Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday #GoHugo

Jamie Dornan isn't really sure about the jacket he's wearing but he is sure that Hugo is the best.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Bag Equation and a Giveaway!

Like the Boot Equation*, the Bag Equation is also  n+1, where n is the number of bags currently owned. Maybe you’re not a bag person and you think one will get you through everything? Maybe, but I just don’t see how that could possibly work.  Here’s what I think you need for a minimum bag wardrobe:

One simple all around hobo in black or brown:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Hillier Hobo

One really nice tote appropriate for work:

Botkier Soho Tote

One satchel (or another hobo if you absolutely can’t do hand-held) in a fun color:

Emma Fox Small Dome Satchel

One awesome evening option (which is one of those things you don’t need until you do):

Sasha Metal Window Evening Clutch

For the first two bags, please buy the very best you can afford. (The evening clutch can be dirt cheap.) A bag you carry near-daily is going to take a lot of abuse so buy good quality and carry it forever. I’ve had my black Hillier Hobo for more than four years and it’s still going strong. That’s why I bought a second one in a different color. If a particular style works for you, don’t be afraid to buy it again. If the basics are covered and you love bags, you should definitely consider:

A small crossbody, useful and you can buy a crazy color because it's small:


A neutral metallic which is sleek but goes with everything:

Michael Kors

A fun coated canvas tote, great for summer:


A cool messenger bag which you just can't with the other bags:

Clare V.

A fancy lady bag, if you're so inclined:

Kate Spade

This may seem like a lot of bags but if you chose carefully and buy things that work with your lifestyle and wardrobe, you’ll be covered for a long time. Now, because I’m not a total jerk and don’t want to set you up to be sad because you can’t afford to run out and buy a bunch of bags, I have a giveaway! OH YEAH.

So, a while back Adina over at Blue Collar Red Lipstick had a Pay-It-Forward giveaway and I won a very beautiful dress. So nice! I decided to do the same, and I’m actually doing it with a great bag I got from Adina in a trade. I've carried it for a while and now it's time for it to find a new home.

This is a Marc by Marc Jacobs Teri bag in a gorgeous subtle metallic color called Fool’s Gold:

It’s been pre-loved and isn’t in perfect condition, but it’s still really nice and has years use left. I’m giving it away to one of you, to be selected randomly. To enter, leave a comment about your favorite bag and make sure to include a contact email.

That’s it! I’ll draw a name on Monday morning, November 24th. This contest is open internationally.

*The boot equation idea was totally stolen from my friend Paula who's got more pairs of boots than I do, if you can believe it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mascara Showdown!

Somehow between reader suggestions and Sephora orders I ended up with five new mascaras. Five! I think I might have a problem. A mascara problem. The obvious solution seemed to be this: Try them on and take deeply horrifying close-up photos to show you guys because blog science. The problem is, they all kind of look alike in the photos. Dammit.  But, I'm hoping maybe you guys will be able to see a difference? Please just lie because this took forever.

(Also, if you want to see a much more in-depth and adorable version of this, I'd be a jerk if I didn't recommend The Patron Saint of Mascara, also a reader suggestion. You guys are the best.)

So, to start, I tried the following three reader-recommended mascaras:

L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes - This was recommended by Natalie and Francie.

Maybelline Full 'n Soft - This was recommended by three readers including Katie who said, “I can't buy it in Germany, so every time I have to fly back from the US I strap tubes to my body a la Midnight Express.”

Shiseido Integrate Gracy Mascara - This was recommended so highly by an anonymous reader that I felt like I had no choice but to buy it. Blog science!

And two recent samples:

Lancôme HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara - I got this as a deluxe sample in one of the Sephora SEASONSET sample bags.

Dior Iconic Overcurl (or as Marianne recently called it, "Diorshow Iconic Glambast Lashexplosion." Mascara names are ridiculous but I think Lancôme gets the side-eye for most insanely unnecessarily long name.) - I got this from Sephora as a 100 Point Perk.

