interested in seeing the whole thing. Also, I’m excited for this feature. I don’t shop much anymore on my own, but I’m very inclined to buy things that people recommend since I always like trying new things I may not have thought of.

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    Addie Pray May 30, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Wendy, I love your “favorite picks” posts because I HATE shopping – hate, hate, hate it. (I usually shop only when it’s an asbolute necessity and even then I’ll already have in mind what I need (usually really boring work clothes) and I’ll give myself only enough time to get in, buy it, and get out.) You suggest stuff I’d never consider or have the time/energy to find and try on. But then I buy your picks and surprisingly they look good on me! The emerald green one-piece, for example, it was a hit in Napa this weekend. I wore it to a spa. I took it off to tan naked in the “clothes optional” pool for about an hour … Until I realized I was the only one nude so I put the damn suit back on. Point is, thanks! You’ve got good taste. And you spare me the shopping.

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      Addie Pray May 30, 2013, 5:43 pm

      But, Wendy, are you SURE horizontal strips around my thighs, hips, and boom boom is a good idea?

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        Addie Pray May 30, 2013, 5:49 pm

        *stripes

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        Wendy May 30, 2013, 5:49 pm

        Try it!

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    Lyra May 30, 2013, 4:13 pm

    So, side story, I FINALLY ordered a Clarisonic for myself a week ago. So many people (including Wendy!) have been raving about it for so long I decided I had to try it. I’m temporarily back with my parents while I figure out my life next year so I sent it here. I was mowing lawn yesterday and the UPS guy pulled up and left a package on the doorstep. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to open it up. Well, I finally finish up the lawn and…the package is a book for my dad. I was so disappointed. I reallllllly want my Clarisonic to get here!

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      Addie Pray May 30, 2013, 5:43 pm

      That’s funny except I *really* thought it was going somewhere like this: “…and it turned out to be a package of sex toys for my parents.”

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      • Lyra

        Lyra May 30, 2013, 5:50 pm

        That would have been mortifying, but I agree it would have made my story better haha.

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        Addie Pray May 30, 2013, 5:58 pm

        I mean…. it turned out to be…. a book? That’s when you AT LEAST say it was the Kama Sutra, even if it was Guns, Germs and Steel, geeeez. For our entertainment sake!

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      • Lyra

        Lyra May 30, 2013, 6:53 pm

        I didn’t see what book was inside the package so who knows what it was! The possibilities are endless!

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson May 30, 2013, 5:52 pm

        OH MY GOSH ME TOO. Totally where I thought that story was going, and I’m not going to lie I was excited about it.

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    • Copa

      Copa May 30, 2013, 7:09 pm

      I was hoping you’d say you fell in love with the clarisonic!!! It is one of those products that I want to buy but can’t really justify since I’m anal about my finances. Haha.

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      • Lyra

        Lyra May 30, 2013, 8:29 pm

        I’ll let you guys know what I think! I’m really really excited. I actually used my credit card points to purchase it so that’s why I finally justified ordering it.

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      • Copa

        Copa May 30, 2013, 9:46 pm

        Please do!!! I buy myself bday gifts and maybe when the time comes I will buy one 🙂

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      • kmtthat

        kmentothat May 31, 2013, 11:54 am

        I couldn’t justify the price for myself either, and since I have sensitive skin, I was worried I’d buy it and end up not being able to use it much anyway. I ended up getting the Olay Professional Pro-X brush, which only $30 and pretty similar, to see if face brushes were even for me. And I love it! It has just as good reviews, works really well, for a fifth of the price.

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    sarah May 30, 2013, 4:22 pm

    Hey, I have that skirt! I feel special now 🙂

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    haggith May 30, 2013, 5:33 pm

    awesome!

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  • iwannatalktosampson

    iwannatalktosampson May 30, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Those lace flats from modcloth are the only thing that has made my hot pocket excited in weeks. Everyday I log on and stare at them. I mean I feel like there’s a rule that if you want something everyday for more than 3 days you get to buy it. No questions asked.

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    Elle Marie May 31, 2013, 10:45 am

    I have that same skirt in black and charcoal! It is SO comfy and great for summer weather, and the black (when paired with a blouse) is still professional-enough for me to wear in my business casual office. Hooray for comfy work clothes!

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    quixoticbeatnik May 31, 2013, 8:05 pm

    Wendy, thanks for the pro-tip on Old Navy’s sale! I went there today and got two shorts for 30% off – $31 bucks total! Woo hoo! Here in Texas, we need shorts and lots of them.

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  • chicotia

    chicotia June 1, 2013, 6:44 pm

    That rice looks really good and super easy and I’m pretty sure that I have all of those ingredients 🙂

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