Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Picks

After five or six winters with my Sorel snow boots, I made a switch to Uggs snow boots this year and, boy, do I love them!! They are super lightweight while being extremely cozy (I mean, they’re Uggs!), cute and stylish, and totally water-resistant. I kind of want to wear them every day, even if it isn’t snowing. (By the way, the reviews mention sizing up if you want to wear thick socks, but my usual size 7 was perfect with my Bombas socks – which I mentioned in a recent Wendy’s Picks.)

Every winter when the cold weather chaps and dries out my hands, I go through a ton of my favorite hand cream (which I keep in my nightstand and in the one or two handbags I use most). It’s thick without being the least bit greasy, it absorbs quickly, it leaves my hands feeling soft, and it smells great, too.

Around Cyber Monday, I bought a couple Cloth and Stone plaid flannel shirts from Anthropologie when they were on sale, and they quickly became my favorite wardrobe staples – I love them so much that I hardly wear anything else anymore. Sadly, the colors I got are sold out, but this one is still available if you’re in the market.

I bought this nightshirt a year or two ago (when it was available at Nordstrom Rack for a discounted price) and stuffed it in my drawer and sort of forgot about it. It was one of those purchases that didn’t quite flatter me at the time but I liked it enough that I hoped that, if I lost five to ten pounds, it would be perfect. Well, I have recently lost 10+ pounds and, cleaning out my closet and drawers, rediscovered this nightshirt, tried it on, and found that it’s perfect now! I love it. It feels so soft and easy and comfy, and it’s what I wear to sleep in almost every night. Nordstrom Rack currently has this style for a budget-friendlier price, fyi. (For reference, I am 5’7″, 140 lbs., more flabby than fit but I’m working on it — God, it’s hard when you’re in your 40s — and the medium fits me well.)

Jackson needed a new water bottle to take to school and it needed to be flat-ish to fit in his lunchbox. I got him this one (in midnight), and, let’s face it — it lives up to its name, and I think I need one now, too (in mint!).

I always loved puzzles as a kid — besides reading, they were probably my favorite thing to do by myself. I have recently rediscovered the joy of doing puzzles — it’s helping to manage my stress and anxiety and also break my screen addiction — and this Women’s March one, in particular, was so much fun to work on! I loved seeing all the diverse women folk, and it brought back some happy memories of the solidarity I’ve felt in past women’s marches.

And that reminds me: the Women’s March is this Saturday! Are you planning to go to one in your city? I’ve gone to the last two in NYC, but, to be honest, I think I’m going to sit this one out. I’ve done a lot of marching and protesting this past year, and despite the positive vibes I’ve enjoyed in past women’s marches, I’m just feeling like I need to take a break. Plus, the drama between the founders of the march and how there are now two competing women’s marches in NYC really turns me off and bums me out. Anyway, something tells me there will be plenty more opportunities to #resist in the coming year…

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    JD January 17, 2019, 9:27 am

    I don’t have those exact Uggs. I have these: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-butte-waterproof-boot-men/2897068?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FAll%20Results&color=worchester

    They are so wonderful though. Loving the cozy of Uggs with snow boots. Wendy’s recommendation here is a good one!

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      ktfran January 17, 2019, 9:34 am

      Those are cute too JD! Since they’re men’s… did you still order your normal size?

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        JD January 17, 2019, 9:37 am

        I just accidentally linked the men’s, didn’t realize until you pointed it out. I ordered the women’s in my usual Ugg size and the fit was perfect even with thicker socks. Every time I wear them someone stops me and asks about them.

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    ktfran January 17, 2019, 9:32 am

    I like those boots!

    I wont’ be able to attend a women’s march this weekend. However, I’m headed home to celebrate my Grandma’s 90th birthday!!! I feel like that’s better than the march for several reasons:

    1. My Grandma is a strong, fierce woman. She’s not someone to be trifled with.
    2. She had mostly girls (4 out of 6) who are all strong and fierce and don’t need men to thrive.
    3. All of my grandma’s daughters had daughters and we’re all pretty awesome if I do say so myself. We all married men who are huge supporters of women and I’d consider them to be feminist too.
    4. My niece, who spends A LOT of time with my Grandma, is a little feminist in the making and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

    Basically, there are a lot of great female role models in my family and I’m excited to celebrate that this weekend.

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      Dear Wendy January 17, 2019, 9:44 am

      Yay to your grandma!

      My grandmother (who died a few months ago) would be turning 90 this year, too, and she was also a strong, fierce woman who was not to be trifled with.

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        ktfran January 17, 2019, 9:55 am

        Thank you! Your grandma was from the Midwest too, right? I love that we had such amazing matriarchs.

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        Dear Wendy January 17, 2019, 12:03 pm

        Yes, Missouri.

