Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Picks

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.50.43 AMWendy’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, many of the things 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:

Finally, the long search for black ankle boots is over. After buying and sending back a couple of other pairs and debating over several more, I saw a woman wearing these a couple weeks ago, and they looked so cute that I bought a pair myself and then found them to be perfect — stylish, comfortable, and durable for my walk-a-lot lifestyle. Price point isn’t too bad either.

Of course, new boots call for new socks (not really, but my empty sock drawer calls for new socks). I really like the variety at Madewell, like these, and they’re on sale this week, too.

Also on sale at Madewell, this awesome scarf, which would make a wonderful holiday gift for a lucky someone.

West Elm is having a 20% off sale on their beautiful bedding. If I didn’t share my bedroom with a dude I needed to consider when decorating, I think I’d go for something like this. This is our actual duvet cover currently on our bed, and it’s on sale, too, at Urban Outfitters (25% off).

Wondering what to do with all the squash in your CSA delivery lately? I tried this recipe last week — it’s vegetarian, fyi — and it was easy, super delicious, and healthy to boot.

Speaking of healthy, I mentioned not too long ago that I was going to start making more smoothies and I wanted to give an update on that. I am, in fact, making more smoothies. And for the most part, they are meal replacements (usually breakfast) and, contrary to some commenters’ argument that they wouldn’t be filling, they keep me — and Drew — satiated until lunchtime. After I struggled making smoothies in our not-very-great blender for a couple weeks, I splurged on a fancy upgrade (our early Christmas gift to ourselves), and now I can make our smoothies in mere seconds. I follow recipes in this book, blending in various superfood ingredients, like flaxseed, chia, cacao, and acai, plus spinach and some frozen fruit. And, like, I don’t want to brag or anything, but when Jackson threw a tantrum at school pick-up the other day, refusing to walk home, I was strong enough from all this healthful eating that I was able to pick him up and carry him to our apartment and up our three flights of stairs while also carrying the baby, a diaper bag, and Jackson’s backpack. Booyah.

Ooh, pretty! (And almost 50% off).

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned what my favorite jeans are. They’re pretty perfect, especially for women with some curves. They have a contoured waist, so they’re higher in back and lower in front. Why aren’t all jeans like this? I don’t know. But these are! Plus, they’re soft, a little stretchy, and comfy, and I love them.

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    anonymousse November 19, 2015, 2:15 pm

    Wendy, I love it all. You have the best taste.

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    Ange November 19, 2015, 3:34 pm

    I love it all. If it wasn’t 105 here today I would especially covet those jeans.

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  • Lianne

    Lianne November 19, 2015, 3:53 pm

    Glad you finally found some booties, Wendy! Searching for the perfect pair can be a bitch. I was also on the hunt and luckily found some relatively quickly! They’re Steve Madden – LEATHER if anyone is interested!

    Wendy, I can’t believe you carried both kids and accessories all that way! I am impressed.

    And I LOVE Level 99 jeans. I got a pair from Stitch Fix and they’re my favorite in terms of comfort.

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      Dear Wendy November 19, 2015, 4:00 pm

      Those boots are cute — great price, too.

      And yes, Level 99 jeans are the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn with the exception of Mother Jeans, which are more more expensive and not as durable (I had a pair tear pretty quickly when it snagged on a dresser pull).

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    • findingtheearth

      findingtheearth November 20, 2015, 1:26 pm

      These boots are adorable! I am in love and just emailed the link to my mom and my dad’s wife to tell them they are a need for Christmas

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    Heather Cowen November 20, 2015, 2:32 pm

    LOVE Dansko boots. I have ankle boots like your picks and they 1) give me height 2) are cute and 3) are super comfy for boots. Love your earring picks, too!

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