Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 122

The desire to get married is a basic and primal instinct in women. It’s followed by another basic and primal instinct: the desire to be single again. — Nora Ephron

Doubted. The subtle toxicity of the phrase “no worries, if not.” 

Bridged. These Seychelles flats are the perfect late summer-early fall shoe.

Paired. Who has time for matching underwear?

Retro. J.Crew Mercantile has me thinking this denim skirt (I know!) and a dotted top are the perfect weekend outfit.

Pained. The 7 Worst Bosses, and How to Approach Them.

Traveled. Dressing for work travel is hard; MM. LaFleur makes it easier.  Also, this plus-size dress in orange?  Super jealous it doesn’t come in misses; the shoulder detail is on point.

Proper. Is it time to stop using the word ‘ladylike’?

Jogged. My favorite Lululemon tank is on sale.  For short sleeves, grab this Z by Zella top.

Reinvented. I always thought Little Women was trite and antiquated; the trailer for Greta Gerwig’s version has proven to me that I was wrong.

Last Word. “Price in Cart” means good things for this stylish workout hoodie.

I need to borrow your collective brainpower for a moment.

Because Kyle and I are getting married at 11am, we’re serving brunch.  And instead of a cocktail hour, we’re serving coffee and donuts.  I’ve been scouring the Internet for that wire rack for weeks, and cannot find it.

Paper cones?  Got ’em.  Donut holes?  On order.  The rack to put them in?  Elusive.

I have another wooden option, but it’s kind of pricey and not the look I wanted.  I know it’s a bit silly to get caught up on the donut rack, but does anyone know what that wire basket/rack is?  It looks like something that was repurposed, but I’m at a loss.  Or if you know where I can find something similar, I would be very grateful.

17 days.  Someone hand me a Xanax, and keep ’em coming.

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  1. Monica T says:

    I love Etsy for things like that:

    Good luck! Finding that perfect aesthetic can be maddening!

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  2. Caroline says:

    Kinda looks like this flipped upside down:

    Or a newer version here:

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  3. Paige says:

    Could you try something like this long, rectangular basket flipped upside down? Using the bottom of the basket as “the rack”…?

    Very happy and excited for you!

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  4. Daisy says:

    That frame looks like an ice cream cone holder to me! Have you tried searching for those? (You do have to root through those waffle cone holders which is annoying)

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  5. Jess says:

    Wrap a wooden box in chicken wire and you have the same thing.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  6. KMcm says:

    It looks repurposed…. and upside down. The squares that the cones are in would normally be the bottom of the shallow basket. Not sure if that helps your search or if you already knew.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  7. Andrea says:

    What about something from this place? Maybe flipped upside-down? I can’t tell if the holes are big enough to accommodate the cones…and now I’m at work drooling about donuts lol.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  8. CH says:

    maybe phrase the search for ice cream cone holders instead? seems like it would serve the right function…

    like –

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  9. Sam says:

    I don’t think that’s a rack, it’s an upside down basket.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  10. MichElle says:

    It’s an upside down basket or tray. Google galvanized wire basket for lots of options. I don’t know if there’s a Michaels or Hobby Lobby near you but they usually have this kind of thing.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  11. Jenna Glockner says:

    What about a metal grid panel (Amazon has lots of options)? Easy to work into the other decor.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  12. Olivia Liggio says:

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  13. Anna says:

    This is why I never get bras or underwear, but especially bras, in crazy patterns. All my bras are either nude (to me) or black. That way, they match with everything.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  14. Cecilia says:

    This was a light bulb moment for me – to have a matching bra and panties, buy the bras and panties in a 1 to 3 ratio. That way you have more panties available for the bras you have, not just the one pair that matches that is already in the wash.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Good tip.

      August 15, 2019/Reply
  15. Natalee says:

    Hi Abra,

    Congrats on your wedding! I hope you share some photos after the fact, because it’s been so fun to follow your journey!

    I think I might have a solution to your doughnut rack problem — I actually think that might be a wire basket upside down! You can pick any basket you like, but here’s something similar…just imagine it upside down holding doughnuts. 🙂

    Good luck!!

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  16. Bee says:

    I would call that a wire or metal milk crate

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  17. Tina says:

    It reminded me of an old glass soda bottle rack for returns … great idea, btw!

