“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, including my favorite find of the whole year (which I only discovered last week and it’s a game-changer):
Anthropologie is having a 30% off last-minute gifts, like these slippers (which should be brought to a NYE party and changed into as the night progresses and feet get tired).
West Elm‘s big 20% off sale ends tonight. Last minute gift ideas: this vase, this ring holder (I’m calling it: 2018 is going to be the year of the cactus!), and a gilded cafe mirror tray because everyone needs ones.
If you have a kid on your holiday list, between 5-10 years old, you can’t go wrong with this compass adventure kit, for less than ten bucks. We gave one to Jackson for Hanukkah last night and his excitement was off the charts (even surpassing the enthusiasm for all twenty-seven fairy wands he’s received this year, which is really saying something because for Jackson 2017 was the year of the fairy wand.) Now he’s talking about going on Safari in Africa in three years (when Joanie is old enough “to get something out of it”) and bringing a compass so he can find his way around. Ten bucks well spent.
I got my hair cut last week with a new stylist and mentioned to her that I was thinking about coloring my hair again. Save for one or two gloss treatments, I haven’t had any color on my hair since before Jackson was born. When I was around 29 or so, I noticed that my once very vibrant red hair had lost some of its oomph and I started coloring it regularly. It was expensive and time-consuming and I stopped once I got pregnant and my priorities shifted. Now that the kids are getting a little older, I’ve been wanting to shift some focus back on myself a bit again, and I thought experimenting with hair color was a good place to start. Well, the stylist said she had this color-depositing conditioner for copper hair she could use that would give my hair a little vibrancy for a few days. I was skeptical. So, color me shocked when I got home and saw for myself a dramatic difference! It looked as if I spent $200 and two hours at the salon getting a special color treatment. I immediately called the salon and asked the stylist what that magic potion was. It was Davines Alchemic Conditioner Copper. I ordered three jars to hopefully last me a few months and I’ve used it twice at home since I received them and, I swear, this stuff works! I can’t vouch for the other colors, but if you have coppery-red hair (either natural or color-treated) and you want to boost or maintain the color, give this stuff a try. It’s amazing. Favorite discovery of the whole year.
Another great discovery: the tv show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which just got nominated for a couple Golden Globe awards. It’s set in New York in the 50s, so if you liked “Mad Men” for the costumes and general nostalgia, you’ll like this. It’s also funny and features a female protagonist who kicks ass, so that’s always fun. You start watching and think you know what it’s going to be about (an urban housewife living life), and then, boom, it turns out it’s about something else (a urban housewife who decides she wants to be a stand-up comic… and is quite good!).
Save 30% on last minute gifts at CB2. See, I told you 2018 is going to be the year of the cactus!
Have I sung the praises yet of my new wallpaper in our teeny powder room? It might just be one of my favorite features in our new place (ok, next to my own bath tub, that is). If you have a small space where you want to make a big statement, this wallpaper does the job. It’s pricey (which is why I used it only in our bathroom that is the size of an airplane lavatory) but a little bit of it goes a long way.
Finally, if you’re in the market for a new rug, especially one for a kid’s room, I have to give a shout-out to Pottery Barn Kids (my too cool-for-school 25-year-old self just died a little after reading that), which is extending their 25% off sale. I bought the kids a new rug for their bedroom when we moved a couple weeks ago and it’s such great quality — really, one of the best rugs I’ve ever bought — and looks awesome, too. And with the 25% off discount it was very reasonably priced.
TheLadyE December 19, 2017, 10:12 pm
Thanks for the redhead recommendation, Wendy! I’m a coppery redhead and I’m, uh, 35, so…I’m going to need this! Buying it ASAP.
Also, as a new stand-up comic I’ve been eyeing up “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” so it’s good to hear you liked it!
Amber December 20, 2017, 8:47 am
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has to be one of my favorite new shows. I finished the first season and loved all of the episodes.
I couldn’t remember where I had seen the guy who plays her husband Joel. Finally clicked that it was from the movie Brooklyn :). Have you watched this movie? Really great movie if you want a new movie to watch.
