Happy Easter Sunday! I imagine none of us are celebrating Easter the way we imagined this year. Edwin and I were meant to be in NYC this weekend for the wedding of one of Edwin’s dear friends before flying home to celebrate Easter with my family today in Charleston.
This month, we also had plans for Edwin’s parents to come visit us, which we were so excitedly anticipating! We had a whole list of places we wanted to take them and show them. In addition, we were planning to go to California this month to see our niece and newphews, the rest of Edwin’s family, my sister, and to meet baby William.
Alas, the wedding has been rescheduled for a year from now, we’ll play tour guide to Edwin’s parents another time, and we’ll get to see the faces of our California loved ones in person another month. It is all uncharted territory as is this Easter.
My hope for each one of you is that you have the happiest Sunday of all your quarantine Sundays today. I hope you are either still getting dressed up and setting the table for the fun of it or cozied up with comfort food and love around you. I have no problem saying it – I love the commercialization of Easter. It really makes me happy! However, I never forget the true meaning of Easter.
He is risen!
It is my humble opinion that the Lord and his son Jesus Christ are all around us wrapping us up in unconditional love, grace, understanding, and salvation. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter or if you celebrate Passover or something else in the springtime, I hope today is a special Sunday to remember! xx
Keep reading for my Weekend Reads, No. 126 complete with the most gorgeous Easter and Passover tablescapes, tips for managing your mental health during COVID-19, the grandmillennial’s guide to staying home, directions for how to cook artichokes, gardening for beginners, ideas for how to host a virtual cocktail party, a self-portrait photoshop tutorial, an indoor shrimp bbq recipe, thoughts on making sense of a miscarriage during the Coronavirus crisis, Oscar best pictures ranked best to worst, DIY stitching kits, and more!
P.S.S. In case you still don’t have any masks, here’s how to make your own face masks at home.
Weekend Reads No. 126
2. How to manage your mental health during COVID-19. (damselindior.com)
3. The grandmillennial’s guide to staying home. (housebeautiful.com)
4. How to cook artichokes. (lemonstripes.com)
5. Gardening for beginnings. (galmeetsglam.com)
6. “The Pandemic Has Taken Away My Right to Grieve”: Making Sense of Miscarriage During the Coronavirus Crisis. (vogue.com)
7. Seven tips for maintaining a date night at home. (colorbyk.com)
8. How to host a virtual cocktail party. (townandcountry.com)
9. Looking for something to get your creative juices flowing!? Try this self-portrait photoshop tutorial. Krystal is a genius! (thistimetomorrow.com)
10. I’m nostalgic just reading this post because I know the feelings expressed by the author so very well (although my experiences haven’t taken place in the mid-Atlantic) and find myself craving them more now than ever while staying home. Plus, I’m all over this indoor shrimp bbq recipe! (thefashionmagpie.com)
12. All 92 Oscar best-picture winners, ranked from worst to best by movie critics. (businessinsider.com)
Shopping & Sales:
1. The Water Room (aka Charleston’s nontoxic natural nail salon) is selling made-to-order at-home nail kits. Your can order through Instagram!
3. Do any of you wear undergarments from Tommy John? They are a new-to-me line but I’ve heard great things about how comfortable the brand is!
4. Nourish your creativity with these DIY stitching kits.
5. Textile designer, Rebecca Atwood, launched a gorgeous whimsical collection with Pottery Barn. There are a lot of items in the collection for blue and white lovers!
6. Really feeling this heart man embroidered sweatshirt.
7. Oh my! Pamela Munson is offering 30% off everything! I’ve been coveting one of her straw bags for years now! Maybe I’ll finally get one.
9. This dress is so darn pretty.
With Love from R&R:
1. Fun things to do with your husband or significant other at home… gotta keep life exciting and interesting!
2. Enjoy the stay at home with these grandmillennial approved robes.
3. A pretty idea for drinking wine at home.
4. Last week’s Weekend Reads: an interview with talented Charleston interior designer Kristin Martin, daily schedules for “work from home” and “kids at home” quarantine time, a reflection on what New York is without New Yorkers, 15 delicious bread recipes to try at home, a breakdown on protecting finances during COVID-19, how to start your own podcast, ivy league classes you can take online for free right now, a new needlepoint canvas collection for Nantucket lovers, and more!
A Few of this Week’s Favorites:
Photographs from this post last spring