This post is updated HERE. These 7 Frugal & Fancy Finds on My Radar Elevating the Everyday may appeal if you’re the type who would gladly eat Ramen noodles for a season to spring for luxe linens or a timeless investment for home. But it may also offer inspiration to homebody types who relish a bargain. So many of us seem drawn to the comfy, cozy, softer side of all things home. Life can be awfully lifey. Today I’ll share a mix. Some of the finds are inexpensive while others are investment-quality luxe bringing calm to my real everyday life.
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7 Frugal & Fancy Finds on My Radar Elevating the Everyday
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Lovely Luxe Find No. 1: The Softest (and Innovative!) Sheets from Nollapelli
Sometimes it is what rests under those pretty coverlets and quilts, comforting your skin and slumber that can make all the difference.
I don’t blog often enough about sheets…they are such important, unsung heroes! For me, they have to be bright white and ultra-luxurious.
And if you’re ready for a set that isn’t your everyday, ill-fitting, wrinkle-fest…say hello lovely to nollapelli sheets. They were designed by a chemical engineer for the unique needs of our bodies. I was so impressed with the packaging when they arrived, I had to show you:
Lovely Find No. 2: Pajamas
Never met a pair of men’s classic style pajamas I didn’t love.
I already have these in white, but I’m very tempted to pull the trigger on the pink – they look as delicious as cotton candy and are on sale!
I might have every pair of pajamas J. Crew offers, and I may or may not wear the tops as clothing when I feel like it. Did you ever see that Daniel Day Lewis film Phantom Thread? There’s this scene where he comes down the stairs for dinner in an ensemble including a pajama top that took my breath away. No one has ever worn pajamas and street clothes together the way that character did in the movie. It’s worth viewing just so you can see what I mean.
Cozy Comfy Luxe Find No. 3: Honeydew Scrumptious Pillows
You know the pillow is going to be special when you visit the site and read about the attention to detail, how they’re thoughtfully made in the USA, and how they offer unique support to neck and shoulders. But it’s quite another thing to experience the high quality in person. These pillows don’t go flat, and because the fill is customizable, you’ll decide the perfect amount for YOU.
If you saw my Zen post the other day, you may have noticed there was another Honeydew favorite in the mix: their travel pillow (see it below, center). Have you been able to travel this summer or make vacation plans for Fall? My travel pillow is packed in its intelligently designed pouch and sooooo ready to hit the road! And I could care less about the destination…just hoping to feel up to a road trip anywhere with my guy.
Frugal Find No. 4: My Favorite Everyday Cup
I need every nudge that exists to drink more water, and after receiving this double walled insulation cup (which is like THE ultimate adult sippy cup) as a gift, it was the best one yet!!! Truth be told, it’s often full of summer lemonade, but baby steps.
Lovely Find No. 5: Mid-Day Pick Me Up
Have you heard of these? My favorite is the vanilla latte, and since they have just 3 grams of fat, I can have one when 2 p.m. rolls around, I need a boost, and all I can think about is second lunch. It’s green tea that delivers the caffeine, and what a great way to have tea!
Luxurious Find No. 6: Glowy, Dewy Makeup
You already know I love playing with makeup – in every season and almost everyday. So I need to tell you about these test tubes full of wonder from Glossier. While you might fear that you’ll resemble a Studio 54 regular from 1975, you won’t. I bought three colors (slip, bun, and moon), and they add just the right sort of glow as an all alone eye color or on top of a shadow. I apply it with the included doe foot rather than my finger, and the product dries quickly and then stays there.
Frugal Find No. 7: Fluffy Absorbent Spa Cloths
I can’t say enough nice things about these lovely, hard working, multi-use cloths which I use morning and night to cleanse my face. Technically burp cloths, they can be used for household cleaning as well. Don’t freak out when they arrive and don’t appear fluffy. Once they are washed and emerge from the dryer…dreamy.
Glimpses of Everyday Simplicity & Neutral Decor at Home
Did You Know? Lots of Homebody Types are Introverts
One Year Ago
I just can’t bring myself to delete the diary I kept here in 2020 since I want to remember how far all of us have come. Have you also been brought through something unspeakable? It would be an honor to hear from you about your experiences.
My heart is heavy laden with grief and fear. A member of our family with the virus passed away on Friday at the same time our son was admitted into ICU. We all loved this healthy, strong, vibrant woman so much. She immigrated from Italy in the 1970’s and was undoubtedly the best chef on the planet. She loved her citrus trees, taught me all sorts of things and shared her cooking secrets. It was devastating enough to know she could not be comforted by family at the hospital. But that she had to die alone? The only thing helping me get calm is the hope that Christ in her, absorbed the pain and suffering. Please pray for our grieving family.
Our son is critically ill at the hospital. He has a serious life threatening syndrome, not the virus. We’re thankful he was transferred out of ICU, but his journey to better health will take months. We nearly lost him at home on Friday after a week of decline and multiple trips to the ER. Please keep praying for his platelet count, kidney function, and spirits to rise. He has suffered intense pain for 9 days, and we are praying for relief and rapid improvement so he can home in a week or so.
PLEASE DONATE PLASMA, FRIENDS. Our son is only alive because others have given what he requires. If ever I meet the weight requirement of 110 pounds, I will give joyfully.
I am hoping to have a GI diagnosis soon and will keep you posted. We are trusting even though we cannot see.
Wishes From a Heartful Homebody
I wish you:
the blessing of beautiful living in the shelter you call home,
sweetness, this very moment, to counter any bitterness within your being,
heartfulness to soften the beautiful edges of your soul,
loving kindness, lavishly overflowing from hidden wholeness within and…
Peace to you right where you are.