And now, because this is FOR SCIENCE, here I am with no mascara:

wispy sadness
Sad mole creature

And now, here are the individual results. This took forever and I have a new respect for beauty bloggers:


L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes. This is a tubing mascara with a separate primer which qualifies it as an Advanced Product as far as I'm concerned. I've had terrible luck with tubing mascaras but I was will to give this one a try. As you can see, this shit works like gangbusters. It takes more time because of the primer, but if you do it right, you'll have long lashy lashes all day long. They'll feel a little crunchy, but just don't touch them. My main issue - you cannot "wiggle" this one on the way you do with regular mascara. Brush it on straight and work fast - two coats per eye, one right after the other. If you don't do this your lashes will all stick together into three big points and it looks weird. But, if you have the time, this stuff is worth the effort.

Maybelline Full 'n Soft. I know you guys love this stuff but I wasn't blown away. I did really appreciate the super-long wand which made left-eye application much easier. It's really a pretty standard mascara and I had to do three coats to get any kind of volume. But, it's inexpensive and doesn't flake, so it's a solid drugstore option if you're just looking for a basic, no-frills mascara.

Shiseido Integrate Gracy Mascara. Another one that underwhelmed me. I loved the teeny-tiny wand, which made it easy to get all my sad, short lashes coated, but I had to work and work to get any kind of volume action. Again, three coats! Too much work. This would be a good choice for someone who already has long lashes, I think.

Lancôme HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara. Now we're talking! This stuff is volume HEAVEN. It's got a weird curvy brush and it's super thick and volume-crazy with one coat. My only concern is that it seems like the kind of mascara that dries up almost immediately, as the formula is already kind of dry.


Dior Iconic Overcurl. This is good mascara, despite the annoying curved brush which doesn't really help as much as you'd think it would. It goes on a bit more subtle than the Lancôme but I got nice volume and length with two coats and it stays super-black all day. Interestingly, I don't really think it holds curl all that well? Hmph.

Of all these, I honestly think my favorites are the L'Oreal Double Extend and the Lancôme HYPNÔSE DRAMA. So, one reader suggestion and one random sample. I didn't hate any of them, which says a lot for you guys and your solid recommendations. Thanks, y'all!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Adrien: Business in the Front, Party in the Back.'s hard to take photos of black clothing, especially when the light isn't cooperating. But, I wanted to show you guys this sweater I bought from Banana Republic (discussed recently here) because it's good times. It's one of those business/party tops that is a sweater knit in the front and a silky material in the back. Interesting, but also a little odd. 

This one works, though. It's just the right amount of slouchy and the back panel has a pleat that makes it hang just right. It's also ass-covering, which I appreciate. 

The back is different, I swear.

I'm wearing James Jeans and... forgot to take my sunglasses off my head like a dummy.

Details! This is my blue MBMJ bag (only available on eBay but this one is close) and Loeffler Randall Matilde boots.

Here's a close-up of my Giles & Brother hook necklace, which I've been wearing a ton. Mine is the rose gold color but it also comes in gold.

That's it! All very exciting, I'm sure. Tell all your friends. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): J.Crew 25% Off & Free Shipping!

Good times over at J.Crew right now. In stores & online: 25% off your purchase with code SHOPNOW (Cardmembers, 30% off with code CARDTREAT) plus 2.0% back with eBates. Also, today only - free shipping on all orders! This would be an ideal time to pick up that awesome gift for...someone. Maybe you. Maybe me. Check it out:

That Guy.


A: I found it! Proof that high rise jeans look good on nobody. Not even the super-glamorous.

L: Oh honey.

A: The coat is fabulous?

L: Agreed! And in theory I love black leather pants with it.

A: Yes! I think she's lovely and like the whole outfit in theory but those pants. Are. A. Tragedy.

L: Devil's advocate: she's capturing the 80's look remarkably well with those.

A: I really think her pants just don't fit her. It happens to the best of us.

L: You know I think you're right. Don't want to start a fashion war here, but this is what happens when men design women's clothes. "Oh, women go in here, and out here, and back in there! PANTS!"


L: Whoever made the waist on those pants also made cap sleeves.

A: Oh, that guy. I hate that guy.

L: The worst. Probably also responsible for the midi, just FYI.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekend Window Shopping: Winter Coats.

Sigh. It's cold out today and I had to wear a coat. At least it's a cute coat, which helps a little bit. Since I did scarves last week I figured I should give you some beautiful coats to go with them: