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Mother Essentials: Anna Wallack

Written by Erin Feher

If you’re anything like us, your own holiday wish list is topped by some cozy, covetable goodies from Misha & Puff. So, we had to know what items the founder of the cult-followed knitwear brand, Anna Wallack, can’t live without. Here, the Boston resident, mama of two, and CEO shares her 25 Mother Essentials. Bonus points: You can check out and pick up the newest Misha & Puff pieces (plus the brand’s wildly popular sale bins!) in person when Anna joins us for our holiday MOTHER Market—an over-the-top family fun day and marketplace that you won’t want to miss—happening December 15, 2019 in San Francisco. Check out more details on MOTHER Market here, and shop Anna’s expertly curated picks below!

Bensimon Tennis Shoes. “I rarely wear flat shoes. But when I do have to, it’s these. And my daughter loves hers. My preference is all white or my red high tops, but she loves all the colors. We’ve carried them in our store for a while, and they always come out with new limited colors and styles each season.” Bensimon Elly Slip Ons, $38, Misha and Puff

Everyday Oil. “Just like everyone else, this is my favorite for everywhere for me and the kids. They love an oil rub down after a shower in the winter, and it’s great to avoid itchy dry skin. I would buy it by the gallon.” Everyday Oil Mainstay Blend, Face + Body Oil, $48, Amazon.

Kids’ Barbour Coats. “When I find a thing that is super high quality and lasts forever, I’m hooked. My son was given one of these coats when he was three. He wore it until he was six, then it went to my daughter and she’s on year two, and it still looks perfect. Although it’s called a ‘boys coat,’ which annoys me. Because c’mon…” Barbour Boys’ Bedaler Waxed Jacket, $138, Alex and Alexa

Palo Santo. “Palo Santo comes from Peru and I brought back a bunch from Espiritus del Ande that I love. I am digging it for my home over any other fancy candle right now.” Espiritus del Ande Incense, $15, Otherwild.

L.L. Bean Tote Bag. “Ubiquitous and also it just lasts forever. They are still made in Maine. I don’t think I’ve ever actually purchased one, they just sort of end up with me. I have a few. My favorite is the giant one.” Open Top Boat and Tote, $29.95, L.L. Bean

Tinned Fish. “I’ve loved this since going to Portugal. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get into it! But this is such a quick lunch with salad.” Canned Fish, Prices Vary, Jose Gourmet.

Turmeric Tea. “I always travel with my own tea bags!” Traditional Medicinals Organic Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger Herbal Leaf Tea, $23.94, Amazon.

A King-Sized Bed. “Seriously. At least one kid still ends up in the bed somehow.” Simple Bed in Ash, $ 1,995–$ 3,656, Kalon Studios.

Linen Sheets. “Ours are from Coyuchi.” Organic Linen Chambray Sheets, $118–$598, Coyuchi.

The Public Library. “Absolutely essential.” Boston Public Library

Misha & Puff Sweaters. “Surprise, surprise. And they do last! My favorite is still my red one from our first season making women’s sizes, three years ago. For kids, the popcorn is always the favorite.” Misha & Puff Sweaters, $148–$520, Misha & Puff

Art Supplies. “Because good color is soooo important. And good tools are a luxury that even the youngest kids can appreciate. For the kids, I love Stockmar. For me, I splurge at Case for Making when I’m in San Francisco.” Stockmar Beeswax Stick Crayons, $18.70, Amazon; Case for Making, 4037 Judah Street, San Francisco.

Notebooks. “For everyone, all the time. I never leave home without one. This is how we are able to have a civilized conversation at dinner with two kids. We stock up on the Muji ones.” Recycled Craft Paper Sketchbook, $5.95, Muji.

Red Pepper Flakes. “These particularly. I put them on everything.” Daphnis and Chloe Smoked Chili Flakes, $11, Genara.

Water in A Pretty Bottle. “I like my glass Ikea bottle as a water bottle. Plus, it’s helps a lot with my other essential, water. When I feel crappy, its 95% of the time because I’m not drinking enough. How simple!” Korken Bottle, $2.99, Ikea

Duralex Glasses. “They are good for kids, for water—I’ve even been making espresso in them. I had these growing up and it makes me feel nostalgic.” Duralex Picardie Tumblers, $16.80 (Set of 6), Williams-Sonoma.

Vintage Terence Conran House Book. “Any copy, any year. I think I might have 3. It’s my go-to when I need a little dose of inspiration.” The House Book, by Terence Conran, $12.50, Amazon.

Clogs. “These are actually my faves—they are not a fashion clog, just utilitarian and perfect. I like the natural because they darken and wear in nicely.” Hagatoffeln, Träsko, $75, Hagaträtoffelfabrik.

Podcasts. “For the kids, for long drives, and for chill out time in the house that doesn’t have to be in front of a screen. They love Wow In The World and Story Pirates.” Wow in The World, Story Pirates

Museum Membership. “This is my ideal way to interact with a museum. We are members at the MFA in Boston. If you are a member you feel ok about popping by even for just an hour, which is the perfect time with kids. Sometimes I like to go just to find one inspiring thing and leave. Also my daughter loves to go and sketch.” Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Mason Pearson Brush. “I’ve had mine for 20 years! I don’t want to jinx it, but I kind of can’t believe I haven’t lost it!” Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Hair Brush, $175, Nordstrom

Pansy Co Undies and Bras. “Perfection in fit, perfection in color. I am the X Hi Rise and the Full Bra.” X Hi Rise, $42, Full Bra, $48, Pansy Co. 

Rudy Jude Jeans. “They are just so good. I just got the white with red stitching.” Adult Utility Jeans, $240, Rudy Jude

Pilates. “I do classical pilates and love my instructor. My body felt all tweaked and crooked from holding babies and just not thinking about it when I started up again four years ago. My mood is 100 percent better when I feel aligned and strong.”

Daydreaming. “When I don’t have enough space-out time I’m grumpy. So, trying to figure out how to work this into the week is important.”

For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designers Cynthia RowleyRebecca AtwoodDana Haim, Rachel Zoe, and Taylor Jay, Partake founder Denise Woodard, model and muse Slick Woods, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, June & January founder Amy Richardson-Golia, Bubbsi founder Sweta DoshiOakland retail queen Sherri McMullenShahidah Zareef of Bossmom NationJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doIguehi James, and more!

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