We haven’t had a discussion about this in too long, so here’s a fun question today: What is social media trying to get you to buy? What have you bought; what do you love?
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For me, it feels like The Nap Dress by Hill House is now The Dress to Have — I think it’s interesting how when friends have gotten it they make up stories about when they’ll wear it, like “This will be my brunch with the girls followed by a trip to the farmer’s market!” Or, you know, “picnic at the lake with Earnest!” (Pictured: the Ellie dress, $125.)
(LOOOOOVE this New Yorker article, which calls it the dress of “gussied up oblivion” and goes into how the founder created it as part of her “Victorian ghost” aesthetic while she was an analyst at Deutsche Bank. As she notes:
Her interest in period loungewear, she explained, dates back to her college days, at Princeton, where she wrote her senior English thesis on “Pre-Raphaelite women using very traditional notions of femininity to quietly subvert their husbands,” with a focus on a single line from Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” about Eve’s wild hair. She became interested in the connection between the white cotton gown and hysteria; it was the signature garment of sanatoriums and dusty attics, of women in Victorian novels who have been pronounced “mad” but are in fact victims of trauma or abuse.
Wow — I love the historical aspect. (I couldn’t find this earlier because you have to be logged in to see more than two paragraphs, which was not clear to me. Sigh. In hunting for the part that I’d read, I also found a tour of her West Village townhouse with Architectural Digest and her wedding coverage from Vogue. Again: wow.)
I somehow just found The Kit, which wasn’t on my radar before — now I want all the pretty sweatshirts and turtlenecks and midi dresses and T-shirt dresses. (I NEVER wear turtlenecks but dangit I want some of theirs.) Pictured: turtleneck in Indigo Iris, $68, available in sizes XS–3X.
And of course I DID buy the Always Pan from Our Place, and love it — here’s my review.
I get too many mom-related and blogging-related ads — so I’d love to hear from you guys! What is in your feed(s) all the time? What have you bought and tried? What do you want to try?
I just bought a Summersalt swimsuit after being tortured by their ads for over a year. ;) Their suits are SO cute, and I’m really hoping they work for me.
Oh yeah I’ve been really tempted by those! Please report back! :)
They’re super cute, but have zero bust support. I bought one last year and it was perfect for hanging out in my backyard with my kids, but not something I’d wear in actual public.
This was my impression with their suits. They offer no bust support and are thin, generally.
SUPER random but I keep seeing ads from Serena and Lily and ended up buying this whale-shaped spoon rest for a friend. I don’t usually buy things I see on social media, but it was just so perfect for her, and they kept showing me more and more ads for it, so I had to. https://www.serenaandlily.com/whale-spoon-rest/349671.html
The lady who lived next door to us while I was growing up in the early ’80s used to wear mumus while she sat around and smoked on her patio all day. The Nap Dress looks too similar to those. Hard pass.
Tik Tok has me rethinking all of my skincare. I am down the rabbit hole of Korean skincare, and back out, partially. I love the layers of moisture but I don’t love the scented products. Somewhere along the way I discovered my deep love of Biossance products, which are headquartered here in the Bay Area. I love their scientific approach to sustainability and making cruelty-free alternatives to things like squalane.
Reddi1t had me buying beauty boxes for a while (I tried Allure, Ipsy, and Boxycharm.) They’re great deals, but for things you wouldn’t ordinarily buy, so they end up not being such great deals in the long run. That said, I did discover a few key new makeup products that are cheaper and better than what I was using before – and I mean cheaper at retail.
I bought a plug in shoulder massager on the recommendation of someone on here. My husband made fun of me until he tried it and now we both agree it was a solid purchase.
I impulse bought a usb chargeable projector that projects moon and stars and changes colors because I thought our toddler might think it was cool. I like it, and my husband was a little dubious at first but quickly got on board.
I’ve seen so many ads for mixtiles and I finally broke down and ordered a bunch of the “edgeless” type. I was a bit surprised when they arrived as they weren’t quite what I was expecting (really just prints on foam board). However, the prints were decent quality and they were insanely easy to hang. I put up 12 in a grid and it took maybe 10 minutes to hang them perfectly with a level. So while they weren’t exactly what I was expecting, I do really like them and they look great once they are up and on the wall. Wait for a good sale to order them.
Betabrand pants. Wearing a pair right now. Bought two more pairs a few days ago. I like the ones with pockets. Real, honest to god pockets. My dream. They’re good for WFH but my office is casual enough I can wear them to work when that is a thing again.
Allbirds. Again, wearing a pair right now. I have two pairs of the classic runners and one pair of the waterproof runners.
Book of the Month. I’m behind on reading the ones I get but I like the books usually.
SandCloud towels stalked me til I had to go buy them.
The latest Etsy ad has me looking for a silk kimono – not to wear as a robe but to wear over leggings and a T while swanning around the house. It’s hard to swan around the house in a ratty cardigan, but in silk? Not just possible but required.
Thrive Causemetics mascara – it’s the real deal. Lashes look amazing, no smudging. I recommend it to everyone I know. I’m also really tempted by a Summersalt suit, but the comment above re: the lack of bust support has me questioning that decision.
I just clicked through to The Kit (LOVE) and realized it’s designed by Daniel Vosovic from S2 Project Runway. SIGN ME UP.
Has anyone bought Caraway pans?