Happy Monday ladies. This week’s musings are all over the map, as usual, but they started with my last post. Saturday’s mannequin elicited more positive reactions than I’ve seen here for a very long time. It was a simple knit dress with a denim jacket and neutral accessories. What kept coming up was just how many people liked Ralph Lauren’s designs.
I watched this Very Ralph Documentary over the weekend again and enjoyed it a lot. Schmaltzy perhaps, but fun nonetheless.
I’ve been a fan of the Ralph Lauren aesthetic since I was a young woman in my 20s, trying to look chic on a very small budget. Ralph created a lifestyle brand that many people aspire to because they’re timeless, classic, and evocative of a life well-lived.
When his Lauren Ralph Lauren fragrance came out in 1978, I was thrilled to wear it and felt very sophisticated in it. Fragrance and cosmetics are often the gateways products for people who love a brand but can’t afford the clothes. It’s the special feeling one gets when applying a Chanel lipstick, just because it’s Chanel. One could argue that the colors or formulas are superior but most of the cachet is the prestigious name and packaging. I was sorry to stop buying Chanel Lipsticks when I switched to cruelty-free products because they always felt so darn special to use!
Back in the day, on top of spritzing myself with his Lauren fragrance, I was also sewing many of his designs with my trusty Singer machine and Vogue patterns. Remember them? His were some of my favorites and always involved a challenge because the tailoring was exquisite. To this day, I could wear some of the jackets I painstakingly tailored, but sadly I wasn’t smart enough to hold on to them.
MORE RALPH LAUREN
My local Macy’s has a very small section of Lauren Ralph Lauren on the racks and it’s getting smaller all the time. I’m going to make a concerted effort to keep an eye out for them now.
A reader commented last week, that she prefers to wear a fun toenail polish color with open toes shoes when dressed for a special occasion. I know my toes looked bare in this post, but I was wearing pale polish. It reminded me of this post I wrote about pedicure color several years ago, and my reasons remain the same today. I don’t know about you, but my feet aren’t getting any better looking with age :).
Best Pillow For Side Sleepers
Several years ago I bought this tiny Save My Face Pillow.
It’s made to help side sleepers from smashing crease lines into their faces while they sleep. It worked ok and the price is amazing but the “satin” cover is really just polyester and it gave no neck support.
Then I moved up to the Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Pillow which was a bit more substantial and also pretty portable, but again, the cover is “satiny”, not silk. Soon after that, I was able to train myself to sleep on my back so I went back to my regular pillow and bought these silk pillowcases.
Now I’m back to side sleeping so I need a pillow to help mitigate the crease lines it’s causing. I dove down the Google rabbit hole yesterday and came up with more ideas than I know what to do with. Do I want organic materials? Absolutely, that would be the healthiest. Do I want a real silk cover? Of course, because that creates slip and helps with your hair too. Is copper an important ingredient in pillows? Apparently, it is and I want it.
This Sleep&Glow Pillow has lots of positive reviews but it’s not cheap. I’ve also read several reports, including on their own FB page, that the pillow is manufactured in Russia! I’m not supporting that with my dollars.
This Beauty Pillow also has great reviews and is at a slightly better price.
This Envy Pillow seems pretty amazing but is sold out online so I’ve made some calls, and found they will be getting restocked in June. The more I read about the Envy pillow and company, the more excited I am to try one.
Do you use a special pillow? Which have you tried?
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.