the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Tis the season

Last week I got a wild hair while preparing myself for a conference in Boston and painted my nails an actual color for the first time in three years:

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Something about that color felt seasonally appropriate, a touch of warmth as the temperatures continue to fall. Now I’m noticing shades of red everywhere and… wait… what’s that called? Let me find it… Baader-Meinhof phenomenon! Sure, Christmas is around the corner and with that comes all the accompanying red decorations, but I usually have my head down and am not paying attention until it’s absolutely necessary. This year I’m being drawn to this color, seeking it out, wishing I had splashes of it in every room. Come December 26th I may not be holding to that opinion any longer, but right now I’m not putting up a fight.

1. Ayygift Polka Dot Umbrella $19.99

2. NARS Lip Gloss in Eternal Red $26

3. Royal Stewart Tartan Premium Wool Throw $90

4. Evelyn Table Lamp $199

5. Bi-Color Wool Dress $229

6. Woodlands Stoneware Teapot $22

7. Thank You Card by Maddy Nye of Yours Madly $4

8. Damara Rug $499

9. Heart Pajamas $128

10. Samsara Fragrance by Guerlain $110

11. Fjällräven Kånken $100

12. Bowery Crimson Settee $3399

13. ‘420’ New Balance Sneaker $69.95

14. Kartell Stone Stool $290

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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