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  18. lisa says:

    Vintage bottle racks/carriers might be a good sub while maintaining the same vibe. or for options

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  19. Anon says:

    Agree with the sommenters that say it’s an upside down wire tray, but looks to me like the sort they use in bakeries, at least in the UK – e.g. this one:

    Either check out a commercial bakery supplier or just go into your local baaaaaaaaakery (or supermarket bakery) and ask them. (Of course, a lot of them use plastic for deliveries, but not all and not of it’s going to be hot.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
    • anon says:

      Sorry about the typos – using the wrong hand due to an injury!

      August 15, 2019/Reply
  20. A says:

    This is cheating but might resolve this!
    Try an ice cream cone rack and put the paper cones in it.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  21. Kay says:

    Would this be it? Just take the metal rack, flip it upside down and then put wooden box underneath. It might also be cheaper to buy new baker bread boxes and spray paint them.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  22. Emily says:

    Here is another option.

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  23. KV says:

    Coffee and donuts is such a great idea and that presentation is delightful. I agree with others that it’s probably upside down. Try googling pegboard baskets! They will have the same shallow depth and wire spacing as the picture. Wayfair and other similar sites have these. Other ideas: try a restaurant supply store for wire bread/bagel baskets, or try a florist/craft store ( or, perhaps there’s something in the floral arranging section that will give you the look and structure you need. Lastly, H&M Home and World Market have become my surprising go-tos for good, affordable baskets. Worth a look!

    Hang in there, you’ve got this!

    August 15, 2019/Reply
  24. Stephanie says:

    It’s adorable. The best advice I ever got (and I’m an event planner) was to just stop planning the wedding 2 weeks out. Whatever happens. Happens. It’s time to just enjoy getting married!

    August 15, 2019/Reply
    • Erica says:

      I second this!

      August 16, 2019/Reply
      • Nellie says:

        I’m sure you both mean well, but Abra isn’t crowdsourcing wedding planning advice for her own amusement. She has a specific need she needs to fill and I think comments like this can be a little shaming or diminishing of actual tangible problems that often do need to be solved at this stage.

        August 16, 2019/Reply
  25. Anne says:

    I’m not sure the look you are going for, but an antique bedspring may work for you. You should be able to find one at an antique store. The springs would make an interesting display for the cones.

    August 16, 2019/Reply
  26. Katie says:

    Is the rack maybe like a wire bread crate that’s been turned upside down? Etsy had a bunch of potential options, although I’m in the UK so maybe it’s a different selection of stuff.

    August 16, 2019/Reply
  27. Anne says:

    It’s a vintage wire crate turned upside down. I bet you could find one at an antique store that focuses on farm chic somewhere between Spokane and Couer d’Alene. Or try a farm supply or old fashioned hardware store, especially ones that have stuff for people who raise chickens.

    August 16, 2019/Reply
  28. Tracie Giles says:

    Many thanks for great reads and endless wishes for lifetimes of love and happiness!

    August 16, 2019/Reply
  29. lia says:

    looks like a wire tray flipped upside down, I think i have see those as coffee table ottoman trays at homegoods

    August 16, 2019/Reply
  30. Jenette says:

    Maybe you could cut the handles off of these, sand down the nub, and flip them upside down?

    August 16, 2019/Reply
  31. Valerie H says:

    Would chicken wire stretched over the frame of wooden tray or crate work for your donut cones?

    August 16, 2019/Reply
  32. CecE says:

    Long, long time reader but first time commenter: pretty sure it’s a vintage industrial basket. Like was used for bottle returns or even processed poultry distribution. We have a couple from my grandparent in-law’s family business.Search for vintage industrial baskets or if you are good with silver instead of oxidized metal these are a similar aesthetic that also comes in matte black. You could likely faux treat them to look older. Bonus is I suppose you could use them for garage pegboard storage after?

    August 16, 2019/Reply
  33. Stephanie Lister says:

    This might work:
    Good luck!

    August 17, 2019/Reply
  34. Michelle says:

    So, about “Is it time to stop using ‘ladylike’?”

    It seems as though the author did not understand that “lady” is not equivalent to “woman.” Rather, it is the feminine equivalent of “gentleman” (another oft misused word).

    So, yes, “lady” is about being prim, being proper: following a certain set of societal rules/expectations. “Ladylike,” it follows, concerns those same expectations.

    August 18, 2019/Reply
  35. Bonnie says:

    I hope this helps! Happy Marriage!
    Happiness always!

    August 18, 2019/Reply