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    Kate January 17, 2019, 9:50 am

    I got Ugg snow boots last year and they are super light compared to the Sorels. Mine are white, basically like this except they have a snake pattern on part of them (last year’s style).

    https://m.zappos.com/p/ugg-adirondack-patent-boot-iii-white/product/9075916/color/14?ef_id=WfIqGQAAAH4StXl0:20190117144851:s&utm_medium=pla_g&utm_content=44436039&zap_placement=1o2&utm_campaign=171091411&utm_term=pla-555461730158&utm_source=google

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    Kate January 17, 2019, 9:54 am

    I want to give a shout out to these Uggs too, for spring. They look like a moto boot and are leather but totally waterproof! I got them like a year and a half ago, wore them in Europe in March, basically wear all fall and spring. They’re very warm but don’t make your feet too hot indoors. You can walk through puddles and stay dry.

    https://www.ugg.com/women-boots/simmens-boot/1008439.html

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      JD January 17, 2019, 9:57 am

      Adding to cart! I also need to buy some flats. I have such a hate relationship with flats, I find them way more uncomfortable than anything else, and yes I’ve tried them all, all the “I swear these are actually comfy” brands. Even tennis shoes cause me massive pain. I think my foot hates being flat, which I have actually heard a lot of people say after a femur break.

      My ex turned me on to Uggs that don’t look like Uggs a few years ago. He remains crazy about them. So nice and comfy.

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        ktfran January 17, 2019, 10:01 am

        For flats, check out M.Gemi. They are the most comfortable pair of shoes. They’re expensive, but I love them. I have bunions and I walk around town A LOT so I need to wear shoes that mold comfortably to your feet. These are it.

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        Copa January 17, 2019, 10:26 am

        So I’ve been having a lot of foot problems in my left foot for about six months, caused by wearing unsupportive shoes, and the doctor said no more flats/sandals/unsupportive shoes (and no walking around barefoot, even around the home) if I want my foot to heal without surgery. At least with the problems I’m having, a slight heel is always better for foot comfort. One of my Christmas gifts from the boyfriend was a pair of (honestly very hideous) podiatrist-designed granny slippers for Christmas by the brand Vionic. But they’re actually amazing! They help my foot so much and are very comfortable, so I kept them. Anyway, same brand has a lot of styles, some of which are actually cute, that are supposed to still provide support for people with foot problems. I ordered a few pairs with my trip to Cape Town in mind, because I know I’ll be on my feet a lot. I’ll report back about whether they’re actually cute in person, and if they’re comfy!

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        JD January 17, 2019, 10:37 am

        Ya my thing is the actual shoe hurts me. The walking can be ok as far as foot pain but flats just rub me and drive me bonkers. The top of my foot, the heel, the sides, always something. I don’t have a wide foot or anything so it isn’t that.

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        Kate January 17, 2019, 10:48 am

        I don’t know, I don’t like flats at all. I do have a wide foot and I bought some Sam Edelman flats that came in a wider width, and they didn’t rub or hurt anywhere. I’d just rather wear a sneaker or an ankle boot or a sandal than a flat. My boss ordered shoes from M. Gemi and was very happy with the whole thing, though they definitely weren’t flats, like you’re thinking of. Maybe give them a try like KT Fran said. Or just skip flats, they’re kind of a work shoe and you don’t have to go to an office.

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        ktfran January 17, 2019, 10:59 am

        These are what I have. In a dark purple no longer offered. I want them in all colors now.

        https://mgemi.com/moccasins/the-felize/03_1000_36.html/#!/color/94857

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        MaterialsGirl January 17, 2019, 11:36 am

        I bought a pair of M Gemi’s too! I really like them 🙂

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        JD January 17, 2019, 11:41 am

        I mainly only want flats since due to weather I can’t always wear heels here so for certain outfits flats would be cuter than boots. I actually found a pair of Sam Edelmans that I ordered yesterday, I may not love them but they aren’t crazy expensive. Usually the brand is comfortable enough.

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    Kate January 17, 2019, 7:46 pm

    Does anyone have alpaca socks?? My mom put a pair in our Christmas stockings and it’s like holy crap where have these been all my life? They’re a thick, cushy sock, but somehow not bulky, so you can wear them with whatever shoe or boot. They feel pillowy and super warm, and are also breathable and moisture wicking so they’re supposed to be perfect for hiking and outdoors stuff, not that I would know. My husband opened his pair this week and has now been wearing them 4 days straight. I cant even do them justice. There are a ton of them on Amazon, but my mom ordered them from this alpaca farm in CT. The picture here does not demonstrate at all how fabulous they are… https://burgisbrookalpacas.com/wp/shop/alpaca-socks/

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