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Just wondering if you know why there are pop up ads on your feed that you can not cancel out of. They cover a portion of your pictures. Love your site, but these ads in the middle of your lovely pictures are so annoying. Is it just on my reception or do others have this issue
That’s awful if ads are covering up images, and what a pain in the butt. I’ll research this further. Thanks for putting up with the changing landscape – if I decide to get another job, I could go back to hobby blogging, but I’d have no time to blog. I suppose this is why folks prefer IG, where there are tons of ads but at least the images aren’t covered!
I just found your site from a Pinterest link. A kindred spirit. I really admire the absolute beauty you surround yourself with and the kindness shining from your soul that comes through in your writing. I look around at my surroundings and, though I aspire to that French esthetic, mine looks very ”plastic-y”. I will study what you have done and see how I can make changes. I am absolutely in love with your courtyard! Can I ask what product you used for flooring in your home?
So happy to have you here, Susan. I love hearing from new followers and helping – do feel free to email me if you ever want an opinion or suggestions. The hardwood is white oak finished on site by a true artisan, left natural (so no stain) and sealed with a matte poly. We have also used (gasp!) a wide plank laminate that looks like real white oak in two bedrooms where I wanted to swap out the carpet for something easy, cheap, and installed QUICKLY by us (and not a master artisan!)since guests were coming. 🙂
As I have grown wiser(prefer wiser to older) I am much more content to be home. Do not need a lot of people around to make me happy. Life is a garden and a good book!
I recall listening to that introversion expert in the video I shared who mentioned that most of us tend to drift more toward the introverted end of the spectrum as we age. ‘Life is a garden and a good book’ makes great copy and sounds like an excellent title for your book…a memoir? 🙂
This is an especially touching post to this homebody as I sit on my back porch enjoying my tea, watching the birds and the flowers growing in my garden this morning. I always find peace and stillness in your words and images. Thank you, Michele
I’m so glad you can sense the peace and so grateful you took the time to bless me with these words. The birds here own the place! I don’t think I have written about it yet, but lately, when I sit quietly in the courtyard, the birds aren’t put off by my presence there and visit the mirror on the ground in the gravel leaning against the house. They don’t bump into it since I stenciled it with script – but they admire themselves and linger…
This post is so beautifully You Michele! It’s great to know who you are and how to rejuvenate your soul 💗
Learning who I am seems to be an ongoing thing. It’s funny too. Not all homebodies are introverts. In my family of origin, we are all extreme homebodies, yet we fall all over the spectrum of introversion-extroversion!
I am very sorry for you and your family’s loss. Such a difficult time for you. I’ll be praying that your son begins to heal and that you may have some peace in your soul. Take a deep breath and one step at a time.
Thank you, friend. I will gladly obey your instructions. What a blessing to have you here.
So thankful that your faith sustains you during this time of grief and loss, as well as concern for your son’s health and wellbeing. You and your family are in my prayers.
Thank you for praying – we are relying on prayer. My faith is always rather wobbly I suppose, but it certainly feels like an anchor at the moment. Thank goodness it matters not how strong it is on a particular day but how strong my Father is everyday.
God bless you Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss of your love one. I am praying for your son and you to have complete healing in Jesus name. I too love being home and having Jesus with me. Blessings💐🙏🇮🇱🇺🇸✝️❤️
Thank you for these blessings and for joining me in my grief. I’m so fortunate to have this space with kindred.
Bless you and your family, Michelle. Best wishes for all in the days ahead. May peace find its way back to you.
Thank you for these blessings. Trusting. Hoping. Receiving. Listening.
I’m so, so sorry your son is dreadfully ill. I’m sending healing wishes and prayers his way. 🙏🏼 I hope he’s home soon in your warm and loving embrace.
It’s a nightmare really. To be so critically ill during a pandemic. Thank you for your kindness and friendship.
Just popping back on. As I read the bottom of your post, it seemed frivolous to respond to your post on our homes and being an introvert, or extrovert. Yet, here I am. 🤔
I am an introvert and my home is my sanctuary. I love to decorate my home, to work in my garden, to cook, to read, and to paint. But, I also need others. I love to be in the company of my three grown kids, to travel, to dine out, to shop with friends… Large noisy crowds leave me at a loss though. Airports, crowded malls, big gatherings of any sort, stress me out with the constant noise and hoards of people. I just want to go home, put my comfy clothes on and decompress. am an in introvert and I embrace it.
We are kindred for sure. Do you meditate at all? Since I started about 6 years ago, I find I am better able to cope with the stress of noisy, crowded places. I’m so glad you share stream of consciousness style – it’s doubtful anyone could say the wrong thing right now. I’m already pretty low and relying on grace. xox
I hope this beautiful Gaelic blessing, “Deep Peace” by Ibera brings a sense of peace to you. Your website brings so much beauty and joy,thank you!
With heartfelt prayer,
Thank you, friend. Deep peace of Christ to you.
I will keep you and your family in my prayers. So many things you are dealing with at this time which is a challenge to start with during these days of unknowns.
I hope light comes back for you and your family soon.
Big hug to you!
Thank you, friend. I have surrendered all these cares to my Father and rely on divine guidance to keep moving through the trials. Peace to you.
I promise you your loved one was not alone when she passed away. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints! She was surrounded by His glory!
I will be praying for your grieving family but especially for the healing of your son. Gentle hugs!
Thank you for bringing truth here and blessing me. Please keep praying. Miracles are needed, and I am living moment to moment, strengthened only by the love of my Father.
can you tell me who makes the pigs flying pjs- not on the website its linked to.
Hi there – they must be sold out or discontinued at Maisonette – they’re made by Ro’s Garden and called Carmen Flying Piggies pajamas. I’ll circle back if I can find a site where they are in stock. Sorry bout that!