Dear Wendy December 20, 2017, 8:54 am
Oh, yes! I couldn’t place him either, but you’re right – he was in Brooklyn (also a great period piece!).
Amber December 20, 2017, 8:58 am
I am intrigued by the color depositing shampoos, but haven’t tried them. That sounds like a great way to start without having to go full on coloring your hair and the maintenance that comes with it. I color my hair and have been for a few years. I am 34 and my gray hair is very noticeable since I have dark brown black hair. My mom went gray at 25 so I’m not surprised it started for me earlier than most.
Random thought Wendy, but did I remember you mentioning that you like the Chantelle Intimates bras during the Nordstrom sale? They are having a great sale on their website. They are my favorite brand too and always like to share because I know they can be expensive.
Dear Wendy December 20, 2017, 12:19 pm
I don’t know if the color depositing shampoos and conditioners work to cover gray. And I can’t speak to other brands or even the other colors in the Davines line. But if you have a coppery-red hair, the Davines copper conditioner really works (I have not tried the shampoo, but the reviews aren’t as good for it and since the conditioner works well on its own, I don’t think it’s necessary anyway).
Thanks on the tip on the sale of Chantelle bras. I always stock up when Nordstrom has a sale, and now I’m finding that I actually have a surplus and probably won’t need any news ones for a while. Unless I lose 20 pounds and go down a size. One can always dream.
Amber December 20, 2017, 1:14 pm
Thanks for the tips about the conditioner, Wendy :). I will check with my stylist and see if it would be something to try. I highly doubt it would cover my grays lol and that is okay. Those pesky gray hairs have a mind of their own. Going to the salon works for me now and I look forward to my appointments.
I do the same thing during the Nordstrom sales. The Chantelle website seems to carry more colors which is fun sometimes to have a variety.
Hope you have a great afternoon 🙂
LisforLeslie December 20, 2017, 5:33 pm
I too have been intrigued by the shampoos as I keep finding more and more gray. But I’m kind of interested in seeing if I get highlights if I use the red or blond.
If you experiment – report back!
Amber December 20, 2017, 8:18 pm
I will let you know if I do, LisforLeslie :). If you decide to try it with highlights, let me know too. Hope you have a great evening !!
SpaceySteph December 20, 2017, 2:22 pm
I am dying at Jackson deciding that Joanie will “get something out of a safari” in 3 years. Hilarious.
for_cutie December 20, 2017, 4:16 pm
I just bought the Davines red. So excited! I had pinkish red highlights that have gone blond recently and am excited to pamper myself and maybe get that pinkish tint back without a visit to the salon. Yay!
Dear Wendy December 20, 2017, 8:16 pm
Let me know how it works!
for_cutie January 8, 2018, 1:31 pm
So I bought the Davines Alchemic Conditioner Red and I love it. I have natural chocolate-brown hair with blond chunk highlight I had colored rose-gold in the salon. The highlights faded to blond and the Davines Alchemic Conditioner Red turned them pink again. Like a raspberry pinky maroon that fades into the rose gold and then gone. One treatment lasts about 3 washes for me. I put it all over and the rest of my darker brown hair has a nice red shine in the light. I am happy with it for sure. I’m even thinking of trying the copper to see how that picks up my bleached highlights. Great rec Wendy!
Dear Wendy January 8, 2018, 1:41 pm
Glad to hear it worked so well for you! I have a friend who posted a selfie on Instagram the other day and I complimented her on how pretty her hair looked and she said, “It’s the conditioner you recommended!” (She’s a brunette, fyi, and used the one for brown hair). It’s really good stuff!!
redheaddesigner December 21, 2017, 1:39 pm
I’m a redhead as well and I’ve also experienced my hair fading as I’ve gotten older. I do the John Freda glaze in between salon trips, and it works well. I also really like the demi-perimant color when I go to the salon. It’s not hard on your hair, and it fades without a line where it grows out. I go 3 months between trips, so not high maintenance at all.