Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Picks

Wendy’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, ​much​ 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:

It’s been a stressful few weeks for Drew and me as we closed on our place, started renovations, and discovered some not-so-pleasant surprises about our new place (like mold in the walls… ugh), so we did something Friday night we rarely do together: we went to the movies for some easy escapism. And we chose a great one, “Lady Bird,” written and directed by the fabulous Greta Gerwig. It’s a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in post 9/11 Sacramento who has a turbulent relationship with her strong-willed, hyper-critical mother. If you’ve ever been a teenage girl, you’ll probably relate to at least something in this film. And even if you’ve never been a teenage girl, but simply appreciate well-told coming-of-age tales about relationships between complicated people, you’ll dig this movie.

It got super chilly here in the Northeast over the last week and I’ve been embracing the Hygge way of life. In addition to staying in and making soups and lighting pumpkin-scented candles (I like this one), it’s time for cozy sweatshirts, like this one marked down 40%, and furry jackets like this (oh my god, I am coveting it!), and deliciously warm socks for weekend lounging-around (or, for like hiking through Norway).

I started this book a few days ago and really like it. If you enjoy stories about female friendships, I recommend it! (An average review of 5 stars from 72 reviewers on Amazon can’t be wrong…).

Sephora, which almost never has any kind of sale, is offering a store-wide 15% off with code INSIDER15 through Wednesday (or up to 20% off if you’re a VIB or Rouge member). I’m kind of tempted to try this highlighter because it has such rave reviews and I feel like my complexion could use a touch of dewiness, but it’s still pretty pricey even with discount. Have you tried it? Would you recommend?

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  • Copa November 13, 2017, 1:31 pm

    I’ve heard RAVE things about that highlighter. I’m cheap and use Reserve Your Cabana from Wet n Wild as a highlighter. I think it’s technically a bronzer, but it works well as a highlighter. I have several high end brands, too, all small samples. I reach for the Wet n Wild highlighter over the high end ones alllll the time, and have never felt compelled to buy a fancier one. If you buy this one I’d love to know if you recommend it!

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    • Dear Wendy November 13, 2017, 1:36 pm

      Ooh, now I’m feeling inspired to start a new feature where I try a high-end product and compare to the budget version…

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      • ktfran November 13, 2017, 1:58 pm


      • Copa November 13, 2017, 2:45 pm

        Yes! I love finding drugstore dupes of high-end make-up products! I have an high-end under eye concealer that I’m willing to pay for, and a high-end mascara that I will sometimes pay for (other times I’ll just use the closest thing I’ve found to it from the drugstore). Other than that, I’m all about good drugstore finds. (Also, is it just me, or have drugstore make-up prices been rising over the past few years?)

  • Mylaray November 13, 2017, 2:35 pm

    I think the Becca highlighters are really similar to the Hourglass ones and the Becca ones are my favorite. I love both the liquid and the pressed powder.

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