Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: Free Shipping at TJ Maxx!

Oooh, you guys! Free shipping on any order today at TJ Maxx and you know I have some stuff picked out for you. I am basically your best friend tbh. I mean, I have been saving this stuff JUST FOR YOU:


A shirt by Soft Joie is that you'll want to wear every single day. 

These ankle boots are dressy, walkable and inexpensive. Basically perfect. 

Diane Von Furstenberg made the most beautiful coat just for you.

These Cole Haan flats are not available in my size and I'm taking it personally.

Hello, perfectly sized sleek black leather Marc Jacobs tote. 

I love keys and I love pendant necklaces so this is pretty great. 

This soft purple Barbour scarf is technically for men but we don't play by those rules. 

Yep, Vince cashmere. And striped. Basically heaven. 

There is also some good stuff in the makeup department and a ton of fancy sunglasses!  Happy hunting!

Review: Everlane High-Rise Skinny Denim.

I bought a pair of the new Everlane denim jeans and here's my review. Just a reminder that I paid for these myself and my review is all my own opinion.

I ordered the High-Rise Skinny and they are really quite nice!  They look and feel high-end and the Japanese denim is thick and not very stretchy. I loved the super dark wash a lot. My normal jeans size is 28, though sometimes I am more comfortable in a 29. I ordered these in a 29 because they aren't super stretchy and sometimes Everlane runs small.  I chose the high waisted style in the regular length. Here they are with flats: 

And with boots: 

They are not kidding about the high rise! I'm a bit short waisted and these were HIGH. I like a high rise but the denim was so stiff that it felt a little like I was wearing a denim corset:

They also started sliding down a bit which is what made me realize they're probably too big and I should've gone with my usual size. Oops. Here's a side view wearing flats so you can see the actual length:

The length was good for me but would be pretty short for anyone above 5'6". (I'm assuming this first rollout is a test and hopefully they'll add more sizes and lengths?) Here's the back view so you can see the pockets: 

Verdict:  They are really good quality jeans and I don't think they look bad but they weren't a great fit on me. I considered exchanging for a size 28 but the high rise on the 29 was already making me uncomfortable so I didn't think sizing down was going to fix that. I probably would'be been happier in the mid-rise version. Overall I wasn't so enamoured with them that I wanted to keep ordering and re-ordering to find the right fit, so I just sent them back. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Stuff I Like: Watching, Eating, Listening

I'm back with Stuff I Like. If you have any suggestions for a category, please let me know!

This Show Which Is The Best Thing On TV.
The second season of Better Things just started last week on FX and I am SO excited. I believe the first season is available on Hulu and probably OnDemand if you need to catch up. (Also, Lenny Kravitz was in season 1!) It's just such a smart/funny/honest/depressing take on middle age and motherhood and I love Pamela Adlon so much. Just watch watch it. It's totally worth your time. 

This Recipe Which is A Lot of Work But Worth It.
Okay, so Orecchiette with Broccoli and Pecorino is a Giada recipe but if you hate her please don't let that keep you from making this. It's fucking delicious, okay? On the show she makes it in, like, 10 minutes all easy-peasy. In real life it takes an hour because ten minutes is not enough time to roast broccoli, but it's really satisfying, good leftover and perfect for fall. It's vegetarian and perfectly fine the way it is but you can also add the protein of your choice. PS. Don't leave out the golden raisins! I'm not even a fan of raisins but they add just the right amount of sweetness.

This Podcast About People Who Are... Not Like Me.
How I Built This is a pretty interesting podcast. Each episode is about a founder/entrepreneur of a company that's now successful, often against the odds. I've listened to three or four episodes and found the Sara Blakely/Spanx episode to be the most delightful and made me feel good about buying Spanx products. (The tights are so good!) The episode about Rent The Runway did not give me feels but it's certainly interesting from the perspective of what it takes to turn an idea into a multi-million dollar company. I'm not a big risk-taker so it's pretty fascinating to read about the crazy things successful people do to make their dreams a reality.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wanty: Adrien's Fall Wish List.

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I AM REALLY WANTY YOU GUYS. I want so much but also want stuff I can't seem to find. Like, I want things that either don't exist or that I can't afford. It's hard being me. I do have a wish list for fall and a vision! I have a vision. Sort of. Mostly my vision is leaning towards a more minimal look - skinny pants/jeans, short boots, a fair amount of black over crazy patterns. But, something about a minimal look apparently makes me want All The Things so clearly I'm doing this wrong. ANYWAY:

1. Flats
I think I mentioned this recently, but I have three pairs of flats and they're all nearly dead. I'd like to replace my leopard pair, possibly with these:

Or, maybe I move on from leopard and go for snakeskin instead:

Both are appealing but flats always come down to fit for me, so it's a lot of trial and error. I'd also like to get a pair of metallic flats and I love the color of this new pair at Madewell:

But I'm really not sure about the shape. They're maybe cut a bit too high? I like some toe cleavage. 

2. Boots
I DO NOT NEED BOOTS. But...I always want boots and I wear boots a lot in the winter. Possibilities:


I have a similar pair of black Madewell boots with the 2" heel and I love them, so another pair seems like a good possibility. (If I get metallic boots do I need metallic flats? Probably not.) 

3. Sneakers
I also don't need sneakers and still love the Nikes I bought last winter but this pair of olive suede Pumas keep calling my name:

I've tried them on a few times and just can't quite justify them since I need dress shoes more but it might eventually happen. (If I get olive suede boots do I need olive suede sneakers? I am losing my mind.) 

