“Wendy’s Weekly Picks,” is a feature in which I’ll 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 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:
Nordstrom is having a clearance sale, with select items up to 40% off. I’m still looking for a brown ankle boot and ordered this pair and this pair (I plan to keep the one I like best). Drew got me these Frye boots for Christmas three years ago and, after I took them to the cobbler this week for new soles, they’re good as new (but comfortably broken in), so I’m good on tall chocolatey-brown boots for a bit, but, if there’s another sale later in the season, I may look for some tall cognac-colored boots. So far I really like these. And these. And these UGGs aren’t quite what I’m looking for, but they sure are cute! Also, if you’re in the market for a new rain boot, I like this one as an alternative to the (more expensive and) ubiquitous Hunter boots.
Speaking of feet (we were, right?): Now that’s it’s getting colder, I’ve been wearing my favorite slipper socks whenever I’m home (and when it gets really cold, which it hasn’t yet, I will sometimes wear these with my winter boots when I go outside; I know, living on the edge). But, as I was cleaning out my closet last week and packing for our move (Thursday!), I found these Isotoner ballet-style slippers, which are my mom’s favorite and which she probably gave me for a Christmas gift a few years ago (tip: these would make a great Christmas gift!). I’d forgotten how comfy they are, and I especially like that they feel so secure on my feet with the perfect padding for padding around on a Sunday morning.
Speaking of Sunday morning (see what I did there?), what’s better than spending it reading a good book? Preferably in bed, with a cup of coffee and a cat nearby. As I mentioned in last week’s Friday Links, Anne Lammot has a new book coming out this week called Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. From the Amazon book description: “Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us—-our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found. Profound and hilarious, honest and unexpected, the stories in Small Victories are proof that the human spirit is irrepressible.” Sounds right up my alley. Maybe yours, too? For a book that tackles the same theme beautifully, I also recommend Paul Auster’s The Red Notebook. At 104 pages, it can be read in an afternoon and is like a little almond cookie for your soul.
My friend Mary just spent two weeks in Italy with her husband (rough life, right?), and, after she got back, she came over bearing some gifts, including a beautiful Venetian glass bracelet for me. She also spritzed some perfume on my wrist from a sample she picked up at some store in Venice. It’s a Versace perfume called Bright Crystal and it’s seriously good. It’s a light floral scent that’s not overpowering at all. If you just wanted to try a sample before committing to a bigger bottle, you can pick up a sample vial on eBay for under 5 bucks.
Piperlime is having a flash sale through tomorrow. An extra 30% off sale items (with code EXTRAEXTRA) makes this skirt practically free. These Mother jeans (I’ve written before about how much I like that brand of jeans — so soft and comfy!) are good deal at the extra sale price. And, I’m sorry, even marked way down, I cannot believe anyone would spend this much on overalls.
Finally, if this is too much materialism for you, or if you’d just like to counter it with a little altruism, my friend and DW contributor, Emily Morris, currently has a gofundme project she’s seeking donations for. She’s raising money to help her mom pay off some basic bills and buy groceries and have a emergency fund for the winter. Her mom worked as a nurse for 40 years and raised Emily as a single mom while earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree on the side. And she, like a lot of baby boomers whose retirement savings were lost in the stock market crash a few years ago right as they began retiring, is having a hard time making ends meet on social security and part-time work (she earns just over the amount to qualify for aid). Of course, there’s no shortage of people who have a hard time getting by. But if you are in a position to help one of them and feel inclined, here’s someone whose troubles you can help ease and whose spirits you can lift as she continues looking for additional work to supplement her income. Thank you!