handpicked: the archive



This is the full archive of Handpicked: a newsletter from Alex Steele, film photographer, third-generation newsletter writer, mother of four. 

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2023
12/13/23 - Hi everyone
05/31/23 - Birthday parties
05/17/23 - What do you do?
2022
11/16/22 - Ridiculously excited about soft ice
11/09/22 - Some fuschia-colored joy in an unexpected place
11/02/22 - The haunting thought I had at my kids' school
10/26/22 - The best things I listened to this week
10/19/22 - So many people sent me this pumpkin decorating video
10/12/22 - Hey, a giveaway! And my 10 takeaways from Alt Summit
10/05/22 - Alex goes to New York
09/28/22 - Glucose test + a bad mood = short newsletter 
09/21/22 - Psst, you should start a newsletter
09/14/22 - Don't fence me in
09/07/22 - Trying to keep cool
08/31/22 - Gulp, I think I'm starting a side hustle!
08/24/22 - Summer is over, but I'm okay
08/17/22 - Wisdom from two friends on body image
08/10/22 - What's your strong opinion on baby names?
08/03/22 - Flower tasting, the fair, and a 20-year sweater
07/27/22 - Something I never do: recommend a TV show
07/20/22 - A mini Handpicked from the road!
07/13/22 - The cosmos, birthdays, and anonymous Q&A's
07/06/22 - Nectarines don't fix everything, but almost.
06/29/22 - Here's what you should bring to the beach
06/22/22 - New baby on the way!
06/15/22 - Help me with my ice cream schedule
06/08/22 - An intro! Including some useless facts and my initials
06/01/22 - A Father's Day Gift Guide // 2022
05/25/22 - No newsletter today
05/18/22 - This one's mostly dresses and food
05/11/22 - Really good earrings, rice pudding, and recipe hacks
05/04/22 - Grasses as art, and 22 more fun links
04/27/22 - A few picks from my sisters
04/20/22 - Dream more, care more, do more, be more
04/13/22 - A Mother's Day Gift Guide // 2022
04/06/22 - My first Nikes and wedding planning
03/30/22 - Eleanor was not expecting this :'(
03/23/22 - Spring today, Disneyland tomorrow
03/16/22 - Didn't plan to talk about marshmallows this much
03/09/22 - Slightly Choppy and the perfect Easter dress
03/02/22 - Five horse portraits + world peace cookies
02/23/22 - Goodnight, moon
02/16/22 - My rule for road trips
02/09/22 - How to kiss correctly
02/02/22 - Giving advice, eating plant-based, and hopefully a baby
01/26/22 - Light fixtures, a TJ's fail, and the Divine Feminine
01/19/22 - Aunt Kathryn's Chocolate Cake
01/12/22 - Y'all means all
01/05/22 - I want the credit

2021
12/29/21 - Stars are not immortal
12/15/21 - What did you think of Get Back?
12/08/21 - You can call me Al
12/01/21 - Our tree traditions and how I "made" my wreath
11/24/21 - A song, a conversation, and a big thank you
11/17/21 - Why I love being assigned the turkey
11/03/21 - Handpicked Gift Guides are coming! Preview inside :) 
10/27/21 - The two women I can't stop talking about 
10/20/21 - The two things I'm purchasing before the holidays
10/13/21 - Mom jeans and tattoos
10/06/21 - Small great idea #2
09/29/21 - I am apparently not good at fall
09/22/21 - It's almost here!
09/15/21 - Small great idea #1
09/08/21 - Hatch chiles for days
09/01/21 - A road trip, a big loss, and the Mirror Blossom Project
08/25/21 - The regular person's guide to Disneyland
08/18/21 - Super real supermodels + big feelings on laundry 
08/04/21 - On my way to meet my sister's baby
08/04/21 - The potato chips we've all been waiting for
07/28/21 - Don't worry, I didn't forget
07/21/21 - Women making sports history ⚾️+ a snack for SAHMs
07/14/21 - Short, sweet, and not sponsored
07/07/21 - Trying to be more like Jane. (And Oprah. And Maya.)
06/30/21 - O'er the land of the #freeBritney
06/23/21 - Birthday List has earned its own section
06/16/21 - The start of summer (and 5 things is back!)
06/09/21 - Aloha, it's a short one
06/02/21 - Eleanor's birthday butterflies
05/26/21 - Friendly feminism and two Trader Joe's fails
05/19/21 - Mother, mountain faces, and uncut Target gems
05/12/21 - Thanking oneself
05/05/21 - Let me ask you something.
04/28/21 - "People at birth are inherently good."
04/21/21 - Happy Earth Day! And a gift guide.
04/14/21 - It's here! Welcome to Handpicked.