4. Sweaters
I have a couple of Everlane cashmere v-neck sweaters (light grey and charcoal) and wear them a ton. Another one in black seems like it might be a worthy purchase:

Too boring? Maybe. But really, a good cashmere sweater is basically the best thing on earth. 

5. A Satchel/Tote
I don't actually need a bag and probably won't buy one this fall but there are so many nice satchels up in my face and it's hard to not feel wanty about it. Like, hiiiii there:

It also comes in black and camel. Wah.  I'm basically torturing myself.

6. Tuxedo Jacket
Speaking of TJ Maxx, this tuxedo jacket popped up and I can't stop looking at it:

I have a really old one from Gap that I should probably replace but I'm so hesitant to pull the trigger for some reason. Would I wear it enough to justify the cost? 

Other things I want: dark wash skinny jeans, a casual blouse (sans ruffles or stupid sleeves), a leather jacket, the budget to buy all these things. Ha. Sob.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: Everlane Stretch Ponte Crop Pant.

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I got some pants from Everlane! I totally did. I haven't gotten the jeans yet - those are supposed to arrive today and I fully expect them to disappoint me. Heh.

Today I'm going to review the Everlane Stretch Ponte Crop Pant which is completely Marianne's fault. She got the regular version and (months after buying them) actually wore them and discovered that they're really good. Of course I ordered a pair and I chose the crop version because I thought they might work better with boots. I'm not sure if this was the right move, but maybe y'all can help:

I ordered my usual size 6 and they fit fine. These are tight-fitting but the material is good and thick - they're definitely pants, not leggings. Oh! And they have a center seam/crease that's impossible to see in the photos and doesn't seem to show up in Everlane's product photos either. I was surprised by it but eventually decided it made the pants look more tailored. 

Pretty much immediately I wished I'd just ordered the regular length because the crop hit higher than I want them to and they bunch up a little on my calves (but they do that on the model too? Just the nature of tight pants I guess.) On the whole, though, I REALLY like them. They're crazy comfortable and I love the big side zipper and plain waistband. The more I wore them around the house, the more comfortable they felt. Detail shots: 

I will not be tucking anything into these but I appreciate the lack of buttons and slash pockets. Instead it's just the perfect smooth foundation for my blousy tops to float over. I also love the retro-ish detail of the big side zipper: 

This is what they look like with my favorite Madewell boots (mine are from last year) and I kinda wish they were slightly longer. Should I buy the regular length or just keep these?

I'm clearly overthinking this! Anyway, this is my Everlane link if you feel so compelled and I'll be posting my Everlane denim review later in the week. Now, onto details about the rest of my outfit:

My striped shirt is by Grana (this link gets you 10% off your first order) and I love it so much I have it in two colors! It looks like they still have it in stock in a few colors. I am pretty crazy for a striped shirt and it's everything I can do to not order this one from Everlane or this one from AllSaints. But oh my God can we just stop with this nonsense? PS. This breton dress! So good.

My necklace is from Banana Republic and, while they don't have anything similar in a pendant I do really love this tiered necklace made from the same kind of chain.

I carry my MBMJ Too Hot To Handle Hobo a lot but it's a real workhorse for me. There are still several colors available at Nordstrom Rack so get one while you can. My shoes are a very old pair of Chie Mihara but they still make a really cute red mary jane. I also really love this pair but oh, the price. Too many dollars, Chie. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

We Discuss: Emotional Shopping.

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A: I’m drowning my sorrows in the Loft sale.

M: There you go.

A: Die cold shoulder, die.

M: I got a secondhand Vince top and dress for cheap on eBay.

A: Yay!

A: Dammit Loft, crazy sleeves on EVERYTHING.

M: I'm into SOME of the sleeve craziness. Some.

A: I just need to be able to wear a cardigan.

M: Ah.


M: Even with long sleeves?

A: My office is arctic.

M: I hate shoving sleeves into a carnigan.

A: Yeah, but still. Bell sleeves just ain't my jam.

M: You need a desk blanket like me.

A: I can’t decide if I love or hate this:

M: I would like it better without the feather tbh. Just a black, structured top.

M: Lou and Grey has some really pretty jewelry. Not on sale of course.

A: Ooh, I’ll check it out.

A: Really, I just hope my Everlane jeans work and I want another cashmere sweater. Can I just wear jeans and sweaters all winter?

M: Yes

A: And I’ve had these weird Everlane boots in my basket for, like, six months. They’re on sale. I KNOW they’re a bad boyfriend. I know this. And yet:

M: Ha just get them! Or are they Final sale?

A: Nope, they’re not. The lowest “chose what you pay” is $123.

M: Ah then try them and then you'll know.

A: Yeah, I might.

M: Can you choose $70? Ha.

A: Right? I CHOSE to pay $25.

M: Haha. Sometimes you just have to try the weird thing.

A: Like, I have to know. Done. Blog science.

M: Hahaha. How much did you pay.

A: $12

M: Dealzzzz

A: I mean, add a 3.

M: Oh. How is that choosing.

A: Apparently $12 is not a choice.

M: Dicks.

A: I don't fall for their emotional blackmail and always chose the lowest price.

M: Crap I kind of want this:

A: Ugh, that is cute! Chose to pay $15.

M: Why would anyone EVER choose to pay more than the lowest price.

A: Right? Fuck that.

M: Ugh! Why am I looking!

A: Everlane Stockholm Syndrome.

M: Throw a net over me.

M: Meanwhile Gap keeps serving me this look that I call "The Grandpa Joe.”

A: That look is very... golden ticket.


A: Haaa. Perfect.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: Guess What I'm Thinking About?

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