Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: Holiday Weekend.

Wheee! Memorial Day weekend always feels like the real start of summer to me. The pool opens, the weather (hopefully) stays nice and everything just gets a bit more relaxed. Here's my little poolside shopping list:

         

       

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stuff I Like: Bar Cart + Reading/Watching/Listening

Liking:

Bar Cart! I finally set up my new bar cart last night (info here) and I'm ridiculously pleased with it, despite the dank corner in which it's currently housed. The location will change most likely but I feel like it needs...more...stuff.


I don't much wear the clothes at Anthropologie anymore but I love checking out the house stuff, particularly the barware.  I'm very into this little turquoise bar tools set that's on sale right now. And, do I need a bar spoon that looks like a twig? Probably not but isn't is cute? And mostly I'd like a set of really pretty glassware, something vintage-inspired like this or just beautifully sleek like these stemless glasses. And look, I'm not proud about how much I love this hobnail glass cocktail shaker. I don't even usually make cocktails that need shaking! But I might. I mean, every time I go to the liquor store I'm tempted by St-Germain simply because it's such a pretty bottle. I don't even know what you're supposed to do with it but that never stopped me before.

And I really want an ice bucket but Anthro insists I should pay a million dollars for this one which is made of fancy glass and whoooo boy, that is not going to happen. I'll probably buy this one from Target (and if we're being honest, anything new for the bar cart will probably also come from Target.) A girl can dream.


Reading:
I am currently reading At The Water's Edge by Sara Gruen which I'd downloaded on my Kindle and totally forgot about. So far I'm intrigued, despite not liking a couple of the main characters, and I love her writing style. I remember really liking Water For Elephants though it's been ages since I actually read it.


Watching:
I am SO overwhelmed with show options right now! This is confirming that I can cut cable and still have tons of good options. Last night I watched an episode of Catastrophe, Season 3 (eh), the latest episode of The Handmaid's Tale (stunning/terrifying) and then had to cleanse my palate with this thing of joy and beauty. Bruno Mars is a delightful little alien being, right? Not an actual human? There's no other explanation. I have it on good authority that this episode is also delightful but I haven't yet watched it.


Listening:
On my drive to Knoxville I listened to Tina Fey's Bossypants which was really entertaining and kept me alert, focused and laughing stupidly alone in my car. I read it when it came out and liked it but it's SO much better as an audiobook. I tried The Nightingale on the way back but it didn't really work for me in audio form so I will probably try to read it. Instead, I listened to Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning, a collection of "short fictions and disturbances," which is pretty good so far though a little uneven. I find some of the stories more interesting than others and I have a hard time understanding him because he has a deep, low voice. (A very nice voice, but harder to understand over driving noises.) I'm only about a third of the way through and there's a story about David Bowie(!) that I haven't heard yet, so I'll definitely finish this one.

That's it for this week. Thanks to all of you who gave me snack suggestions last week! I'm now only eating celery and air to make up for it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Adrien: My New Favorite Dress.

If you read yesterday's entry you'll know that I was really pleased with the cheap-ass dress I bought at TJ Maxx. I immediately wore it and now I'm even more pleased:


The dress is Chelsea & Theodore and I paid $15 (clearance priced) in-store. It's not going to last forever but it's a great dress up/dress down option for summer and I love the hemline. The dress also comes in a very weird beigey color but I would just go for the black one.  Pro tip: cheap dresses tend to be thin, so I always wear a slip. Something exactly like this will do nicely.


I did notice that TJ Maxx had a few other similar dresses! This one has cool back detailing and this one, which is also Chelsea & Theodore, has a mesh insert which is sporty and fun. And, if you're looking for something similar but higher in quality, this Three Dots dress is a dead ringer and there's also this Everlane Cocoon dress which I still kind of want. 


My cardigan game is not on point right now so I threw on my Old Navy chambray shirt from last year and was like, "Oh. That kind of...works?" We're just going to go with it. I like that it makes my outfit more casual and breaks up the black a bit. My link it to this year's version but I have to say it looks pretty identical - right down to the white enamel buttons. There's also a darker wash version (which I also have) and that one looks great with white jeans. Who needs cardigans, anyway? Okay, that's crazy talk. I always need cardigans. Specifically this one. On to details:


I kept it pretty simple. I'm wearing a Madewell pendant from last year, but this Cymbal pendant has a similar feel and so does this Curvelink pendant. (WE NEED A CODE, MADEWELL.) I'm also wearing my Bijouone bracelet but the real deal Miansai cuff is awfully nice.


 Bag and shoes! I'm pretty sure y'all are tired of my MBMJ hobo obsession and I don't blame you. There are still a few MJ hobos on TJ Maxx but there are also some other great neutral leather bags that are just as nice. This cream perforated leather hobo is a great summer option and I love the warm taupe color of this Lodis bag. My shoes are Chie Mihara and there's nothing quite like them, but if you wear a size 38, these Chie sandals are cute and under $100! It's also worth mentioning there are some Chies styles on Nordstrom Rack right now. I also like this Mariel sandal at Madewell, which has a similar buckle-y style.

That's it for today!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Knoxville Trip - Caftans, Cocktails and Shopping.

I'm on my way back as you're reading this and very likely sad about it. I've had a great time hanging out with Marianne and her family and was delighted to be able to celebrate a milestone birthday with her. The theme of her birthday celebration was Cocktails & Caftans and the ladies who attended VERY MUCH embraced this theme:


We all kind of decided that maybe we should just be wearing caftans every day from now on. So floaty and unencumbered! So glamorous! Here I am modeling my caftan, which is available on Amazon:


Marianne, who understands how to bring it to the camera (clearly, I do not) is wearing a beautiful actual real caftan from Emerson Fry:


I'm pretty sure hers, while organic and hand-printed, doesn't have glued-on rhinestones though, so just keep that in mind.

