This is usually a monthly series on my favorite things (binge on 2019: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December and 2020: January, February, March, April, May, June, July). I took a break last year and here we are in 2021! Working from home, eating at home, and doing everything at home makes me acutely aware of the things I now think I can’t live without! These are my winter favorites, but most will take you into spring. Cheers to warmer weather and the time change!

Favorite Loungewear/Pajamas

Skims Henley Dress and Leggings

I’m obsessed with the combination of this Skims henley…

On January 7, following the peaceful rally and smattering of violence at the U.S. Capitol, I made sure to tune into Rush Limbaugh’s show because I knew he provides words of wisdom and clarity during a difficult time. It made me think of how important Rush has been in my life — from age 16 to now as I navigate through a different season of life. This week you’ll hear from others, like John Rich, with similar stories about Rush’s generosity. No doubt there are many, many more. What follows is an email I sent to James (aka Snerdley) and…

One of the most popular aspects of Mondays with Melania in Monday’s BRIGHT newsletter over the last couple years has been our attempt at getting her look for less. Since the First Lady has been ignored by fashion and women’s media during her tenure, in this final edition I’m featuring the most popular items inspired by the First Lady’s fashion that are still available.

A huge thank you to John Binder of Fashion Notes who was the only fashion writer who wrote about the First Lady and tracked down the brands. I couldn’t have done this section without his excellent…

Last week my fellow BRIGHT writers and I shared our picks for gifts to give. It was so fun that I decided to expand the list because new deals seem to be coming up every day. New items in bold, so get them while they’re hot!

For Getting Her Cozy
The theme of 2020 is cozy (if we’re being polite). Whether it’s being comfortable in the home office or going on an organizing streak to calm the chaos, these are my favorite items to give her.

Think what you want about the Kardashians, but KKW’s Skims loungewear and pajamas are seriously…

Earlier this summer a friend died by suicide. Since September is National Suicide Prevention Month, I was eager to talk to Andy Stumpf, a retired Navy SEAL Team 6 member, podcast host, and record-setting base jumper, about mental, physical, and overall wellness, specifically among the veteran community and how friends can help support them.

Why did you decide to serve in the US Navy?
I don’t have a good answer as to why I wanted to serve in the Navy, and specifically the SEAL community. I knew at the age of 11 I wanted to be a SEAL, but I could…

UPDATE: I’m told that things will be restocked, so bookmark and keep checking throughout the sale.

If you’ve spent any time on YouTube in the last few weeks, then you know it’s the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. In a fun twist, I’m building on my “Mondays with Melania” write-up and showing you how Melania (perhaps along with her brilliant designer and stylist Hervé Pierre) might shop the sale. You’ll see classic pieces similar to what she’s worn, edgier pieces that she likes to don for casual events, and some gifts she might get for The Donald and Barron. No slouchy…

This is a monthly series on my favorite things (binge on 2019: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December and 2020: January, February, March, April, May, June). Sharing these items is an indulgence given all the serious news out there, so I always appreciate your clicks and claps!

With July over, it’s feeling like summer has flown by without any celebration or vacation! I’m hoping to clock in a few hours at the neighborhood pool since my beach vacation isn’t until October. Mostly I’ve been working from home, focusing on weight loss and yoga, and…

This is a monthly series on my favorite things (binge on 2019: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December and 2020: January, February, March, April, May). Sharing these items is an indulgence given all the serious news out there, so I always appreciate your clicks and claps!

We’re finally into summer but things still feel a little off since I haven’t gotten into a new routine yet. Wait, is this my routine now? 😬

Favorite Clothing Item

Fruit of the Loom Women’s Cotton Pullover Sports Bra

The “new normal” for me is definitely not wearing a bra with wires. However, not every sports bra or bralette is…

Before you peruse Father’s Day cards with fish, golf, and beer themes, check out these ideas for gifts from companies that produce their products in America.

Weber Grills

Update Dad’s grill situation with a Weber grill or Weber accessories. Most Weber grills are made in Palatine, Illinois (though some gas grills are made overseas). The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is highly-rated and perfect for the charcoal-beginner. For an experienced griller, up his game with a Weber smoker. Target has a variety of Weber products and I’ve been very happy with their shipping lately.

Chesapeake Bay Candles

You may think of candles as more…

This is a monthly series on my favorite things (binge on 2019: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December and 2020: January, February, March, April). Sharing these items is an indulgence given all the serious news out there, so I always appreciate your clicks and claps!

I have been living in my new townhouse for about six weeks now. It’s very odd to move during a stay-at-home order. I have a new schedule in a new place, so I don’t quite feel settled. I feel like I’m in an Airbnb in a boring city with…

Lisa De Pasquale

Author of The SJW Handbook (parody amzn.to/2shVdRj) & I Wish I Might (novel amzn.to/2mecO8i). Dog Lover.

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