We did a little shopping, which you may have noticed if you follow the blog on IG. First we went to a very weird store called Bargain Hunt which seems to sell mostly Target overstock. Price tags are dated and every week the price drops, which is how we both scored this awesome little Target rattan bar cart for $36 each!


Unfortunately it’s long gone from Target, but I think this Threshold cart is really sleek and it’s on sale, plus an extra 10% off with code SPRING. Ooh, and this one at Macy's is a good deal too!

We then went to TJ Maxx where I took pictures of aggressively whimsical Kate Spade bags and tried on a bunch of stuff. I ended up buying a Junk Food tee that made me laugh ($7) and the CUTEST Chelsea and Theodore dress that convinced me I don’t need this dress at Everlane which I’d been considering. Seriously, $20 for the most flattering, simple t-shirt dress you’ve ever seen:


It also comes in the color of beige sadness but, really, just get the black one. (And while you’re at it maybe get this bag too because it’s hurting my soul and would look SO GOOD with that black dress. You’re welcome.)

Marianne tried on all the Vince but ended up buying none of it. She did, however, buy the best pair of blue suede (!) espadrilles that I can’t find for sale online anywhere:


The brand is PicΓ³n and you’ll just have to go dig around at your local TJ Maxx. (Let me know!) They are ridiculously cute and I think she paid $30ish for them! If you’re dying for something similar, this Botkier pair is the closest I could find. I also like this blue suede slip-on option at ASOS.

That's it for the shopping, I think. (Marianne, did I miss anything obvious?) Mostly we just talked and ate and ate and talked and there were many cocktails and tiny cans of rosé and a few episodes of TGBBS just for old times sake. I miss her already. 😭

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Day It All Came Together.


A: Someone is hiring:


M: Tempting.

A: I'm sure he's delightful to underlings.

M:


M: Adrien.

M: Everything feels so right.

A: Oh shit.

M: BOSS BABY

M: IN A TINY SUIT

M: IT'S ALL HAPPENING

A: How is this only now clicking?

M: What took us so long?!


A: FULL OF SHAME

M: CAMILLA!


A: AHahaaaaaa *sob*

M: CAMILLA! TOP! SHELF!


M: I swear to fuck it's modeled after him.

A: There is NO WAY it isn't.

M: "Would you like to be on my street style blog?"


A: I AM DYING

M: Please shop this with the pic of him and the tiny wine glass pleeeeeeaaaasssseeee


M: "You have...athletic thighs."


M: I'll stop.

M: It's hard but I'll stop.

A: ONG

A: OMG

M: ONG

A: OH NOT GOOD?

M: I 'm just saying onnnnnnng.

M: Idk

M: My brain broke a while back.

M: ONGGGG

M: Boss baby.

A: ITS REAL APROPOSSSSZZZ


M: πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»


A: AMAZING

A: It's like our old Sartorial Zoo Tumblr!

M: It's perfect.

A: πŸ’―πŸ’―πŸ’―

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: Madewell Is Hurting My Feelings.

Here are all the things I touched/tried on in Madewell last week. Related: I NEED A DISCOUNT CODE, MADEWELL.

         
        

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stuff I Like: Road Trip + Reading/Watching/Listening

This is going to be short because I am once again going out of town and have a million things to do! That said, I didn't manage to write this entry last week and I got stuff to talk about.



Liking: Road Trip! Tomorrow I am off to Knoxville to help Marianne celebrate her birthday. The drive is 6-7 hours and I really kind of love a solo road trip (as long as my car's a/c doesn't go out on me halfway through during the hottest July on record. Oh, yeah. That happened.) My key elements for a successful road trip are:

1. Good snacks. I usually do a combo of crunchy/salty and sweet/chewy. Now, a question for you guys: If I'm buying snacks at Trader Joe's, which I don't frequent because it's in an inconvenient part of town, what should I get?

2. AUDIO BOOKS. YAY. I am a big fan of audio books for road trips and I've downloaded the following from the library:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (thanks for the rec!)
The James Thurber Audio Collection (love him, but it's been years)
Bossypants by Tina Fey (previously read but want to hear it in her voice)
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (because he's delightful)

Obviously I won't make it through all this but I like having options. Mostly I prefer an engrossing page-turner (Stephen King, Ruth Rendell) but I think I've got enough variety that I'll stay alert.



Reading: The Handmaid's Tale. I'm really into the Hulu series so I thought I should re-read the book. It's stunning and horrifying and means a lot more to me at age 45 than it did when I first read it in college. I also find it interesting how many women are refusing to watch the series or read the book because it's too disturbing. I personally feel like this is the kind of thing we need to watch (or at least read) so we can stay vigilant.


Watching: Victorian Slum House. Ah, only the British would sign up for a reality show in which they live in a Victorian slum and instead of whining about it they cry because it makes them realize how much their ancestors sacrificed so they could have a better life. Also, I would've killed for the chance to do something like this as a kid because I was completely obsessed with A Little Princess and Black Beauty and anything which dealt with the darker side of Victorian England. I'm only a few episodes (so their might yet be whining) in but I'm enjoying it immensely.



Listening: Audio Books! (See Above.) I'm also open to suggestions. I think successful audio books are all about the narrator which is why David Sedaris is 800 times funnier when heard rather than read. The last one I listened to was Jon Cryer's memoir which I found pretty amusing.

That's it for this week! Let me know about those snack, pls.